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Greek Letter Wednesday
Tue, Jan 18-Mon, Jan 24
Free Group Exercise Week
Fri, Jan 21
Welcome Back Bondfire
Fri, Jan 21
Friday Night Movies Series Presents Red
Fri, Jan 21
UTA Volunteers at the Tarrant Area Food Bank
Mon, Jan 24
Intramural Open House
Wed, Jan 26
Activity Fair Day
Wed, Jan 26
Intramural Basketball Entries Due
Fri, Jan 28
Intramural Bowling Entries Due
Fri, Jan 28
Panhellenic Formal Recruitment Begins
Sat, Jan 29
UTA Volunteers at the Salvation Army
Sun, Jan 30
Panhellenic Bid Night
Mon, Jan 31
IFC Orientation and Tour of Homes
Tue, Feb 1
One Mic Night Featuring Shihan from HBO's Def Poetry
Tue, Feb 1
Intramural Sports Trivia Bowl Entries Due
Wed, Feb 2
Food for Thought: Organic Foods
Wed, Feb 2-Mon, Feb 28
Black History Month (BHM)
Wed, Feb 2
Wed, Feb 2
Intramural Dodgeball Entries Due
Wed, Feb 2
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) Meet the Greeks
Thu, Feb 3
National Panhellenic Council
(NPHC) Meet the Greeks
Sat, Feb 5
UTA Volunteers at the Arlington Animal Shelter
Sat, Feb 5
UTA Volunteers at Mission Arlington
Tue, Feb 8
Intramural Billiards Tournament Entries Due
Wed, Feb 9
BHM - Screening of Katrina's Son
Thu, Feb 10
Intramural Racquetball Entries Due
Tue, Feb 1
Intramural Foosball Entries Due
Wed, Feb 16
Intramural Outdoor Soccer Entries Due
Wed, Feb 16
Intramural Tennis Entries Due
Thu, Feb 17
BHM - Evolution of Hip Hop
Thu, Feb 17
Maverick Speakers Series Presents Cal Ripken, Jr.
Sat, Feb 19
BHM - Empowering the Future College Day
Tue, Feb 22
NBA Live Video Game Tournament Entries Due
Wed, Feb 23 4-on-4 Flag Football Entries Due
Thu, Feb 24-Sat, Feb 26
Fri, Feb 25
Homecoming - The Bash
Sat, Feb 26
Homecoming Basketball Game and Coronation
Mon, Feb 28
BHM Presents Platanos and Collard Greens
Mon, Feb 28
4th Annual Diversity Week
Tue, Mar 1
Women's History Month
Tue, Mar 1
Intramural Table Tennis Entries Due
Wed, Mar 2
Food for Thought: Training for Fat Loss
Wed, Mar 2
Wed, Mar 2
Spring Election Filing Begins
Thu, Mar 10-Sat, Mar 11
National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Division National Championships
|A Message From Dr. Lamas...|
I hope all of you had a restful and restorative holiday break. As we make our way back to campus, let's look back at some of our achievements from the fall and look forward to the action packed spring semester.
In November the Diversity Lecture Series welcomed actor, author and filmmaker Kip Fulbeck and a sold out crowd of over 500. As finals began, the Late Night Breakfast brought in nearly 1,600 hungry students during the two-night study break breakfast buffet.
The fall season was an award winning one with several of our departments and staff receiving accolades. Highlights include the Movin' Mavs and Multicultural Affairs being awarded silver medals at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Excellence Awards in December 2010.
As we head into the spring semester, we welcome the spring Activity Fair Day which will include a flurry of activities, giveaways and information on how to become involved in student life. This February we look forward to hosting a memorable homecoming from February 24th-26th. This year's event has been titled Homecoming: Spirit. Pride. Tradition. and highlights include the student leadership alumni reception, the men's basketball game and the coronation of the king and queen.
