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

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

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!


Transfer Orientation

So you plan on going to UTA next semester… Well did you know that you have to attend orientation in order to register for classes?

Well don’t worry, orientation is a fun and great opportunity for you.  During orientation you can talk to different departments and ask questions that you might have.  For instance, you can have a session with financial aid and ask questions.  Another example, is that there will be several informational sessions  from departments like Honors College or Campus Recreation. At these information sessions you can learn about what different departments offer and you can ask questions.

See! look! People having fun!
See! look! People having fun!

Also during orientation there is a student life Involvement Fair. Many of the student organizations and some academic departments will have tables and representatives present.  Fraternities,  sororities, EXCEL, the library, UTA volunteers, and other organizations will be present at the fair.  This is a great opportunity for students to be informed about what organizations do around campus.  Every student should walk around the fair and talk to a couple organizations, it will definitely help you get more involved around campus.

Involvement Fair Pro Tip: Go up to the organizations, do not wait for them to come to you. If you see an organization you find interesting go and talk to them. Many of the representatives of organizations do not want to pester people who are not interested in their organization (trust me, I do these fairs and it is as awkward for the representatives…also stop by the Maverick Transfer Connection table). So they will be hesitant to talk to you if you are just walking by.

Involvement Fair Pro Tip 2: See me!! The Maverick Transfer Connection will have a table present at the Involvement Fair.  Be sure to drop by and learn more about our program and ask any questions you might have.

Before Orientation

See your advisor: Before you come to orientation you should be advised with the appropriate advisor. If you have more than 30 hours transferring in, you should see your major advisor.  However, if  you have less than 30 hours or are undecided you will be advised in the University Advising Center in Ransom Hall (where the Maverick Transfer Connection is located…if you were wondering).  Getting advised before orientation allows the student to have the academic hold removed so they can register for classes right after orientation.

Think of questions: Of course you will have questions about transferring to UTA.  And if you haven’t been able to contact us and ask your question, Orientation is a great opportunity to ask.  Not only will you be able to ask your questions to fellow students during orientation, you can also ask some staff members during some of the sessions I mentioned earlier.

Confusing Directional Signs --- Image by © Kulka/Corbis
Confusing Directional Signs — Image by © Kulka/Corbis

Schedule your Orientation: Of course before attending orientation you will have to schedule orientation.  Click here to see the dates for orientation. In order to register for orientation either click the link at the bottom of the orientation date page or click right here.  After going to that page you will have to click the bottom “sign in to register” in order to actually register.  Keep in mind, you will not have to pay the orientation fee when you register.  The payment will go to your MyMav account and you can pay it on MyMav.

Well, that is all that I got for you.  If you have any questions comment below, contact us or the orientation office.  Hope to see you at the next orientation!

Transferring to UTA?

So you have been accepted to UTA, but what next?  Transferring to a new University is stressful.  You are not sure about what you need to do and you are stressing out because it feels like you have a limited time to register for classes.

I get  it…I’ve been there.  As a transfer student I’ve had those same emotions of stress and confusion.  Hopefully this article will help you with your stress level, and make you feel more at home.22995420435_7c1f5015e8_b

Meningitis Hold: There are three holds on your account that will limit you in registering for classes.  In order to release the meningitis hold, you will have to show that you have had a meningitis vaccination.  In order to give your vaccination record you will have to do this online through your UTA email.  So be sure to set up your UTA email in order to take care of this hold.  Here is some more information on the meningitis requirement.

Orientation Hold:  Another hold you will have is the Orientation hold.  In order to release this hold, you will need to attend a transfer orientation.  Here are the dates for this orientation season and you can register here.   The orientation does cost $65 but you do not have to pay the fee right then.  The fee will be added to your mymav account.

If you are student who works fulltime and is over the age of 25 be sure to check out our Express Transfer orientation.  Here are the dates and qualifications.  This orientation is less than half of the day and is designed for working individuals with a less flexible schedule.

Academic Advisor Hold: The final hold will be an academic advising hold.  A student must be advised every semester in order to confirm  that the student is on the right track to graduate.  So you will have to see an advisor every semester till you graduate.

