Congrats Graduates!

The Off Campus Mavericks wishes all 2011 graduating seniors the best of luck on finals, job hunting, and graduation this week/weekend!

Check out today’s issue of The Shorthorn for the “Graduation Edition” of who is graduating from UT Arlington and the major events that helped shape this year!

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Off Campus Mavericks Social Event!

Off Campus Mavericks Social Event This Week!

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What to do in Arlington After the Last Day of Class

 
 May 7 – USTA Block Party

Join in the free event at the Arlington Tennis Center with cardio tennis, quick start kids tennis, a dunk booth, music, and food! This is a great event for tennis enthusiasts of all levels. Call 817-459-6163 for more information on this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 14 – Arlington Golf Show

The Arlington Golf Show is set from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Tierra Verde Golf Club. This premier golf show offers the complete golf experience for the entire family. Over a dozen leading golf manufacturers such as Callaway, Odyssey, Wilson, Titleist, US Kids, Tour Edge, and Birdie Putters will be showcasing this year’s must have accessories and golf clubs. Fine tune your game with tips and instruction from world renowned teacher, Amy Fox and our local Lead Hooked on Golf Instructors. Activities will include: putting contest, instructional seminars, merchandise tents, and expectional food from Ventana Grille.

 

 

 

 June 4 – Bowman Springs Fishing Derby

Arlington Parks Kids Fishing Derby 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anytime – Bad Konigshofen Family Aquatic Center Pool

2800 West Sublett Road, Arlington, TX 76017 (Located in S.J. Stovall Park)

The pool features an interactive spray pad, shallow water play pool, lap pool, diving area, and two water slides. Other amenities include concessions, storage lockers, shower facilities, desk furniture, and a shade pavillion. Prices are: Free for under 12 months, $5.50 under 48 inches, and $6 for above 48 inches. After 5 p.m. take $.50 admission at any outdoor pool area. For more information call 817-459-5483.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anytime – Blackland Prairie Park

4907 New York Ave, Arlington, TX 76018

The City of Arlington has acquired this land to preserve the undisturbed part of the Blackland Prairie, this park is the last remnant in the metroplex of this type of tall-grass prairie land that dominated the region. Features include 13 acres of natural land area, campouts, picnics, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anytime – Lake Arlington

Lake Arlington covers 2,250 surface acres and has a watershed of 143 square miles. The lake offers fishing opportunities for Black Bass, Sand Bass, Hybrid Stripers, Catfish, and Crappie. It also features the first paddeling trail in Dallas-Fort Worth and the first flat-water paddeling trail in Texas open to the public from dawn to dusk. The trail is 10.9 miles for kayaks, floats, and canoes. Lake pass prices are $5 daily, $25 annual, and seniors annual is $12.

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Off Campus Mavericks UPCOMING NEWS and EVENTS!

Off Campus Maverick Social @ Blackfinn
Thursday, April 28, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Blackfinn American Saloon  

Monday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Located in the Arlington Highlands
4001 Bagpiper Way Suite 101 
Arlington, TX 76018

Off Campus Mavericks understands the challenges of commuting each day to campus, so we would like to invite you to take a step back from work and classes to socialize with us. BlackFinn is the perfect place to celebrate the day’s accomplishments or just unwind with a cold drink and some fellow Off Campus Mavericks. The inviting atmosphere at BlackFinn makes everyone feel comfortable.  You’re guaranteed to hear the music that you love, and you couldn’t ask for better company!  Come enjoy half price happy hour specials including food and drinks and complimentary appetizers. You work hard.  You deserve to play hard too.  
 

 Red River Conference Room, University Center 

Considering signing an apartment lease? Before you sign on the dotted line, come learn what to look for in the fine print of a leasing agreement. UT Arlington’s Attorney for Students, Keisha Ware, will discuss your legal rights and responsibilities as a tenant in going through this difficult process. Event sponsored by Off Campus Mavericks and Student Legal Services. Free lunch from Subway Restaurants will be provided on a first come, first serve basis as supplies last.  