We're also very proud to be hosting the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Division Championships in Texas Hall from March 10-12. Come out for a game and to cheer on the Movin' Mavs!
I wish you the best of luck this spring semester and look forward to seeing you at many of our upcoming events and activities.
Dr. Frank R. Lamas
Vice President for Student Affairs
Homecoming: Spirit. Pride. Tradition
Our traditions define us. Our spirit moves us forward. Our pride sustains us. It's what makes us Mavericks. See it all come together for Homecoming 2011. The celebration will be monumental. That's how we do it in Maverick country.
For more information on the events click here to view the event schedule.
Thursday, February 24-Saturday, February 26
Adam Drew, Production Manager for Student Publications received a College Media Advisers Board of Directors Citation for his work on CMR Review, the organization's magazine, and his technical contributions to college media advisers nationwide. The board's Citation honoring Adam was announced at the annual National College Media Convention in Louisville. College Media Advisers is the nation's largest professional organization for people who work with college media.
Lindsay Lookingbill was promoted from Coordinator of Membership Services to Assistant Director of Fitness for Campus Recreation.
Michael Mayhugh, KC Hall Residence Director graduated in December with his Master's degree in Architecture.
Bongani Mlambo, Video & Graphic Designer for Multicultural Affairs was selected as an international exhibit finalist in the Infinity Online Art Gallery contest for the Digital Arts Awards 2010. Bongani, a film/video major, graduated in December and his selected work Ethan was part of an assignment for his UT Arlington coursework. The exhibit finalists came from Canada, Croatia, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Movin' Mavs were awarded a total of $70,800 in grant funding in November '10, which will support their adaptive sports and recreation programming.
The Movin' Mavs Adapted Sports and Recreation program was selected as a silver medal honoree in the Athletics, Recreation, Physical Fitness, Non-Varsity Sports and related category at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Awards in December 2010.
A program of the department of Multicultural Affairs, Diversity Week: It's a Maverick World was selected as the silver medal honoree in the International, Multicultural, Cultural, LGBTQ, Spirituality, Disability, and Related category of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Awards in December 2010.
The New Maverick Orientation Guidebook won the 2010 National Orientation Directors Association Conference (NODAC) Publications Showcase Award for Outstanding Handbook at the October '10 conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
Student Legal Services was recognized as the Outstanding Student Legal Service Office for 2010 at the Western Region Student Legal Services Association annual meeting in San Diego, CA in January 2011.
Chris Casey has joined the office of
Community Standards as the Residential Student Conduct Coordinator. He comes to UT Arlington from Illinois State University where he was working in Residence Life.
Regina Lattimore has joined the department of Greek Life as the Assistant Director of Greek Life. She was previously at Florida State University as the Assistant Director of Greek Life.
Joe Watkins has joined the department of Apartment and Residence Life as the Residence Director of Lipscomb Hall. He was previously a Residence Director at the University of Arkansas - Forth Smith.
Gilda Williams has joined the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) as the new Office Manager. She comes to OSD from the School of Social Work at UT Arlington.
The Division of Student Affairs is on Facebook and Twitter. Become a fan and follow us to keep up with the latest goings on around campus and also to be aware of our frequent giveaways!
|Remember to use the Maverick Discount Program for discounts at many area businesses!|
Noelle Russell, New Maverick Orientation Leader
Noelle is a sophomore majoring in broadcast communication. She served as a 2010 Maverick Orientation Leader (OL) and was selected to return in 2011 as a Senior Orientation Leader (SOL). Noelle's passion for helping others and desire to grow as a leader was key in her selection as a SOL.
As a 2010 OL, Noelle always had a positive attitude and was a great role model for the incoming students. She had a great working relationship with her OL partner and worked tirelessly to ensure her small group sessions were focused and fun.
Noelle is very creative and has great ideas for the 2011 orientation program. We are excited to work with her again and watch her grow into a strong Maverick leader. Stop by this summer to watch the Maverick Orientation Leader Skit and see Noelle in action!
