October 2013    

Calendar at a Glance 


September 15-October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month


September 30-October 4

Pride Week


October 4



October 10

Bed Races


October 16

Tuition installment #3 due


October 24

Maverick Speaker Series featuring Bill Rasmussen


October 25-27

Parent & Family Weekend 


October 30

Last day to drop classes


November 4

Registration begins for Spring 2014 term


November 11

Maverick Speaker Series featuring Anderson Cooper


November 11-15

International Education Week


November 28-29

Thanksgiving Holiday

Association benefit of the month: Complimentary MAC passes
As a member of the Association, you can enjoy two free visits per year to the Maverick Activities Center (MAC). To take advantage of this offer, first have you or your student stop by our office, located in the basement of the University Center, Suite B150, and pick up a MAC pass. You will then take this pass along with your Association membership card to the MAC. 
Common freshman issues this month
Typical issues first-year students face in October include:
  • Roommate problems
  • Questioning if they fit in
  • Stress from mid-term exams and first round of grades returned
  • Consequences of decision-making
Encourage your student to compete in Bed Races

Bed Races is the university's longest running tradition and involves teams of students pushing beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes.


General admission to this event is free and open to the campus and community; entry into the races requires registration and payment of participation fee by the deadline. This event is sponsored by Campus Recreation and EXCEL Campus Activities. For more information contact (817) 272-2963 or excel-traditions@uta.edu. 

Free counseling available for students

Currently enrolled students are eligible for free counseling through Counseling & Psychological Services. Several types of counseling are available, including personal, career, and group counseling.


Typical concerns for college students include:


  • Adjusting to College Life
  • Stress or Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Sadness and Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Academic pressures
  • Making Career Decisions

Counseling & Psychological Services is available to help students increase their understanding of personal issues and make positive changes in their lives. The office is focused on working with students who can benefit from a short-term counseling model.
Don't forget to use your P&F Association ID card to take advantage of the Maverick Discount Program!
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Register now for Parent & Family Weekend, Oct. 25-27
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Join the Parent & Family Center and the Division of Student Affairs for Parent & Family Weekend, Oct. 25-27, 2013!

The weekend features many different activities that allow students to show their families what it is like to be a Maverick. Activities include: a welcome reception, faculty spotlights, a theatre production, a fall festival with live music, glass blowing and sculpture demonstrations, Movin' Mavs basketball, and much more. Click here to see the full schedule. 

All students and families are encouraged to attend. UT Arlington students and children under 10 are free with a paid ticket; all others are $30 per person. Everyone who attends will receive a t-shirt, breakfast and dinner on Saturday, as well as most weekend activities.

You can find more information and register online at our website. Online registration will remain open until Oct. 23.
University News

$5.5 million upgrade planned for softball, baseball complexes


Softball and baseball players will have clubhouses and training facilities worthy of a world-class collegiate program by January Baseball 2015 as a result of a $5.5 million softball/baseball complex expansion and renovation plan. The project will add field houses to Allan Saxe Field, home of the softball team, and Clay Gould Ballpark, home of the baseball team. The work also will include field improvements and upgrades to the sound systems and bleachers at the complex, off Fielder Road and West Park Row. Construction is expected to begin following the spring 2014 season and be completed by early 2015.


UT Arlington recognized nationally for diversity


The University of Texas at Arlington is one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the United States, according to rankings of national universities by U.S. News & World Report. UT Arlington's "diversity index" ranked fifth among national universities - a measure of where college students seeking diversity are "most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own," the news organization said. 


The diversity ranking is based on data from the 2012-2013 school year. Preliminary census figures for the Fall 2013 semester show that about 22% of UT Arlington's 33,311 students this fall are Hispanic and about 14% are black or African-American. About 10% were Asian, while 9% were international. This year, almost 1,000 students described themselves as multiracial.

Maverick Speaker Series presents Bill Rasmussen
The October installment of Maverick Speaker Series
features Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN. His presentation, "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story," will be held October 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm in Texas Hall.


Rasmussen Rasmussen, along with his son, founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network, calling itself "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," began broadcasting a year later. For ESPN, Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010. 


Tickets are free and available now.

Tutoring resources on campus
As mid-term exams Scantron approach, remind your student of the various tutoring centers and clinics available on campus, including:  
Financial education available for students
Is your student struggling with managing his or her money? The Student Money Management Center is a great on-campus resource that helps students with their financial needs. The office provides a website full of resources, including a budgeting tool, various money management calculators, and games.

In addition, the Student Money Management Center offers one-on-one counseling sessions, seminars, and presentations. The staff members educate students on budgeting, savings, and credit awareness. Students can schedule a consultation with a counselor online
Membership directory available 
Thank you to all the parents who agreed to be included in the Association membership directory!  If you participated, you should have received an email with the directory. If you would still like to participate but have not opted-in yet, email parents@uta.edu and simply type "opt in" in the subject line.