#MavGrad2018 December Grad Cap Contest

How to enter:

Graduating Mavericks can submit their grad cap designs during the entry period via email.

Send a picture of your decorated cap via email to socialmedia@uta.edu. Email MUST be from an @mavs.uta.edu email address and include your first and last name, major and what you cap design means to you.

 

Contest Timing

Entry period: Monday, Nov.19 at 8 a.m. – Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 11:59 p.m.

Voting period: Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. – Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.

Winners announced: Monday, Dec. 17

 

Voting

All eligible entries will be uploaded to a Spring #MavGrad2018 album on the UTA Facebook page after the entry period closes. Voting will commence on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. (CST). The UTA community will vote by “liking” their favorite grad cap design. All Facebook reactions will count as votes. Voting ends Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.

 

Winner Selection

The contest entry with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be the first-place prize package winner. The contest entries with the second and third most votes will win the second and third place packages, respectively. Winners will be notified via email. Winners will have seven days to respond and claim their prize package.

 

Eligibility & Additional Information

This contest is open to all UTA students graduating during the December 2018 Commencement ceremonies. By partaking in this contest, you agree that UTA may use your submitted photo and post content for marketing and advertising purposes. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Facebook.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Alumnus Raul Gonzalez

My bell bottom jeans were years out of style when I arrived at UTA on my 18th birthday.  1980 had been the hottest summer on record when my dad and I took a greyhound bus from El Paso Texas to move me 600 miles from home into a different world.

I have always been a hard worker, graduating with a respectable rank from Burges High School while working 2 jobs.  Few of El Paso’s college bound students strayed from UTEP or nearby New Mexico State University.  Our mothers, mine included, begged us to stay.  Respect for family is paramount.  The El Paso Times awarded me a scholarship for being a top carrier and a favorite teacher encouraged me to explore outside of El Paso.  UTA was near my favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, and the $5,000 covered many of my expenses so I started my new life in Arlington.

I stood out in my new world.  Negative assumptions were made about me by some.  I saw this as a challenge and within a short time was in fraternity leadership and a supervisor at my job with the Texas Rangers.

Working 2 or 3 jobs in college is an entirely different matter than in high school. My GPA notwithstanding, UTA gave me the tools to succeed and connections for my future.  I am now the Director of Administration for a Dallas law firm.  I began my career with the firm after my fraternity helped one of the attorneys move.  He noticed my work ethic and suggested that I apply as a court runner.  It is not who you know, but who knows you.  Work hard and make connections.

Leave your comfort zone.  Seek those who are different from you, not only ethnically and economically but in thought as well.  At UTA talk to both the Dean and the janitor.  You will learn from both.  Without differences, the world would be a boring, stagnant place.  Critical thought, not group think.  Practice this throughout your life.

Give back.  After surviving prostate cancer at age 44, I choose to significantly increase my volunteer service becoming active in local politics with the election to bring my Dallas Cowboys to Arlington.  I made connections with both wealthy, powerful people and a favorite homeless volunteer.  The skills I learned at UTA, my firm and through volunteer service gave me the confidence to run for elected office.  I have served on the Mansfield ISD School Board for 8 years.

Someday, every person will enter a different world as I did when coming to UTA from El Paso.  Appreciate differences.  Better yourself and your community.  Give back to UTA and take some of your time and money to help another person get to where you are.  You will enjoy a much more fulfilling life for having done so.

 

Alumnus Raul Gonzalez ’85 is director of administration for Passman & Jones, a Dallas-based law firm. Raul also serves his community as a trustee of the Mansfield Independent School District Board. Read more about him in UTA Magazine.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Center for Mexican American Studies

The Center for Mexican American Studies at UTA  is a vibrant and dynamic academic unit dedicated to advancing the study and understanding of the Mexican American and Latino population.

Mexican-American Studies minors graduation celebration, Spring 2018

As part of our duties, we administer a minor in Mexican American and Latinx Studies, promote research in studies on Latinx issues, and serve as a bridge between UTA and the community in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Our activities include our annual Speaker Series that invites well-known scholars and leaders in the Latinx community to talk about topics of interest.

2017 Distinguished Speakers event

If you are interested in learning more about our programs, internships, scholarships, and activities, and/or become involved, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Feel free to email us at cmas@uta.edu, or stop by to talk with our friendly advisors and staff!

Constitution Day 2018

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 

Signing of the Constitution, Sept. 17, 1787

Constitution Day is Monday, September 17 and we’ll be celebrating the founding document for our country in a few different ways.

First, join the UTA Department of Political Science for a Constitution Day Scavenger Hunt starting at noon on the north side of University Hall. Register as a team or individual with Kimberly Caraway via email at kimberly.caraway@uta.edu or in person at UH 449.

 

Next, check out the Constitution Day book exhibit in the UTA Central Library. Here you can find books about the Constitution, individuals that contributed to the great document, or even the time period during the writing of the Constitution.

 

After you get your fill of Constitution books, stop by the glass walls at the front of the library to write your favorite amendment and why.

 

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

National Hispanic Heritage Month starts tomorrow, and we’re excited to celebrate all our Latinx students, faculty and staff have accomplished. From September 15 through October 15, we’ll be sharing just a sampling of the incredible work happening in UTA’s Hispanic community.

Each Friday, we’ll also be sharing posts from students, faculty and alumni about Hispanic culture, being a Latinx professional, and more – all right here on the UTA social blog.

