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At a Glance...


Every Monday - Thursday
Read The Shorthorn 

Every Friday
Spirit Friday 

Thu, Aug 4
EXCEL Summer Movie Screening: Rio

Thu, Aug 11
EXCEL Summer Movie Screening: Thor 

Mon, Aug 22-Sat, Sept 10
Welcome Week 2011 


Mon, Aug 22
Residence Hall Move-In Event and In-Hall Activities  


Tue, Aug 23 and Wed,
Aug 24

University College Presents: Success U  


Tue, Aug 23
University College Presents: Dude Where's My Class 


Tue, Aug 23
Enter the Grid: Game System with Your Librarian   


Tue, Aug 23

Wed, Aug 24
MavsMeet Convocation and AfterParty/Faculty Staff Reception


Thu, Aug 25

Classes Begin   


Thu, Aug 25, Fri, Aug 26, Mon Aug 29 and
Tue, Aug 30

Social Work Survival Snacks 


Thu, Aug 25
Welcome Back BBQ 


Thu, Aug 25

EXCEL Welcome Back Movie


Thu, Aug 25
Intramural Bowling, 3-on-3 Basketball, Pre-Season Flag Football and Flag Football Sign-Ups Begin   


Fri, Aug 26
Cowboys Stadium Private Tour-For Graduate Students Only 


Fri, Aug 26
UTA Student Night at the Rangers Ballpark: Rangers vs. LA Angels   


Sat, Aug 27
Graduate Student Orientation 


Sat, Aug 27

Wings, Wieners, and Water


Sat, Aug 27
Movin' Mavs Back to School Game   


Sat, Aug 27
International Office Big Howdy Party 


Sat, Aug 27
Pajama Jam: Get Your Glow On 


Sun, Aug 28
Welcome Back Splash 


Mon, Aug 29-Fri, Sept 2

Carter BloodCare Blood Drive   


Mon, Aug 29
College of Liberal Arts Snack Attack 


Tue, Aug 30

Commuter Appreciation Breakfast  


Tue, Aug 30
Information Superheroes: Cape, Tights, to the Library 


Tue, Aug 30
UTA-HOSTS! Welcome Mixer


Wed, Aug 31
Maverick Cookout and Activity Fair Day

Wed, Aug 31
College of Science Welcome Back Ice Cream Social

Thu, Sept 1
Madden NFL Tournament Sign-Up Begin

Thu, Sept 1
College of Nursing Floats 'n Quotes


Thu, Sept 1
Honors College Game Night

Thu, Sept 1
Multicultural Mavericks Kick-Off

Fri, Sept 2
College Football Pick 'Em Tournament Sign-Up Begins

Tue, Sept 6 and Wed, Sept 7
Link International Friendship Informational Session

Tue, Sept 6
Beyond the Wall Poster Sale Begins


Wed, Sept 7
Engineering Welcome Bash Cook-Out

Wed, Sept 7
Intramural Softball Sign-Up Begins


Thu, Sept 8
Global Grounds International Coffee Hour


Fri, Sept 9

Freshman Day

Fri, Sept 9
EXCEL Friday Night Movie

Fri, Sept 9
PHC (Panhellenic Council) Greek Splash


Sat, Sept 10

Mavericks on a Mission

Mon, Sept 12
IFC (Interfraternity Council) Tour of Chapters

Wed, Sept 14
MGC (Multicultural Greek Council) Meet and Greet

Wed, Sept 14
One Mic Stand Comedy Night: Upright Citizens Brigade

Wed, Sept 14
Intramural Ultimate Frisbee Tournament Sign-Up Begins

Thu, Sept 15-Sat, Oct 15
Hispanic Heritage Month

Thu, Sept 15

MAC 4th Birthday Celebration

Thu, Sept 15
NPHC (National Panhellenic Council) Meet the Greeks

Fri, Sept 16
Friday Night Live Featuring The Burning Hotels 

Fri, Sept 16

Sat, Sept 17
IFC (Interfraternity Council) Bid Day

Mon, Sept 19-Fri, Sept 23
National Hazing Prevention Week

Fri, Sept 23
Maverick Speakers Series  


Fri, Sept 23-Sun, Sept 25
Fall Leadership Retreat 


Mon, Sept 26
Cyclethon: World Heart Day


All of October
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Early October

