Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Sales Alumni Breakfast: The Challenger Customer Friday, Mar 24
(7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.) Location: Naveen Jindal School of Management Executive Dining Room. ]]>
(10 a.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Amanda C. Alvarez-Dieppa

Graduate Program in Cognition and Neuroscience

March 24, 2017, 10:00 a.m., CRA 12.120


Title of Dissertation:

Molecular Mechanisms of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Enhancement of Extinction in an Impaired Animal Model


Student’s Supervising Committee:

Christa K. McIntyre, Chair

Seth Hays

Michael P. Kilgard

Jonathan E. Ploski

Poverty and Child Wellbeing: Complex Relationships Demand Holistic Solutions - Center for Children and Families 2017 Spring Lecture Series Friday, Mar 24
(9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

The Center for Children and Families' 9th Annual Spring Lecture Series on "Expanding Opportunities for Children and Youth ." The lecture series continues the theme of the previous fall forum with a series of talks by Center-affiliated researchers. All lectures are held at the Callier Richardson Addition CRA 12.110 at 9:30-10:30 a.m. with a reception following and are free and open to the public.

On March 24 hear from Tim Bray, PhD, UT Dallas on "Poverty and Child Wellbeing: Complex Relationships Demand Holistic Solutions."

He is the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Dallas.

Dr. Bray will explore the complex patterns between childhood wellbeing and poverty in the neighborhoods of Dallas. He will explore the nexus between poverty and education, neural development, and other pressing issues that impact early development.

Download the parking pass or the parking map.


(10:30 a.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


David B. Smith

Graduate Program in Computer Science

March 24, 2017, 10:30 a.m., ECSS 3.910


Title of Dissertation:

Advances in Message-Passing Algorithms in Propositional and Lifted Graphical Models


Student’s Supervising Committee:

Vibhav Gogate, Chair

Vincent Ng

Nicholas Ruozzi

Ravi Prakas

Account Reconciliation Training for Beginners Friday, Mar 24
(10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

This class will help you understand the basics of why reconciliation is important, where and how to complete reconciliation, and the timeline for when reconciliations are due.

To Register for this class please go to LEO (Learning & Education Organizer) by logging onto Galaxy clicking on LEO and clicking on "Find Available Training." If you search by Training Department  Financial Management Services

Golf Cart Safety Training Friday, Mar 24
(10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

This training provides basic safety awareness in the use of golf carts and utility carts. You are required to take this training if you need to transport visitors in University-owned carts as part of your job, or you plan to operate a golf cart during the UT Dallas Homecoming Parade. This training is limited to 10 people per class.

Register Online

(11 a.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Yu Liu

Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering

March 24, 2017, 11:00 a.m., ECSN 4.728


Title of Dissertation:

Hardware Trojans in Wireless Cryptographic ICs


Student’s Supervising Committee:

Yiorgos Makris, Chair

Aria Nosratinia

Dongsheng Brian Ma

Rashaunda M. Henderson

eLearning Open Lab Friday, Mar 24
(10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Weekly lab for faculty and staff to receive hands-on assistance with eLearning tools, from a member of the eLearning team. No registration required. You are welcome to bring your own device. 

(Open to Faculty & Staff only)

Extending the Capabilities of Scanning Probe Microscopy: The Path towards Robust, Quantitative, Multidimensional Atomic Resolution Imaging with Chemical Selectivity by Dr. Udo Schwarz Friday, Mar 24
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Despite the evolution of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) into a powerful set of techniques that image surfaces and map their properties down to the atomic level, significant limitations in both imaging and mapping persist. Currently, typical SPM capabilities qualitatively record only one property at a time and at a fixed distance from the surface. Furthermore, the probing tip’s apex is chemically and electronically undefined, complicating data interpretation. To overcome these limitations, we have started to integrate significant extensions to existing SPM approaches. First, we expanded noncontact atomic force microscopy with atomic resolution to three dimensions by adding the capability to quantify the tip-sample force fields near a surface with picometer and piconewton resolution [1,2]. Next, we gained electronic information by recording the tunneling current simultaneously with the force interaction [3] and introduced a new operating scheme called tuned-oscillator atomic force microscopy that substantially improved imaging robustness and therefore sample throughput and user friendliness [4]. Finally, we will illustrate how the tip chemistry, tip asymmetry, and tip-sample distance influence the recorded interactions – and thus the information one can gain from images –, ultimately allowing to selectively image specific atomic species [3, 5]. During the talk, applications to various model systems including oxides, metals, ionic crystals, and layered materials will be presented.

