Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Stephanie Rasmussen and Ericka Robinson-Freeman

Two Mavericks honored with UT System Outstanding Teaching Award

Stephanie Rasmussen and Ericka Robinson-Freeman have earned the UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.

The annual award recognizes educators who best exemplify excellence, innovation, and a commitment to student success. The two Mavericks are among 27 faculty recipients in the UT System.

Dr. Rasmussen is an associate professor of accounting in the College of Business, and Robinson-Freeman is an associate professor in practice in the School of Social Work.

UT System Chanchellor James Milliken

Chancellor visits UT Arlington campus

University of Texas System Chancellor James B. Milliken visited UT Arlington on Monday to learn about the University’s far-reaching efforts to secure a safe campus environment for the fall 2020 semester.

Milliken joined Interim President Teik C. Lim and several other senior UTA leaders to learn firsthand about UTA’s efforts to mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus as students begin to return for the first day of the fall term on August 26.

Shown, from left, are Milliken, Dr. Lim, and John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations.

David Wetz

High-voltage energy storage

David Wetz, professor of electrical engineering, has received a three-year, $799,000 grant from the Naval Surface Warfare Center–Dahlgren Division to study the high-voltage dielectric insulation properties of epoxy and additively manufactured materials.

Sharma Chakravarthy

Big Data accessibility

Sharma Chakravarthy, professor of computer science and engineering, is working with researchers to develop a process by which data points in multiple graph layers of a very large dataset can be connected in a way that is both highly scalable and will allow analysts to look at it in greater depth.

Cheer to the Class of 2020: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at

Cheers to Class of 2020: summer edition

Tune in for Cheers to the Class of 2020, a virtual celebration for summer graduates at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at

MavsMeet Convocation online

This year's MavsMeet Convocation is a virtual event like no other. Tune in live at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, to hear from campus leaders and see entertainment.

Maverick Stampede

Maverick Stampede—the fun start of a new semester at UTA—includes a drive-in movie, virtual welcome events, an online edition of MavSwap, and much more.

Maverick Advantage

Learn about the new Maverick Advantage Faculty Engagement Program, its fellows program, and ways to incorporate the Maverick Advantage activities into your courses.

Need face masks?

Need a face mask for your department, research group, or yourself? Environmental Health and Safety has the details.

  • The University will provide two reusable cloth face masks per employee and one per student.
  • Individual employees or students can find cloth face masks at the University Center Campus Information Desk, the Central Library, and The Commons Information Desk.
  • Departments or groups can request cloth face masks using the face mask request form.
  • Research groups can receive disposable face masks as needed; use the face mask request form.
  • Faculty members do not need to request masks for classrooms. Disposable masks will be available in classrooms for faculty members to give to students who arrive without one.

Register to vote

Fill out a voter registration application online, print it, sign it, and mail it to the voter registrar in your county of residence. Your registration becomes effective 30 days after it is submitted and accepted.

'MavWire' back to fall schedule

MavWire has returned to its fall schedule with issues on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. TrailBlazer will go to students on Tuesdays and Fridays. Send news to or

Policy updates

UTA has added or updated several policies recently.

AA-FPT-PO7 Titles and Promotion of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty is a new policy that creates common, University-wide criteria for assigning titles to non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty while preserving the autonomy of each college and school to establish criteria that will create a career path for NTT faculty through retention and promotion.

EI-PO7 Standards of Conduct is an updated policy that removed the prior list of standards of conduct contained in the policy and instead provides a broader expectation of behavior and references the Standards of Conduct maintained by the Office of Compliance Services and the UTA Principles of Community.

GA-PA-PO1 University Policy on Free Speech, Expression, and Assembly is an updated policy that replaces 11 prior policies that contained UTA’s free speech policy in a piecemeal fashion, making the new policy easier to follow. It also incorporates Senate Bill 18 (SB 18) passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, which guarantees that members of the public are free to engage in expressive speech on public university campuses by converting some parts of campuses to traditional public forums instead of limited public forums.

GA-PA-PR1 Free Speech, Expression, and Assembly is a new procedure the provides the processes to comply with UTA’s Free Speech & Assembly Policy.

GA-UA-PO4 Duties of Administrative Officers is an updated policy that provides accurate titles for administrative officers and incorporates existing responsibilities for department chairs/directors.

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