Monday, October 19, 2020
Daily Self-Check before Coming to Campus. All employees must take their temperature daily before going to campus. If you experience any symptoms that are new, worsening or not normal for you, please remain or return home.

COVID-19 testing coverage

Faculty and staff who wish to receive COVID-19 tests should reference the Faculty & Staff Coronavirus Resources page to locate statewide testing sites.

COVID-19 testing with an in-network provider is at no cost for UTA employees with UT Select and UT Connect coverage.

Contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) for assistance with finding a testing site. A BCBSTX representative will help with choosing an in-network provider with the best location for individual needs.

The BCBSTX numbers are:

  • UT Select 866-882-2034
  • UT Connect 888-399-8889

Questions? Email or call 817-272-5554.

Keeping workers safe, projects in line

Mohsen Shahandashti, assistant professor of civil engineering, is determining how to keep transportation construction workers safe during the coronavirus pandemic while ensuring that critical infrastructure systems are properly inspected and maintained.

Dr. Shahandashti is using a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant to identify challenges that impact workforce decision-making processes in the transportation construction industry during the pandemic.

Abel Misrak, '20 PhD, Mechanical Engineering

Recent grad named Engineer of the Year

Abel Misrak, a recent mechanical engineering doctoral graduate, won the 2020 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division Student Engineer of the Year Award. Only one student is selected each year for the award nationally.

Dr. Misrak earned his doctoral degree in 2020. As a graduate student under Dereje Agonafer, he focused on research investigating the impact of material models on reliability assessment of electronic packages.

Electrical outage Friday

The Office of Facilities Management has scheduled an electrical outage from 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, to no later than midnight Saturday, Oct. 24. Available emergency back-up generators in these buildings will be maintained throughout this outage to power crucial services.

Buildings affected are CAPPA, Engineering Lab, Fine Arts, Geoscience, Nanofab, Nedderman Hall, and Woolf Hall.

Save any work or data in progress before 10:30 p.m. Friday to prevent possible data loss.

Questions or special needs? Call Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

Open Access Week

UTA Libraries hosts Open Access Week with "Addressing Structural Equity and Inclusion on Wikipedia" Tuesday, Oct. 20, and "Boosting Your Scholarly Profile" and "Taking Action: Managing Your Rights as an Author" Thursday, Oct. 22.

Research Integrity Symposium

UTA's Sixth Annual Research Integrity Symposium will focus on research integrity in interdisciplinary research. The virtual program is 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 30. Register for access.

Commencement postponed

The fall 2020 commencement ceremonies are postponed. Graduating students will receive their degrees as scheduled. Learn more in the Commencement FAQs.

Early voting at MAC

The Maverick Activities Center serves as an early voting polling place for the Nov. 3 elections. The poll is open through Friday, Oct. 30. See the schedule.

Contactless parking permits

Contactless payment for short-term parking

Parking at UTA in short-term, on-street meters or in visitor garages now includes three new contactless payment options.

  • Download the HonkMobile app and pay to park using its smart device and Zone ID.
  • Tap an NFC-enabled phone on select HonkMobile signs on or near pay stations
  • Open your phone's camera and scan a QR code

On-street and garage short-term parking rates vary from $2.50 per hour to $13 per day depending on location. Find short-term parking locations.

Electric vehicle charging station

Electric vehicle charging stations expanded

UTA has upgraded and expanded the existing electric vehicle charging stations in Lot 26 and the College Park Central garage lower level to the latest Level 2 Chargepoint stations. Lot 26 now has two stalls while College Park Central lower level now has four stalls.

Customers can use the Chargepoint app to view available ports.

The new chargers offer convenient, fast, safe, and reliable electric car charging to employees, customers, and residents. Rates are $2 to plug-in, then $1 per hour to charge.

Parking and Transportation Services is monitoring demand and considering additional locations throughout campus.

WFSN Book Club

The Women’s Faculty and Staff Network will discuss We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at noon Tuesday, Oct. 20, live on Teams and on the blog through Saturday, Oct. 31.

RVSP Netflix watch party

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention office will host a Netflix watch party for American Murder: The Family Next Door at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

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