Fall Concert

Thu, Oct 6
Bed Races  


Mon, Oct 10-Fri, Oct 14
RVSP Clothesline Project 


Tue, Oct 11
One Mic Stand Comedy Night

Thu, Oct 14
EXCEL Friday Night Movie


Dancing with Mavericks

Mon, Oct 17-Sat, Oct 22
Student 2-D Art Competition

Thu, Oct 20
Maverick Speakers Series

Fri, Oct 21-Sun, Oct 23
Parent & Family Weekend

Thu, Oct 27
Halloween Casino Night

Thu, Oct 27-Mon, Oct 31
National College Media Convention

Fri, Oct 28-Sun, Oct 30
College Division Wheelchair Basketball Tournament  

A Message From Dr. Lamas

Greetings Mavericks,Dr. Lamas Headshot


This fall looks to be the start of a banner year at UT Arlington and within the Division of Student Affairs. As we look forward to the coming semester and our great line-up of events, activities and services, lets look back at the summer that was.

New Maverick Orientation is excited to be wrapping up another successful orientation season. Approximately 2,350 freshmen and 1,740 parents and guests attended an orientation session. This summer also saw the return of three transfer orientation sessions with over 282 transfer students participating. NMO also welcomed 77 veterans at various orientation sessions for student veterans.

University Communications and the Division of Student Affairs have recently launched the new Division of Student Affairs homepage and VPSA website. We are very excited about the new page and site, as they are clean, easy to navigate and will help to unify our Divisional marketing materials. These pages are some of the first to be launched in the phased launch of our 18 departmental sites that will take place throughout the fall.  


Many more of this summer's recent accomplishments and future endeavors are in the newsletter below. A few highlights include the spirited renovation of the University Center basement, and two upcoming signature events, Welcome Week and MavsMeet Convocation.

I'm looking forward to this new and exciting year at UT Arlington, and would like to welcome our new students and those who are returning back to campus!


Dr. Frank Lamas

Vice President of Student Affairs and
Dean of Students

Special Events
Welcome Week 2011
Welcome Week Photo
Begin your journey through Maverick country or if you've been around for a while-meet some new faces and see what's new in town. The line-up of exciting programming includes campus traditions like Welcome Back Splash, Wings, Wieners, and Water, the Activity Fair Day, and MavsMeet Convocation. Check for the calendar and more information on all of the spectacular events that have been put together for you.

Monday, August 22nd-Saturday, September 10th
MavsMeet Convocation and AfterParty/Faculty/Staff Reception

Kick off the 2011-2012 academic year with a spirited performance by the UT Arlington marching band and a dynamic line-up of faculty/staff speakers including President James Spaniolo, Provost Donald Bobbitt, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Frank Lamas and guest faculty speaker, Ya'ke Smith, assistant professor of film, video and screenwriting.


After the Convocation, students are invited to the AfterParty for food, refreshments, activities, games, live music, and crafts. Faculty and staff are also invited to the faculty/staff reception in the University Club. The reception will feature light refreshments and the music of 440 Alliance, a local American cello rock band. 


Wednesday, August 24th, Convocation, 4-5 pm, Texas Hall; AfterParty, 5-7 pm, Central Library Mall; Faculty/Staff Reception, 5-7 pm, University Club
Community News
University Center Basement Renovation
UC Basement
The University Center basement, which is home to many Student Affairs offices is in the process of receiving a much needed renovation. The old space lacked clear directional signage and had worn out carpeting and furniture.
The refresh will create a modern, professional and inviting environment for both students and staff.

