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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Charla Markham Shaw and Krishima Chatterjee

Intimate message: Research by Charla Markham Shaw, associate professor of communication, and Karishma Chatterjee, assistant professor of communication studies, shows young adults are not aware of the female condom.

Communication about female condom vital to young adults, researchers say

Many young adults are not aware of the female condom, possibly because of how information about the device is communicated, according to a study by two College of Liberal Arts researchers.

Charla Markham Shaw, associate professor of communication, and Karishma Chatterjee, assistant professor of communication studies, co-authored the paper “Communicating Sexual Health Messages: Young Adults and the Female Condom,” which appears online in the June 2014 issue of Open Access Journal of Contraception.

“Both women and men must be considered when developing messages about the female condom, as partner acceptance is key in successful adoption of new sexual health technologies,” says Dr. Markham Shaw, chair of the Department of Communication.

The researchers hope the findings will serve as communication recommendations for sexual health care providers and be used to guide future studies on college men and women across the United States.

Read more about the female condom communication study.

UT Arlington committed to alumni

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. 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.

Read frequently asked questions about the Alumni Association.

Student Affairs VP candidate to visit campus

The fourth and final candidate for the vice president for Student Affairs position will meet with students, alumni, administrators, and staff Friday, July 25.

The open session for students is 2:30-3:20 p.m. in Room 105 of Nedderman Hall. The name of the candidate 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.

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Movies under the stars

Keadra Jeter, computer science junior, helps advertise free outdoor movie series on the Maverick Activities Center's west lawn. Hosted by EXCEL Campus Activities, screenings are Thursday evenings through Aug. 7. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy free popcorn. Check out upcoming movies.


Speakers wanted for Focus on Faculty

UT Arlington Libraries is seeking five faculty members for the 2014-2015 Focus on Faculty lecture series.

Focus on Faculty spotlights the work and research of faculty members.

The lectures are held Wednesdays at noon during the fall and spring semesters.

Nominate yourself or a faculty colleague by contacting Evelyn Barker at

Parking permits 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.

Hotel discounts available for campus visitors

The Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau offers special rates at local hotels for campus visitors. Departments can reserve one room or several for groups. See the UTA rates for up to four rooms. For groups of 10 or more rooms, contact David Law at

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

Film discussion, webinar look at dyslexia

Dyslexia is the topic for the next Summer Webinar Series for Educators, hosted by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions.

A screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia at 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, includes a discussion after the film. The program is in Room 108 of University Hall.

Learn about signs of dyslexia and instructional strategies and tools for teaching students with dyslexia in a webinar 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of literacy studies, leads the program.

For more details on the free programs, email or go to the Curriculum and Instruction Facebook page.

Summer clearance sale at bookstore

The UTA Bookstore offers an additional 30 percent off select items for its summer clearance sale, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 3.

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

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Fine Arts fine tuning

Craftsmen and construction crews have been busy this summer at the Fine Arts Building. From top, electrician Randy Towater updates wiring in the broadcast studio, workers upgrade Room 148 to become a film theater/classroom, and the turnaround by the music building is transforming into an outdoor patio.

Phishing attacks ask for password, reroute your money

Online criminals are stealing money from university faculty and staff and hijacking personal information and school databases.

Phishing attacks happen when criminals send fraudulent emails that appear legitimate to get users to give up their usernames, passwords, or other personal information. Their goal is to gain access to your accounts and to bank accounts or information useful for identity theft.

Perpetrators file fraudulent income tax returns, steal identities, and attempt to reroute paychecks. The UT System requires changes in direct deposit to be validated in person to prevent this.

Other victims include universities whose databases containing personal information are accessed and students whose student loans are sent to other bank accounts.

Criminals also have hired college students to deposit checks into their accounts and then print checks or wire money to an individual.

UT Arlington and the UT System administration will never ask you to send your password in an email. You should also be suspicious of emails with links in them. If an email contains a link to your bank, for example, you should not click it. Go to your bank’s website by typing its address in your browser.

Visit UT Arlington’s anti-phishing website for guidance on how to recognize a phishing message and what to do if you’ve received a suspicious message or fallen victim to one.

Follow these tips for online safety:

 Don’t click on links sent to you by individuals you’re not familiar with.

 Never divulge your password to anyone, and pay close attention to the web address of any website requesting you to log in.

 Don’t use the same password for all of your online accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Apple, Amazon, bank, UT Direct, etc.), particularly those providing access to funds or confidential information.

If you are unsure about an email asking for personal information, contact the OIT Helpdesk at 2-2208.

Send a copy of the message to the Information Security Office at

If you have been a victim of an online scam, contact the UTA Police Department at 2-3381 or

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.

Benefit Yourself
Annual Enrollment wordle

Complete Annual Enrollment forms

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

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 24

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

Tuesday, July 29

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

Wednesday, July 30

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., 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 including a poker tournament, July 24; and the 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 24

Summer Movie Hullabaloo: 'Megamall: A Story of Money, Power' Free popcorn. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, Kings of PastryJuly 31UTA Libraries.

Outdoor Movie: 'Neighbors' Rated R. Free popcorn. Concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. Also, 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.

Exhibit: The Great War: Fort Worth and Arlington During WWI A photo exhibition honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I showcases Fort Worth’s Camp Bowie and UTA predecessors Carlisle Military Academy (1902-1913), Arlington Training School (1913-1916), and Arlington Military Academy (1916-1917). Free. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 2. UT Arlington Libraries.

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 Thursday-Friday, July 24-25, 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.)



Editors: Teresa Newton, Kathryn Hopper

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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