Udo D. Schwarz graduated in 1989 from the University of Basel, Switzerland, receiving
his Ph.D. in physics from the same institution in 1993. Subsequently, he continued his work as a staff scientist and lecturer at the Institute of Applied Physics of the University of Hamburg, Germany. In 2001, Prof. Schwarz moved to the Materials Science Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. Since 2002, he works at Yale’s Mechanical Engineering Department, where he got promoted to full professor in 2009 and serves as department chair since 2012. His research interests concern the local measurement of atomic-scale interactions and properties, including electric, magnetic, chemical, and nanotribological interactions, using scanning probe microscopy techniques to study problems in surface physics, catalysis, friction, and adhesion.

[1] B. J. Albers et al., Nature Nanotechnology 4, 307 (2009).
[2] M. Z. Baykara et al., Advanced Materials 22, 2838 (2010).
[3] M. Z. Baykara et al., Physical Review B 87, 155414 (2013).
[4] O. E. Dagdeviren et al, Nanotechnology 27, 065703 (2016).
[5] H. Mönig et al., ACS Nano 7, 10233 (2013).

Student Seminar Series: "Thermal Stability and Phase Transition of 2H-MoTe2" by Hui Zhu (Dr. Robert Wallace's Group) Friday, Mar 24
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Among group-VIB transitional-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), semiconducting molybdenum ditelluride (2H-MoTe2) with a closest bandgap to Si (~1.1 eV for monolayer and 1.0 eV for bulk state), is a promising candidate for electronic and photovoltaic applications. Additionally, MoTe2 possesses excellent phase transition abilities, for example, the well-known phase transition between its semiconducting 2H structure and its semimetallic, distorted octahedral 1T’ structure due to their small formation energy difference (~0.03 eV). Whereas the thermal induced structural stability of MoTe2 needs careful evaluation for real nano-electronic device applications compared to the other TMDs because of its small electronegativity difference (~0.3) between Mo and Te, which may weaken the bonding strength of Mo-Te bonds. In this work via using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), we investigated the thermal structural stability of MoTe2 heated under high vacuum conditions and discovered an interesting decomposition or phase transition process from 2H-MoTe2 (initial)®2H-MoTe2 surface decomposition with random Te atomic vacancies (200 °C and 300 °C) ®semi-periodic, wagon wheel patterns of Te line vacancies (400 °C)® layers of one dimensional and metallic Mo6Te6 nanowires (NWs, 450 °C). Particularly, the NWs form along the <11-20> 2H-MoTe2 crystallographic directions with lengths in the micrometer range. The metallic NWs can act as an efficient hole injection layer on top of 2H-MoTe2 due to the favorable band-alignment. Furthermore, an atomically sharp MoTe2/Mo6Te6 interface and van der Waals gap with the 2H layers are preserved. The work highlights an alternative pathway for forming a new TMD phase and will enable future exploration of their intrinsic transportation properties.

JSOM Networking Event Best Practices for Healthcare Management Friday, Mar 24
(11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Networking Event Best Practices for 
Healthcare Management

Presented by ZeOmega and  JSOM Career Management Center

Healthcare Management students, are you prepared for the Healthcare Management Panel and Networking Event on Tuesday, March 28? If you're a bit anxious about meeting with industry employers, this training is for you!

Attend this workshop co-facilitated by ZeOmega to relieve you from your networking event jitters and practice small talk in a mock networking event scenario. You'll learn how to:

  • Strike up a conversation and keep it going
  • Engage with groups of people
  • Navigate those awkward pauses
  • Stand out in a networking event
  • Exit conversations gracefully.

RSVP is required to attend this session. Lunch will be served. Business professional attire required.

You must register through #hireJSOM - Event ID 6233.

Comet Con 2017: Swords Club Performance Friday, Mar 24
(11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: SU 1st Floor.

If you want to learn about the art of sword fighting and see some amazing student demonstrations then you better plan on being in the SU at 11! The Swords Club will be strutting their stuff this year on the first floor of the SU!

Association between Perception and Production in Pediatric Cochlear Implant Users - CALLIER FLASH Seminar Friday, Mar 24
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Callier Center Dallas, Inwood Rd. Dallas, TX 75235.

CALLIER FLASH Seminar in Speech, Language and Hearing

"Association between Perception and Production in Pediatric Cochlear Implant Users" with Olga Peskova, a UT Dallas PhD Student.

Location: Callier Dallas – A229

Video link to Callier Richardson – 1.508

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Refreshments will be provided  please RSVP to LaRuth Smith

See The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for more events

Comet Con 2017: Dr. Hairston and Alyssa Phillips Friday, Mar 24
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Rooms.

 UTD's Dr. Hairston and student Alyssa Phillips will be starting our panels with a talk entitled "Seducing Geeks into Loving Literature by Using Anime and Manga" which is gonna be a great preview of their fall class! In addition to that, you'll get to hear about the different classes offered by UTD that cover different aspects of anime taught by Dr. Hairston and Dr. Gossin.

Comet Con 2017: UTD TV's Super Happy Fun Fun Good Time Show Friday, Mar 24
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Plinth.

Head on down to the plinth for a Super Happy Fun Fun Time brought to you by UTD TV! 

Feb10$5 Spirit Friday Lunch Friday, Mar 24
(10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: Dining Hall West.

Spirit Friday was created to encourage school spirit and to drive traffic to our dining hall. We offer fun, creative menu options and a discounted entry if guests are wearing the UTD colors.

Restaurant Week Lunch Friday, Mar 24
(10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: Dining Hall West.

Restaurant Week Lunch

  • Monday, March 20 - Burgers
  • Tuesday, March 21 - Latin
  • Wednesday, March 22 - Indian
  • Thursday, March 23 - Chef's Table
  • Friday, March 24 - Korean
Education Abroad: Information Booth Friday, Mar 24
(12 p.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: SU - Upper Level.

Education Abroad is committed to providing opportunities for students to learn more about study abroad programs offered through UT Dallas.  We cordially invite you to stop by the Education Abroad information booth for more information.

Comet Con 2017: Joshua Seth Friday, Mar 24
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Rooms.

Our second panelist is voice actor Joshua Seth! He's been the man behind characters like Tetsuo from Akira, Tai from Digimon, Hige from Wolf's Rain, and many other starring roles. Come hear him speak about his experiences as a voice-over artist, his journey through Hollywood and the many characters he has brought to life!

Tiny SAR ADCs, SAR Assisted Pipelines and a SAR-Based Recording Frontend by Dr. Michael Flynn (U of Michigan-AA) Friday, Mar 24
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