Off Campus Maverick Department

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Need Green Ideas for Earth Day?

 

Be a Part of the Change Towards GREEN

Earth Day is this Friday, will you be a part of the movement on campus to support “Green Change”? If YOU are thinking about it, here’s some ideas that you can do to help yourself, the local community, and the world:

1. Plant a vegetable garden or fruit garden to help reduce fuel used to ship produce from foreign countries- and reduce your shopping bill!

2. Take a walk on a nature trail and bring a younger sibling with you. According to studies, 1/3 of children spend less than an hour being active outdoors.

3. Plant a tree or two- trees help to soak up the carbon dioxide that has continued to pollute the Earth.

4. Get down on your hands and knees and pull weeds- don’t use weed-killing sprays that release harmful chemicals into the air. Plus you’ll lose a few calories doing it.

5. Clean up litter at a local park with a few friends.

6. Clean out your room, attic, and/or garage and donate the unwanted items such as books, clothes, and accessories to a charity instead of throwing them away.

7. Take a bike-ride through your local park, community, or botanical garden- appreciate nature.

8. Grab a hammer and build a bird house. Help preserve the bird population in your own backyard or campus by hanging it on a nearby tree branch. You can even paint the outside with eco-friendly paint.

9. Carpool to destinations that you know others are going to be traveling to as well- save that gas money!

10. Be mindful about water and energy conservation. Turn off lights when you leave rooms, turn of the sink’s water when brushing your teeth, check your home for any leaks in faucets, etc.

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Feature of the Week: The White House’s Easter Eggs to be Made From Sustainable Wood

 

What’s Happening Around the U.S. in the Coming Weeks?

 

With all the talk about Earth Day this week, and the Earth Day Celebration on campus at the UC Mall this Wednesday, what other kinds of sustainable moves are being done in the U.S.?

With both Easter and Earth Day so close to each other, the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll is greener than normal and has a theme of “Get Up And Go!”! All children under 12 years old can receive the White House’s souvenir egg when they attend the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on Monday, April 25 at the White House.  This year’s souvenir four pastel color variety eggs are made from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which verifies the wood’s sustainable production from the forest of origin through the supply chain. The eggs will have the stamped signatures of President Obama and the First Lady.

Packaging for the eggs is designed to be easily recyclable through local recycling programs with its certified paperboard featuring eco-friendly vegetable oil-based inks and a water-based coating.

The eggs are also available for purchase by the rest of the public through the National Park Foundation. Click the link for more information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll

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Commuter Issue of the Week- DRIVING

High Gas Prices Make Commuters Ditch Cars- Walking to Close Areas Around Campus?

HIGH GAS PRICES MAKING COMMUTERS DITCH CARS- ARE YOU WALKING?

Via ABC News Report and the U.S. Engery Department, the average price of regular gas is $3.79. That’s an increase of about 11 cents from last week, and 93 cents from a year ago.

Gas prices are now the highest they’ve ever been during the month of April in the U.S. and the highest nominal price since 1990!
As the average gas price of gas moves closer to $4 a gallon, have drivers finally reached the point where they will switch to smaller/efficent cars or better yet try letting go of them altogether? Drivers in general can be very resistant to changing their daily habits and behaviors, but gas prices are continuously taking a toll on many American’s wallets. A spokesperson for the American Public Transportation Authority said, “As gas prices rise, consumers get accustomed to it. As you start moving towards $3.50 and $4, that’s the point when people start to see there’s a cheaper way to get around.”
Gas and oil prices have been increasing because of the unrest in the Middle East (oil producing regions like Libya) which has pushed oil to $109.92, most likely to increase. According to the Lundberg Survey of fuel prices, Tuscon, AZ has the lowest average gas price in the U.S. at $3.41, while San Francisco has the highest price at $4.13- which drivers will be bracing themselves as summer quickly approaches.  Gas prices will increase during summer due to good weather and vacation travel driving which cause the demand to average about 5% higher than the year norm. When this happens, the U.S. average gas price will be approximently $3.98 according to the U.S. Energy Department.
The best example of commuters nation-wide trying to cut costs and save money is the switch to public transportation (quickest way to cut costs). If gas prices rise to $4, the U.S. can expect to see 670 million passengers move towards public transportation…if $5, the U.S. will see an increase of 1.5 billion passenagers according to the American Public Transportation Authority.
People are starting to look more into fuel-efficent vehicels, hybrids, or plug-in electric cars.  Via Consumer Reports, the Honda Fit was rated the best value in the small car category at $16,000 with a focus on fuel efficency.  Moving closer to work, school, family, and locations where many essential needs can be met are also a growing trend in the U.S.
Will YOU drive less? Are increasing gas prices moving towards your wallet’s tipping point? Off Campus Mavericks wants to know how you are dealing with increased gas prices as a student, Arlington resident, and commuter.

