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For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Learn more about campus carry at UTA with online presentation

The University’s campus carry policies and procedures went into place Aug. 1. There is comprehensive information on the UTA campus carry website including a training presentation and current FAQs.

Please familiarize yourself with the list of UTA’s exclusionary areas, and if you have questions, please address them to the campus carry committee through the form or the email address on the website. Please include your email address on the form if you request feedback.

Employee Tuition Assistance Plan to start in fall

The new Employee Tuition Assistance Plan begins in the fall 2016.

This plan provides for the reimbursement of resident tuition (with the exception of statutory tuition at the current rates) following successful completion of graduate or undergraduate coursework that relates to the employee’s current job duties.

To find out more about this new benefit—including the policy, eligibility requirements, and a list of frequently asked questions—visit the Human Resources website.

The Office of Human Resources will host an informational session 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Representatives from Human Resources, Financial Aid, and Student Financials will be on hand to answer any questions.

Register your vehicle for new parking permits

General parking permits and reserved space permit renewals are available now for faculty and staff.

UTA's virtual parking management system, MAVPark, is an online service that increases efficiency for customers and eliminates the need for parking decals and paper citations. MAVPark uses vehicle-mounted license plate readers to identify the license plate numbers of parked vehicles for comparison against the virtual database of permitted vehicles.

To purchase a parking permit, visit and click on Obtain a Permit under the big blue P. Read more about MAVPark.

Greg Hladik

Hladik named new director Parking and Transportation Services

UTA has appointed Greg Hladik as the new director of parking and transportation services as of Aug. 1.

Hladik has served as interim director for the past three months. He brings more than a decade of progressive experience at UTA, formerly serving as assistant director of auxiliary services and of university housing.

In his new role, Hladik will report to John Hall, vice president of administration and campus operations. Campus police previously oversaw parking administration and operations. Read more.

Dr. David Arditi

Team develops digital archive to preserve music by alumni, students, local artists

A new website created by a UTA team plans to make music produced by music students, alumni, professors, and independent artists in the North Texas region available for free to the world. David Arditi, assistant professor of sociology, is developing “MusicDetour—the DFW Local Music Archive” with three goals in mind: to house local music, to develop big data that is open and available to all, and to build community. Read more.

Interdisciplinary Research Program awardees announced

The Office of Research has announced the awardees for the Interdisciplinary Research Program, which advances interdisciplinary research at UTA. The winning proposals are:

  • Taking the Heart Out of Heart Failure: Are We Targeting the Wrong Organ?—Michael Nelson (kinesiology), Mark Haykowsky (nursing), Paul Bhella (kinesiology), Hanli Liu and Fenghua Tian (bioengineering), and Robert Gatchel (psychology)
  • A Collaboration Between UTA and the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas to Assess the Needs of the American Indian Population in North Texas—Paul Conrad (history), Barbara Raudonis (nursing), Mario Scannapieco (social work), and Kelly Visnak (UTA Libraries)
  • Green Steam: Using Principles of Design to Power the Development of Outdoor Educational Spaces—David Sparks (curriculum and instruction), Amanda Alexander (art and art history), and David Hopman (architecture)
  • Shakespeare and Robots: Examining the Impact of a Theater Intervention on Psychological Well-being in Older Adults—Julienne Greer (theatre arts), and Kris Doelling, Mike McNair, and Jeongsik Shin (UTA Research Institute)

McNair Scholars research presentations today

The annual McNair Scholars research presentations are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 4, in Room 101 of College Hall. The 14 program participants will present the results of their work completed this summer with the support of a faculty mentor. See the schedule.

Sampath Vengate

Recent grad flies unmanned aerial vehicle with adjustable center of gravity

Sampath Vengate, who graduated in May with a master of science degree in aerospace engineering, used existing UTA research to design, build, and test a unmanned aerial vehicle that uses mass actuation—weights that move back and forth within the wings to change the center of gravity from side to side—to turn while airborne. He presented his findings in a paper at one of the two annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conferences, held in July in Washington, DC. Read more.

Institute of Urban Studies to develop plan for growth at Dallas Executive Airport

The city of Dallas has tapped the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs to examine how future enhancements at the Dallas Executive Airport in south Oak Cliff could spur economic growth and enhance the quality of life for surrounding neighborhoods. Graduate students from CAPPA's Institute of Urban Studies will develop a land use study to guide future development around the airport. Read more.

