For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Parent weekend 2012

Maverick community welcomes parents, families for weekend of fun

Invite the family to come to Maverick Country for Parent and Family WeekendFriday-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.

Tickets still available for Thursday's Maverick Speakers Series lecture

From the time ESPN debuted in the late 1970s, sports junkies around the world were destined to get fewer hours of sleep a night as they flocked to the 24-7 network.

Bill Rasmussen, co-founder of the business that bills itself as “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” shares the secrets of creating a sports network from scratch at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Texas Hall as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.

Rasmussen and his son founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network 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

Darryl Lauster

Within reach: Assistant Professor Darryl Lauster found inspiration for Reach from Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century sketch for a gyroscopic flying machine. The 20-foot-tall sculpture stands in the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle in front of the Engineering Research Building.

Sculpture's da Vinci connection topic at Focus on Faculty

Darryl Lauster will discuss the inspiration for his sculpture Reach at the Focus on Faculty program at noon Wednesday, Oct. 23, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

His speech, “A 520-year conversation,” will tell how Leonardo da Vinci influenced Reach, UT Arlington's first commissioned public outdoor sculpture, located on the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle in front of the Engineering Research Building.

The 20-foot-tall sculpture is Lauster's interpretation of Helical Aerial Screw, da Vinci's 15th-century sketch for a gyroscopic flying machine. He developed the concept to celebrate the significant growth and change that has occurred at UT Arlington.

Lauster is an assistant professor of intermedia and sculpture in the Department of Art and Art History. He is the recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and founder of the Samuel Gray Society, an institute dedicated to 18th-century American history. Lauster's work is based in the research of American history and mythology and uses digital media, printmaking, sculpture, and installation.

Early voting today through Thursday

UT Arlington is a polling place for early voting for the November general election. The polling place is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 22-24, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Photo ID is now required to cast your ballot. Acceptable forms of photo ID are Texas driver's license, Texas Election Identification Certificate, Texas personal identification card, Texas concealed handgun license, military identification card, U.S. citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate, and passport.

For more information regarding elections and voter registration, go to the Tarrant County Elections Department and Texas Secretary of State websites.

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High-flying hoops

G-Man of Acrodunk flies over freshman Styron Williams during the acrobatic team's demonstration at Maverick Madness on Thursday night. The annual event at College Park Center welcomed basketball season with team introductions, student contests, a raffle, some freebies, and fun.

Flu vaccine clinics come to you

Flu shots come to you at outreach clinics. The vaccine is $20. The clinics are:

• Wednesday, Oct. 23—11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building, and 5-7 p.m., Lipscomb Hall

• Monday, Oct. 28—11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Engineering Research Building, and 5-7 p.m., Arlington Hall

• Monday, Nov. 11—1-4 p.m., Maverick Activities Center, and 5-7 p.m., Kalpana Chawla Hall

• Wednesday, Nov. 13—1:30-4 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center, and 5-7 p.m., Meadow Run, Timberbrook, Arbor Run apartments

• Monday, Nov. 18—1:30-5 p.m., Business Building

Influenza vaccine is available at the Health Services Center. No appointment is necessary. For more details, call 817-272-2771 or go to the Health Services website.

Astronomy Day lights up Saturday

Get stars in your eyes at the annual Astronomy Day 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Planetarium

Enjoy discounted planetarium shows where everyone pays kids' price, free lectures by space enthusiasts, telescopic observations with amateur astronomers from the Texas Astronomical Society and Fort Worth Astronomical Society, and raffles.

Lectures are "SpaceX and the Commercial Spaceflight Industry," 3 p.m.; "Moon U.," 5 p.m.; and "Introducing NASA’s Space Launch System," 8 p.m.

Plan on 'Pizza with the President' next week

Join President Vistasp Karbhari for lunch, a few remarks, and a question-and-answer session. Pizza will be served starting at noon Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Center Street upgrade starts Friday

Part of Center Street will be closed for upgrades between UTA Boulevard and Mitchell Street Friday, Oct. 25-Sunday, Oct. 27. Southbound traffic will continue in at least one lane at all times.

MavPic Spirit Friday pep rally

Signature event

Taylor Detwiler, a member of the new women's wheelchair basketball team, signs an autograph for a fan at the Spirit Friday pep rally Friday at The Parks at Arlington mall. The Maverick band and cheer squads paraded through the mall before the rally and the introduction of the teams.


Sign up for tweets about parking, shuttle service

Parking and Transportation Services has two Twitter accounts to help students get around campus. Tweets from @UTAParking give notices about lot closures and space availability. Look for @UTAShuttles tweets for changes to routes or stop times.

Questions? Email or call 817-272-3907.

Order Commencement regalia

Doctoral candidates must order regalia no later than Friday, Oct. 25. Questions? Contact the UTA Bookstore at 817-272-2785.

Information Security Office brings security answers to University Center

During National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Information Security Office (ISO) will answer your cyber security questions 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Learn how to protect your identity, defend your computer against malware, and secure your data. Bookmark the ISO Blog to view the latest security advisories or like ISO on Facebook to receive security tips.

