Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Cheers! to the Class of 2020. Thursday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. via livestream at

Tops for Hispanic students

UT Arlington ranked among the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanic Students, according to an annual list from The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine.

COVID-19, fall survey for staff

Take a short survey to share how COVID-19 and the fall semester have impacted staff members. Complete the survey by Friday, Jan. 8.

Emergency generator testing Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators 1:30-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18.

Affected buildings are Amphibian & Reptile Research Center, Carlisle Hall, Center for Innovation building, Central Library, Chemistry & Physics building, Chemistry Research building, College of Business building, College Park Center, College Park District Central & South, Davis Hall, Engineering Research Building, Hammond Hall, Health Center, Kalpana Chawla Hall, Life Science Building, Maverick Activities Center, Pickard Hall, Police Building, Science Hall, The Commons, The Heights on Pecan Apartments, Trimble Hall, University Center, University Hall, and West Hall.

Not included in the testing are buildings that have generators.

This testing will only affect the electrical services tied to each building’s generator, not the entire building. There will be a slight “blip” lasting approximately one half of a second. The testing period will last less than 30 minutes in each building.

Save any computer work/data in progress to prevent any possible data loss.

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

Power energy savings by turning off electrical devices

A few actions on your part can help conserve energy on campus during the winter break. The Office of Facilities Management suggests these steps to realize maximum energy savings:

  • Turn off and unplug electrical devices. Many devices remain in a standby mode or use power even when turned off, including computers, monitors, scanners, printers, copiers, chargers, power supplies, appliances, and other electrical devices. If items are plugged into power strips, simply turn off the power strips.
  • Lower the heating temperature and turn off air conditioning. Areas controlled directly by an occupant should have the air conditioning and fans turned off. Heating and air conditioning in many campus buildings are controlled by a computerized energy management system that will set these areas to maximize energy conservation during the break.
  • Turn off all lights when you leave. Parking lot lighting schedules have been adjusted where feasible, taking campus safety and security into consideration.

Clean up now to prevent post-holiday surprises

The Office of Facilities Management suggests cleaning break rooms before the winter break.

  • Wipe down and clean out break rooms or common areas of any food items or candy to keep from attracting insects.
  • Empty the refrigerator and turn off the ice maker.
  • Remove all perishable items from the refrigerator and freezer. Check all expiration dates and dispose if expired.
  • Clean the inside of the refrigerator. Wipe down the drawers, shelves, sides, and floor of the fridge. Dry thoroughly.
  • Place baking soda, a bowl of dried oats, or a shallow bowl of dry, fresh coffee grounds and crumbled newspaper inside the refrigerator to combat mildew, mold, and bad odor. When you return, remove newspapers and oats/coffee grounds and wipe down the drawers and sides.
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