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At a Glance...

Every Wednesday
Greek Letter Wednesday

Every Friday
Spirit Friday!

Mon, Nov 1-Tue, Nov 23
Asian Heritage Month

Tue, Nov 2
EXCEL Open Mic Coffee House

Wed, Nov 3
Lunch-N-Learn: STDs in the City

Wed, Nov 3
Diversity Lecture Series Presents Kip Fulbeck

Wed, Nov 3
Angel Tree Kick-Off Celebration

Wed, Nov 3
Off Campus Mavericks Lunch Series

Wed, Nov 3
Intramural 3-on-3 Wheelchair Basketball Entries Due

Thu, Nov 4
Orientation Leader Application Deadline

Tue, Nov 9
Maversity Diversity Workshop

Tue, Nov 9
Student Congress Night Walk

Tue, Nov 9
Breakfast with Leaders: Leading through Change

Wed, Nov 10
Basketball Pep Rally

Wed, Nov 10
One Night in Asia

Wed, Nov 10
Intramural Poker Entries Due

Fri, Nov 12
Friday Night Movie: Inception

Fri, Nov 12
UTSAV Indian Cultural Festival

Fri, Nov 12-Sat, Nov 13
Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament

Mon, Nov 15-Tue, Nov 16

Fall Student Elections

Mon, Nov 15
Maversity Diversity Workshop

Tue, Nov 16
One Night Without a Home

Wed, Nov 17
3rd Annual Most Awesome Extreme Challenge

Thu, Nov 18
EXCEL Deck the Mall

Thu, Nov 18
Intramural Table Tennis Entries Due

Thu, Nov 18
MGC Showcase

Sun, Nov 20-Mon, Nov 21
Mission Arlington

Sun, Nov 20
FLOC Holiday Extravaganza

Sun, Nov 21
Greek 101

Tue, Nov 23
Maverick Speaker Series with Lisa Ling

Tue, Nov 30
Breakfast with Leaders Series

Tue, Nov 30
Annual Etiquette Dinner

Wed, Dec 1
Lunch-N-Learn: Healthy Eating through the Holidays

Thu, Dec 9
Pre Exam Jam

Mon, Dec 13 & Tue, Dec 14
Late Night Breakfast

Fri, Dec 17
Intramural College Football Bowl Pick 'Em Entries Due

A Message From Dr. Lamas...
Dear Mavericks,Blaze and Lamas #2 

I find it hard to believe that this fall semester is so close to coming to an end. It was a monumental semester that marked record attendance at many of our signature events. Some of our most noteworthy accomplishments are highlighted below.

The MAC celebrated its 3rd birthday on September 14th and over 1,000 were in attendance to celebrate. We were also overjoyed to open the Off Campus Mavericks Center and new computer lab in the MAC on the same day. The center continues to see a strong and steady stream of students using the lab and facility. On September 17th the Division and the Alumni Association got down and dirty at the annual Oozeball mud volleyball tournament and registered a record breaking 144 teams. The funds from the tournament successfully raised over $5,000 for the Student Alumni scholarship fund.

This October marked the 30th anniversary of the Bed Races and this year's event brought in 89 student teams and raised $1,000 for the Student Life Fund. On October 15th, Student Affairs and Athletics hosted Maverick Madness. This celebration of the first night of basketball practice welcomed the teams and a crowd of over 500.

Another significant achievement occurred this fall when the Division was awarded a $20,000 gift from Wells Fargo. The funds will be used for student leader scholarships and to help sustain our enriching student centered programming.


This November we look forward to the Diversity Lecture Series on November 3rd featuring award-winning author, artist and filmmaker Kip Fulbeck. On November 12th and 13th the Movin' Mavs will host the annual Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament. The event will culminate with the final game on Saturday night versus the University of Alabama.

Lastly, I would like to give a few special words of recognition to Mike Knox and Cheyenne Hernandez who won awards for the Mid-Level Professional and Outstanding New Professional at the TACUSPA Conference in October.

These highlights are just a few of our many accomplishments from this fall semester. Please check out our departmental updates below for even more information. As you can see, the sky is the limit here at UT Arlington and I'm looking forward to what this next semester will bring.