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The Look Ahead: April 11 – 16

Off Campus Mavericks wants to help YOU plan ahead from the beginning of the week on Monday and be in-the-know about this week’s events, deadlines for academic registration, and more!

April 12

- Baylor VS. UT Arlington Baseball: Game starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Clay Gloud Ballpark. Students get in free. Public $5.

- Tailgate Tuesdays:  Join us at 5:30 p.m. at the Clay Gloud Ballpark for a free cook-out, yard games and a great baseball game as our Mavericks take on the Baylor Bears. The Student Organization with the most members in attendance at the tailgate will win a free lunch for their group! 

April 13

- $2 Movie: Social Network:  Come see your favorite movies again on the Planetarium’s REALLY BIG screen at 5:30 p.m.!

April 14

- President’s Convocation for Academic Excellence: The achievements of students and faculty will be celebrated at the President’s Convocation for Academic Excellence from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Texas Hall. A reception will follow the convocation at 5 p.m. on the East Lawn of Texas Hall.

April 15

- UT Arlington at WFAA News 8 at Day Break!: You don’t have to be a great singer or dancer to be on TV…Bring your friends and join us for the first ever News 8 Daybreak Road Trip!  WFAA Channel 8 has invited UT Arlington to appear as their on-air audience and we want you to join us! We’ll tell the viewing audience about our awesome community service day The Big Event, which will be the very next day. All UTA students, faculty, staff, and alumni welcome. Wear your best UTA shirt and hat; bling encouraged.  We’ll provide transportation to the studios and free breakfast on a first-come, first-served basis. If you want to ride the bus, meet at 5 a.m. sharp in front of the Starbucks at the UC or meet us there at WFAA Victory Park Studios (American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, Texas) by 5:40 a.m.
Registration required at www.uta.edu/studentaffairs/about/wfaa-daybreak by noon on Tuesday, April 12.
Please see www.uta.edu/studentaffairs/about/wfaa-daybreak for more detailed information.  Brought to you by the UTA Volunteers, Division of Student Affairs and College Town UTA.

- What Does a Lamborghini and a Boeing 787 Have In Common?: Nedderman Hall room 105 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

April 16

- The Big Event 2011: An estimated 1,050 UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and community members will unite in an effort to make a difference in our surrounding communities at 36 different project sites. The Big Event is a prominent UT Arlington tradition and continues to grow each year with participants giving over 3,600 hours of community service to various community agencies, parks, churches, city gardens, animal shelters, and community ministries.
Volunteers will arrive at their project sites on the morning of April 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Once volunteers finish at their project site, they are invited to a Thank You Celebration at the UT Arlington UC Mall from noon to 2 p.m. to receive a free meal and enjoy music, activities, and guest speakers.

- R.A.D. Women’s Self Defense: Learn the 10 basic principles of self defense, risk avoidance and more. Free for female faculty, staff and students. Register at www.uta.edu/police under Crime Prevention. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Maverick Athletics Center, room 135. For more information e-mail Officer Randy Reynolds at reynolds@uta.edu.

