Friday, May 8, 2020
Pranesh Aswath and James Spaniolo

Aswath, Spaniolo named to new positions

Interim President Teik Lim announced two leadership appointments.

Pranesh Aswath, senior vice provost for academic planning and policy since 2016, will serve as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. He is a professor of materials science and engineering and an international authority in processing and properties of advanced materials.

Former UTA President James D. Spaniolo will be senior adviser for external engagement. University president from 2004-13, Spaniolo will work on enhancing our external partnerships, collaborations, and relationships.

Dr. Aswath and Spaniolo begin their new roles Monday, May 11.

University prepares for fall semester

UTA is planning and preparing for the safe start of on-campus instruction and residential life in the fall semester, while implementing health and safety precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Read more about the fall semester.


CARES Act funds for student assistance

Thanks to the federal CARES Act, UTA will use nearly $10.6 million to directly support eligible students needing financial assistance. The grants are for students who have experienced additional expenses due to COVID-19.

UTA will disburse the funds in a manner that provides a meaningful amount of assistance to a maximum number of Mavericks. Learn more on the CARES Act FAQs page.

Maverick Heroes

Mavs make a difference

Mavericks on the front line of the pandemic include an alumna who is a critical care physician and a nursing senior with the skill and training to help others.

Dr. Jocelyn Zee ('04 BS, Microbiology) spends 12-hour shifts attending to critically ill patients, some of them diagnosed with COVID-19, in the intensive care unit at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth.

Elisabeth Berglund is caring for COVID-19 patients at The Bubble, a converted indoor football facility in New York City, until June 1.


Registration for QuestionPro training begins Monday, May 11.The online survey research tool will replace Qualtrics in July. Learn more about QuestionPro. 

Sustainability survey

Take the Office of Sustainability's transportation survey as part of a carbon footprint analysis of UTA by Tuesday, May 12.

'Work of Art' deadline May 13

The deadline to register for Work of Art, an emotional fitness campaign, has been extended to Wednesday, May 13. To learn more, sign in or create an account in Living Well.

'Security Awareness News'

The latest issue of Security Awareness News looks at how to prevent data breaches at work and measures to take to recover personal information.

Help food pantry with nonperishable items

The UTA/Tri-C Food Pantry has a continuing need for donations. Current needs are:

  • canned vegetables
  • canned tomato sauce/tomatoes
  • cereal
  • oatmeal
  • dry beans
  • rice
  • shelf-stable milk
  • toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant)
  • paper towels

To donate, call 817-933-6520. The pantry is located at Tri-C Campus Ministries at 405 W. 1st St.

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