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Friday, July 8, 2016


Dr. Teresa Taber Doughty

New dean of UTA College of Education named

Teresa Taber Doughty, Purdue University’s associate dean of learning and a nationally recognized leader in special education, autism, and other developmental disabilities, joins UTA as dean of the College of Education on Aug. 1.

Dr. Doughty brings more than 30 years of experience as an educator, faculty member, and university administrator, and as teacher to children with disabilities in Alabama and Georgia. She has held faculty positions at Georgia State University, Oglethorpe University, and Purdue University.

Read more.

Institute of Urban Studies to investigate walkability of downtown Dallas

The College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) is partnering with the city of Dallas to find out if downtown Dallas is walkable. Students from CAPPA’s Institute of Urban Studies are embarking on an analysis of pedestrian traffic along 184 street segments and 66 intersections throughout downtown.

The results will be used to further understand the street-level experience for people who work, live, and visit downtown.

Read more.

Career plan: Jim Minge, left, Texas Trust Credit Union CEO, presented a $100,000 check to President Vistasp Karbhari to support the Career Development Center.

UTA receives $100,000 gift for Career Development Center

Texas Trust Credit Union has given $100,000 in support of UTA's Career Development Center, a 6,000 square-foot facility that will serve as a resource connecting students and alumni with professional opportunities.

The gift was presented to President Vistasp Karbhari; Tim Quinnan, vice president for student affairs; and Michael Kingan, vice president for development and alumni relations. Since 2013, Texas Trust Credit Union has been the official credit union sponsor for UTA intercollegiate athletics.

The Career Development Center's new home in the E.H. Hereford University Center will include the eight room Texas Trust Credit Union Interview Suite.

Nedderman-Planetarium Place intersection to close for three days

Due to infrastructure upgrades, the intersection at South Nedderman Drive and Planetarium Place will be closed Monday-Wednesday, July 11-13. For questions or concerns, contact Jeff Johnson at

  • For ADA parking behind the Central Library, cut through the Maverick Parking Garage.
  • Large deliveries to Life Science Building or the Central Library will be through the front entrances of the buildings.
  • Drop offs for Planetarium shows will be redirected to the West Street circle.

Read more about parking news at

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First on Fourth

UTA won first place in the professionally decorated float category at the annual Arlington 4th of July Parade. See more photos.

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 aim is 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.

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.

Students needed for next generation of Leadership Honors Program

A new class of students is 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

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Read the latest comments by President Vistasp Karbhari in Mav Milestones on meeting with UTA alumni and the annual 4th of July Parade.


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. 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.

Include details, art to make your calendar entries stand out

Make your entries in the new UTA events calendar complete by choosing categories for event type, department, and audience. Add a website or Facebook address, tags and hashtags, and a photo or graphic.

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

Benefit Yourself

Maverick Service Excellence: The Total Service Experience!

Only two sessions remain for the first section in this unique service initiative. Attend Building Customer Rapport & Good Will either 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, or 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Register online.

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.

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

Annual Enrollment for your UT System benefits runs Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 31.

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 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.

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.

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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.

Business Affairs Training Register online. Managing Department Funds, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, July 8; Timekeeper, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 11; ProCard, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12; Timekeeper Lab, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14; Requisitions, 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 19; Payment Vouchers, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21; Travel and Expenses, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 22; Position and Workforce Management, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26; Financial Statements & the Reconciliation Process, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28. All in Room E200C, Enterprise Development Building, 140 W. Mitchell. Business Affairs.

(For an expanded list of events, see the Events Calendar.)

Sports Notes

Women's golf staff: Catherine Matranga is the new assistant coach for the women's golf team. UTA women's golf begins play at the start of the 2017-18 season. Read more.

Sports Shorts

  • Junior Tobi Fawehinmi will compete with Team USA in track and field at the 2016 Paralympic Games Sept. 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the 2012 London Games, Fawehinmi finished fifth in the triple jump and was 10th in the long jump. Read more.
  • Former UTA sprinters Clayton Vaughn and Quentin Butle are bidding for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team at the Track & Field Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. Read more.
  • The Maverick volleyball 2016-17 schedule is online. The Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Championship will be Nov. 18 at College Park Center. Read more.

Intramural deadline for badminton, basketball

Upcoming intramural sport deadlines are 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
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Fast times at Autocross Weekend in Lot 49

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

About 30 cars built to Formula Society of Automotive Engineers specifications will compete 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. Read more.

Coming up

Free Outdoor Movie Rated PG. 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.

Dallas Wings Women's professional basketball. Tickets $25-50. College Park Center. Upcoming games are vs. Minnesota Lynx, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17; vs. Connecticut Sun, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20; vs. Chicago Sky, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28; vs. Los Angeles Sparks, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2; vs. Washington Mystics, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4; and vs. New York Liberty, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Dallas Wings.


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 became a model accessible campus for students with disabilities. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Sept. 16UTA Libraries, History, College of Liberal Arts’ Festival of Ideas, Office for Students with Disabilities.

(For an expanded list of events, see the Events Calendar.)


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