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

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Benefits Fair presents information, options for Annual Enrollment

This year's one-day Benefits Fair rounds up details on everything from insurance to retirement as part of the Annual Enrollment for the 2011-12 benefit plan year.

The benefits fair is noon-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom and Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Campus financial representatives will discuss retirement planning at noon, 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m. Insurance representatives review options at 2 p.m. and at 5:15 p.m.

The Office of Human Resources hosts the Annual Enrollment meeting to answer your questions about benefits and to help you and your family make well-informed choices regarding your insurance plan selections for the upcoming plan year.

During Annual Enrollment—July 15-31—you may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections, and add or remove dependents from coverage. In most cases, the elections will be effective Sept. 1.

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, contact Employee Benefits Services at 2-5558 or benefits@uta.edu.

Jacob Resch

Dr. Jacob Resch

Researcher tests reliability of concussion measurement tool in brain injury lab

A computerized testing system commonly used to evaluate sports-related concussions misclassified up to 29 percent of healthy participants in a recent test by Jacob Resch, an assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the University’s Brain Injury Laboratory.

The results from the study of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) computerized neuropsychological system emphasize the need for multiple types of assessments, Dr. Resch says. During the study, the system had “only poor to good reliability” in 45 healthy participants.

Resch’s findings were presented last week at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association annual meeting and clinical symposia in New Orleans.

The ImPACT test, when used alongside other measures, is widely viewed as a useful tool in evaluating when a player may return to the field. Resch says the results of the study shouldn’t be interpreted as an indictment of the test.

“What our results stress is that when developing a sport-related concussion management protocol, a multi-facet approach including self-reported symptomology, a balance assessment, and computerized neuropsychological testing should be implemented,” Resch says.

Read more about Resch's research.

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Parking permits available online, reserved space permits must be picked up at the Parking Office

Plan for parking during the 2011-12 academic year by ordering your permit online at uta.edu/mymav. All employees need a permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Aug. 25.

Employees who work at least 30 hours per week may use payroll deduction, which starts with the Oct. 1 paycheck for eight months.

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.

Options include pre-tax or after-tax payroll deduction or charging your University account. Reduced pricing on remote parking is available to all faculty and staff.

Only reserved space permits and permit upgrades will be issued in person at the Parking Office. Reserved permits are available starting Wednesday, July 6, at 1225 W. Mitchell, Suite 112, in the Wetsel Service Center. Reserved permits are not offered online.

Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 or e-mail mabry@uta.edu for more details.

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University represented in 4th of July Parade

Cheer on UT Arlington representatives in Arlington's 46th Annual 4th of July Parade starting at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4, in the east campus and downtown area.

University supporters Jeannie ('98 BA, '11 MA) and Will Deakyne are sponsoring the University's parade float again, as they have since 2003. University community members can walk by the float by contacting Seth Ressl at seth@uta.edu.

Mr. and Ms. UTA, the Student Congress president and vice president, and The Shorthorn float are among the parade's 135 entries.

The parade route begins at West and Mitchell streets, turning north on Pecan Street, west on UTA Boulevard, north on West Street, then east on Abram Street. The route will turn south at Center Street, west on Mitchell Street to Pecan Street, and concludes near Doug Russell Road. The parade route will be closed to all other traffic at 7:30 a.m.

Vote for Staff Advisory Council representatives

Vote for Staff Advisory Council representatives online through Monday, July 11.

If no one shows up in your district list, there was no one nominated. If you are willing to be a candidate or if you need more information, send an email to staff_advisory_council@uta.edu.

SAC representatives make recommendations to administrators with regard to the interests, concerns, and issues affecting the staff. Members volunteer at various University-sponsored events and participate in community outreach projects.

The council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Student Congress chambers in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

House Rules

'House Rules' selection for Mavs Book Club in July

House Rules by Jodi Picoult is the July selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Starbucks in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The club meets the second Tuesday of every month. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

House Rules profiles Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome, who suddenly becomes a suspect in a murder case. The author looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way—and fails those who don’t.

For more information, contact Diane Shepelwich at dianec@uta.edu.

Sign up for a 25-mile bicycle ride and camp out

The Office of Sustainability and the Maverick Bike Shop are hosting a 25-mile bicycle ride and overnight camp out Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10, at Murrell Park in Flower Mound on the north side of Lake Grapevine. Bring your own camping gear.

For more information and to sign up, contact Ellie Hernandez, bike shop manager, at 915-820-0639, or on Facebook at Maverick Bike Shop.

MyMav portal gets upgrade July 8-9

The MyMav portal will undergo a scheduled upgrade from noon Friday, July 8, to approximately 8 a.m. Saturday, July 9.

