For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bed Races 2012

Bed Races roll on Thursday

Your last chance to register for the 33rd annual Bed Races is by noon today, Tuesday, Oct. 8. Register online.

The Bed Races feature 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.

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.

Izzy Baydar

NASA notable: Ezgihan “Izzy” Baydar will research air intake efficiency in jet engines as part of her NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship.

Aerospace engineering student awarded NASA fellowship

Aerospace engineering student Ezgihan “Izzy” Baydar has been awarded a prestigious NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship that will allow her to pursue her research into efficient jet engines in conjunction with the space agency.

Baydar and her adviser, Frank Lu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, were awarded the three-year fellowship that provides $135,000 in funding and includes summer internships at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Lu and Baydar’s work at NASA will focus on making air intakes more efficient in jet engines.

“We want to make more modern designs for these air inlets,” Baydar says. “We want them to be able to perform better at speeds between Mach 1 and Mach 2.”

Read more about Baydar's NASA fellowship.

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Maverick muddin'

Muddin'—which usually involves all-terrain vehicles—took on a new meaning at the 23rd annual Oozeball mud volleyball tournament Friday. See more photos and watch the video.

Space Week takes flight this week

Hit new heights with a high-flying contest, cheap eats, and a lecture for Space Week, Monday-Friday, Oct. 7-11. The College of Engineering hosts the fun.

Rockets take off at noon Friday for a competition on the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle by the Engineering Research Building. Build your own rocket from bottles, paper, and glue, then compete against others to see whose is best.

Don't go hungry this week. Lunch is only $4 at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Nedderman Hall. A cookout is Wednesday, and a hot dog sale is Friday.

Enjoy a special screening of Stars of the Pharaohs at the Planetarium at 6 p.m. Thursday for $3.

Take a free ride to Women of Color STEM Conference

Register by Wednesday, Oct. 9, to attend the Women of Color STEM Conference seminars and career fair 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

UT Arlington will provide bus transportation to and from the event. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

For more info, email Carrie Baum at

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.

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Happy Birthday, UTA

Terri Conroy, biology senior, signs a card last Wednesday for a celebration of UT Arlington's 117th birthday.


Register for GradFest on Oct. 18

Anyone considering graduate and professional school should check out GradFest, a free one-day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Maverick Activities Center.

GradFest features more than 60 different programs or schools, a roundtable discussion for prospective students, and a free GRE/GMAT prep workshop.

Roundtable discussions about admissions, financial assistance, and career services are 11-11:45 a.m. in the second floor lounge.

Test workshops and practice sessions are 2:30-6 p.m. in the Business Building. "GMAT vs. GRE Workshop: Which Test Is for Me?" is in Room 255, and a GRE practice test and strategy workshop is in Room 349.

Get to know graduate faculty at a mixer 4-6 p.m. at the University Club in Davis Hall.

See the schedule and register for GradFest.

Lots closed for special events

Lots 34 and 35 will be closed until 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

Audition to sing national anthem, perform at halftime during games

Got talent? The Athletics Department needs you to audition to sing the national anthem or perform at halftime for upcoming sporting events.

Faculty, staff, students, and Arlington community members should be prepared to sing and perform 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at College Park Center.

For more details, contact Destiny Price at 817-272-2213 or

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Night out

Dorothy Smith, lead custodian at the Engineering Research Building, chats with UT Arlington Police Chief Kim Lemaux during National Night Out last Tuesday. The annual crime awareness and prevention event seeks to build strong partnerships between law enforcement agencies and their communities.

Plan now for Parent and Family Weekend

Invite the family to come to Maverick Country for Parent and Family Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27.

The weekend features a long list of events that allow students to show their families what it's like to be a Maverick. Activities include faculty spotlights, a fall festival with live music and a petting zoo, glass-blowing demonstrations, a theater production, Movin’ Mavs basketball, and more.

Students and children under 10 are free. All others are $30 per person. Everyone who attends will receive a free T-shirt, breakfast, and dinner, as well as participate in most activities at no extra cost.

Online registration continues through Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Disability studies hosts mini-conference

Students are encouraged to attend "Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington," a half-day conference of exploring the new field of disability studies. Scholars from history, kinesiology, art, management, and interior design will offer brief presentations. An open discussion is planned on ways to strengthen the new undergraduate minor.

The conference, a Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute event, is 12:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Register by Monday, Oct. 14. RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 10, to attend the lunch.

For more information, contact Sarah Rose, director of disability studies, at

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Winning awareness

Madison Bennett, kinesiology sophomore, watches as Randy Velazques, business freshman, spins to win a prize while learning about domestic violence. Alpha Chi Omega hosted a booth last week on the University Center mall to raise awareness.


File for Homecoming king/queen, leader positions by Thursday

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

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

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Sweetie pie

Alex Martin, marketing freshman, gets creamed Wednesday at Pie A Chi, a fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research on the Library mall.

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.

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.

Check List


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 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

Stand-up comedy features Jen Kober

Jen Kober

Jen Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh at the Stand-up Comedy Night today, Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Originally from Lake Charles, La., Kober has bounded onto the national stage, bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for this free event. The laughs start at 7:30 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

EXCEL Campus Activities hosts Stand-up Comedy Night.

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Also vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, Friday, Oct. 11, and Arkansas State, Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets $3 with student ID. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday, Oct. 10

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

Friday, Oct. 11

National Coming Out Day Noon-2 p.m., Central Library mall. LGBTQA Program.

Maverick Spirit Friday at The Parks at Arlington Discounts for shoppers wearing UTA logo apparel or royal blue and orange. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The Parks at Arlington. College Town UTA.

