Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas NOTICE OF FINAL ORAL EXAMINATION ~ JONATHAN T. REEDER ~ MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING Thursday, Jun 30
(8:15 a.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Jonathan T. Reeder

Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering

June 30, 2016, 8:15 a.m., ECSS 3.503


Title of Dissertation:



Student’s Supervising Committee:

Walter E. Voit, Chair

Bruce E. Gnade

Takao Someya

Orlando Auciello

OIT Forum Thursday, Jun 30
(9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Location: SU - Faculty Staff Dining Hall.

The forum is an opportunity for distributed IT to learn about what's new in Information Technology on campus. You can ask questions, contribute ideas, and collaborate on projects. To be added to the email list or get additional information, contact or go to the OIT website


Designing Online Tests within eLearning Thursday, Jun 30
(9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

This 2 hour hands-on workshop demonstrates how to create and deploy a self-graded Test, on eLearning. Participants will also learn the use of the Question Pools tool, within eLearning, and randomly select blocks of questions to be presented to students during tests. We will also introduce the LockDown Browser, for test administration. (Prerequisite: "Getting Started with eLearning" or equivalent.)

Target audience:  Faculty and staff new to eLearning

To register click here:



(12 p.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Radu Reit

Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering

June 30, 2016, 12:00 p.m., ECSS 3.503


Title of Dissertation:



Student’s Supervising Committee:

Walter E. Voit, Chair

Mihaela C. Stefan

Danieli C. Rodrigues

Orlando Auciello

(12 p.m.) Location: Center for Brain Health Rm 1.604 (2200 W. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75235).

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Alison M. Perez

Graduate Program in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

June 30, 2016, 12:00 p.m.

Center for BrainHealth Rm 1.604

(2200 W Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75235)


Title of Dissertation:



Student’s Supervising Committee:

Sandra B. Chapman, Chair

Jeffrey S. Spence

Daniel C. Krawczyk

Francesca M. Filbey

(1 p.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Shuyi Yan

Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering

June 30, 2016, 1:00 p.m., ECSS 3.910


Title of Dissertation:



Student’s Supervising Committee:

Andrea Fumagalli, Chair

Marco Tacca, Co-Chair

John P. Fonseka

Jason P. Jue

JSOM Resume Workshop Thursday, Jun 30
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

Presented by the JSOM Career Management Center  Event ID 5287

Attend this workshop to get started with the resume-writing process and to improve your application materials. The primary instructional methods for this workshop are lecture and small-group interaction. Review the JSOM resume templates and bring a printed copy to the workshop.

Note: Individual resume reviews will not be conducted during this session.

The learning objectives for this workshop are:

- Introduce and review the JSOM resume templates
- Discuss resume formatting and content
- Teach how to write compelling bullets with industry action verbs and metrics.

Advance registration for CMC workshops is strongly recommended to ensure your seat. If you pre-register and your availability changes, you can cancel your registration by visiting the event page in hireJSOM.

Professional dress is not required to attend.

(2 p.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Carliss Denise Miller

Graduate Program in International Management Studies

June 30, 2016, 2:00 p.m., JSOM 2.902


Title of Dissertation:



Student’s Supervising Committee:

Orlando C. Richard, Chair

Emily Choi

David L. Ford

Lívia Markóczy

OPT Workshop for F-1 Students Thursday, Jun 30
(2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) Location: SSB 3.107.

Learn about the OPT application process, employment and travel considerations, and reporting requirements.  For application information visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.

CS Outreach 2016 Summer Camps - From 06/06-08/19/2016 Thursday, Jun 30
(9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: ECSS 4.412; ECSS 3.101; ECSS 2.415.

CS Education and Outreach Program presents:

100+ Coding Camps in 11 weeks of Summer 2016!

