At a Glance...
Read The Shorthorn
Jan. 17- Jan. 24
Free Group Exercise Week
Tickets On Sale for College Park Center Opening Concert Featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky
Friday Night Movie
Jan. 23-Jan. 26
Carter BloodCare Blood Drive
Jan. 26 - Jan. 28
Panhellenic Council (PHC) Formal Recruitment
Activity Fair Day
Intramural Dodgeball Entries Due
UTA-HOSTS! National Mentoring Day Celebration
Intramural Bowling Entries Due
Taking Your Student Organization to the Next Level
(PHC) Bid Day
Jan. 30 - Feb. 4
Inter-fraternity Council (IFC) Bid Day
Intramural Pre-Season Basketball Entries Due
Intramural Basketball Entries Due
Food for Thought: Sleep Well
Student Organization Re-Registration Due
Grand Opening of the College Park Center and First Men's and Women's Basketball Games
Feb. 6 - Feb. 27
Black History Month
Feb. 9 - Feb. 11
Grand Re-Opening Student Affairs Space in University Center Basement
Intramural Outdoor Soccer Entries Due
Friday Night Movie
State of the Black College Student with Dr. Darryl Scriven (Open to Faculty and Staff Only)
Mardi Gras Madness
Intramural 4-on-4 Flag Football Entries Due
Feb. 27-Mar. 2
Diversity Week Photo Exhibit: Colors of Diversity
Diversity Lecture Series: Featuring Bakari Kitwana, Hip Hop Political Analyst
Feb. 28-Mar. 3
Softball Entries Due
Diversity Week/Women's History Month (WHM) - Woman I Am - Open Mic Night
College Park Center Opening Concert Featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky
Mar. 5-Mar. 27
Women's History Month
Maverick Speakers Series Featuring Robert Ballard
Food for Thought: Stress Reduction with Pranayama and Meditation
Alternative Spring Break
Carter BloodCare Blood Drive
Intramural Sand Volleyball Entries Due
Mavs Got Talent
Friday Night Movie
Annual Multicultural Affairs Diversity Recognition Awards
Welcome back to campus. I hope that all of you had a restful holiday break. As we move towards the new spring semester, let's take a brief look back at our achievements from the fall.
During the month of November, The Leadership Center and the UTA Volunteers hosted the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. The angel tree program brought much joy to this holiday season by pairing up all of the 160 angels with volunteers to donate close to 600 gifts.
In November, the 2011 Asian Heritage Month welcomed close to 1,200 students at the four main events: One Night in Asia, Most Awesome Extreme Challenge, Thoughts of Now and Then, an educational panel discussion and the Silk Road Cultural Extravaganza.
As finals madness continued, the annual Late Night Breakfast brought in nearly 1,400 hungry students during the study break breakfast buffet.
As we head into the spring semester, we look forward to the grand opening of the College Park Center on February 1st and this year's Homecoming celebration from February 9th-11th. The Division looks forward to seeing you out and about within the College Park District.
On February 10th, the Division will officially unveil the renovated Student Affairs office space in the lower level of the University Center. All are invited to stop by for brief remarks, a ribbon cutting, refreshments and tours from 3:15-4 pm.
This spring, Student Affairs will co-host the College Park Center opening concert on March 2nd featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky. Tickets will go on sale January 19th on www.utatickets.com. We hope to see you at this inaugural concert.
Best of luck this semester and congratulations to all of those who will be graduating this spring.
Dr. Frank Lamas
Vice President of Student Affairs and
Dean of Students
Theshorthorn.com was recently named the best-designed college newspaper website in the nation, in College Media Association's Best of Collegiate Design contest.
The Shorthorn is a finalist for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Crown Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in college media. Winners will be announced in New York in March 2012.
Grand Opening of the College Park Center and First Men's and Women's Basketball Games
Join us as we open the College Park Center with a party the likes of which UT Arlington has never seen. A basketball double-header will highlight the evening, as both the women's and men's squads play their first games on the university's new home court. In between basketball games, we'll hold a spectacular ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring video shows, entertainment, special effects, and more. Admission to the games is free, but tickets from www.utatickets.com are required. Spirit garb, face paint, and wildly enthusiastic cheering are encouraged.
Wed., Feb. 1, 5 pm, College Park Center
Help us forge new traditions as we celebrate the Homecoming weekend events in our shiny, new home. Students will dance the night away Feb. 10 at The Bash, featuring a nightclub theme inside the arena.
On Saturday afternoon, the community is invited to the Festival on the Plaza, a street fair party with DJs, food, beverages, activities, a pep rally, and the all-new Homecoming Parade (sign your student, faculty or staff group up now to participate in the parade at www.uta.edu/homecoming). Fans will be able to enjoy all of these activities in anticipation of Saturday night's basketball game, when the Maverick men take on Texas State for honor, pride and major conference bragging rights.
Thurs., Feb. 9 - Sat., Feb. 11,
UT Arlington Campus
Become a New Maverick Orientation Leader!