During this outage the MyMav system will be unavailable to students, but faculty and staff will be able to access the system by logging directly into Campus Solutions. When the portal upgrade is completed, faculty and staff will notice a new look to their MyMav page and experience increased stability in the system.

Contracts for rental copiers 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.

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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. 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, July 5. See more about Blackboard training.

Continuing Education dancing classes

Register for one or all three. Country and Western Dancing, 6-7 p.m.; Basic Ballroom Dancing, 7:05-8:05 p.m.; Latin Dancing for Fun, 8:05-9:05 p.m. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $50 each. All classes Mondays, July 11-Aug. 22, Swift Center. Continuing Education.

The Building Blocks of Business Writing and Proofreading

Learn basic and next-level skills to improve your writing and help you achieve the greatest level of effectiveness. Free. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 7, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a 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, July 6

DFW International Airport Terminal Renovations Rudy Garcia ('77 BSCE) shows planned improvements at DFW International Airport, which recently launched the first phase of a seven-year renovation of the airport's four original terminals. Light breakfast provided. Reservations. Free for ATA members, first-time guests. Others $5. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association, Roger Tuttle, 817-924-1850.

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

Sports Notes
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Payne, Culbertson Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Baseball player Jesse Payne and women's track and field athlete Brittany Culbertson, both seniors, are the UT Arlington representatives as Southland Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

The conference annually recognizes the outstanding male and female student-athletes from each of the league's member institutions. Student-athletes must be a letterwinner with a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the school from which they were nominated.

Six Mavericks named to SLC All-Academic teams

Six UT Arlington student-athletes earned recognition on Southland Conference All-Academic teams.

Senior first baseman Rebecca Collom and junior second baseman Courtney Zink made the softball first team for the second straight year.

Seniors Heinz Schwarzkopf, Esther Abuto, and Brittany Culbertson were included on the men's and women's teams for track and field and cross country.

Sophomore Preston Beck was named to the baseball second team.

Conference honor roll includes 86 Mavericks

UT Arlington had 86 athletes named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for spring 2011.

The honor roll includes student-athletes who participated in collegiate sports while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

UT Arlington Invitational highlights 2011 volleyball schedule

The UT Arlington Invitational and 11 home matches highlight the Mavericks' 2011 volleyball schedule.

Coach Diane Seymour's squad opens the season at the UT El Paso Invitational on Friday, Aug. 26.

Louisiana Tech, Prairie View A&M, and Texas Tech complete the field for the UT Arlington Invitational on Sept. 16-17 at Texas Hall. The Mavericks open Southland Conference play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sept. 22, also at Texas Hall.

Former Movin' Mav wins national tennis titles

Former Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball player Steve Welch won both men's open singles and doubles tennis titles in the Wheelchair Sports Federation national tournament earlier this month in Flushing, N.Y.

It was the second straight year that Welch won both titles. Anthony Anderson was his teammate in the doubles competition. Welch played on national championship basketball teams at UT Arlington in 1991 and 1992.

(For more sports news, go to utamavs.com, uta.edu/movinmavs, or uta.edu/campusrec.)

Going Out

Thursday, June 30

Goonies

Bowling's U.S. Women's Open 2011 The top five women bowlers from this week's tournament compete for the title in tonight's finals. $5 tickets until 5 p.m. at the International Bowling Campus reception desk/museum store, 621 Six Flags Dr. No tickets sold at the stadium. Free parking. 7 p.m. Cowboys Stadium. College Town UTA, Bowling's U.S. Women's Open 2011.

Free Movie: The Goonies A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map. 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.

Thursday-Friday, June 30-July 1

Miss Texas Pageant Among the contestants are Cristie Kibler ('09 BA), Miss Southlake; Ashley Simien ('11 BA), Miss White Rock Lake; and Keene Nordin, undeclared freshman, Miss White Settlement. See the schedule for Miss Texas 2011 and Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2011. Texas Hall.

Thursday-Sunday, June 30-July 3

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series Last week of free summer concerts. Performing this week are Del Castillo, Thursday; The Kildares, Friday; Mingo Fishtrap, Saturday; and Radney Foster and Light Up Arlington fireworks, Sunday. See the concert schedule. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Friday, July 1

$2 Movie: Tangled Rapunzel really lets her hair down. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, July 6

Green Hornet

$2 Movie: The Green Hornet Rich playboy and a resourceful employee become heroes by posing as villains. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, July 7

Free Movie: Rango Rango, a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, faces a major identity crisis. 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.

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.

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 Cool off this summer and see how ice shapes the landscape in Ice Worlds. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 1:30 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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