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Spirit Friday 
Every Friday  

Women In Leadership Program Application Season
Currently - March 20     

BHM (Black History Month) - A Legacy Worth Living Gallery Exhibit
February 4-February 15  

Maversity Workshop
February 19, March 7 & 28, April 1

MGC General Body Meeting
February 11

BHM Keynote: Dr. Yaba Blay - One Drop: Fact, Fiction or Fate
February 12

Mardi Gras Madness
February 12

Intramural Wheelchair Football Tournament
February 12

Intramural Soccer Entries Due
February 13

IFC General Body Meeting
February 13

Screening of Happy Presented by LiveWell MavWell and FLOC
February 13

UTA Volunteers
Volunteer Fair
February 13 

RVSP Presents JSpot with Jay Friedman
February 14  

PHC General Body Meeting
February 18

Intramural 4-on-4 Flag Football Entries Due
February 20

BHM: Your Journey: Our Legacy: A Tunnel of History and Forum Discussion
February 20

Men's Basketball
Pep Rally

February 20

Being Out in the Workplace
February 21

NPHC General Body Meeting
February 21

Fraternity and Sorority Life Town Hall Meeting
February 21
Friday Night Film - Red Dawn
February 22

UTA Volunteers: Arlington Animal Shelter Visit
February 23 & March 23

Native American Pow Wow
February 23

Black Leadership Institute
February 23

BHM: Wolf Premiere with Remarks by Director Ya'Ke Smith
February 26

BHM: Exploring Our Legacy: Brandon Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble
February 27

Mavs Got Talent Auditions
February 27

Women's History Month
March 1-31

UTA Men's Basketball vs. Utah State: President Spaniolo Tribute Game
March 2

Dr. Seuss' Birthday/Blaze Through Reading Program
March 2

Diversity Week
March 4-8

Women on the Rise Gallery Exhibit
March 4-March 15

March 6

Elect Her: Campus Women Win
March 6

Food for Thought
March 6, April 3, May 1  

Safe Zone Workshop
March 7

Women's Appreciation Day
March 8

Alternative Spring Break
March 9-17   

UTA Baseball vs. TCU at Rangers Ballpark
March 16

Domestic Violence Forum
March 20

Friday Night Film
March 22 

6th Annual Women in Leadership Summit
March 23

Mavs Got Talent
March 26

Hunger Banquet
March 27  

Go Red for Women: Health Fair
March 27  

Greek Week
April 1-5

April 2

Friday Night Film
April 5

UTA Volunteers: Don't Mess with Texas Trash Off
April 6

Tracy Yukich
Speaker Event

April 10

Shorthorn Housing Fair
April 10

Certified Leaders Institute
April 13

Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure
April 13

Spring Campus Elections
April 15-16

One Day without Shoes
April 16

UTA Baseball vs. TCU
April 16

LiveWell MavWell Awards
April 18

Block Party
April 18

UTA Volunteers: Earth Day Celebration
April 22

Leadership Recognition Ceremony
April 23

Friday Night Film
April 26

The Big Event
April 27

Leadership Center Banquet
April 30

Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards
May 1

Graduation Celebration
May 10

To view more information on these events, visit the Student Affairs event calendar.
A Message From Dr. Lamas
Greetings Mavericks,

The spring semester is off to an incredible start here at UT Arlington and within the Division of Student Affairs. As we move into the beginning months let's take a look back at our achievements from the fall.


This year's Homecoming celebrations were some of the best in the history of the University. All of the Homecoming events were wildly successful and welcomed record crowds.


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 the holiday season by pairing up all of the 175 children and 25 elderly angels with volunteers to donate gifts.   

During this election season Student Congress registered over 1,700 voters and hosted early poling sites on campus, where over 2,400 ballots were cast. 

Also, I am proud to announce that the Division will be heading up UT Arlington's first-ever required transfer orientation program. This program is incredibly important to the success of our transfer students. I'm confident that the added orientation will allow our students to strengthen their knowledge of the campus community. 

In addition, I'd like to recognize two of our departments for receiving NASPA Gold Excellence Awards. The Movin' Mavs Adapted Sports and Recreation program was awarded for their program, Creating an Inclusive Environment for Sport, Recreation and Fitness. The Relationship, Violence, and Sexual Assault Prevention program was awarded for their peer educators and Bringing in the Bystander curriculum. We are elated that two of our programs have received national awards from NASPA. 


