MavWire

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

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The MAX map

The MAX stop set for northeast corner of College Park District

The Metro Arlington Xpress, or The MAX, will stop near the corner of UTA Boulevard and Center Street when it brings riders to the College Park District.

The bus connection to Trinity Rail Express' CentrePort Station begins Monday, Aug. 19. Buses will make regular trips 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays between the TRE CentrePort Station and College Park District at UT Arlington.

Free WiFi will be available on The MAX in September, and another stop is planned in Arlington's entertainment district by November.

Fares will be $5 for the general public and only $2.50 for college and high school students, senior citizens, and the disabled.

Visit the Ride the Max website for more information.

Parking permits available online; pick up reserved spot decals

You can claim your 2013-14 parking permit online, but a reserved space will require a visit to the Parking Office.

All employees need a permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Thursday, Aug. 22.

Order your permit online through MyMav. Log in, click on Self Service and Parking Request, and print the confirmation page. This is the temporary permit valid until the printed expiration date.

Reserved space permits, upgrades, exchanges, and motorcycle permits will be issued in person at the Parking Office, 1225 W. Mitchell, Suite 112, in the J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Reserved permits will be available starting Friday, July 26. Reserved permits are not offered online.

Employees who work at least 30 hours per week may use payroll deduction, which starts with the Oct. 1 paycheck for eight months. Payroll deduction includes pre-tax or after-tax options. If charging to your University account, pay by the due date.

Reduced pricing for remote parking is available to faculty and staff who work east of Cooper Street.

Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 or email dtate@uta.edu for more details.

International online art exhibit

Shining example: Clockwise from top, Particulate Pulse (Inertness is a Relative Matter) by Morgan Chivers, an untitled work by Jean Fernandes, and Waterfall by Neal Paustian were recognized in an international online glass art competition.

Works by glass art students win slots in international online exhibit

Three glass art graduate students received honors in the 2013 International Student Online Exhibition, a non-juried exhibit of the Glass Art Society.

Morgan Chivers won first place for his work Particulate Pulse (Inertness is a Relative Matter), which combined glass, xenon, neon, and electricity. Jean Fernandes received an honorable mention for an untitled work of kiln-formed and hot-sculpted glass.

Neal Paustian’s work Waterfall, made of ladle cast glass and steel, was chosen for the society’s first catalog of the exhibit.

RoboBoat competition newest challenge for engineering students

UT Arlington engineering students competed for the first time in the International RoboBoat Competition July 8-14 hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

The five-year-old competition challenges student teams from 13 universities to race autonomous surface vehicles of their own design through an aquatic obstacle course. Watch videos from the competition. Look for the Maverick team at the 1:15 mark in the Meet the Teams video.

Manfred Huber, associate professor of computer science and engineering, is the team's faculty adviser. The UT Arlington Research Institute and QinetiQ North America sponsored the team.

Mav Pic Prez at Orientation

Welcome to Maverick Country

At Monday's student orientation, President Vistasp Karbhari, top, welcomed incoming freshmen. Cheerleader and communications freshman Shelby Currie taught new students some Maverick cheers and the alma mater.

 

MyMav maintenance set for Aug. 2-4

Plan ahead for next month's updates and maintenance to the MyMav system on the weekend of Aug. 2-4. The system will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 until 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.

Friday last day to vote in SAC elections

Elections for Staff Advisory Council representatives for districts 1-7 continue through 5 p.m. Friday, July 26. Only SAC members may vote. Winners start their two-year terms Sept. 1.

Go to the SAC website and log in using your NetID and password. Click on Vote. Select your choice for your district’s SAC representative.

Wireless signal study continues

Tests for a detailed wireless network signal strength study continue this week. The study will help the Office of Information Technology estimate what is needed to optimize coverage across campus.

Three teams of wireless network consultants, escorted by OIT staff members, will take a measurement every few feet in offices, mechanical, classroom, and common spaces in the Business Building, Central Library, Engineering Research Building, Fine Arts Building, Geosciences Building, E.H. Hereford University Center, Life Science Building, Nedderman Hall, Pickard Hall, Texas Hall, Trimble Hall, and University Hall.

Each measurement is done quickly, and no network services are affected by the study. With the measurement results, OIT can estimate what is needed to optimize the wireless network coverage across campus.

Volunteers needed for Move-in Day

Apartment and Residence Life needs volunteers for the annual Residence Hall Move-In Event set for Monday, Aug. 19. Join President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck in helping more than 2,100 students move into the University's six residence hall communities.

