For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

MSS-Bill Rasmussen

ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen at next Maverick Speakers Series

Learn the story of how ESPN grew from a small sports network to the broadcast giant it is today at the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

Bill Rasmussen will present "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Texas Hall.

Rasmussen and his son founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network, which nevertheless called itself “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” began broadcasting a year later. For ESPN, Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010.

The evening will feature question-and-answer and autograph sessions.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at


Oozeball still needs you for Friday's muddy competition

Get ready to sling some mud Friday, but register your team first. The 24th Annual Oozeball registration continues through Wednesday, Oct. 2, and is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Oozeball is a friendly and sloppy competition of volleyball on dirt courts turned into muddy swamps from thousands of gallons of water. Teams of five or six members battle it out to be the last team standing.

The mud starts flying at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Summit Avenue and Fourth Street, one block south of Greek Row Drive.

Save a few bucks with dual registration for Oozeball and the 33rd annual Bed Races.

The Bed Races features beds on wheels with five students—four pushing and one riding on the bed—competing in three categories: women's, men's, and co-ed. Costumes are encouraged. Entry fees go to the Student Life Fund. Teams must enter by noon Tuesday, Oct. 8.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Bed Races start at 7 p.m. at Maverick Stadium.

EXCEL Campus Activities and Campus Recreation sponsor the Bed Races. For more details, call EXCEL at 817-272-2963 or Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.

Pride Week

Pride Week includes information, entertainment

Education and a little fun are elements of Pride Week, sponsored by the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, ally) program, part of Multicultural Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs.

The exhibit “Standing Proud” includes displays of respectable and notable LGBTQA community members who made positive strides. See the exhibit in the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Domestic violence in the lesbian community is the topic at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Concho Room of the University Center.

Sex in the Dark
 refers to questions for a panel of students and health professionals at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Concho Room. Submit a question, which will be answered in the dark for an anonymous environment.

Learn about “The Meaning of Drag” 6-9 p.m.
 Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Concho Room when Kevin Gustafson, professor of English, reviews drag history. Area drag queens and kings will tell what it means to be a performer and offer hair and makeup tips.

A student drag show raises money for the LGBTQA program scholarship. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the University Center. Register online to perform.

For more details, call 817-272-2099 or email

MavTube Jose Antonio VargasVideo Extra

American defined

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas offered a heartfelt account of his life as an undocumented immigrant in the first lecture of the 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series on Tuesday night at Texas Hall. A native of the Philippines whose mother sent him to the U.S. at age 12 to live with his grandparents, Vargas said he has spent much of his life trying to prove he's an American.


Flu shots available at Health Services

Flu shots are now available for $20 at the Health Services Center. No appointment is necessary. For more details, call 817-272-2771 or go to the Health Services website.

The vaccine is being administered using a 90 percent smaller needle than traditional injections via intradermal vaccination.

Nominations needed for Homecoming king/queen, leader positions

Put your name on the ballot for the fall student elections. Open positions include Homecoming king and queen, Student Congress senators, and UTA Ambassadors.

Individuals wishing to run for any of the above positions must file by 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Office of Student Activities and Organizations, Suite B120, E.H. Hereford University Center. Voting is Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 28-29, in the University Center.

To nominate a student for any of the open positions, email Jennifer Fox at with the student’s name and email address.

For more information, call 817-272-2293 or visit


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Verify your personal contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington personal contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

On-campus housing available for students with families

University Housing offers a wide variety of housing options for the UT Arlington community, including 16 single-family homes that can be rented by students with families.

The houses feature a fenced-in backyard and two to four bedrooms, and are located conveniently close to campus.

To apply, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours, have one or more dependents, and complete the online apartment application. For more details, contact University Housing at 817-272-2791.

MavPic Hazing banner 2013

Sign of the times

Students signed the Mavericks Against Hazing banner on the University Center mall last week during Hazing Prevention Week.


Center for Students in Recovery to host 12-step program every Tuesday

The Center for Students in Recovery has started Celebrate Recovery meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 107 of Social Work Building B.

Celebrate Recovery is faith-based, 12-step meetings that are free and open to anyone in recovery.

Discount tickets available for Six Flags' annual Fright Fest, Holiday in the Parks

Discounted tickets are available to the UT Arlington community to two holiday events at Six Flags: Fright Fest, through Oct. 27, and Holiday in the Park, Nov. 23, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.