Best regards,

Dr. Frank R. Lamas
Vice President for Student Affairs

Awards and Accolades


Meighan Burke was named Maverick of the Month for the month of October in the University College Parent & Family Newsletter.

Cheyenne Hernandez was promoted from Parent & Family Center Coordinator to Assistant Director of the Parent & Family Center.


Mike Knox and Cheyenne Hernandez were named the Mid-Level Professional and Outstanding New Professional at the October 2010 TACUSPA Conference in Ft. Worth.

Multicultural Affairs congratulates our student Video & Graphic Designer, Bongani Mlambo who is a senior majoring in Film/Video. His documentary Interracial Relationships was recently selected by Rokus Klett Publishing to be included as supplement to an English language textbook for Slovenian upper-secondary schools, entitled Way Up Upper-Intermediate by British author Joanne Collie. Click here to view the video!


Dannie Moore was recently selected to be profiled by his undergraduate institution, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, to be featured in their Office of Development as one of four successful alumni.


Greek Life & University Events Assistant Director Mike Taddesse will have a featured/published article in the November 2010 edition of Essentials, a monthly e-newsletter for members of the Association for Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). The article deals with the history of local Greek organizations and how to advise them versus advising a Greek organization with an established national leadership structure.


The Division of Student Affairs would like to give a special thank you to our staff members who served on the TACUSPA Fall Conference Committee. The conference would not have been such a success without your hard work and dedication. We appreciate all that you do!


Members of the Movin' Mavs Tennis Team recently won National Honors at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Championships in Mobile, Alabama. Malcolm Wright won the Tier 2 Singles title with teammate Blake McMinn took runner-up honors in Tier 2. Jeff Sale took runner up national title honors in a very competitive Tier 1 Singles division, with teammate Willie Hernandez taking runner up honors in the Tier 1 Consolation Division. Congratulations to our Wheelchair Tennis Team!

New Staff

blaze for email #2Penny Acrey has rejoined the Office for Students with Disabilities as Director. She is very happy to be back with her Student Affairs Family! Penny was previously the Assistant Dean for Student Success at the School of Social Work.

Student Governance and Organizations welcomes two student assistants, Jazzmin Marshall and Jessica Villagomez.

The VPSA Office welcomes Shane Pace, Student Graphic Designer and Tyrone Smith, Intern for the VPSA Office and Off Campus Mavericks.

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The Division of Student Affairs is now on Facebook and Twitter. Become a fan and follow us to keep up with the latest goings on around campus and also to be aware of our frequent giveaways!
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Student Profile

Kay Simien, MavsACT Student Leader,
The Leadership Center 

Leadership Center #3
Kay is a junior social work major who has been actively involved in The Leadership Center since transferring to UT Arlington over a year ago. She joined The Leadership Academy and became the program's ambassador, speaking about the program to students across campus.

Kay increased her involvement with The Leadership Center last spring when she was accepted as a MavsACT student leader for the 2010-2011 academic year. She also served as a small group leader at this year's leadership retreat and was voted The Leadership Center's Emerging Leader for the 2009-2010 year.

She is an inspiration to us all as she has embraced her own leadership journey while managing a full course load, several volunteer commitments and raising her three precious boys with her husband. Kay is always the go to person and is a wonderful example of Maverick leadership in action.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight
Professor Andrew Ortiz
Multicultural Affairs
Ortiz #2 

Hispanic Heritage month this year would not have been the same without the contributions of Professor Andrew Ortiz. Professor Ortiz has won numerous awards for his art that has been showcased all around the United States. He has been recognized in many different exhibits for his work. It was a gift that he was willing to share his art with the students of UT Arlington in the Semana de Cultura art exhibit for Hispanic Heritage Month.

In this event Professor Ortiz led a discussion on how he digitally creates his images and how his passion for art started. He also gave all faculty and staff an opportunity to view his collection by agreeing to showcase it for a full week in the University Center Gallery. Professor Ortiz was a pleasure to work with and truly engaged the students in a productive dialogue.

