October 2012    

Calendar at a Glance 


September 15-October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month


October 1

Tuition installment 2 due

Deadline for Spring 2013 study abroad applications


October 4

Maverick Speaker Series featuring Cokie Roberts


October 8-12

Pride Week hosted by the LGBTQA Program Pride Peers


October 11

Bed Races


October 19

Flo Rida concert at College Park Center


October 26-28

Parent & Family Weekend 


October 31

Last day to drop classes


November 1

Tuition installment 3 due


November 5

Registration begins for Spring 2013 term


November 15-17



November 19

Maverick Speaker Series featuring Seth Meyers


November 22-23

Thanksgiving Holiday


December 1

Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 study abroad applications open


December 5

Last day of classes


December 6-12

Final Exams


December 13-17

Commencement Ceremonies

Encourage your student to compete in Bed Races

Join the fun as teams of students push beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes at the University's "longest running" tradition. The Bed Races began in 1980 to celebrate the opening of Maverick Stadium. 


Teams of five may register to enter the races; the deadline is Oct. 9 by noon. General admission to this event is free and open to the campus and community; entry into the races is $40 per team. Racing beds are provided.

Free counseling available for students

Currently enrolled students are eligible for free counseling through Counseling Services. Several types of counseling are available, including personal, career, and group counseling.


Typical concerns for college students include:


  • Adjusting to College Life
  • Stress or Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Sadness and Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Academic pressures
  • Making Career Decisions

Counseling Services are available to help students increase their understanding of personal issues and make positive changes in their lives. Counseling Services is focused on working with students who can benefit from a short-term counseling model.

Register now for Greek Life recruitment

Is your student interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Students can visit the Fraternity and Sorority Life website to register for recruitment or to receive more information about how to join one of these organizations.


The Fraternity and Sorority community at UT Arlington is comprised of 31 national and local organizations with four governing Councils. At almost 3% of the UT Arlington student population, Greek members hold a variety of leadership positions throughout the campus community.

Graduation checklist for December 2012

If your student is graduating this December, the deadline to apply for graduation has already passed. Late applications will be accepted until October 5, 2012; there is also a $60 late fee.


Check out the graduation checklist to ensure your student has everything taken care of for graduation.

Don't forget to use your P&F Association ID card to take advantage of the Maverick Discount Program!
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Register now for Parent & Family Weekend, Oct. 26-28
Join the Parent & Family Center and the Division of Student Affairs for Parent & Family Weekend, Oct. 26-28, 2012!

The weekend features many different activities that allow students to show their families what it is like to be a Maverick. Activities include: welcome reception, faculty spotlights, theatre production, fall festival with live music, glass blowing demonstration, Movin' Mavs basketball, and much more. Glass vase There will also be door prizes, such as the glass vase (right) made right here at UT Arlington. Click here to see the full, tentative schedule.

All students and families are encouraged to attend. UT Arlington students and children under 10 are free with a paid ticket; all others are $30 per person. Everyone who attends will receive a t-shirt, breakfast and dinner, as well as most weekend activities.

You can find more information and register online at our website. Online registration will remain open until Oct. 24.
Reminder of Association benefits
As a member of the Maverick Parent & Family Association, we want to remind you of some of your member-only benefits:

Free Scantrons, blue books, and pencils
Because you are a member of the Association, your student is eligible for free testing materials! To obtain these materials, students can come to our office anytime, Monday-Friday between 8 am and 5 pm to pick up what they need. Our office is located in the basement of the University Center, Room B150. Please note: students will not be able to get free testing materials at the book store; this offer only applies when they come directly to our office.

Maverick Activities Center (MAC) passes
As a member, you can enjoy two free visits to the MAC. To take advantage of this offer, you need to first stop by our office, located in the basement of the University Center, Room B150, and pick up a MAC pass. You will then take this pass along with your Association membership card to the MAC. 

If you have questions about these benefits or anything else, just email us at parents@uta.edu or call 817-272-2128.
University News

UT Arlington recognized nationally for diversity


According to rankings released by US News & World Report, UT Arlington is among the top 20 universities for providing a racially and ethnically diverse campus. UT Arlington's diversity ranking was seventh highest, tying with Georgia State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Texas Woman's University.


Preliminary Fall 2012 enrollment figures indicate that almost 54% of UT Arlington's undergraduate students identify as African American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, or multiracial. Hispanic students account for 23% of undergraduate enrollment; African American students account for 15%.


Fall 2012 enrollment steadies


For the first time in at least four years, UT Arlington fall enrollment did not set a record - overall enrollment is 33,267 students, which is down about 200 students. However, the university is pleased because these numbers show enrollment is stable. Since Fall 2000, enrollment has grown by more than 61%.


There was a slight increase in Hispanic and Asian students but a slight decrease in African American students. Additional information about enrollment is expected soon.

Tickets still available for Flo Rida concert

Rapper Flo Rida is coming to campus Oct. 19 for a concert at College Park Center. The Florida-born rapper has become a chart fixture thanks to the blockbuster singles "Low (feat. T-Pain)," "Right Round," and his most recent chart-topping hit, "Whistle."  


Although ticket sales were first limited to UT Arlington students, faculty, and staff (though ticket holders may use their purchased tickets to bring non-university guests), the general public can also now purchase any remaining tickets either online or at the College Park Center Box Office. For more information and for ticket prices, visit the UTA Box Office.


Flo Rida  

Maverick Speaker Series presents Cokie Roberts
The October installment of Maverick Speaker Series
features Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC News. Her presentation, Oct. 4 at 7:30 pm in Texas Hall, is titled: "An Insider's View of Washington, DC."  Cokie Roberts


Roberts also serves as a contributing senior news analyst for NPR and a regular roundtable analyst for This Week With George Stephanopoulos. In her more than 40 years in broadcasting, Roberts has won many prestigious awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award and three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and American Women in Radio and Television has cited her as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.


Tickets are free and are available now.

Sophomores - Apply now for business leadership academy
Is your student a sophomore business major? If so, encourage them to apply for the Goolsby Leadership Academy

The Goolsby Leadership Academy provides a select group of undergraduate students with rigorous development in:

  • Developing innate leadership skills
  • Management and decision making
  • Emotional competence and motivation
  • Ethics, personal integrity, and character development
  • Goal setting and self-measurement
  • Performance measurement and employee evaluation
  • Group dynamics and team building

Although there is no application deadline, only about 30 students are admitted into the program each year. Therefore, students' chances of being admitted are greater the earlier they apply during their sophomore year.