For more information, contact the Information Security Office at

Maverick Orientation Leader applications now available

New Maverick Orientation will soon be accepting applications for the 2014 Maverick Orientation Leader teams.

Students with great leadership qualities, excellent communication skills, and Maverick pride are needed to be freshman and transfer orientation leaders. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be a full-time undergraduate, and be in good standing with the University.

Learn more about becoming a Maverick Orientation Leader at these information sessions:

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center

5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Guadalupe Room, University Center

12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Palo Pinto Room, University Center

  MavPic Men's team with NCAA trophy

Maverick spirit

The men's basketball team hopes flashing the Maverick sign with the NCAA basketball trophy brings good luck. The trophy was on display during Maverick Madness on Thursday at College Park Center.

Young fans see action with this season's Junior Maverick Cheer Squad

Girls and boys in grades 3-6 can join the sideline action as members of the Junior Maverick Cheer Squad. The squad's season is November 2013 through February 2014.

Squad members will train with the Maverick Cheer Squad and perform at UTA athletic events, Homecoming, festivities, and community events.

A parent meeting and uniform fitting is 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Maverick Activities Center. Cost is $225 for new members and $125 for returning members. All receive practice T-shirt and shorts, plus uniform and pompoms for new members.

For details, contact

Tutors and mentors needed for spring

Applications to be a peer educator for the spring semester are available. These tutoring jobs are through the Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction Department, part of University College.

Apply for job #7176 through SNAP Jobs. Forms are available at

A faculty member's recommendation is needed. Applicants must have a 3.0 overall GPA and an A or B in each course they would like to tutor or mentor.

Get in shape for Homecoming 5K

Start training for the Homecoming 5K, set for Saturday, Nov. 16. Training plans for beginners and intermediate runners are on the Homecoming 5K website.

Team and early registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 8.

Check List


Wednesday, Oct. 30

Last day to drop a course

Friday, Nov. 1

Deadline for financial aid for spring term

Monday, Nov. 4

Registration begins for winter intersession and spring term

Monday, Nov. 11

Last day to request a master’s exam or dissertation defense and submit a copy to your supervising committee

Six-course-drop alert, check implications before you drop

All students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later are limited to dropping six courses in the span of their undergraduate career.

More information is available in the undergraduate catalog and at the six-course-drop limit procedures page.

The last drop day this fall is Wednesday, Oct. 30. You must meet with an academic adviser in your major department to drop or withdraw from classes. You also are encouraged to talk to a financial aid counselor.

Advising for winter intersession and spring 2014 term

Advising for the winter intersession and spring 2014 term has begun. The MyMav portal is your gateway to the schedule of classes and the registration timetable. Priority registration opens Monday, Nov. 4.

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

Going Out

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Taste University

Taste of Arlington: Taste University Food and specialty beverage sampling from Arlington restaurants, music, entertainment. Tickets $45 general admission. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Arlington Convention Center. Taste of Arlington.

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

Early voting Cast your ballot for the general election. Photo ID required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Also Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 23-24Tarrant County Elections Department.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Chalk It Up Artistically express domestic violence survivor stories, words of hope, or inspirational quotes. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Library mall. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program.

Fall Fresh Fest Wear your Halloween costume for field games, an inflatable obstacle course, music, and free candy. Prizes for best dressed. Free. 4-6 p.m., The Green at College Park. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Thursday, Oct. 24

'The Government Inspector' A case of mistaken identity sends a village into a world of panic and greed. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, and seniors; $10 general admission. 8 p.m., MainStage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Theatre Arts.

Guest Artist Recital Internationally renowned clarinetist Robert Spring of Arizona State University will perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

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., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

Halloween Casino Night

Halloween Casino Night An evening of free casino games, treats, music, prizes, and a Halloween costume contest.
 Free. 8 p.m.-midnight, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Oct. 25

Texas Food Truckin' Fest Texas gourmet food trucks, live bands and performers, kids’ activities. Portion of proceeds benefit SafeHaven. Tickets $10-$15, $8-13 with student ID, children $6. 4-10 p.m. Rangers Ballpark. Also noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Texas Food Truckin' Fest, College Town.

Violin Studio Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Oct. 28

Voice Division Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Faculty Piano Recital Associate Professor John Solomons performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Concerts Trombone Choir Concert, Tuesday, Oct. 29; and Faculty Voice Recital with David Grogan, Thursday, Oct. 31. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Maverick Speakers Series Emmy- and Peabody -winning CNN reporter Anderson Cooper presents. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.


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.

Sarah Williams

The Gallery at UTA: Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams Sarah Williams' haunting paintings and Amy Blakemore's offbeat photographs provide an introspective view of human activity. Right, Sherman 2012 by Williams. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Nov. 16Art and Art HistoryThe Gallery at UTA

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.

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, Nov. 6, 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. 22

Internship Workshop Hear from actual recruiters on their internship programs and how you can benefit from them. Free. 2-3 p.m., San Saba Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Development Center.

