Kinesiology researchers study concussions, recovery time
A study by UT Arlington kinesiology professors may help area high school athletes play safer and provide useful data for the ongoing debate about how best to manage concussions.
Jacob Resch, assistant professor of kinesiology, is the principal investigator for the study. The research team includes Cindy Trowbridge, associate professor of kinesiology, along with physicians and certified athletic trainers from Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, a neuropsychologist from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and Oregon-based Neurocom International Inc.
Researchers will conduct baseline testing on about 600 athletes during the next few months using a computerized neuropsychological test, assessment of any symptoms, and balance testing. Athletes who suffer a concussion during the next year will be asked to return to UT Arlington for subsequent evaluations.
The team plans to help local private schools implement the same concussion management protocol UT Arlington uses in its athletic programs, Dr. Resch says.
W-2 forms available online; note security restrictions
The 2010 W-2 forms are now available on UTDirect. Access and print your W-2 from the Web.
The Information Security Office reminds all faculty and staff that e-mail should not be used to transmit sensitive data. Do not e-mail your W-2 or other sensitive information as e-mail can be read by anyone between you and the destination.
If you have not upgraded your UT EID security level, go to one of the following departments and show your driver's license or passport:
If you do not claim your 2010 W-2 form on UTDirect by Thursday, Jan. 27, Payroll Services will print and mail a copy to your home address. Contact Payroll Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Affordable Care Act notice issued by UT System
Recently, faculty and staff enrolled in the UT Select Health Plan received a notice regarding a federal program known as the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP). While there is no impact on your individual coverage or eligibility, federal law requires each participant receive the notice.
The ERRP is a federal program established under the Affordable Care Act that reimburses a plan sponsor (UT System) for some of the costs of health care benefits paid on behalf of, or by, early retirees participating in the employment-based plan (UT SELECT).
If you have questions regarding this notice, find more ERRP information online.
Additional questions or comments may be directed to Employee Benefit Services at email@example.com.
Library launches new website
See the UT Arlington Library in a new way through its new website at uta.edu/library.
Started more than two years ago, the redesign process included surveying faculty, staff, and students on what they need in a library website. Feedback has been provided through usability testing.
Teams of library staff have worked on designing a new look for the site, revising content, and reorganizing information.
The old site will be available during the spring semester while the transition to the new website continues.
For more information, contact Karen Horsfall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-7431.
Movin' Mavs, Multicultural Affairs receive national awards
The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team and the Office of Multicultural Affairs received awards of excellence for programs in their department from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
The Movin’ Mavs' Adapted Sports and Recreation program was a silver medal honoree in the category for athletics, recreation, physical fitness, and non-varsity sports.
Diversity Week: It's a Maverick World, a program of Multicultural Affairs, received the silver medal in the international, multicultural, cultural, LGBTQ, spirituality, and disability category.
The NASPA Excellence Awards recognize student affairs practitioners who develop transformative, innovative, and data-driven programs at the institutional level. Both areas recognized are part of the Division of Student Affairs.
Dolphin Blue president talks sustainability to Green Teams
Tom Kemper, president of Dolphin Blue, supplier of recycled office supplies and related environmentally responsible products, will speak in the Green Team Early Spring Education Session at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in the Concho Room at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Kemper's talk concerns his involvement in environmental and sustainable issues. He has spent the last 17 years running Dolphin Blue, Inc., and DolphinBlue.com. Not only does Kemper work to protect peoples' health and the environment, but he also has worked to create a fair and sustainable model in global trade.
The session is presented by the Office of Sustainability. Green Team bronze and silver winners will be announced, and refreshments will be served. RSVP to email@example.com by Monday, Jan. 24.
Doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship application deadline is Friday
Applications and nominations for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships are due by Friday, Jan. 21.
The fellowships are for a nine-month academic year in which scholars will be engaged full time in research but may elect to teach only one course during that period.
The program aims to develop and prepare scholars from under-represented groups for future faculty positions in academia. Candidates who are ABD (all but dissertation) will be considered, but all other doctoral requirements must be met by May 31.
Applicants will be notified of decisions by March 31, and commitments must be made by April 30.
University helps students prepare for SAT/PSAT tests
UT Arlington offers free SAT/PSAT preparation classes this spring to help area high school and middle school students prepare for the college entrance exams.
If you know a student who might be interested, the workshops are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Locations and dates are:
The program is open to public, private, and home school students as well as middle school students. Students should bring their own calculators.
Nomination deadline Monday for Outstanding Academic Adviser
Nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser for professional staff, undergraduate faculty, and graduate faculty should be submitted by Monday, Jan. 24.
For 25 years, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. Many advisers have been recognized nationally by the National Academic Advising Association for their commitment to helping students succeed. See the list of award winners.
Submit nominations online. For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.
Sign up for SAC Slimdown by Tuesday
Need a little motivation to help you meet those exercise goals after the holidays? Commit to a healthy lifestyle and join the Staff Advisory Council’s SAC Slimdown Feb. 1-May 16.
For challenge rules, registration, and additional tips on jump starting your lifestyle changes, visit uta.edu/sac/slimdown. Registration ends Tuesday, Jan. 25.
