Bailey Arts Studios Rebuild Includes Fab Lab
Part of the Bailey Arts Studios is undergoing a transformation this fall into spaces for innovation and creativity amongst student and faculty inventors, designers, entrepreneurs and artists.
Most notably, the project will include construction of a digital fabrication lab (the Fab Lab) that will be an entrepreneurially focused, collaborative maker-space for students and faculty to turn their ideas and dreams into prototypes and products. The space will include laser cutters, 3-D printers, computer numerical control (CNC) routers, large format printers, vinyl cutters and state-of-the art computer technology.
“Virtually anything can be created in a fab lab, even things we haven’t dreamed of yet,” said David Gudelunas, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, pointing out that most fab labs are at large research institutions or affiliated with major think tanks. Only 4 percent of colleges and universities in the country have a fab lab, and an even smaller number make these technologies available to undergraduate students.
In addition to the Fab Lab, the rebuilt Bailey Art Studios will include:
According to Chris Valle, chair/professor of art and design, all of the rebuilt spaces will take their design cues from the edgy and collaborative vibe that is the standard in tech startups and other creative professional spaces.
- A modernized, state-of-the-art photography studio and environmentally friendly darkroom complete with professional-grade lighting studio and staging areas.
- Two new high-tech classrooms that encourage interpersonal and technological engagement to support the growing graphic design major and the digital arts generally.
- A reimagined printmaking studio with safety and technological improvements that diversifies the printmaking capabilities and combines traditional processes with new emerging digital tools.
- Enhancements to the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery.
“These new spaces are a physical manifestation of the vision of the art and design department and the College of Arts and Letters,” said Valle. “Art and design majors will have access to spaces that are as imaginative and aesthetically focused as they are. It is a perfect match.”
The project is set to be completed in the spring semester.
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Faculty on Sabbatical
A number of faculty members will be on sabbatical leave for all or part of the 2018-2019 academic year. Following is a list of professors who will be on leave along with their sabbatical project.
James Aubry, associate professor of French, “Review of the use of Social Media to enhance Second Language Acquisition”
Karla Borja, associate professor of economics, “Remittances, Institutions, and Human Development in Latin America”
Lonnie Bryant, associate professor of finance, “Study on the effects of Employee Engagement”
Erica Dawson, associate professor of English and writing, “Epistemic Injustice and the Postmodern Epic” (scholarly article) and “When Rap Spoke Straight to God Fall 2018 Book Tour” (artistic performance)
Lori Benson McRae, associate professor of biology, “Stomach Content Analysis of Invasive Belonesox belizanus, Pike Killifish, in Tampa Bay”
Terry Parssinen, professor of history, “The History of the Cigarette”
Christopher Boulton, assistant professor of communication, “A Videographic Essay on Pop Science Cinema”
Kevin Beach, professor of biology, “Cladophora turf and crustacean meiofauna: A mutualistic relationship in mangrove forests?”
Robert Beekman, associate professor of economics, “Quantifying the Qualitative Attributes of a College that Adds Value for Students”
Andrew DeMil, assistant professor of Spanish, “Beginning Conversation in Spanish”
Deletha Hardin, associate professor of psychology, “The Role of Sense of Humor in Romantic Relationship Quality”
James Lee, associate professor of marketing, “To Study The Relationship Between the Five-Factor Model of Personality, Self-evaluations, Consumer Comfort, Corporate Ratings, and Usage Intentions”
Joe Letter, associate professor of writing, “American Grotesque”
William Myers, assistant professor of political science, “Can Context Rival the Court?”
Teresa Pergola, associate professor of accounting, “Metaphors and Business Ethics”
Jennifer Wortham, professor of health sciences and human performance, “Writing two manuscripts: Spider Crab Setae and Grooming Behaviors of Spider Crabs”
2018-2019 Academic Year
Dana Plays, professor of film, animation and new media, “Finishing and Distribution: Ozone, Ott Moore, and Love Stories”
Aimee Whiteside, associate professor of English and writing, “Preparing for the Future: Enhance Online Teaching through Research and by Developing an Online Master's Program”
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Increase Your Financial Literacy Nov. 5–9 Faculty and staff are invited to learn about financial literacy during Financial Literacy Week, Nov. 5–9, presented by Baccalaureate Experience.