Spirituality and the LGBTQA Community Free. 7:30-9 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Interactive Health Expo Find answers about emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, financial, and spiritual health. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Health Service Center. Health Services.

Success Series: Interview Skills Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 204, Davis Hall. University CollegeSuccess Series.

alternative spring break Interest Session

Alternative Spring Break Info Session Noon-1 p.m., Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Alternative Spring Break.

Word for Dissertations and Theses Learn advanced features in Word 2007/2010 that will make meeting the dissertation and thesis formatting requirements a less arduous process. Register online. Free. 6-8 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. Graduate Studies.

Focus on Faculty: Darryl Lauster Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art, discusses "A 520-Year Conversation." Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Major Exploration Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. Also, noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1University College, Success Series.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Success Series: To Drop or Not to Drop Free. 2-3 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University CollegeSuccess Series.


GIS Workshop: How Did Your Neighbors Vote? Analyzing 2012 Local Presidential Election Results Learn how to extract election data from the ICPSR and Texas state agencies and analyze the data in Excel and ArcGIS. No data or GIS experience required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Biology Colloquium Series Nancy Grimm of Arizona State University speaks on “Adding the ‘Techno’ into Urban Socio-ecological Research.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 25


International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History Jorge Canizares-Esguerra of UT Austin is the keynote speaker for the 14th annual conference. Free. Central Library and other campus locations. Also Saturday, Oct. 26HistoryTransatlantic History.

West Management Seminar: Work-Non-work Boundaries Wendy Boswell, the Jerry and Kay Cox Professor of Management at Texas A&M University, discusses her research on work-non-work boundaries. Free. 10-11:45 a.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Coming up

Success Series Study Skills, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Room 110, Preston Hall; Overcoming Test Anxiety, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, Room 104, Preston Hall; and Resume Building/Career Preparation, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Room 110, Preston Hall. University College, Success Series.

MAVS Talk Series Stress, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Register online. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Navigating Online Career Information Learn to navigate the online world of career information. Register online. Free. 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, online. Graduate Studies.

Student Veterans Workshop Explore how to maximize the value of your military experience on your resume and tips to improve your cover letter. Bring your resume or cover letters for hands-on assistance. Free. 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Student Veteran Workshops.

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

Sports Notes
  Charmaine Whitmore

Top block: Senior Charmaine Whitmore is second in the nation for blocks, averaging 1.64 per set.

Whitmore second in nation for blocks

Senior middle blocker Charmaine Whitmore is second in the nation for blocks, averaging 1.64 per set.

The Mavs are off to a strong start in 2013, sitting at 13-9 overall and 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference play, with the help of Whitmore's solid defense at the net. She is the only Maverick to earn SBC Player of the Week honors and was named Defensive Player of the Week in September.

Whitmore leads the conference in blocks per set. For the season, she has 123 total blocks with 10 solo and 113 assisted. Against Arkansas State on Oct. 12, Whitmore landed the first double-double performance of her collegiate career with 11 kills and 13 total blocks.

UT Arlington defeated South Alabama 3-0 Friday night and Troy 3-2 Sunday afternoon, both at College Park Center. The Mavericks are tied for third with Arkansas State in the league standings.

The team travels to Arkansas State on Friday, Oct. 25, and to UA Little Rock on Saturday, Oct. 26. Both matches are at 7 p.m. 

Cross country teams enjoy breakout performances in Alabama

The men's and women's cross country teams capped their regular seasons Friday evening when the men finished second and the women placed fifth at the Crimson Classic.

The men, ranked 15th in the most recent South Central poll, finished with 85 points. Auburn claimed the team title with 45 points.

The women were fifth among the 24-team field, finishing behind only Alabama, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Auburn.

UTA heads to the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Troy, Ala. In the preseason coaches' poll, the Maverick men were chosen as the favorites, while the women were predicted to finish third.

Movin' Mavs tournament includes new women's team

Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball's tournament includes play by the new women's team. The tourney is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27, at the Maverick Activities Center and the P.E. Building.

The Movin’ Mavs men play Dallas at 10 a.m. Friday in the PEB. On Saturday, the team faces Oklahoma City at 10:45 a.m. and Dallas at 1:15 p.m. in the MAC, and Austin at 5:45 p.m. in the PEB.

The Movin’ Mavs women play DFW at noon Friday in the PEB and Dallas women at 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the MAC.

Other teams in the tournament are San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas Juniors.

Mavs tee it up at the Wimberly

The men's golf team plays at the 2013 Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Monday, Oct. 21, and today, Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Las Cruces, N.M. The tournament is hosted by New Mexico State.

The five-man team at the Wimberly is senior Brad Mason, junior Andrew Cornella, junior Joss Gosling, junior Cash Wilkerson, and freshman Josh Radcliff.

Table tennis deadline this week

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include table tennis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, Halloween Ultimate Disc, Tuesday, Oct. 29; badminton, Sunday, Nov. 3; and poker, Monday, Nov. 18.

An adapted wheelchair division is available for table tennis with requests by Nov. 16. Contact for details.

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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