At a Glance...
Every Monday - Thursday
Read The Shorthorn
Currently-Mon., Nov. 28
Angel Tree Program
Tues., Nov. 1
Movie Screening Presented by FLOC: Never Let Me Go
Tues., Nov. 1-Wed., Nov 16
Native American Heritage Month (NAHM)
Thurs., Nov 3-
Wed., Nov. 30
Asian Heritage Month (AHM)
Thurs., Nov. 3
One Night in Asia (AHM)
Thurs., Nov. 3-Sat., Nov. 5
Army Wounded Warrior Wheelchair Basketball Camp and Tournament
Sat., Nov. 5
Arlington Animal Shelter Volunteering
Mon., Nov. 7
Angel Tree Kick-Off Celebration
Mon., Nov. 7
Tues., Nov. 8
Leaders Learn Series: Dealing with Failure
Tues., Nov. 8
One Mic Stand Presents Carmen Lynch
Wed., Nov. 9
Freshmen Fall Blowout
Wed., Nov. 9
Wed., Nov. 9
Boys and Girls Club Tutoring
Wed., Nov. 9
OSD Welcomes The Learning Center of North Texas
Thurs., Nov. 10
Most Awesome Extreme Challenge (AHM)
Thurs., Nov. 10
America's Great Universities: Today and Tomorrow
Fri., Nov. 11
UTA Volunteers at Arbrook Retirement Community
Sat., Nov. 12
The Big Event Presents Wacky-Lympics
Sat., Nov. 12
Mission Arlington Volunteering
Sat., Nov. 12
FLOC (Freshmen Leaders On Campus) Holiday Extravaganza
Mon., Nov. 14
A Discussion on Community Involvement with Andy Nguyen, Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 2
Mon., Nov. 14-
Tues., Nov. 15
Fall 2011 Student Elections
Tues., Nov. 15
Deck the Mall
Tues., Nov. 15
Having a Productive Meeting
Tues. Nov. 15
Intramural 3-on-3 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
Tues., Nov. 15
Thoughts of Now and Then: Educational Forum and Panel (AHM)
Wed., Nov. 16
Thurs., Nov. 17
Maverick Speakers Series Presents Ben and Jerry
Fri., Nov. 18-Sat., Nov. 19
Mid-South Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
Mon., Nov. 21
The UTA Ambassadors Present Maverick Monday
Wed., Nov. 30
Silk Road Cultural Extravaganza (AHM)
Sat., Dec. 3
Score a Goal in the Classroom: Reading Festival
Mon., Dec. 12 and
Tues., Dec. 13
Late Night Breakfast
It's 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. Several of our noteworthy accomplishments are highlighted below.
The Leadership Retreat took place from September 23rd-25th and welcomed a record number of 232 student leaders for a weekend in Glen Rose, Texas packed with presentations, workshops, and guest speakers.
This October welcomed the 31st annual Bed Races. This year's event brought in a record of 100 student teams decked out in Flintstones inspired costumes. On Friday, October 14th, Student Affairs and Athletics hosted Maverick Madness. The men's, women's and Movin' Mavs teams celebrated the first night of basketball practice with a record-breaking crowd of over 750.
At the end of October, Multicultural Affairs hosted the Diversity Lecture Series featuring Mauricio Claver Carone, executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates and co-founder/director of the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC (political action committee).
Coming this winter, we look forward to the grand opening of the College Park Center on February 1st. The $78 million, 218,000-square-foot facility will revolutionize our campus by hosting big name concerts, speakers, commencement ceremonies, campus traditions like Homecoming, athletic games, fairs and more. We look forward to seeing you out at the welcoming events and throughout the College Park District this coming winter. Be on the look out for updates that will be sent to you through your UT Arlington email account.
The highlights above are just a few of our many accomplishments from this fall semester. Please check out our departmental updates below and also our event calendar for even more information.
As you can see, there are limitless opportunities to take advantage of here at UT Arlington. I'm looking forward to what this next semester will bring.
Dr. Frank Lamas
Vice President of Student Affairs and
Dean of Students
On 10/7, The Bed Races were featured in a clip in the KXAS/NBC5 news. The Bed Races are overseen by EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation.
