This winter semester has definitely been one of the most monumental to date at UT Arlington with the buzz surrounding the opening of the College Park Center. The excitement and spirit on campus has definitely been apparent throughout this spring semester. We have ramped up several of our time-honored traditions and created new ones. And with that, we would like to highlight some of our recent accomplishments and upcoming major events.
February 1st welcomed the grand opening of the College Park Center and basketball double header featuring the men's and women's teams. The celebration was brought to life by an amazing performance by our cheer and dance teams and the Maverick Wranglers. The Division of Student Affairs and the Wranglers were also featured in the spring issue of the UTArlington Magazine. The online version of the magazine features a video showcasing the creation of the Wranglers entitled, Loud and Proud.
The 2012 Homecoming festivities were enhanced in accordance with this year's grand opening festivities. A few hallmark events included the Homecoming Parade that welcomed close to 75 student and faculty/staff entries and The Bash (the student-run celebration), which brought in over 1,500 students to the nightclub themed celebration. The month of March welcomed the inaugural concert in the College Park Center featuring hip-hop superstar Drake and a sold-out crowd of 6,400.
Next Monday, April 9th is the official UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark. We are all looking forward to an evening out as the Rangers take on the Seattle Mariners. Student Affairs will be hosting another tradition, Block Party on April 19th. The festival will feature food, music, activities, prizes, and more.
This year's Big Event will be on Saturday, April 21st. We are proud to note that last year's event welcomed over 900 volunteers that served over 3,604 hours of community service. This year's event expects to break that record by welcoming over 1,000 volunteers. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to participate! Be sure to register for a project site of your choice by April 9th at www.uta.edu/thebigevent.
On April 27th the Alumni Association and Campus Recreation will host the annual Oozeball mud volleyball tournament. Register online by April 10th for priority registration. Wrapping up the semester will be Late Night Breakfast on May 7th and 8th and Graduation Celebration on May 11th featuring James Franco.
Best of luck this spring semester and congratulations to all of the graduates! I look forward to seeing you out at our upcoming events.
Dr. Frank Lamas
Vice President of Student Affairs and
Dean of Students
In March 2012, The Shorthorn received the Gold Crown Award and The Shorthorn Online received the Silver Crown Award both from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York City. This is one of the most prestigious awards in college media.
In April 2012, The Shorthorn was awarded 32 high profile distinctions from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.
In February 2012, Stephanie McAlpine, Assistant Director for Sport Clubs and Aquatics was selected to serve as Vice-Chair for the NIRSA National Campus Championship Series (NCCS). The NCCS coordinates all NIRSA extramural events, Sport Club championships, and sponsored and endorsed activities.
In February 2012, Chris Muller, Associate Director for Campus Recreation was selected for appointment to the NIRSA Foundation Board. The NIRSA Foundation, through fundraising and stewardship efforts, works in cooperation with the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association to enhance the effectiveness of collegiate recreational sports by providing its members meaningful opportunities for scholarship, research, and personal and professional development.
Each year the Career Center names one student as a Distinguished Student Employee. Multicultural Affairs is pleased to report that student employee Tierra Chatmon, public relations senior, received the Distinguished Student Employee award in April 2012.
The Career Center also named Shane Pace, student designer for the VPSA Office and art/visual communications senior as Student Employee of the Year in April 2012.
Cody Paul, a senior majoring in psychology and student employee for The Leadership Center won the Outstanding Student Employee award.
The Division of Student Affairs welcomes Kelli Vincent to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Kelli comes to UT Arlington from Georgia State University where she was a Student Affairs Advisor in the Office of Civic Engagement. Kelli will be serving as the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life.
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|Hiring Peer Educators|
University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction is currently hiring peer educators for Fall '12. Positions are open for one on one tutoring (University Tutorial), small group tutoring/mentoring (SSS), and peer facilitated study sessions (SI). Fill out the supplemental application on the peer educator employment webpage. The last day to apply is April 20, 2012. For more information, contact UTSI in Room 205 Ransom Hall, 817-272-2617.
The Off Campus Mavericks
Off Campus Mavericks (OCM) is a program that helps commuter students connect with the campus community. OCM has an exciting schedule of events designed specifically with the busy commuter student in mind. The Commuter Appreciation Breakfast and Game Day in the Lounge help students network with other commuters while the Commuter Lunch Series connects students with various campus resources and programs.
The Off Campus Maverick Center, located in the Maverick Activities Center, is a home away from home for commuter students. The center features a computer lab, seating with convenient outlets for laptops, a microwave, the Market at the MAC and much more. Whether students stop by on Monday morning for free coffee or attend one of the programs, Off Campus Mavericks has something for everyone!
|Lena Gerry - Nominated by Apartment and Residence Life
Lena Gerry (pictured to the right) is a Resident Assistant in the East Campus Apartments. She has been on staff since August and works with a large number of international and graduate students. Lena does a spectacular job working with the students in her apartment community to help them adjust to life at UT Arlington and life on campus. Lena is also a leader on campus in the engineering department. She was recently named the Engineers Week Queen for 2012 and she is also a captain on the Formula SAE Racing Team. ARL is proud to have Lena as a member of the Apartment and Residence Life staff.
|Apartment and Residence Life|
Apartment and Residence Life is moving full speed ahead to the end of the spring semester. The Recyclemania competition between each residential community is coming to a close in April. During Recyclemania the residence hall and apartment staff focus on recycling and sustainability programming.
