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Thursday, June 30, 2016


Drs. Griffith, Kribs, and Quick

Three faculty members honored with Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

Three faculty members are among The University of Texas System educators honored with 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for excellence in the classroom.

The 2016 UTA honorees are Ashley Griffith, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences; Christopher Kribs, professor of mathematics and curriculum and instruction; and James Campbell Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the College of Business’ Department of Management.

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Serving Native Americans

Listed in the Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans, UTA is committed to serving students such as Harold Rogers, left, a member of the Navajo Nation and a senior broadcast major, and Stephanie Vielle, a Marine Corps veteran and president of UTA's Native American Student Association. Watch the videos on Rogers and Vielle.

UTA plays host to annual Native American Football Classic this weekend

High school seniors from Native American tribes across the United States and Canada are on campus this week for academic activities, camaraderie, and competition that culminates with the 14th Annual Native All-Star Football Classic at Maverick Stadium.

The game is specifically for Native American and Alaska Native football players, along with Canadian Aboriginals, who are 2016 high school graduates. For some of the students, this will mark their first time setting foot on a college campus.

Since 2013, UTA has hosted the annual event, which is produced by Native ReVision.

The Dallas-based nonprofit uses competitive sports to support and challenge Native American student-athletes and encourage them on their paths to success.

The Native All-Star Football Classic between the Blue Eagles and Red Hawks begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 2.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children ages 5 and younger.

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Celebrate Independence Day with downtown fireworks, parade

Start the celebration of our nation's independence early with Light Up Arlington 6-10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3, in downtown Arlington. Live music, a children's area, and fireworks are the highlights.

Cheer on the University’s two floats in the annual Arlington 4th of July Parade in the College Park District starting 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 offices will be closed and there are no classes Monday in observance of Independence Day.

Electric motor FSAE car makes competitive debut at annual Texas Autocross Weekend

The familiar revving of student-designed and -built FSAE race cars will be the norm at the 16th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend Friday-Saturday, July 9-10.

Teams from universities in the region are expected to race about 30 cars built to Formula Society of Automotive Engineers specifications and compete head-to-head for speed, handling and college bragging rights on Lot 49 east of South Cooper Street and south of Doug Russell Road.

For the first time, one of the UTA competition cars will be an all-electric vehicle powered by four student-designed, in-wheel motors. As with other high-performance electric cars, this car is capable of much better acceleration than a regular combustion car.

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Add department, organization events to new calendar

Enter your department or organization events to the new University events calendar, which debuted this week.

The cloud-based system includes a fresh, modern, mobile-friendly interface; social media integration; personalized calendar views; embedded maps; and much more. Find the new calendar at and read more on the introductory page.

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

MavElite tour guides wanted

The Office of University Recruitment is hiring students as MavElite tour guides at the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center (SNAP Job ID #9083). The application deadline is Wednesday, July 13. New tour guides will start at the beginning of the fall semester.

New online learning platform offers courses, books, videos

All UTA staff and faculty have access to the new UT System Learning Zone, an online platform providing access to a diverse library of courses, books, videos, and other resources that cover a wide variety of subjects from highly technical topics to software application instruction to personal skills development.

These resources can be used as reference tools to help answer day-to-day, on-the-job questions or as part of your personal and career development goals.

Faculty assistance needed for sustainability and curriculum workshops

The Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact encourages faculty members to assist UTA in becoming a partner institution for Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The center's aims to build on the expertise of partnering institutions by organizing workshops for faculty from other institutions in the region. Contact Meghna Tare at for details.

Today last chance for campus police survey

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 today, Thursday, June 30.

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Immigrant journey

President Vistasp Karbhari, right, greeted Ann Massey Badmus, founder of the Immigrant Journey Awards, when he gave the keynote address at the awards luncheon this month. Read about that event and the growing legacy of Maverick basketball in the latest entries of Mav Milestones.


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.

Students needed for next generation of Leadership Honors Program

A new class of students are needed for the Leadership Honors Program, a multi-year, flexible leadership development program. For details, go to the Leadership Honors Program website or 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. The next game is Saturday, July 2. Read more.

Benefit Yourself

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Coming Up

Human Resources Training Register online. 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 a.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 Events Calendar.)

Sports Notes

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 30

Free Outdoor Movie: 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' Rated PG-13. Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are 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.

Dallas Wings Dallas Wings vs. Connecticut Sun. Tickets $15-$50. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center.


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 Events Calendar.)


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