This spring semester we look forward to some of our signature events including Black and Women's History Months, The Big Event, spring campus elections, and the new LiveWell MavWell student wellness program. 


I wish you all the best of luck this semester. Also, congratulations to all of those who will be graduating this spring.


Best regards,

Dr. Frank Lamas
Vice President of Student Affairs and 
Dean of Students  
Awards and Accolades
Beth Francesco Currie, Assistant Director and Adviser for The Shorthorn received a Board of Directors Citation from College Media Association, the national professional organization for college media advisers. Beth's award was in recognition of her work as managing editor of College Media Review, the group's professional journal.

Durl Rather, Associate Director for Campus Recreation received a 2012-2013 Outstanding Maverick award presented by The University of Texas at Arlington in December 2012.

The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Team was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Reese Jones Foundation in January 2013. 

The Office for Students with Disabilities received a 2012-2013 Outstanding Maverick award presented by The University of Texas at Arlington in December 2012.
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Staff Updates

Lucinda Buhrkuhl joined UT Arlington as the new support specialist for Fraternity and Sorority Life. She was previously the office manager/coordinator for D&R Financial.


Jennifer Fox, Graduate Assistant Residence Director for Brazos House at UT Arlington was promoted to Assistant Director of Student Governance and Organizations.   


Heather Snow, Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Community Standards at UT Arlington was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. 

Featured Staff Bios
Kendra Kliesen
Assistant Director - Parent & Family Center

Kendra is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a master's degree in educational administration (concentration in student affairs administration). Kendra received her bachelor's degree in communication and German from Trinity University. She is a member of the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals (AHEPPP). At UT Arlington, Kendra manages the Maverick Parent & Family Association, coordinates assessment for the Parent & Family Center, and is a co-chair for the Parent & Family Weekend committee, in addition to other tasks. 
David Duvall
Director of New Maverick Orientation and Off-Campus Mavericks

David has a bachelor's degree in business administration from The University of Tennessee and a master's degree in higher education from the Florida State University.  He is originally from Columbia, Tennessee. David is a member of TACUSPA and the National Orientation Director's Association, where he has previously served as a board member, regional coordinator, and regional conference host. David provides leadership in the development of the University's orientation programs for new freshmen, transfer students, and veterans, and coordinates programs and outreach to commuter students.  
Faculty/Staff Profile
Don Lange
Nominated by Apartment and Residence Life
Apartment & Residence Life would like to ho
nor Don Lange, Director of Auxiliary Operations and Logistics in the Office of Facilities Management as this month's faculty/staff spotlight for his continued support and advocacy for the residential housing facilities and residents.    
Don has been at UT Arlington since 1999 and has had many roles throughout the years. His current responsibilities includes overseeing maintenance, renovations, property improvements and new construction for all apartments, residence halls, houses and the University Center. He is also responsible for custodial services for the entire campus and the preventative maintenance evening shift that responds to after hour's campus emergencies. He serves on several campus committees and has recently been appointed as one of the emergency operations center managers.  
He supports many campus activities including the Activities Fair, Homecoming, building dedications and other department specific events. He is greatly appreciated for his continued effort to improve our facilities while always having the staff and residents in mind. He truly understands the importance of the collaborative work that the offices do to support student success. 
Student Profile
Anup Patel
Nominated by Student Activities  
Anup's dedication and service exemplifies the type ofactive and committed leader that Student Activities strives to develop. He served as president of Delta Epsilon Psi fraternity and currently oversees the Campus Traditions Committee of EXCEL Campus Activities. He transferred to UT Arlington and is a junior majoring in computer science.
An interesting fact about Anup is that he was born in London and came to Texas with his family at the age of five. When asked what he finds most rewarding about his leadership involvement, he said that he likes to "get to see students enjoy the events" and the ability to "make a lot of connections and friends" through his fraternity. His fondest memory of this year was taking the lead role for the Homecoming Bash which he says, "was hectic but overall very fun."
Departmental News
Apartment and Residence Life


Apartment & Residence Life had a great end of the fall semester. The annual Late Night Breakfast event hosted a record number of students with 1,102 students on Wednesday night and 855 on Thursday night. 


