For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Homecoming 2013

Welcome, home: The afterglow of Friday's Homecoming parade and pep rally was definitely Maverick blue and orange as almost 5,000 fans energized College Park Center for the men's basketball game. See more photos.

Homecoming a big hit with big crowds

Maverick pride filled the streets of the College Park District on Friday as thousands of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members soaked up the fun and festivities of Homecoming 2013.

"Homecoming was a wonderful way to celebrate the energy and spirit that makes UT Arlington such a special place," says Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs. "It was so great to see present and past Mavericks reconnecting and enjoying our traditions and the College Park District."

A Friday afternoon street party preceded the Homecoming parade of 86 entries that included floats and UTA's traditional golf cart entries representing numerous campus groups. After the parade passed by on Spaniolo Drive, the crowd joined the pep rally to cheer on the Maverick men's basketball team.

Navjot Singh and Sarpreet Singh, both psychology seniors and cousins, were crowned Homecoming king and queen in front of nearly 5,000 fans at halftime of the men's basketball game. The Mavericks fell to Cleveland State 83-73 on Petsche Court in College Park Center. Following the game, a fireworks show lit up the November sky.

The week included the traditional chili cook-off and step show, as well as alumni gatherings. Saturday's activities began with the 5K Walk/Run and the Homecoming Golf Tournament followed by open houses, reunions, and The Bash celebration.

UTArlington Magazine fall 2013

Fall 'UTArlington Magazine' explores water research, JFK assassination

Massive blooms of golden algae have contaminated numerous Texas rivers, killing an estimated 20 million fish and crippling the state’s multibillion-dollar nature tourism industry.

In its cover story, the fall 2013 issue of UTArlington Magazine details how University researchers are battling this toxic invasion, as well as developing wireless sensors to protect our nation’s lakes and examining the effect of climate change on coral reefs

You’ll also find a Q&A with President Vistasp Karbhari, an article about a rediscovered collection of student essays written days after the JFK assassination, and a story about the importance—and allure—of the railroad industry. 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 160,000 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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MyMav Mobile goes live

MyMav Mobile is now live, allowing students to conduct academic and social activities on-the-go through their smartphones and other mobile devices.

Students will be able to enroll and drop classes, accept or decline financial aid, and apply for graduation.

They also can view admissions application status, financial and financial aid accounts, course catalogs, class section details, class schedules, grades, holds, graduation status, and the University calendar.

Go to the MyMav Mobile website to save the link to your home screen. Sign in on the main screen using your UTA netID and password to access enrollment, financial, and class schedules.

marching veterans

UTA ranks among nation's best universities for military veterans

UT Arlington is one of the best colleges for military veterans in the United States, according to rankings by Military Times.

UT Arlington placed No. 70 of 120 institutions named to the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” list that rates a school’s complete offerings for veterans at four-year universities, two-year colleges, and online institutions.

A total of 600 institutions responded to the 150-question survey, which placed a new emphasis on academic rigor. The extensive evaluation process also factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.

“UT Arlington has a rich history of educating servicemen and women and a modern appeal for veterans who want to pursue degrees in a wide range of academic and research disciplines,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “While we are thrilled by this national recognition, we also are challenged to continue pursuing new models of supporting servicemen and women transitioning from military life to the University and beyond.”

Read more about UTA's Best for Vets ranking.

International Education Week features food, facts, photos

Taste global goodies or test your worldly wisdom during International Education Week, set for Monday-Friday, Nov. 18-22.

Stop by the Peace Corps booth or attend one of several Fulbright Program information sessions. Visit the 10th annual Study Abroad Photo Contest, or partake in the International Food Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and the World Trivia Contest on Thursday, Nov. 21. Check the schedule for more events.

The Office of International Education hosts the week's activities.

Still time to plan for Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Breaks is an opportunity for students to travel to different communities to participate in weeklong community service projects and learn more about different issues.

Spring Break—March 9-14, 2014—offers a trip to Denver to participate in various service projects. Visit the Alternative Breaks website for details and registration. Apply by Monday, Nov. 25.

Questions? Email Jeong Lee at

MavPic Gunther Schuller

Music man

Music students flocked to hear legend Gunther Schuller during his visit to the Music Department last week. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and conductor talked about his career with students and faculty, led several rehearsals, and conducted the Wind Symphony in concert Sunday night. The author of several books, Schuller released his memoirs, Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of Music and Beauty, in 2011. He is an original member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.


Programs ask for input on technology for people with disabilities

Students are invited to two programs exploring how to accommodate individuals with disabilities in an educational environment Thursday, Nov. 21.

"Not Just for Students with Disabilities: Using Universal Design" looks at the field of disability studies and the increasingly diverse types of disabilities. Presenters are Sarah Rose, director of the minor in Disability Studies and assistant professor of history; Penny Acrey, director of the Office for Students with Disabilities; and Gina Ceylan, a doctoral student in science education at the University of Missouri.