SAR ADCs are not only highly effective by themselves but also form critical building blocks of pipeline ADCs and interleaved SAR ADC arrays. Interleaving of SAR ADCs delivers very high sampling speeds and good energy efficiency. However, interleaving of multiple SAR ADCs poses significant challenges due to the large area needed. A particular problem is that interleaving artifacts are exacerbated by die size. The Charge-Injection Cell Based DAC SAR ADC (ciSAR ADC) is a very compact SAR ADC architecture and achieves excellent energy efficiency. A prototype, fabricated in 40nm CMOS, occupies 0.00058mm2 and consumes 1.26 mW from a 1V supply. The measured ENOB is above 5.46b across input frequencies spanning from 30MHz to 500MHz, sampled at 1GS/s. The area is 52% of the closest competitor and the Walden FoM is measured at 28.6fJ/conv-step.
The SAR assisted pipeline technique facilitates a large stage sub-ADC resolution and removes the sampling mismatch between the MDAC and the sub-ADC. For the same overall ADC resolution, the SAR-assisted pipeline architecture also has advantages compared to the conventional SAR architecture. In particular, for moderately-high resolution (e.g. 12 bits), comparator noise performance is challenging in a conventional SAR ADC. On the other hand, the comparator noise requirement is greatly relaxed in the SAR sub-ADCs of a comparable resolution SAR-assisted pipeline ADC. The cascoded telescopic OTA based SC residue amplifier has been the workhorse of conventional pipeline and SAR-assisted pipeline ADCs. However, the conventional OTA structure consumes a lot of power and has a limited output swing. As an alternative to the OTA, the ring amplifier has the advantages of energy efficient slew-based charging. It generates a near rail-to-rail output swing, and recent ring amplifiers are robust to PVT variation. A prototype 50MS/s 13b ring-amplifier-based SAR-assisted pipeline ADC, employs a 6b first-stage SAR ADC, and an 8b second-stage SAR sub-ADC
The third part of the talk deals with a bi-directional neural interface chip that employs stimulation artifact cancellation to allow concurrent neural recording and stimulation. This capability significantly improves the performance of brain machine interfaces for treatment of disease. In order to further suppress cross-channel common-mode noise, we incorporated a novel common average referencing (CAR) circuit in conjunction with range-adapting (RA) SAR ADC for low-power implementation. The fabricated prototype attenuates stimulation artifacts by up to 42 dB and suppresses common noise among channels by up to 39.8 dB at 330 nW and in an area of 0.17 mm2 per channel.
Michael P. Flynn received the Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995. He received the B.E. and M.Eng.Sc. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland in 1988 and 1990, respectively. From 1988 to 1991 he was with the National Microelectronics Research Centre in Cork, Ireland. He was with National Semiconductor in Santa Clara, CA, from 1993 to 1995 and from 1995 to 1997 he was a Member of Technical Staff with Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX. During the four-year period from 1997 to 2001, he was with Parthus Technologies, Cork, Ireland. Dr. Flynn joined the University of Michigan in 2001 and is currently Professor. His technical interests are in data conversion, RF circuits, serial transceivers and biomedical systems.
Michael Flynn is an IEEE Fellow and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He has served on the Technical Program Committees of the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the Symposium on VLSI Circuits and the Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (ASSCC) and the European Solid-State Circuits Conference. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits from 2013 to 2016

Galerstein Women's Center and the Career Center - Start Smart Salary Negotiations Workshop Friday, Mar 24
(12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: Career Center Seminar Room, SSB 3.107.

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement and Galerstein Women's Center presents "$mart $tart" Salary Workshop"

Presented by the UT Dallas Galerstein Women's Center and the Career Center, Start Smart is an interactive workshop designed to give college students the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. According to AAUW’s research, women one year out of college are paid only 82 percent of what their male counterparts receive. By using the skills taught in this workshop, students are prepared to:

  • Negotiate your starting salary and narrow the gap early
  • Improve your lifelong earning potential
  • Articulate your value
  • Build confidence in your negotiation style
  • Sharpen your budgeting skill

The event is open to UT Dallas students only.

Please register through Comet Careers (Event ID 5676) by Friday, March 17.

Comet Con 2017: Anime Orchestra Friday, Mar 24
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: SU 1st Floor.

Ready or not here they come! UTD's very own Anime Orchestra will be performing at this year's Comet Con which is quickly becoming a Comet Con tradition!

Comet Con 2017: KYN and Dr. Dufour Friday, Mar 24
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Rooms.

Our last panel features UTD alumni Josh Casey and Yari Bundy as electronic music duo K Y N and UTD's very own professor Dr. Dufour. They will cover topics like equipment, sound design, ATEC programs, and there will even be a performance from K Y N! So be sure to come by!