Department Profile

Parent & Family CenterP&F Weekend

Parent & Family Weekend, which occurred October 22-24,  was the most successful family weekend to date. Over 770 people were registered to attend the event and despite the heavy rain, over 620 people checked-in and participated in the event. Weekend highlights included a real-life game show, meals with the university's administration, faculty spotlights, and a fall festival. While the Parent & Family Center staff largely coordinated the event, it wouldn't have been possible without the collaboration of their colleagues in the Division of Student Affairs and campus wide support. Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered for the event.

In other news, the Parent & Family Association has reached a new record of over 660 families and membership is still growing. Because of this success, the Association was able to award two scholarships to deserving students this semester, and will award two more in the spring. 

Departmental News
Apartment and Residence Life
Move In Day

Apartment and Residence Life kicked off the year with a move to their new office in Arlington Hall. Please come by the breezeway for a visit and tour. Residence Hall Move In Event was a success thanks to the volunteers that helped. They also served more than 1,500 students at Waffleopolis. 

The Resident Assistants are busy getting residential students involved in their communities and on-campus. New RAs are attending an RA Leadership Course helping them make connections between their position and leadership experiences. 

Brazos House sponsored the 9th Annual Bra Bridge promoting awareness of breast and testicular cancer. It has raised more than $500 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

On October 30th, the West Campus Apartment RAs hosted the 2nd Annual "Kidtoberfest", a festival and trunk-or-treat event for residents, children living in the apartments, and the community.

ARL is also busy with the new College Park District residence hall and apartment construction scheduled to open in August of '12.


Oozeball Turned 21

Oozeball, voted UT Arlington's best tradition, hosted by Campus Recreation and the Alumni Association had 144 teams registered this year. The 21st annual mud volleyball tournament was held in the Oozeball lot, between Greek Row and 4th Street. This long standing tradition has been around since 1989. The students, faculty and staff competed and were muddier than ever. Proceeds of almost $5,000 from the event will go to the Student Alumni Scholarship fund.

Halloween Casino Night 

This annual Halloween party took place on October 28th and was a huge success! Student Affairs in partnership with Health Services and the Tarrant County Public Health welcomed over 1,000 students, faculty and staff! We would like to thank all of you who helped in preparing for, setting up and putting on the event.

Visit the events calendar on the left side of this email to learn about the Lunch-N-Learns and Pre-Exam Jam!

Greek Life Delta Zeta 

Greek Life had a successful fall recruitment campaign and will be hosting a couple of educational programs in November that will help enhance the leadership skills of all the new and incoming members in our fraternities and sororities. 

The Greek Life office also underwent a physical change as the office moved into their new digs in October. The Office of Greek Life is now located in Suite B160, lower level of the University Center (formerly the office suite of Student Conduct).

Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball
  Movin Mavs #2 

The Movin' Mavs will be hosting the Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament on November 12 & 13. Visit for more information and utamovinmavs for the complete schedule.

On November 19-21 the Movin' Mavs will host the NWBA Junior Division Southwest Regional Championships competing for a bid to the championships on April 2011 in Denver, CO.

On December 9-12 the Movin' Mavs will host the ABC Medical Wheelchair Basketball Tournament featuring UTA Movin' Mavs, Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks and at least two other top five teams from around the country.

This tournament will also include a clinic and tournament for 50 injured army service veterans as they prepare for the Warrior Transition Games to be held in 2011 the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Veterans will work with Movin' Mavs and Dallas Mavericks players and coaches and play a round robin tournament, culminating with an All Star Game on Saturday, December 11.

Multicultural Affairs
 Asian Challenge

The Multicultural Mavericks look forward to hosting the 3rd Annual Asian Heritage Month in November. Event highlights include the Lion & Dragon Festival, One Night in Asia and the Maverick Speakers Series event with Chinese-American journalist Lisa Ling. For more information visit

Also, the Diversity Lecture Series, What Are You? will take place on 11/3. It features award-winning author, artist and filmmaker Kip Fulbeck who has been featured on CNN, MTV and PBS. Tickets are sold out!

New Maverick OrientationNMO #4

The New Maverick Orientation office hired three new senior orientation leader staff members. This is an increase from last year, and should help provide increased supervision and leadership for the orientation leader staff.

