It's difficult to believe that this fall semester is so close to coming to an end. It was an epic semester that marked record attendance at many of our signature events. Several of our notable accomplishments are highlighted below.
The Leadership Retreat took place from September 14th-16th and welcomed a record number of 258 student leaders for a weekend at the Lakeview Camp and Conference Center in Waxahachie, Texas packed with presentations, workshops, and guest speakers.
Also, this fall our New Maverick Orientation program welcomed over 2,800 new freshmen and 1,500 new transfer students to campus. We're looking forward to acclimating them to campus and showing them what it means to be a Maverick.
The Parent & Family Center was proud to host the annual Parent & Family Weekend in late October, which brought in our largest attendance numbers to date: 850 parents, family members, and students.
This year's Homecoming celebrations were some of the best ever. The Homecoming parade welcomed close 85 entries and the Homecoming basketball game brought in a record attendance of over 6,400 fans. All of the Homecoming events including the chili cook-off, 5k run, step show, Student Leader Alumni Reception and The Bash were wildly successful and welcomed record crowds.
Also this fall, The Division of Student Affairs formed two internal task forces, which will review the already exceptional programming within The Leadership Center and Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Finally, I am incredibly proud to announce that two our our departments have recently won national gold excellence awards from NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education: The Movin' Mavs for their program entitled Creating an Inclusive Environment for Sport, Recreation and Fitness and the RVSP (Relationship, Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention) program for the peer educators and Bringing in the Bystander program. Congratulations to these program directors, Doug Garner, Coach of the Movin' Mavs and Charity Stutzman, Assistant Director of the RVSP program.
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.
I wish you the best of luck on your final exams and I look forward to seeing you at many of our upcoming events and activities.
Dr. Frank Lamas
Vice President of Student Affairs and
Dean of Students
Programs within the Relationship, Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program including Peer Educators and Bringing in the Bystander were awarded a NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Gold Excellence Award in November 2012.
The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball program was awarded a gold NASPA Excellence Award in November 2012 for their program entitled, Creating an Inclusive Environment for Sport, Recreation and Fitness.
EXCEL Campus Activities' advertising campaign for the 2012 Bed Races received an award for excellence in Multi-color Poster/Flyer (Large School Division) at the National Association for Campus Activities Central Regional Conference at the Arlington Convention Center on October 4-6.
The New Maverick Orientation online transfer presentation was awarded Outstanding Website for an institution with greater than 15,000 students at the NODA (National Orientation Directors Association) conference in October 2012.
Heather Snow, Director for the Office of Community standards was awarded the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional award at the 2012 TACUSPA conference.
Charity Stutzman, Assistant Director for the Relationship, Violence, and Sexual Assault Prevention Program was awarded the Outstanding New Professional award at the 2012 TACUSPA Conference.
WFAA Channel 8 and a sister station, KVUE Channel 24 in Austin, aired a report on UT Arlington's first Gay Pride Week. The week-long event featured Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns as a speaker.
The LGBTQA program received mentions in the Dallas Voice and KTVT CBS 11 regarding their programming for Gay Pride Week. Some of the highlighted events included a Tuesday night symposium looking at the state of higher education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.
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Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith, Nominated by Student Publications
Journalism associate professor Erika Pribanic-Smith knows one of the best ways students learn is to dive in to the material. Her encouragement of hands-on experience in the communication field through internships and being published has helped her students see the importance of classroom assignments.
The Shorthorn and Student Publications collaborate with Dr. Pribanic-Smith to provide training and to work with student staff. Pribanic-Smith's enthusiasm and expertise have energized new and veteran reporters during Shorthorn orientations, and she helps recruit interested students to work in Student Publications.
Pribanic-Smith began teaching at UT Arlington in 2010 and coordinates the journalism sequence. She is actively involved in a number of journalism and history organizations.
Robert Moore, Fatma Karim, Angeline Tolo, Nominated by The Parent & Family Center
The Parent and Family Center would like to recognize three students: Robert Moore, Fatma Karim, and Angeline Tolo. Robert, Fatma, and Angeline were the Maverick Parent and Family Association fall scholarship recipients, each receiving $800. They were eligible for the scholarship because their parents are members of the association.
The Parent & Family Center was excited to present these three deserving students with their scholarships. Robert Moore is a sophomore, mechanical engineering major from Arlington, Texas (pictured). Fatma Karim is a freshman, business major from Grand Prairie, Texas. Angeline Tolo is a freshman, nursing major from Sugar Land, Texas.
|Apartment and Residence Life
Apartment and Residence Life has had a great semester especially with the addition of the newly opened Vandergriff Hall and The Lofts at College Park. As with others, Apartment & Residence Life was an active participant in Homecoming Week. During Homecoming, Vandergriff Hall won the Spirit Decorating Contest.