Chris Woodyard, Director of Financial Aid for the Movin' Mavs
The Movin' Mavs would like to recognize and show our appreciation to Chris Woodyard, Director of Financial Aid, for her help and support in processing the scholarships for the Movin' Mavs players.
Chris always has a smile on her face and is always 'on the spot' in helping us make changes or 'fix' problems that arise in our financial aid process. She epitomizes the Maverick spirit by understanding that everything we do is for our student athletes, and she insists on helping our athletes and our program be the best that we can be.
As a regular exercise participant at the MAC, Chris brings her spirit and her warmth to the Financial Aid office and is very much appreciated by those who work with her and the students and programs that she helps! Best wishes for a great 2011 for one of our favorite helpful Mavericks!
The Department of Campus Recreation provides a diverse span of recreational and leisure opportunities for students, faculty and staff through several component areas:
Informal Recreation creates opportunities for students, faculty, staff to drop in to the facilities to participate in recreation and wellness activities.
Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs provide opportunities for participation in recreational and competitive activities.
The Fitness and Wellness program area is designed to enhance personal wellness and to promote healthy lifestyles through group exercise classes, fitness testing, personal training, massage therapy and nutrition assessments.
The Aquatics program offers swimming opportunities with an indoor and outdoor pool that allow for lap and recreational swimming all year long.
The Spirit Groups include the Cheerleaders, Dance Team and Mascot that provide support for athletic teams and lead the community in spirit.
Apartment and Residence Life had an exciting fall semester. The East Campus Apartments staff hosted the inaugural Cricket Tournament which had 12 teams and 150 residents participate. The Residence Hall Association hosted an Iron Chef Competition which they hope is a new RHA tradition. We also conducted our bi-annual benchmarking survey and we collected surveys from 79% of our residence hall students and 65% of our apartment students.
Residence Director Jovita Simon moved from Lipscomb to Arlington Hall. We also welcome a new staff member, Joe Watkins, who will be joining the Apartment and Residence Life staff in January of 2011 as the Lipscomb Hall Residence Director.
Congratulations to Michael Mayhugh, KC Hall Residence Director, who graduated in December with his Master's degree in Architecture.
Campus Recreation had a strong end to the fall semester. November was a busy time for Intramural Sports as championships were awarded. They continued to provide adaptive recreational opportunities for the UT Arlington community by hosting a wheelchair basketball tournament and an adaptive recreation division in table tennis, both had a successful turnout.
Fitness and Wellness kept the students on track with over 40 group exercise classes a week, monthly Food for Thought sessions with record attendance, and special events such as those with the Wellness Zone and Pre Exam Jam. Pre Exam Jam had over 50 students and continues to be a fun workout and a break from finals.
The department hosted the annual Holiday Office Decorating contest with over 13 campus offices participating. As the Maverick basketball season got underway, the Spirit Groups have been showing their support at the games and at special appearances on campus.
The Maverick Activities Center remained open over the holiday break for the third year to provide recreational opportunities for the students, faculty and staff members. The department looks forward to the busy semester just around the corner.
The Office of Greek Life hired a new Assistant Director in December. Ms. Regina Lattimore (BA, M.ed., Mississippi State University) was most recently an Assistant Director of Greek Life at Florida State University. Her past working experience with diverse Greek communities promises to provide a wide range of innovative program ideas in the advancement of UT Arlington's Greek community.
Greek Life ended a successful fall semester with the annual Greek Council Officer's Transition Dinner & Awards Ceremony. This event highlighted and recognized the outgoing respective Greek Council Officers. Additionally, all new Greek Council Officers for 2011 - 2012 were sworn-in to their respective duty positions.
The Movin' Mavs (10-3) began the 2010-2011 season with a huge win over #1 (and defending National Champions) the University of Illinois at the Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament on November 13th.
The team also won the Gorilla Invitational Tournament at Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS) on December 18th and 19th with a 6-0 weekend.