Mathematical Sciences Colloquium by George Hagedorn Friday, Mar 24
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

George Hagedorn

Virginia Tech

Numerical Computation of Semiclassical Dynamics in Several Space Dimensions

We first define semiclassical wave packets and discuss several theoretical results concerning solutions to the time-dependent Schr\"odinger equation.  Then we present various numerical schemes based on these wave packets.


Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Smiles of Promise - 2nd General Meeting Friday, Mar 24
(1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.) Location: RHS 2.002.

This will be the 2nd General Meeting of Smiles of Promise where we will discuss future events and volunteering opportunities.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) - General Meeting Friday, Mar 24
(12:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.)

Meeting will provide members information about organization events and professional building advice.

JSOM Business English Immersion Program Friday, Mar 24
(1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Enhance your written and spoken communication skills in the Business English Immersion Program (BEIP). This certificate program will teach you to communicate professionally and confidently in a dynamic and informative environment.

You will learn the following upon successful program completion:

  • U.S. American writing style and development
  • Academic and business English grammar
  • Accent improvement techniques
  • Cross-cultural, presentational, and telephone skills

BEIP Requirements:

  • Program director or professor recommendation
  • Brief on-site language interview and writing sample


Mathematical Sciences Colloquium by Yingbo Li Friday, Mar 24
(3 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Yingbo Li

Visiting Assistant Professor

Southern Methodist University

Bayesian Minimal Description Lengths for Multiple Changepoint Detection

This paper develops a new class of flexible minimum description length (MDL) procedures for multiple changepoint detection. Existing MDL approaches, which are penalized likelihoods, use data description length information principles to construct penalties that depend on both the number of changepoints and the lengths of the series’ segments. While MDL methods have yielded promising results in time series changepoint problems, state-of-the-art MDL approaches are not flexible enough to incorporate domain experts’ knowledge that some times are more likely to be changepoints. Furthermore, current MDL methods do not readily handle multivariate series where changepoints can occur in some, but not necessarily all component series. The Bayesian MDL method developed in this paper provides a general framework to account for various prior knowledge, which substantially increases changepoint detection powers. Asymptotically, our estimated multiple changepoint configuration is shown to be consistent. Our method is motivated by a climate application, to identify mean shifts in monthly temperature records. In addition to autocorrelation and seasonal means, our method takes into account metadata, which is a record of station relocations and gauge changes, thus permitting study of documented and undocumented changepoint times in tandem. The multivariate extension allows maximum and minimum temperatures to be jointly examined. (Co-authors: Robert Lund and Anuradha Hewaarachchi)


Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Geosciences Seminar Friday, Mar 24
(3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

The Department of Geosciences is pleased to announce the upcoming seminar and we invite you to join us on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in ROC 2.103.  Our disguished guest speaker will be Dr. Paul Sylvester from Texas Tech University.  The title of his presentation will be "Age and Origin of the Impact Melt Sheet at Mistastin Lake crater, Labrador".

Education Abroad: Information Session Friday, Mar 24
(4 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

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.

The Philosopher's Society - General Meeting Friday, Mar 24
(3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.)

This is a weekly meeting for the Philosopher's Society. Attend if you would like to participate in interesting discussions.

Student Chess Society Meeting Friday, Mar 24
(2:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.) Location: 1st floor, western most hallway.

If you want to know a bishop from a knight, or if you’re working on the Sicilian, the student chess society is the place to improve your game. Students, faculty and staff of all skill levels gather for recreational chess Fridays at 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Please check the meeting schedule to verify location. Meetings are free and open to the public — join at your convenience.

Please note that there is a difference between the internationally competitive chess team and the recreational student chess society. The student chess society provides hobbyist players with a leisurely game of chess in a social environment. For more information about meetings and activities, please contact Mariam Danelia, president of the UT Dallas Student Chess Society.

Comet Con 2017: Artist Alley Friday, Mar 24
(11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) Location: Faculty Staff Dining Hall.

Stop by the Faculty Staff Dining Hall to see some amazing art! Fellow students will be displaying and selling unique and spectacular art so you don't want to miss out!  

Comet Con 2017: Gaming Lounge Friday, Mar 24
(11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) Location: SSA Lobby.