Tickets for one adult are $20 for students, faculty, and staff.

For more details, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 817-272-6080 or visit the UTA/Six Flags ticket website.

  MavPic Free Thinkers

Targeted funds

Willing to take a hit to raise money are Free Thinkers of UTA members, from left, Bhavik Patel, political science junior; Alex Worley, engineering freshman; and Kathleen Currie, biology junior. The student group sold water balloons with members serving as targets last week on the Library mall.

2013 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report provides annual crime statistics

The 2013 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report, which includes crime statistics for the previous three years, is available from the UT Arlington Police Department.

The report includes crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UT Arlington, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies about campus security.

Fire data for the past three years from the Environmental Health and Safety office is also part of the report.

The 2013 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report is available online or by emailing

Mentorship program seeks mentees

Students can receive a helping hand during their college career with the In Reach Maverick Mentor Program.

The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.

First-year students can apply at

For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at

Check List


Friday, Oct. 4

Final deadline for graduation application for undergraduate students

Thursday, Oct. 3

University Advising Center closed noon-2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Final deadline for graduation application for graduate students

Friday, Oct. 11

Last day for graduate students to request a leave of absence

Final deadlines near for December graduation

Late applications for December graduation will be accepted from undergraduates through Friday, Oct. 4, and from graduate students through Wednesday, Oct. 9. Additional fees and procedures may apply. Read more about undergraduate graduation and graduate student graduation requirements.

Depending on the publishing deadlines, late-applying students may not have their name included in the Commencement program and the graduate edition of The Shorthorn. Read more details about inclusion in the commencement booklet.

Graduate student request for leave of absence due Oct. 11

Graduate students in good academic standing who wish to request a temporary leave of absence from the University must apply no later than Friday, Oct. 11, which is the mid-semester deadline for the fall 2013 semester. The Application for an Approved Leave of Absence is online.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Double bass solo featured in Thursday concert

Jack Unzicker

Assistant Professor Jack Unzicker, right, is the featured soloist for the UTA Symphony Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Irons Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

Dr. Unzicker performs Giovanni Bottesini's Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B Minor.

Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras, conducts the orchestra for Hector Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture and Edgar William Elgar's Enigma Variations, Op. 36.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $8 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the music office at 817-272-3471.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Wyeth String Quartet Concert An ensemble made up of principal players from the Fort Worth Symphony. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

MavsArt Opening Reception Enjoy the artistic talents found in the UT Arlington community. Free. 6-7 p.m., first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

National Night Out Join the UTA Police Department for the annual National Night Out event. Free food, prizes, information, and more. Free. 6-7:30 p.m., University Center mall (rain site is Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center). UTA Police.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Guest Artist Recital: Silver Keys Trio Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Oct. 4

24th Annual Oozeball Tournament Mud volleyball. 1 p.m., Summit Avenue at Fourth Street, one block south of Greek Row Drive. 24th Annual Oozeball Tournament.

Sunday, Oct. 6

The Dream is Now

Symphonic Band Concert Free, 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Documentary Film: 'The Dream Is Now' Film explores the difficulties faced by undocumented students within higher education. Free. 6-8:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.

Coming up

33rd Annual Bed Races Teams compete in racing beds on wheels. Costumes are encouraged. Register by noon Tuesday, Oct. 8. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Maverick Stadium. 33rd annual Bed Races.

Maverick Speakers Series Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, speaks on "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story." Question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.


The Gallery at UTA: Materials & Identity Photo-based works by Seattle-area artists Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, along with Dallas artist Paho Mann, address individual and collective identity as reflected in what we consume, discard, and recycle. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 5. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.

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 Thursday, Nov. 7. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

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 Library, Special Collections.

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

Tail Waggin' Wednesdays Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library.

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.)

Learn More


Wednesday, Oct. 2

Food for Thought Series Lisa Nesta, a licensed dietitian, presents “All Foods Fit! Challenging the Idea of ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Foods.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Research Incubator Seminar Series Qing "Grace" Hao, associate professor of finance, presents “Short Selling Around the Expiration of IPO Share Lockups.” Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Business Etiquette Learn what companies expect from successful employees including customer service, client engagement, and proper email and social networking etiquette. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 204, Davis Hall. Career Development Center.

