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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dr. Melanie Sattler

Minor attraction: Dr. Melanie Sattler, associate professor of environmental engineering in the Civil Engineering Department, heads the new minor in sustainable engineering that begins in the fall.

New sustainable engineering minor to teach students how to answer deeper questions

A minor in sustainable engineering begins in the fall to help students become smarter about using a dwindling amount of resources.

Melanie Sattler, an environmental engineering associate professor in the Civil Engineering Department, is leading the effort.

“With the world’s population over 7 billion now, our resources are being spread thin," Dr. Sattler says. "We need to come up with more efficient ways and new ways of looking at processes, systems, and the way we live."

Students seeking the minor in sustainable engineering must successfully complete three courses with a grade of C or better. Find out more about requirements, class topics, and enrollment procedures.

Emmanuel Fordjour

Emmanuel Fordjour

Student wins research fellowship

Emmanuel Fordjour, an undergraduate majoring in biology and microbiology, has won one of 15 UNCF Merck Science Research Scholarship Awards for 2014. The award totals $25,000 for tuition, housing, and fees.

UNCF, or the United Negro College Fund, teamed with The Merck Company Foundation and Merck Global Diversity Inclusion to create the UNCF Merck Science Initiative. The effort recognizes outstanding African-American students and postdoctoral leaders.

Fordjour’s scholarship award includes research internship opportunities with Merck and travel expenses to conferences.

Read more about Fordjour's honors.

Student Affairs VP candidates to visit campus

Candidates for the vice president for student affairs will meet with students, alumni, administrators, and staff Monday, July 21, and Friday, July 25.

Open sessions for students are 2:30-3:20 p.m. in Room 105 of Nedderman Hall. The name of each candidate and details about open sessions will be released 24 hours in advance of his or her campus visit.

Learn more about the vice president for student affairs search and submit your comments about the candidates.

Statement on status of Alumni Association

The UT Arlington Alumni Association has scheduled a meeting this month to discuss plans for liquidation and dissolution. The association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its actions are independent from the University.

Be assured that UT Arlington’s commitment to its 180,000 alumni is stronger than ever and will not change. The University will continue to strengthen those ties. UT Arlington values the tremendous service the Alumni Association has provided the University throughout the decades. Long-standing alumni traditions such as the Distinguished Alumni Awards and Gala will continue as scheduled.

The University will continue to offer Alumni Association leaders and members the utmost support as they proceed with organizational discussions.

  Mav Pic Texas Autocross Weekend 2014

Fast times at UTA

Alumnus Chris Moulckers ('13 BS) drove this year's UTA Formula SAE car to victory at the Texas Autocross Weekend races last Saturday and Sunday. The car features Active Aero technology implemented last year to reduce drag and increase downforce, enhancing handling and efficiency. Student engineers incorporated four on-board computers instead of the single computer used in 2013 to enable the car to respond more quickly and easily than before. Fourteen universities participated with 100 drivers. Other winners were from Texas A&M, the University of New Mexico, UT Austin, and the University of Kansas. See more photos.

Plagiarism quiz now available in Blackboard for faculty

The Acknowledging Sources Quiz from the UTA Libraries’ Plagiarism Tutorial is available through Blackboard. Instructors can upload the quiz into their course for grading instead of relying on student emails. Students still access the tutorial online, but are redirected to Blackboard for the quiz.

For more information, contact Lydia Pyburn at

Photo ID to be required for entry to Central Library

Beginning fall 2014, all UTA visitors entering the Central Library will be required to scan their UTA MavID or use fingerprint scanners, similar to the entry system at the Maverick Activities Center.

People not affiliated with UTA must show a government-issued photo ID before entering the library.

“Requiring a photo ID will allow us to know who we need to care for in times of emergency," says David Hayden, facilities and security manager for the library. "This new entry system is a great step forward in safety for the library and for those we serve." 

