For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Big Sean

Big Sean tickets ready now for big spring concert Feb. 28

Tickets are available online for hip-hop recording artist Big Sean, who will perform for the spring concert sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities.

The rapper will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Texas Hall.

Since the release of his debut album Finally Famous two years ago, Big Sean has risen in the music ranks. In addition to being recognized by GQ Magazine as 2012’s “Hottest Rookie” and picking up honors at the 2012 BET Awards for “Best New Artist,” Sean received double Grammy nominations in 2012 for his collaboration with mentor Kanye West for “Mercy.” His latest release is Hall of Fame.

VIP student tickets are $30 for reserved seating in the first fours rows of sections B, C, and D. General admission tickets are $15 for students, $20 for faculty and staff, and $25 for the general public. Tickets are limited to four per person.

Go to or call 817-272-9595.

Anderson Cooper

General admission tickets available for Anderson Cooper appearance Feb. 10

General admission tickets to see CNN anchor Anderson Cooper for the Maverick Speakers Series are available. Go to

Cooper will appear at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at College Park Center with moderator Krys Boyd, host and managing editor of KERA-FM's midday talk show Think.

Individuals who held tickets to Cooper's postponed Nov. 11 program received emails earlier this week with instructions on how to claim early tickets.

Tickets to the Nov. 11 event will not be honored. Questions should be directed to the UTA Box Office at 817-272-9595.

Cooper's appearance in November was postponed due to the journalist being assigned to report on the massive destruction in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan. 

Cooper took his background in war correspondence for Channel One News and ABC to CNN in 2001, where he reported on major breaking news stories and handled live coverage for the military conflict in Baghdad. His show, Anderson Cooper 360°, has aired on CNN since 2003. He has earned many accolades throughout his career, including several Emmys, a Peabody, and two GLAAD Media awards.

NOLABound Tailgate, 'Greek Out' planned for Thursday's game

Enjoy a taste of New Orleans and wear your Greek letters for the men's basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, against Troy. The game starts at 8 p.m. at College Park Center.

The Sun Belt Conference's NOLABound Tailgate Tour visits each conference campus before the SBC Championships beginning Wednesday, March 12, in New Orleans.

The tailgate starts at 7 p.m. on the concourse overlooking the arena. The main attraction is traditional New Orleans cuisine prepared by Cook Me Somethin' Mister!, featured on Food Network's Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri. Pick up samples of jambalaya and king cake, and earn free giveaways including Louisiana hot sauce, cajun seasoning, T-shirts, mini basketballs, and more.

All Greeks receive a free long-sleeved Fraternity and Sorority Life T-shirt, while supplies last, and may win a pizza party.

The game will be televised on the Sun Belt Network. Check ESPN for local broadcast, although some cable providers may black out the game.

  MavPic Greenhouse

Winter green

Groundskeepers Robert Lee, above, and Jesus Camargo attend to flowers and ferns at the campus greenhouse. The greenhouse, located in the maintenance complex by the J.D. Wetsel Service Center, supplies plants for events around campus, such as banquets and Commencement.

Formula SAE team fifth in world

The success of UT Arlington's Formula SAE race car program across three decades earned the program a top-five ranking in the world in the latest Formula Student Combustion World Rankings, compiled by Formula Student Germany e.V.

"This is a confirmation of our leadership in Formula SAE and a well-deserved recognition of a job well done by Professor Bob Woods and his teams throughout the years," says Professor Erian Armanios, chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

UTA was fifth of 513 ranked teams around the world. The program was the highest-ranked of any U.S. program and was joined in the top 10 by the University of Washington (7) and the University of Akron (8).

The Universitat Stuttgart claimed first place, followed by Monash University, Hochschule Esslingen, Osaka University, UT Arlington, Tallinn TU UAS, Washington, Akron, Centro Universitario da FEI, and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences 

ACES is now accepting proposals

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) is a University-wide symposium that showcases UT Arlington’s undergraduate and graduate students’ research and creativity.

Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. Past winners have presented research on gene therapy, business relations, army recruiting, pain control, better tools for builders, history, philosophy, biochemistry, and engineering. They have presented works of art, literature, music, and stage performances. Winners receive monetary prizes.

Deadline for abstracts is midnight Friday, Feb. 7.

