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For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Jonas scholars: From left, the UTA Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholars are Cecilia Lijauco and Elesha Roberts, and the 2016-2017 UTA Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars are Megan Harper and Ruth Bargainer.

Nursing Ph.D. students awarded prestigious national scholarships

Four nursing doctoral students have been selected as inaugural UTA Jonas Scholars through the generous support of the New York-based Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.

The Jonas Center selected the College of Nursing and Health Innovation for two of its signature programs earlier this year, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Program and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program. The center is a leading philanthropic source for the nursing profession, awarding grants that advance scholarship, leadership and innovation. Only about 7 percent of the nation’s nearly 2,000 nursing programs have been chosen to participate in the program.

Read more.

Try new calendar before debut Tuesday

The University events calendar will receive a long-awaited and much-needed makeover this summer.

University Communications will upgrade UTA’s event calendar to a cloud-based system on Tuesday, June 28. The new calendar brings an array of features including a fresh, modern, mobile-friendly interface; social media integration; personalized calendar views; embedded maps; and more.

Preview the new calendar and its features by visiting the introductory page.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Daniel Evilsizor, director of online communications, at

Dr. Narayanan Janakiraman

Marketing study shows lenient return policy may increase sales

A meta-analysis of retail return policies led by a College of Business professor showed that return policies that offer consumers more monetary rewards are likely to increase their consumer purchases.

Narayanan Janakiraman, assistant professor of marketing who specializes in consumer behavior, UTA doctoral candidate Holly Syrdal, and UT Dallas doctoral candidate Ryan Freling published their conclusions in The Journal of Retailing.

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Dr. Dustin Harp

Coverage of Hillary Clinton often emphasizes gender, emotions over competency, study shows

Dustin Harp, an expert in gender and media studies, published “Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Hearing Coverage: Political Competence, Authenticity, and the Persistence of the Double Bind,” online in the June issue of Women’s Studies in Communication.

The findings suggest that though this news media coverage shows some improvement in how Clinton was covered compared with previous research regarding representations of female politicians, the conversations still employ stereotypical feminine frames, including questioning Clinton’s proficiency as a leader.

Read more.

Dr. Jeffrey Gagne

Link found between low attention control in adolescence, anxiety disorders

UTA researchers have found that low attention control in early adolescence is related to a genetic risk factor for four different anxiety disorders. Young teens who suffer from anxiety are also more vulnerable to additional problems like depression, drug dependence, suicidal behavior, and educational underachievement.

Jeffrey Gagne, assistant professor of psychology and lead author of the study, and graduate student Catherine Spann published their research in the Journal of Research on Adolescence.

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Candidate forum for dean of College of Education set for Friday

The fourth candidate for dean of the College of Education will have a session open to the University community at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, in Room 100 of Science Hall.

Robert Branch is a professor of learning, design, and technology and head of the Department of Career and Information Studies at the University of Georgia. He earned degrees at Elizabeth City State University, Ball State University, and Virginia Tech University. He is past president of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. The online survey for Dr. Branch ends at noon Saturday, June 25.

Visit the Senior Leadership Searches webpage to learn more about the dean search for the College of Education as details become available.

UTArlington Magazine spotlights initiatives to boost college completion

Take an in-depth look at the innovative solutions being developed on campus to help increase the number of Texans earning college degrees and advanced certificates in the summer issue of UTArlington Magazine.

The online magazine offers enhanced digital content and the opportunity to post comments. You also can “like” the magazine on Facebook and receive updates in your newsfeed.

SAC representative nominations needed

Nominations for the Staff Advisory Council are open through July 16. The election is set for July 20-Aug. 3.

Eligible voters in this election cycle are staff members below assistant director who do not report directly to a dean or vice president. Areas open for elections this year are Provost Office/Academic Affairs; Research and Federal Relations; Student Affairs; College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs; College of Business; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Liberal Arts; College of Nursing and Health Innovation; College of Science; Honors College; School of Social Work; University College; and UTA Libraries.

Go to the SAC website and log in using your NetID and password. Click on Nominate. Select the name from the listing to nominate  your district’s SAC representatives.

New digital displays on every floor in Central Library

New high-definition monitors are on every floor in the Central Library above the call buttons for the main elevators. This will allow patrons to learn about the programs offered at the UTA Libraries as well as timely announcements from campus groups and clubs.

Your department or organization can broadcast a message across the branch libraries at no cost. Email Kyle Pinkos at for more information and graphic specifications for advertising submissions.

Students needed for next generation of Leadership Honors Program

Faculty and staff are encouraged to promote student participation in the Leadership Honors Program, a multi-year, flexible leadership development program.

