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August 20-September 6
UT Arlington Day at
Beyond the Wall
EXCEL Open Mic Coffeehouse
EXCEL $1 Movie
Fall Leadership Retreat
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15-October 15
MAC 5th Birthday Celebration
UT Arlington Night
on the Town Featuring Stars Go Dim - Presented by University Events and College Town UTA
Movin' Mavs Flea Market Fundraiser
Cyclethon for World Heart Day
Food for Thought
EXCEL $1 Movie
The Clothesline Project
Food for Thought
Halloween Casino Night
EXCEL $1 Movie
Parent & Family Weekend
Fall Campus Elections
Asian Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month
EXCEL $1 Movie
This fall looks to be the start of an exciting year at UT Arlington and within the Division of Student Affairs. As we look forward to the new semester and our great line-up of events, activities and services, lets look back at the busy summer that was.
New Maverick Orientation is wrapping up another successful orientation season. The program helped over 3,700 students transition to UT Arlington. Approximately 2,612 freshmen, 1,626 parents and guests, 1,102 transfers, and 50 veterans attended an orientation session. NMO also launched its new online orientation program this summer. The program provides an online orientation experience to supplement the on campus experience for students. Click here to view a copy of the presentation.
The Division also just finished the creation of our new Strategic Plan and Learning Outcomes. The plan and outcomes will guide the future direction and set a tone for the work that is completed in our Division. We will begin the implementation of the plans this fall. Also, University Communications and the Division of Student Affairs have recently completed the redesign and launch of our 17 departmental websites. To view any of them, visit www.uta.edu/studentaffairs.
This summer, Student Affairs announced the launch of the new LGBTQA program. The program was created with the assistance of our RVSP program and Multicultural Affairs department. It is dedicated to cultivating a positive campus environment for LGBT students, allies, and others with gender identity issues. In addition, the Office of Student Conduct coordinated an Academic Integrity task force, which paved the way for the creation and implementation of a University Wide Honor Code. This Honor Code was incorporated into the University's New Maverick Orientation Program and is a required inclusion on all course syllabi this semester.
The Shorthorn has recently implemented significant changes by expanding the daily publication online and creating an extended print edition each Wednesday. Visit www.theshorthorn.com to view the online edition and for more information on these recent changes.
Many more of this summer's recent accomplishments and some of our future endeavors are in the newsletter below.
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
On May 29th, 2012, KXAS NBC 5 aired a story about two paralympians who are representing the United States in the Paralympics this summer. Jason Nelms, a five-time All-American at UT Arlington (athlete for the Movin' Mavs), and Darlene Hunter both live in Arlington now and are training for the games.
The new LGBTQA programming initiative was highlighted in a May 25th article by the Dallas Voice.
Movin' Mavs athletes Anthony Pone and Blake McMinn are pictured on page 81 of the May 18th, 2012 issue of People magazine as they participated in the 2012 Warrior Games. Pone and Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks star Chuck Allen also are pictured on page 4, along with former Movin' Mav player and Per4Max representative Daniel Fik.
Student Affairs student, Jacob Becker was accepted to the Archer Fellow program for Spring 2013. The Archer Fellowship is an extremely selective program which takes representatives from schools across the UT system to study and work in DC for a semester. Jacob is one of only 32 students to be selected for this program from within the entire UT system.
UTA-HOSTS! students, Wendy Ololo and Erica Castillo received significant honors this past spring. Wendy was Erica's mentee in 2008. Wendy was named a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellow. She is currently a PhD student in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department. Erica was recently named a Goldwater Scholar. She is the FIRST student in UT Arlington history to receive this honor. She is double majoring in aerospace engineering and physics.
|Faculty and Staff Friends|
The Division of Student Affairs
recently honored several
faculty and staff friends at our August 2012 retreat. The members were honored for their service and dedication to the Division of Student Affairs. We would like to thank them for their efforts in serving the students of UT Arlington.
Dr. Dana Dunn
Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald
Dr. Desiree Henderson
Dr. Kim LaFontaine
Dr. Les Riding-In
Dr. Kenneth Roemer
Dr. Sarah Rose
Dr. Joci Ryan
Dr. Alan Saxe
Dr. Kenneth Williford
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Welcome Week 2012
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 Wet 'n Wild and Waffleopolis. Check www.uta.edu/welcomeweek for the calendar and more information on all of the spectacular events that have been put together for you.
