Mavericks move to Western Athletic Conference in 2012
UT Arlington has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference, a move that will elevate the University’s competitive sports programs and increase its national profile.
UT Arlington becomes the 10th member of the WAC for the 2012-2013 academic year, joining Louisiana Tech University, New Mexico State University, and Utah State University, among other institutions. UT Arlington is the third Texas institution to move to the WAC for the 2012-2013 season, along with UT San Antonio and Texas State University.
The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the move unanimously during a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, July 14. WAC conference play will coincide with the first, full basketball season in UT Arlington’s College Park Center, a 7,000-seat, split-bowl arena—part of a 20-acre mixed-use development scheduled to open in late summer 2012.
“We are honored to join the Western Athletic Conference,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “This is an extraordinary opportunity that advances the interests of our University and positions our athletics programs to compete at a higher level. It is clear recognition of the growing prominence of UT Arlington.”
Read more about UT Arlington and the Western Athletic Conference.
Town hall meeting at noon Friday 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 update on issues of interest and importance to the University community, but the bulk of the forum will be dedicated to a question-and-answer session.
Tobacco-free campus set for Aug. 1
UT Arlington will become a tobacco-free campus on Monday, Aug. 1, to foster a healthier community for students, employees, and visitors.
The ad hoc committee began meeting in January 2009 and solicited input about University tobacco use rules through a series of campus forums and meetings. Other data were collected through an online survey distributed to 29,000 members of the campus community. The committee issued a report recommending that UT Arlington become a tobacco-free campus by August 2011, and President James D. Spaniolo approved the measure.
Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.
Health Services offers the Fresh Start From Tobacco program free to all faculty, staff, and students. See the schedule for the classes.
Sign up online for Maverick Cookout
Join the fun of the annual Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair Day by volunteering. Sign up online by Friday, July 29, as a hamburger flipper, soda server, or other needed position.
The cookout and activities fair are 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. The event draws more than 3,000 students and allows faculty and staff a chance to interact with them.
More details are available from Molly Albart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-1104.
Summer issue of Environmental Health and Safety newsletter now online
Stay inside out of the heat and read the summer issue of the Environmental Health and Safety summer newsletter. Find articles about avoiding heat stress, how to handle suspicious mail, and helpful guidelines on how to set up the ideal ergonomic workstation.
Reserved space permits available at the Parking Office at Wetsel Service Center
Reserved space permits and permit upgrades are available at the Parking Office, 1225 W. Mitchell, Suite 112, in the Wetsel Service Center. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
The cost is $500 to renew, which can be posted to payroll deduction. Employees who work at least 30 hours per week may use payroll deduction, which starts with the Oct. 1 paycheck for eight months. Options include pre-tax or after-tax payroll deduction, or charging your University account.
Reserve permits are not available online, so they need to be picked up in person. Current reserved space owners must renew their permits by Wednesday, Aug. 31.
For questions or if you want to be placed on the waiting list, email Mary Mabry at email@example.com.
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 downtown Arlington survey link has been updated.
The survey is available through Saturday, July 30.
Managing Stress in the Workplace
Is stress affecting how you function at work or at home? How you handle stress makes all the difference. Learn what stress is and how to identify and understand it. In addition, discover how to identify the sources of your stress. Free. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.
Discover public speaking techniques that will prepare you to convey your message in a clear and understandable way, and learn how to interact with, persuade, and influence your audience. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $99.50. 6-9 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 3, Continuing Education and Workforce Development. Continuing Education.
Microsoft Outlook 2010
Explore the basic and advanced features of MS Outlook that uses Exchange connection to connect to the UTA email system. Learn how to manage your emails, quota, appointments, and scheduling more effectively. Free. 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 25, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information about OIT training classes.
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, 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.
Friday, July 22
$2 Movie: True Grit Nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Wednesday, July 27
$2 Movie: Finding Nemo A boy clownfish is stolen from his coral reef home, and his timid father travels to find Nemo. Rated G. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Thursday, July 28
Free Movie: Prom Teenagers get ready for their high school prom. Rated PG. 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.
897 Square Features contemporary art by University faculty, staff, and students, and others in Tarrant County. The title refers to the U.S. Census Bureau's calculation that Tarrant County has a total area of 897 square miles. 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.
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.
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 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 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.)