If you have under 30 hours of credits transferring into UTA, you will be advised in the University Advising Center.  Over the summer the UAC only offers walk in advising.  However, throughout the semester you will always have to make an appointment to see an advisor in the UAC.  You can make an appointment online.  The UAC is in Ransom Hall (depicted below).9525816586_c47b31e5f5_b

If you have over 30 hours of credits transferring to UTA, you will advise with your major department advisor.  To find out who your advisor is just search your department on the UTA homepage’s search bar.  When you find your department website there will be a link that should say undergraduate advisors. This will take  you to their page and  from there you can email or schedule an appointment.  In my experience, most advisors have students make appointments in order to  be advised, however  some advisors have walk in hours.  This  depends on the advisor.  It is also good to call the department to ask any questions.

Those are the three main holds I remember from my transition and in my help with other students.  However, here are some other resources that might help you with that transition to here.

Dan Dipert Welcome Center:  If you would like to see more of campus on a guided tour, contact the Dan Dipert Welcome Center.  They can give you a tour that will show you all around campus.  They also have other tours like housing.  You can reach them by calling 817-272-8687 (TOUR) or going to their website. This is a great option to see the campus if you have some free time.  If not, they do offer tours during orientation.

SNAP jobs: If you are one of those people who are interested in getting an on campus job as soon as possible this is the website for you.  All of the on campus jobs are listed on this website.  You have to set up an account, upload a resume, and apply for the job.  But it is all pretty simple if you follow the instructions provided on the website. For some FAQs on the site you can go here.

University Housing:  There are a variety of places to live around campus, this is the resource for students who would like to live on campus.  You can go to this website, you can chat online, or visit them in their office in the University Hall.

Now those are many of the questions I am asked by transfer students.  You can also look here for a check list by the Admissions.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below.  You can also drop by 105 Ransom Hall Tuesday and Thursday from about 1-3pm or reach out to me on Blackboard IM code name marcus.brayner (It is also called user name, but code name is so much better).

As I am writing this I am realizing that this article makes my job almost obsolete.  But if it helps you, it is worth it.


Summer Time!

It is finally here!! And I’m not talking about Captain America: Civil War, I am talking about summer time!!

No more classes to stress about, no more papers to write, and no more tests to study for! frabz-Me-walking-out-of-class-After-finishing-my-last-final-of-the-sem-feae38…Unless you are taking summer classes, but I digress.

I know what I will be doing for this summer.  I will continue to tell myself to “train” for that Tough Mudder I keep telling my self I will be running.  Also, I will be working this summer!! Now I will be working a couple of odd jobs this summer, but mostly I will be working for you!!!

I will be at some Transfer Orientations for all of you new Mavericks out there!! I will also be maintaining my office hours for any one who would like to ask some questions about transition into UTA.

Be sure to stop by or contact me through Blackboard IM; add me a a contact with marcus.braymer.  Also be sure to see me at the Involvement Fair at Orientation!

Well those are my summer plans! What about you?!?! Do you have anything fun planned for this summer? Comment Below.

Have a great summer!!

Transfer Equivalency

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out if your Community College courses will transfer and apply towards your bachelor’s degree at UT Arlington.  In an effort to help calm your anxiety, I’d like to share my knowledge of UT Arlington’s transfer equivalencies.

On the Office of Admissions website you can find a Transfer Evaluation System (TES), which is an interactive guide for course equivalencies.  It helps transfer students assess which credits earned at a previous college/university will transfer to UT Arlington, and how they will transfer.  The Transfer Evaluation System only provides direct course equivalencies, meaning non-equivalent will be evaluated by your major department to determine if it will apply toward your bachelor’s degree.

Not all courses have direct equivalents. The is especially true for 3000-4000 level courses.

The Transfer Evaluation System should only be used as an initial tool for providing you with an unofficial transfer evaluation. UT Arlington’s Office of Admissions will do an official transfer credit evaluation after you’ve been admitted to the university. But again your major department will make the official determination of how your transfer credits will apply to your bachelor’s degree plan at UT Arlington.

If you have questions about non-equivalent coursework, then contact the department of the course in question (i.e. ENGLTRAN 2000 = English Department, and so on). This link provides contact information for all departments on campus:

This Academic Advice is brought to you by Lindsey Glasco.  Ms. Glasco is an Academic Advisor II in the University Advising Center.  She holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri and is currently a University College liaison for engineering freshman at UT Arlington.