Find more details at Leadership Honors Program website. For more information, contact Lan Ahn Nguyen at

Parking for Dallas Wings games to affect student, resident lots

Four parking areas will be used on game days when the Dallas Wings play at College Park Center. Upcoming games are today, Thursday, June 23; Saturday, June 25; and Saturday, July 2. Read more.

Cheer on UTA in Arlington 4th of July Parade

Members of the UTA community are invited to cheer on the University’s two floats in the annual Arlington 4th of July Parade in the College Park District. The parade begins at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4.

Free public parking will be available in campus parking lots and College Park garages. Parking lots and garages will open at 6 a.m.

Campus police wants your feedback

The UTA Police Department seeks your opinion regarding its performance in serving the community. Take the survey to give your input to enhance UTA PD's professionalism and the services provided to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The survey ends Thursday, June 30.

Benefit Yourself

Use Benefits Value Adviser for copay waiver

Call the UT System Benefits Value Adviser at 866-882-2034 prior to service to waive a $100 copay per MRI and CT scan. Read about how the Benefits Value Adviser can help you save money by calling prior to scheduling health procedures.

Use your remaining UT FLEX funds

Be sure to use your remaining UT FLEX money for the 2015-2016 benefit year. The current benefit year will end Aug. 31. Check your UT FLEX account balance online at or call Payflex at 866-887-3539. For questions, call the Office of Human Resources at 2-5558.

Annual Enrollment for benefits begins July 15

Watch for an Annual Enrollment newsletter via email by Wednesday, July 6. The retiree edition print version should arrive by mail by July 15. Annual Enrollment runs Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 31.

Learn what's up for 2016-17 at Benefits Fair

Mark your calendar for the UTA Benefits Fair 9 a.m.-noon Monday, July 25, in the second floor lounge at the Maverick Activities Center. Highlights for the new 2016-2017 benefit year will be discussed. Insurance and financial vendors and representatives from the Office of Employee Benefits in Austin will be there to answer questions. Door prizes will be awarded. For questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at or 2-5554.

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

Thursday, June 23

Position and Workforce Management Register online. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

UTARI Lunch and Learn Robert Taylor, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, "Physics-First Design for Advanced Manufacture of Structural Components." Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon Friday, June 24, UTA Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UTA Research Institute.

Friday, June 24

UTARI Lunch and Learn Robert Taylor, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, "Physics-First Design for Advanced Manufacture of Structural Components." Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTA Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UTA Research Institute.

Coming Up

Human Resources Training Register online. Partnering with Your Boss, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28; Professional Telephone Techniques, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29; Team Building for Supervisors, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 13; Leadership Skills for Supervisors, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 19; Managing Stress in the Workplace, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 21; Motivating Your Employees, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26; Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, 9-11 p.m. Thursday, July 28; Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2; Effective Delegation, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9; and Coaching Skills for Supervisors, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. All in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes

Sports Shorts

  • Second baseman Darien McLemore and catcher Brady Cox were each named to the All-South Central Region team, as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Both will be eligible for all-America honors to be voted on by the coaches association at the upcoming College World Series.
  • Freshman Alexus Henry has earned honorable mention All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association after tying for 17th place in the women's high jump at the NCAA Championships.

Intramural deadline for billiards

Upcoming intramural sport deadlines are 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, June 23

Dallas Wings Dallas Wings vs. San Antonio Stars. Tickets $15-$50. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, vs. Indiana Fever; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, vs. Connecticut Sun. All at College Park Center.

Free Outdoor Movie: 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are Barbershop: The Next Cut (PG-13), June 30; Space Jam (PG), July 14; The Boss (R), July 21; and The Jungle Book (PG), July 28. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, July 2

Native-American All-Star Football Classic UTA hosts games sponsored by Native Re-vision, a 501c3 non-profit organization that utilizes competitive sports to support and challenge Native American student-athletes. Tickets and details at Maverick Stadium.


Visual Resources Gallery: 'Ritual and Animism: Visual Investigations of the Soul and Supernatural in African Art and Artifacts' See artwork and artifacts from the Campbell-Dowdey and Brodie African Art collections. Gallery hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Through Aug. 26. Visual Resources Gallery, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The summer schedule includes Dynamic Earth; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360: Infinity; Texas Stargazing; and We Are Astronomers. Through Aug. 28. Planetarium.

CAPPA Gallery: 'End of Year Show' A selection of student works from the architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design programs. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Second floor gallery. Through Aug. 31. Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

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.

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.

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


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