Currently-Thursday, September 6th
UT Arlington Day at Six Flags
Go higher and go faster with the first-ever UT Arlington day at Six Flags! Stay for the thrills more than 50 rides. Everything from nerve-numbing thrill machines like Superman: Tower of Power and Texas Giant to BATMAN The Ride and MR. FREEZE Reverse Blast. Enjoy spending time with your fellow Mavericks as the park will be open to UTA only from 6-9 pm! Be sure to wear a UTA t-shirt to show your Maverick Pride!
Ticket Price Includes:
Open to the entire UT Arlington community. To purchase tickets, visit www.utatickets.com. For more information on this event, go to www.uta.edu/welcomeweek or call 817-272-6080.
- One ticket for all day admission to
Six Flags Over Texas
- One Splash Back ticket to Hurricane Harbor (Valid anytime in September 2012)
- Special UTA-only hours from 6-9 pm
Please note that this offer is valid through UTA only and is not valid at the Six Flags Over Texas Main Gate.
Sunday, August 26, 10:30 am-6 pm, UTA only private hours: 6-9 pm, Students: $25.00 per ticket; Faculty/Staff: $27.50 per ticket; Community Members: $29.50 per ticket (limit of 10 tickets per each student, faculty, staff, and community member), 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, TX 76011
Matthew Hendricks, Nominated by
New Maverick Orientation
New Maverick Orientation would like to recognize Matthew Hendricks, Director of University College Programs. Matthew is a key component in the New Maverick Orientation program. In addition to presenting multiple programs during the freshmen and transfer orientations, he also assists with orientation leader recruitment and training. Matthew is always willing to answer our questions and adapts easily to any and all changes that we throw his way. New Maverick Orientation would not be the same with out his hard work and dedication. We would like to thank Matthew for all that he does for us and the new Mavericks!
Tierra Chatmon and D'Jon Pitchford,
Nominated by Multicultural Affairs
"Be the change you want to see in the world." It's possible through involvement in Division of Student Affairs opportunities. Just look at Tierra Chatmon, business management senior, and D'Jon Pitchford, university studies senior. Both currently serve on the Multicultural Affairs staff and as co-presidents of the Black Student Association. Tierra found her niche by serving as a UTA Ambassador and Women's History Month Chair. She was honored as the UT Arlington Distinguished Student Employee of the Year 2012. D'Jon served as president of his fraternity, is active in the Maversity social justice program, and is currently the Black History Month Chair. Their fellow staff were thrilled as the couple just welcomed their first baby in June. They encourage new Mavericks to get involved to find your home at UT Arlington!
The Department of Apartment and Residence Life is excited for the opening of College Park District which is home to 501 residence hall students in Vandergriff Hall and 100 apartment students in The Lofts at College Park. In addition, ARL just welcomed 308 students to the newly acquired apartment community, The Heights on Pecan.
It's an exciting time to be an on campus Maverick! Apartment and Residence Life hosted the 13th Annual Residence Hall Move in Event on Monday, August 20th and the 15th Annual Waffleopolis on Tuesday, August 21st.
Campus Recreation is wrapping up a busy summer. The season was filled with intramural leagues, group exercise classes, instructional classes, heavy usage of the aquatic facilities, plenty of summer camps, reservations and more.
The Maverick Activities Center (MAC) is finishing up small renovation projects involving repainting, new carpet throughout the facility, redoing the gymnasium floors and adding 20+ pieces of equipment, to keep the MAC updated and one of the best places on campus.
The Spirit Groups cheer and dance teams were selected earlier this summer. Weeks of training and camps followed to help prepare for the upcoming academic year. The Wranglers, the Spirit Group student group, are about to start their second year. Recruitment efforts are currently underway to expand the group this year.
The Department is excited for the year ahead and all the fall programming including; the MAC Extravaganza, the MAC's 5th Birthday Celebration, World Heart Day-Cyclethon, Bed Races, Oozeball, the Pink Run and more.
This summer has been busy for The Department of Student Activities. Members of EXCEL Campus Activities and Fraternity and Sorority Life collaborated with New Maverick orientation to organize the evening activities for overnight orientations by providing entertainment and activities to welcome new students to campus. This included Bowling and Billiards nights and special seating at the outdoor summer movies.
