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March 2013    

Calendar at a Glance 

  

March

Women's History Month

 

March 4-8

Diversity Week

 

March 4

Tuition installment #2 due 

 

March 11-15

Spring Break

 

March 19

Registration opens for the Big Event

 

March 27

Maverick Speaker Series

featuring Jeff Corwin

 

March 29

Last day to drop/withdraw from a class

 

April 1

Registration begins for Summer and Fall 2013

 

April 2

Parent & Family Association reception and night at Maverick Speaker Series, featuring Aaron Neville

 

April 3

Tuition installment #3 due

 

April 15

Reception for Association students 

 

April 27

The Big Event

 

May 3

Last day of classes

 

May 4-10

Final exams

Association benefit of the month: Guest borrower privileges at the UTA Library 

Each month we will be highlighting benefits available to you as a member of the Maverick Parent & Family Association. Hopefully this will remind you to take advantage of these great resources!

 

This month we are highlighting guest borrower privileges at the UTA Library"Guest Borrowers" are people who are not current University students, staff or faculty, but who have privileges at the UT Arlington Library through special arrangements.  You can download and complete the Library Card Application here

 

Guest Borrowers can:

  • Have up to 5 items checked out at one time
  • Check out books for 21 days
  • Check out some special materials
  • Renew materials 2 times for 21 days each time, unless an item has been recalled for another user
  • Renew materials by telephone, fax, email or at any of the Library's Circulation Service Desks

Reception for Association students

The Parent & Family Center will be hosting a reception at the end of the semester for all students whose parents are members of the Parent & Family Association. Remind your students to stop by the Carlisle Suite in the University Center on April 15, 2013 between 12 pm and 2 pm to pick up complimentary Scantrons, Blue Books, and pencils as well as light snacks.

Diversity Week events

Diversity Week, March 4-8, 2013, is an annual event that celebrates the multiple cultures that make up the Maverick community. Featured events educate participants on issues regarding disability, race, sexual orientation, gender, and religious diversity.

 

Check out the calendar of events for a list of all of the activities.

Participate in the Big Event with your student 

The Big Event is the largest one-day, student-run service project in the U.S., occurring at 72 universities, including UT Arlington. This year, the Parent & Family Center has partnered with the Big Event to encourage parents to join their students and complete a service project together. Registration begins March 19, 2013. 

 

The Big Event will be held April 27, 2013. Volunteers will need to arrive at their project sites at 8 am and serve until 12 pm. Once volunteers finish at their project site, they are invited to the a Thank You Celebration on campus from 12-2 pm to receive a free meal and enjoy music and activities. 

LGBT group counseling now available

Counseling Services will offer a new group counseling program for students struggling with their sexual identity starting March 18, 2013. The program will meet weekly on Mondays from 1-2:30 pm for six weeks.

 

The group (approximately 6-10 students) will meet weekly to enhance interpersonal skills and general well-being. The group provides opportunities to gain self-awareness, explore personal and relationship issues, give and receive feedback in a safe environment, and practice new skills. 

 

Interested students must complete a pre-group consultation to qualify for the sessions. For more information or to schedule a pre-group meeting, please call 817-272-3671.

Don't forget to use your P&F Association ID card to take advantage of the Maverick Discount Program!
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University News
Finalist named for UT Arlington president
 
The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Vistasp M. Karbhari as the sole finalist President finalist for the presidency of the University of Texas at Arlington. Karbhari is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
 
Karbhari is a noted researcher, scholar, and published author of over 200 scientific papers. He will succeed President James D. Spaniolo, who announced last June his intention to step down as president.
 
Maverick Speaker Series presents Jeff Corwin
 
The March installment of the Maverick Speaker Series features television host and conservationist Jeff Corwin. His presentation, "100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement", will be held March 27 at 7:30 pm in the College Park Center. An audience Q&A and book signing of Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Natural World will follow the lecture. Tickets are free and available now.
 
