October Luncheon Recap

October 9, 2013 – 3:12 pm

The October 3, 2013 UTAAA Luncheon/Meeting was sponsored by University College and University Advising Center. University College Executive Director Dr. Dawn Remmers presented "What is New and Upcoming in Academic Advising?" and discussed a variety of topics related to changes in policy including Central Advising Records (CAR), Grade Forgiveness and Probation Advising Guidelines.

Dr. Remmers stated that the Central Advising Records (CAR) program will likely be available in early 2014, but it could be May. CAR would permit advisors to notify specific student groups and keep notes from advising sessions and upload documents to Image Now. This information could be viewed from any advisor with MyMav access.

The new Grade Forgiveness policy starts with first time college students that started classes this fall (Fall 2013). Transfer students do not have grade forgiveness options. Advisors will need to be very careful about which process is required for their students. Check the UTA Catalog for Grading Policies and Grade Forgiveness Requirements.

Dr. Remmers also went into detail about the new Performance Enrollment Contract that should be used with students on probation. She also discussed the flow chart for students on probation, warning, dismissal and subsequent dismissals. The Probation Guidelines are available online on the Advisor Handbook.


  1. UTAAA Annual Advising Conference is set for February 18, 2013
  2. UTAAA Student Design Competition will help us with a new UTAAA logo, but we need help spreading the word. Information can be found online: www.uta.edu/utaaa
  3. UTAAA will host four workshops for developing a proposal for the UTAAA conference. Please contact Ladorna McGee at ladorna@uta.edu for more information or visit the UTAAA website.
  4. The next Conference Committee meeting is October 16 in 432 UH from 3-4pm.

September Luncheon Recap

October 4, 2013 – 4:46 pm

The September 5th UTAAA Luncheon/Meeting was sponsored by the Office of International Education. Kelli Anderson and Courtney Bauman discussed UTA Study Abroad and “What Advisors Need to Know.”

If would like more information please click on this link: Study Abroad Presentation – “What Advisors Need to Know”

A special thank you to everyone that submitted their UTAAA membership forms for the 2013-2014 academic year. We look forward to a great year of professional development and social engagements.

UTAAA is still looking for volunteers for the annual conference and will have another Conference Committee meeting in October. Check the UTAAA website for more details: www.uta.edu/utaaa

UTAAA Gets Social!

June 5, 2013 – 3:10 pm

Thank you to all who were able to attend the UTAAA End of Year Happy Hour last week at Blaze’s Sports Grill! We had a great turn out and loved supporting a local business! For those of you that couldn’t make it, don’t worry! We’ll have more social events in the future, and we’ll save you a seat.

On a side note, the UTAAA Executive Board will be meeting this summer to discuss planning for next year’s events and conference. As always, we appreciate your feedback and suggestions for topics and activities that are relevant to the important work that we do at UTA every day. Please contact us at utaaa@uta.edu.

May Luncheon Recap

May 2, 2013 – 5:04 pm

We closed the 2012-2013 year for UTAAA with a luncheon/meeting sponsored by The Leadership Center. Leadership Minor and Certificate Advisor Paige Corder provided information about the Leader Center and the minor and certification programs offered. The PowerPoint presentation with contact information can be found here: The Leadership Center Presentation.

UTAAA Executive Board members made an important announcement about a former UTAAA member that will be sent out to the UTAAA Listserv with more details in the near future.

The meeting also included a presentation about the Finish@UT program. The degree is a BS in University Studies at UT Arlington. University Studies Advisors Kathleen S. Stephens, PhD and Bethany McLaughlin Bateman, LSW discussed the entrance requirements and the differences between the online and on-campus programs.  Details and contact information can be found on the Finish@UT PowerPoint Presentation or online.

Final announcements included:

  • Save the Date for the UTAAA Spring Social ~ May 31st (happy hour near campus-TBA)
  • UTAAA Historian Soyla Santos is still on the hunt for former UTAAA Executive Board Members. Please contact her at ssantos@uta.edu if you have any memory or paperwork regarding UTAAA pre-2001.
  • The 2013-2014 UTAAA Executive Board will be meeting soon to discuss topics for meetings and the 17th Annual Advising Conference scheduled for February 2014. If you have suggestions please email utaaa@uta.edu.

The UTAAA Executive Board 2012-2013 would like to thank all UTAAA members for all of your support, questions, suggestions, kind words and participation this year!

Provost Luncheon 2013

April 19, 2013 – 11:52 am

A special thank you to everyone that made it the annual Provost Luncheon on Wednesday, April 17.

Dr. Dawn Remmers presented the Outstanding Advisor Awards on behalf of the Provost Office. Awards are as follows:

Graduate Faculty Advisor
Dr. Liping Tang – Department of Bioengineering

Honorable Mentions
Dr. Sheik Imrhan – Department of Industrial Engineering
Dr. Samir Iqbal – Nanofab Center

Undergraduate Faculty Advisor
Elise Elliott – Department of English

Honorable Mentions
Alicia Soueid – Department of Modern Languages
Rebecca Garner – Department of Kinesiology

Professional Staff Advisor
Reginald Hendricks – College of Nursing

Honorable Mentions
Candice Calhoun-Butts – College of Nursing
Lakayla Cooper – College of Nursing

Many, many thanks to all the wonderful UT Arlington advisors working hard every day for student success!

