New sustainable engineering minor to teach students how to answer deeper questions
A minor in sustainable engineering begins in the fall to help students become smarter about using a dwindling amount of resources.
Melanie Sattler, an environmental engineering associate professor in the Civil Engineering Department, is leading the effort.
“With the world’s population over 7 billion now, our resources are being spread thin," Dr. Sattler says. "We need to come up with more efficient ways and new ways of looking at processes, systems, and the way we live."
Students seeking the minor in sustainable engineering must successfully complete three courses with a grade of C or better. Find out more about requirements, class topics, and enrollment procedures.
Student wins research fellowship
Emmanuel Fordjour, an undergraduate majoring in biology and microbiology, has won one of 15 UNCF Merck Science Research Scholarship Awards for 2014. The award totals $25,000 for tuition, housing, and fees.
UNCF, or the United Negro College Fund, teamed with The Merck Company Foundation and Merck Global Diversity Inclusion to create the UNCF Merck Science Initiative. The effort recognizes outstanding African-American students and postdoctoral leaders.
Fordjour’s scholarship award includes research internship opportunities with Merck and travel expenses to conferences.
Read more about Fordjour's honors.
Student Affairs VP candidates to visit campus
Candidates for the vice president for student affairs will meet with students, alumni, administrators, and staff Monday, July 21, and Friday, July 25.
Open sessions for students are 2:30-3:20 p.m. in Room 105 of Nedderman Hall. The name of each candidate and details about open sessions will be released 24 hours in advance of his or her campus visit.
Statement on status of Alumni Association
The UT Arlington Alumni Association has scheduled a meeting this month to discuss plans for liquidation and dissolution. The association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its actions are independent from the University.
Be assured that UT Arlington’s commitment to its 180,000 alumni is stronger than ever and will not change. The University will continue to strengthen those ties. UT Arlington values the tremendous service the Alumni Association has provided the University throughout the decades. Long-standing alumni traditions such as the Distinguished Alumni Awards and Gala will continue as scheduled.
The University will continue to offer Alumni Association leaders and members the utmost support as they proceed with organizational discussions.
Plagiarism quiz now available in Blackboard for faculty
The Acknowledging Sources Quiz from the UTA Libraries’ Plagiarism Tutorial is available through Blackboard. Instructors can upload the quiz into their course for grading instead of relying on student emails. Students still access the tutorial online, but are redirected to Blackboard for the quiz.
For more information, contact Lydia Pyburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo ID to be required for entry to Central Library
Beginning fall 2014, all UTA visitors entering the Central Library will be required to scan their UTA MavID or use fingerprint scanners, similar to the entry system at the Maverick Activities Center.
People not affiliated with UTA must show a government-issued photo ID before entering the library.
“Requiring a photo ID will allow us to know who we need to care for in times of emergency," says David Hayden, facilities and security manager for the library. "This new entry system is a great step forward in safety for the library and for those we serve."
Parking permits for 2014-15 go on sale Aug. 1
Parking permits for the 2014-2015 academic year will be for sale starting Friday, Aug. 1, through your MyMav Account. The faculty/staff permit is $190 for the year, and the student permit price is $150. Once ordered, the permit will be sent to the mailing address on your account.
Volunteers needed for Maverick Cookout, Activities Fair
Flippers and servers are needed for Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day during Welcome Week. The event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Volunteers will work a 30-minute shift serving soda or flipping hamburgers on the grill. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with colleagues and students as we welcome them back to campus.
Fulbright Scholars applications due
Faculty members can apply for the 2015-2016 Fulbright Core U.S. Scholar Program competition. Deadline for most awards is Friday, Aug. 1.
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research, or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries.
Read more about applying for the Fulbright program.
Professional grant development workshop July 24-25
Master the techniques of writing superior proposals at a professional grant development workshop 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, July 24-25, at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Topics include finding funding sources, grant design, abstracts, and budgets.
Workshop fee is $535. Save $45 per person when two or more people register from the same organization. A live, interactive webinar is available.
For more information, go online or call 1-866-704-7268.
Annual Enrollment continues through July
Annual Enrollment for the 2014-15 benefit plan year continues through Thursday, 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 2014-15 plan year, see Employee Benefits Services, call 2-5558, or email email@example.com.
Holiday schedule announced for 2014-15
The holiday schedule for 2014-15 includes 15 days off for faculty and staff.
Anyone who wishes to observe a religious holiday may do so in lieu of any holiday for which the employee serves as a member of the skeleton workforce required by statute or by taking a vacation day.
The holiday schedule is:
UT System benefits has new website
The UT System Office of Employee Benefits has a new website with a fresh look and layout. The new web address is www.utsystem.edu/offices/employee-benefits. If you have favorites or bookmarks set for the old web address, you'll need to update to the appropriate link on the new site.
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 17
Records Management Training Learn the new procedures for records prior to the destruction of hard drives. Register. Free. 2:30-4 p.m., Room 108 of University Hall. Also, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. Records and Information Management, Business Affairs.
Friday, July 18
Welcoming Diversity This experiential, interactive program promotes awareness and increased sensitivity and focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills in responding to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Lunch provided. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
Wednesday, July 23
Thursday, July 24
Safe Zone Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. RSVP. Free. 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. LGBTQ program.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Summer intramural registration continues
Register for upcoming intramural sports in innertube water polo, July 17; poker tournament, July 24; and MavStrong competition, July 24-Aug. 8.
Thursday, July 17
Summer Movie Hullabaloo: 'ShakespeaRe-Told: A Midsummer Night's Dream' Free popcorn. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, Megamall: A Story of Money, Power, July 24; Kings of Pastry, July 31. UTA Libraries.
Outdoor Movie: 'Brick Mansions' Rated PG-13. Free popcorn. Concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Neighbors, July 24; and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, July 31. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Gallery 76102: 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 July 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.
The Gallery at UTA: MFA Exhibit A juried exhibition displays work by 21 Master of Fine Arts students from the Department of Art and Art History. Gallery hours noon-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Closing reception noon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25. Through Aug. 25. The Gallery at UTA, Art and Art History.
Special Collections: The U.S.-Mexico War, 1846-1848 Attention on the "forgotten" U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 30. UT Arlington Libraries, Special Collections.
Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.
Planetarium The Planetarium will be closed Tuesday-Friday, July 22-25, for a professional conference. The summer schedule includes Texas Stargazing; Astronaut; Back to the Moon for Good; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)