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The Look Ahead

Off Campus Mavericks wants to help YOU plan ahead from the beginning of the week on Monday and be in-the-know about this week’s events, deadlines for academic registration, and more!

 

March 28

- Student Art Contest: Art contest consisting of three categories: painting, sketching and photography. Students are to submit artwork to EXCEL Campus Activities for consideration into the contest. After the selection has been made, students will display their art in the gallery for a week and students, faculty and staff will be able to view it. At the end of the week a panel of art professionals will judge the contest. There will be a first and second place winner for each category for which a prize will be awarded. The winner announcements will be made on March 31st following a light reception. Students will also have the option of selling their artwork. Please contact EXCEL Campus Activities for more information.

March 29

- Tailgate Tuesday!: Join us at 5:30 p.m. at the Clay Gould Ballparkfor a free cook-out, yard games and a great baseball game as our Mavericks take on the Texas A&M Aggies. The Student Organization with the most members in attendance at the tailgate will win a free lunch for their group! The game will start at 6:30 pm. 

- Alumni Mixer in Austin: An Alumni Mixer will be held on Tuesday, March 29th at Iron Cactus North (10001 Stonelake Blvd., Austin) from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Cost is $5 for Association Dues-Paying Members and $10 for non-members. Appetizers and giveaways will be provided.
 

March 30

Exploring Majors, Yourself, and MyPlan: The process of deciding on a major can be difficult. Sometimes you may not have any idea what you want to study. Other times, you may think you know what direction you want to go, but then you change your mind. When dealing with a difficult question, it is good to know there are resources to help you make the best decision for you. That’s where MyPlan and Exploring Majors can help. Join the University Advising Center from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. in Ransom Hall room 303 in an exploration of all the resources available at UT Arlington to help you find the major that fits you best. This session is open to all students.

- Support The Big Event: Dorm Storm: On April 16, 2011, an estimated 1,000 UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and community members will unite in an effort to make a difference in our surrounding communities at approximately 65-70 project sites. The Big Event is a prominent UT Arlington tradition and continues to grow each year by giving over 3,600 hours of community service.
SUPPORT THE BIG EVENT! Make sure to answer your dorm door tonight from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. it’s gona be The Big Event Committee asking you to join us in the largest one-day community service event at UT Arlington! We will be passing out flyers, answering questions, and taking donations to help The Big Event serve the community this year.

March 31

- OCM Commuter Lunch Series: Finding Success as an Off Campus Maverick: Enjoy a free lunch from 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in the Upper Level UC Concho room as you hear tips and tricks from a panel of successful commuter students who have found ways to be involved and engaged on campus at UT Arlington despite traveling long distances to attend classes. The panel of current students will recount stories of success, share areas of concern, and take questions from the audience to help you find success on campus while living as an Off Campus Maverick. Event sponsored by Off Campus Mavericks and UTA Hosts. Free lunch will be provided on a first come, first serve basis as supplies last.

April 1

- Last Day to drop classes!

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Upcoming Off Campus Mavericks Events!

Off Campus Maverick Department

 Hey Mavericks!

We want you to know that there are a few upcoming special programs that OCM is offering to YOU!

Commuter Lunch Series: Finding Success on Campus a an Off Campus Maverick- Thursday, March 31 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in the Upper Level UC Concho Room. Enjoy a free lunch provided by Fuzzy’s Tacos as you hear tips and tricks from a panel of successful commuter students who have found ways to be involved and engaged on the UT Arlington campus despite traveling long distances to attend classes. The panel of current students will recount stories of success, share areas of concern, and take questions from the audience to help YOU find success at UT Arlington while living  off campus. This event is sponsored by Off Campus Mavericks and UTA HOSTS. Free lunch is provided on a first come, first serve basis as supplies last.

Commuter Lunch Series: Landlord Tenant Seminar – Monday, April 25 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in the MAC 2nd floor lobby social zone.

Off Campus Mavericks Social- Thursday, April 28 at Blackfinn in the Highlands from 5 p.m. -7 p.m.

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