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Friday, October 28, 2016

SEIR groundbreaking

UTA breaks ground on Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building

Texas elected officials and numerous University supporters and faculty members joined UTA President Vistasp Karbhari to break ground Thursday on UTA’s new $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building, which will be the signature research and teaching facility for advances in Health and the Human Condition at UTA.

“This is another milestone in our journey to becoming the best university in Texas,” Dr. Karbhari says. “I would like to thank our elected officials here today, whose unrelenting commitment to education has been a real catalyst behind UTA’s success over the last years. It has been your support that made all this possible.”

See the SEIR building's design. Watch the video. LEARN MORE.

UTA police garner annual UT System award


The UTA Police Department was named the 2016 Pacesetter Police Department of the Year. The Pacesetter Award is presented to the police department within The University of Texas System that demonstrated a strong and professional commitment to public safety and contemporary policing over the past year and, in doing so, set an example for other institution police departments to follow.

The UT System has eight academic and six medical institutions. The UT System includes 575 police officers in all, making it the third-largest state law enforcement agency in Texas.

Congratulations to Chief Kim Lemaux and her outstanding UTA PD staff! LEARN MORE.

Maverick Speakers Series, Alexandra Cousteau

Tickets still available to see Alexandra Cousteau

Claim your tickets now to hear environmental advocate Alexandra Cousteau at the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

Cousteau will discuss "This Blue Planet: Preserving and Sustaining a Healthy Earth" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Texas Hall.

Preferred seating has front-of-the-line access to the venue. The lecture is free for students, faculty, and staff and costs $5 for community members.

October Maverick Cyber Security newsletter online

Maverick Cyber Security Awareness

The newest edition of the Information Security Office’s Maverick Cyber Security newsletter is now online.

The October issue focuses on malware, spear phishing, safe surfing, and having a family cyber security plan. LEARN MORE.

Criminal justice, science share a week of awareness

Learn about the fight against crime and be dazzled by science during Criminal Justice Week and Science Week, Monday-Friday, Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

Science Week begins with Erick Mazur of Harvard University speaking at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Room 118 of the Life Science Building. Other speakers include Mark Harrison of the University of California-Los Angeles on “A New View of Early Earth and Its Habitability” and Tim Davis of Texas A&M University on “Math, Matrices, and Music.” Several College of Science alumni will speak to Freshman Interest Groups.

Criminal Justice Week features daily events with local law enforcement representatives covering topics ranging from incarceration and juveniles to immigration and human trafficking.

Editor discusses how to get published in 'Nature'

Nick Campbel, Nature

Find out how to have your research published in Nature and other Nature Research journals.

Nick Campbell, executive editor and executive vice president for global institutional partnerships at Nature Research, will speak 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 147 of the Business Building. He will cover the peer review and editorial decision-making processes at the journals.

Complete annual compliance training by next Friday

UTA employees must complete the annual compliance training by Friday, Nov. 4. If your compliance training is not completed, your Net ID will be deactivated, and your ability to receive future merit increases may be impacted. Access your curriculum at The curriculum will appear on the My Blackboard tab under Course List.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact the Office of University Compliance and Legal Affairs at 2-2080 or Please include your employee ID number.

Temporary power outage Sunday at Business Building

Learn how to prepare for an electrical outage in the Business Building on Sunday, Oct. 30, and upcoming outages at The Heights on Pecan and the Fine Arts Building on the Blazing Construction blog. LEARN MORE.

Monday deadline for State Employee Charitable Campaign

The State Employee Charitable Campaign is a yearly opportunity for faculty and staff to show their Maverick generosity. The campaign runs through Monday, Oct. 31. See a listing of agencies and organizations and pledge online. Make a one-time gift or pledge monthly. Donations may be made to one or more organizations. You can give online through payroll deduction.

Unit Effectiveness Process Improvement Reports due Nov. 4

Unit Effectiveness Process Improvement Reports need to be completed in TracDat and submitted to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting (IER) by Friday, Nov. 4. It is important that Improvement Reports are submitted by the deadline as UTA prepares for its onsite reaccreditation visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For questions, contact Rebecca Lewis at

ServiceNow scheduled to replace ITSM in spring

servicenow logo

ServiceNow will replace the current Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) ticketing system. The system is used for requesting IT service and reporting IT incidents as well as a self-service portal for knowledge databases, including how-to guides and articles.

The new incident and request management tool will expedite requests by routing them to the appropriate support group and will allow users to track the status of their incidents or requests in real time.

To prepare for the transition, faculty and staff are encouraged to look at the ServiceNow website and send any questions, suggestions, or concerns to



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