Spaces that will be renovated include Student Activities, Student Governance and Organizations, Student Congress Chambers, the Leadership Center and Greek Life offices, Multicultural Affairs and Parent & Family Center offices (pictured) and Student Publications. The offices will receive new carpeting, paint, storage compartments, furniture, wall decorations, and an infusion of blue and orange Maverick branding. The project is being led by Bryan Sims, director of institutional construction at UT Arlington and outside design firm BKM Texas.

The renovation is underway and should be completed by the time that school starts. If you have not been down to the basement, please stop by see the refresh.
Tobacco Free UT ArlingtonSmoke Free at UTA


Breathing is easier at UT Arlington, now that the campus is tobacco free. On 8/1, the campus became smoke free. In an effort to create a comfortable, healthy, and welcoming learning environment, the University is prohibiting the use of all tobacco products on campus, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco at all times. Violators will be subject to the penalties listed in the tobacco-free policy.


Please visit the HR website for information and a copy of the policy.

UT Arlington License PlatesUTA License Plates

Get ready for the fall by purchasing a personalized UT Arlington license plate! Purchase a 10-year luxury plate anytime during the month of August 2011 and receive a free tumbler.

For more information visit and enter the promo code: TUMBLER at checkout.
Awards and Accolades

Trophy In April 2011, the cheer squad came in second place and the dance team came in seventh place at the NCCA (National Collegiate Cheerleading Association) competition in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The EXCEL Campus Activities Summer Movie Series received two great media mentions this summer. The program was listed in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram on 6/23/11 and on the City of Arlington website, on 6/21/11. 


The Division of Student Affairs was awarded the I Am Community Municipal Volunteer Program award by the City of Arlington in May 2011. The award recognizes the Division's exemplary dedication to volunteering and to the City of Arlington.


Congratulations to the 2011 Division of Student Affairs staff award winners who were honored at the June Student Affairs retreat:


Vanessa Balderrama, Outstanding Non-Exempt Professional, Parent & Family Center and Student Governance and Organizations

Doug Garner, Outstanding Exempt Professional,
Campus Recreation/Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball 

Laura Kinch, Outstanding New Professional, VPSA Office

Apartment and Residence Life, Assessment of the Year


Movin' Mavs Coach Doug Garner was selected to coach the Army National Team at the 2011 Wounded Warrior Games. Coach Garner lead the Army team to victory at the games on May 20th in Colorado Springs. For more information please see the U.S Army website. In addition to being listed on the U.S. Army's website, this great accomplishment was written about in USA Today, The Boston Herald, the Ft. Worth Star Telegram and several other publications. Please see the In the News section of the Student Affairs website for links to each of the stories.  

Multicultural Affairs student designer Phil Lambert was recently featured in the Wunderkammer (cabinet of wonder/curiosities) exhibit in the Conduit Gallery in Dallas. Phil is a senior who is majoring in drawing. He was one of four UT Arlington students who had works featured in the exhibit along with UT Arlington professor of drawing, Stephen Lapthisophon. The exhibit has been featured in the Dallas Observer and in KERA Radio's Art and Seek section.


In April 2011, close to 50 UT Arlington students including members of the UTA Volunteers group, faculty and staff appeared on the WFAA News 8 Daybreak morning show to promote the 2011 Big Event, which is the University's largest day of community service. The event itself, which took place on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 registered 901 student, staff, faculty and community volunteers and successfully completed 3,604 hours of community service during the one-day event.

New Staff

BlazeApartment and Residence Life is excited to welcome, Jason Anderson, residence director for KC Hall. Jason was previously a residence director at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He is a recent graduate of The University of Missouri-Kansas City with a master's degree in educational administration.

