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

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tobacco free

Signs of fresh air: Banners around campus and signs at building entrances remind the campus community that UT Arlington becomes tobacco free Monday, Aug. 1.

Campus becomes tobacco free Monday

Following almost two years of campus-wide discussion, input, planning, and preparation, UT Arlington officially becomes a tobacco-free campus on Monday, Aug. 1.

This change is being made to improve the overall health of the University community by restricting the use of cigarettes, smokeless cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or any product containing tobacco on campus.

"The use of tobacco is a serious issue that affects the health and well-being of our entire University community," says President James D. Spaniolo. "UT Arlington is taking an active and positive step toward creating a healthier environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors."

Two important resources are being offered as the University becomes tobacco free. Health Services offers the Fresh Start from Tobacco program, which is free to any faculty, staff, and students who may be interested in quitting tobacco use. See the schedule for classes. And the Office of Human Resources is available to help explain the policy and answer questions at division/department staff meetings. Contact Jeff Jones, manager of learning and development, at 2-5554.

Faculty, staff, and students can show their support for UT Arlington becoming a tobacco-free campus on Monday by wearing a free T-shirt and wristband. A limited number of T-shirts and wristbands with the tobacco-free emblem are available 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, July 29, near the Information Desk at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

Benefits Fair logo

Sunday is deadline for Annual Enrollment benefit changes

Change, add, remove, or renew your benefits by Sunday, July 31, during Annual Enrollment for the 2011-12 year.

Annual Enrollment allows you to enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections, and add or remove dependents from coverage. Make changes online. 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.

Julian Hurdle

Dr. Julian Hurdle

Biology professor to study widespread hospital infection with $1.9 million NIH grant

Julian Hurdle, an assistant professor of biology, has been awarded $1.9 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to develop a treatment for one of the most widespread hospital infections in the United States.

Dr. Hurdle plans to study the effect of reutericyclin compounds on the bacteria Clostridium difficile or C. difficile. His co-investigator on the project is Richard Lee, a medicinal chemist and faculty member at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

C. difficile is the leading cause of diarrhea in elderly hospital and nursing home patients. It also affects cancer patients and others with compromised immune systems. There are more than 500,000 cases each year and 15,000 to 20,000 deaths.

“Developing treatments to combat serious public health threats such as hospital infections is the type of research work that occurs at national research universities like UT Arlington,” says Ron Elsenbaumer, vice president for research. “Dr. Hurdle’s work could be the first step toward a valuable new therapy that will help save lives.”

Read more on Hurdle's study.

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.

  Mav Pic Kelly Davis

Spreading the news

Kelly Davis, vice president for business affairs and controller, gives an overview of the University's budget at the town hall meeting Friday at the Maverick Activities Center. President James D. Spaniolo discussed the recent legislative session, the tobacco-free campus policy that goes into effect Monday, Aug. 1, the anticipation of another record year of enrollment growth, and the University's move to the Western Athletic Conference. He and Provost Donald Bobbitt also discussed the upcoming transition in academic leadership, as Dr. Bobbitt assumes the presidency of the University of Arkansas System this fall. Spaniolo and other administrators answered questions about the College Park District parking garage that opens in August, College Park Center, Tier One progress, and the Campus Master Plan.

Exchange ProCards this week

The Office of Procurement Services will exchange the current Chase card for the new CitiBank ProCard 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday-Friday, July 28-29, on the sixth floor of the Central Library. Cardholders must bring their current Chase cards to receive the new CitiBank ProCard.

Services from Chase will continue until Sunday, July 31, when all ProCards will be deactivated.

If cardholders are unable to exchange this week, 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.

Need repair? Call the Fix-It Line

Too hot? Lights out? Repair needed?

Facilities Management reminds the campus community about the Fix-It Line for routine maintenance requests. Contact the Service Call Center at 2-2000 or enter an online request at uta.edu/fixit.

Chemistry organizes bone marrow donor registration drive

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosts a bone marrow donor registration drive 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the main lobby of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A match is being sought for Ani, an 18-year-old Indian boy, who has been recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and needs a bone marrow transplant.

The registration involves a simple, painless swab taken in the cheek and less than five minutes for procedures and paperwork. Representatives from Baylor Medical Center will answer questions about bone marrow donations and the drive.

For more information, contact Subhrangsu Mandal, assistant professor of chemistry, at smandal@uta.edu or 2-3804.

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 molly@uta.edu or 2-1104.

Move-in 2011

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 mari@uta.edu.

Benefit Yourself

Public Speaking

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.

Blackboard

Getting Started with Blackboard 9.1

Discover the basic functions of Blackboard 9.1, including policy/procedure, content management, course layout, assignments, assessments, and the Grade Center. Free. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1. See more about Blackboard training.

Conducting Effective Meetings

Explore the basic keys to conducting effective meetings that will help your team get the right information and get the job done. Free. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

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.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Aug. 3

The Development of an Arc Flash Safety Standard Wei-Jen Lee, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Energy Systems Research Center, highlights the activities and results of the a $4 million, multiyear arc flash study funded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association. Co-sponsored by the College of Engineering. Light breakfast provided. Reservations. Free for Arlington Technology Association members, first-time guests. Others $5. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association, Roger Tuttle, 817-924-1850.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 6-7

Computer

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. Museum of Information Technology at Arlington.

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

Going Out

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.

Friday, July 29

Rango

$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 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, Aug. 3

$2 Movie: Rango A sheltered chameleon, living as an ordinary family pet, faces a major identity crisis. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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.

Ongoing

897 Square Features contemporary art by University faculty, staff, and students, and other Tarrant County artists. 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 Saturday, 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 Sunday, 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 Saturday, Aug. 6. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Six Flags

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 Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. See the summer schedule. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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

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