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September 2013    

Calendar at a Glance 

  

September 6

Tuition payment deadline

 

September 15-October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month

 

September 16

Tuition installment #2 due

 

September 20-22

Fall Leadership Retreat

 

September 24

Maverick Speaker Series featuring Jose Antonio Vargas 

 

September 27

Association fall scholarship deadline

 

October 4

Oozeball

 

October 10

Bed Races

 

October 16

Tuition installment #3 due

 

October 25-27

Parent & Family Weekend

 

October 30

Last day to drop classes

Association benefit of the month: Scholarships

The deadline for the fall Association scholarship application is quickly approaching! As a reminder, all students who have a parent or family member in the Association are eligible to apply for Association scholarships in the fall and spring semesters. 

 

The Association awards three scholarships each semester: 1 freshman, 1 upperclassman, and 1 open to all students. Students can fill out the scholarship application online.

 

The deadline to apply for the fall scholarship is September 27, 2013. Winners will be announced during Parent & Family Weekend.

Common student issues this month

Some typical issues first-year students face in September include:

  • Excitement 
  • Testing new-found freedom
  • Frequent calls and visits home
  • Homesickness and loneliness
  • Anxiety about roommates, professors, and classes

Campus Safety

MavAlert  

UTA uses multiple outlets to keep the campus community informed about emergency situations and rapidly changing conditions - from hazardous weather and campus closures to building emergencies and life-threatening criminal activity. As the new school year is starting, encourage your students to check and make sure their emergency contact information is correct so they can be contacted quickly in the event of an emergency.

 

For more information on campus safety, please visit the new Safe & Sound in Maverick Country website.

Rent cars on campus through Connect by Hertz

No car for your student? No problem! Students can use Connect by Hertz to rent an environmentally-friendly car by the hour or day, all for a low price.

 

Visit Hertz On Demand or call 877-654-4400 for more information. 

Request disability accommodations

In order to receive academic accommodations in college, students must first register with the Office for Students with Disabilities. Visit this website for more information on registration and accommodation procedures. 

FERPA rights for students

According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), once a student attains the age of 18 or attends an institution of higher education, regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student.  Under FERPA, parents have no inherent rights of access to their students' education records. 

 

Students can give express written permission for their parents' access to their education record by downloading this form and submitting it with UTA identification to the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration, Room 129 Davis Hall.  Please note that there is a separate release form for financial records, available in Bursar Services.

Opt-in to Association directory

If you have not done so already, please let us know if you would like to be included in the Maverick Parent & Family Association membership directory. The directory will be an electronic document that is only available to members who agree to be included. It will include the following information for each family:

  • First and last name of parents/family members
  • Hometown
  • Email address
  • Student name(s) and classification(s)

The purpose of the directory is for parents to be able to connect with one another. For example, two families from the same area may want to work out a carpool arrangement when their students travel home. 

 

If you would like to be included in this directory, email parents@uta.edu and simply type "opt in" in the subject line. Please RSVP by September 22, 2013. The directory will be available in October.

Don't forget to use your P&F Association ID card to take advantage of the Maverick Discount Program!
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Welcome Maverick Parents!
Welcome to the Maverick Parent & Family Association! We are so excited to partner with you this year. 

For a reminder of all of the benefits available to you as an Association member, please visit our website. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns throughout the year. You can reach us at parents@uta.edu or 817-272-2128.

Welcome to UTA!

Sincerely,

Casey Gonzales
Director, Parent & Family Center

Kendra Kliesen

Assistant Director, Parent & Family Center
University News

UT Arlington ranked 7th among fastest-growing public research universities

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked UT Arlington seventh on its 2013 list of fastest-growing public research universities, noting a 58% increase in enrollment from fall 2001 to UTA tower fall 2011. Enrollment at UT Arlington increased from about 21,000 in 2001 to more than 33,000 students in fall 2011. 
 

"National rankings such as this highlight the fact that more students than ever choose to pursue their academic dreams at UT Arlington," President Vistasp Karbhari says. "They are enhancing our reputation on a global scale, and they are propelling our University to new heights in research and scholarship."