The Freshmen Leaders On Campus (FLOC) student group was honored in a video made by The Giving Circle (a not for profit volunteer organization working with the people of Uganda to construct The Koi Koi house, an orphanage for the country's poorest and AIDS stricken children) for which the group partnered with for their 2010-2011 community service organization. This service organization coincided with the 2010-2011 OneBook theme of 'Remembrance' and book, A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor (2008) by Dana Canedy.
Two former UT Arlington NFL players spoke with students on 9/19 about the problem of hazing on college campuses, KXAS/NBC5 reported. The speech was part of a series of events planned at the University as part of National Hazing Prevention Week. Hazing Prevention Week was planned and coordinated by the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Office of Community Standards and Athletics.
On 10/24, the Fall Diversity Lecture Series: From the Streets of Havana to the Halls of Capitol Hill featuring keynote Mauricio Claver Carone was highlighted in The Dallas Morning News Education Notes. The Diversity Lecture Series is presented by Multicultural Affairs.
Multicultural Affairs student designers Ethan De Nolf and Phil Lambert were recently featured in the Fresh Meat exhibit in the 500x gallery in Dallas. Ethan is a senior majoring in visual communications. Phil is a senior majoring in drawing. Only 37 college students throughout Texas were selected to be included in the exhibit. Seven students were from UT Arlington. In addition, Ethan and Phil were also selected to be featured in the Summer of Hope exhibit in the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. This student-run exhibition featured art in various forms including film, paint and drawings.
On 8/12, the New Maverick Orientation program and Associate Director, Brian Joyce were featured in a Fort Worth Star Telegram article on orientation leaders and programs aimed at helping students on a number of fronts, including financial aid, tutoring and counseling.
On 9/27, The Movin' Mavs were featured in a profiling article in the Sports Zone section of the Dallas Gospel Connection.
In mid-October, UT Arlington students wrote words of encouragement to domestic violence victims, KTXA/Channel 21 reported. The students wrote in chalk on campus sidewalks outside the library for the Chalk it Up program as part of other activities during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Chalk it Up event was sponsored by the RVSP program (Relationship, Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention) and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
Bailey Simpson, Assistant Director for Student Governance and Organizations was named a 2011-2012 TACUSPA (Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators) Fellow in August 2011.
Multicultural Affairs welcomes Rashad Givhan as the new Assistant Director for Multicultural Affairs. Rashad comes to UT Arlington from The University of Missouri-Kansas City where he was a residential life coordinator.
Cheyenne Hernandez has been selected as the new Assistant Director for Residential Student Conduct. Previously, Cheyenne was the Assistant Director for the Parent & Family Center at UT Arlington.
The Department of Campus Recreation welcomes Stephanie McAlpine as the new Assistant Director for Aquatics and Sport Clubs. Stephanie comes to UT Arlington from OrgSync, a company that focuses on an online community and organization management system. Prior to that position, Stephanie worked at Texas State University-San Marcos as the Assistant Director for Sport Clubs.
The Office of Students with Disabilities welcomes Jaimie Palma as the new Assistant Director for Testing and Assistive Technology. Jaimie was previously a web specialist for the UT Arlington School of Social Work.
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Lauren Miller, Nominated by The Parent & Family Center
The Parent & Family Center would like to recognize Lauren Miller, Assistant Director of Conference and Marketing Services for University Housing. Lauren assists The Parent & Family Center in many ways, but most notably by serving on the Parent & Family Weekend planning committee, and by dedicating countless hours to the event's marketing and hospitality plans. She has been instrumental in improving many aspects of this University-wide program.
In addition to all she does for The Parent & Family Center, Lauren also supports Division-wide programs throughout the year. She regularly serves on the Homecoming planning committee, presents sessions at the annual Leadership Retreat, and serves as an Alternative Spring Break advisor, among other things. The Parent & Family Center would like thank Lauren for all she does for us, and for the Division of Student Affairs.
|Charlotte Morehouse - Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation would like to recognize Charlotte Morehouse, group exercise instructor. Charlotte started working for Campus Recreation as a group exercise instructor in May 2010. Since then, she has developed into a very dedicated, enthusiastic instructor and is an asset to the program. She currently teaches dance fitness classes along with cycle and group strength. The participants in her class love her passion and zest, and it shows.
