Thursday, June 11, 2020

University town hall today

Join a discussion on how the UTA community can enact change in making our campus a more welcoming environment for African American students, employees, and faculty at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, June 11, via Teams.

Jason Shelton, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for African American Studies, will moderate the discussion. Sponsors are the African American Faculty and Staff Association, Center for African American Studies, Multicultural Affairs, and Interim President Teik Lim.

The event will be an opportunity to share your thoughts about George Floyd’s death, protests and civil disobedience, ways to resolve tensions between black communities and law enforcement, and many other topics.

This is our chance to support one another, discuss how events of the last few weeks have impacted the UTA community, and offer suggestions for making UTA a true champion of diversity and inclusion.

The event is limited to the first 350 participants because of Teams limitaions.

If you are unable to log on, please email Eddie Freeman to express interest in another town hall meeting.

Black Lives Matter protest at UTA

UTA community gathers to protest racism

Students, employees, and faculty marched across the UTA campus Monday in a Black Lives Matter protest in solidarity with demonstrators across the nation protesting against systemic racism, social injustice, and the oppression of minority groups.

Pranesh Aswath

Provost gives update

Interim Provost Pranesh Aswath shared updates on preparing for the fall 2020 semester. Approximately 80 faculty and staff members across five subgroups are tackling different aspects of the challenges related to returning to campus and online and in-person classes.

'Creative Escapes' new community series highlights faculty, research, resources

Feel like you need a little creative escape from the chaos of 2020? Take part in a new series that features outstanding faculty members discussing cutting-edge research, interesting topics, and UTA's programs and resources.

Creative Escapes is a series of interactive seminars designed to be engaging and informative for the community, as well as faculty, staff, and students. The Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence, the Office of the Provost, and Faculty Affairs created the series.

To participate, register online, choose one or more events, and wait for a response with the appropriate links.

The one-hour programs are at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

  • June 17—Art, Literature, and Music
  • June 24—Design and Place Making of Buildings and Landscapes
  • July 8—Understanding the Mind and Care for Mental Health
  • July 22—Nutrition, Health, and Fitness
  • Aug. 5—Science as a Verb for Aspiring Teachers and Engineering Design

B-ball video series recognized

The video series The Journey: Inside 2018-19 UTA men's basketball won a national Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. The video was produced by the University Advancement multimedia team of Hanny Lee, Dena Adi, and Jimmie Walker.

Summer training for faculty

The Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence offers workshops for faculty on converting their courses to hybrid or online modality.

In-person I-9 vertification

Human Resources will resume in-person I-9 verification for new employees beginning Monday, June 15. The sessions will be Monday and Thursday mornings in Room 200 of the Wetsel Service Center.

Mavs DataVerse sessions

Learn about Mavs DataVerse, UTA Libraries' research depository, at info sessions Thursday, June 25, and Friday, July 10.

Nominations needed

Nominations for the Outstanding Assessment Practitioner awards (faculty or academic-related staff) are due by Friday, June 12. Email with questions.

Campus digital signs now show MavAlerts

MavAlert, UTA's emergency alert system, has expanded to communicate via digital signs in 190 classrooms, computer labs, and auditoriums across campus.

The digital signs provide rapid emergency notifications in high traffic areas at UTA. The signs also display time, date, closures, and weather updates. Please do not turn off the screens for any reason.

Register to vote

The last day to register to vote in the Texas primaries run-off elections is Monday, June 15. Early voting is June 29-July 10. The election is July 14.

Sign up for Naturally Slim

It’s the perfect time to get and stay healthy—physically and mentally—with Naturally Slim, a free program via your UTA benefits. Register by Friday, June 19. The program starts Monday, July 6.

Wanted: peer educators

Know a student who would be a good peer educator? Tell them the Academic Success Center is hiring tutors, mentors, and supplemental instruction leaders for the fall semester.

UTA public health students assist with COVID-19 investigations

Students to aid COVID-19 investigations

A group of UTA public health students and recent graduates will volunteer this summer to aid Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) with COVID-19 case investigations, contact tracing, and data entry.

They will receive training in methods used by TCPH.

Frank Ridout

MavPitch winner's vegan cookie startup featured; six others also win

Frankly Good, a Dallas vegan cookie startup founded by UTA student Frank Ridout in 2019, was recently chosen as a winner of UTA’s MavPitch competition.

CAPPA students

Students design technology-friendly place at rec center, library

Architecture students in the graduate program at UTA designed canopies, pods, and other seating options for an outdoor Innovation Zone at the new East Arlington Rec Center and Library.

Intramural play online

Don't miss the fun of intramural events with a summer of virtual competition in chess, Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and Mario Kart. Register to play.

ArlingCon goes virtual

Arlington's premiere pop-culture convention, ArlingCon, goes virtual on Saturday, June 13. UTA Libraries is a sponsor. Questions? Email

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