Parking permits for 2014-15 go on sale Aug. 1

Parking permits for the 2014-2015 academic year will be for sale starting Friday, Aug. 1, through your MyMav Account. The faculty/staff permit is $190 for the year, and the student permit price is $150. Once ordered, the permit will be sent to the mailing address on your account. 

Questions? Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

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Beneficial talk

David Carter discussed options with Ken Owen, a Delta Dental representative, at the annual Benefits Fair last Friday at the Maverick Activities Center. The fair provides information about benefit options in time for Annual Enrollment, which runs through July 31. Carter is a lab technician in the Aerodynamics Research Center of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.


Volunteers needed for Maverick Cookout, Activities Fair

Flippers and servers are needed for Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day during Welcome Week. The event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Volunteers will work a 30-minute shift serving soda or flipping hamburgers on the grill. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with colleagues and students as we welcome them back to campus.

Register to volunteer. For questions, email Molly Albart at

Fulbright Scholars applications due

Faculty members can apply for the 2015-2016 Fulbright Core U.S. Scholar Program competition. Deadline for most awards is Friday, Aug. 1.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research, or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries.

Read more about applying for the Fulbright program.

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

Annual Enrollment continues through July

Annual Enrollment for the 2014-15 benefit plan year continues through Thursday, July 31. During Annual Enrollment, you may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections, and add or remove dependents from coverage. For more information regarding Annual Enrollment and UT Arlington benefits for the 2014-15 plan year, see Employee Benefits Services, call 2-5558, or email

Holiday schedule announced for 2014-15

The holiday schedule for 2014-15 includes 15 days off for faculty and staff.

Anyone who wishes to observe a religious holiday may do so in lieu of any holiday for which the employee serves as a member of the skeleton workforce required by statute or by taking a vacation day.

The holiday schedule is:

  • Labor Day—Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
  • Thanksgiving—Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28, 2014
  • Winter Break—Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014-Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
  • Spring Break—Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Memorial Day—Monday, May 25, 2015

UT System benefits has new website

The UT System Office of Employee Benefits has a new website with a fresh look and layout. The new web address is If you have favorites or bookmarks set for the old web address, you'll need to update to the appropriate link on the new site.

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

Thursday, July 17

Records Management Training Learn the new procedures for records prior to the destruction of hard drives. Register. Free. 2:30-4 p.m., Room 108 of University Hall. Also, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 23Records and Information Management, Business Affairs.

Friday, July 18

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., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, July 23

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, July 24

Managing Stress in the Workplace Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Coming up

Human Resources Training The Art of Listening, Tuesday, July 29. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Safe Zone Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. RSVP. Free. 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. LGBTQ program.

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

Sports Notes

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

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Going Out
  UTA Presents

Exhibit commemorates World War I

world war one exhibit

A photo exhibition honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I and the North Texas area’s involvement in the war is on display on the sixth floor of the Central Library until Saturday, Aug. 2

About 30 photographs in The Great War: Fort Worth and Arlington During WWI showcase Fort Worth’s Camp Bowie and the town of Arlington before and during the war. At right, Arlington soldiers in 1917.

Camp Bowie was founded in 1917 west of Fort Worth to house and train the 36th Infantry Division. On April 11, 1918, an estimated 225,000 people crowded into downtown Fort Worth to watch the four-hour parade of troops departing for France. The camp trained more than 100,000 soldiers. After the armistice in November 1918, Camp Bowie became a demobilization center until its closure in August 1919.

UTA has a strong military background with its predecessors Carlisle Military Academy (1902-1913), Arlington Training School (1913-1916), and Arlington Military Academy (1916-1917).

Thursday, July 17

Summer Movie Hullabaloo: 'ShakespeaRe-Told: A Midsummer Night's Dream' Free popcorn. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, Megamall: A Story of Money, PowerJuly 24Kings of PastryJuly 31UTA Libraries.

Outdoor Movie: 'Brick Mansions' 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, NeighborsJuly 24; and The Amazing Spider-Man 2July 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: MFA Exhibit 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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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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