ARL, in collaboration with Campus Recreation, co-hosted the LiveWell MavWell teaser event in December and spring kick-off in January. The department also administered their bi-annual EBI benchmarking survey of the residence hall and apartment students.   


In staff news, congratulations to Stephen Berg, Assistant Director of Apartment Life, who is the proud father of his son, Caleb Berg, born on December 15th. Additionally, Sara Drischler, Resident Director for Arlington Hall graduated in December with her master's degree in educational leadership and policy studies - higher education administration from UT Arlington.

It was an exciting time for the Fitness and Wellness area as they launched a new program, LiveWell Mavwell. The program creates a culture of wellness on campus by engaging students in their own personal wellness activities. 

The Sport Club program experienced record numbers in participants, competitions, and income generated. The Aquatics program added more swim times to the pool schedule and saw 12% more users than last fall. Intramural Sports had an increase in teams this year (278 total). 

Campus Recreation continued to focus on student development this past semester by enhancing the student trainings, adding a student employee incentive program (MAC bucks), and encouraging professional and academic development through conferences, webinars and on campus programs and resources. The Spirit Groups were all over campus and kept busy with over 30 events.
The Leadership Center's Angel Tree was a success (picture to right). 200 individuals were received gifts during the holiday season. The estimated value for each gift was $40 per person. 

The Leadership center is currently working on contacting local agencies for the Volunteer Fair and collaborative efforts for the Blaze Through Reading Celebration of Dr. Seuss' Birthday. The Volunteer Fair will occur on February 13 in the Palo Duro from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Blaze Through Reading Celebration of Dr. Seuss' Birthday will take place on March 2 at the Chemistry and Physics Building. 

The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball
The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Team finished the 2012 Fall Semester with a 13-2
record (5-0 Conference) and the #1 ranking in the NWBA Intercollegiate Division. The program also helped host two Warrior Transition adapted sports training camps, two wheelchair rugby camps and three clinics for the Dallas Junior Wheelchair Mavericks.  
The big news for the Movin' Mavs was the announcement that the program won a NASPA Gold Excellence Award for their work in adapted sports and recreation on campus and in the community. 
The Movin' Mavs went 1-1 in their first games at the amazing College Park Center and made a January announcement that we are working with some female athletes to begin a women's wheelchair basketball club team in fall of 2013!
Multicultural Affairs/LGBTQA Program

The Multicultural Mavericks will host Black History Month in February with highlights that include a lecture by renowned historian Dr. Yaba Blay, who has been featured on CNN for her One Drop project examing black identity. Save the date for Saturday, February 23rd as we also co-sponsor the ever-popular annual Native American Pow-Wow, the largest of its kind in the southwest.

Students can also register now for our annual one-day leadership conferences: The Black Leadership Institute (February 23rd) and/or the Women in Leadership Summit (March 23rd).

Diversity Week is coming! (March 4 - 8) Don't miss our national award-winning program celebrating the rich diversity of our Maverick community. Complete details for events mentioned above are available on our website

The LGBTQA Program has announced their spring line-up of events with highlights that include educational workshops, Safe Zone ally training, and featured event - the Coming Out Monologues. Visit to learn more.

New Maverick Orientation 


New Maverick Orientation recently completed five Orientation programs for students starting at UT Arlington in the spring. They welcomed 350 new transfer and freshmen students through our one-day sessions. NMO wants to thank the division for their support, especially those staff who gave presentations or staffed information tables at any of the sessions. 


Additionally, New Maverick Orientation is pleased to announce that President Spaniolo recently approved a proposal to require all transfer students to attend orientation. More details on this new requirement, how it will be enforced, and what it means for the Division of Student Affairs will be available soon.

Off-Campus Mavericks

Off-Campus Mavericks is inviting commuter students to share their story through three focus groups in our Commuter Lunch Series this semester. During these focus groups, the department wants to know what challenges commuter students face, how they want to be involved in campus life, what UT Arlington could do to help them succeed, and what they think about new possibilities like ride-sharing programs, bike repair stations, and new social media sites. Visit for more information on the upcoming focus groups.