The ACES Symposium is set for Wednesday, March 26, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

MavsArt exhibit seeks submissions

The UT Arlington Libraries are accepting submissions from UTA students, staff, and faculty for the spring 2014 MavsArt exhibit.

Both 2-D and 3-D submissions are accepted. Applications to display works are accepted through Thursday, Feb. 13. Artwork will be displayed on the first floor of the Central Library through the spring semester starting Thursday, Feb. 20.

MavsArt is a semester-long program that showcases the artistic talents of UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. The first MavsArt exhibit featured cartoons, digital art, photography, Victorian hair mourning, assemblage pieces, and traditional paint on canvas.

For more information, visit the MavsArt page or email

Be safe and sound in Maverick Country

Safe & Sound in Maverick Country offers comprehensive information about safety precautions implemented by UT Arlington, tips for staying safe while on campus, procedures to follow in the event of an emergency, and important contact information.

Find details on staying safe while driving, at home, or on campus; how to contact health and counseling services; drug- and alcohol-abuse education programs; using shuttle and security escort services; and much more. 

Female faculty, staff, and students can learn self-defense through the Rape Aggression Defense or RAD, program. Register for the Saturday, Feb. 1, class.

And since you are the most reliable source regarding anything that appears unusual, check out the See Something, Say Something page to see how you can make a difference.

Link to College Park restaurants for specials, coupons

Be among the first to find out about events, specials, and receive coupons for the College Park District restaurants. Click here to sign up for the College Park Newsletter and receive a coupon just for signing up.

Check List


Monday, Jan. 27

Deadline for application for spring graduation

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Census Date

Last day for undergraduate students to reserve graduate courses for graduate credit

Add, swap, drop, or withdraw from spring classes

To withdraw from classes once the term has begun, undergraduate students must meet with an academic adviser in their major department.

If you drop or withdraw on or before the Census Date, Wednesday, Jan. 29, no grade will be recorded on your transcript to reflect the drop. Courses dropped by the Census Date also will not be counted toward the six-course drop limit that affects students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later or the excessive hours tuition law that affects students who have more than 45 hours in excess of the hours required for a degree plan. Read more about this state law and procedures for its implementation at UT Arlington.

Note deadlines to apply for graduation for spring candidates

Monday, Jan. 27, is the deadline to apply for graduation for the spring 2014 term. The filing fee is $40 and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Students should apply to graduate in MyMav. Read the graduation application instructions

Before students apply to graduate, they should verify with their academic adviser that they are eligible to graduate at the end of the graduation application term. The fee is not refundable or transferable to a future term if a student applies and is then found to be ineligible to graduate.

Candidates for graduation who miss this deadline can apply through Monday, Feb. 24, with an additional $60 late fee.

Read more about graduation requirements.

Order final transcript

Winter Intersession students can order their final transcript in MyMav or through the alternative order form site.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the spring semester is available online. To print your verification, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

A Cappella Choir chosen for convention concert

A Cappella Choir

The A Cappella Choir will give two local concerts before performing at the nation's largest music educator's convention.

The choir will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association state convention Thursday, Feb. 13, in San Antonio. 

Local concerts are set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Ave. in Fort Worth, and noon Monday, Feb. 10, at Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

Karen Kenaston-French, associate professor of music, directs the choir.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Activities Fair Day Learn more about student organizations, departments, and community vendors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Troy. Tickets $3 with student ID. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. South Alabama, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Troy. "Greek Out" event with prizes for individuals wearing their Greek shirts. Tickets $3 with student ID. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. South Alabama, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, College Park Center. Athletics.

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

Friday, Jan. 24

Guest Orchestra Concert The West Virginia University Orchestra performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Captain Phillips

Friday Night Films: 'Captain Phillips' Rated PG-13. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Coming up

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, noon Thursday, Feb. 6; and vs. Texas State, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Tickets $3 with student ID. Games at College Park Center. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6; and vs. Texas State, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Tickets $3 with student ID. Games at College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday Night Films The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Feb. 7; and Gravity, Feb. 21. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


Faculty Biennial XIV

The Gallery at UTA: Faculty Biennial XIV This exhibition shows what Department of Art and Art History professors accomplish in their creative endeavors outside the classroom. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 8Art and Art HistoryThe Gallery at UTA.