The program is noon-1 p.m. in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building and is sponsored by the ON-TRAC program of the Office of Graduate Studies. 

"Technology Needs Forum" seeks input on technology that would help people with disabilities in academic, work, and personal settings. The forum is 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 153 of the Business Building and hosted by the UTA Research Institute and the Office for Students with Disabilities. Ideas can be shared anonymously via email to

If you need an accommodation based on a disability to fully participate in these events, direct your request to Acrey at 817-272-3364 or

Goolsby Academy celebrates 10 years with body language link to power

The Goolsby Leadership Academy celebrates its 10th anniversary by looking at a subtle part of influence: body language.

Caroline Keating, professor of psychology at Colgate University, will present "Also Mightier Than the Sword: The Body Language of Leadership and Power." Her lecture focuses on how the way a leader looks, sounds, and moves can be a powerful weapon.

Through her research, Dr. Keating discovered that humans convey dominance through facial expressions parallel to those of other primates.

The free program starts with a 6 p.m. reception and the lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Logo design contest includes $100 prize

The Academic Advising Association (UTAAA) is offering a $100 gift card for the winning design for the group's new logo. All students are eligible to enter.

Read the competition guidelines. Entries are due by Monday, Dec. 2, and the winner will be announced by mid-December.

Questions? Email

  MavPic Flu Shot

Hurting for health

Arun Kanal, bioengineering graduate student, grimaces while getting a flu shot at an outreach clinic in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Influenza vaccinations are $20 at the Health Services Center, and no appointment is needed.

GIS Day shows how system is used everywhere

Discover how every UT Arlington department uses geographic information systems (GIS), whether they realize it or not, as a part of the GIS Day 2013 events on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Jianling Li, professor of urban and public affairs, will discuss “GIS at UT Arlington: What It Can Do for Teaching, Learning, Research, and Daily Life,” at noon on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

“GIS is a part of Big Data, social media, mapping, and quantitative analysis,” says Joshua Been, government data librarian. “People can see how electronic mapping technologies are used by everyone.”

GIS Day features Cache, If You Can geocaching, poster presentations on using GIS at 1 p.m., free food, prizes, and a giant GIS Day cake. 

For more details, contact Been at or 817-272-5826. 

Adopt an angel for holiday season

Sponsor a child's holiday wish list this season through the Angel Tree. Choose an infant to young teen to sponsor by yourself, with friends, or with your department.

To adopt an angel, visit the Leadership Center in Suite B 160N of the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. All gifts are due by Wednesday, Nov. 27.

For questions, call the Leadership Center at 817-272-9220.

Check List


Monday, Nov. 25

Last day to hold a master’s exam/dissertation defense and submit a copy of your thesis/dissertation to Graduate Studies for its first mechanical check

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 28-29

University closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Saturday-Friday, Dec. 7-13

Final exams

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15

Commencement ceremonies

Claim your Commencement tickets

Commencement tickets for students who either graduated in August or have applied to graduate in December will be available starting at noon today, Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Detailed instructions will be sent to your UT Arlington email account. If you experience technical difficulty claiming your commencement tickets, contact the Box Office at 817-272-9595. 

Fall final exam schedule available

The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals are scheduled Dec. 7-13.

Spring registration is open; see your adviser now

Make plans to register for winter intersession and spring 2014 terms. The schedule of classes and the registration timetable are available on the MyMav portal page.

Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering. A list of advising offices is online. Call to schedule an appointment or check walk-in hours.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Panelists recall Kennedy assassination


Hear personal stories from Nov. 22, 1963, at "Eyewitnesses to Tragedy: JFK 50 Years Later."

Rebecca Deen, chair of the Political Science Department, will moderate the panel discussion noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Panelists include Paul McCaghren, who was a Dallas police lieutenant at the time of the assassination, and John Schoellkopf, who was a 25-year-old reporter at the Dallas Times Herald when the story broke. Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, will discuss amateur film footage of the motorcade that was taken by Abraham Zapruder, the father of his friend Henry Zapruder.

The free program is hosted by the UT Arlington Library and the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Fall Food Fair Taste food from around the world. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., University Center mall. International Education Week.

'More than Frybread' Mockumentary about native contestants in the fictionalized 1st Annual Frybread Championship. Free. 7 p.m., Room 106, College Hall. Native American Heritage Month.

Clavier Piano Recital Series Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance Transgender question-and-answer panel. Free. 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Palo Pinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, candlelight vigil, 6-7 p.m., Central Library mall. LGBTQA program.

'Danny from North Korea' Documentary of a North Korean who escaped to China and the United States. Discussion to follow led by Liberty in North Korea non-profit advocates. Free. 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Asian Heritage Month.

Trombone Choir Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Nov. 21

World Trivia Night Free. 6 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education Week.

UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra Concert Associate Professor Clifton Evans conducts winners of the University's concerto competition. $8 general public; $5 students and seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

'As It Is In Heaven' A Shaker village falls into confusion when a newcomer claims to receive special “gifts” from above. Tickets $7 for faculty, staff, students, seniors; and $10 general public. 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24Theatre Arts.

Friday, Nov. 22

UTA Choir Concert Karen Kenaston-French, associate professor of music, directs the A Cappella Choir and Women's Chorus, and Randy Jordan, lecturer and choral conductor, directs the University Singers. $8 general public; $5 students and seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday Night Film: 'Riddick' Rated R. $1 general admission, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Nov. 23

Electronics Recycling Free. 8 a.m.-noon, Lot 49, on the southeast corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. Enter the lot from the south on Doug Russell Road. Proof of Arlington residency is required.

Sunday, Nov. 24

UTA Symphonic Band Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Virginia Commonwealth University. Tickets $3 with student ID. 1 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, College Park Center. Athletics.

Coming up

Deck the Mall Celebrate the winter season with the lighting of the Library mall. Free treats. Free. 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, Library mall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Fall Jazz Concert The Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Ishii features guest saxophonist Randy Hamm of Missouri State University while the Jazz Ensemble is directed by Ken Edwards. Tickets $5 students and seniors; $8 general public. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, Texas Hall. Music.

Percussion Ensemble Concert Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Saturday, Nov. 30. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.

Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington LibrarySpecial Collections.

The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.

Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.

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

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Tuesday, Nov. 19

Aerospace, Aviation Archives Meg Hacker from the National Archives and Records Administration and Patrizia Nava from UT Dallas discuss aerospace and aviation primary sources in their archival repositories. Free. 7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Lee Blaylock of Startup Grind Dallas, Patrick Brandt of Zimbra, and Jeff McGee, associate professor of management, present their successful ideas and experiences in the world of entrepreneurship. Schedule. Free. 6:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Business.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Mohan Pant

COEHP Brown Bag Seminar Mohan D. Pant, right, assistant professor of research methodology in curriculum and instruction, presents "On Characterizing an L-Moment Based Generalized Burr Type VII Distribution." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 112, Nedderman Hall. College of Education and Health ProfessionsCurriculum and Instruction.

MavsTalk: Grief Free. 2-3 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Register onlineCounseling and Psychological Services.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Great American Smokeout Information and education about tobacco cessation programs. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

CMAS Lecture: John Valadez Filmmaker John Valadez, producer of the critically acclaimed new PBS documentary Latino Americans, is guest speaker. He also directed the Emmy-nominated documentary The Longoria Affair. Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 116, University Hall. Center for Mexican American Studies.

MavsTalk: Relationships Free. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Register onlineCounseling and Psychological Services.

Friday, Nov. 22

Applied Mathematics Seminar Tae Hyun Hwang of UT Southwestern presents "Integrating Human Phenome, Genome, and Interactome Network for Discovering Phenotype-gene Associations." Free. 2 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Managing the Stress of the First Year Free. Noon-1 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. University CollegeSuccess Series.


Center for Students in Recovery Celebrate Recovery 12-step Meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Room 107, Social Work Building; and student-led, open Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, noon, Wednesdays, Room 314, Central Library. Center for Students in Recovery.

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

Sports Notes
  Lonnie McClanahan

Shout out: Junior guard Lonnie McClanahan vocalizes his actions against Cleveland State at Friday's Homecoming game in College Park Center.

Men's team faces No. 4 Kentucky tonight

The Mavericks face No. 4 Kentucky for the first time tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the second game of the Keightly Classic.

The game will air on 1630 AM with live video streaming and stats via

The Mavericks fell 83-73 to Cleveland State on Friday night at College Park Center. Senior guard Reger Dowell earned 23 of his 25 points in the second half. Senior forward Brandon Edwards scored 21 and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. The Homecoming crowd of 4,824 was the fifth largest for a basketball game in UT Arlington history.

UTA will be on the road to face Robert Morris on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Women's team plays Oklahoma before coming home for three games

The women's basketball team heads to Oklahoma to face the Sooners on Wednesday, Nov. 20, after falling 74-56 to UT San Antonio on Sunday.

The Mavericks follow this week's play with three home games at College Park Center: Virginia Commonwealth University, Sunday, Nov. 24; Abilene Christian, Wednesday, Nov. 27; and North Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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 The men's cross country team's Craig Lautenslager earned All-Region honors at the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday in Waco. The men's team placed eighth, while the women's squad took 12th in the season's final event.

The volleyball team wrapped up its regular-season play 17-14 overall and 10-8 in the Sun Belt Conference after defeating UL Lafayette by 3-2 Friday and UL Monroe by 3-1 Saturday. The Sun Belt Conference Tournament starts Thursday, Nov. 21, in Troy, Ala.

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