Come on over to the SSA lobby for vintage arcade games and gaming on our new gaming wall! 

Comet Con 2017: Cosplay Contest Friday, Mar 24
(5 p.m. - 6 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Rooms.

Come out dressed to the nines y'all! We've got a stage, DJ, judges, and prizes- all we need to finish our recipe is some sick Cosplayers! 

Pokemon League at UTD - Meeting Friday, Mar 24
(5 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Meeting for Pokemon League. Includes variety of Pokemon related activities.

Pride - General Meeting Friday, Mar 24
(5 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Pride is an lgbt social group that connects students to resources, friends, and events that have something to do with lgbtqia identities.

Fellowship of Christian University Students - Friday Night Fellowship Friday, Mar 24
(5 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

This will be our weekly meeting where our members meet and fellowship with one another.

Alumni Happy Hour for BS Global Business & MS International Management Studies Friday, Mar 24
(6 p.m. - 9 p.m.) Location: TopGolf in Allen: 1500 Andrews Parkway.

Practice your golf swing while reconnecting with former classmates and faculty.

Please RSVP with:
Susan Philips

Living Water Student Fellowship - Bible Study Friday, Mar 24
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

We will have Bible group study together.

An Evening with Bill Nye Friday, Mar 24
(7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)


This year SUAAB is partnering with The Eugene McDermott Library, The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Naveen Jindal School of Management and Natural Sciences & Mathematics to bring you the one and only Bill Nye the Science Guy!

NOTE: Doors will be opening at 6:30 p.m. for ticket holders. However, at 7:15 p.m. if you are a ticket holder and not present please know that your ticket will become VOID and reallocated to UTD students (with Comet Cards) in the WAIT LIST LINE.

Faculty/ Staff can reserve tickets through SUAAB’s Orgsync Page – CLICK HERE.

For any issues, please email or call the SUAAB office, (972) 883- 6438.

Nigerian Student Association - NSA Meetings Friday, Mar 24
(7 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.)

NSA general club meeting for its members.

Meteor Theater: Rogue One Friday, Mar 24 - Saturday, Mar 25
(10 p.m. - 12 a.m.) Location: SSA Auditorium.

"The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow."

Join Meteor Theater as we cap off Comet-Con with a screening of Rogue One! Posters and other goodies will be given out at the event so make sure to grab one before we are all out!


Spring 2017 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses Full-Term Session Thursday, Jan 26 - Monday, Mar 27 ]]> OSV March Book Drive Wednesday, Mar 1 - Friday, Mar 31
(8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: Locations Vary.

Assist the Office of Student Volunteerism to give the gift of reading!

Celebrate March into Literacy Month by donating new and gently used books to the Friends of the Richardson Library (FOL), a local nonprofit that promotes reading, literacy and education. Books for any age reader will be accepted as well as textbooks, comic books, graphic novels, and foreign language material.

Collection bins will be located in the OSV office (SSA 14.431T), the SU 1st floor lobby, the AD 2nd-floor lobby near the elevators and the McDermott Library lobby.

Spring 2017 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses 2nd 8-Week Session Tuesday, Mar 21 - Monday, Apr 17 ]]> Entrepreneurial Development Series Friday, Sep 23, 2016 - Saturday, Sep 23
(12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Venture Development Center.

The Venture Development Center is partnering up with Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to provide a formal training program for startup companies founded by UTD students, faculty and alumni as well as for the entrepreneurial community of Dallas. The series will cover how to better equipped for building, leading and operating your startup venture.

If you’re an aspiring or early-stage entrepreneur wanting to increase your chances of success, and wanting to avoid making some common mistakes that can cost thousands of dollars, and years of your time, the Entrepreneur Development Series is for you. Just imagine being able to avoid all the time spent on trying to figure out all the details of launching and growing your business on your own and instead improve your success rate with our course.

The Entrepreneurial Development Series will be held once a month beginning on September 23, 2016 through May 19, 2017 and will consist of 8 four-hour speaker/lecture sessions that tackle key issues in the launch of a new business.