College Park garage adds 1,100 parking spaces, opens Aug. 22
Faculty, staff, and students arriving on campus the week of Aug. 22 will have the use of 1,100 new parking spaces in the north College Park garage at UTA Boulevard, between Pecan and Center streets.
The new garage is the first phase of the two-part College Park District residential and retail development, which also will add residence hall space and apartments for 600 students by summer 2012. The garage features the latest technology to help ensure safety and security, including numerous video cameras and emergency call boxes.
"Opening the new College Park garage is the first step in what is rapidly becoming a thriving new part of the UT Arlington campus," says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. "We are pleased that we will be able to better serve our faculty, staff, and students with a resource that will be shared with our downtown community."
Read more about the College Park garage.
Free charging station added for electric vehicles
The University will make going green a little easier for motorists with the addition of a free public charging station for electric vehicles.
The station—which is likely to be Arlington’s first public station—is being installed in the new, north College Park garage at UTA Boulevard between Pecan and Center streets. The parking structure opens for campus use Monday, Aug. 22, and is one of two that will serve the College Park residential and retail center. The full development is scheduled to open in August 2012.
The charging station was donated by City Electric Supply’s Arlington office. City Electric Supply is a distributor for General Electric, the maker of the EV charger.
“UT Arlington is committed to environmentally sustainable practices, and this donation from City Electric Supply helps us take that commitment a step further," says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. “With City Electric’s generous gift, we can encourage car buyers in our community to consider new, energy-efficient vehicle options.”
Read more about the electric vehicle charging station.
Education associate dean named ACE fellow
John Buckwalter, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Education and Health Professions, has been named an American Council on Education fellow for the academic year 2011-12.
Dr. Buckwalter is one of 50 educators selected in a national competition. The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutional capacity and build leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. His fellowship will be at Texas Christian University, where he will focus on retention.
“I chose TCU because it provides valuable insight into the distinctive environment of a stellar private university that is undergoing transformative growth,” Buckwalter says. “In addition, I was excited by the opportunity to work with and be mentored by the innovative, well-respected, experienced senior administrators that TCU currently has in place.”
George Low, associate professor and chair of the Marketing Department at TCU’s Neeley School of Business, also was named an ACE fellow, and his fellowship will take place at UT Arlington, where he will focus on strengthening the relationship between higher education institutions and students upon receipt of their degrees/certificates.
Read more about the ACE fellowships.
Superintendent certificate program new addition for educators
UT Arlington and Academic Partnerships have created a new online Superintendent Certificate Program tailored to professional school administrators and offered through the College of Education and Health Professions.
This non-thesis certificate program complies with Educational Leadership Constituent Council standards and is designed for administrators who want to advance in the K-12 education arena. The program is intended for current administrators, principals, and others with at least two years of administrative experience and a master’s degree.
The program was developed by UT Arlington faculty and area school district leaders to ensure that participants acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become school superintendents. The first cohort begins Monday, Aug. 15, with five start dates planned per year.
“UT Arlington has offered an outstanding superintendents’ program for more than a decade, and the AP program allows us to extend our proven curriculum beyond the traditional campus,” says Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions.
Read more about the Superintendent Certificate Program.
Conservation needed during power watch
With temperatures reaching their highest levels of the summer, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, has issued a power watch this week.
Consumers and businesses have been asked to reduce their electricity use during peak usage hours from 3 to 7 p.m. Turning off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment is suggested.
Order parking permit online in time to receive it by Aug. 25
Order your parking permit for the 2011-12 academic year online at uta.edu/mymav. All faculty and staff need a permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Thursday, Aug. 25, the first day of fall classes.
There is no grace period. Order now so the permit will arrive by mail before Aug. 25.
Sign in on the MyMav page, click on Order Permits Now for Fall 2011, indicated by the big blue-and-white P, and follow directions. Reduced pricing on remote parking is available.
Reserved space permits and permit upgrades are available at the Parking Office in the Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell. Reserved permits are not offered online.
Your donations can honor former employees
Donations in memory of former employees and alumni Trini Do ('04 BS) and Michelle Ta ('08 BS) are being collected. Do and Ta worked at TMAC (formerly the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center) at UT Arlington's Automation & Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth. They died July 23.
Travel-sized toiletry and health care items will be donated to SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Items may be dropped off or sent to Renee Bates at TMAC, 7300 S. Jack Newell Blvd., Fort Worth, or to Connie Gillespie at Accounting and Business Services, 219 W. Main St., Arlington.
Donations will be accepted throughout August. For more information, contact Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer to welcome and help students at annual Residence Hall Move-in Event
Volunteer for the Residence Hall Move-in Event 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, and help students get situated in their new on-campus home. The Move-in Event is a campus-wide initiative to assist more than 1,500 residence hall students who will be living on campus this fall.
Use the volunteer registration online for two-hour shifts.
The event is sponsored by Apartment and Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs. For more information, contact Mari Duncan, director of Residence Life, at email@example.com.