The Residence Halls and Apartment RAs continued to invite faculty in to their communities. Brazos House staff recently hosted An Evening with Dr. Saxe where he spoke about the importance of higher education and The Heights on Pecan staff hosted The U.S. Presidency and the 2012 Election presented by Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers.
As the semester comes to a close, the staff are gearing up for the unveiling of the MavWell LiveWell program, which is a collaboration with Campus Recreation.
Campus Recreation has seen a steady increase in participation throughout the programs and facility usage, with over 219,000 participants coming to the Maverick Activities Center (MAC) since the start of the fall semester. The MAC celebrated its fifth birthday with cake, singing, and giveaways and over 300 students. The department also collaborated to host several special events including Bed Races, Cyclethon, Homecoming 5K, Oozeball, Wet n' Wild, and Halloween Casino Night. Halloween Casino Night, Cyclethon, and Oozeball all saw record numbers with 1,217 participants, $1,600 dollars, and 154 teams, respectively. Likewise, Spirit Groups have had a busy semester including the continuation of the Wranglers as well as the newest addition with the Jr. Maverick Cheer Squad.
As the semester comes to a close, Campus Recreation is excited for 2013 with the launch of a new Wellness program and a vast list of programs and events throughout the spring semester.
The Leadership Center has had a successful fall semester. The Fall Leadership Retreat started the school year off right, empowered students to model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. The Certified Leaders Institute was well attended by students interested in enhancing their fundamental leadership skills. Mavs Act Your Vote Your Voice campaign helped register hundreds of students to vote in the 2012 presidential election. The UTA Volunteers' most recent event was the One Night Without a Home program in which students learned about and experienced what it is like to be homeless.
The Leadership Center is currently working with the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. There are still several families, children, and seniors available for adoption. Angels in need are available through December 3, and all gifts must be returned to the Leadership Center by December 5.
|The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball
| The Movin' Mavs are looking forward to another great wheelchair basketball season with all returning starters back from a team that won the NWBA Intercollegiate Division regular season title. The team has started with an 11-0 record including a lineup of both collegiate and community division teams. The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Tennis team sent 8 players to the ITA Wheelchair Tennis National Championships and came home with several top 4 finishes.
The Movin' Mavs will be hosting another NWBA Community Division Tournament Nov 30-Dec 2, a Regional Tournament for NWBA Junior Division teams and Army Warrior Transition Adapted Sport Camps. Also, over 30 UTA students with disabilities have enjoyed participating in adapted sports and recreation programs through the Movin' Mavs program.
There was something for all to enjoy this fall with Multicultural Affairs!
Highlights included: The brand new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally Program hosting the inaugural Pride Week. Over 3,500 students, faculty/staff and visitors participating in Hispanic Heritage and Asian Heritage Month events hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks. Celebrating their 5th anniversary, the Women in Leadership Program recruited their largest class of students to date! The Leaders Educating About Diversity facilitated the Maversity social justice workshop series for over 150 students. Finally, the Diversity Lecture Series welcomed nationally renowned speakers Dr. Kathy Obear and Shane Windmeyer to campus.
Watch our website for spring events including Black History and Women's History Months, Black Leadership Institute, the annual Women's Summit, and Diversity Week 2013!
New Maverick Orientation
New Maverick Orientation recently completed two Orientation programs for students starting at UT Arlington in the spring. On November 3, we held our first ever Saturday Orientation program. The transfer students in attendance appreciated the convenience of completing Orientation on the weekend.
Additionally, NMO also recently completed its interview and selection process for its 2013 team of Maverick Orientation Leaders. Between new applicants and previous OLs hoping to return for another year, we received a total of 91 applications. From that pool, we selected 25 students for this summer's team.
Off-Campus Mavericks had a very successful semester making connections with commuter students. During the OCM Breakfasts, Lunch Series, and other events this semester, the department was able to add almost 800 students to the newsletter mailing list and just under 100 new "likes" on Facebook. From these new connections, our new social media planning calendar helps OCM to engage those students in campus events throughout the semester. If your department would like to share information about any of your programs or services with commuter students, let us know, and we will help you spread the word through these outlets.