Charlotte has a constant smile on her face and is always upbeat and friendly. She is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty and sub for any class she can, or help with any Campus Recreation event. Just this past month, she volunteered for Cyclethon and Love Your Body Day. Charlotte is a true inspiration and exemplary employee.
The Leadership Center
The Leadership Center seeks to create a student centered learning environment, where individuals learn the dimensions of leadership through the process of practice, reflection and self-awareness. Their vision is to develop innovative, educated and collaborative global leaders.
Their cornerstone event is the Leadership Retreat (pictured), a tradition of over 30 years. Thank you to all who helped this past retreat, Mavericks Empowering Mavericks, incredibly successful. The center had a total of 232 students in attendance.
This fall, the UTA Volunteers joined The Leadership Academy and the Mavs Act program as part of the Leadership Center. Presently, the center is offering two classes for students to learn more about foundations and theories of leadership, which are required for the Leadership Minor and Certificate program.
|Apartment and Residence Life (ARL)
ARL is off to a great start! One of their goals this year is to collaborate with more faculty for their community programming. The residence halls have had 20 faculty members come into the halls for programs already this semester and the apartments are hosting a Faculty Spotlight event on November 2 with Dr. Bob Woods, advisor for UT Arlington's formula one racing team. The new Apartment Life weekly Live and Learn series has been a great success and 575 residence hall students attended time management workshops hosted by all of the RAs.
In addition, ARL is getting closer each day to the opening of Vandergriff Hall and The Lofts at College Park in the College Park District. The College Park mock up units in the Connection Cafe within the University Center are open, so please stop by to take a tour.
Campus Recreation kicked off the semester with their annual Welcome Week event, Welcome Back Splash. Over 800 joined in for dinner and a preview of the programs and services offered.
With over 4,000 students using the Maverick Activities Center (MAC) on a regular basis, there has been a steady increase in participation throughout many of the programs. The MAC celebrated its fourth birthday with cake, singing, and giveaways and over 300 students. Cyclethon was held on World Heart Day, in September, where record number of 18 teams cycled from noon-midnight and raised over $1,500 for the American Heart Association. Bed Races (pictured), as well, saw a record numbers, with 100 teams registered to race the beds in costume for the 31st annual event.
At already half way through the semester, Campus Recreation is excited for the rest of the fall events to come, Pre Exam Jam and more!
The Fraternity and Sorority Life Office started the semester with an All Greek program entitled More Than Words, a presentation about how words can affect people and the community. The program was part of the Fraternity and Sorority Life Empowerment theme for the year.
From the student perspective, the Greek community has been busy with fall recruitment. Over 100 new members were welcomed into the community.
The Movin' Mavs have a busy Fall 2011 planned for their 18 athletes and six student staff and interns! The Back to School Game provided the students, faculty and staff with a great opportunity to watch their team kick off their fall practices and scrimmages with four new players, including three international athletes.
Team captain John McPhail has been named to the Australian National Team and will be traveling this semester to camps and the Asian-Oceana qualifier and to the 2012 London Paralympics. Several former Movin' Mavs have been named to the U.S. Paralympic Team, including Paul Schulte, Mikey Paye, Jason Nelms and Danny Fik. Also, former Movin' Mavs player Jaco Velloen will be playing in the 2012 Paralympics with the South African National Team.
The Movin' Mavs hosted the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks to kick off their season with the Parent & Family Weekend game on 10/22 and began Intercollegiate Division play by hosting The University of Alabama and Intercollegiate Division defending National Champions, The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on 10/28 and 10/29. This tournament included games for the USA Women's Paralympic Team as they prepare for their 2012 paralympic qualifying tournament coming up in Guadalajara, Mexico. With the opening of the College Park Center, the Oct 29th game vs. UWW was the last Movin' Mavs game ever in Texas Hall! GO MAVS!
From September 15 - October 15, the Multicultural Mavericks hosted Hispanic Heritage Month including the flagship event Carnaval: The Fifth Annual Dancing with Mavericks (pictured). Three thousand faculty, staff and students packed the UC mall for this closing extravaganza.
The L.E.A.D. team hosted a Maversity workshop featuring Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, chair of the Department of Linguistics & TESOL at UT Arlington. She presented her lecture, The Multicultural Languages of Texas and Oklahoma to a standing-room-only crowd! L.E.A.D. will have four additional Maversity workshops this semester.
