Character Day 2016

 

Last week we held an event in partnership with the Leadership Honors Program and the McNair Scholars Program known as Character Day.  Character Day is a global initiative celebrated all around the world with the goal of helping people with character development.

Character Day at UT Arlington was 1 of 90,000 events in 124 countries.

The Maverick Transfer Connection scheduled Character Strength Sessions throughout the day with featured speakers from the McNair Scholars Program, School of Social Work, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and Leadership Honors Program.  These speakers discussed how they have developed their own character strengths and the importance of character in our every day lives.

The schedule went a little something like this…

9:30AM: Bravery and Curiosity with Natalie Stephens, McNair Scholars Program

Natalie Stephens on Character Day
Natalie Stephens from the McNair Scholars Program discussed the character strengths of Bravery and Curiosity. Students and staff enjoyed an online quiz on Kahoot.it.

10:30AM: Hope and Perspective with Dr. Diane Mitschke, School of Social Work.

Dr. Diane Mitschke, a Professor in the School of Social Work, discusses the character strengths of Hope and Perspective. Dr. Mitschke included her experiences working with refugees.
Dr. Diane Mitschke, a Professor in the School of Social Work, discusses the character strengths of Hope and Perspective. Dr. Mitschke included her experiences working with refugees.

11:30AM: Love of Learning with Dr. Peggy Semingson, College of Education

Dr. Peggy Semingson, a Professor in the College of Education, discussed the character strength of the Love of Learning. She provided some great quotes about learning and life.
Dr. Peggy Semingson, a Professor in the College of Education, discussed the character strength of the Love of Learning. She provided some great quotes about learning and life.

12:30 make that 1:00PM (slight room scheduling glitch): Film Screenings

The day also featured the screening of a couple of short films: The Science of Character and The Adaptable Mind.  These films focus on how character strengths can be developed and how character is important to moving forward in our technological age.

Take a few minutes to watch The Science of Character if you missed the screening.

Both films along with others are available for viewing online at letitripple.com/characterday.

Discussion materials from film screening of The Science of Character.
Discussion materials from the film screening of The Science of Character, a short film by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.

3:30PM: Gratitude and Fairness with Dr. Becky Garner, College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Dr. Becky Garner on Character Day
Dr. Becky Garner discusses the character strengths of gratitude and fairness. Dr. Garner also included some great tips for working on “bounce back ability” and resilience.

4:30PM: Leadership with Tanya Garcia, Leadership Honors Program

The Leadership Honors Program concluded Character Day with the last Character Strength Session. The speaker, Tanya Garcia, is a student and discussed how her experiences have led her to develop the important character strength of Leadership.  She also discussed how students can get involved in the Leadership Honors Program.

Tanya Garcia, a Theatre Arts Major and active participant within the Leadership Honors Program, discusses the Leadership Honors Program and how she fell in love with leadership.
Tanya Garcia, a Theatre Arts Major and active participant within the Leadership Honors Program, discusses the Leadership Honors Program and how she fell in love with leadership.

Overall, the day was awesome!  The sessions were well attended and people enjoyed themselves.  I’m already looking forward to next year!

If you’re interested in learning more about your personal character strengths visit the VIA Institute of Character website and take the VIA Survey of Character Strengths for FREE!

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Five Ways to Save $$$ at UTA

When I was a student at UTA, I wasn’t about to add a coupon binder to my backpack, which was already overflowing with Norton Anthologies and yellow highlighters.  Here are five of the many ways to save money on and around campus, sans a coupon binder

  1. Get free and cheap stuff
    • Get free/reduced cost tutoring through UTSI.
    • Campus Police will jump your car if it dies; that should give you enough charge to get to O’Reilly’s for a replacement battery.
    • Try a play or concert on campus. There are also free movies on the lawn in the summer through EXCEL.
    • The BSM has free lunch on Wednesdays as well as free dinner on Thursdays for International Night. Many campus organizations meet on Wednesdays at noon and offer free lunch.
    1. Do undergraduate research

Check out Undergraduate Research opportunities at UTA. You could get money as well as course credit for doing research.  Plus, it can help you get into graduate school (with funding) as well as help you decide what you want to do in your career.

    1. Flash your MAV ID

You’ve probably had to use your student MAV ID all over campus…to meet your advisor, get into the MAC, and even pass through the turnstiles to get in the library. You can save money by using it all over town, too.  Ready to pop the question?  Replace your glasses?  Get an oil change?  Take a belly dancing class?  Click to find out where to save up to half off using your MAV ID card.

    1. Know the Parking Regulations

It would have saved me money my first semester at UTA if I knew the parking regulations.  Doh!

    1. Bring your lunch

For two years, I didn’t buy one item in the UC, but now I don’t have the discipline to always avoid Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Moe’s, Panda Express, and of course The Pod.  I save a lot by striving to tote my lunch from home three to four days a week.

Best of luck to all MAVS and those considering UTA!

Natalie Stephens (UTA class of 2002 and 2004) is a guest blogger for the Maverick Transfer Connection and the education specialist in the McNair Scholars Program at UTA. The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare qualified undergraduates for graduate study culminating in the Ph.D. 

Interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program?  Watch this video to hear current and past UT Arlington McNair Scholars participants Ashley Liggins, Trish Mann, Andrew Palacios, Kimberly Sams, and Neri Sandoval reflect on their experiences within the program, including a discussion about the importance of mentorship, attending conferences, and engaging in undergraduate research.

 

 

Welcome to the Maverick Transfer Connection Blog!

So, you transferred to UT Arlington or you’re thinking about submitting the application. Well, this blog is for you!

The Maverick Transfer Connection was created as an online community on Blackboard in fall 2015 to help all current and prospective UT Arlington transfer students transition successfully to UTA. Through Blackboard, we are able to provide E-tutoring, instant messaging, general advising, webinars and more for transfer students throughout the first year of transition.  We provide online and on-campus programs for transfer students by former transfer students. We call them Transition Leaders and they will be your guide through the transition process from applying to UT Arlington, to becoming an official Maverick and beyond.

Current UT Arlington Transfer Students are automatically enrolled in the Maverick Transfer Connection once they have attended a New Maverick Orientation. Prospective students can communicate with Transition Leaders through our blog, social media or email.

If you are a transfer student and have not been able to access the Maverick Transfer Connection on Blackboard, then send an email from your MavMail account with your name and student ID information (10 digit number; starts with 100) to transferconnection@uta.edu.

Check back regularly for posts from Transition Leaders Skyler and Marcus as they share their transfer experiences and transfer tips.

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