Dates: From: June, 06th - August, 19th, 2016


ECSS 4.412  ; ECSS 3.101; ECSS 2.103 ;ECSS 2.104A1
ECSN 2.126; ECSS 2.415
ECSS 2.412 ; ECSS 4.910
ECSS 3.620; ECSS 3.621
ECSS 4.623; ECSN 2.112

Time: From 09am-12noon and 1pm-4pm (half day camps)

         From: 09am-4:pm (whole day camps)


Fees: $ 125.00 one-week half day camps

         $ 250.00 one-week full day camps


Fee details: Fees will up by $25 and $50 exactly 2 weeks before each camp. Registration will be closed one week before the camp to enable us to handle the logistics smoothly. After this point, each registration request should come to & it will be reviewed by the director and approved if possible. No exceptions. Registration fee will be $200 and $350 for half-day and full-day camps respectively & discount codes are NOT allowed with these late registrations. If you are not 100% sure about a specific week, you can register early and cancel later if needed.

Snacks and Lunch included.

For more details, please, visit:


Education Abroad Walk In Advising Thursday, Jun 30
(1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Thinking about studying abroad and need some guidance from an Education Abroad staff member?  Come to the International Center during our Education Abroad walk-in hours for advising without an appointment.  Students who need advising during other times may request an appointment at

Student Volunteerism - Paracord Bracelets for Veterans Thursday, Jun 30
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Volunteer with the Office of Student Volunteerism and Veteran Services Center as we create paracord bracelets for military personnel that have served our country.

All completed bracelets will be donated to the UT Dallas Veteran Services Center (VSC) as a thank-you to student veterans for their service. The VSC provides multifaceted support for veteran and military-affiliated students, from admission through graduation, to facilitate achievement of academic and career goals.

***This event is now full. Please select another event. We look forward to serving with you!***

This event is in partnership with the UT Dallas Veteran Services Center.

Ackerman Center 2016 Teacher Workshop Wednesday, Jun 29 - Thursday, Jun 30
(9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

The University of Texas at Dallas
Ackerman Center 2016 Teacher Workshop
Accessories to Murder: Collaboration and Theft During the Holocaust

We invite you to participate in this Teacher Institute which offers 16 hours of Continuing Education credit and is being provided to educators in the greater Dallas area FREE of charge thanks to a generous endowment to the Ackerman Center.

Accessories to Murder: Collaboration and Theft During the Holocaust, presented by the UT Dallas Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, is a comprehensive, two day exploration into curricular approaches for teaching World War II and the Holocaust. Bringing together experts in the field, this unique learning experience affords teachers the opportunity to gain innovative classroom tools and skills for teaching the topic through the Humanities, Art, English, Geography, Government, History, Social Sciences, and Social Studies. In addition, it provides a unique opportunity to interface with area teachers who are currently implementing these strategies in their classrooms. Sessions will focus on key historical issues relating to the history of anti-Semitism, critical nineteenth and twentieth-century thought leading up to the Nazi takeover, and the seminal events of the war. Teachers will be provided with a selection of seminars pertaining to their field including the use of multi-media, film, and database resources.

More information can be found here or by emailing

English Conversation Hour: Life in America Part 2: Travel in Texas Thursday, Jun 30
(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 International Center welcomes you to come to one or all of the sessions! No registration is required.

PowerGrid with Bill Guthrey Thursday, Jun 30
(5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Location: Good Union BBQ, 1150 State Street, Richardson, TX.

Naveen Jindal School of Management

PowerGrid Alumni Gathering

You and a guest are invited to join fellow alumni for an evening of networking featuring alumnus Bill Guthrey, developer of the CityLine project, and Senior VP at KDC.

Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Register before June 23

Register Here! 


Click here for more details or email

Baptist Student Ministry - Summer BSM Thursday, Jun 30
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

Summer BSM Bible study meeting.

The Two Laugh Minimum Double Trouble Comedy Show Thursday, Jun 30
(8 p.m. - 10 p.m.) Location: The Pub.

