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For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, May 12, 2016


'Pardon Our Progress' as UTA undergoes construction phase

UTA asks that you Pardon Our Progress as the University begins a sustained construction period starting this summer.

Construction plans include building the new Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) building, removing some antiquated housing, constructing a new residence and dining facility on the west campus, and addressing other needed campus improvements.

Check the Pardon Our Progress website at for the most current parking information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as the University works hard to meet the needs of employees, students, and the community.

New parking rates include remote option, more shuttles

Parking rates for 2016-2017 are now posted online.

The rates go into effect Monday, Aug. 1.

Also coming this fall:

  • Daily, weekly, monthly, and semester permit options for more flexibility for campus visitors.
  • A $90 remote parking fee for students who park in Lots 25 (by the intramural fields) and 26 (by Maverick Stadium) with expanded shuttles and service routes that will get you to class or work on time.

This is the third year of a three-year parking plan that involved student input and was approved by the Parking Committee in 2014.

Find all your parking news on the Parking and Transportation Services website.

Commencement begins today

With this spring's commencement ceremonies, UTA is on track to exceed the 10,586 degrees the University awarded during the 2014-2015 academic year.

About 5,600 students are scheduled to graduate during commencement ceremonies Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, at College Park Center.

Read more about the Class of 2016. See the commencement schedule.

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.

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Maverick legend

President Vistasp Karbhari writes, "It is always a tremendous honor and pleasure to have former UTA President Wendell Nedderman and his family on campus. The annual Nedderman Society cookout was held on Friday, April 29, and it was wonderful event where faculty and staff gathered together to both honor a great leader of UTA and to celebrate the spirit of giving back to the University through the Nedderman Society." Read more in Mav Milestones.


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.

Unit Effectiveness Process Reports due

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.

Sign up now for Blazing Race next week

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

Buffet only $7 at University Club

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

South Nedderman closure starts Friday

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

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.

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Hard work pays off

Daniel Winston-Ruiz battled through a personal loss, worked incredibly hard, and gained acceptance to all of the top law schools in the nation. The one he chose offered him a scholarship worth four times the value of his childhood home. He is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and will attend the University of Michigan Law School as a prestigious Clarence Darrow Scholar. Hear his story and those of fellow graduates Christina Dan, Sylvia Loh and Karen Blair McAlister.

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, end 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.

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.

Extra Credit

Saturday, May 21

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.

Wednesday, May 25

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 of Sony SH800, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Room B09, Life Science Building. Also, BD sorter demo in late June. BiologyGenomic Core Facility.

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

Sports Notes

Down and dirty: Both offense and defense can be dirty jobs in Maverick baseball and softball. From top are Krista Rude, Joni Hanke, and Cody Farrell.

Sports Shorts

  • UTA men's tennis faces No. 11-seed Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the first round of the regional NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament in Norman, Okla. The winner will face either Tulsa or Oregon at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Regional winners advance to the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship Saturday-Tuesday, May 20-24. See the bracket.
  • Maverick baseball plays at Appalachian State beginning Friday, May 13, after playing Arkansas-Little Rock last weekend. The team is 25-24 overall and 11-13 in league play. The team plays Texas State Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, at Clay Gould Ballpark before the Sun Belt Conference Championship Wednesday-Sunday, May 24-28, in San Marcos.
  • UTA softball fell 3-2 to Troy Wednesday in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship in Mobile, Ala. The Mavs ended the season 29-20.
  • The men's and women's track and field teams head to Lafayette, La., for the Sun Belt Conference Championships Friday-Sunday, May 13-15.

Intramural deadline for indoor soccer, tennis

Upcoming intramural sport deadlines are indoor soccer and tennis, June 8;  softball, June 15; sand volleyball and racquetball, June 22; billiards, June 30; badminton, July 12; basketball, July 13; poker, July 21; and MavStrong, Aug. 11.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

(For more sports news, go to,, or

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. 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. 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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