The Office for Students with Disabilities 


OSD has been very busy this past semester. The AdaptiveResource Center (ARC) administered 319 exams during finals week. Heartfelt thanks go out to the many Student Affairs volunteers who assisted us with proctoring. 


Assistant Director, Jaime Palma, attended the Accessing Higher Ground Conference in Colorado and director, Penny Acrey, attended the NASPA Mental Health Conference in Fort Worth. Ten high achieving students were inducted into the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society for Students with Disabilities. OSD welcomed two graduate interns from the School of Social Work, Lindsey Reed and Amber Thompson.  


Congratulations go out to the OSD staff who were awarded the Maverick Team Award by the UT Arlington. They attended a dinner held in their honor where their outstanding teamwork was recognized. Go Team OSD! 

The Parent & Family Center analyzed the results of the Parent & Family Weekend assessment and found that overall, students and families were very satisfied with the program. According to the surveys, parents/family members had a mean satisfaction rating of 4.7/5.0, while students' mean satisfaction rating was 4.3/5.0. Thank you again to everyone who helped make this year's Parent & Family Weekend a great success.

The Parent & Family Association looks forward to awarding two, $800 spring scholarships to students of Association members. If you work with any of these students, please remind them to submit their scholarship application by Feb. 8, 2013. The application can be found on the Association website.
The Office of Community Standards

The Office of Community Standards hosted a shining example of a golf cart in the Homecoming parade. This golf cart was designed, created and hosted by the seven Community Standards Peer Educators who are also working to create a comprehensive social marketing/media campaign about what it takes to be a Maverick.

The Office continues to offer monthly programming in the residence halls to help inform residents about major conduct challenges they may face at UT Arlington.

The office continues to grow as RVSP welcomed graduate intern Karla Arenas and an undergraduate social work student. Both positions will help provide excellent programming and resources for students. 

After receiving a gold NASPA Excellence Award last semester, RVSP will continue to work on bystander intervention and healthy relationships for our students on campus. The RVSP Peer Educators are excited to be a part of this award-winning program and are busy scheduling programming for student organizations, residence halls and apartments, and athletic groups. Additionally, look for this semesters larger events including a production of The Vagina Monologues, the Red Flag Campaign and campus speaker Jay Friedman.


The Department of Student Activities has been busy this spring semester. Fraternity and Sorority Life has started off the season of recruitment by welcoming 108 new members into our Panhellenic sorority community. With recruitment by the Interfratnerity Council, Multicultural Greek Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council still to come we look forward to the growth and excitement that accompanies recruitment in our fraternity and sorority community.  


In addition, EXCEL Campus Activities is gearing up for a semester packed with terrific events and activities. This semester includes movies, magicians, talents shows and more. To get involved with EXCEL Campus Activities and to learn how to become a member and plan these exciting events visit or attend one of their weekly meetings on Mondays at 2 pm in the University Center Student Congress Chambers.  


The Fall 2012 semester ended with the UTA Ambassadors  distributing Scantrons and hot chocolate to students during finals week. January started with Student Congress set to consider seven resolutions. 


The Freshman Leaders on Campus program students (pictured) had an overall fall semester GPA of 3.23 with ten members achieving a 4.0. The UTA-HOSTS! program celebrated National Mentoring day on January 16th by sponsoring events for their program's members.


Student organizations held over 700 events during the fall semester. Officer training was held for twenty eight new student organizations officers. Additionally there was a 51% increase in the number students attending the Fall Student Organization Development workshops.


The department is proud to welcome Jennifer Fox, 2012-2013 and current student congress president and former Graduate Assistant Residence Director for Brazos House as the new Assistant Director for Student Governance and Organizations. 

University Events

This year's Homecoming was phenomenal. The eventbrought out thousands of students, faculty and alumni. Homecoming festivities included the men's basketball game, parade down Spaniolo Drive, the Homecoming 5K and dancing the night away at The Bash.

In December, University Events joined 90 parade entries in the 11th annual Arlington Holiday Lights Parade. The parade started at the corner of Main and Center and ended at the corner of Abram and Mesquite.

This spring, over forty students, staff and faculty participating in the Alternative Breaks program will travel throughout the United States to Moab, Utah, Atlanta, Georgia, and Cincinnati, Ohio where they will be addressing such issues as environmental protection, urban poverty, and homelessness.
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