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December 2011 /January 2012     

Calendar at a Glance 


December 9th 


Last day of Classes


December 10th-16th


Final Exams


December 15th-19th




December 16th


Dinning Ends with Dinner in Connections Café


Dec 17th at 3:00 pm


Residence Halls Close


January 13th at 8:00 am


Residence Halls Open  


December 19th


First Day of Classes for Winter Intersession


December 20th


Grades Official by Office of Records   

Census Date for Winter Intersessions


January 28th


Scholarship Applications Due

*Applications will only be accepted if received by 5:00 pm on January 28th.

do not have a move out date for the winter break. And move out days for the year are based upon their lease.

Fall Final Exam Schedule Available

The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals are scheduled Saturday-Friday, Dec. 10-16.

Open Registration Continues for Winter Intersession, Spring Terms

Open registration has started for the winter intersession and spring terms. Open registration is when all new and returning students will be able to register. Register early. The schedules of classes are online.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at MyMav and click on Student Center, then Holds and Details. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department services indicator, or hold. Check the list of academic advising offices
A Must Read for Parents

Enjoyable article written by Jordan Long - Click here   

Is the University Open Today? 

Texas weather can change drastically in just a few minutes and at the most inconvenient times. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will classes continue?


The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all students, faculty, and staff should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.


There are numerous ways for faculty, staff, and students to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets.  


Information also will be available on the UTA Twitter and Facebook pages and Mav Wire articles.

The Career Center

UT Arlington's Career Center can help students identify and select a "good fit" major which leads to fewer dropped classes and a quicker time to graduation.  


MyPlan, the Career Center's online suite of assessments includes modules on personality, skills, interests and values. When the results of these assessments are compiled, a list of possible occupations/majors is offered for consideration. One of our Career Consultants can assist the student to interpret these findings and narrow down the choices. Studies show that when students are pursuing a major/occupational goal that is congruent with their motivated skills, interests and values and is a good fit for their personality, they are much more likely to select good fit classes as well, thus eliminating the need to drop classes and prolong time to graduation.


February is Career Development Month and the Career Center will be focusing during the month on reaching out to all of the academic units to ask  faculty and staff to encourage their students to visit the career center to seek assistance with their future career plans. Encourage your student to take advantage of this valuable service of the UT Arlington Career Center.


By Cheri Butler, Associate Director Career Services 

Scholarship Applications Available

Maverick Parent & Family Association Spring 2012 scholarship applications are now available on the Parent & Family Center's website. Applications are due on January 28, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded during Homecoming 2012 on February 11th.  As you will notice, there are two different applications. One application is for the students of existing members or renewal members, while the other application is for the students of new members, who just joined the Association this summer.

Fall Scholarship Recipients 

Congratulations to the fall semester scholarship recipients, Tena Bortzfield and Alicia Braswell.

Fall Scholarship
Residence Hall Information

 Resident Halls  

  • If your student is returning for the spring semester, they must complete the Fall Check-Out Checklist and post it in on the inside of the suite door.
  • All halls will be closed for Winter Break. Students will not be allowed to re-enter their room until January 13th, 2012 at 8 a.m. Please remind your student to take all of their valuables, medication, or other belongings that they might need during the break.
  • If your student is planning to return in the spring they will not need to reapply for housing for the spring semester.
  • Remind your student that failure to follow these procedures may result in improper check-out fines.

*For additional information please reference the Residence Hall Guide online.

New Students Need Proof of Meningitis Vaccine 

As of Jan. 1, 2012, incoming Texas college students under 30 years old must be immunized against bacterial meningitis before they enroll in an institution of higher education.


UT Arlington asks students to submit proof of vaccination by Jan. 2, 2012, to ensure that their documents are processed in time to comply with the law. Students will not be allowed to enroll or move in to campus housing without submitting timely proof that they have complied with the new law.


The new law mandates that first-time college students, students transferring from another institution, and students who are re-enrolling following a break of at least one fall or spring semester be inoculated against the illness. SB 1107 passed during the 82nd Legislative Session expands a previous requirement that applied only to college students new to campus housing.


Learn about bacterial meningitis and find answers to other frequently asked questions online.  

Tax Benefits for Education

There are several education tax incentives available that you may qualify for, which include Education Credits (The Hope Scholarship Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit), the American Opportunity Tax Credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Education as a Business Expense, Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) and Qualified Tuition Programs (also known as "529 Plans or "QTP"). For additional information on these programs, please see the "Tax Toolkit 2010-Tax Benefits for Education" on the IRS website or contact your professional tax advisor.


See the latest article in Fox News on Taxes in Higher Education for additional information. 

Textbook Return

Please remind your student if they rented their textbook from the UTA Bookstore:

  • They can return it to the bookstore it was rented from.

From the Website (Online Rental)


Or they can either:

  • Return it back to their local Follett Bookstore or
  • Return the rental using these easy steps.
    • Visit www.efollett.com and click on "Your Account."
    • Click "View Your Order History."
    • Locate and click on the order number for the book(s) that you rented. Please note, the orders are listed in chronological order with the most recent listed first.
    • Click on "Rental Status".
    • Select the book(s) to be checked in and enter the quantity for each book, then click "Process Order."
    • Review your Return Address information, make any changes as needed and click "Continue."
    • Click on "Create a Shipping Label and Packing List." Return shipping is free by using the FedEx shipping label.
    • Include the packing list with your books and affix the FedEx shipping label to the outside of the box.
    • Take your package to any location that ships FedEx Ground. All packages must be postmarked prior to the return date listed on your receipt.



Don't forget that you must complete your online registration form before you can rent again next term. Visit rental.bkstr.com today!

Tuition Review Committee Endorses No-Increase Plan

UT Arlington's student-led Tuition Review Committee has unanimously approved the University's proposal to hold the line on tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year while preserving the option of a minimal increase the following year.

The proposal will be forwarded to the UT System Board of Regents this month for consideration. Under the plan, UT Arlington also will avoid rate increases for University-owned residence halls, apartments, and dining plans.


"We are on track and resolved to maintain our momentum," says Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "It is significant that our students have examined the tuition proposal, debated it, and voiced their support for the plan. It is a strong endorsement of the University's commitment to include students in the tuition review process."


Read more about the Tuition Review Committee recommendations. 

Home for the Holidays

Discussing expectations can help


If your student has been living away from home all semester, both you and your student are most likely looking forward to a long enjoyable holiday break. However, it is not uncommon for parents and students to have different expectations regarding the break. While you may expect your son or daughter to spend most of their time visiting with the family, your student may plan on spending most of their break reconnecting with old friends. Similarly, while you expect your student to return home at 11:00 at night, your student might be used to staying out until 4:00 in the morning. Discussing your expectations ahead of time can help both you and your student plan for the transition that will occur during their first long visit home. Making sure you are on the same page regarding curfews, chores, overnight guests, consequences, and other similar topics, can help the entire family to have a more enjoyable time together.

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Happy Holidays! 

The Parent & Family Center at UT Arlington wishes you and  your family a healthy and happy holiday season!

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