Maverick Stampede is virtual, but its core remains same

Maverick Stampede Spring 2021

Maverick Stampede is the official kick-off to the spring 2021 semester at The University of Texas at Arlington. Students are invited to experience a wide variety of fun and exciting programs centered on integrating new and returning Mavericks back to campus.

The majority of this spring’s Maverick Stampede activities will be hosted in virtual formats, giving the UTA community the opportunity to get involved and learn about student organizations remotely.

Madeleine Eby, a graduate assistant working in the Division of Student Affairs, said she is looking forward to meeting new Mavericks and helping students be successful at UT Arlington.

“Although Maverick Stampede looks different, the core of it is the same,” Eby said. “Maverick Stampede is the best way to meet new people on campus and have fun. These events are the perfect time to learn about what UTA offers and to create your community on campus.”

A major Maverick Stampede highlight is Activity Fair Day, where UT Arlington student organizations showcase their services, interests and involvement opportunities to the campus community. It’s an excellent way to begin or expand co-curricular involvement, discover an array of campus resources—and even win prizes. Upon joining the virtual event, participants can click the Microsoft Teams or Zoom link for organizations they may be interested in learning more about.

“Connecting students to each other and to the variety of resources at UTA is essential to the start of each semester, and Maverick Stampede is here to help all students, both on campus and online,” said Lisa Nagy, vice president of student affairs.

Activity Fair Day has been around since 1981 and continues to generate excitement in students. More than 200 organizations, businesses and colleges will be represented to demonstrate ways students can get involved in activities outside of their classes.

“We have found that even in the virtual world, connecting with others and meeting friends is a priority to students,” said Patrick Kelly, director of student activities.

Umarae “Uma” Ogans, a UTA junior double-majoring in business management and marketing, said Maverick Stampede is an important way for students to create a sense of community for themselves.

“I’ve been working to promote Maverick Stampede on social media, reminding students about events coming up and how to participate, as well as informing Mavericks about services the University has to offer,” Ogans said. “These events are great ways to get involved and meet new people. They are not to be missed.”

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