Buy a Maverick license plate, get a tumbler
Get ready for the fall semester by purchasing a 10-year personalized license plate from myplates.com during August and receive a My Plates tumbler.
Go to myplates.com/go/uta and enter the promo code tumbler during checkout.
For more information, call 1-888-7MY-PLATES.
Mavs Book Club reviews 'The Library at Night' Aug. 11
The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel is the August selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Starbucks in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
The author conducts a unique library tour that extends from his childhood bookshelves to the “complete” libraries of the Internet. With scores of images throughout, the book is a fascinating voyage through Manguel’s mind, memory, and vast knowledge of books and civilizations.
The club meets the second Tuesday of every month. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Shepelwich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take the information security assessment survey
Do you practice safe computing at work? That question is one of several behind an information security survey for faculty and staff. This short questionnaire is available through Friday, Aug. 5.
The survey is part of a UT System information security compliance effectiveness review to ensure that the University is benefiting from state-of-the-art information security strategies, use of best practices, and effective program deployments.
Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation
Learn how to diffuse conflict in the workplace and in your personal life. Free. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.
Sell That Junk!
Learn how to register on eBay as a seller, open a PayPal account, research your items, write a great title and description, take photos that will catch your buyers' attention, and pack and ship your items like a pro. Fee includes required text. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $82.50. 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Thursday, Aug. 11, Room E200C, Continuing Education and Workforce Building. Continuing Education.
Technoscholar Workshops: Firefox
Learn about the Firefox browser and how to install some awesome extensions, including LibX, which allows you to access library resources from Google Scholar or Amazon.com, and Zotero, which can make bibliographies for you in a snap. To schedule for a group of five or more, contact Suzanne Beckett at email@example.com. Summer 2011 Technoscholar Workshops, Library, 2-3000.
Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 150, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.
Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Thursday, Aug. 4
McNair Scholars Program Students make summer research presentations. Free. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Room 101, College Hall. McNair Scholars Program, 2-3715.
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 6-7
Vintage Computer Festival Southwest This second annual festival celebrates the history of computing and includes speakers and videos each morning, exhibits each afternoon, and special events throughout the weekend. Sponsored by College of Engineering and Office of Information Technology. $10 per day or $15 for both days. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Museum of Information Technology at Arlington.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
Government Procurement Conference 2011 Provides small businesses an opportunity to meet local, state, and federal government buyers and their prime contractors. Hosted by Automation and Robotics Research Institute extension centers from UT Arlington. $90. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Arlington Convention Center. Jennifer Wilson, email@example.com, 2-5909.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Tennis champ makes pro debut
Daiana Negreanu is on her way in professional tennis. It promises to be a long and difficult road, but she knows that and is prepared to put in the work.
Negreanu did just that at UT Arlington.
"She can go as far as she wants," Mavericks tennis coach Diego Benitez says. "She has the game to dominate on the tour. She has the capability of making a serious living out of this. She's still young and has a great game. She's long and has every shot in the book. She is going to take this as far as she wants to go."
Negreanu, 23, completed her UT Arlington singles career in the Southland Conference finals and helped the team reach the first round of the NCAAs. After going home to Romania for a couple of weeks, she returned to Arlington this summer to begin training for her pro debut.
In last week's International Tennis Federation's Women's Hospital Classic at Evansville, Ind., she upended the tourney's No. 2 ranked player and advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.
Read more about Negreanu's tennis career.
Basketball Mavs preparing for trip to Canada
The upcoming tour in Canada is enabling men's basketball head coach Scott Cross and the Mavericks to get a head start on practice for the 2011-12 season.
Cross has changed his practice philosophy from last year. Gone are the long, drawn-out practices. In their place are shorter, more intense workouts designed to get the most out of his players.
So far, the fifth-year coach likes what he has seen. The Mavericks begin a five-game tour in Canada on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Read more about the Mavericks' summer practice.
Thursday, Aug. 4
Free Movie: Rio A domesticated macaw who never learned to fly enjoys a comfortable life until kidnapped by bungling smugglers. Rated G. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Friday, Aug. 5
$2 Movie: Rango A sheltered chameleon, living as an ordinary family pet, faces a major identity crisis. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
$2 Movie: Tron: Legacy The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Thursday, Aug. 11
Free Movie: Thor A powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Rated PG-13. Final presentation of the summer series. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through Saturday, Aug. 6. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Free. Through Saturday, Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.
Influence Exhibit Three members of the Department of Art and Art History faculty—Marilyn Jolly, Sedrick Huckaby, and Carlos Donjuan—have combined their talents for this painting exhibit. 3-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Through Friday, Sept. 9. Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas.
Texas Rangers Baseball Get tickets for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access texasrangers.com/uta and use the password rangers for designated games through Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Planetarium Nanocam: A Trip into Biodiversity is a fascinating journey exploring life-forms that are invisible to the human eye and contribute to a better understanding of the world we live in. 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. See the summer schedule. Planetarium, 2-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)