The luncheon also included the acknowledgement of the UTAAA 2013-2014 Executive Board:

President: Elaine Lark
President Elect: Erin Townsend
Vice President: Megan Fauntleroy
Treasurer: Teaira Little
Historian: Soyla Santos
Corresponding Secretary: Megan Vargas
Recording Secretary: Demetrice Hodges

Congratulations to the new board members and thank you to everyone that submitted nominations and voted! Go Mavs! Next year’s planning will be starting soon, so look forward to some great UTAAA programming for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Please remember that UTAAA will have one more luncheon/meeting before the end of the semester. Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 2nd in the MAC (12:30pm-2pm). UTAAA is also working on a advisor social to take place after grades post, so check your email for updates! Lots of learning and fun ahead!

March Luncheon Recap – Major Exploration

March 8, 2013 – 4:15 pm

The March 7th UTTAAA Luncheon/Meeting was sponsored by the University Advising Center. The topic was “Major Exploration & The Advising Community.”

The presentation offered information regarding the 45 Hour to Major and Floating 30 State Laws and Major Exploration options available to students that may be undeclared, displaced, exploratory, probationary, etc. The PowerPoint presentation with hyperlinks is available:Major Exploration UTAAA presentation

Major Exploration Seminars are offered several times a month. Students can sign up Online.

Major Exploration on Blackboard is a simple process that can be offered to students that cannot fit a seminar in their schedule. The “How to Self-Enroll” instructions are availble here:ME Blackboard Instructions

Contact information for Major Exploration advising is 817-272-3140 or exploringmajors@uta.edu. You can also find information on Major Exploration events on Facebook or on Twitter.

In other news, UTAAA is looking for nominations for next year’s Executive Board. We’ll be taking nominations online until March 22nd. Please visit our website and submit your nominations!

December Luncheon Recap

December 12, 2012 – 5:55 pm

Several UTAAA Announcements:

The 16th Annual UTAAA Advising Conference is scheduled for Monday, February 11, 2013. Last Call for Proposals was sent out via email to the UTAAA Listserv. Registration will be open soon.

UTAAA is looking for volunteers for the conference. Please contact Megan Fauntleroy at meganfauntleroy@uta.edu if you would like to help with the conference.

Student Enrollment Services presents “Financial Aid Update.” A variety of information was covered including SAP appeals and disbursement dates.

Spring 2013 Financial Aid disbursement is scheduled for January 4. Students will be emailed with disbursement information.

The Financial Aid Office is working on customer service and an automated email service to answer basic information in a timely manner.

Visit www.uta.edu/fao for more information.

Ending remarks included MARK Awards for advisors that have completed MARK training.

Next luncheon is JANUARY 10, 2013. Have a great holiday break!

November Luncheon Recap

November 14, 2012 – 6:11 pm

The November Luncheon included a several announcements:

Lynne VonRoeder is no longer working at UTA and the UTAAA presidency has been given to VP Micaela Seals as stated in the UTAAA By-Laws. We wish the best of luck to Lynne as she begins a new chapter in her life.

The 16th Annual UTAAA Advising Conference is scheduled for Monday, February 11, 2013. A Call for Proposals was sent out via email to the UTAAA Listserv.

Guest Speakers: Office of Student Affairs
Attached is the PowerPoint presentation, the Student Affairs organization chart with links to the learning outcomes and strategic plan for Student Affairs.

You can always log on to the website for more information, www.uta.edu/studentaffairs.

UTAAA Presentation – Student Affairs

Org Chart copy

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Thursday, December 6th. Keep up the good work!

No NACADA for You this Year? The Next Best Thing…

October 8, 2012 – 2:42 pm

Last week, academic advisors and administrations from across the nation were swarming the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee for the annual NACADA National Conference.

There were over 300 individual sessions and multiple workshops all scheduled between October 4 and October 7. Unfortunately, not all advisors can make the trip to this conference, but that doesn’t mean that we have to be left out in the dark. Plenty of presenters did all of us a great favor and posted information online for easy access. Below you will find some links to a couple of NACADA presentations I found interesting:

An Introduction to Social Media in Education:
#DigitalAdvising @YourSchool:

I recommend that you surf the NACADA conference website for more information. Please feel free to post your findings in the comments section to share with everyone.

October UTAAA Luncheon Recap

October 5, 2012 – 10:10 am

The October UTAAA meeting that took place yesterday was very thought provoking.

The meeting started with basic announcements:

For those of you that may be new to advising, signing up for MARK (Maverick Advisors Reaching for Knowledge) Training is a great way to learn about UTA policies and advising practices. Click here for more details and registration.

The UTAAA Conference has been scheduled for Monday, February 11, 2013. The conference title is “Advising Tune-Up: Becoming Mechanics for Student Success.” Proposals for break-out sessions will be accepted between October 15th and November 15th. Please refer to the UTAAA website for more information.

The focus of the luncheon was the UTA Undergraduate Recruitment Department, and they offered a great presentation about their staff, mission and goals. Did you know that their office has over 70 employees and the BeAMaverick@uta.edu account received over 23,000 emails last year? Wow! Needless to say, the statistics that they presented about new freshman and transfer students were phenomenal. They also shared the President’s goal of 3000 new freshman for 2013-2014. The session was jammed packed with information, and we learned about their communication flows, recruitment process and community outreach efforts. For more information on Undergraduate Recruitment can be found on the UTA website.

Remember to mark your calendars for the next UTAAA Luncheon on Thursday, November 1, 2012 in the Library Atrium for a presentation from Student Affairs.

AND…a quick plug for The Maverick Major Fair . Join us or send your exploratory students to the Library Mall on Wednesday, October 11, 2012, 10am-2pm. Hosted by the University College and University Advising Center, the Maverick Major Fair will offer students an opportunity to meet with department advisors before the big, spring advising rush. Contact Soyla Santos for more details at ssantos@uta.edu.