Join SUAAB for a night of comedy and cheap one liners. Austin comedian Chris Castles returns to the Pub stage joining local funny man Paul Varghese. Ponchos will not be provided for audience members in the laugh splash zone.

Students: Payment Deadline for 2nd 5-Week Summer Session Thursday, Jun 30

See the Academic Calendar or the Bursar's website for more information.

Summer 2016 Last Day for Regular Registration 2nd 5-week Session Thursday, Jun 30 ]]> Summer 2016 Payment Deadline 2nd 5 Week Session Only Thursday, Jun 30 Location: Bursar’s office or online at


The Bursar Office located on the second level of the Student Services Building. For office hours, please see the contact page. The Bursar Office accepts checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, traveler’s checks, cash, and demand drafts. We do not accept credit or debit card payments at the Bursar Office for tuition.

Students may pay tuition and fees online by accessing the EZPAY payment portal through the EZPay website. Students must enter both their Net ID and password in order to enter the payment website.

Paying by eCheck is FREE. There is no convenience fee for paying by ECheck.

Once you are logged into the EZPAY payment portal, you may click on the “make a payment” link on the main page. Click “pay” and select the check option from the drop down box. You will be asked to enter your bank routing number and your account number before continuing. After clicking continue, you will type in the amount you wish to pay and the term you wish the payment in. Clicking the submit button will bring up a screen asking you to authorize your payment by entering in the last four digits of you UTD ID number. After accepting the agreement, your payment will automatically be processed. Payment by eCheck is subject to the Returned Check Policy.

We also accept MasterCard, Discover and American Express for online payments. A convenience fee of 1.90% of the total payment amount will be charged to your account when choosing the Credit Card payment option.

Our EZPAY payment portal currently accepts Master Card, Discover, and American Express but not Visa.Note: The payment verification process may take a few moments. Please do NOT resubmit payment if the confirmation page fails to appear. Instead, log out of the payment portal, log back in, and review your account balance to ensure payment was received.

Freshman Orientation June 30 - July 1, 2016 Thursday, Jun 30 - Friday, Jul 1 Location: Various: Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building, Jindal School of Management, Hoblitzelle Hall.

Please visit for more information.

Summer 2016 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses 8-Week Session Tuesday, Jun 14 - Wednesday, Jul 6 ]]> Catch Comet Pride - Service Excellence Series (Register for the Complete Series) Thursday, May 26 - Thursday, Jul 7
(2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: Synergy Park North - UTDesign Seminar (SPN 1.121).

Description:  The "Catch Comet Pride" certificate program consists of four (4) sessions. The sessions are approximately 2-2 ½ hours in length. Once a new series is launched, a session will be offered approximately every every two weeks. Listed below is a brief description for each session in the series.


Session 1 (May 26): Catching Comet Pride -- The participants will begin to understand the rationale and reasoning behind providing excellent customer service in higher education. They will also be introduced to five (5) Guiding Principles that were created to shape and direct the services we provide to both internal and external customers of UT Dallas. The participants will also be introduced to our service model, which will serve as our framework for series and the sessions that follow.


Session 2 (June 9): Practice Makes Perfect (I) --The participants will be re-introduced to the customer service model and exposed to customer service best practices & common barriers to providing good service. This session will also discuss and practice simulated customer service transactions and situations with special focus on welcoming behaviors.


Session 3 (June 23): Practice Makes Perfect (II) -- Participants will continue to look at how to deliver good service to both happy and angry customers. Building on the skills emphasized in session 2, participants will learn about delivering good customer service under stress (i.e. when the customer is frustrated, upset or angry). Additional topics of discussion will focus on customer service etiquette skills--in person, by email and over the phone We will also identify important transitioning behaviors for those times when we must refer a customer to someone else or are unable to deliver what the customer expects or wants from us.


Session 4 (July 7): Making It Work, Making It Personal – The participants will identify and create strategies for ensuring ongoing, excellent customer service at UT Dallas (start to finish.) This will include learning a model that can be used to evaluate our customer service efforts in each department and work unit. Then each participant will be asked to develop a personal action plan they can implement immediately to provide excellent customer service in their work area. This session also includes certificate presentations to class participants who have attended all four (4) sessions.

Click Here to Register for the Complete Series


DCC Physics Camp Monday, Jun 27 - Friday, Jul 8
(9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: SPN 1.2 Open Lab.

Do you love science and math? Are you nervous about taking physics next year? Design, Connect, Create is an immersive hands-on experience for rising 10-12th graders to explore and have fun with physics.           

Students form a deep understanding and build confidence to move forward in science knowing they will be successful. Labs, guest speakers, interactive problem solving and engineering challenges fill our day as we explore classic and modern topics in physics.

Abstract Intersections Amplified: Stephen Evans Friday, Jun 24 - Saturday, Jul 9
(9 a.m. - 10 p.m.)

June 24 - July 9

Edith O’Donnell Art and Technology Building - 1st Floor Gallery

Reception: Friday, June 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This work represents random, abstract intersections of sounds, animations and videos. The design is driven by Stephen's desire to create compelling abstract video, still images, and sound that will engage the viewer to explore a multi-dimensional, surreal realm of the original topics. Also, Stephen wants to engage the viewer in the making of the art by showing a visual representation of the mixing and randomizing processes that result in a continually changing output that never repeats. The helter-skelter, abstract character of the output video is very dependent on the input sound and animation videos; and the effects variables in the mixing software. Very different abstract works can be created by changing the mixing ingredients and tweaking the control "knobs." The availability of incredible modular synthesis tools enables the translation of his creative ideas to compelling art works. The "brushes and palettes" for this work are hardware and software synthesizers, Moog 32 and Max7, respectively. Part of his inspiration for this work was the Aurora Festival: The Art of Light, Video and Sound. This festival included many variations on the theme described above.

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Summer 2016 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses Full Term Session Friday, Jun 3 - Monday, Jul 11 ]]> Volunteer at International Student Orientation Monday, Jun 27 - Monday, Jul 18
(8 a.m. - 8 a.m.)

The UT Dallas International Center is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to serve as International Student Mentors. International Student Mentors will attend each International Student Orientation date, for about a three-hour period, to lead small group discussions with new international students. All volunteers will receive a UT Dallas t-shirt, free lunch, and access to the End-of-Season Appreciation Event.


  • Lead a small group discussion with about 10-15 new international students
  • Facilitate discussions about academic integrity and academic success at UT Dallas
  • Answer student questions about UTD campus and life in the United States
  • Plan and conduct get-to-know-you games in your small group
  • Assist students with navigating the UTD campus

Applications are now available online. For more information view the International Student Mentor application

Managers/Supervisors' Certificate Series Tuesday, May 24 - Tuesday, Aug 9
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Synergy Park North - UTDesign Seminar (SPN 1.121).

Description:  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 1 – Communication and Listening Skills – Participants will examine different communication styles and discuss ways to deal with the different styles of communication. Participants will discuss and explore other communication issues that greatly impact the success of manager/supervisor to employee relationship. (May 24 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM)

Module 2 – EEO Laws – Participants will gain a better understanding of Equal Employment Opportunity laws and the implications they hold for the manager, supervisor and the university as it relates to hiring, discipline and termination. (June 14 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM)

Module 3 – Performance Management – Participants will discuss all aspects of an effective performance management system and the different methods for managing the performance of those they supervise. (June 28 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM)

Module 4 – Conflict Resolution – Participants will learn about the nature of conflict, common approaches we adopt when in conflict and the importance of supervisors and managers taking appropriate action in response to workplace conflict.  (July 12 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM)

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 26 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM)

Module 6 – Motivating and Recognizing Employees – Participants will explore key concepts behind employee motivation and learn the importance of using recognition and praise to honor employees and benefit the productivity of the work group. (Aug 9 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM)

Click Here to Register for the Complete Series