For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, July 3, 2014


'U.S. News' names UT Arlington a top choice for transfer students

UT Arlington ranks first among the top 10 U.S. colleges and universities with the most new transfer students, according to the U.S. News & World Report Short List.

The list, based on data collected during the fall 2012 semester by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, looked at degree-seeking transfer students at almost 1,200 schools.

UT Arlington topped the list with 8,649 new transfer students during that year among four-year public universities and national universities on the list. The other schools averaged 481 newly enrolled transfer students during the same time period.

Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says the ranking demonstrates that UT Arlington is a university of choice for degree-seeking transfer students. Last year, about 60 percent of new, incoming students transferred from other institutions, mostly from regional community colleges.

Fourth of July parade

Maverick celebration: President Vistasp Karbhari and his wife, Lisa, were among the grand marshals in last year's Fourth of July parade. Look for UT Arlington's float in the Independence Day parade, which runs along both sides of the College Park District.

Celebrate July 4th with fireworks, parade, and family fun

Celebrate our nation's independence with Arlington's traditional fireworks display and parade.

Light Up Arlington sparkles 6-11 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in downtown Arlington. Live music at the Levitt Pavilion starts at 7:30 p.m. A children's area will keep the kids busy until the fireworks start.

Sit in the bleachers along Spaniolo Drive or bring your own lawn chairs for the Arlington 4th of July Parade at 9 a.m. Friday, July 4. You'll find convenient restrooms, cool mist stations, and refreshments for sale throughout the day.

Before and after the parade, shop at the UTA Bookstore, win prizes from UTA Radio, and check out the Pie Five Pizza and the UTA Maverick Club Kids Zones, which include face-painting, games, giveaways, and more.

Independence Day closings, events on campus

Campus offices will be closed and there are no classes Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

The College Park District parking garages and surrounding area surface lots will be used for Thursday's fireworks show, starting at 6 p.m., and for Friday's parade, beginning about 6 a.m. Lot 49 will be closed to non-parade vehicles beginning midnight Thursday until the end of the parade.

UT Arlington Libraries will be closed Friday. The Central Library will close at midnight Thursday.

The annual Jim Hayes Memorial Peer Challenge exhibition wheelchair basketball game starts at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maverick Activities Center. The game pits the Movin' Mavs against the Journey of Hope cyclists.

The UTA Bookstore will be open 7 a.m.-noon Friday during the Fourth of July parade. Shoppers receive 20 percent off a single apparel or gift item. The summer clearance sale offers up to 75 percent off store and online purchases.

Mav Pic World Cup watch

Futbol fans

World Cup fans caught the USA/Germany game last week at a watch party in the Maverick Activities Center. The USA lost the game, but the international soccer competition continues.


New procedure set for destruction of hard drives

A new procedure has been implemented to ensure the proper handling of official records prior to the destruction of hard drives. 

Texas Administrative Code 202.78 requires that any official records on hard drives be removed and retained or deleted with appropriate documentation prior to the destruction of the hard drive.

All University employees are responsible for complying with the Information Resources Acceptable Use policy, which requires critical records to be stored on network drives.

Department heads or others authorized to destroy hard drives are responsible for ensuring that the process is followed prior to destruction of the hard drive.

Records management contacts will have training Thursday-Wednesday, July 17-23 about how to assess records for retention requirements.

Register by Monday for spatial analysis workshop

The School of Urban and Public Affairs hosts a hands-on spatial analysis workshop Tuesday-Thursday, July 8-10, at the Central Library.

Jesus Trevino, a professor at the School of Architecture at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, leads the overview of applied spatial pattern analysis.

The workshop is free with registration required by Monday, July 7.

For more information, contact Marjorie Dick at or 2-3301.

Law enforcement personnel on campus for Explorer competition

More than 600 law enforcement officers and members of the Explorers come to campus Thursday-Saturday, July 10-12, for the Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association's annual competition.