Two art professors help launch journal of disability literature, art

Janet Morrow, adjunct professor of conceptual art, served as art editor, and Stephen Lapthisophon, visiting assistant professor of art, contributed four pieces of art for the inaugural edition of the Deaf Poets Society. Both have taught courses for UTA’s disability studies minor program.

Sign up for a table at Maverick Cook-out & Activity Fair Day

University departments, programs, and student organizations are encouraged to host an information table at the Maverick Cook-out & Activity Fair Day on Wednesday, Aug. 31, on the University Center mall. Register online by Monday, Aug. 29.

Volunteer to welcome, help students at annual Move-in Event

Volunteer for the Residence Hall Move-in Event to help students get situated in their new on-campus home. The Move-in Event, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, is a campus-wide initiative to assist more than 2,100 residence hall students who will be living on campus this fall. Volunteer online for two-hour shifts. For details, contact J.C. Stoner at

Connect to Exchange from anywhere

The Exchange 2013 upgrade completed earlier this year allows Outlook to be accessed off-campus without using the UTA virtual private network (VPN). You have the same protection using Outlook, the program, as you would using Outlook Web App (OWA), the internet browser login, specifically:

  • unauthenticated requests attempting to access the Exchange server will be blocked
  • all transmitted data will still be encrypted using the same secure socket layer (SSL) server certificate

To add an additional layer of encryption, the Office of Information Technology encourages the use of VPN while working off-campus, especially when connecting to public networks like hotels, coffee shops, or airports. For more guidelines from the Information Security Office, visit the Exchange Website.

UTA Flow training sessions cover non-tenure track forms

Training sessions for new non-tenure track HR form in UTA Flow begin next week. The form becomes operational Monday, Aug. 8.

Sessions on Friday, Aug. 5, are for the College of Engineering, 9-10 a.m., Room 132, Engineering Research Building; the College of Science, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Room 210, Life Science Building; the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, 2-3 p.m., Room 211, Pickard Hall; and the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Room 405, CAPPA Building.

Contact Business Affairs Training and Development at For questions, contact Ana Millan at or Maria Martinez-Cosio at or 2-3302.

Dining discount on Fridays

UTA Dining Services offers a Faculty/Staff Friday $6 special at the Connection Café in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Benefit Yourself

Follow up on Annual Enrollment choices

Annual Enrollment follow-up tips, insurance ID cards for the 2016-2017 plan year, UT Flex transition detains and reminders, long-term care insurance updates, and legal notices related to the UT Benefits program are in the August issue of A Matter of Health, the UT System employee benefits newsletter.

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

Wellness: 'Tech Neck' Lunch and Learn Learn about common conditions caused by repetitive neck stress and tips to prevent and relieve pain. RSVP to; lunch provided. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. UTA Wellness Committee.

Human Resources Training Register online. Maverick Service Excellence: Manager Overview, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8; Effective Delegation, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9; and Coaching Skills for Supervisors, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10; Maverick Service Excellence: How to Communicate with Your Customers, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. All in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Mini-Conference Faculty, staff, and students can learn about the IRB submission process and regulations, hot topics in human subjects research, and a sampling of protocol case studies. One session provides credit for human subject training requirements. Breakfast, lunch included. Conference schedule and RSVP. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Regulatory Services, Research Administration.

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

Sports Notes

Sports Shorts

  • Members of the Maverick Club received a treat Sunday night when several student-athletes spent two hours calling the 540 athletic donors who support UTA Athletics. Read more.
  • Senior golfer Zach Galliford captured the Welsh Amateur Championship on July 29 in Ogmore By The Sea, Wales. Read more.
  • Distance runner Katelyn Hayward, high jumper Alexus Henry, and men's triple jumper Tobi Fawehinmi were named to the 2015-16 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Read more.
  • Golf coach Stuart Deane and associate coach Casey Devoll finished one and two at the TelePacific Communications Western Championship at Mira Vista Country Club July 19. Read more.
  • Roy Rudewick, associate athletic director for sports medicine, received the Frank Medina Award for significant contributions to the profession at the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association annual symposium. Read more.
  • Season and single game tickets for the 2016 UT Arlington volleyball season are now on sale at or by calling the College Park Center box office at 2-9595. The Mavericks open up their season at home hosting the Maverick Classic on Aug. 26-27 at College Park Center. Read more.

Intramural deadline for MavStrong

Upcoming intramural sport deadline for MavStrong is Thursday, 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

Coming up

Maverick Stampede UTA's Welcome Week traditions return starting Monday, Aug. 22. See the calendar.

Dallas Wings Women's professional basketball. Tickets $25-50. College Park Center. Upcoming games are 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.

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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