Apartment and Residence Life is also excited to welcome Stephen Berg as the new Assistant Director of Apartment Life. Stephen comes to UT Arlington from Colonial Properties in Dallas where he was a property manager. Previously he was an area director for Minnesota State University.  

Marilyn Goff has joined the Department of Student Governance and Organizations as the administrative assistant. She was previously at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she was the senior administrative assistant for Student Affairs. 

The Department of Campus Recreation welcomes Blair Schulyer to UT Arlington. Blair comes to the Division from RMC Events, Inc. in Charlottesville, VA and previously, The University of Virginia where he was an events manager for Athletics. Within Campus Recreation, Blair will serve as the membership services coordinator.


Student Governance and Organizations is very excited to welcome Bailey Simpson to the department. Bailey comes to Student Affairs from Florida State University where she was a graduate assistant for the Student Activities Center. Here at UT Arlington, Bailey will serve as an assistant director for Student Governance and Organizations. 

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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Brittney Joyce, Nominated by the Department of Greek Life

 brittney joyce

Brittney Joyce, the manager of the New Student Welcome Center, is truly a staff member who deserved to be recognized for all of her dedication to the Greek Life community here at UT Arlington.   


Brittney has served as an on-campus advisor for Delta Delta Delta (Tri-Delta) sorority for the last three years.  She is also currently serving as the lifetime membership advisor for Tri-Delta and has served countless hours by providing not only recruitment advice but academic programming, positive social programming, and countless ideas to add energy to an already incredible group of young women.   


She is a strong advocate for the Greek experience and was initiated into Tri-Delta after working at the University for a little over a year. She hires Greek students to work in her office and to be members of MavElite. She believes in the strong work ethic and commitment to values that she finds in these students. Her feedback and support is critical to our department's continued success. Thank you, Brittney Joyce.

Student Profile

Julia Landro - EXCEL Campus Activities

 Julia Landro

Julia Landro, a junior education major, is a familiar and welcome face in the Department of Student Activities. She was elected president of EXCEL in May and will serve as the university programming board's president for the 2011-12 year.  So far, she's shown herself to be a near tireless and dedicated leader, who is never too busy to stop and offer a smile or chat with a prospective member.


She is a dedicated sister both to her six siblings and within Kappa Delta Chi sorority. She traveled from quite a distance to get to UT Arlington-Hawaii to be exact. Yet she's adjusted well to life here in Texas despite our less than temperate weather. Her bright personality and friendly manner are well suited to the demands of her lofty campus positions.

Department Profile

Student Publications  


Student Pubs StaffStudent Publications provides mentoring, training, advising and administrative support for students who plan, edit and produce The Shorthorn, UT Arlington's award-winning student newspaper. 


In addition to providing the University's oldest continuous source of news and information, Student Pubs provides experiential learning in paid positions for students who are planning careers in journalism, advertising and other professions. While approximately 60-70 percent of students who work in Student Pubs do it for career preparation, more than 90 percent say experience in Student Pubs helped them make or clarify career plans. Four Shorthorn staffers have gone on to win Pulitzer prizes, journalism's highest honor. 


Student Pubs has seven professional staff members - Lloyd Goodman, director, Beth Francesco Currie, assistant director and adviser, Tammy Skrehart, assistant director and advertising manager, Adam Drew, production manager, Brian Schopf, office manager, Ashton Whitley, advertising business manager, Anza Stewart, administrative assistant - and 75 student employees. 

Departmental News
Apartment and Residence Life (ARL)

The Department of Apartment and Residence Life had a busy summer hosting a record number of overnight summer campers in the residence halls and providing a home for apartment and residence hall students who were busy taking summer classes.   


ARL is excited to host the 12th annual Move In Event on August 22nd where campus volunteers help residence hall students move into their rooms. ARL will also be hosting the 14th annual Waffleopolis (pictured) on Tuesday, August 24th, which is a Maverick Stampede tradition. Live it up on campus!

