For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Graduation Celebration 2013

Fireworks, music, speakers add fun for grads at Graduation Celebration

Graduation Celebration, a free community festival featuring fireworks and remarks by actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn, highlights Commencement weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Graduates, their families and friends, and supporters are encouraged to attend along with students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The University’s outdoor, end-of-the-year celebration is open to the public. Also on the Friday evening program are President James D. Spaniolo and Rene Grimes, a graduate student from the College of Education and Health Professions, who will speak on behalf of the Class of 2013.

Penn, 35, is well known for his starring roles in House, 24, and the popular Harold and Kumar movie series. He stopped his acting career midstream to work full time in politics. In 2009 he joined the Obama administration as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused on work related to increasing financial aid for college students and other related initiatives.

In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration moves to College Park Center.

Read more about Graduation Celebration.

Graduation 2012

Class of '13 is largest in UT Arlington history

UT Arlington will confer more than 4,500 degrees this spring, a 14 percent increase compared with the spring 2012 semester, during Commencement Week 2013.

A schedule of Commencement Week activities is available online. Commencement ceremonies are Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12, at College Park Center.

Wrap up final exams with breakfast, breaks

Keep going through final exams with these stress-busting events.

A traditional study break is Late Night Breakfast 9:30-11 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 7. A full breakfast menu is offered at the Connection Café for only $3, and cash, credit, MavMoney, Dining Dollars, or the meal plan are accepted.

Coffee, popcorn, peppermints, and healthy snacks are offered for late-night studies at the Central Library. The Six-Hour Energy Break is 8 p.m.-2 a.m. today, Tuesday, May 7, in the basement.

Find unconditional love through Wednesday, May 8, on the second floor of the Central Library with the Paws for Finals registered therapy dogs. Canine therapists are on hand 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. weekdays. Check the daily schedule.

The E.H. Hereford University Center is open continuously for finals through 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.

UTA Magazine Spring 2013

Spring 'UTArlington Magazine' highlights national security research

Incredibly sensitive nanotech sensors fly about in drones, are implanted in high-traffic bridges, and journey aboard robots into environments no humans could survive.

The spring 2013 issue of UTArlington Magazine details these futuristic national security measures in its cover story about a new research center aimed at protecting the country using nanotechnology innovations.

You’ll also find an article about how the University has helped transform downtown Arlington into a hot spot for eclectic dining, live music, and vibrant nightlife. Other stories examine researchers’ efforts to tame North Texas traffic and profile alumni whose UT Arlington degrees prepared them to successfully switch careers.

Every article includes a link for posting comments. You also can “like” the magazine’s Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed.

UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and distributed to about 150,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University.

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Complete survey on police chief candidates

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to share their thoughts about the two finalists for UT Arlington police chief. Complete the online survey by Wednesday, May 8.

Kim Lemaux, left, and Lisa Sprague shared their views and answered questions at open forums last week. See their resumes on the Police Department website.

Dining options still available for rest of May

Classes may end, but meals continue on campus during and after finals. Locations and closing times are:

Wednesday, May 8—Plaza Food Court, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 9—POD Express in ERB, noon; Central Library Cafe, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Market at the MAC, 3 p.m.; Plaza Food Court, 5 p.m.

Friday, May 10—Central Library Cafe, Einstein Bros. Bagels, 1 p.m.; Market at the MAC, Plaza Food Court, Starbucks, 3 p.m.; POD Market, 5 p.m.; Connection Cafe, 7 p.m.

The Noodle House is closed starting Wednesday. Unless noted, other locations are open for their regular hours.

For summer intersession, or Maymester, May 13-31, P.O.D. Market is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

During Memorial Day weekend and Special Olympics Texas, the Connection Cafe is open 6-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, and 6-8 a.m. only Sunday, May 26.

  Fresh Pix Maverick Ring Ceremony spring 2013

With this ring

George Anaya, business management senior, shows off his ring at the Official Maverick Ring Ceremony Thursday. He graduates this weekend.

UTA Bookstore stays open late, hosts buyback events at two sites

The UTA Bookstore will be open until 8 p.m. through Thursday, May 9, and until 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 10.

Remote textbook buyback is through Friday, May 10, at two locations: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. by the footbridge at Lot 49.

Rented textbooks are due by Monday, May 20.

Library renovations close sixth floor

The sixth floor of the Central Library will close for renovations Monday, May 13-Friday, Aug. 2. The floor will be inaccessible during construction time.

During construction, the administration staff will move to Suite 516.

Special Collections will close Friday, May 10. The Special Collections staff will relocate to various parts of the library. Exhibits and other materials will not be available during this time.

The Center for Southwestern Studies will move to the History Department in University Hall.