Gallery 76102: Beyond Memory Paintings by people with dementia are part of Memories in the Making, an art program of the Alzheimers Association. Paintings are available through an online auction  through Jan. 25. Calendars, note cards, and small matted paintings are for sale at the event. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, Jan. 25. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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

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. 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. UT Arlington Library.

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.

Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for GoodExoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, Jan. 21

Career Center Walk-in Hours Free. 9-11:45 a.m., Room 216, Davis Hall. Also 9-11:45 a.m., 1-5:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23; 1-5:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27; 9-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28Career Development Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Writing a Winning Abstract Discover the formula for accurately reflecting your first-hand, investigative efforts in 250 words and the art of writing a thought-provoking and engaging abstract that steals the show. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 108, Nedderman Hall. Graduate Studies

Resume Writing Workshop Get expert advice and tips on how to build a competitive resume that advertises your strengths and skills. Free. 2:30-4 p.m., Room 216, Davis Hall. Also, 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28Career Development Center.

Jennifer Zhang

Research Incubator Seminar Series Jennifer Zhang, right, associate professor of information systems, presents "Virtual Team Performance in Crowdsourcing Contests: A Social Network Perspective." Free. 2-3:30 p.m. Room 609; Coffee with the Dean, Room 633; Business Building. Business.

Documentary: 'La Familia Before God: We Are All Family' An educational documentary on spirituality and the LGBTQA community. Free. 6-8 p.m., Palo Pinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Thursday, Jan. 23

College of Nursing Dean Candidate Chandice Covington, a candidate for dean of the College of Nursing, speaks. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Room 235W, Business Building. Nursing.

Monday, Jan. 27

Cervical and Testicular Cancer Awareness Day Learn more about cervical and testicular cancer and what you can do to prevent it. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Unmanned Systems Consortium Leaders in the unmanned systems field gather to discuss their current work and the future of these advanced technologies. RSVP to 817-272-5921 or 10 a.m.-4 p.m., UTA Research Institute.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

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., Room 104, Preston Hall. LGBTQA Program.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Eating on the Run Start the semester off with the tools to eat well with limited time and with limited effort on your part. Look at staples to keep; how to whip up fast, nutritious, tasty meals; snacks to take to class or work; and better choices when on-the-run. $5. 7-8 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Maversity Workshop Maversity's fun and interactive workshops provide a safe space to probe hot topics like gender, race, stereotypes, prejudice, privilege, personal identity, socio-economic class, and social justice issues. Lunch provided. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Coming up

Rachel Ryan

Is the Dallas-Fort Worth Region Future-Ready? Futurist Rebecca Ryan, right, shares four trends that will rock your community in the years to come, why now is the moment for action, and how smart communities are leveraging these trends and forcing disruptive changes to make their communities more engaging, responsive, and attractive to current and future generations. Free, but reservations required. Reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, Room 204, Architecture Building. School of Urban and Public Affairs.


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
Brandon Williams

Forward move: Freshman forward Brandon Williams totaled eight points and seven rebounds against Louisiana-Lafayette.


Mavericks on home court this week; Thursday features tailgate, 'Greek Out'

The basketball teams return to College Park Center this week after facing rival Texas State in San Marcos last week.

The women's team plays Troy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, and South Alabama at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Maverick men face Troy at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, and South Alabama at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

Thursday's game features the NOLABound Tailgate Tour and is a "Greek Out" night. The game will be televised on the Sun Belt Network. Check ESPN for local broadcast, although some cable providers may black out the game.

The men's team won 56-48 in Saturday's game against Texas State in San Marcos. Texas State took last Wednesday night's game 68-60 against the women's team.

Sports shorts

• The women's tennis team is at home against Dallas Baptist and Stephen F. Austin on Feb. 8, Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Feb. 13, and Wichita State on Feb. 15.

• The track teams will compete in the Colligan Memorial in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Jan. 25; the Varsity Apartments Invitational in Wichita, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 1; the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 7-8; and the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 24-25.

Intramural sports entry deadlines begin

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include: dodgeball, Wednesday, Jan. 22; billiards, Thursday, Jan. 23; preseason basketball, Tuesday, Jan. 28; basketball, Wednesday, Jan. 29; rock climbing, Tuesday, Feb. 4; and racquetball, Friday, Feb. 7.

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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