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For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Benefits Fair

Annual Enrollment begins Friday, attend Benefits Fair next week

Annual Enrollment for the 2011-12 benefit plan year runs Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 31. During Annual Enrollment you may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections, and add or remove dependents from coverage.

A Benefits Fair will provide additional information noon-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Stop by for information and giveaways.

In addition to the fair, presentations are scheduled in the Rosebud Theatre:

        Noon "Is TRS Enough?" Bill Porterfield, Lincoln Financial                                       
        12:30 p.m. "Your Retirement Plan at Work" Steve Williams, Valic
        1 p.m. "Beyond Your Pension" Greg Jones, MetLife
        2 p.m. Insurance Individual representatives
        5:15 p.m. Insurance Individual representatives

The Office of Human Resources hosts the Benefits Fair to answer your questions and help you and your family make well-informed choices regarding your insurance plan selections for the upcoming plan year. If you do not make changes to your coverage, it will continue without change.

For UT FLEX, the health care spending account, you must enroll online each year.

For more information, see Annual Enrollment or contact Employee Benefits Services at 2-5558 or benefits@uta.edu.

Town hall meeting set for July 22 in Maverick Activities Center

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting hosted by President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt noon-1 p.m. Friday, July 22, in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center.

The president will provide a brief recap of the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature and how it impacts the University's budget for the next fiscal year. Most of the forum will be dedicated to a question-and-answer session.

If you're unable to attend the meeting, feel free to submit any questions via email to the president at jds@uta.edu or to the provost at dbobbitt@uta.edu.

light switch

Conserve energy during summer's extreme heat

Because of the extreme heat, Facilities Management encourages the campus community to turn off lights whenever possible, especially in corridors. This minor action can greatly help with the Central Plant cooling load, as well as help the University conserve energy and lower utility costs.

ProCard program changing to Citibank

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has awarded a contract for Procurement Charge Card (ProCard) services to Citibank.

Services from the current vendor, JPMorgan Chase, will continue until Sunday, July 31, at which time all ProCards will be deactived.

The Office of Procurement Services will exchange the current Chase card for the new CitiBank ProCards with existing cardholders 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, July 27-29, on the sixth floor of the Central Library. Cardholders must bring their current Chase cards to receive the new CitiBank ProCard.

If cardholders are unable to attend these dates, ProCards will be available starting Monday, Aug. 1, at the Office of Procurement at the Finance and Administration Annex, 219 W. Main St., in downtown Arlington.

For more information, call 2-2194.

State-issued travel cards end in August

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 31, all corporate travel cards issued to University personnel by JP Morgan Chase will be deactivated. The University will no longer have individually billed, state-issued travel cards.

Visit the travel page for questions about travel reimbursements, or call the travel desk at 2-2194.

For more information, contact Paul Goyne, director of accounts payable, at 2-3404.

  Mav Pic Deliciosio

Ready, set, cook

Roxanne Buil, right, joined Delicisio co-host Maggie Jimenez while taping at Univision in Miami. Buil, an administrative assistant in Women's Studies, writes a Cuban food blog called The Yuca Diaries. Fans voted her blog as their favorite, earning her a spot on the show to cook some of the food that she writes about. The Spanish-language show aired last weekend.

Vintage Computer Festival Southwest comes to campus in August

Celebrating the history of computing, the second annual Vintage Computer Festival Southwest is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 6-7, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The mission is of the VCF is to promote the preservation of early computers by allowing people to experience the technologies, people, and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution. Southern U.S. companies played a large role in the early days of the computer industry, and the VCF Southwest focuses on their contributions.

VCF is not a swap meet, but you will have a chance to buy things and even go home with prizes. There will be speakers and videos each morning, exhibits each afternoon, and special events throughout the weekend.



The event is sponsored by the College of Engineering, the Office of Information Technology, the Museum of Information Technology at Arlington, and Vintage Tech. Admission is $10 per day, or $15 for both days, and free for ages 17 and under.

Alumni mixer set for Wednesday

Faculty and staff are invited to an alumni mixer 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at State and Allen Lounge, 2400 Allen St., Dallas. For more information, see the Alumni Association website.

Use survey to let management group, city know what you want downtown

Your feedback can help the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation and the City of Arlington. Take a couple of minutes to complete a survey that will help DAMC and the city focus on priorities that are important to people who work in or near downtown Arlington.

The survey is available through Saturday, July 30.

Rental copier contracts expire in August

The state's rental contracts with copier providers other than Canon USA or Xerox Corporation expire Aug. 31.

