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Most Spirited Photo Contest
Fri, Apr 1
Spring Leadership Institute
Fri, Apr 1
Greek Awards and Order of Omega Initiation
Fri, Apr 1
Student Organization Award Applications Due
Sat, Apr 2 - Fri, Apr 8
Sat, Apr 2
Sat, Apr 2
The Great American Trash Off
Sat, Apr 2
Cowtown Brush Up
Sat, Apr 2
UTA Cheer and Dance Nationals Show-Offs
Mon, Apr 4
Mavs Got Talent Show Auditions
Mon, Apr 4
The Big Event Blitz Week Begins
Mon, Apr 4-Sat, Apr 16
FLOC Gallery Exhibit: Making a Lasting Impression
Tue, Apr 5
Dedication of The Green @ College Park
Tue, Apr 5
UTA Volunteers: One Day Without Shoes
Wed, Apr 6
Mavs Got Talent Show
Wed, Apr 6
Applications for EXCEL Campus Activities Student Directors Due
Wed, Apr 6
Orange for the Cure: Softball Rally Against Leukemia
Wed, Apr 6
Food for Thought Series: Vitamins, Minerals, Bee Pollen?
Thu, Apr 7 - Sat, Apr 9
UTA Cheer and Dance at NCCA Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida!
Fri, Apr 8
Friday Night Movie: The Green Hornet
Fri, Apr 8
The Big Event Planning Meeting
Sat, Apr 9
UTA Volunteers at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Sat, Apr 9
Multicultural Greek Council Car Wash
Sun, Apr 10
Mon, Apr 11
Applications for UTA Volunteer Student Leadership Positions Due
Mon, Apr 11-Sat, Apr 16
RVSP Red Flag Campaign
Tue, Apr 12
Tailgate Tuesday: UTA vs. Baylor
Wed, Apr 13
The Shorthorn Housing Fair
Wed, Apr 13
Applications for EXCEL Campus Activities Event Chairs Due
Wed, Apr 13
Forums for Student Elections
Thu, Apr 14
Texans Standing Tall: Forum on Underage Alcohol Use
Fri, Apr 15
UTA at WFFA: Daybreak!
Sat, Apr 16
The Big Event and Thank You Celebration
Sun, Apr 17
Intramural Badminton Doubles Entries Due
Tue, Apr 19
EXCEL Presents Comedian Anjelah Johnson
Mon, Apr 18 & Tue, Apr 19
Thu, Apr 21
Multicultural Greek Council Showcase and After Party
Thu, Apr 21
RHA Block Party and SpringFest Featuring We the Kings
Sat, Apr 23
UTA Volunteers at Mission Arlington
Tue, Apr 25
UTA Night at the Ballpark: Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Tue, Apr 26-Thu, Apr 28
RVSP Clothesline Project
Wed, Apr 27
Interfraternity Council General Body Meeting
Sat, Apr 30
UTA Volunteers Animal Shelter Volunteering
Mon, May 2
Intramural Outdoor Game Night Entries Due
Tue, May 3
Intramural Poker Entries Due
Wed, May 4
Food for Thought Series: Cutting Edge Warm-Ups
Thu, May 5
Mon, May 9 & Tue, May 10
Late Night Breakfast
Fri, May 13
Graduation Celebration Featuring John Legend
Sat, May 21
All UTA Dance and Cheer Team Tryout Forms Due
|A Message From Dr. Lamas...|
This past semester was one of the coldest and snowiest ones to date in Texas but the spring weather is here! And with that, let's look ahead to the action packed spring semester and also take a chance to highlight some of our achievements from the winter.
The Homecoming 2011 weekend welcomed record attendance at many of the events. Congratulations to our new homecoming king, Omar Rosales and queen, Miriam Zehaie. Also, a huge thank you to Coach Garner and the Movin' Mavs on successfully hosting the NWBA tournament in Texas Hall and congratulations to the team on placing 3rd in the tournament.
Throughout the month of March, Multicultural Affairs hosted Women's History Month. One of the WHM programs was a philanthropy drive for the victims of domestic violence at Safe Haven Women's Shelter. Over 45 student groups participated in the drive and 125 bags of toiletries, clothing and grooming supplies were collected.
This April 5th I invite you to the dedication of The Green at College Park. The event will include remarks, refreshments, food, giveaways and a special butterfly release. The park project is the first of three major construction projects to be completed in the College Park District. For more information visit www.uta.edu/collegepark.
The Big Event is the university's largest student-run community service event that has been a long-standing tradition at UT Arlington. This year's event has already registered a whopping 900+ volunteers will take place on Saturday, April 16th. Be sure to sign up to volunteer at a project site of your choice by April 8th at www.uta.edu/thebigevent.
Also, this spring join us in attending the first-ever RHA (Residence Hall Association) Block Party and SpringFest on April 21st. This mega block party and concert is a combination of two of our most popular events. The fest will include carnival style treats, games, activities and a performance by headlining band, We the Kings.