Two of the losses came at the expense of the undefeated Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks. The Dallas team is comprised of mostly UT Arlington alumni, including U.S. Paralympic Team member Jay Nelms.
The Mavs also hosted the NWBA Junior Division Tournament with some of the top junior teams in the country coming on campus to play for a bid to attend the National Championships, as well as a Warrior Transition unit clinic and tournament for 30 injured army service veterans.
Asian Heritage Month was a major success! Almost 1000 students, faculty, and staff participated in the Asian Heritage events hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks in November. Highlights included One Night in Asia and a sold out show at the Diversity Lecture Series with Kip Fulbeck. Next, the Multicultural Mavericks kick off Black History Month on Wed., Feb. 2nd! Plus, it's not too late to join the Women's History Month planning committee.
Mark your calendars! The 4th Annual UT Arlington Diversity Week: It's a Maverick World will be February 28 - March 5. Almost a dozen events are planned including a theatrical production Platanos & Collard Greens, the MAVfest outdoor festival, plus professional development events for faculty/staff.
For details and calendar of Multicultural Affairs events, visit www.uta.edu/multicultural.
The New Maverick Orientation office completed its Orientation Leader selection process by hiring 18 new Orientation Leaders to go along with the three Senior Orientation Leaders hired earlier this fall. Please help us in congratulating the 2011 New Maverick Orientation Leaders:
Cindy Chung, Chris Conoley, Lena El Fakir, Tina Rachel Gonzales, Melisa Gonzalez, Vallari Gupte, Laura Jack, Asha Jassani, Justin Johnson, Rahka Karim, KaStavia Lewis, Delonte Lynch, Jesse Marroquim, Imrall, Martin, Cameron Merrill, Tyler Peschka, Rebecca Randklev, Noelle Russell, Ana Valdes-Moeller, Luis Vargas and Rachel Woodlee.
New Maverick Orientation is preparing for spring 2011 orientation. Please visit the program website, www.uta.edu/orientation for more detailed information.
The Leadership Center ended the semester with a variety of leadership programming. We facilitated our inaugural Breakfast with Leaders program that hosts local community leaders. The first program was entitled Leading through Change and hosted managers from Target. The second program was entitled You Don't Have To Be a Quarterback to Star in the Superbowl and hosted UT Arlington alumni and SuperBowl Host Committee Board of Directors member Pam Roach. Both events were successful and over 50 students attended.
The Leadership Center also collaborated with The Career Center to host the annual Etiquette Dinner. We had 64 students participate from different organizations on campus. We ended the semester with our annual Studypalooza with over 125 students in attendance for free tutoring to prepare for final exams.
The Off Campus Mavericks (OCM) unveiled many new programs and services in its first semester at UT Arlington, which are detailed below.
The OCM program signed up over 800 commuter students to receive the Off Campus Mavericks newsletter. OCM also unveiled the new commuter blog, The Parking Lot, as a space for off campus students to gather, meet people, and discuss commuter issues.
The Commuter Appreciation Breakfasts were a huge success all semester, serving over 500 students at each event. The Off Campus Mavericks also began the Commuter Lunch Series bringing in over 40 students to the first event.
Of course, the Off Campus Mavericks Center continues to be a spot for all students to gather, socialize, study, and get connected to the rest of campus life. The Off Campus Mavericks program and staff look forward to another successful semester serving off campus students.
The Office of Community Standards
The Office of Student Conduct, Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Mediation Services and Behavior Intervention Team have united under the umbrella of The Office of Community Standards. Each office will still maintain their own names, emails and web addresses while centralizing location and resources in order to better serve our students. Additionally the office location has moved to Suite B170 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
The Office of Community Standards welcomes Chris Casey to Student Conduct as the new Residential Student Conduct Coordinator. Chris has most recently been working in Residence Life at Illinois State University.
| Parent & Family Center
The Parent & Family Association began the spring semester with a record of 1,300 plus members. Students of these members are eligible to apply for one of the Parent & Family Association scholarships which are awarded every spring and fall semester.