In the spring, the Commuter Lunch Series will serve as focus groups to help us better understand UT Arlington commuter students. From this information we will be better able to connect them to campus services and programs that will fit their needs and help them enjoy the full college experience.
The Office for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities has undergone some much needed facility upgrades this fall that include school colors and branding. Faculty, staff, and students have provided much positive feedback on the updated décor. Stop by and take a look!
The Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society for Students with Disabilities inducted 11 new members at a ceremony held in the University Center on 11/14/12. OSD congratulates these very high achieving students!
OSD co-sponsored A Conversation with Abu Yilla about wheelchair sports on 10/24/12. The event was held in collaboration with the Department of History and Delta Alpha Pi. The event was well attended and lunch was served.
The office continues to implement technology upgrades and other measures toward sustainability.
This year's Parent & Family Weekend was a great success with a record 841 people registered. Parents and families spent two days on campus touring facilities, watching the theatre department's Ah, Wilderness!, hearing faculty presentations, cheering on the Movin' Mavs, and participating in many 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 Parent & Family Center would like to thank everyone who was involved in this year's weekend.
The Office of Community Standards
The Office of Community Standards rolled out the University Honor Code in full form for this Fall 2012 Semester. The Code helps to positively frame the University's commitment to Academic Integrity and Ethical Leadership. The Office will continue to offer educational programming which supports this commitment.
The Office of Community Standards welcomes for the first time a committed group of Peer Educators that are dedicated to setting a positive example across the campus for what it means to be a Maverick. The Peers were proud to have a fantastic entry in the Homecoming Parade, "Let your Maverick Spirit Shine". The Peers will be working with the office to offer educational programming and social norming messaging.
The RVSP program continues to extend the Bring in the Bystander program to student groups across campus. This fall the program was brought to the Fraternity & Sorority community as well as the freshmen Athletes. In addition the team of Peer Educators have offered a series of programs in the Residence Halls, with Fraternity and Sorority members during Hazing Prevention Week and throughout the month of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
This semester has kept the Department of Student Activities busy with numerous events and programs for our student community. Over the past few months EXCEL Campus Activities completed its membership drive with a membership of over 60 members. Together they have been involved in numerous movies and events from the MavsMeet Afterparty (pictured) to the terrifically successful Friday Night Film Series.
Fraternity and Sorority Life has been active this semester kicking off the school year with our All-Greek Meeting and the recruitment of over 100 new members welcomed into our Fraternity and Sorority Life Community. UT Arlington fraternities and sororities have been busy with countless events and activities serving students and the community.
The Office of Student Governance and Organizations had a number of successful fall initiatives. Some of the highlights include Student Congress registering over 1,700 voters and 2,500 people voting in one week at the on-campus early polling site.
Twenty-eight new Student Organizations were established. Student Governance & Organizations also collaborated with Career Services and the Money Management Center for two Student Organization Development Seminars.
The UTA HOSTS! Program has over 1,300 participants.
The Ambassadors have been particularly busy serving as hosts at the faculty orientation meeting and convocation. Their programs have included Sundaes of Friday, Maverick Mondays and the sponsorships of the Homecoming Hunt, the Homecoming Swap and participation in the Homecoming Coronation Ceremony.
University Events has created memories this fall starting with a fantastic turn out at MavsMeet AfterParty, which took place after convocation, where 3,000 students were in attendance. The Big Event has been making great strides in the community, co-sponsoring Super Service Saturday, and successful fundraisers this fall.
Flo Rida, the artist for Fall Concert gave the crowd "A Good Feeling" with a 90 minute set of non-stop number one songs. With the fall comes Homecoming, and a week of fun festivities. This year the coronation took a spin with a new twist and remixed your memories with an exciting orange and blue turnout. There were glow necklaces, flashing buttons, and sunglasses to bring the remix of cool, to the game at College Park Center.
The Division of Student Affairs welcomes the following new staff members to the Division!
Molly Albart, Director of Assessment, Planning, and Student Success. Molly was previously the Director of Apartment Life at UT Arlington.
Sara Drischler, Residence Director for Arlington Hall. Sara was previously the Coordinator for Special Programs for E.H. Hereford University Center and Guest Services.
Richard Dunn, Assistant Spirit Groups Coordinator and Cheerleading Coach. Richard is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University.
Johnny Robbinson, Assistant Director for Greek Life. Johnny was previously the Director for Student Leadership and Greek Life at Tarelton State University.
Tina Scott, Administrative Assistant for Student Activities. Tina was previously an administrative assistant for the UT Arlington Office of Development.