May 2013    

Calendar at a Glance 


May 3

Last day of classes


May 4-10

Final exams


May 10

Graduation Celebration featuring Kal Penn


May 10-12


Association benefit of the month: 10% discount on apparel and gifts at the UTA Bookstore

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 the 10% discount on apparel and gifts that is available to Association members at the UT Arlington Bookstore. If you are coming to campus to pick up your student at the end of the semester, make sure you stop by the bookstore and pick up some UTA gear!


Simply show your Parent & Family Association ID card at checkout to receive your 10% discount. 

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Annual parent survey

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback through the Parent & Family Center annual survey! We will be highlighting the survey results in the June 2013 newsletter. Your feedback is very important to us and helps us plan services and programs that will be most beneficial to parents and students. 

4-Year Members - Update your information 

If you joined the Association as a 4-year member, we'd like to make sure we have the most up-to-date information for you on file. Please take a moment to complete this form. Thanks!

Free testing materials

Don't forget to remind your student that they are eligible for free scantrons and blue books since you are a member of the Parent & Family Association!


With finals just around the corner, they can visit the Parent & Family Center office to pick up all their testing materials they need to finish up the semester.


This offer is only available from the Parent & Family Center office, located in the lower level of the University Center, Suite B150. Students can come by Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm. 

Save the date!

Parent & Family Weekend 2013 will take place October 25-27. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us on campus for fun and festivities!
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
Kal Penn to give keynote address at UT Arlington Graduation Celebration

Actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn will give this year's keynote address at UT Arlington's Graduation Celebration honoring the Class of 2013. Graduation Celebration is set for Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Levitt Pavilion in Founder's Square, 100 W. Abram St., in downtown Arlington. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with live music and free food. The formal program starts at 8 p.m.


The outdoor, end-of-the-year celebration is open to the public. Also on the program are President James D. Spaniolo and Rene Grimes, an education graduate student, who will represent the Class of 2013.


Kal Penn, 35, is well known for his starring roles in "House," "24" and the popular "Harold and Kumar" franchise. But Penn, the son of Indian immigrants, stopped his acting career midstream to work full-time in politics. In 2009, he joined the Obama administration as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused on work related to increasing financial aid for college students and other related initiatives.


Named one of People magazine's Top 50 Bachelors, Penn earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from UCLA. He also studied international security at Stanford University. He has served as an adjunct lecturer in sociology, film, and Asian American studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  


In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move inside College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive.

Commencement schedule

Congrats to all of our May graduates! 



Commencement will take place May 10-12, 2013 in the College Park Center. The schedule is below:


Friday, May 10


  • 8 pm: Graduation Celebration


Saturday, May 11


  • 8 am: School of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Social Work, University Studies
  • 12 pm: College of Education and Health Professions
  • 4 pm: College of Nursing
  • 8 pm: College of Science, School of Architecture


Sunday, May 12


  • 12 pm: College of Business
  • 4 pm: College of Liberal Arts
  • 8 pm: College of Engineering
April 2 reception recap 

Thanks to all the parents, family members, and students who were able to spend an evening on campus with us April 2! Approximately 50 people attended the wine reception and night at Maverick Speaker Series. For more pictures of the event, make sure to check out our Facebook page (and click "Like" if you have yet to like our page!).



Paws for Finals is back

UT Arlington Library is again sponsoring an outreach and support program for students: Paws for Finals Spring 2013. This program allows students to interact with registered therapy dogs as a means of reducing the stress and anxiety that final exams can Duke induce. Students who need a study break filled with unconditional love are encouraged and invited to stop by the second floor of the Central Library April 29-May 8.

Studies have shown that petting a friendly dog reliably lowers blood pressure and stress-related hormones in the blood, slows the heart rate, regularizes breathing, and releases tension from muscles. These effects can be achieved after only 5 to 24 minutes of interaction with a cheerful pup. The UT Arlington Library is proud to partner with Paws With Partners registered therapy dog volunteer group for this program.