Friday Night Film: 'The Conjuring' Rated R. Free popcorn; other concessions for sale. $1; $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Oct. 12

International Observe the Moon Night See our nearest celestial neighbor through telescopes while Ken Murphy, president of the Moon Society, tells you more about the moon. Free. 6-7 p.m., Planetarium. Planetarium.

Coming up

Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Anderson Cooper

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. Also, Anderson Cooper, right, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Parent and Family Weekend Parents and families spend a weekend on campus visiting their students’ residence halls and classrooms, listening to faculty presentations, and participating in a variety of fun activities. Schedule. Register online. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27. Parent and Family Center.


Standing Proud Exhibit Displays of respectable and notable LGBTQA community members who made positive strides. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Sunday, Oct. 13. LGBTQA Program.

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.

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 Library, Special Collections.

Tail Waggin' Wednesday

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.

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


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.

LinkedIn for Professional Networking Maximize your LinkedIn account for professional networking. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room 227, Pickard Hall. Career Development Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Breast Cancer Awareness 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

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.

Mock Interview Day Sharpen your interview skills. Real employers give the interview and provide feedback. About 30 minutes. Register. Free. 1-4 p.m., Room 216, Davis Hall. Career Development Center.

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.

Architecture Lecture Series Russell Buchanan of Buchanan Architecture in Dallas is guest speaker. Free. 3 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

NORML Documentary Film Series American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny is the third of five documentary films. $2. 6 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. NORML.

SUPA Information Forum Meet program directors and graduate advisers to learn about admission requirements and graduate programs. Free. 6 p.m., Room 521, University Hall. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Biology Colloquium Series Sula Vanderplank of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas speaks on "Fog, Flowering Times, and Plant Endemism along the Coast of Mediterranean Baja California." 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

LinkedIn Branding Strategies Workshop Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Career Development Center.

MAVS Talk Series: Relationships Learn the basics of developing healthy relationships. Identify and avoid unhealthy and abusive relationships. Register online. Free. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Friday, Oct. 11

Mathematics/Statistics Colloquium David Pengelley of New Mexico State University speaks on "So You Think You Understand Fractions? A Mathematician's Secret from Euclid to Today." Free, 3 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Business Lecture Series Jeffrey Inman of the University of Pittsburgh speaks on "Does Reducing Nutritional Information Complexity Promote Healthier Food Choices?" Free. 12:30-2 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Barbara Mahler of the U.S. Geological Survey
 Texas Water Science Center presents "From Barton Springs to North America: Unraveling the Mystery of PAH Contamination and the Link to Coal-Tar-based Pavement Sealant." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Graduate Business Forum Information for prospective graduate students for the Ph.D., MBA, and 10 other master’s degree programs. RSVP to 9:30 a.m.-noon, Room 147, Business Building. Business, Graduate Studies.

Coming up

Major Exploration Free. Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Room 303, Ransom Hall. Also 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Room 104, Preston Hall. University College, Success Series.

MAVS Talk Series Depression, 2:30-3:30- p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center; Stress, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Register online. Counseling and Psychological Services.

The Graduation Process: It's More than a Walk Across the Stage Check the important dates and deadlines you need to follow in your final term, how to apply for graduation, and the difference between graduation and the commencement ceremonies. Register online. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, online. Graduate Studies.

GradFest Graduate and Professional School Fair For anyone considering graduate or professional school. Exhibitors from a variety of colleges, universities, and academic/professional programs. Free, but registration encouraged. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Maverick Activities Center. Graduate Studies.

Success Series Manage Your Time; First Year at UTA, 2-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center; Interview Skills, noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Room 204, Davis Hall; To Drop or Not to Drop, 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Room 104, Preston Hall. University College, Success Series.

Student Veterans Workshop Test-Taking and Preparing for Final Exams, 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Room 104, Preston Hall. University College, Student Veteran Workshops.

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

Sports Notes

Students can win up to $5,000 at Maverick Madness on Oct. 17

Welcome basketball season with a chance at some cash at Maverick Madness on Thursday, Oct. 17, at College Park Center.

Maverick Madness is the official tipoff to the 2013-14 season for the Mavericks' men's and women's basketball programs and the Movin' Mavs wheelchair team.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a full slate of activities, including a number of contests and performances, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Contests for students include a chance to win $5,000 by making a half-court shot and $2,500 by making a series of three shots (layup, free throw, and a 3-pointer) in 20 seconds. Get a raffle ticket for these contests at the event.

Enjoy the high-flying aerial dunk team, AcroDunk, that performs at NBA arenas and has appeared on America’s Got Talent.

The general public can take a chance to win free season tickets, tickets to the men's basketball Homecoming game against Cleveland State, and the opportunity to travel with the team to a select road game.

Admission is free to Maverick Madness. Students with an All-Sports Pass ($25) or who purchase one at Maverick Madness can enjoy free food and beverages while supplies last. Free T-shirts and other items also will be given away.

Dig Pink match against Texas State on Wednesday

UT Arlington hosts rival Texas State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in its annual Dig Pink match. Donate to the Side-Out Foundation for breast cancer awareness.

Friday night, the team defeated Georgia State in straight sets, then dropped its first Sun Belt Conference match of the season to Western Kentucky on Saturday.

Sports shorts

• Daniel Armengol and Javier Perez led the men's tennis team to a doubles title at the Columbia Classic held at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in New York City on Sunday. The men's team plays Saturday, Oct. 19, in College Station.

• The cross country teams competed Friday in the 58th Notre Dame Invitational, with the women's team taking ninth in the Gold Division. Coming up is the Crimson Classic Friday, Oct. 18, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Intramural deadline this week for volleyball

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include volleyball, Wednesday, Oct. 9; drop-In basketball, Tuesday, Oct. 15; fantasy basketball, Friday, Oct. 18; and table tennis, Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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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