Block Party, one of the department's largest programs of the year, is coming on April 19th in collaboration with EXCEL Campus Activities. In addition, ARL is preparing for the addition of 900 new residential bed spaces that will come available online between April 1 and August 2012.
The spring semester was filled with exciting events and involvement from Campus Recreation. The Spirit Groups enthusiastically supported the opening of the College Park Center and the basketball teams as they competed in their regular and postseason games, while preparing for their national competition that will take place in April.
The Polar Bear Plunge, a new successful event took place in February, which highlighted the aquatics program, and had over 100 participants jump into the outdoor pool after the women's basketball game!
Intramural Sports began play in dodgeball, basketball, bowling, soccer, flag football, and softball and in over ten scheduled sports while offering a Rock Climbing Tournament for the first time.
Sport Clubs continued to practice and compete regionally. A wrestling team member and the women's volleyball club made it to nationals. The Fitness and Wellness staff endured heavy training this semester through AFFA certifications and TexFit.
EXCEL Campus Activities has had a diverse selection of events this semester including a successful $1 movie series, Mardi Gras Madness and the One Mic Stand Comedy Series. This February the Mardi Gras Madness event allowed almost 500 students the opportunity to celebrate and learn about the tradition of Mardi Gras in a safe and fun environment on-campus.
The One Mic Stand Comedy Series continues to keep students laughing with up and coming national comedians. EXCEL also helped to celebrate Homecoming by throwing in the biggest Bash on campus. The Homecoming Bash this year helped to celebrate the opening of the College Park Center and kick-off Homecoming weekend.
Fraternity and Sorority Life hosted its annual Greek Awards ceremony (pictured to the right) and would like to congratulate the following individuals and chapters:
New Member of the Year
- Maria Bustamante, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority
- Reginald Smith, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity
Active Member of the Year
- Araceli Marquez, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority
- Robert Dees, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
President of the Year
- Matt Funk, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
- Katharine Norman, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority
Advisor of the Year
- Nicole Giglio, Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni Advisor
- Brittany Joyce, Delta Delta Delta On Campus Advisor
- Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Interfraternity Council
- Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Panhellenic Council
- Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Multicultural Greek Council
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, National Pan-Hellenic Council
- Delta Alpha Omega Fraternity, Multicultural Greek Council
- Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Multicultural Greek Council
The Spring Emerging Leadership Institute hosted 31 students interested in taking on leadership positions within various organizations and departments. Alumnus Lu Pham served as the keynote speaker motivating and encouraging students to further their leadership by dispelling popular leadership myths.
In the Harassment Gallery by the MavsAct program, the UT Arlington community signed pledges to eliminate and to never participate in any type of harassment. The Mavs Spread the Word program brought past Special Olympics Champions to help encourage the UT Arlington community to end the use of the "R" word. Currently, The Leadership Center is accepting applications for UTA Volunteer Student Director positions and Fall Retreat Leaders. Please encourage students to visit www.uta.edu/leadership for more information.
|The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball
The Movin' Mavs finished the season with a 30-5 record (15-3 in conference) and a 3rd place finish at the NWBA Intercollegiate Division National Tournament. Juan Soto and Tommy Hambicki were selected for the Intercollegiate Division All Rookie Team for 1st year players and Movin' Mavs Captains John McPhail and Jorge Sanchez were selected as 1st Team All Americans.
Sophomore Austan Pierce was selected as a UT Arlington Scholar Athlete for the 2011-2012 season. The Movin' Mavs will host a camp on April 9-13 for the Army Warrior Transition Command to work with the Army Warrior Games team getting ready for the 2012 Warrior Games and Movin' Mavs Coaches Doug Garner and Tyler Garner will coach the 2012 Army Warrior Games Wheelchair Basketball Team in Colorado Springs.
The Multicultural Mavericks hosted the Dallas Black Dance Theatre during Black History Month. The month's philanthropy raised funds to benefit the UT Arlington African American Endowed Scholarship. The team also hosted a series of events for Women's History Month, including a special film screening and voter registration drive.
The department celebrated the 5th annual Diversity Week, which saw a record number of student groups participating, doubling in numbers from previous years. Highlights included the Safe Zone Ally Training, the Diversity Lecture Series featuring renowned author Jeff Chang, and MAVfest, the official outdoor festival, which garnered over 2,500 guests.
In spring Multicultural Affairs hosted their flagship multicultural leadership development programs. These one-day conferences were held for the Black Leadership Institute and Women in Leadership. Both received a record increase in attendance made possible in part to a generous grant from Wells Fargo.
