Annual Report Shows University Making Gains Toward Tier One

The UT Dallas Annual Report is available online.
UT Dallas continues to make strides in its pursuit of becoming a top research university, as described in the recently released  2014 UT Dallas Annual Report.

The accomplishments documented in the report range from campus enhancements to increased enrollment of high-quality students and the addition of prominent faculty and more.

“In 2004, the Washington Advisory Group defined our main obstacle to becoming a Tier One research institution — our size. Since that report was issued, UT Dallas has become one of the fastest-growing universities in Texas, exceeding our plan to increase the size of the student body and faculty by 5 percent a year,” UT Dallas President David E. Daniel said. “We aren’t building just for the sake of being bigger. Our growth signals that we are preparing to compete among the best public universities in America.” Read more

Dr. James Marquart is Named Provost and VP at Lamar University

Dr. James Marquart, vice provost of academic affairs at UT Dallas since 2012, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lamar University. His appointment is effective July 1.

One of the nation’s leading experts on prison systems, Marquart joined UT Dallas in 2005 as a professor and director of the criminology program. Under his leadership, the program expanded degree programs and began offering the first doctoral degree in criminology in Texas. During his tenure, Marquart also served as dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and associate provost. Read more

Bionic Limb Innovator Hugh Herr to Deliver Next ATEC Lecture

Bionic limb inventor Hugh Herr will speak in the next installment of this year’s Arts and Technology Distinguished Lecture Series. His presentation is set for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall (ATC 1.102).

Herr, an associate professor who heads the biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, creates bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs. In 2011, Time magazine called him the “Leader of the Bionic Age” because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of biomechatronics, a technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics.

Faculty and staff discounts are available. Use the “ATEC2015” promo code when you order online using a desktop or laptop computer.

Undergrad Education Office Seeking Convocation Nominations

Aubrey Meyers BS’04 was awarded the Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award at last spring’s convocation.

The Office of Undergraduate Education is receiving staff nominations for several awards associated with the spring Honors Convocation. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 27.

  • Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award – The UT Dallas Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society inducts the recipient of this award as an honorary member. Eligible candidates must be undergraduate alumni, age 40 or younger, accomplished in their professions, engaged in their local communities and have the public speaking skills needed to present a keynote address at Honors Convocation. Email nominee suggestions to [email protected].
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award – This honor provides public recognition in the form of a $5,000 award to an outstanding senior graduating from UT Dallas. The recipient of this award will be judged to have best demonstrated the qualities of leadership, commitment, perseverance, creativity and service to community. Email [email protected] to request a nomination packet.

Canned Food Sculpture Contest to Benefit Comet Cupboard

Raising Cans, a food drive and art competition that benefits the Comet Cupboard, returns to the Student Union Mall and Plinth from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. Participating faculty, staff and student groups use nonperishable food items that have been collected in advance to create sculptures. The winning faculty/staff groups will receive custom UT Dallas spirit T-shirts.

Any UT Dallas group is eligible to participate: student organizations, campus departments, faculty, staff, academic groups and groups of friends. All items collected will be donated to the Comet Cupboard, which provides food items to UT Dallas students in need. Sign in here to register for Raising Cans. For more information, call Tabitha Dunklin at 972-883-2950.

Celebrity Chef to Serve Up Specialties in Dining Hall Appearance

UT Dallas Dining will host celebrity chef Bal Arneson for a lunch and book signing from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, in Dining Hall West.

Bal specializes in cooking healthy, Indian-inspired food infused with spices. In addition to hosting shows on the Food Network and Cooking Channel, she has written several cookbooks and served as a judge on Iron Chef America.

Her featured menu items will be available in the salad bar and stir fry cooking area. Other stations will be open for standard menu items during the event. The price for lunch will be the standard walk-in rate of $9.84, or a Comet Card meal swipe for those with meal plans. The University Bookstore will also have her cookbooks available for purchase at the event and in-store.

Question for Administration Office? Now You Can ‘AskYODA’

Online data assistant askYODA has expanded its knowledge base to include FAQs and answers related to the Office of Administration and its affiliated departments.

Users have 24/7 access to questions and answers on a wide range of Administration topics. The list includes parking and transportation, emergencies and safety, auxiliary services (which includes printing, shipping, inventory and mail services), as well as the University’s tobacco-free and public information protocols.

AskYODA has added more than 900 FAQs in just over a year and continues to grow as a one-stop information resource for the UT Dallas community.

Forum to Update Campus on Human Resources Changes

The Office of Human Resources will host an HR Forum to share important information on policy and procedure changes and provide updates from all areas of HR, including benefits, employee services, employee relations, institutional equity, and organizational development and training. Attendees will be able to learn about new programs, ask questions, share feedback and network with colleagues. The event will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, in JSOM 2.115.

Reminders

  • Performance Appraisals Deadline Approaching – Annual employee performance appraisals are due in the Office of Human Resources by April 7. Employees must sign their reviews to indicate that they have read them. The UTD Performance Policy requires appraisals for all classified and administrative and professional (A&P) staff every year. Questions or concerns may be directed to the Employee Relations staff.
  • Golf Tournament to Benefit Scholarship Funds – The 22nd Annual UT Dallas Scholarship Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, April 30, at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland. To receive more information, to register or to make a donation, visit the tournament website or call the UT Dallas Office of Administration at 972-883-2213. Leading up to the event, The Practice Tee will host a free UT Dallas Day from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9. Faculty and staff members are invited, as are students.

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