Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas PS Financials: Budget Deficit Handling Workshop Tuesday, Jul 22
(9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.)

This course is intended for UT Dallas staff and/or faculty using PeopleSoft's Financial Management System (Gemini Financials). The session explores various tools such as the OBIEE Budget Deficit Report, Encumbrance Query and other tools to review and correct Budget Deficits.

Course length: 45 minutes

Register here (opens in a new window).


PS Financials: Budget Deficit Handling Workshop Tuesday, Jul 22
(10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

This course is intended for UT Dallas staff and/or faculty using PeopleSoft's Financial Management System (Gemini Financials). The session explores various tools such as the OBIEE Budget Deficit Report, Encumbrance Query and other tools to review and correct Budget Deficits.

Course length: 45 minutes

Register here (opens in a new window).


PS: Intro to PeopleSoft PART 2 Tuesday, Jul 22
(9:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.)

You MUST take the Intro to PeopleSoft PART 1 online course before you can attend the Intro to PeopleSoft instructor-led class.

This registration is for the Intro to PeopleSoft PART 2 instructor led class.PART 2 is an instructor-led course designed to give users a greater understanding of PeopleSoft and its functionality.

  • Recommended for frequent PeopleSoft users.
  • Required for Orion users.

Learn how to conduct complex searches, work with search results, and update data. Other topics include Effective Dates, history data, Search/Match, FERPA, and service indicators. This 1.5 hr class is conducted twice a month and is also available as needed by contacting the Training Team.

NOTE: This class is required for new Orion users

Register for this class

Research Lunch and Learn: Decoding Administrative Forms Tuesday, Jul 22
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

There is a method behind the administrative madness!  During this session, we will review the internal forms required by the Office of Sponsored Projects and explain how each relates to grant proposals and research contracts.

Online registration at is  required as space is limited. 

UT Dallas Summer Chess Camp (week 4) Tuesday, Jul 22
(9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Make the right move for your child this summer! Chess develops your child’s reading and math ability, critical and analytical thinking skills, and builds character and self-esteem. But don’t tell the kids...they think chess is fun!

UT Dallas Chess Camp instructors include top-ranked and internationally recognized winners of various collegiate chess tournaments. Camp tuition includes a souvenir T-shirt, a chess board and pieces, trophy, certificate, score book and group photo (snacks and drinks are also provided). Classes are grouped by ability, age, experience and instructor assessment. Classes are small with a low student-to-teacher ratio.

Additional info


• 7-13

Camp groups include

  • Beginners, who master the basic rules and fundamentals of chess
  • Intermediate players, who build on basic chess knowledge with key strategies and ideas
  • Advanced players, who sharpen their competitive edge with advanced strategies for tournament play

Choose the session that fits your child’s schedule: morning sessions are from 9 a.m. - noon, and afternoon sessions are from 1 - 4 p.m.

Enroll your child for multiple weeks and watch their chess skills improve over the summer.

UT Dallas also offers an Absolute Beginners Class (ABC) for adults with little or no chess knowledge. In addition to learning the basics, adults will learn how to organize scholastic chess clubs and participate in tournaments. ABC sessions are available morning or afternoon all weeks.

2014 Summer Camp Details



Chess camps are held in the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management.
JSOM on the UT Dallas Campus map


  • July 21-25
Managers and Supervisors Certificate Series - Module 5: Dynamic Discipline Tuesday, Jul 22
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Synergy Park North - UTDesign Seminar (SPN 1.121).

Each session is two hours in length and focuses on basic supervision and management skills. Participants completing all six modules will receive certificates of completion.

Module 5 – Dynamic Discipline– In this session, managers and supervisors will learn the full range of the University’s discipline process and how to use that process legally, appropriately and effectively.  (July 22 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and discuss discipline as a learning and communication process.
  2. Identify the full range of disciplinary options available to managers and supervisors and understand the relationship of the disciplinary process to the performance management system at UTD.
  3. Recognize the progressive nature of the disciplinary process and how to distinguish the appropriate response according to the situation.
  4. Understand the importance of documentation to maintaining an effective and legal disciplinary process.
  5. Review University policies on discipline and dismissal and the employee grievance process.

Click Here to Register for Module 5

ETS Workshop: Using Turnitin to Encourage Academic Integrity Tuesday, Jul 22
(3 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

Click Here to Register

(Prerequisite: Getting Started with eLearning workshop or equivalent knowledge) This two-hour hands-on workshop focuses on how to use Turnitin, the plagiarism-detection software.  Participants will learn how to create Turnitin assignments, how to submit assignments from the students' perspective, and how to review and analyze the Originality Report generated by Turnitin. (Please Note: Classes will be limited to fifteen participants each. Additional dates will be added if needed.)

English Conversation Hour: Pictionary Tuesday, Jul 22
(4 p.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: SSB 3.107.

Learn and practice English in a fun, informal setting. Led by the International Peer Advocates, the sessions will include conversation, games, and written activities that will improve your English skills and your knowledge of American culture. The ISSO welcomes you to come to one or all of the sessions! No registration is required.

Kappa Alpha Theta - Recruitment Meeting Tuesday, Jul 22
(5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

Theta's recruitment committee wants to meet in the room where formal recruitment will be held in the fall.

Summer Listening Camp (The Crystal Charity Ball Cochlear Implant Camp) Monday, Jul 21 - Friday, Jul 25
(9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: Cross Creek Ranch.

July 21 - 25 Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Age Requirement: 4 - 11 years

Melissa Sweeney
214-905-3139Tuition: $225
Send a non-refundable $75 deposit before May 16
Summer Camp Experience Scholarship

Registration Deadline: May 16, 2014
Registration Form (English)
Registration Form (Spanish)

Cross Creek Ranch
(formerly Swingin' D Ranch)
3406 Dublin Road
Parker, TX 75002

If you REALLY want to know - Shawn Mayer MFA Exhibition Saturday, Jul 12 - Saturday, Jul 26 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12,  8 pm 

CentralTrak resident Shawn Mayer presents a series of videos and photographic installations titled “If you REALLY want to know.” Mayer’s thesis exhibition re-examines slice-of-life moments and injects them with a wild dose of existential humor bordering on a stand-up comedy routine. The work is inspired by various forms of amature digital media such as YouTube volgs, Reddit posts, animated gifs, and Instagram images.  Many of the installations incorporate modern vernacular mediums such as flat-screen TVs, cell phones, GPS devices and computers.



Shawn Mayer

Shawn Mayer completed his MFA in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas this spring and holds a BA in Music and a BFA in drawing from the University of Missouri (2008). He has since worked in animation, production and post-production for television and commercial programming. His work aims to bridge the gap between physical, traditional and technological media combining them with immersive and often interactive elements to create new, unconventional art. His areas of focus include online media, emergent play, and folk practices used in gallery spaces to create unexpected experiences. Shawn was accepted as resident at CentralTrak: the UT Dallas artists’ residency in 2013. His work has been shown at the Lawndale Art Center, the Houston Art League, and Deep Ellum Windows.

Visit CentralTrak online


Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.

Admission: Free




CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts.  As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.  While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion exhibition space encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.

CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.

Comet Debate Institute Sunday, Jul 13 - Saturday, Jul 26

The Comet Debate Institute (CDI) is your opportunity to work with the faculty and debaters at The University of Texas at Dallas, one of the nation’s fastest-rising and most successful debate programs. The CDI offers outstanding instruction in preparation for the 2014 National Forensics League topic for 2 person cross-examination debate. New to CDI this year are our Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum sections!

Summer 2014 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses 2nd 5-week Session Friday, Jul 11 - Monday, Jul 28 ]]> 100+ Computer Programming Summer Camps for school students! Monday, Jun 9 - Friday, Aug 22
(9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: Various classrooms/labs in ECSS, SPN and ATC buildings.

Lots of changes for 2014 Programming Summer Camps! Residential option (stay on-campus) for campers, more frequency for popular camps, expansion to Elementary & middle school students, introduction of 1/2 day camps, 12 off-site camps and class size limit to 20 students! We plan to run 100+ camps in 11 weeks! Each camp will run for the whole week (Exception: Week 4 camps will end on Thursday, since Friday July 4th is a holiday). Half-day camps will meet in the mornings or evenings as specified in the schedule. See the full list & registration information @

Computer Programming Summer Camps Monday, Jun 9 - Friday, Aug 22
(9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: Several classrooms/labs in ECSS, ATC and SPN buildings.

Tons of summer camps in 11 weeks of Summer (86 and counting - includes 21 off-site camps)! All camps will run for 1 week, but there will be a few Mornings-only & Afternoons-only camps too. Each camp will be limited to 20 students. Popular ones will run every 2-3 weeks once. Details @