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For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, May 9, 2016


Commencement ceremonies begin Thursday at College Park Center

About 5,600 students are scheduled to earn their degrees this spring during commencement ceremonies Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, at College Park Center.

The UTA Class of 2016 includes more than 3,753 undergraduates and nearly 1,754 master’s students. More than 100 students will receive doctoral degrees during commencement weekend.

See the commencement schedule.

UTA, Tarrant County College District launch Early Transfer ID Program

Tarrant County College District (TCCD) and UTA announce an innovative and collaborative partnership designed to strengthen the workforce by increasing the number of North Texans who have college degrees.

The Early Transfer Identification Program, or E-TIP, enables the two institutions to identify potential transfer students early in their academic careers, create UTA admissions records for prospective transfer students, and guide each student along a clear pathway to a college degree.

The program will streamline the UTA application process for participating TCCD students and will help them achieve an affordable four-year degree at a predictable cost.

Read more about the Early Transfer Identification Program.

Buffet only $7 at University Club this week

Celebrate the end of the semester with an all-you-can-eat buffet Monday-Friday, May 9-13, at the University Club. The $7 buffet includes a variety of salads, steamed vegetables, entrees, and/or sandwiches.

Participate in emergency response exercise May 19

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Office of Emergency Management's annual Clery Act tabletop exercise 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Rio Grande Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The exercise will focus on a discussion about emergency notification, the shelter-in-place process, and evacuation on a campus-wide scale. Key officials, internal and external, will participate in the discussion.

Unit Effectiveness Process reports due now

All Unit Effectiveness Process Improvement Reports need to be completed and submitted as UTA prepares for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Reports that need to be submitted as soon as possible are the 2013-14 Improvement Report, the 2014-15 Improvement Report, the 2014-15 Assessment Results, and the 2016-17 Assessment Plans.

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In their own words

Through Facebook, Twitter, and other other social media sites, UTA’s 2016 graduates are sharing their commencement experiences. See some of the stories and photos.


UTA Flow updates will enhance usability

UTA Flow (ServiceNow) will be upgraded on Monday, May 16, in order to enhance the usability and overall presentation of the system.

The home page, print option, and user preferences buttons will now be located under the cogwheel in the top right corner. All other functionality and usability should remain the same

Questions? Contact Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Get in shape for Blazing Race on May 18

Team up for the 2016 Blazing Race at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18. The race begins at College Park Center.

Participants can walk or run either a low- or high-impact campus adventure course.

The Wellness Committee hosts the free event.

Find details and registration information online or email

South Nedderman to close between Cooper, Planetarium Place

To allow for an upgrade of the water and sewer lines, Facilities Management will close South Nedderman Drive from Cooper Street to Planetarium Place to all traffic at noon on Friday, May 13, for an indefinite time period.

The closure includes the exit from Lot F-10.

Deliveries to the Central Library and Life Science Building will need to be made from West Street. Visitors to the Planetarium also will need to use West Street.

Pedestrians will be redirected from the south student parking lots and Parking Lot F-10.

Questions? Contact Jeff L. Johnson at or 817-798-8456.

Steam service outage planned

The Thermal Energy Plant has planned its annual outage of campus steam service to complete inspection and repair requirements of the system components. The outage is scheduled to begin at 1 a.m. Monday, May 16, until midnight Wednesday, May 18.

During the time designated, the buildings served by the Thermal Energy Plant will be without hot water and steam. Electrical power, air conditioning, and chilled water services will still be available.

For questions on buildings or equipment impacted by the outage, contact Santiago Pink at or 2-2564.

Dallas Wings offer exclusive season tickets deal

UTA faculty and staff can see WNBA Dallas Wings action all season with the Breakaway Pass.

The deal gives faculty and staff members two season passes for the Dallas Wings season—18 games— for $99. Buy the Breakaway Pass at through Sunday, May 29. Use promo code WINGSUTA.

Upcoming games at College Park Center are against the San Antonio Stars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21; the Atlanta Dream at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27; and the Chicago Sky at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29.

Get Texas Rangers discount tickets

To claim discounted tickets for select Texas Rangers' home games, visit, click on the University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS.

UTA Libraries need your input

Share your opinions with UTA Libraries in a simple, anonymous, and confidential survey. In exchange for your ideas and opinions about the Libraries' products and services, you have a chance at winning one of five $100 prizes when you opt in to the grand prize giveaway.

Complete the survey. Questions or comments? Email

Campus police want your feedback

The UTA Police Department seeks your opinion regarding its performance in serving the community.

Take a moment to say what you think via the survey link. Your input will help enhance UTA PD's professionalism and the services provided to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Benefit Yourself

Flexible Summer Hours Program begins June 6

UTA again will offer the Flexible Summer Hours Program June 6-Aug 12.

Participating employees work a compressed week of four 10-hour days with one day off during the work week. Employees who wish to participate must have their manager's written approval of their flexible schedules before beginning the program. Schedules for non-exempt employees also must include a minimum 30-minute lunch break.

Departments or employees who choose not to participate in the program will continue to work their regular schedules.

Questions? Contact Eunice Currie at or 2-7091.

New contracts awarded for UT FLEX and life insurance

Following a competitive bid process, new contracts have been awarded for UT FLEX and life insurance for the upcoming 2016-2017 plan year.

Effective Sept. 1, Maestro Health will be the new administrator for the UT FLEX plan, and Dearborn National will continue as the carrier for the life and AD&D insurance plan under a new contract.

Read more about the new contracts.

Employment information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, May 11

Cell Sorter Demonstration Will cell sorting advance your research? Watch cell sorters being demonstrated or make an appointment to test-sort your favorite cell types. Demonstration by Bio Rad S3e, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Room B09, Life Science Building. Also, Sony SH800 demo, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, and BD sorter demo in late June. BiologyGenomic Core Facility.

Saturday, May 21

CPR/AED/First Aid Class CPR/AED/First Aid Class A single, five-hour class covering the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical and environmental emergencies, adult CPR, and AED use. Registration at MAC Services and Information desk. $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 223, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Tuesday, May 24

Introduction to Spectral Flow Cytometry Analysis Learn about flow cytometry analysis equipment by Sony Biotechnology. Noon, Room 128, Life Science Building. BiologyGenomic Core Facility.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UTA calendar.)

Going Out

Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14

Commencement Ceremonies The Class of 2016 graduates. Tickets required. Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m., College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Friday, May 13, 11 a.m., College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs/School of Social Work/University College; 3 p.m., College of Science; 7 p.m., College of Liberal Arts. Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m., College of Business; 3 p.m., College of Engineering; 7 p.m., College of Education. All at College Park Center. Commencement.

Friday, May 13

Friends of the Library Debra Winegarten, author of Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.


MavsArt Enjoy the art of UTA faculty, staff, and students. See the online gallery. Free. second floor, Central Library. Through May 13. UTA Libraries.

The Gallery at UTA: Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Works by 44 graduating art students, including drawing, sculpture, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication design. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Through May 14. Art and Art History.

UTA Libraries: 'Building a Barrier-Free Campus' Explore how UTA began to become a model accessible campus for students with disabilities. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Sept. 16UTA Libraries, History, College of Liberal Arts’ Festival of Global Ideas, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Gallery 76102: 'Tree House Divided' Works by artist Jessica Fuentes. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through May 31. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

UTA Libraries: 'Academic Evolution: The University of Texas at Arlington' An exhibition of UTA's academic history. Through Aug. 31. Sixth floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Planetarium Explore the secrets of the universe in the new show Dark. The spring schedule includes AstronautCosmic ColorsFrom the Earth to the UniversePink Floyd, and SpacePark 360: Infinity. Through May 29UTA Planetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UTA calendar.)


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