Tuesday, October 26, 2021

UTA recognized for going above and beyond in response to pandemic

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has selected The University of Texas at Arlington as a Star Award recipient for its outstanding efforts to respond to COVID‑19.

The Star Awards recognize institutions that go above and beyond to help students succeed. For 2021, the THECB honored institutions that “ensured the health, safety, and success of their campus community through innovative approaches and local partnerships.” UTA was one of 10 award recipients out of 31 applicants.

Coronavirus Prevention: Cover Coughs and Sneezes. Use tissues to cover your coughs and sneezes, or use your elbow if tissues are unavailable. Avoid coughing or sneezing directly into your hands.

Random mandatory testing continues

Students, faculty, and staff coming to any UTA campus in any capacity will be selected at random for mandatory COVID‑19 testing.

Until further notice, 20% of the campus population, regardless of vaccination status, will be selected each week for testing.

Notifications will come from, and you will have seven days to get tested after being selected. If you have any questions, contact

Local vaccine clinics

Find a COVID‑19 vaccine opportunity in Arlington, North Texas, and across Texas.

Mavericks can upload proof of vaccination to the COVID‑19 Self Report portal in MyMav.

Certain individuals who received Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are now eligible to receive a COVID‑19 booster shot. Check the CDC’s guidelines for booster shots to see if you’re eligible and should make plans to get one.

Read about the vaccines, boosters, and local availability on the Tarrant County Public Health website.

Google Dissertation Award

Rodrigo Augusto Dos Santos, computer science and engineering doctoral student, is one of 10 students nationwide to win a Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Google Dissertation Award.

Open Access Week

UTA Libraries hosts Open Access Week with a series of presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and information sessions on the whys and hows of Open Access.

Research Integrity Symposium

Students can attend the virtual Research Integrity Symposium Friday, Oct. 29. The focus is on diversity in research and will feature keynote speaker Alison Gammie from the National Institutes of Health. Register to attend.

McNair Scholars applications

Applications are being accepted for the McNair Scholars Program, which prepares university juniors and seniors who are low-income, first generation, and/or underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral education.

Changes for UTA email access

Microsoft will permanently disable protocols not using Multifactor Authentication for accessing Outlook to increase email security in the coming months. Read more details on accessing your UTA email on your device using Modern Authentication.

In-person or virtual graduation

Fall 2021 graduates are asked to indicate their plans to attend an in-person or virtual commencement ceremony, or neither, by Wednesday, Dec. 1. More information on graduate registration through MarchingOrder is available at

Early voting at MAC

Early voting for the Nov. 2 elections is at the Maverick Activities Center 7 a.m.-7 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 29.

Register for the Homecoming Parade.

Be part of Homecoming parade

Registration to participate in this year's Homecoming parade is live. Participants can enter in one of several categories including float, golf cart, novelty, walking entry, or band. The top three decorated golf cart entries will win a cash prize.

Spooky Special Collections

See Special Collections' Halloween mini-exhibit showcasing some of its spookiest items. Grab a sweet treat when you are checking out the petrifying prints and spooky snapshots through Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Halloween Casino Night

Place your bets at Halloween Casino Night, an evening of free casino games, costume shows, live music, and delicious treats. The fun is 7-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.

Great Pumpkin Carnival

Families can enjoy children's games, activities, popcorn, candy, and more at the Great Pumpkin Carnival 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in Maverick Circle in front of the University Center. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life hosts the free event.

Fall Harvest & Trunk-or-Treat

Join the School of Social Work for the second annual Fall Harvest & Trunk-or-Treat. Register to attend this drive-thru-only event that is 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

Homecoming 5K Run Walk Roll. Saturday, Nov. 13th. Awards, food, and activities will follow the race. Free T-shirt for all participants. For more information, visit
Graduating this semester? Take the Undergraduate Exit Survey.

Undergrad Exit Survey

Students graduating in December 2021 should complete the Undergraduate Exit Survey, available through Canvas. Responses are confidential. Eligible students will receive invites from

Free flu shots

Free flu shots are available for students by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Request an appointment.

Important dates

  • Oct. 28—Census date for second eight-week term.
  • Nov. 4—Last day of classes for second five-week term.
  • Nov. 5—Last day to drop classes for regular semester; submit requests to advisor prior to 4 p.m. Final exams for second five-week term.
  • Nov. 7—Registration ends for third five-week term.
  • Nov. 8—First day of classes for third five-week term.
  • Nov. 8-9—Late registration for third five-week term.
  • Nov. 11—Census date for third five-week term.

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