If your department rents from another vendor, contact one of the approved vendors to discuss a replacement copier so service is not interrupted.

Companies servicing the University are Canon Business Solutions Inc., Ashley Herd, 817-359-7203, aherd@solutions.canon.com; and Xerox Corporation, Sherman Cowley, 209-489-6325, sherman.cowley@xerox.com.

For more information, contact Patrick Jenkins in the Office of Procurement at 2-3098 or pmjenkins@uta.edu.

Tobacco cut cigarettes

Health benefits start immediately when tobacco use ends

The benefits of quitting tobacco use start within 12 minutes with a reduced heart rate. Within two weeks, your risk of a heart attack drops. Learn more about what happens to your body when you quit tobacco.

The Fresh Start program has four one-hour classes designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. The seminars cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions.

Health Services offers the free classes, with this month's sessions set for Tuesday-Wednesday, July 20-21. The classes are on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of each month in Room B03 of the Health Services Center. Check the schedule for details. Register online.

UT Arlington becomes a tobacco-free campus Monday, Aug. 1. Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

Benefit Yourself

Fire Extinguisher Training

When a fire breaks out, the most important decision to make is whether to fight the fire or escape. It is important that you know how to operate the fire extinguisher before you attempt to fight a fire. Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21, Environmental Health and Safety Office, 500 Summit Ave. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Pet First Aid

Pet First Aid

Examine the skills and knowledge needed to help your pet avoid or survive life-threatening emergencies by using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on skill practice with stuffed animals. Also learn how to put together your own pet first aid kit. Tuition includes PetSaver handbook. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $49.50. 6-9:30 p.m., today, Thursday, July 14, Room E200H, Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell St. Continuing Education.

Mindful Moments

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.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email employment@uta.edu. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Stress and anxiety can make pain feel worse

Nurses spreading the word about CPR

Former Mav has become face of Astros

"Stress and anxiety in particular lower your threshold, so minor pain feels more intense than it normally would."

"Nurses can simply spread the word about hands-only CPR. Just tell people when they witness an adult who suddenly becomes unresponsive to 'Call 911; put your hands in the middle of the chest and push hard and fast.' Some CPR is better than no CPR."

"Just to be out there on the field and have a chance to compete at the highest level, that's what it's all about. I think baseball has one of the best All-Star Games that there is."

— Dr. Robert Gatchel, chair of the Department of Psychology in the College of Science, about mental strategies for coping with workout pain.
Fitness Magazine

— Dr. Beth Mancini, associate dean in the College of Nursing, about reducing deaths from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
Nurse.com

— Former UT Arlington outfielder Hunter Pence, now a member of the Houston Astros, on being selected to the National League All-Star Team.
HoustonAstros.com

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Exhibit by art faculty opens Friday at Dallas center

Influence exhibit

Three members of the art faculty have combined their talents for the exhibit Influence, which opens Friday, July 15, at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center in Dallas.

The exhibit features work by Associate Professor Marilyn Jolly, Visiting Professor Sedrick Huckaby, and Adjunct Professor Carlos Donjuan. A reception is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through Sept. 9.

Influence is a testament to the development of ideas through painting that connect these artists and the ways that they diverge and move into separate territories. It is also a testament to the open-endedness of the painting process and the expansiveness of what painting can incorporate with advances in newer polymer painting materials, digital reproduction, and mixed and traditional media.

The Oak Cliff Cultural Center, located at 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Dallas, is open 3-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays.

Thursday, July 14

Mavs Book Club House Rules by Jodi Picoult is the July selection. Free. 5 p.m. Starbucks, E.H. Hereford University Center. Mavs Book Club.

Free Movie: Source Code A decorated soldier is part of a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life. Rated PG-13. 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, July 15

$2 Movie: Shrek Forever After Rumpelstiltskin tricks a mid-life crisis-burdened Shrek into allowing himself to be erased from existence. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, July 20

$2 Movie: True Grit A tough U.S. marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, July 21

Free Movie: Scream 4 Sidney's appearance brings about the return of Ghostface. Rated R. 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.

Ongoing

897 Square Features contemporary art ranging from 2D and 3D to installation-type work. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through July 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Flow: Dalton Maroney 1982-2011 Exhibit is composed of 17 sculptures and six works on paper created by Maroney, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Free. 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Through July 31. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., Arlington.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through Aug. 6. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Texas Rangers

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Free. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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 Sept. 14.

Planetarium Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd, 7 p.m. Saturdays. See the summer schedule. Planetarium, 2-1183.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

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