Volunteers Needed for Commencement, Memories on the Mall

University Registrar Jennifer McDowell gives instructions about the procession to students from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences before their commencement ceremony

Staff members interested in volunteering at the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies and Memories on the Mall are invited to sign up online by Friday, April 27. Commencement roles include greeters, ushers, and/or shuttle guides. Duties for Memories on the Mall include distributing alumni tote bags to graduates and serving refreshments. Available shifts include:

Wednesday, May 9

  • Commencement: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., noon to 5 p.m. or all day (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Memories on the Mall: 9:45 to 11 a.m., 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., 2:45 to 4 p.m. or 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 10

  • Commencement: 7:30 to 11:45 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or all day (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Memories on the Mall: 9:45 to 11 a.m., 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. or 2:45 to 4 p.m.

Friday, May 11

  • Commencement: 7:30 to 11:45 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or all day (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Memories on the Mall: 9:45 to 11 a.m., 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. or 2:45 to 4 p.m.

Registered volunteers will be contacted to confirm shift scheduling. Commencement starts with Honors Convocation on Tuesday, May 8. There will be 10 graduation ceremonies in all, with the last at 2 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Summit to Focus on Emerging Financial Tech, Blockchain, A.I.

Emerging Technologies Summit

The Emerging Technologies Summit will be held April 18-19 in the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. Discounted, flat-rate tickets are available to faculty and staff. The summit will showcase pioneering products and presenters in financial technology, blockchain and artificial intelligence.

The event is a collaboration between the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Office of Research, the Naveen Jindal School of Management and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. For more information or to receive the discount promo code, email Dresden Goldberg.

Superconductivity Lecture Features Princeton Professor

The Department of Physics and the Sigma Xi scientific research honor society will sponsor a lecture by Princeton University’s Dr. Robert Cava at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102). “Superconductivity: Where We Are and Where We Are Going” will describe the progress of research on superconductivity, as well as its practical applications in society and the potential for the field. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and an award-winning teacher, Cava has discovered and investigated new types of superconducting materials, which transmit electric current with no energy loss.

Celebration of Teaching Excellence Presentation and Reception

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty and staff to the second annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence award presentation and reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the McDermott Suite (MC 4.4). President Richard Benson will speak at 4 p.m., after which award winners will be recognized. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please register by noon on Friday, April 20. Seating is limited.

‘From Labs to Riches’ Seminar on Research Commercialization

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship presents “From Labs to Riches: Learn How to Turn Your Research into Commercial Technology,” a seminar to be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. Speaker Ted Benson of Instabase, a financial data processing and automation firm, will discuss his experience at startup Cloudstitch as well as his later roles. Registration is free.

Register to Attend Undergraduate Research Match Day

The Office of Undergraduate Education will host Undergraduate Research Match Day from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in the Visitor Center and University Bookstore atrium. The event provides faculty an opportunity to recruit undergraduate researchers and showcase research projects. Light refreshments will be served. Faculty who want to participate should register by Friday, April 13. For more information, email Hillary Campbell.

Diversity Awards Ceremony Benefits Scholarship Program

Faculty and staff are invited to the ninth annual Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. WFAA-TV anchor Alisha Laventure will emcee the event. Singer and actress Rachel Dupard will perform, along with a jazz ensemble, dance groups and a mariachi band. The celebration benefits the Diversity Scholarship Program. Register for the free event here.

Learn from Work-Life Balance Lecturer at Women ERG Meeting

The Women Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites you to learn about “Managing Work-Life Balance” with lecturer Trillion Small from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in SSA 14.265. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided to those registered before Monday, April 16. Email Samantha Preisser with any questions or dietary restrictions.

Comet Cabs Expand Service to Synergy Park North

Parking and Transportation has extended the Rutford North Comet Cab route to include service to both Synergy Park North buildings (SPN and SP2) to simplify access to destinations such as the SPN Wellness Center, UTDesign and the Student Testing Center. Hours for this route have expanded to 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more details, visit the route map online.

Zipcar Now Offering Department Accounts

Zipcar now allows departments to create accounts to use its vehicle-sharing service for business purposes. The recurring membership fee is waived for departments. Cars can be rented by the hour or day. Once an account is created, individuals on the account will have access to Zipcar locations throughout the U.S. Learn more on the UT Dallas Zipcar webpage and visit Zipcar’s site to join.


University Golf Tournament to Benefit Student Scholarships
Faculty and staff are invited to the 25th Annual UT Dallas Scholarship Golf Tournament, to be held Friday, April 27, at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland. Proceeds benefit the Betty and Gifford Johnson Graduate, Patti Henry-Pinch Undergraduate and Academic Bridge scholarship endowments. The scholarships help undergraduates with research and travel expenses, allow graduate students to present their work at national conferences and help smooth the transition for first-generation college students. For more information, see the tournament registration page, or call the Office of Administration at 972-883-2213.

Celebrate Earth Week
The Office of Student Volunteerism and the Office of Sustainability will celebrate Earth Week April 16-20. All events are on campus and open to students, faculty and staff. Highlights include a Sustainability in Research Panel Discussion at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102) and the Earth Fair at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Plinth, featuring booths, giveaways and Dining Services’ Pop Up Farmers Market.

Hygiene Item Charity Drive
Throughout April, the Office of Student Volunteerism will collect hygiene items for the Human Rights Initiative. OSV seeks unopened, full-sized hygiene items. Shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, body wash and feminine hygiene items are especially needed. Donation boxes are in the OSV Office (SSA 14.431T), the Administration Building’s second-floor lobby near the elevators, the Student Union first-floor lobby, the Residence Hall North lobby and the ECS Student Services Office (ECSS 2.502).

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