Library staff will use Study Room 414A, which will not be available for the summer.

Sign up your group for New Maverick Orientation Involvement Fairs

New Maverick Orientation Involvement Fairs let incoming freshmen and transfer students know about the resources and opportunities on campus, such as your organization.

Register by Friday, May 10. Separate forms are needed for freshman and transfer fairs and one form per organization.

Fresh Pix CAAS conference spring 2013

Swagger advocate

Fonzworth Bentley, aka Derek Watkins, spoke on "Advance Your Swagger" at the inaugural conference for the Center for African American Studies on Thursday in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The conference focused on "Critical Issues in Black Studies: Race in Context." Bentley, an author and artist, encouraged students to aim for achievement and success.


Renew MAC locker rental, check out summer classes

Renew your locker rental at the Maverick Activities Center for the summer now through Friday, May 24. Lockers will be available for the summer semester beginning Monday, June 3.

Find a summer fitness class that fits your style and schedule. See the instructional class schedule.

For questions, email or visit for more Campus Recreation services and programs.

Service-learning class offered to graduate students

Graduate students can discover how to use service learning in research, teaching, and leadership with an 11-week summer course offered by the Center for Community Service Learning.

Obtain first-hand experience by developing your own service-learning project that enhances your research agenda, as well as important policy and ethical issues.

"Leadership Development in Service Learning" (EDAD 6390.014) meets 5:30-8:20 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4-Aug. 6.

For questions, contact Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning, at 817-272-2124 or

North bridge elevators out for summer

Elevators for the north bridge over Cooper Street will be out of service Monday, May 13-Monday, Aug. 5, for an upgrade. The elevators on the south bridge will be accessible during this time.

Enjoy Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets

UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS13 to get your discounted tickets.

  Fresh Pix President's retirement reception

It's been fun

President James D. Spaniolo, center, laughs at jokes about him at his retirement reception Tuesday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. His wife, Sue Spaniolo, left, and his mother, Eleanor Spaniolo, also enjoyed the good-natured ribbing. See more photos.

Steam outage planned May 13-15

The Thermal Energy Plant will shut down steam service to the campus Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15, to complete annual inspection and repairs.

Buildings served by the plant will be without hot water and steam during that time but will still have electrical power, air conditioning, and cold water service.

For information on buildings or equipment affected by the outage, contact Nick Schroeder in the Office of Facilities Management at or 817-272-9075.

Jigsaw puzzles at library on trial basis

Responding to student requests, the Central Library is providing two jigsaw puzzle locations for use on a trial basis.

One is on the second floor near the newspapers, and the other is outside the Digital Media Studio in the basement. Anyone may work on the puzzles, and completed puzzles will be replaced by another one. The puzzles are on loan from the library staff's puzzle collection.

For more information, contact Heather Scalf at or 817-272-7436.

Power upgrade set for ERB network

The Office of Information Technology will install a new component in the power system for the Engineering Research Building that will interrupt the network in the ERB and the Wade Building from 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, until 2 a.m. Saturday, May 25.

The network outage will impact only these two locations. Power systems for the rest of the buildings are not affected. Services housed in the Arlington Regional Data Center and network services for the rest of the campus will not be affected.

Check List


through Friday, May 10

Final exams

Friday, May 10

Graduation Celebration

Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12

Commencement ceremonies

Wednesday, May 15

First day of summer intersession classes

Thursday, May 16

Spring final grades posted

Spring final grades to be called official May 16

Final grades for the spring semester are scheduled to be available after noon Thursday, May 16. View grades by logging in at MyMav.

When the grades are official, a notice will be posted on the Records and Registration website. Grades are sometimes viewable before all end-of-term processes are completed, so check that they have been announced as official.

You can hold your transcript order for final grades.

Prerequisite checking enforced

Prerequisite checking will be enforced in MyMav when grades are final for the spring semester. If you have either successfully completed the pre-requirements or are currently enrolled in a course prerequisite, you will be able to register for the next-level course for summer or fall.

If you are enrolled for summer and do not successfully complete the prerequisite in the spring term, you will be dropped from the next-level course when spring grades are posted.

If you are enrolled for fall but not summer, prerequisite completion will be checked when summer grades are final in August.

Prerequisites not only include courses that must be taken in sequence, but also some restricted to class level, GPA, or concurrent enrollment. Check Class Details in the MyMav Class Search.

Questions regarding prerequisites should be directed to your academic adviser. A list of advising offices is online.

Summer intersession begins May 15

Summer intersession begins Wednesday, May 15. Class dates are online. To register for summer intersession classes, click on Additional Search Criteria on the schedule of classes page.

Registration under way for summer and fall 2013

Priority registration for the 2013 summer and fall terms is under way.