Wrapping up the semester will be the ever-popular Late Night Breakfast on May 9th and 10th. We invite all of you students to come out for late night treats and a break from studying for finals.
In closing, I wish you all the best of luck on your end of semester projects and exams. As always, we invite you to come out and join us in experiencing student life on campus at any of our upcoming events and activities.
Dr. Frank Lamas
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maverick Bike Program
The newly launched Maverick Bike Program maintains and encourages the popular and beneficial use of the bicycle as an important mode of transportation to, from, and on campus by providing the campus community with a safe, secure, and efficient cycling environment.
The program will be renting out bikes to ride on-campus and providing a shop for repairs and maintenance. If you're interested, please contact the office of Campus Sustainability at 817-272-9299 or view their bike program's website.
Maverick Discount Program
Be sure to check out the newly designed Maverick Discount Program website. It's sleek and easy to navigate and full of great discounts at local retailers. Remember that all discounts are valid for all UT Arlington students, faculty, staff and parents who are members of the Parent & Family Association.
Dr. Frank Lamas was appointed to the NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Board of Directors in March 2011.
Movin' Mavs Coach Doug Garner
was selected to coach the Army National Team and was nominated for a national AAPAR (American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation) award. He was also selected to represent the USA as an IWBF (International Wheelchair Basketball Federation) technical official/classifier at the 2011 Under 25 Women's World Championships in Vancouver, Canada.
The recently re-vamped Shorthorn website, www.theshorthorn.com, was selected as a finalist for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Crown award in March 2011. This is one of the highest awards in college media.
Kerri Ressl has joined the Division of Student Affairs as the new Director for The Leadership Center. She comes to us from the office of Development where she was the Senior Associate Director for University Development. We welcome Keri back to the Division, as she began her time at UT Arlington as a student and student leader for EXCEL Campus Activities and as a Peer Leadership Trainer.
Student Legal Services is pleased to welcome La'Shundra Tucker as the new Law Clerk. She comes to UT Arlington from Texas State at San Marcos and is a wonderful addition to the department.
The Division of Student Affairs is on Facebook and Twitter. Become a fan and follow us to keep up with the latest goings on around campus, discounts and much more!
Jennifer Rigby Gore, Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program
Jennifer joined the RVSP (Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault) program in September 2010 and has been a helpful addition to the office. She will receive her degree in psychology this summer and continue her education at Dallas Baptist University, pursing a Masters in counseling.
Going above and beyond her position, Jennifer has been dedicated to learning about issues that pertain to intimate partner violence and sexual assaults. She recently went through rape crisis training at the Women's Center of Tarrant County.
You can find her at our RVSP table with fliers and resources in hand, ready to educate and inform her fellow peers. With skill and ability in answering touchy questions, Jennifer represents UT Arlington and the RVSP program with great maturity and leadership. We are proud to have her on the team!
Shelley Worley, the Office for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities would like to show our appreciation for Shelley Worley, Support Specialist II in the Department of Mathematics. Shelley assists the OSD office in ensuring students receive academic accommodations by assisting the office with obtaining exams for classes for students using the Adaptive Resource Center. Every final exams week, Shelley is in on Saturday providing support. She is always on call for OSD and is ready to help with whatever is needed.
In addition, Shelley's support was critical over the past few semesters in assisting the OSD office with obtaining accessible versions of math books for students who are blind. OSD could not be as efficient or effective in accommodating students without Shelley, and we thank her for all she does!
Student Governance and Organizations
Student Governance & Organizations provides a wealth of opportunities through several key component areas:
Student Congress is the student representative body charged with representing student interest to the administration here at UT Arlington.
Numbering over 300, Student Organizations, give students outlets to join together for a common cause. Check out the new student organizations site http://mavorgs.uta.edu!
UTA-HOSTS! matches upper class students with new mavericks to assist in their adjustment to UT Arlington and campus life.
The UTA Ambassadors (pictured) promote new & old campus traditions and instill spirit in the campus community.
The Graduate Student Senate is a representative body specifically for issues and concerns pertaining to graduate students.
Apartment and Residence Life is excited to announce the arrival of two new staff babies. Rich Sims, Residence Director of East Campus Apartments welcomed a son on January 2nd and Greg Hladik, Assistant Director of Residence Life welcomed a daughter on January 28th.
Congratulations to our newly selected 2011-2012 Resident Assistants! We completed our recruitment process in February with an overwhelming number of well-qualified candidates. Our thanks go out to the professional staff that coordinated the recruitment process: Trinity Residence Director, Esther Mack, Arlington Hall Residence Director, Jovita Simon and Centennial Court Assistant Director, David Wilson.
Greek Life supported Homecoming 2011 by helping to plan and execute the 8th Annual Homecoming Step Show on February 24th. Greek organizations completed a clean sweep of the 2011 Homecoming Spirit Competition with a fraternity or sorority winning all three (3) top spots! In addition, the Multicultural Greek Council (pictured) was proud to win 1st place in the 2011 Homecoming Chili cook off competition!