The State Explorer Competition features teams of youth and adults competing in real-life scenarios at parking lots, classroom buildings, residence halls, and the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The Law Enforcement Explorer program offers career exploration for youth and young adults.

Professional grant development workshop July 24-25

Master the techniques of writing superior proposals at a professional grant development workshop 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, July 24-25, at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Topics include finding funding sources, grant design, abstracts, and budgets.

Workshop fee is $535. Save $45 per person when two or more people register from the same organization. A live, interactive webinar is available.

 For more information, go online or call 1-866-704-7268.

Benefit Yourself

July is time for Annual Enrollment, Benefits Fair

Annual Enrollment is your opportunity to enroll or make changes to your current insurance coverage without a family status change. The enrollment period is July 15-31.

Changes made will be effective Sept. 1. Look for information via email or regular mail. If you have questions, call the Benefits Office at 2-5554 or email

Learn about changes for the next benefits year at the Benefits Fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, July 11, in the second-floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center. Insurance and financial representatives will be present to meet employees and retirees.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, July 8

'Veterans Speak' Series Richmond Stoglin, NATO command chaplain, presents "Assignment Afghanistan 2012-2013." He served as the senior military adviser to the religious and cultural affairs department of the Afghan National Army. Free. 1:30 p.m., Veterans Assistance Center (formerly SWEET Center). Veterans Upward Bound, Veterans Services.

time management

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, July 9

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Saturday, July 12

CPR/AED/First Aid Class This single, four-hour class covers the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, and adult CPR and AED use. Sign up at the Services and Information Desk at the Maverick Activities Center. $50. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., MAC. Campus Recreation.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Motivating Your Employees, Tuesday, July 15; Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Wednesday, July 23; Managing Stress in the Workplace, Thursday, July 24; The Art of Listening, Tuesday, July 29. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Welcoming Diversity This experiential, interactive program promotes awareness and increased sensitivity and focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills in responding to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Lunch provided. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Sports Notes

Movin' Mavs win at Air Capital Classic

Three Movin' Mavs players were top finishers at the Air Capital Classic wheelchair tennis tournament in Wichita, Kan., hosted by the U.S. Tennis Association.

Jeff Sale won first in open doubles. John Watson and Austan Pierce took second for division C doubles. Watson was second and Pierce was third in C singles.

Summer intramural registration continues

Register for upcoming intramural sports in innertube water polo, July 17; poker tournament, July 24; and MavStrong competition, July 24-Aug. 8.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, July 3

Summer Movie Hullabaloo: 'Habibi' A story of forbidden love in Gaza. Free popcorn. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our WastesJuly 10; Shakespeare Retold: Midsummer Night's Dream, July 17; Megamall: A Story of Money, Power, July 24; Kings of Pastry, July 31UTA Libraries.


Jim Hayes Memorial Peer Challenge Wheelchair Basketball Game Members of the Journey of Hope cycling team play the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team.Free. 4:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.

Thursday, July 10

Outdoor Movie: 'Transcendence' Rated PG-13. Free popcorn. Concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Brick MansionsJuly 17Neighbors, July 24; and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, July 31 EXCEL Campus Activities.


Gallery 76102: 897 Square Features contemporary art by University faculty, staff, and students, and other Tarrant County artists. The title refers to the U.S. Census Bureau's calculation that Tarrant County has a total area of 897 square miles. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through July 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

The Gallery at UTA: Summer MFA Exhibition A juried exhibition displays work by 21 Master of Fine Arts students from the Department of Art and Art History. Gallery hours noon-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Closing reception noon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25. Through Aug. 25. The Gallery at UTAArt and Art History.

Special Collections: The U.S.-Mexico War, 1846-1848 Attention on the "forgotten" U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 30UT Arlington LibrariesSpecial Collections.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The Planetarium will be closed Tuesday-Friday, July 22-25, for a professional conference. The summer schedule includes Texas StargazingAstronautBack to the Moon for GoodOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink FloydSecret of the Cardboard RocketSpacepark 360; and Stars of the PharaohsPlanetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)



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