As the semester concludes, be sure to check out the remaining Maversity workshops.
For complete details on upcoming events, visit www.uta.edu/multicultural.
New Maverick Orientation
New Maverick Orientation is proud to introduce the 2012 Maverick Orientation Leaders!
- Olivia Aigbogun
- Joaquin Castillo
- Anthony Coca
- David Hall
- Thad Loftis
- Frank Lopez
- Olamilekan Mabayoje
- Anthia Meme
- Madison Read
- Andrea Rivera
- Roy Rucker
- Nicole Sauro
- Jessica Stroup
- Javion Thomas
- David Tomich
- Sarah Torres
New Maverick Orientation is busy planning the 2012 orientation sessions. The New Maverick Orientation Involvement Fair will be back and better than ever this summer! Registration will be available through MavOrgs (http://mavorgs.uta.edu) beginning April 9th. Space is limited, so be sure to register your student organization or department for a table as soon as possible! Tables with electricity will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Questions about the NMO Involvement Fair should be directed toward Bailey Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) collaborated with Delta Alpha Pi, the Department of History, and the College of Liberal Arts in a showing of Lives Worth Living, a documentary about the history of the Disability Rights Movement. The film was presented again during a Maversity workshop, in collaboration with Multicultural Affairs. OSD was also present for MavFest during Diversity Week, MavTalk with Counseling Services, Preview Day, and the Activities Fair.
The Allen Saxe Disabled Student Scholarship was awarded to Patrick Murphy. Patrick will be honored at the Leadership Awards Ceremony in April. OSD was joined this semester by Graduate Social Work Intern, Ms. Colleen King. Welcome Colleen!
|The Parent & Family Center|
This spring semester, the center was proud to honor two students with Parent & Family Association scholarships. Recipients must have a family member who belongs to the Parent and Family Association. Congratulations to this semester's recipients Jamie Denson and Kristen Hodges (pictured). All students with parents that are members of the P&F Association are encouraged to apply for the fall semester scholarships.
|The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program|
The RVSP program partnered with Multicultural Affairs for Women's History Month, promoting healthy relationships in a program titled "Friend or Frenemy".
Faculty and staff were invited to view the film Culture of Silence: Stalking Awareness to learn about university response to incidents of stalking. The program included discussion from Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez and Vickie Goins from Counseling Services.
Lastly in partnership with the Leadership Center, the program "Mavs Against Harassment" encouraged students to take a stand against bullying and harassment.
The Office of Community Standards hosted a Texas Department of Transportation program designed to address drinking and driving among 18-34 year-olds (pictured). The program's key message was: If you're planning on drinking, make sure you have a P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) to drive you home. The program urged students to make plans for a safe and sober ride home in advance and informed them that a sober driver is someone who has not been drinking at all. Photos of the event are available at on Facebook.
The Office also provided mocktails and safe spring break tips during the week before spring break to encourage students to plan ahead, use precaution, and make wise decisions while on spring break.
|Student Governance and Organizations|
Student Governance and Organizations (SGO) hit the ground running this semester! The UTA Ambassadors' second Spirit Week helped ease the campus community into one of its best Homecoming Celebrations.
Student Congress exercised its civic muscle in working to get UT Arlington students registered for upcoming local and national elections and of course asking gathering student opinions with the Maverick Opinion Boards.
The Freshmen Leaders on Campus (FLOC) in collaboration with UT Arlington's OneBook program has a variety of thought provoking events on the horizon. SGO is currently accepting applications for the Alpha Tau Omega Service Scholarship and student employment positions working with the UTA-HOSTS! Mentoring Program and Freshmen Leaders On Campus. Lastly be on the lookout for the revamped website, with new resources and information for student organizations.
Do you read The Shorthorn in print or online? Either way, you're reading student work that once again has received national recognition.
The Shorthorn was one of six college newspapers in the country - and the only one in Texas - to receive the Gold Crown Award, the highest award for general excellence given by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Shorthorn editor Sam Morton, former editor Dustin Dangli and Lloyd Goodman attended the awards ceremony March 18 at Columbia University in New York City.
theshorthorn.com also received a Silver Crown, Columbia's second-highest award, and also placed second in the Society of Professional Journalist's regional competition.
Either way you read it -- print or online -- you're reading nationally recognized work produced by UT Arlington students working in Student Affairs.
This year's The Big Event day of community service will take place on Saturday, April 21st. With over 47 project sites and over 1,300 opportunities, this will be the biggest Big Event ever at UT Arlington. Registration is open until April 9th at www.uta.edu/thebigevent.
The Alternative Spring Break program sponsored 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. Each trip will present a ReOrientation during April to spread the word on campus about their accomplishments during the break.
On March 2nd, University Events in association with the College Park Center celebrated the venue's first concert with a performance by hip-hop superstar Drake to a sold out crowd of 6,400.