Campus Recreation
Butterfly Release

Both the cheer and dance teams made it to the final rounds of the national competition this year. The cheerleading squad took second place after competing against eleven other teams at the 2011 NCCA Collegiate Cheerleading National Championship in the Small Coed Division I. The dance team has vastly improved and was highly competitive among the other teams this year and placed seventh. 


The Green at College Park had its official opening on April 5 with a brief dedication and butterfly release. The Green features a large lawn, a curved stone wall with seating, recycled paving materials, and a dry creek bed. The Green is managed by Campus Recreation and will provide an open area for relaxation and play.


This past spring, Campus Recreation assisted the Department of Psychology in the creation of the recently published Stress, Health, Exercise, and Performance (SHEP) study. The study looked at stress and changes in physical activity among college students. An interesting report finding was that students who had participated in the freshman orientation had higher levels of physical activity and use of the MAC. This provided evidence that the orientation program is effective and important for students' future exercise habits.

 greek members 

This summer the UT Arlington fraternity and sorority community has been getting ready for an exciting fall semester. Earlier this summer the fraternity and sorority community participated in evening orientation activities in the UC Bowling and Billiards as new students met members of our fraternity and sorority community and learned how to get involved.


Also, students and campus partners are invited to come by the Greek Life office on the third Friday of each month for Greek Appreciation Days from 10 am - 2 pm. The event always includes food, games and fun as a way to come by the new Greek Life offices and meet with staff.

movin mavs army game
Coach of the Movin' Mavs, Doug Garner recently partnered with the U.S. Army and held several wheelchair basketball camps for injured service veterans. Coach Garner, along with Tyler Garner, strength and conditioning coach for the Movin' Mavs, volunteered to coach the Army National Warrior team at the 2011 Warrior Games. Three players (injured army service veterans, one pictured) from UT Arlington and one from the University of Alabama led the army to the Warrior Games WCBB Championship! Click here for the more information on the story.

The Movin' Mavs had a busy summer recruiting as well, with six new athletes expected to be on campus for the 2011-2012 season. Players from Austria, Germany, Colombia, Switzerland, Houston and Phoenix, AZ will be expected to help the Movin' Mavs as they prepare their efforts to fight for an eighth NWBA Intercollegiate Division national championship. 

Multicultural Affairs
Lead Group Shot #2
Congratulations to the new Leaders Educating About Diversity team for 2011-12 (pictured):  Mary Barron, Crystal Jamaica, Timothy Johnson, Zack Minter, Ethan De Nolf, Esther Armenta, Thuc Do, and Gita Christy.  L.E.A.D. students serve as peer facilitators for the Maversity social justice education program. For the fall calendar of Maversity workshops, visit the Multicultural Affairs webpage.  

The Multicultural Mavericks Kick-Off will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 pm in the University Center, Bluebonnet. This welcome week event offers students a chance to learn how to get involved in programs such as heritage month celebrations, Maversity, the Black Leadership Institute, and Women in Leadership programs.
New Maverick Orientation and Off Campus Mavericks Office
NMO Staff

The New Maverick Orientation (NMO) office is in the midst of a busy and exciting summer! NMO is finishing up a total of three transfer orientation sessions, two veteran orientation sessions, and thirteen two day freshmen orientation sessions.


New this summer, NMO introduced a first generation college student session specifically for incoming freshmen students who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. NMO was happy with the results of the session, and plans to continue the session in the future.


New Maverick Orientation would like to thank the entire Division of Student Affairs for all the help and support throughout this summer. None of the accomplishments would have been possible without the involvement of all of the Student Affairs staff members.

The Off Campus Mavericks Ceneter is preparing its fall calendar for a fun and exciting year for commuter students. 

The Office for Students with Disabilities    

 OSD Photo

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) has had a very busy spring and summer. OSD generated 1,071 letters of accommodation for students during the spring semester. Staff attended numerous orientation sessions as well as student veteran orientations, spreading the word about disability services available on campus. Staff members attended the College Alcohol Forum on campus in April, increasing counselor awareness of risk assessment for students.  