We’re hosting a few events during Hispanic Heritage Month that are free and open to UTA students. UTA’s Center for Mexican American Studies is holding a Convivioon Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Swift Center. Students can discuss upcoming programs, scholarships and other opportunities.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Multicultural Affairs and CMAS will hold “paso a paso: a cultural dance experience.” Students can dance to the musical stylings of DJ Gabe Patterson while learning more about Hispanic culture.

If you’re hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month event, please email socialmedia@uta.edu and let us know!

A Growing Campus

Our campus continues to grow, both with students and buildings. News spaces to live, learn and play will be open to the campus and community this fall.

Before you head back to classes, learn a little about what these new buildings have to offer.


Science & Engineering Innovation & Research (SEIR) Building

This 229,000 square-foot teaching and research space will further establish UTA as a leader in health-science research. Interdisciplinary labs will serve as a catalyst for collaboration and innovation. From engineering to public health, students and faculty will be working to make major breakthroughs in brain health, cancer, cardiovascular health and health aging. A series of glass-walled labs put “science on display” for the UTA community to see.

 

The Commons

No more trudging across campus for your daily dose of coffee – The Commons on West Campus houses a Starbucks (of course), a comfortable student center, meeting rooms, and a new all-you-care-to-eat dining facility. Make plans to meet some classmates for lunch or to chill in between classes.

 

West Campus Residence Hall

Located next to the Maverick Activities Center, the new West Campus Residence Hall boasts a hammock island, relaxation room and study garden right on-site. Rooms are fully furnished and feature high-speed Wi-Fi plus keyless entry. Apply to live here today!

 

 

Summer Fun in Maverick Country

Summer is in full swing and we’ve got some great ways to spend your time on campus this summer. Whether you’re looking for something to do in between classes or just miss being in Maverick country, we’ve got something for you.


EXCEL Summer Movie Series

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and join EXCEL Campus Activities for their summer movie series on the West Lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. Popcorn is provided and other concessions are available for purchase. In case of rain, movies will be shown in the Lonestar Auditorium, MAC.

July 12 – Step Brothers

July 19 – A Quiet Place

July 26 – Deadpool 2

 

Maventure Camp

If you are a new student attending UTA this fall, sign up for Maventure Camp and learn what it means to be a Maverick. While orientation is focused on getting you set for classes, this camp is about learning the history, traditions and culture of UTA.

The two-day immersive experience costs $75 and includes an overnight stay, meals, activities and some sweet Maverick gear. If you are a new freshman, transfer or international student, registertoday.

 

 

Intramural Sports

Some sports have already started, but you can still register for badminton, Mario Kart, foosball, poker and more. Intramural sports are a great way to meet some new friends or compete with some of your favorites. Individuals and teams can register at the MAC. Be sure to check out the full list of summer sportsand get involved!

 

Career Development

All summer long, the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center is hosting events to help you prepare for the career of your dreams. From resume workshops to job search training, visit the center during walk-in periods or make an appointment with a career counselor online.

#MavGrad2018: Mickaela Alves-Rosario

Mother. Daughter. Class of 2018.
Mickaela’s determination to succeed isn’t just for her – she’s ensuring her son has a bright future as well.
After graduating debt-free this week, Mickaela will head to a prestigious summer internship and make her decision about law school – she’s already been accepted into ten of the nation’s best.

3 Ways UTA Can Help You Find A Job

As college students, we all know the importance of money.

Having a job not only provides you with a steady cash flow, but gives you experience for that dream job you’ve been studying for. Whether you’re eager to start your career or are simply searching for something part-time, here are three ways UTA can help you.


SNAP Jobs

SNAP Jobs is the on-campus job search database for UTA. Students can search for a position based on department and work-study eligibility. Visit the Office of Human Resources page for login instructions and other information.

Career Development Center

If you need help developing skills for your future career, stop by the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center. The center’s goal is to prepare students for professional success. Services offered include resume writing and critiques, and interview preparation. You can even schedule a one-on-one appointment with a career consultant! Check out the Center’s websitefor more information.

HIREAMAV Database
The HIREAMAV database is also accessible through the Career Development Center. Powered by Handshake, this system lets employers post full- and part-time job and internship openings for students and alumni. Be sure to check out upcoming events provided by the Career Development Center. Visit the Handshake siteto start building your standout profile!

3 Ways to Find the Perfect Professor

When you register for a course, one of the first things you’ll check is what professor is teaching the class. Aside from picking someone who won’t make you fall asleep, what’s important is finding a professor who you can learn from and respect. Here are three easy ways to help you find that perfect professor.

  1. Talk to your advisors

If you’re having doubts about a certain class, sit down and talk with an advisor. Students constantly talk to their advisors, so they will be honest with you in sharing information about professors and courses. Advisors also want to see their students succeed and can provide resources that may help improve your work! Find the full list of academic advising centers online.

 

  1. Talk to friends or previous students

Hearing about professors through word of mouth can be helpful. Sometimes, students will even take classes with the same professors the further they continue in their coursework. If you haven’t already done so, make friends in your major and share information with each other!

 

  1. Websites like Rate My Professors

These can be a good and sometimes humorous guide to finding (and avoiding) professors. At sites like Rate My Professors,you can see ratings and read feedback from anonymous users. However, take these reviews with a grain of salt! Students can exaggerate or just be plain mean in their responses. Still, these sites are among the most popular for professor browsing. Just use your judgment wisely!

 

Check out UTA professors reading their Rate My Professor reviews ⬇️

 

–Written by Sabrina Corsiga

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