Plus, coming in November, the Multicultural Mavericks will host Asian Heritage Month and the office will collaborate with the Native American Student Association and the Honors College to host Native American Heritage Month.
|New Maverick Orientation
New Maverick Orientation (NMO) is excited to announce that transfer orientation is now mandatory for all incoming transfer students with less than 45 credits. This new rule will take effect for the Spring 2012 semester. Because of this change, several dates have been added to the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 options for incoming transfers. Transfer orientation dates can be found on the website at www.uta.edu/orientation/transfer/orientation-dates
NMO recently hired four Senior Orientation Leaders for 2011-12. Congratulations to Tyler Peschka, Lena El-Fakir, Melisa Gonzalez and Angel Vargas. NMO is currently recruiting Maverick Orientation Leaders. Applications are available at www.uta.edu/orientation. If you know of students who might be interested please encourage them to apply.
|Off Campus Mavericks
Off Campus Mavericks (OCM) recently hired three Commuter Assistants to plan, implement, and market OCM events. Congratulations to Paul Mad, Jazzmyne Greer and Lena El-Fakir. They have had a busy semester as Off Campus Mavericks has a full fall programming calendar. For more information about events, check out www.uta.edu/offcampus. OCM is currently working on finalizing the Spring 2012 calendar of events.
The Office for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) got off to a busy start serving many new students with disabilities. Staff participated in campus orientations as well as the conversion of print materials to accessible formats as the fall semester got underway. Presentations were made to campus Department Safety Liaison (DSL) members, the Arlington Mayors Committee on People with Disabilities, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Needs Council of Tarrant County.
OSD also participated in Fall Preview Day. In collaboration with the UT Arlington Career Center, OSD hosted the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) on campus. Students with disabilities interviewed for government internships, many of which lead to full time employment. OSD also hosted Ms. Karen Moulder, Hearing Loss Resource Specialist from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) (pictured), as she shared information on services for those who have hearing loss.
|The Office of Community Standards
(Behavior Intervention Team, Mediation Services, Relationship, Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program (RVSP), and Student Conduct)
The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program recognized the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month with several programs. The Clothesline Project was displayed in the UC Art Gallery raising awareness of sexual and interpersonal violence. Students participated in the first Chalk It Up event, empowering domestic violence survivors with inspirational quotes and educating the campus with statistics. Lastly, the new RVSP peer educators participated in a full day of training. They are hard at work preparing for the Bringing in the Bystander program that will be implemented in November and Spring 2012.
In exciting news, the RVSP program and the peer educators received a special invitation to attend Vice President Biden's Regional Town Hall in Dallas, TX on 10/25. This event addressed sexual violence prevention and was 1 of 10 in the United States.
The Office of Student Conduct hosted the Your Grade is in Jeopardy program in conjunction with the 2011-2012 OneBook. Over 250 students attended the event which was set up to resemble the game show Jeopardy! with Gretchen Trkay and Evelyn Barker, Information Literacy Librarians and serving as hosts.
National Hazing Prevention Week took place from September 19-23rd and was one of the most successful programs to date. The program was a collaborative effort between Community Standards, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Athletics and Student Organizations. The week saw excellent attendance which included NFL alumni speakers, signing of the anti-hazing commitment banner and a blue-out at the volleyball game.
| The Parent & Family Center
This year's Parent & Family Weekend was a great success with over 700 people registered to attend. Parents and families spent two days on campus touring facilities, watching faculty and student presentations, cheering for UT Arlington's athletic teams, and participating in fun activities.
As in years past, the Fall Festival & Concert was the highlight of Parent & Family Weekend. Over 1,500 faculty, staff, students, neighbors, and family members attended. The event featured live music, bounce houses, face painting, a pumpkin patch, caricature artists, wax hands, cotton candy, a fire juggler, a live petting zoo, pony rides, and much more. The festival also showed the Texas Rangers World Series game on the big screen.
The Parent & Family Center would like to thank everyone who was involved in this year's Weekend event.
| Student Activities
Student Activities has been rockin' this semester. Things started off with EXCEL Campus Activities and the MavsMeet Afterparty with over 2,500 people in attendance, followed by the Welcome Back Movie. EXCEL's continued with two sold out performances of the One Mic Stand Comedy Series and over 400 in attendance at their last movie.