This summer EXCEL hosted their annual summer movie series with almost 4,500 people in attendance over the course of nine movies. Look for more exciting events to come from EXCEL this fall. For a complete list visit www.uta.edu/excel to see their complete list of events and activities.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
Fraternity and Sorority life is preparing for another exciting year. After taking this summer to revise several policies and procedures the Fraternity and Sorority community held the annual kick-off event on Sunday, August 19th as the community came back together for the first time this year to hear about what is happening new and get ready for an exciting year. To learn more about recruitment events and how to join a fraternity or sorority at UT Arlington visit www.uta.edu/greek.
Following another successful year, The Leadership Center hosted the annual Leadership Recognition Ceremony in Spring 2012. This event is held in order to recognize outstanding student leaders, organizations, and advisors in our community, as well as graduates of the Leadership Honors program. Jennifer Fox was awarded the Dr. Wayne Duke Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship, the highest student leadership award.
The Leadership Center has also been working hard to revamp the Leadership Honors Program, and is excited to work with current and new students on their path to being an established leader. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to complete the online application in order to meet with an advisor. Volunteer with us for Super Service Saturday on August 25th!
|The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball
| The Movin' Mavs are ready to defend their 2012 regular season conference championship with three new players on the roster. Logan Shaw (freshman from Tulsa, OK), Janic Binda (freshman from Zurich, Switzerland) and Ricardo Lucien (freshman from Venezuela) will help provide the needed scoring, speed, and defense for the team to once again be a contender for the National Championship. New graduate athletic trainer Danielle Hanson and new strength and conditioning coach Nik Gonzalez will also help the Movin' Mavs in their championship preparations.
The Movin' Mavs will start wheelchair basketball season with a Community Division Tournament on Nov. 2-4 and an Intercollegiate Division Tournament on Nov. 16-18 at The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater while also hosting several adapted sport camps and clinics for injured service veterans during the semester.
Multicultural Affairs proudly offers a line-up of programs that are as diverse as our student body. The Multicultural Mavericks are now accepting applications to join the student planning committees for Hispanic Heritage, Asian Heritage and Black History Month campus celebrations. Check out the Maversity social justice workshop series hosted by the Leaders Educating About Diversity. Ladies, be sure to apply for the Women in Leadership Program. New this fall-the LGBTQA Program will be housed in Multicultural Affairs and offer support for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally community.
Got culture? Don't miss Club Culture, the free Multicultural Affairs Welcome Week event on Thursday, August 30th at 7 p.m. in the UC Rio Grande. To learn more about upcoming events, visit www.uta.edu/multicultural
New Maverick Orientation
New Maverick Orientation enjoyed a very successful summer welcoming UT Arlington's newest Mavericks to campus. Through 14 freshman sessions, 7 transfer sessions, and 2 sessions for veterans, NMO helped over 3,700 students transition to UT Arlington. The office would like to thank everyone in the Division of Student Affairs for your help in training of the orientation leaders, for your presence throughout the orientation sessions, and your support of the new students during their transition.
NMO is also proud to have introduced its new online orientation program this summer. This program is designed to provide an orientation experience to transfer students with more than 45 hours or students whose distance from UT Arlington makes attending an on-campus program a hardship. The online orientation can also be accessed by any new student as a resource for more information after attending an on-campus orientation program.
Off-Campus Mavericks will be kicking off the new year with its first Commuter Appreciation Breakfast during Welcome Week. On August 27 from 8-10 a.m., commuter students will be invited to stop by the MAC for a grab-and-go breakfast item and tips for keeping their cars in good working condition. Later this semester, the department will celebrate the third anniversary of the Off-Campus Mavericks Center during the MAC Birthday Celebration on September 18.
As the fall semester rolls on, OCM will continue its monthly Lunch Series, which feature short presentations on topics that are relevant to commuter students. The department will also continue the OCM newsletter and social media communications to commuter students throughout the year. If your department would like to share information about any of your programs or services with commuter students, let OCM know, and they will help you spread the word through these outlets.
The Office for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society participated once again in The Big Event building a ramp for a community member. OSD also partnered with The UT Arlington Career Center, The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and TCU Career Services to bring a program to the UT Arlington community focused on employment for people with disabilities. Resources and information were provided for students, faculty and staff.
Professional staff attended various conferences and trainings including the Texas College Counseling Association State Conference in Fort Worth, and the Association of Higher Education and Disability Conference in New Orleans. The OSD office suite is undergoing some facility upgrades including fresh paint, new furniture, and some updated technology.
|The Parent & Family Center|
All summer, the Parent & Family Center has been welcoming new families to campus during New Maverick Orientation. During orientation, parents and family members were able to sign up for the Maverick Parent Association, which continues to grow each year. The PFC looks forward to awarding four, $800 scholarships this year, which is an increase from four, $500 scholarships last year.