Make a difference in the lives of the class of 2016 and apply to be a Maverick Orientation Leader! Applications are available at www.uta.edu/orientation.
Remember that applications are due Jan. 30th! If you have questions please contact the New Maverick Orientation Office at 817-272-3213 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apartment and Residence Life welcomes Brandi Bowen as the new Residence Director for West Campus Apartments. Brandi comes to UT Arlington from Texas A&M where she was a graduate hall director.
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!
Danny Woodward, Nominated by University Events
University Events recognizes Danny Woodward, Special Assistant to the President. UE is proud to work with Danny on such projects as the Maverick Speakers Series and Graduation Celebration. These events have brought various speakers campus including Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Lisa Ling, and Bill Nye. In addition to managing these lectures, Danny does communication and research projects on behalf of UT Arlington President James Spaniolo.
This year, Danny has worked with the EXCEL Campus Activities' University Events student director, Julian Russell by giving Julian insight on how programs of this size come together. Providing such an experience to an upcoming student leader is invaluable to his development. In addition to working with University Events, Danny supports the mission of The Division of Student Affairs through his work with Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Frank Lamas, The Movin' Mavs, Campus Recreation, and Multicultural Affairs. University Events thanks Danny for all he does for the Division and the University.
Troy Maikowski, UTA-HOSTS! Student Coordinator, Student Governance and Organizations
Troy Maikowski is a senior majoring in finance. He has served as the UTA-HOSTS! coordinator since Spring 2010. Troy's passion and drive have helped increase the number of participants in the HOSTS! program from 1,000 to over 1,500 in under two years.
Outside of his work with Student Governance, Troy is a leader within his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, a member of UT Arlington's Goolsby Leadership Academy, and former member of Freshmen Leaders on Campus. His calm demeanor exudes Maverick Pride. Troy's leadership skills have continued to develop his involvement within Student Affairs. He is great role model for the incoming students within the HOSTS! program as well as his peers across campus. His attention to detail has helped push programs to another level.
Troy is a very critical thinker, team player and has great programming and recruitment ideas to advance contact with students through the HOSTS! Program. If you see him, be sure to congratulate him on his success, but be careful he may recruit you to mentor someone and help make a difference in their lives!
|Apartment and Residence Life (ARL)
Apartment and Residence Life had a busy fall semester that focused on faculty involvement in the communities. The residence halls hosted 33 faculty programs and the apartments hosted a faculty spotlight event. Vandergriff Hall and The Lofts at College Park will be opening in August. Tours of the mock up units for these two new communities are available in the University Center.
Greg Hladik, Jovita Simon, Esther Mack and Jason Anderson will be presenting educational sessions at the annual SWACUHO Conference in February. In addition, 594 residence hall students participated in time management workshops held throughout each hall. The apartment staff hosted the 2nd Annual Cricket Cup Tournament with more than 100 students participating in the games.
Campus Recreation had a strong finish to the fall semester. November was a busy time for Intramural Sports as championships were awarded. The Fitness and Wellness areas kept the students busy with a variety of 40 group exercise classes a week, monthly Food for Thought sessions, and special events such as Halloween Casino Night (pictured), Great American Smoke Out, and Pre-Exam Jam.
The 18 active Sport Clubs raised approximately $17,000, completed over 400 hours of community service, hosted 15 special events and travelled over 6,000 miles this fall.
The schedule for the Spirit Groups hasn't let up as they support UT Arlington and make appearances on campus throughout the fall and through the winter break. With over 4,200+ users a day at the MAC, Campus Recreation looks forward to the busy and exciting semester just around the corner.
This fall featured a new version of Greek 101, for all newly initiated members of the Greek community. This event included the involvement of 36 alumni agreeing to visit campus and spend some quality time speaking with the new members. Greg Gardner, co-owner of Grease Monkey, opened the program by sharing his Greek experience and encouraging the new members to take advantage of this opportunity. One of the attendees, a UT Arlington alumnus, mentioned that it was the best Greek event he had attended over the years.
The Leadership Center hosted 126 children from local elementary and middle schools at the inaugural Reading with Mavericks event on Saturday, December 3rd. 105 volunteers provided a memorable experience while reading stories, coloring, and dancing with the children.
UTA Volunteer's annual One Night Without a home was a great success, attracting 35 volunteers to spend the night in the library mall in order to experience homelessness. Many more students participated in the vigil walk, and listened to Arlington Life Shelter speakers, and discussions on homelessness. This event was listed as one of the nation's homelessness advocacy events by the National Coalition for the homeless.
The UTA Volunteers animals and environment committee raised $240 selling baked goods and animal treats. These funds were donated to the Arlington Animal Shelter.
|The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball
The Movin' Mavs kicked off their Intercollegiate season with two
wins over the defending national champions, The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Through two tournaments, The Movin' Mavs
are 5-2 and sitting on top of the Intercollegiate Division standings.
