By Kelechi Onunka | UTAMavs.com
UTA opens up Sun Belt Conference play this week with two home matches, giving fans the opportunity to show their Maverick pride at College Park Center on Friday and Saturday.
Friday vs. Troy (6:30 p.m.): Greek Night
-- Led by Fraternity and Sorority Life of UTA
-- Student tank top give-a-way
-- Spirit trophy presentation
Saturday vs. South Alabama (6:30 p.m.): Blue Out
-- Free blue t-shirts given to first 100 fans with paid tickets
-- First 100 UTA students get a free blue t-shirt
The first day of classes marked a major milestone for the University of Texas at Arlington, as its freshman class is now the largest in the University's history, with 3,346 new students joining us from across the U.S. and around the world. This represents a 12 percent increase as compared to fall semester last year.
The new class is also the most academically accomplished, with 65 percent of entering freshmen having graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school class. A record 261 new students have been accepted to UTA's Honors College, an increase of more than 60 percent over the year before. The average SAT score of incoming students has also risen.
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Former UTA football player Ralph B. Shelton '63, a nearly 20-year Maverick Club member, will be honored later this month as the recipient of the Silver Star from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
"Ralph Shelton is a tribute to the Arlington community," said Michael Jacobson, President and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. "We are honored to recognize Ralph Shelton with the 2017 Star Award. As a business, elected community and church leader, Ralph has had a profound impact on Arlington."
Mr. Shelton will accept the award at the Arlington Chamber's Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner on September 21, 2017 at the Arlington Convention Center.
NEW ORLEANS - Student-athletes from around the Sun Belt Conference will be doing their part in assistance efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.
Under the guidance of the Sun Belt's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Sun Belt will be collecting donations through a GoFundMe page. All donations will be distributed to aid organizations helping with the recovery from Hurricane Harvey.
"It is great to have Sun Belt student-athletes take the initiative in raising funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey," said Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson. "We understand that there is a great amount of assistance needed and the Sun Belt wants to do our part in supporting those in need and their recovery."
Donations can be made at the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/sun-belt-saac-hurricane-relief
When UTA students return to campus, various organizations plan a number of events surrounding "Maverick Stampede," the official kick-off to the new year. UTA broadcast and video production coordinator Josh Sours produced this piece that captured the fun had by all!
It is just about that time of the year! Just as one website publishes its thoughts on the upcoming college basketball season, another comes along.
CBB Central, which listed UTA guard Erick Neal as the eighth-best mid-major point guard in the country earlier this week, places Maverick senior Kevin Hervey seventh on its list for mid-major college forwards.
Here is what the website had to say about Hervey:
#7. Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington)
Vitals: Senior, 6-9, 230 pounds
Stats: 17.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 34.2% 3-pt FG%
The reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year, there are very few personal accolades left for Hervey to achieve in college basketball. The talented forward can hurt you in so many ways on the offensive end, and the scariest part is he was just 1 year removed from an ACL tear as he put up monster numbers last season. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we start seeing increased buzz about Hervey as an NBA prospect.
UTA senior forward Kevin Hervey has received a great deal of attention, heading into the upcoming college basketball season. Deservedly so considering he earned a number of honors last season, including: Sun Belt Player of the Year, Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Year, USBWA and NABC All-District, honorable mention Associated Press All-America, Lou Henson All-America and more.
G: Jonathan Stark, Murray State Racers
G: Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure Bonnies
G/F: Dikembe Dixson, UIC Flames
F: Mike Daum, South Dakota State Jackrabbits
C: Jock Landale, Saint Mary's Gaels
Off The Bench
G: Tyler Hall, Montana State Bobcats
G: Ehab Amin, Texas A&M-CC Islanders
G: Fletcher Magee, Wofford Terriers
G: Chris Clemons, Campbell Fighting Camels
G: Marlain Veal, Southeastern Louisiana Lions
F: Alize Johnson, Missouri State Bears
F: Kevin Hervey, UT Arlington Mavericks
F: Devontae Cacok, UNC Wilmington Seahawks
C: Brandon Gilbeck, Western Illinois Leathernecks
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