In addition to orientation, the PFC and committee have been planning Parent & Family Weekend, which will be Oct. 26-28, 2012. The PFC would like to thank everyone in the Division of Student Affairs for your help and support in planning this special weekend on campus.
|The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program|
RVSP is busy training new Peer Educators in the Bringing in the Bystander curriculum. The fall calendar is quickly filling up with programs for residence halls, student organizations, and UTA athletes.
RVSP also welcomes a new graduate intern from the School of Social Work, Karla Arenas.
The Office of Community Standards
The Office of Community Standards will be promoting the new UT Arlington Honor Code. Framed copies of the Honor Code will be hung in the larger classrooms and around campus. The office will continue to collaborate with faculty to promote integrity within the classroom.
Community Standards will add six new peer leadership positions this fall. The student leaders will be charged with planning and implementing campus-wide initiatives that aim to educate the community on important topics, challenge incorrect perceptions, promote healthy behaviors, and model what it means to be a Maverick.
Additionally, Community Standards will cosponsor a Hazing Prevention Campaign this fall, in which Kim Novak, a nationally recognized expert in student-focused risk management, hazing prevention and campus safety, will visit the campus and discuss hazing prevention with faculty, staff and students.
|Student Governance and Organizations|
This summer Student Governance & Organizations community has been getting ready for an exciting fall semester. Late in the spring SGO's new website went live! Feel free to browse the site for a wealth of information regarding the various departmental programs and updated resources for campus events.
SGO is also proud to have assisted all our New Mavericks through Orientations Involvement Fairs throughout the summer. As the fall semester starts we are excited to assist with several Maverick Stampede events, including Wet n' Wild, UTA-HOSTS! Mixer, MavCookout, and MavSwap. Students are always encouraged to visit our office in the lower level of the UC or keep up with student organization events via MavOrgs, http://mavorgs.uta.edu. GO Mavs!
The Shorthorn rolled out its "digital first strategy: and new publication schedule Monday, Aug. 20, with coverage of the Move-In Event on The Shorthorn's revamped website. theshorthorn.com. The changes at Our Favorite Newspaper -- daily publication online and an expended print edition each Wednesday -- are The Shorthorn's biggest changes since the 1970s. A daily Shorthorn news digest is available by email: Subscribe at www.theshorthorn.com/newsletter. The new Shorthorn website -- theshorthorn.com -- is optimized for your iPad, tablet or smartphone. Shorthorn ads will now be in newspapers "on the racks" for a full week instead of two days, and the digital publication strategy offers more opportunities to reach students with your ads online and via mobile devices. iPhone and Android apps are in the final stage of development and will be launched soon.
The Division of Student Affairs welcomes the following new staff members to the Division!
Karla Arenas, Graduate Assistant for the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program.
Antse Atanga, Graduate Assistant for University Events.
Na'Qui Davidson, Residence Director for Kalpana Chawla Hall, Apartment and Residence Life.
David Duvall, Director of New Maverick Orientation and Off-Campus Mavericks.
Jennifer Fox, Graduate Assistant Residence Director for Brazos House, Apartment and Residence Life.
Danielle Hanson, Gradate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Movin' Mavs.
Rebekah Karth, Graduate Assistant for University Events.
Kendra Kliesen, Assistant Director of The Parent & Family Center.
John Morris, Graduate Assistant for the LGBTQA Program.
Patrick Miller, Residence Director, Trinity House, Apartment and Residence Life.
Daniel Moore, Associate Director for Academic Integrity, The Office of Community Standards.
Shauna Muir, Vandergriff Hall Graduate Assistant, Apartment and Residence Life.
Cherie Pook, Support Specialist, Apartment and Residence Life.
Shana Reed, Residence Director, Lipscomb Hall, Apartment and Residence Life.
Justin Samuel, Residence Director of South Campus Apartments, Apartment and Residence Life.
Tyrone Smith, Graduate Assistant Residence Director for Arlington Hall, Apartment and Residence Life.
J.C. Stoner, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Apartment and Residence Life.
Joseph Usher, Graduate Assistant for The Leadership Center.
Kallie Wilson, Graduate Assistant for the LGBTQA Program.