Two students were recognized during the Leadership Award Ceremony in April as recipients of the Alan Saxe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Students Ricardo Leon and Zachary Kapalka (Zachary Kapalka, pictured with Dr. Frank Lamas and Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers) were honored at the ceremony. Director, Penny Acrey attended the Association on Higher Education and Disability conference in Seattle. Staff are busy now preparing for fall.  

The Office of Community Standards
(Behavior Intervention Team, Mediation Services, Relationship, Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program, and Student Conduct)

UTA Campus

The University of Texas at Arlington has partnered with a company called Outside the Classroom to provide AlcoholEdu, a free alcohol education course for all new freshmen entering UT Arlington in the fall of 2011.


The office hopes that this engaging, challenging and educational experience will aid students in making correct choices throughout their college career and beyond. Additionally, the data collected during the course will assist the university in providing programs and services that will be valuable to the entire UT Arlington community.


The RVSP (Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention) program finished the spring semester with programs and events honoring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Clothesline Project was displayed in the Palo Duro Lounge. It consisted of shirts created by individuals impacted by interpersonal and sexual violence, each telling a unique and powerful story of survival. The Library Mall was lined with turquoise silhouettes and red flags promoting The Red Flag Campaign. Together the two displays were designed to educate the campus on warning signs of unhealthy relationships and sexual violence.

The Parent & Family Center

  P&F Center

All summer, the Parent & Family Center has been welcoming new families to campus and working toward creating its first endowed scholarship. To create the endowment, the center must raise $25,000 in gifts and pledge commitments before May 2012. Once this goal is reached, the center will be eligible for a $25,000 university match, and will establish its first endowed scholarship.
Gifts are raised when parents join the Association or make additional donations. The 476 members who have joined or renewed their memberships this year have contributed to the $17,000 that the center has already raised. With more than 60 percent of their goal completed, the center will award four $500 scholarships this year, and looks forward to increasing those amounts with the creation of the endowed scholarship.  

Student Activities red, white and fun

EXCEL Campus Activities was busy this summer hosting their 31st year of the Summer Movie Series. Check for upcoming movies, which will run through mid-August. EXCEL also celebrated the July 4th with a successful Red, White, and Fun event (pictured) and participation in the Arlington Independence Day Parade.


The Big Event set a record attendance of 901 volunteers this year and has begun planning for the 2012 Big Event on April 14th. The UTA Volunteers are working hard on recruiting new members, planning their fall volunteer project calendar, and keeping up their community garden plot #53.

Student Governance and Organizations
UTA Ambassadors #2
Student Governance and Organizations (SGO) would like to congratulate the following 2010-2011 Student Organization Award Winners:

* Outstanding Organization: Association of Mexican American Students
* Most Spirited: Science Constituency Council
* Best Teamwork: National Society of Collegiate Scholars
* Advisor: Dr. Sahadat Hossain, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

SGO would also like to congratulate the winners of the spring 2011 campus elections:

President: Jennifer D. Fox
Vice President: Jeff Hazelrigs
Mr. UTA: Zack Minter
Ms. UTA: LaQruishia Gill

The department also welcomes two new student staff members, graphic designer, Josh Perry and Kelsey Jackson, student assistant.

University Events

4th of July Parade 

University Events wrapped up the spring semester by co-sponsoring the Block Party and the SpringFest concert with Apartment and Residence Life.  This annual event brought together over 2,000 people to participate in the games, activities and concert featuring pop punk band, We The Kings.


This summer University Events helped to organize UT Arlington's participation in the Arlington July 4th Parade.This year's float (pictured) was sponsored by UT Arlington alumnus Jeannie Deakyne and her husband William Deakyne. University Events staff celebrated Independence Day with students, faculty, staff, alumni and family.

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