Two of The Movin' Mavs fall interns (Max Johnston - Communications, Anh Ngoc (Paul) - Kinesiology) have completed a series of written lesson plans and beginner wheelchair basketball video that will soon be posted on the NWBA and IWBF Wheelchair Basketball sites. This will be a great resource for new wheelchair basketball coaches, parents and players. The Movin' Mavs have also hosted four public school clinics on disability sport, one Challenged Athletes Foundation adapted track clinic and several adapted sport events on campus with campus recreation and UTA-ELI.
In the fall, a record number of students participated inthe social justice workshop series, Maversity. Don't miss our first spring Maversity workshop on Tuesday, January 31 at 12:30 p.m. in the UC Guadalupe.
Check out our website to see complete details for Multicultural Mavericks Heritage Month events during the spring. Black History Month will be held in February followed by Women's History Month in March. Events will feature guest speakers, exciting cultural performances plus special gallery exhibits.
Multicultural Affairs will host the 5th annual Diversity Week from February 27 through March 3, 2012 in collaboration with The Office for Students with Disabilities, Safe Zone, EXCEL Campus Activities and over a dozen student groups. Featured events include the Diversity Lecture Series with hip-hop political activist Bakari Kitwana and MAVfest, our official outdoor festival.
For event details, visit www.uta.edu/multicultural.
New Maverick Orientation is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Maverick Orientation Leader positions. Maverick Orientation Leaders are the first to welcome new students and parents during the summer orientation program in June, July and August. Mav OLs develop valuable leadership skills including public speaking, problem solving and conflict management. This is a great way for students to give back to their campus community and help create a legacy for the Class of 2016.
Leaders must be full-time undergraduate students, have at least a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing with the University. Please direct qualified students to www.uta.edu/orientation for applications and position information.
Off Campus Mavericks (OCM) has completed another exciting semester. The OCM program collaborated with the Student Health Services Advisory Council to bring the Spa Day event to almost 350 students on Dec. 9, 2011. The event helped students relax and unwind before finals with massage therapists, relaxing music, yoga demonstrations, a make your own stress ball booth, free haircuts and a drink station complete with hot cocoa and teas.
The Off Campus Mavericks are looking forward to another productive semester in the spring to help commuter students become connected to campus life at UT Arlington.
The Office for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) sponsored the Learning Center of North Texas in November. Learning specialists provided information to students, faculty, and staff, regarding the services they offer to the community, as well as tips and strategies for students with various types of learning disabilities.
OSD also awarded the prestigious Allan Saxe Disabled Student Scholarship to Bitty Reilly, an undergraduate communications major. Reilly will be honored at the Spring Leadership Awards presentation.
The Student Veteran Resource Fair was held on Nov. 10 in the MAC. OSD provided information to student veterans and their families. Over 275 final exams were proctored in the Adaptive Resource Center and five other locations on campus. Many thanks to all who assisted us this week!
|The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention (RVSP) Program|
The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program hired and trained peer educators to implement the Bringing in the Bystander educational program. After a month of extensive training with the program's curriculum, they led discussions about being a positive bystander and preventing interpersonal and
sexual violence in the community. On Nov.21, blue ribbons were passed out to the entire community to raise awareness and honor survivors of child sexual abuse.
EXCEL Concluded the year with fantastic attendance at their events and activities and can't wait for what the spring semester brings as we prepare for all of the awesome events in and around the College Park Center.
|Student Governance & Organizations
Student Organization outreach is on the rise. This semester, students and advisors were offered six risk management sessions, five development sessions, and three advisor only sessions with over 300 students/faculty and staff in attendance.
Student Governance & Organization would like to thank all 32 students who won elected positions in the Fall 2011 Campus Elections. The office looks forward to your service to the university! Your 2012 Homecoming Court includes: Rhett Swarb, Jeff Hazelrigs, Brent Collins, Rebekah Karth, Alaina Cardwell, and Ify Okonkwo.
The UTA Ambassadors were able to donate several hundred shirts after the annual Maverick Swap. As always the Ambassadors encourage everyone to WEAR your Maverick Pride.
The current Shorthorn staff members are continuing The Shorthorn's reputation as one of the most-respected college newspapers around:
- Theshorthorn.com was recently named the best-designed college newspaper website in the nation, in College Media Association's Best of Collegiate Design contest.
- The Shorthorn is a finalist for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Crown Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in college media. Winners will be announced in New York in March.
The Big Event Committee held their fall fundraiser, Wacky - lympics on Saturday Nov. 12th to assist in raising funds to support The Big Event in the spring. Fifteen student teams, including the winners Lipscomb Hall, competed in events such as a three-legged race, lime and spoon race, etc.
This year's The Big Event day of community service will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012.
The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is recruiting participants for three service trips to work with Essential2Life in Atlanta, GA; Katrina's Kids in New Orleans, LA and Heifer International in Perryville, AR March 10-17. ASB held programs this fall to spread awareness of the topics that they will explore through their trips.
Professor Yake Smith presented his film Katrina's Son on Nov. 16 in the Lone Star Auditorium. Following the film, he answered questions from the audience regarding his experiences in shooting the film. On Dec. 6-8, ASB hosted a Heifer International Living Gift Market. Students, staff, and faculty donated money to sponsor animals or seeds to be sent to third world countries.