International Education Fee Scholarship Workshop Learn tips for submitting a competitive application. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. Study Abroad.

Advising Policies Review of UT Arlington's academic advising policies. Free, 1-2 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University Advising Center.

Thursday, Oct. 3

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Brad PIerce

Chemistry/Biochemistry Lecture Series Brad Pierce
, right, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, discusses "Beyond the First Coordination Sphere in Non-heme Iron Enzymes: How Outer-Sphere Interactions Influence O2-Activation, Substrate Specificity, and Coupling Efficiency." 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Biology Colloquium Series John Bruno of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examines "Coral Reef Conservation: What Are the Goals and How Do We Know What Works?" 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 4

Major Exploration Free. Noon, Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

The Power of Philanthropy and Entertainment Horace Madison of Madison Financial Group and Christal M. Jackson of Head and Heart Philanthropy speak on the roles of business, media, and entertainment in community-building. Free. 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Center for African American Studies.

Saturday, Oct. 5


Rape Aggression Defense For female faculty, staff, and students, the RAD program teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

Leadership Certification Program Complete a series of workshops exploring topics from fundamental leadership skills to an advanced social analysis of leadership. Foundations Workshop includes information on running an effective meeting, goal setting, time management, working with others, effective communication, and event planning. Also includes a workshop in the spring semester. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Leadership Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Success Series: To Drop Or Not To Drop 
Review the drop policy and consequences. 
Free. 1 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

35th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture C. Paul Rogers III, former president of the Southwest Conference, presents “The Winner-Take-All Syndrome in Sports and Society.” Rogers is a professor of law at SMU and SMU's NCAA faculty athletic representative. Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Success Series: Navigating Academic Terrain (Persevering) Discover how to navigate through the sometimes difficult terrain of a college campus. Free. Noon, Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Success Series: Exploring Undergraduate Research and Graduate School Opportunities Learn about undergraduate research opportunities with the TRIO McNair Scholars Program and preparing for graduate school during the undergraduate years. Free. 2-3 p.m., Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. University College, Success Series.

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

Sports Notes

Sunny days: Sophomore Hannah Baptiste digs a ball during the Mavericks' entry into the Sun Belt Conference this weekend at College Park Center. The volleyball team scored wins against the University of Louisiana-Monroe and UL-Lafayette.

Volleyball enters Sun Belt Conference era with weekend wins

Volleyball opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 3-1 win over the University of Louisiana-Monroe on Friday night and a 3-0 victory over UL-Lafayette Saturday night at College Park Center.

The Mavericks improved to 9-6 overall.

The team travels to Georgia State and Western Kentucky Friday and Saturday for its first conference road trip of the season.

Tickets to home games are $3 with student ID. The All-Sports Pass, with admission to all home sports events, is $25. Visit or call 817-272-9595.

Edwards named second-team All-SBC

Brandon Edwards has received College Sports Madness' Sun Belt Men's Basketball 2013-2014 Preseason All-Conference Teams recognition. The forward was named to the second team.

Edwards enters his senior season as UT Arlington's leading returning scorer and rebounder. He started 26 of the team’s 33 games in 2012-13 and averaged 7.3 points per game. He was fifth in the Western Athletic Conference in rebounds at 8.2 per game and third overall with his 58.5 shooting percentage.

The Mavericks open the season Friday, Nov. 8, at Boise State. The College Park Center home opener is Tuesday, Nov. 12, against Samford.

Sports shorts

• The women's tennis team wrapped up play at the Rice Invitational on Saturday in a rain-shortened event at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium. The women compete Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, in the USTA Invitational in New York City. The men's team plays Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6, in the Columbia Invitational in New York City.

• The men's golf team finished tied for 12th Saturday at the 58th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. The team plays Oct. 21-22 in Las Cruces, N.M., at the Herb Wimberly Invitational.

• The women's cross country team placed sixth while the men took eighth at the 77th Cowboy Jamboree Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. The Mavericks run Friday, Oct. 4, at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

Intramural deadlines ahead for indoor soccer, volleyball

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include indoor soccer, Wednesday, Oct. 2, and volleyball, Wednesday, Oct. 9.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 817-272-3277 or email

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