Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas ETS Workshop: Introduction to Bb Collaborate (Web Conferencing) Tuesday, Apr 28
(10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

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This two-hour highly interactive session introduces users to the web conferencing tool Blackboard Collaborate.  Topics include communicating within the software (voice chat, text chat), using the whiteboard, screen sharing, moderator privileges, and various other features.  PLEASE NOTE: Participants meet virtually/online using the Collaborate software (NOT in a physical location), so access to a computer with internet access, speakers and a microphone is REQUIRED. (Please Note: Classes will be limited to fifteen participants each.  Additional dates will be added if needed.)

Latter-Day Saint Student Association - Institute Tuesday, Apr 28
(11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.) Location: Gemini Room.

This is a scripture study class hosted by the LDSSA every week in the SU.

Student Activities General Body Meeting for SUAAB and Meteor Theater Tuesday, Apr 28
(11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

SUAAB/MT General Body Meeting

Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) - Free Lunch Tuesday, Apr 28
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Rooms A & B.

BSM Free Lunch

Lunch and Learn: How to Be More Resilient in Your Life Tuesday, Apr 28
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

The UT Dallas Wellness Committee will host an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) lunch and learn entitled “How to Be More Resilient in Your Life.” Featured speakers Patrick Tiner, director of EAP, and Angela Prior, EAP specialist, will discuss how to develop and strengthen your resilience and resources to help create a healthy work-life balance when we experience varying degrees of setbacks, such as work stress, financial problems, illness, natural disasters, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

The event will be held April 28, 2015 in Student Union Galaxy Room C (SU 2.602) from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is limited to 60 participants. Please register online by April 22 to reserve your seat. For questions, please contact Nora M. Peña at  

Education Abroad: Information Session Tuesday, Apr 28
(12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) Location: SSB 3.107.

Discover the opportunities that UT Dallas Education Abroad offers!  Attend this one-hour session where you will learn about study abroad opportunities, scholarships, application process, and more.  There is no need to register.

Overseas Travel for International Students Workshop Tuesday, Apr 28
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Location: Student Services Building, Room 3.107.

Do you plan to travel outside of the U.S. over the break?  The ISSO international student advisors will hold a travel workshop for international students interested in or planning to travel overseas.  They will give valuable information on topics including renewing your visa and re-entering the U.S.  Also, bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and a picture ID, and the advisors will provide travel signatures and status letters for those students who need them.

Tea Tuesdays with the Galerstein Women's Center Tuesday, Apr 28
(10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Galerstein Women's Center, SSB 4.300.

Join the Galerstein Women's Center for the Spring 2015 semester on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for refreshing tea starting on January 13, 2015.


Microsoft Advanced Word Tuesday, Apr 28
(2 p.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: .

Prerequisite: Must be able to create a table within MS Word and edit a basic document for this class per Microsoft Intermediate Word

You will learn: To create two different form types, repeatable multiple actions and how to track changes

]For the details of what specific topics are covered in Intermediate and Advanced Word, please see the Microsoft Office Topics per Course located on the PeopleSoft and Related Training Page

This is a 3 hours class. The maximum registration is 15 per class in order to give as much attention to each participant.

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English Conversation Hour: End of Semester Party! Tuesday, Apr 28
(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. Intercultural Programs welcomes you to come to one or all of the sessions! No registration is required.

Veterans of UT Dallas Tuesday, Apr 28
(5 p.m. - 6 p.m.) Location: VSC Mezzanine MC1.204.

Monthly meeting for the members of Veterans of UT Dallas.

The Public Affairs & Sociology Department Presents: Laura Maczka, Mayor of Richardson Tuesday, Apr 28
(4 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

The Public Affairs & Sociology Department Presents:

Laura Maczka, Mayor of Richardson

Playing a Different Game: Adapting to Economic, Technological & Social Changes

**Reception to follow**

Accounting Leadership Association - Open House Tuesday, Apr 28
(5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room A.

We want to show the best organized student union in UT Dallas. So we invite our best officers who used to work in ALA, and our professor to talk with members. Sharing information about accounting industry and the career path in accounting would be the most important goal to achieve.

Take Back The Night Tuesday, Apr 28
(7 p.m.) Location: Res Hall South Courtyard.

The Student Wellness Center with other on campus departments and off campus businesses are coming together to show respect and honor to the survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence as well as educate students on how to prevent and/or report sexual assaults. Come show your support to end sexual assaults and relationship violence. Free food and educational materials while supplies last.

Rainbow Guard - General Meeting Tuesday, Apr 28
(6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Location: Libra Room.

General meeting to discuss future plans

Tony and Jonna Mendez, former CIA officers Tuesday, Apr 28
(7:30 p.m.)

The Arts and Technology Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Tony and Jonna Mendez

Tony Mendez, a retired CIA officer, author and award-winning painter, received the Intelligence Star for Valor for engineering and conducting the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the 1979-1981 hostage crisis. The rescue operation involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in Los Angeles. The story served as the basis for his most recent book, Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, as well as the Academy Award-winning film Argo. Jonna Mendez worked in the agency as a technical operations officer with a specialty in clandestine photography. Her duties included training the CIA’s most highly placed foreign assets to use spy cameras and process the intelligence they gathered.

Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building, Lecture Hall

Tickets: $10-$20 lower level, $5 balcony
Valet parking: $5

For tickets and more information visit

The Oxfam Club - Information Session Tuesday, Apr 28
(6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

We will be having an informational session about our organization.

Muslim Students Association (MSA) - MSA Board Meeting Tuesday, Apr 28
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.) Location: Pegasus Room.

Meeting for MSA board members

Fast and Reckless Tuesday, Apr 28
(8 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.) Location: Glass Half Full Taproom in the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Distracted driving is the new driving. It does not, however, make it any safer.  So, what do you do when you can't change the people? You change the cars, which is what Dr. John Hansen, and the UTDrive team have been doing.  Dr. Hansen will discuss their work on driver behavior and what they are doing to improve the interaction between car and driver to help not only distracted but new drivers avoid crashes.

Dr. John Hansen is a professor of electrical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas.


Kappa Delta Chi - Academic Workshop Tuesday, Apr 28
(6 p.m. - 10 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

Email Etiquette- How to professionally compose an email.

Spring Student Art Festival Tuesday, Apr 28 - Saturday, May 2 Location: Venues Vary.

The Student Art Festivals showcases the works of more than 600 students from more than 40 courses featuring classical, jazz, theater, dance, guitar, piano and vocal performances, as well as art exhibitions and receptions. 

Friday, April 24        
8:00 p.m. Musica Nova - Jonsson Performance Hall
Wednesday, April 29        
7:00 p.m. Jazz Band - Jonsson Performance Hall
Thursday, April 30        
6:00 p.m. Guitar Ensembles- Jonsson Performance Hall
Friday, May 1    
5:00 p.m. Creative Writing Readings - Jonsson Performance Hall
6:30 p.m. Student Art Exhibition - Visual Arts Building
7:00 p.m. Vocal Instruction II - Jonsson Performance Hall
7:00 p.m. William Shakespear Abridged  - Visual Arts Building 1.105
7:30 p.m. Musical Theatre Workshop - Jonsson Performance Hall
8:30 p.m. Senior Recital by Sarah Grubaugh - Jonsson Performance Hall
Saturday, May 2    
1:00 p.m. Vocal Instruction I - Jonsson Performance Hall
2:00 p.m. William Shakespear Abridged  - Visual Arts Building 1.105
7:00 p.m. Chamber Singers, Advanced Voice, Senior Recital by Richard Campitelli - Jonsson Performance Hall
Sunday, May 3    
2:00 p.m. William Shakespear Abridged  - Visual Arts Building 1.105
2:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble and Orchestra - University Theatre
3:00 p.m. Radiant Guitar Ensemble - Jonsson Performance Hall

April 30 - May 2    

8:00 p.m. Spring Into Dance Recital - University Theatre

May 1 - 14    

Student Art Exhibition - Visual Arts Building

Weekend & Online Programming Clubs Saturday, Mar 21 - Sunday, May 10
(2 p.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: ECSS labs.

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science presents

2015 Spring II Clubs - 03/21 - 05/10/2015  (8 sessions)

Are you worried that whole day workshops/camps cover too much content and your children may be overwhelmed? You prefer us to cover the content over several weeks? Do you think it is better to assimilate and build expertise bit slowly? Are you worried that your child may forget the programming skills (s)he learned in Summer? We got you covered with Programming Clubs! Each club runs for 9 weeks and meets in the weekends at UT Dallas campus.


In each session, we typically teach actively or work through hands-on examples during the first hour, let the participants work through another example with instructor’s help during the second hour, and the students can do the homework problem during the third hour or leave early and complete it at home. New concepts will be introduced in every session.


Visit for directions to reach ECSS building in UT Dallas campus.

Ok, but what if you live far away  & cannot visit the campus every weekend? No worries! We have a solution for you even if you live in the other side of the world -  Programming eClubs! With weekly video lectures & assignments, eClubs are as good as on-campus clubs. Our eClubs are rigorous and the participants should plan to spend several hours every week to complete the weekly assignments. Participants can also discuss the weekly material/assignments with fellow students within online discussion forums, but it is optional & discussions will not count towards grade. These online courses will be run through, a state-of-the-art Learning Management System environment provided by Blackboard Inc. Web based tutoring using Google Hangout or Webex is included in the registration fee. Deep-discounted fee is available to participants from other countries who may not be be able to afford regular price. With economy pricing, tutoring support will be provided only by email. If a school or college wants to enroll lots of students in these eClubs, email to get volume discounts.

Registration site:

Questions? Email


Registration fee is $150 for club/eclub. Except for level 1 clubs, all others will need to complete weekly assignment & submit them online. You can do the homework during the last hour of the class & complete it with our help. Since most clubs have corresponding eClubs, you can catch up with the video lecture if you cannot attend a particular session. Cancellation policy: You will get the pro-rated fee for unused sessions as refund, additional $10 transaction fee applies. Email your cancellation request to

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Alpha Kappa Psi - Induction Ceremony. Saturday, Feb 7 - Sunday, Sep 27
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

This event is to formally induct pledges into the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity.