April 2013    

Calendar at a Glance 


March 30-April 5

International Week


April 1-5

Greek Week


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 10

Housing Fair


April 15

Reception for Association students 


April 18

Block Party 


April 27

The Big Event


May 3

Last day of classes


May 4-10

Final exams


May 10-12


Association benefit of the month: Complimentary visits to the Maverick Activities Center (MAC)

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 complimentary visits to the Maverick Activities Center (MAC). As a member of the Association, you are eligible for two free visits per year. You are also eligible to purchase a MAC membership at the alumni rate. 


To use your two free visits to the MAC, parents and family members should stop by the Parent & Family Center (located in the basement of the University Center, suite B150) and pick up your complimentary pass prior to going to the MAC. Please note you will need this pass and a photo ID to gain entry into the MAC. 

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, pencils, and light snacks.

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 is now open until April 19. There are a variety of project sites to choose from.


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 a Thank You Celebration on campus from 12-2 pm to receive a free meal and enjoy music and activities. We hope you and your family can participate in this special UT Arlington tradition!


Big Event  

Tuition raffle tickets available

Enter the Alumni Association Tuition Drawing today for a chance to win tuition money for your student!


Tickets are $5 each or six for $25. Tuition prize amounts include $2,500, $1,500, or $500. Proceeds benefit the UT Arlington Alumni Association scholarship fund. The deadline to buy tickets is Monday, April 15. Tickets may be purchased online at the Alumni Association website.


To be eligible for the drawing, students must be enrolled as a full-time student at UT Arlington for spring 2013.


Winners will be drawn at the Block Party on Thursday, April 18.

Personalize a brick for your graduating senior

Looking for a unique graduation gift? Purchase a personalized brick to be placed outside College Park Center!


By purchasing a brick, you can leave not only a lasting legacy for your student, but also help lay the foundation for continued excellence at The University of Texas at Arlington. 

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
Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari appointed president of UT Arlington
The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari as the New president next president of the University of Texas at Arlington, effective June 1. Karbhari is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
"UT Arlington is an incredible institution, and I am committed to advancing UT Arlington toward Tier One status, while maintaining and strengthening excellence in both research and education and ensuring the success of our undergraduate and graduate students," Karbhari said. 
UT Arlington receives $7.5 million gift
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments donated $7.5 million to UT Arlington to support one of the most significant installments of advanced scientific equipment in the United States. The gift is the largest philanthropic gift in the history of UT Arlington. As a result, UT Arlington will rename the Institute for Research Technologies to the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies. 
The Shimadzu Institute will house $25.2 million in equipment from Shimadzu, a world leader in scientific technology. New labs featuring state-of-the-art analytical equipment will empower research in diverse fields, from environmental testing and analysis of human disease to the development of more effective pharmaceuticals and more efficient oil and gas exploration.
Commencement tickets available mid-April
All candidates for graduation are encouraged to invite their family and friends to Commencement to help them celebrate this significant milestone and momentous occasion.  All graduates, family, and other guests over the age of two must have a commencement ticket to attend the ceremony. Students who register to participate in Commencement may claim up to 6 guest ticketsEach School or College may have additional guest tickets available while quantities last. 


Students who have registered with their School or College to participate in Commencement will receive an e-mail sent to their UT Arlington email account in mid-April with a confidential username and password and instructions to access the ticket site at utagraduationtickets.com. Remind your graduating student to look out for this email!

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. April topics include:
Shorthorn Housing Fair to showcase housing options

Is your son or daughter looking for housing options for next year? The Shorthorn Housing Fair is the perfect opportunity to gather information about housing options and resources. The fair will be held April 10, 2013 in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge from 10 am - 2 pm. There will also be a housing guide published in the April 10th edition of the Shorthorn (the UT Arlington campus newspaper) that your student can pick up. 


There are many elements to consider when making a housing change. Here are a few questions you can discuss with your son or daughter to help ensure a successful living experience:   

  • How much can your student afford? 
  • Does your student want to live with roommates? If so, how much is each roommate willing to pay?
  • Does your student want a furnished or unfurnished apartment?
  • If unfurnished, how will each roommate contribute to furniture, decorations, etc.?
  • How will your student commute to campus?
  • Are all roommates equally committed to the rental agreement? Remember that when you sign a lease, you are legally responsible to fulfill the requirements.

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International Week to showcase international students on campus

I Week Logo 2


UT Arlington and the International Student Organization (ISO) will present the 36th annual International Week (I-Week) from March 30-April 5. Approximately 20 different student-led nationality organizations participate in this week-long celebration. I-Week is the perfect opportunity for UT Arlington to showcase the 2800+ international students on campus via nationality and cultural student organizations. It also allows the thousands of internationally-minded students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate and enjoy diversity on our campus.

This year's theme, "Me Want Coolture", will feature a soccer tournament, an opening parade led by the widely recognized UTA Samba Band, a food fair featuring food from all over the world made by UT Arlington's international students, an international fashion show, intriguing and intricate cultural exhibits created by the students, and a talent show showcasing all the spectacular talents of the many and varied international students who have come to UT Arlington from countries all over the world.

Make sure to check out the full schedule of events.

Encourage your student to attend Block Party, April 18

Presented by University Events, Apartment and Residence life, and EXCEL Campus Activities, Block Party provides an end-of- year celebration for on-campus and commuter students alike.

Gather with all of your Maverick neighbors on Thursday, April 18, starting at 6 pm, on the University Center mall.


In its 15th year, Block Party will host live music from American Idol finalist Tim Halperin. Halperin debuted at #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and #14 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. In addition, the winner of the Battle for the Block competition, Billy the Kidd from 106.1 KISS FM, and DJ Avi will be at the Block Party.


Additional festivities include carnival-style treats, games, and activities, such as an obstacle course. Block Party is free for all students. For more information, contact EXCEL Campus Activities at 817-272-2963 or excel-universityevents@uta.edu.

We'd like your feedback!

Each year, the Parent & Family Center distributes a survey to parents of UT Arlington students to learn how we can better serve parents and students. Your feedback is very important to us as we begin planning programs and services for the next school year.


Make sure to watch your email for the link to this survey. The survey will be open April 12-26, 2013. We look forward to learning how we can partner with you to ensure student success!