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April 8, 2014
Faculty and Staff Members Give Back:
Jindal School Launches Internal Campaign

The Naveen Jindal School of Management has formed Team JSOM: United in Excellence, an internal faculty and staff campaign to raise money for the University's Realize the Vision initiative.

With less than five weeks remaining in its push, the team has raised $250,000 with the help of 60 faculty and staff members.

The Jindal School is tasked with raising $50 million as part of the Realize the Vision University-wide campaign. Financial support from faculty and staff members is a critical part of reaching that goal.

"When faculty and staff make a financial contribution, regardless of the amount, it demonstrates a promise to support our school and advance the work being done here," said Erica Yaeger, assistant dean of development and alumni relations for the Jindal School. READ MORE

Astronaut to Deliver Concluding ATEC Lecture

Dr. Mae Jemison – whose many career titles include astronaut, chemical engineer, physician, entrepreneur and teacher – will speak April 16 in the final installment of this year's ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series.

Jemison flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992 and more recently has been the leader of 100 Year Starship, an initiative supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to ensure that human space travel to another star is possible within 100 years. Jemison is also an advocate for science education.

Complimentary seats are available to faculty and staff members who register online. READ MORE

Ad Program Lets Messages Ride the Bus

UT Dallas Parking and Transportation Services has launched a Comet Cruiser Bus Advertising program that the campus community can use to promote events, programs and services related to the University. Faculty, staff and students can order ads online through the UT Dallas Marketplace under Transportation Advertisements.

The UT Dallas Comet Cruiser transports up to 102,000 passengers a month during peak periods. Banner ads are available for $20 per month, per ad, and grab handle ads are available for $10 per month, per handle. Advertisers can also get three months of free advertising for purchasing nine months of ad space.

To learn more, call (972) 883-7777 or email [email protected].

UT System Physical Activity Challenge Set

Registration is open for "Living Well, Moving Well," an employee wellness competition run by the UT System among all its institutions.

The competition runs from May 1 to June 12. During the six-week period, participants are challenged to complete the Living Well Health Platform Assessment and log 50,000 steps per week or the equivalent in some other type of physical activity.

UT Dallas will be competing for the "Living Well, Moving Well" traveling trophy, and will kick off the challenge on May 1 at 10 a.m. with a 10-minute walk around the South Mall, starting under the Trellis at the Plinth. Learn more and sign up today to get a free pedometer while supplies last.

Catering Info Available at Dining Hall

Staff members who missed the recent UT Dallas Catering Fair can stop by the Catering Office in the Dining Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to learn about the new menu and new table decorations available through UT Dallas Catering. Contact Valerie Vo, catering manager, with questions at 972-883-2269 or [email protected].

The Office of Research continues its certificate series. Read more and register online.

Writing Good Proposals
April 15, 10 – 11 a.m. (FN 2.106)
The Office of Research Development will discuss how proposal writing differs from other kinds of writing and which approaches work best.

Technology Commercialization
April 17, 3 – 4 p.m. (FO 1.202)
The Office of Technology Commercialization will discuss protection of intellectual property, as well as the importance of timely invention disclosure and lab notebooks.

Submitting Proposal Applications
April 29, 10 – 11 a.m. (FN 2.106)
The process of submitting a grant application can be challenging. The Office of Sponsored Projects will discuss which internal forms are needed and offer tips for success.

Events to Honor Students
Who Help Make UTD Work

The Career Center has planned a slate of activities to recognize the contributions that student employees make in helping run The University of Texas at Dallas. The celebration coincides with National Student Employment Week.

The Career Center encourages UT Dallas departments and offices to give student workers time to attend some or all of these events.

Tuesday, April 15 – Ice Cream Social
3 - 4:30 p.m., on the Student Union Mall, near the Plinth and McDermott Library.

Wednesday, April 16 – Student Employment Celebration
Free lunch, prizes and drawings, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Galaxy Rooms B and C.

Thursday, April 17 – Coffee and Doughnut Break
Sponsored by Chartwells 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Chess Plaza.

See the Career Center's National Student Employment Week website for ways individual departments can recognize student employees. READ MORE

Ceremony to Recognize Diversity Champions

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement will mark its fifth anniversary with the 2014 Diversity Awards Ceremony on April 25 in the Alexander Clark Center. The ceremony will recognize the 2014 UT Dallas Champions of Diversity, including faculty, staff, student, and community and corporate awardees.

Special guest speaker Cheryl Brown Henderson – daughter of Oliver Brown of the historic Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education case – will discuss "Why Diversity Matters."

The ceremony begins at 4 p.m., and a reception will follow in the lobby. The event is open to the public. Attendees may register online at www.utdallas.edu/diversity. Tickets are $10 each, and all proceeds benefit diversity scholarships.

Family Lecture Series to Discuss Sexuality Issues

"Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Communicating about Sexuality from Childhood to Adolescence" is the subject of the final talk in the Center for Children and Families' Spring 2014 Lecture Series on "Surviving and Thriving in Adolescence."

In the talk on Friday, April 25, Dr. Joanna Gentsch will blend evidence-based findings with practical advice in her presentation on discussing sex and sexuality with children and teens. The lecture starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Jindal School of Management, Room 2.106.

April 15
Join the UT Dallas Wellness Committee from noon to 1 p.m. on April 15 in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms for a "lunch and learn" program that will offer a complete overview of the UT Dallas Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Learn how you and your family can benefit from the program and utilize its resources to help create a healthy balance between personal and work life. Lunch will be provided.

April 21-26: Earth Week
UT Dallas will celebrate Earth Week with several environmentally focused events for faculty, staff and students. Watch the Earth Week site for more information.

April 9
The Practice Tee will host UT Dallas Day from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 9. Students, faculty and staff are invited to use the facility's putting green, par 3 course and driving range in advance of the annual UT Dallas Scholarship Golf Tournament. Golf clubs will be available, as will free pizza and drinks. The Practice Tee is at 3570 Waterview Parkway in Richardson.

April 24
The 21st Annual UT Dallas Scholarship Golf Tournament, benefiting UT Dallas Scholarship Funds, will be held Thursday, April 24, at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson. For more information or to register or make a donation, visit utdallas.edu/golf or call the Office of Administration at 972-883-2213.