New Maverick Orientation is in the process of recruiting for orientation leaders. Orientation leader applications are currently available at Applications are due Thursday, November 4. New Maverick Orientation will then begin the interviewing process. The staff is looking forward to having a new group of student leaders working towards making next year's orientation even better.
New Maverick Orientation is concluding its primary assessment period as surveys have been filled out from this summer. The staff is still surveying students on a 6-week follow up survey and a benchmarking survey before finalizing changes and updates to next year's orientation schedule.

The Leadership CenterLeadership Retreat

The 27th annual Fall Leadership Retreat was held Friday, September 24-Sunday, September 26 at Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian TX. This year's retreat welcomed acclaimed college circuit speaker Troy Stende for a weekend of leadership development and challenge events. The retreat was attended by over 200 students, 50 staff and faculty members and 20 community members. The weekend was a great success and The Leadership Center is especially thankful to the staff and students who volunteered their time.

Visit the sidebar on the left for information on the Breakfast with Leaders Series and the Annual Etiquette Dinner.

Off Campus Mavericks 
  OCM Center #2

The Off Campus Mavericks (OCM) staff have established this new program and marketed it to the student body. The staff moved offices in August and opened the new center in the first floor lobby area of the MAC. A few highlights from this semester include the Off Campus Mavericks Center grand opening on September 16th, where staff welcomed approximately 1,000 students to officially unveil the new physical space.

OCM staff served breakfast to commuter students as part of their Commuter Appreciation Breakfast on August 31 and October 28, where they served over 500 students at each.

This October they sent out their first Off Campus Mavericks newsletter to over 600 contacts! In addition, the Off Campus Mavericks launched a commuter blog called The Parking Lot, as a space to discuss commuter issues and news.

Off Campus Mavericks staff look forward to continuing to partner with on campus departments, and grow this program to meet the needs of the commuter student population at UT Arlington.


Director Penny Acrey attended the Association of  Traumatic Stress Specialists Conference in Toronto where she presented "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Disability" on October 1, 2010.

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, OSD, in partnership with Career Services, hosted the annual Workforce Recruitment Program. A full day of interviews took place October 26, 2010. Kudos to Demarice Dumerer for coordinating the event!

The Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society met on October 6, 2010 and elected a full slate of officers. The group is currently planning events for the coming year. LaShondra Jimerson continues to co-facilitate the meetings along with Dr. Sarah Rose.

The Adaptive Resource Center has developed and implemented an online test scheduling form. In light of the University and Division initiatives toward sustainability, OSD expects to see savings in the coming year. This also creates a more accessible and convenient process for students.

ญญStudent Governance and Organizations  AFD #3

Visit the left sidebar for information on the  Night Walk, Spirit Fridays, the Pep Rally, FLOC Holiday Extravaganza, Campus Elections more! 


The Board of Regents/Coordinating Board Applications for UT System Board of Regents/Coordinating Board are available. Click here for applications. Typed submissions due November 24.

Student Publications
 Shorthorn #2

Student Publications hosted the Texas Community College Journalism Association's annual convention October 8. More than 100 community college journalists and their advisers participated in the day's program, which included a welcome by Dr. Lamas and a reporting exercise involving a mock confrontation between "concealed carry" proponents and opponents and a presentation by prominent area journalist, including two Pulitzer Prize winners. Most intriguing to some attendees, however, were the underwear hanging on a clothesline outside of Brazos House, part of the annual Brazos breast cancer awareness project.

University Events 

University Events, in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs and EXCEL Campus Activities, hosted the annual Fall Concert on Monday, Oct. 18th at Texas Hall. Performing artist "B.o.B" headlined the sold out concert to a very energetic Maverick crowd.

The Maverick Speaker Series season is in full swing with sold out events for award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in September, and celebrity chef Rick Bayless in October. Our next Maverick Speaker will be journalist, activist and TV host, Lisa Ling on November 23rd. The Maverick Speakers Series is presented by the Office of the President in conjunction with University Events and EXCEL Campus Activities.

University Events is currently planning UT Arlington's entry into the annual Arlington Holiday Lights Parade (formerly The Parade of Lights) to be held on Saturday, December 11.  

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