The Movin' Mavs had a successful 2011 season, culminating in a (disputed) #3 seed for the NWBA (National Wheelchair Basketball Association) Intercollegiate Division National Tournament after splitting 2-2 with the #2 seed, the University of Illinois. This year the Mavs were the first team in the Intercollegiate Division to livestream all of their games online for family, friends and fans of wheelchair basketball!
During the semester three Movin' Mavs: senior Anthony Pone, freshman Blake McMinn and junior Juan Soto have been selected for the All Army National Team to play in the 2011 Warrior Transition Games in March in Colorado Springs.
Also, Patrick Walker (reporter for the Fort Worth Star Telegram) was honored with a 2011 Barbara Jordan Media Award for his story covering the December Warrior Transition Camp hosted by UT Arlington and the Movin' Mavs in December.
Diversity Week was a major success! Many students, faculty, and staff participated in the Diversity Week events hosted by the Multicultural Affairs. Highlights included MAVfest an outdoor festival that brought hundreds of Mavericks together, a theatrical production of the play Platanos & Collard Greens and our always popular 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament.
For details and calendar of Multicultural Affairs events, visit www.uta.edu/multicultural.
|New Maverick Orientation
New Maverick Orientation is preparing for another successful orientation season. NMO dates are now available on the orientation website for freshman, transfer, and veteran students entering summer and fall 2011. Orientation registration will begin mid-April. Please visit the program website, www.uta.edu/orientation for more detailed information.
The New Maverick Orientation office is offering a new orientation for incoming freshman geared towards first generation students who are the first in their family to attend a college or university. This session will connect freshman with other first generation college students and parents, and help them understand common issues encountered in this transitional period.
|Off Campus Mavericks
The Off Campus Mavericks program and community is continuing to grow. Not only have more and more off campus students attended OCM events, taken part in services, and visited the Center, the Off Campus Mavericks program is working hard to build community where all students can meet on a regular basis... online at the new commuter blog, The Parking Lot.
Commuter students have the common challenge of traveling each day to UT Arlington. The Parking Lot is a space to share in those challenges and successes to network and support each other in an online community. It is the hope of the OCM staff that commuter students will park for awhile and use the space for commuter issues, news, events, and a way to discuss issues of concern to the off campus population. Check it out at blog.uta.edu/offcampus.
The Office for Students with Disabilities
OSD got off to a busy start this semester. The ARC (Adaptive Resource Center) has received 96 requests to process books in alternative formats, 50% of those require full text conversion. This is a 10% increase over last spring semester. OSD staffers, Penny Acrey, Demarice Dumerer and LaShondra Jimerson attended the UT Arlington Advising Association (UTAAA) Annual Conference in February.
The office is currently accepting applications for the Allan Saxe Scholarship. Both Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 recipients will be recognized at the Student Leadership Awards Program in April.
Three new students have expressed interest in the Entry Point! Internship program. Also, the OSD staff has participated in several education and outreach activities including Preview Day, Cook Children's Life After Cancer Youth Program, and PALS (Peer Academic Leaders) training.
Relationship Assault and Sexual Assault Prevention Program (RVSP)
The RVSP program, with a new location in the lower level of the UC, suite 170, is launching some educational programs and campaigns. In February, they partnered with Health Services to host the Consent is Sexy event. Participants put the red light or green light on situations of sexual conduct, addressing issues of sexual assault, implied consent, and risks associated with alcohol use.
Continuing the discussion, RVSP partnered with Multicultural Affairs and invited national speakers, authors, and experts on sexual assault prevention and empowerment, Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder (pictured) to host Sexversations, a workshop on reducing sexual violence on March 10 in support of Women's History Month.
Have you seen the red flags? In honor of April & Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the office will be launching the Red Flag Campaign, aimed at educating the campus on warning signs of unhealthy relationships and sexual violence. Be ready...they may be asking you to sign the pledge, committing to speaking up and promoting healthy relationships!
| Parent & Family Center
The Parent & Family Association has reached a new record of over 675 families. The increased membership has allowed the Parent & Family Center to add even more programs and services that will benefit students and their families. Most recently, the Parent & Center awarded two $500 scholarships to students who are affiliated with the Association. Freshman biology major, Tara Mulkey, and sophomore business major, Jake Powers were this semester's recipients and were recognized during the homecoming basketball game on Feb. 26, 2011. On behalf of the Parent & Family Association, thank you to all the involved parents who make these and other scholarships possible.
When the University closed because of ice and snow, Shorthorn staff that could get to the office kept working. The result was increased traffic to the website at near-record levels.
Homecoming 2011 was a monumental success! Great weather and the hard work of students and staff from within Student Affairs and outside of the Division, helped to make this Homecoming a memorable time for the University community.
Major League Baseball's 'Iron-Man' Cal Ripken, Jr. spoke to a sold out crowd of enthusiastic fans as the February 17th speaker for the Maverick Speakers Series.
In March, they brought in another sold out crowd to watch and listen to science guy Bill Nye, who appeared on March 23rd.