March 2013    

Calendar at a Glance 



Women's History Month


March 1

Deadline for Summer and Fall 2013 study abroad applications


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


May 10-12


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.

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 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 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:

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.