The registration timetable is based on the number of hours you have passed. Your first available date to register is shown in your MyMav Student Center. Find more information online.

You may need to see your academic adviser for registration clearance and advising before you can register. This information also is displayed in your MyMav Student Center. If your academic department requires that you be advised, you will see an academic department service indicator (DEP hold) under the Holds section. A list of academic advising offices is online.

The schedule of classes is online.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Notification

UT Arlington seeks to provide its faculty, staff, and students with a drug-free environment. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to notify faculty, staff, and students each semester about:

Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse

University policies related to the illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

Availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems

Employees—Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided through UT Arlington’s Office of Human Resources at 1-800-343-3822 or visit

Students—Drug and alcohol counseling and referral services are available through UT Arlington Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit

Internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

For more information, contact UT Arlington's Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit

Going Out

Tuesday, May 7

Underexposed Film Festival

Underexposed Film Festival The Student Film/Video Organization presents short films produced by students in the past year. The works will showcase production skills through various film genres such as narrative, documentary, and animation. Tickets $5 one night, $7 both. 7-10 p.m.; also Wednesday, May 8; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Art and Art History.

Wednesday, May 8

WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Mavericks host men’s and women’s teams from the Western Athletic Conference. Free with student ID all days. Others free Wednesday-Thursday, $12 Friday or Saturday, or $20 for all sessions. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., through Saturday, May 11, Maverick Stadium. Western Athletic Conference.

Friday, May 10

Graduation Celebration Actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn gives the keynote address. Live music, free food. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, Founder’s Square, 100 W. Abram St.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Athletics.

Saturday, May 11

Commencement Degree candidates are presented in seven ceremonies. See commencement schedule. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. Also Sunday, May 12, College Park Center.


Up/down Tournament Doubles tennis tournament pairs wheelchair players with able-bodied ones. Noon-6 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Movin' Mavs Adaptive Sports.

Coming up

WAC Baseball Tournament Top eight teams from the Western Athletic Conference compete for an NCAA Tournament berth. $12 each day or $30 for tournament pass. Games at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, May 22-25, championship 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie. Western Athletic Conference.

Kansas An American progressive rock band, Kansas is celebrating its 40th anniversary with this year’s concert tour. Tickets $29, $35, $50. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 1, College Park Center.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Recent work created by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Through Saturday, May 11. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Sports Notes
WAC track championships  

Maverick Stadium site of WAC track and field championships this week

The 2013 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships play out at Maverick Stadium starting Wednesday, May 8.

The Mavericks have numerous top contenders in various competitions.

Admission is free to the multi-events on Wednesday and Thursday. Competition begins at 10 a.m. each day and will end in the mid-afternoon both days.

Students at WAC colleges are admitted free with a current student ID. All-session Friday and Saturday tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for seniors (65 and older) and youth (18 and under). Single-day (Friday or Saturday) tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and youth.

On Friday, the first field event begins at 11 a.m., while the running events start at 4 p.m. Saturday's field competitions also kick off at 11 a.m., while the finals of the running events are slated to begin at 5 p.m.

Read more about the Mavericks and the WAC track and field championships.

Mavs drop series to DBU; tied for second in WAC

UT Arlington dropped the finale of a three-game Western Athletic Conference baseball series to Dallas Baptist 5-2 Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks lost the final two games after taking Friday's series opener. UT Arlington falls to 25-23 overall and is tied for second in the WAC at 13-8.

The Mavericks return to the diamond Friday, May 10, against Texas State, tied for second with the Mavs, in the last WAC home series of the season.

McConnell wins individual title as golfers finish second in WAC

UT Arlington's Paul McConnell shot a three-under-par 69 in the final round to take top individual honors while the Mavericks finished second in the team standings at the Western Athletic Conference men's golf championship last Wednesday in Henderson, Nev.

McConnell finished with a 54-hole score of 218 to win the individual title by two strokes. The Mavericks' Hunter Brown tied for fifth with a score of 223. New Mexico State won the team title with a six-stroke advantage over the Mavericks.

Mavs win series, clinch WAC Tournament spot

The UT Arlington softball team clinched a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament after winning its series against the UTSA Roadrunners, two games to one. The Mavericks finished in a tie for sixth with Seattle, but earned the tournament berth via the tiebreaker.

The team takes on No. 3 seed Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in Ruston, La. Check the WAC Softball Championship bracket.

Lyles, Mungwari receive Athlete of the Year awards

Softball's Teri Lyles and track's Lionel Mungwari were named female and male student-athletes of the year at the UT Arlington All-Sports Banquet last week. President James D. Spaniolo was honored with the Faculty/Staff Loyalty Award.

See a list of the awards.

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