Volunteers, who receive free T-shirts, are needed 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and until 4 p.m. for Arlington, Kalpana Chawla, and Vandergriff halls. Register online.

For more details, email Mari Duncan, director of Apartment and Residence Life, at mari@uta.edu.

  Mav Pic Peaceful Protest for Justice

Rally for justice

Students and community members listened to speakers at a "Peaceful Protest for Justice" last Thursday night on the Central Library mall. The NAACP student chapter organized the protest of the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Run in Communities Against Crime 5K

Pound the pavement for good by joining the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments for the 24th Communities Against Crime 5K Run to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County.

The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. The $20 registration fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments.

Register online. See the event on Facebook.

Lend a hand for Maverick Cookout

Grill masters, soda servers, and ticket takers are needed for the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the University Center mall.

Be a celebrity burger flipper at the grill or greet the more than 3,000 students attending the annual event. Volunteer registration includes a free Welcome Week T-shirt.

Benefit Yourself

Complete your Annual Enrollment by Wednesday

Annual Enrollment for the 2013-14 benefit plan year continues through Wednesday, July 31. During Annual Enrollment, you may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections, and add or remove dependents from coverage. For more information regarding Annual Enrollment and UT Arlington benefits for the 2013-14 plan year, see Employee Benefits Services, call 2-5558, or email benefits@uta.edu.

Summer issue of 'Maverick Safety Matters' now online

The current issue of Maverick Safety Matters, published by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, is packed with information for summer, including tips for grilling safely outdoors and protecting yourself from heat illnesses.

Other stories include staff members aiding a duck family on campus and EH&S employee Darren Byington returning from military leave.

RAD defense

RAD Self-defense for Women

RAD (Rape Aggression and Defense) training for female faculty, staff, and students. Brown bag lunch. Register by emailing nadine@uta.edu or calling 2-0102. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Meet deadlines for fiscal year-ending forms

Meeting the deadlines for submitting the Request to Purchase form to the Office of Procurement for purchases exceeding $5,000 will improve the overall processing for the end of the fiscal year. The deadlines for all departments are:

  • Friday, July 26—Fiscal year 2012-13 funding for all departments

All Request to Purchase forms received in the Office of Procurement after the close of business July 26 will be processed and encumbered against fiscal year 2013-14 funds.

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

Tuesday, July 30

Safe Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQA Program.

Wednesday, July 31

Student Veterans on Campus Interactive webinar examines ways to support student veterans and ensure their success. Free. 2-4 p.m., Veterans Upward Bound Center, Sweet Center, 406 Summit Ave. Veterans Affairs, va@uta.edu.

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

Sports Notes
  Sun Belt on court floor

Bright spot: The Sun Belt Conference logo has been added to Petsche Court and the practice courts at College Park Center. UT Arlington joined the conference July 1.

Sports shorts

  • Sophomore golfer Riley Fleming captured the Sun Life Financial Alberta Men's Amateur Championship on Friday, July 19, one day before his 20th birthday. He won the Alberta Open last month.
  • Junior Andy Kraft, a member of the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team, was named top scorer and chosen for the All-Tournament team at the European C Championships. He helped the Austrian national team win the title.
  • Former Maverick Marquez Haynes played with the Washington Wizards in the NBA Summer League. Read the update on Haynes' basketball career.

Intramural entry deadlines approaching

Entries for the poker tournament are due Thursday, July 25. Battleship team entries are due Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email imsports@uta.edu.

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

Going Out

Thursday, July 25

The Big Wedding

Summer Movies Series: 'Big Wedding' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: Iron Man 3, Aug. 1; and Scary Movie V, Aug. 8. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, July 27

The Art of Yoga Bring your own mat to this monthly class for all levels. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Movie Matinee Getaway: 'In the Mood for Love' In the Mood for Love (China, rated PG) is the last of four international films this summer that include free admission, popcorn, and water. 5:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library.

Coming up

UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas Enjoy the rides and thrills Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets $27.50 for faculty and staff; $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. Limit 10 tickets per person. Includes admission and parking, plus one ticket to Hurricane Harbor for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Tickets at utatickets.com or the College Park Center Box Office. Box office hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Ongoing

897 Square Juried art exhibit featuring 15 artists who live or work in Tarrant County. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Free. Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Wednesday, July 31. Gallery 76102.

Planetarium The summer schedule includes a lineup of family-friendly shows. Planetarium.

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

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