Former Career Center Director Jerry Moore Dies at 92

Jerry Moore

Jerry Cocreham Moore, the director of the UT Dallas Career Center for 19 years, died in May at the age of 92.

As director of career planning and placement from 1976 to 1995, Moore helped hundreds of students find jobs and careers. Many of those students credited her with helping them find their direction in life and kept in touch with her long after they graduated.

"She was really a mentor to me," said Susan Chizeck, a faculty member in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies who worked with Moore during her time at UT Dallas. “When I first began this work with students wanting internships, she immediately shared her resources with me. She would meet with each student, then make lots of phone calls to set up interviews for them all over the Metroplex. She seemed to be on friendly terms with all the major employers and had great success placing students.”

She was born March 27, 1925, in San Antonio, but spent most of her childhood in Trinity, Texas. In 1948, she married Joe Grady Moore, Jr., a Purple Heart recipient in World War II. He passed away in 2005. Jerry is survived by her children Joe Grady Moore III and Antoinette “Toni” Moore.

UT Dallas is a Tobacco-Free Campus

UT Dallas celebrated becoming a tobacco-free campus with a Breathe Easy event on June 1 on the North Mall. Faculty, staff and students enjoyed refreshments and giveaways while learning about the new policy and available tobacco-cessation resources. For more details, visit

Lecture to Explore Aviation’s Early Years, Wartime Impact

John Morrow

Internationally renowned World War I history scholar and author Dr. John H. Morrow Jr. will explore the early years of the aviation industry and how it developed during wartime at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the 2017 George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lecture. His presentation is titled “The Origins of the Aviation Industry, 1909-1921.”

Morrow is the Franklin Professor of History at the University of Georgia. The event, which will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management Davidson Auditorium, is free, but registration is required. For more information, call 972-883-2577.

Juneteenth Bake-Off Seeking Entries

The Multicultural Center is looking for contestants to use their cooking skills for a chance to win prizes, bragging rights and a trophy at the 15th annual Juneteenth Bake-off on Thursday, June 15. Participants must submit an original, homemade dessert that does not require refrigeration. Entries must be delivered to the Multicultural Center by 9 a.m. on June 15 to be judged on taste, originality and appearance.

For more information and contest rules, visit the Multicultural Center’s website or call 972-883-6390.

Office of Student Volunteerism Blood Drive June 29

Are you ready to be someone’s hero? The Office of Student Volunteerism will hold its June Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.

The Carter BloodCare Bus will be parked at the Residence Hall South Loading Zone. Participants will receive a T-shirt and 50 percent off select seats for a Texas Rangers ballgame after donating, while supplies last.

Visit to register and make an appointment.

Mind and Body Wellness Series: Brain Health Lunch-and-Learn

The Center for Brain Health and the UT Dallas Benefits team will host a lunch-and-learn on training your brain to survive in the workplace from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, in the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM 11.214 and 11.218).

Jennifer Zientz, Center for BrainHealth’s head of clinical services, will share insights, tools, and tactics that can help you improve focus, boost mental energy, and eliminate toxic habits that may hinder efficient brain function and your well-being in the workplace.

Please RSVP online by Friday, June 16, to reserve your seat.

Register for the Corporate Challenge

Corporate Challenge

Registration for the 2017 Richardson Corporate Challenge is now open. This annual, Olympic-style competition brings local companies and organizations together to raise money for Special Olympics Texas and engage in friendly competition. The challenge runs from Friday, Aug. 11, to Thursday, Oct. 12, with a wide range of events, including tennis, kickball, bowling and darts.

Download the event schedule and UT Dallas team sign-up sheet, and email the completed form to [email protected].

Also, this year’s Opening Ceremony and Great Walk will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Galatyn Plaza (2351 Performance Drive). In addition to free food and festivities for attendees, UT Dallas earns participation points for each team member who completes the 10- to 15-minute walk. There will be a UT Dallas team tent where you can meet up with your colleagues and family members.
For updates and more information, visit the UT Dallas Corporate Challenge webpage.

Event Planners Forum Coming Aug. 8

The UT Dallas Event Planners Forum, hosted by University Events, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center.

The forum is intended for campus event planners and offers a variety of sessions to assist in making each event a success. This year, sessions cover University and UT System guidelines and policies pertaining to events, campus resources and tools, and reserving event space. The forum is open to all campus event personnel. To attend, register by Tuesday, July 25.

Save the Date: Annual Benefits Enrollment Begins July 15

During the annual benefits enrollment period — Saturday, July 15, to Monday, July 31 — you will be able to:

  • Make changes to your benefits.
  • Enroll or re-enroll in UT FLEX (employees only; enrollment does not automatically renew).
  • Add or remove dependents from your coverage plan.

An email containing a summary of your coverage and a link to the annual enrollment website will be sent to all benefits-eligible employees by Saturday, July 15. After you receive the email, log in to MyUTBenefits and follow the on-screen instructions to make your selections. You will receive an email confirming your changes in approximately 24 hours. If you don’t receive the confirmation email, contact UT Dallas Office of Human Resources – Benefits Services at [email protected] for help.

Enrollment must be completed before midnight on Monday, July 31.

The UT System Office of Employee Benefits will announce any changes to the FY 17-18 benefits plans in the A Matter Of Health newsletter in early July. Please monitor your University email account for this information and for campus-specific details.

For assistance or more information, contact the UT Dallas Office of Human Resources – Benefits Services staff via email at [email protected]. Benefits-eligible employees may also attend the UT Dallas Benefits Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 17, in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602) to learn more.


Summer Chess Camps
The Chess Team will host camps this summer for players of all skill levels. The camps, which will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, are scheduled for June 12-16, June 19-23, July 10-14 and July 17-21. Camp tuition includes a souvenir T-shirt, chessboard and pieces, scorebook, group photo, certificate of completion, and snacks. There are special discount rates for faculty, staff, students and alumni. For more information or to register, visit the camp website.

Educational Technology Service Survey
The Educational Technology Service department, consisting of the eLearning Team, Media Services and Video Services, wants input from faculty, staff and students about its service. The department’s goal is to provide you with the best service possible. The survey is available online.

Facilities Management Has New Online Tools
The new Facilities Management website now offers tools that allow users to make a work request and report a problem online. Simply log on with your NetID and password and fill in the appropriate online form as prompted. Once the form is submitted, Facilities Management will send a confirmation of receipt and contact you with any questions.

Summer Meal Memberships
UT Dallas Dining Services is offering a Faculty and Staff Summer Meal Membership, which includes any 10 meals in Dining Hall West until Aug. 8 for $85, plus tax. Memberships can be purchased online at and are loaded directly to your Comet Card within one business day of purchase. Additional memberships can be purchased if you run out of swipes, and multiple swipes can be used at each visit if you want to pay for a colleague or guest.

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