 

UT Arlington named one of the best in the West

 

The Princeton Review recently named UT Arlington as one of the best colleges in the West. The University was selected as one of 124 institutions in the website feature "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region." The 643 colleges named to the region-by-region list constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

 
The Princeton Review, widely known for its test prep programs and college guides, used institutional data and student surveys to rate schools in six categories. Those categories are: academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life, and green.
Six free hours of tutoring available for freshman
The Start Strong Freshman Tutoring Program, offered through University College, provides up to six hours of free tutoring for freshman students.

Students must register for and complete their first hour of tutoring by September 20, 2013. To register, students should visit University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction in Ransom Hall, Suite 205. Upon completion of their first tutoring appointment, students will receive five hours of additional free tutoring to be used during the Spring 2014 semester.

 

Free tutoring is available for a variety of courses; the full list can be found hereIf students wish to receive tutoring beyond the six free hours, or if they need tutoring in a course not listed on the free course list, tutoring is available for $6.50/hr.

University College offers advice and tips for first year students
Wondering what it takes to be academically successful in college? University College has several videos in which students and faculty members give freshman students tips and advice.

Video topics include the importance of going to class, study techniques, campus resources, and more. Visit the University College website to view these important videos and help your students start their college experience off right. Success Series

In addition, all students are invited to participate in Success Series, workshops designed to improve academic performance and build important life skills. Various workshops are planned from September through November; check out the calendar of events for more information.
Maverick Speaker Series announces 2013-2014 lineup

The  Maverick Speakers Series provides a dynamic forum for today's brightest minds to examine the people, ideas, actions, and solutions that impact the world around us. Featuring some of the leading voices of our time, the series is more than just speeches on current events or timely issues. These are thought-provoking conversations led by renowned innovators who make change happen.

 

The 2013-2014 speakers include:

 

Speakers Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

September, 24, 2013

7:30 pm

Texas Hall

Tickets available now!

 

Bill Rasmussen

ESPN founder

October 24, 2013

7:30 pm

Texas Hall

 

Anderson Cooper

Journalist and anchor of Anderson Cooper 360

November 11, 2013

7:30 pm

College Park Center

 

Sanjay Gupta

Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent

March 18, 2014

7:30 pm

College Park Center

 

Nina Totenberg

NPR legal affairs correspondent

April 8, 2014

7:30 pm

Texas Hall

 

 

Guests have two options for tickets: general admission is free or guests can purchase a premium reserved seat with the Preferred Package option. The Preferred Package is $25 and includes reserved seating and parking, among other benefits.

Resources available for commuter students

Did you know about 85% of UT Arlington students commute to campus each day? Off-Campus Mavericks OCM is an office dedicated to helping commuter students navigate through the college experience

Off-Campus Mavericks offers several programs and services for commuter students, including:
  • The Off-Campus Mavericks Center, located within the Maverick Activities Center
  • The Off-Campus Mavericks blog, The Parking Lot
  • A monthly newsletter
If your student lives off campus, here are some ways to encourage him or her to get involved and stay connected to campus:
  • Treat going to campus like a workday - go to campus and stay there all day, not just for class.
  • Form study groups in class and get together outside of the classroom.
  • Get a job on campus.
  • Make getting involved in an organization as important as going to class.
  • Instead of working out alone, play an intramural sport.
  • Join a leadership group.
  • Eat on campus in the dining halls.
  • Live near campus.

Cohen, H. (2010). The happiest kid on campus: A parent's guide to the very best college experience (for you and your child). Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.

How to help your student be a good roommate

As the school year begins, many students are excited to live with their friends and roommates. However, it is important to learn how to be a good roommate so that the excitement (and good relationships) continues throughout the year. 

Encourage your student to understand and practice the following behaviors:
  • Have realistic expectations.  Understand that a roommate does not always have to be a friend; the only requirement is that roommates respect each other's space and stuff. 
  • Talk about problems sooner rather than later. Don't avoid confrontation; discuss any problems within 24-48 hours of it happening.

 How parents can help when there's a problem:

  • Listen
  • Know there are two sides to every roommate story
  • Give it 24 hours to resolve itself
  • Has your child already confronted the problem on his/her own?
  • Explore mediation services if the issue is still not resolved
  • If you're at a loss or feel there is a safety issue, contact the residence life office if the student lives on campus, or the apartment office if the student lives off campus 

Cohen, H. (2010). The happiest kid on campus: A parent's guide to the very best college experience (for you and your child). Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.

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