Winners will be recognized in the following categories: greatest percentage of weight loss, greatest number of pounds lost, and more.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed for benefits fair in March
Would you like to be among the first to see all the vendor tables at the Staff Advisory Council’s Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair on March 16?
Then volunteer for the benefits fair. People are needed to sign in the vendors, to help with traffic flow, for set-up and break down, to help with food, and many other duties during this fun day for staff.
To sign up for an hour or for the day, contact Christina Jones-Barnes at email@example.com or 2-3099.
Weight Watchers At Work plans campus open house next week
Faculty and staff are welcome to attend a Weight Watchers open house at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Room 401 in Davis Hall.
Learn about the Weight Watchers At Work meetings on campus. The At Work meeting series will begin once 20 people have committed to attend. The 17-week series is projected to begin Thursday, Feb. 10.
For more information, contact Sandra Golightly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-9082.
Submit feedback in OIT survey
The Office of Information Technology is conducting a study to ascertain user satisfaction with OIT services. Submit your feedback by completing the client satisfaction survey at uta.edu/oit/survey.
Announcements issued if bad weather causes delays, closure
Winter weather can change drastically, and the University is prepared to communicate any campus delays or closures.
All announcements will be communicated via University e-mail in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students). Notices will be posted on the University's home page, as well as Twitter and Facebook pages. Recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913. Announcements will be sent to local media outlets.
UT Arlington is open and operating on normal schedules unless faculty, staff, and students are notified otherwise.
Fight back during flu season
Be a flu fighter this year by washing your hands and getting a flu vaccination.
Influenza immunizations cost $15 for faculty, staff, and students. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.
For more information, contact Health Services online or at 2-2771.
Fresh Start from Tobacco
Health Services is offering free tobacco cessation education classes for all faculty and staff to support its tobacco-free campus initiatives as UT Arlington moves toward becoming a tobacco-free campus in August.
The Fresh Start from Tobacco program consists of four one-hour classes designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. These seminars will cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions.
Classes are on the fourth Tuesday and Wednesday of each month and are in Room B03 of the Health Services Center.
Upcoming programs are:
Time Management: Keys for Everyday Office Success
If your office is a mess and you are drowning in your to-do list, then this class is for you. Learn how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork and eliminate clutter, and discover the benefits of organization. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.
Winter Continuing Education catalog features new classes
The Winter 2011 Continuing Education catalog features new classes and programs in creative writing, leadership, sustainability, health care, technology, dance, gardening, and more.
Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or e-mail email@example.com. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Women host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday
Following a 66-63 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday night, the women's basketball team will host Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Texas Hall.
Shalyn Martin and Tamara Simmons led the scoring against the Islanders last night with 18 points apiece. The Mavericks are 2-2 in the Southland Conference.
Mav men throttle Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Bo Ingram scored 16 points as the men's basketball team downed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 70-49 Wednesday night at Texas Hall.
The Mavericks are 2-2 in the Southland Conference and play at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Jan. 22. The next home game for the Mavericks is Saturday, Jan. 29, against Texas State.
Movin' Mavs travel to Illinois for tourney
In their first competition of the new year, the Movin’ Mavs travel to the University of Illinois for a National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament Friday-Sunday, Jan. 21-23.
The Movin’ Mavs face Wisconsin-Whitewater, Southwest Minnesota State, and defending national champion Illinois in the three-day tourney. Coach Doug Garner’s squad split a pair of games with Illinois in a November tournament on the UT Arlington campus.
UT Arlington will host the men’s and women’s NWBA intercollegiate division national championship tournament March 10-12.
Cordero Gray leads track team at A&M meet
Cordero Gray picked up where he left off last year, right near the top, as he finished second in the 60-meter dash and third in the 200 meters at the Texas A&M Challenge indoor track and field meet Saturday.
Also for the men's team, Dwight Robinson placed second in the 800, while Marissa Paz recorded a second-place finish for the women in the mile run. See the TAMU Challenge results.
Men's and women's teams will be in action again Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Oklahoma Sooner Open.
Friday, Jan. 21
$2 Movie: The Sorcerer's Apprentice A master sorcerer recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Free Movie: Red Based on the DC comic book, a former black-ops CIA agent lives a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. Rated PG-13. Free. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.
Saturday, Jan. 22
Sunday, Jan. 23
Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. TCU. Season opener. Free. 11 a.m., UTA Tennis Center, Athletics, 2-2261.
Faculty Violin Recital A violin recital with Martha Walvoord, assistant professor of music. Free. 3 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.
Wednesday, Jan. 26
$2 Movie: Twilight Saga: Eclipse Bella is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob. Rated PG-13. Free. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Art Exhibition: The Gallery at UTA "John Hitchcock: Epicenter" showing concurrently with "Impressions: Prints Made in Texas." Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 12. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building, 2-5658.
Planetarium Spring schedule includes Violent Universe, Magnificent Sun, Astronaut, Spacepark 360/em>, Pink Floyd shows, and $2 Movies. Planetarium, 2-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)