This semester, two $500 scholarships will be given to deserving students on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at the Parent & Family Association's bi-annual meeting. This meeting will take place in the University Club, before parents and guests attend the university's annual homecoming chili cook-off and basketball game.
The Parent & Family Center has found that parents really enjoy participating in university-wide events like homecoming, and look forward to hosting a large crowd of parents and families at this year's homecoming activities.
The Department of Student Activities finished the fall semester with a host of activities celebrating the winter holidays presented by UTA Volunteers and EXCEL Campus Activities.
On November 3rd, UTA Volunteers hosted a kick-off event for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree campaign which asked UT Arlington students, staff and faculty to fill a child's wish list for Christmas. A total of 150 angels were adopted this year, a 50% increase from last year!
On November 18th, EXCEL hosted Deck the Mall, the annual tree lighting ceremony on the Library Mall. This year, EXCEL lit the campus with over 47,000 lights that were on display until the end of December. Both groups are gearing up for an exciting spring semester!
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) administers the Allan Saxe Disabled Student Scholarship each semester. OSD would like to thank the selection committee members chaired by Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers, along with Dr. Alexa Smith-Osborne, and Greg Hladik. This falls winner is student Ricardo Leon. Congratulations Ricardo! We will be honoring Ricardo along with this year's spring winner at a ceremony during Academic Excellence Week in April.
The Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society for students with disabilities inducted 3 new members at a ceremony/reception in the University Center on December 3rd. OSD staff conducted on-campus trainings sessions for Central Library staff members, new tutors for Student Support Services, and volunteered at the Veteran's Fair held on November 11th.
Please help us welcome OSD Office Manager, Gilda Williams to the Student Affairs family. Gilda comes to us from the School of Social Work bringing a rich background in human services as well as administrative experience. Welcome Gilda!
Finally, almost 200 final exams were proctored by the Adaptive Resource Center. Thank you to all the volunteers from the Division who helped, you are appreciated!
Student Governance & Organizations is excited to reveal our new Student Organization tool, MavOrgs! MavOrgs will give student organizations an easy way to edit web pages for external use, group photo uploads, online document sharing, calendar advertisements, and more. Registration has begun with the system and we will be hosting sessions to assist in this transition. Visit the SGO website for training dates and times.
The annual spring Activity Fair Day will be held on January 26th from 10 am - 2 pm. If you are interested in participating please visit the MavOrgs website.
Attention all Registered Student Organizations! Remember that mandatory updates will be due on January 31st. All registrations will be done through MavOrgs.
Applications for Student Organization Awards will be available on February 28th. There are 4 total awards as well as an advisor awards. For more information please contact SGO at 817-272-2293.
Filing for Student Congress President, Student Congress Vice-President, Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassador and Student Congress Senator will begin March 2nd. Applications will be available within the SGO office as well as online starting March 2nd.
Student Publications congratulates Production Manager Adam Drew on his recent College Media Advisers Board of Directors Citation for his work on CMR Review, the organization's magazine, and his technical contributions to college media advisers nationwide.
The board's Citation honoring Adam was announced at the annual National College Media Convention in Louisville. College Media Advisers is the nation's largest professional organization for people who work with college media.
University Events capped off a very successful first half of the 3rd Season of the Maverick Speakers Series with a sold out presentation by journalist and social justice activist, Lisa Ling on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010. The first half of this season featured three (3) sold out speakers with a total attendance of over 6,000 attendees. Information on the upcoming spring 2011 Maverick Speakers Series events can be found at www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers.
University Events also helped represent UT Arlington in the annual Arlington Holiday Lights Parade on Saturday, December 4th. The Charlie Brown Christmas themed float entry was built and supported at the parade by over 25 students and staff.