Emmy winner Jeff Corwin has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world for nearly three decades, but he is best known as the host of the Animal Planet show The Jeff Corwin Experience. For his conservation efforts, he was named ambassador of climate change and endangered species on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, a prominent conservation organization. Corwin's well-reviewed book, 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species, was published in 2010.
Congratulations to our spring scholarship winners
This spring, the Maverick Parent & Family Association awarded three, $800 scholarships on Feb. 28, 2013. Recipients (pictured from left to right with Director of the Parent & Family Center, Casey Gonzales) included:
  • Danielle Langlois, junior, architecture major from Montgomery, TX 
  • Sonia Fraide, freshman, nursing major from Fort Worth, TX
  • Jacob Wadley, freshman, civil engineering major from Fort Worth, TX
Scholarship winner Spring 2013

Congratulations to our scholarship winners! The next scholarship drawing will take place in Fall 2013. 
Reminder - RSVP now!
Join us on campus for a reception for Association members, April 2
Mark your calendar now for April 2, 2013 and make plans to join fellow Association parents and family members on campus for a night of complimentary wine and music! The Parent & Family Association will be hosting a wine reception at Digg's Taco Shop on campus in the new College Park District from 6-7 pm, followed by a night at the Maverick Speaker Series, featuring music legends Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis, at 7:30 pm in the College Park Center.  
 
RSVP here! There is no charge to attend the wine reception or the Maverick Speaker Series program.
 
Aaron Neville is a music legend with four top-20 hits in the United States, including three that hit No. 1 on Billboard's adult
Aaron Neville contemporary chart and one that went to No. 1 on the R&B chart. He has four platinum-certified albums. Over the years, Neville has teamed with his brothers to form the Neville Brothers and recorded many popular duets with Linda Ronstadt. Hit singles with Ronstadt include "Don't Know Much" and "All My Life," which also earned Grammy awards. A proud Louisiana native, Neville has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame as well as the Delta Music Hall of Fame in Ferriday, La. His latest album is My True Story.
 

Aaron Neville will be accompanied by Ellis Marsalis, a New Orleans native, and one of the most respected pianists in jazz. In 2011 he was honored with the opening of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in Musicians' Village in New Orleans. Each of his four sons are jazz musicians, including music legends Branford and Wynton Marsalis. Ellis Marsalis is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Parent volunteers needed

Each year, the Parent & Family Center (PFC) brings important stakeholders together for a round table discussion to provide feedback and suggestions on current programs and services offered through the PFC. We value feedback from members of the Parent & Family Association and are seeking volunteers for this advisory board. The date/time of the discussion is to be determined, but the time commitment would be approximately one hour on campus. If you are interested in providing feedback or new ideas on how we can better serve parents, please email parents@uta.edu.  

Upcoming Success Series workshops

Success Series University College invites all students to join "The Success Series", a workshop series designed to improve academic performance and enhance important life skills. 

 

There are several workshops scheduled for the spring semester on a variety of topics. The full schedule can be found here. March topics include:
How to help your student choose a major

Is your son or daughter still undecided about his/her major? University College offers a Major Exploration Seminar to help students through the process. Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions in a student's life. The major he/she chooses will impact college life in a variety of ways, including the classes students take, the opportunities that are available, and the career path that they will follow. 

 

In addition, the University Advising Center will host a Maverick Major Fair on March 6, 2013 on the Library Mall from 11 am - 2 pm.

 

The UTA Career Center also offers tips for parents and family members to help their students in the major selection process:

  • Offer your guidance. Be knowledgable about the process, but also make sure not to let your desires override your student's desires.
  • Start an academic plan. Encourage your student to meet with his or her advisor to map out a timeline with decision milestones for selecting a major.
  • Understand your options. Students may not always be able to pursue their first major choice. Some programs have minimum grade-point averages or pre-requisite courses to enter. Other majors require students to apply and compete with other applicants for limited space. For each of these it is important to know the requirements and the deadline dates for application.
  • Link majors to careers. Encourage your student to visit the Career Center and meet with a career consultant who can assist students with their career planning. Students can use MyPlan, a resource that helps students explore their interests, personality, skills, and values and offers information about over 300 occupations including videos of people at work. 
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