Tuesday, February 2, 2021
A Degree that makes a Difference.

'A degree that makes a difference'

In today’s increasingly global world, employers are beginning to place more value on a liberal arts education, which provides graduates with a dynamic, far-reaching knowledge base.

Three alumni share stories that support a report by the Association of American Colleges and Universities showing that employers felt candidates with broad learning were most prepared for long-term career success.

Shifting Perspectives: Short Story Diversity Contest

Write for diversity story contest

UTA Libraries encourages students, faculty, and staff to share their creativity and insight in Shifting Perspectives: A Short Story Diversity Contest.

Write a fiction story on how the shifting of perspectives has allowed for a more inclusive and equitable viewpoint. The top prize is a $500 gift card.

Submissions are due by Sunday, April 18. Winners will be announced Friday, May 21, on World Diversity Day.

Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Learn about scholarships and interact with faculty and program representatves to plan for an experience abroad. The Virtual Study Abroad Fair is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 2-Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Black History Month

UTA will celebrate Black History Month in February with a variety of events, lectures, and workshops.

COVID impact case study

Watch "Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19: A Case Study" at 2-3:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, on Zoom and Facebook Live. Register and watch via Zoom for CEU credit.

Vocational Rehabilitation Information Session hosted by Texas Workforce Solutions and UTA's Student Access & Resource Center. Friday, Feb. 5, at 1:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m.

Vocational services for students with disabilities

Two webinars show how Texas Workforce Solutions' Vocational Rehabilitation Services can support students with disabilities to meet their college and vocational goals.

Webinars on Zoom are Friday, Feb. 5, cohosted by UTA's Student Access and Resource (SAR) Center.

The 1:30 p.m. webinar ID is 951 9565 2050 with passcode 276427. For audio only, call 346-248-7799.

The 6 p.m. session ID is 953 5639 0449 with passcode is 542909. For audio only, call 346-248-7799.

Contact SAR Center at 817-272-3364 or

COVID-19 spread easily. Know the symptoms. Fever. Cough. Difficulty Breathing. Chills. Repeated Shaking with Chills. Muscle pain. Headache. Sore throat. New loss of taste or smell.

Free COVID-19 diagnostic, proactive testing services

UTA Health Services continues to offer free COVID-19 testing for students and has now expanded its services to provide proactive surveillance testing for all students. UTA administers PCR tests that meet diagnostic requirements for returning to school and work and provide clearance for travel and medical procedures. Test results are available in 24-48 hours.

Proactive screening tests are available on campus every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Students can schedule appointments at The testing location will be confirmed when you schedule your appointment.

Students with COVID-19 symptoms or who need a test on a day other than Tuesday or Thursday due to COVID-19 exposure should call 817-272-2771 to schedule a consultation with a health center medical provider. If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not utilize the proactive surveillance testing sessions.

For COVID-19 testing sites available after-hours and on weekends, please visit the Texas COVID-19 Test Collection Site Locator. In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 and inform the dispatcher of COVID-19 concerns.

Policy updates and additions

Recent updated and new policies and procedures are:

CO-UF-PO-01 University Facilities Use Policy—This policy was updated to delete duplicative language existing in other policies and to harmonize its free speech provisions with UTA’s recently updated GA-PA-PO1 University Policy on Free Speech, Expression, and Assembly.

EI-PO-04 Non-Discrimination Policy—The update is part of a regularly scheduled review and incorporates UTA Policy EL-PO-05 Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination to make a more comprehensive policy.

EI-PR-03 Unlawful Discrimination Investigative Procedure—This item provides the investigation procedure for complaints of unlawful discrimination.

Important dates

  • Feb. 3—Census date for spring semester.
  • Feb. 9—Last day to drop classes for first five-week term; submit requests to advisor prior to 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 19—Last day of classes for first five-week term.
  • Feb. 22—Final exams for first five-week term.
  • Feb. 24—Last day to drop classes for first eight-week term; submit requests to advisor prior to 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 28—Registration ends for second five-week term.
  • March 11—Last day of classes for first eight-week term.
  • March 12—Final exams for first eight-week term.
  • March 15-20—Spring Break.

Student resources

The UTA coronavirus website includes important information, including Student Resources, Testing and Daily Self-Monitoring, and Vaccine Resources.

Counseling and Psychological Services offers counseling sessions and workshops. To schedule an appointment, call 817-272-3671.

Emergency Assistance Fund can help students experiencing a temporary financial hardship.

Health Services provides COVID-19 testing, flu shots, and other health services. Do not go to the center if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19; first call 817-272-2771.

UTA/Tri-C Food Pantry dispenses food and non-food essential items every Thursday. To request a pick-up time, email

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