For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Commencement spring 2013

Congratulations, Class of '13: In seven commencement ceremonies in two days, the Class of '13 relished in the pomp and circumstance that recognized its accomplishments and new adventures. See more photos.

Commencement weekend sets records, graduates celebrate

The Class of 2013 rewrote history Saturday and Sunday when a record number of graduates crossed the College Park Center stage.

The 3,310 spring undergraduate candidates—which is a new record by itself—along with 1,143 master's and 55 doctoral candidates make the Class of 2013 the largest in UT Arlington history.

Festivities began Friday night, with the Graduation Celebration, a free event at College Park Center for the graduation candidates’ families, friends, and supporters. The night featured the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, free food, and remarks by actor, producer, and former White House aide Kal Penn.

“I hope you travel and fail and succeed,” said Penn, who hinted at his acting and political career. "Go to work for a doctor. Work for the president. Make some babies. Turn off the mainstream news and find some happiness."

Student speaker Rene Grimes, who received her master’s degree in the new field of Mind, Brain and Education, shared thoughts on her education, which was interrupted by life 30 years ago.

“There isn't a right path. There is the path you choose," she told fellow graduates. "Life is about choices. Learn from them."

President James D. Spaniolo told graduates the way to achievement isn't easy, "but that's what Mavericks do."

Dining options available during May intersession

Dining on campus is available but limited during the rest of May.

For summer intersession, or Maymester, May 14-31, 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 Graduation Celebration-Kal Penn

Penn pal

Actor, producer, and former White House aide Kal Penn inspired graduates to take risks at Graduation Celebration. Inclement weather moved the Friday night festivities to College Park Center. See more photos.


Rented textbooks due by Monday

Textbooks rented from the UTA Bookstore are due by Monday, May 20.

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

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.

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.

Summer schedule begins for 'TrailBlazer'

TrailBlazer moves to a summer schedule after this week. Keep up with campus activities throughout the summer every other Tuesday. The next issue is May 28. Weekly editions return Aug. 20 for the fall semester.

Check List


Wednesday, May 15

First day of summer intersession classes

Thursday, May 16

Spring final grades posted

Thursday, May 23

Last day to drop classes for summer intersession

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day holiday observed

Thursday, May 30

Deadline to submit meningitis vaccination documentation for summer 11-week session

Last day of summer intersession classes

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.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

All new students and those who were not enrolled in the spring term will not be able to register for summer sessions until they file proof of meningitis vaccination. As of Jan. 1, 2012, incoming Texas college students and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 30 years old must submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis.

You must have received the vaccine within the past five years and no later than the first day of your first session at UT Arlington. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be dropped from courses.

UT Arlington has contracted with Magnus Health SMR to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. You will receive your Magnus Health SMR username and password via your UT Arlington email address. To be able to register, send vaccination documentation to Magnus at or call 1-877-461-6831. A hold on registration will be released approximately one day later.

Summer sessions, deadlines to submit vaccination documents, and dates a student will be dropped for failing to submit documents are:

Summer Intersession—5 p.m. Monday, May 13—today, Tuesday, May 14

Summer 11 Weeks and Summer I—5 p.m. Thursday, May 30—Friday, May 31

Summer II—5 p.m. Friday, July 5—Tuesday, July 9

Summer intersession begins Wednesday, drop date May 23

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.

The last drop date for the summer intersession is at the close of business Thursday, May 23. All students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit to drop a course. Check the list of advising offices.

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.

Going Out

Monday, May 20

Jeff Balke

Comic Colorist Jeff Balke Award-winning colorist Jeff Balke explains the process for special effects and coloring for comic books and other art. Register. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room E200F, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, 140 W. Mitchell St. Enterprise Development.

Wednesday-Saturday, May 22-25

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.; championship 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26; QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie. Western Athletic Conference.

Coming up

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.


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.)

Learn More


Wednesday, May 15

The Anatomy of Learning Info Session What does the Master of Education in Mind, Brain and Education program have to offer? Learn how your experience in the classroom and the laboratory come together as teachers become researchers. Free. 5-6 p.m. Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Mind, Brain and Education.

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

Sports Notes
Quentin Butler

Perfect landing: Quentin Butler earned all-conference honors in the long jump Friday at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Maverick Stadium.


Women take second, men third at WAC outdoor track, field championships

The UT Arlington women's team placed second and the men's squad took third at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Maverick Stadium.

The women netted 140 points to finish behind Texas State and well ahead of third-place Idaho. The men, meanwhile, totaled 136 points to wind up behind champion Texas State and Utah State in a tight race.

Senior Shannon Reynolds took home the High Point Performer of the Meet honor. She posted victories in the 100 meters and 200 meters and anchored the relay team to a second-place finish.

Hannah Nilsson claimed the championship in the 1500 meters, and Jennifer Brown won the long jump.

For the men, Romain Martin cruised to his third consecutive outdoor conference decathlon championship. Omar Barnes earned a conference title in the triple jump. Bozidar Antunovic won the shot put, and Emil Blomberg took first in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Read more in the final results and team scores. See more photos.

Mavs move into second after series win

The UT Arlington baseball team retook sole possession of second place in the Western Athletic Conference with Sunday afternoon's 10-2 victory over rival Texas State at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks improved to 15-9 in conference and 27-24 overall with one league series remaining. CSU Bakersfield continues to lead the WAC.

The Mavericks concluded the home portion of their regular-season schedule at 17-12. UT Arlington plays TCU at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 14, before a three-game WAC series starting Thursday, May 16, at Sacramento State.

The WAC Tournament begins Wednesday, May 22, at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.

Villanueva named to softball All-Tournament team

Sophomore standout Nina Villanueva was named to the Western Athletic Conference Softball All-Tournament Team.

The San Diego, Calif. native completed the tournament with a .444 batting average with four hits, one run, and one RBI.

The softball team fell 5-1 to Texas State in its third game in the 2013 WAC Tournament to end the season Friday evening.

McConnell headed to Arkansas for NCAA regional golf

UT Arlington senior and Western Athletic Conference champion Paul McConnell is competing in the 2013 NCAA Fayetteville Regional Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18, at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

The NCAA finals are May 28-June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.

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Editors: Teresa Newton, Jim Patterson

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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