Wednesday, April 1, 2020
John Romig

Virtual reading class connecting future teachers with students

John Romig, assistant professor of special education, arranged for his students and children with disabilities to benefit from an online reading program.

He had students who needed practice teaching reading skills. Parent of elementary school kids, especially those with disabilities, needed learning activities at home. The result was a 30-minute virtual reading program twice a week.

Noelle Fields and Ling Xu, assistant professors in the School of Social Work

Social distancing doesn't mean social isolation

Noelle Fields and Ling Xu, assistant professors in the School of Social Work, believe that social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic place older adults at higher risks of physical and mental ailments.

“While social distancing may ultimately impact all of us, the negative effect may be greater for older adults who are already at risk for social isolation,” Fields said.

Paycheck pickup; consider direct deposit

Payroll Services will be open for check pickup 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday April 3, Monday April 6, and Wednesday April 8, in the J.D. Wetsel Building, 1225 W. Mitchell St.

To expedite your receipt of payroll and avoid unnecessary physical contact, please consider direct deposit to your bank or savings account. Read the instructions for direct deposit enrollment. Please email if you have any questions.

HR makes changes on hiring paperwork

Due to COVID-19, Human Resources has changed onboarding/paperwork sessions. Effective immediately:

  • In-person onboarding/paperwork sessions are canceled.
  • Departments will need to email to make arrangements for new hires to complete paperwork and I-9 requirements.
  • You also can email regarding any new-hire paperwork questions you may have.

Office phone via Teams

You can transfer your office phone to Microsoft Teams, allowing you to place and receive calls with your UTA phone number while working at home.

Pedagogy Percolator

Join UTA Libraries at 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays for a virtual coffee break and informal discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing UTA educators as they transition to online-only courses.

Pints and Pedagogy

Join UTA Libraries for a virtual happy hour and informal discussion at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Chat with colleagues, brainstorm solutions, or get updates on the Libraries’ online services.

Add virtual events to calendar

Add your department's virtual events, workshops, and programs to the UTA events calendar at Be sure to include links and instructions to connect online.

Pressbook Q&A

UTA Libraries provides access to Pressbooks for faculty, staff, and students interested in creating or modifying open educational resources. Drop in (virtually) via Teams to learn more.

Quarantine Quiz every Wednesday night in April starting April 1 at 7 p.m.

Quarantine Quiz Show

Campus Recreation has teamed up with universities around the country to provide a weekly quiz show for members of the UTA community. Weekly shows will be broadcast via Twitch at 7 p.m. Wednesday nights beginning today, Wednesday, April 1.

Simply create a profile on Twitch, follow RecWithoutBorders, and the show will start live at 7 p.m. Download the Twitch app to access the service via your computer, your phone, or any streaming service provider.

For questions, please contact

Notes on resources, services

  • Vendor List: Procurement needs a list of vendors for your department, college, or school by today, Wednesday, April 1.
  • Financial Statements: The January financial statement deadline has been moved to Tuesday, April 7. Read more about reconciliations.
  • APS Approvals: There's an alternative approval form for authorization of professional services.
  • Remote: Resources for classes online, digital tutoring, tech devices, and more at
  • Dining: The Market at the University Center serves hot food during lunch and dinner hours. Meal plans and Dining Dollars are accepted. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Preorder online for bulk and essential items.
  • Updates: Information about UTA's response to the coronavirus, online classes, connectivity, resources, services, and more are at
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