This is a chance to expand your knowledge of these financial literacy topics:
Monday, Nov. 5
Tuesday, Nov. 6
- 10–10:50 a.m. — Financial Aid, Tracy Wiles, associate director of financial aid
- 2:30–3:20 p.m. — Entrepreneurship, Allie Felix, director of programming and partnerships at Embarc Collective
Wednesday, Nov. 7
- 4–4:50 p.m. — Information Technology, Bill Arnold, director of information security
Thursday, Nov. 8
- 9–9:50 a.m. — Finance, Cheri Etling-Paulsen, associate professor of finance
- 11:50 a.m.–12:40 p.m. — Entrepreneurship, Tim Moore, CEO of Diamond View Studios
Friday, Nov. 9
- 6–6:50 p.m. — Management, James Welch, instructor of management
- 4–4:50 p.m. — Financial Wellness, Jennika Lebron ’19, student coordinator and president of Financial Wellness
All presentations will take place in Reeves Theater in the Vaughn Center. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Current UT SustainabilityBy Jessa Madosky, assistant professor of biology
The University has made some great progress to become more sustainable, but they aren’t always visible. There’s always more that can be done and the UT Faculty Sustainability Committee is always looking for additional ways to make campus more sustainable. But it’s also important to recognize the amazing work already done.
Here are just a few of the sustainable features UT already has in place:
LEED certified buildings — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings are more energy efficient and sustainable than their counterparts. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, who runs the certification program, these buildings are also better for people working in them. Their recent survey found that employees in LEED certified buildings are “happier, healthier and more productive.”
These buildings are LEED certified or in the process of becoming LEED certified:
BikeUT — This program allows students, faculty and staff to check out a bike (and helmet) for free and is open in the afternoons seven days a week. You can rent a bike at their location in the Fitness Center if you want to check it out.
- Graduate and Health Studies building
- Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building
- Fitness and Recreation Center
- Science Annex
- Jenkins Hall
- Dickey Health and Wellness Center
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations — If you drive an electric car or a plug-in hybrid, you can charge your car on campus (for a fee). The charging stations are located in the Thomas Parking Garage.
Single-stream Recycling — There are a number of recycling bins on campus where you can dispose of your recyclables — just make sure you aren’t putting trash in them, too! The single stream system is great, because you don’t have to separate out all your glass from your plastic, etc. (Watch this column for a future piece about what can (and can’t) be recycled here in Tampa.)
This is just a small sampling of what UT already does to be sustainable —we’ll share more in a future Sustainability Corner. If you have a great idea for how UT can be more sustainable, please contact one of the members of the Faculty Sustainability Committee.
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Victorian Christmas Stroll Begins Dec. 1
Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the Henry B. Plant Museum’s 37th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll. The event runs daily from Dec. 1–23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every exhibit room is decorated with a different theme. Once again, there will be an interactive sensory tree activity for visitors with disabilities. While exploring the museum, look for snow babies and tiny antique trees in exhibit cases, a Christmas display worthy of the 1890s Tampa Bay Hotel, and exotic handmade Temari balls (Japanese thread balls). Other decorations include a replica Plant System train, vintage fashions, antique toys, locally sourced items and fanciful ornaments.
Guests can enjoy complimentary cider and cookies all day on the verandah and live music each evening from 6–8 p.m. The museum will also host a number of special performances during the Victorian Christmas Stroll.
If you are looking for unique gifts, stop by the Museum Store where faculty and staff get a 10 percent discount.
Admission is free for faculty, staff and students with a UT ID, $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $9 for youths (4-18 years). Discount days are Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11. Discount days admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for youths (4–18).
Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.
For more information, contact Lindsay Huban, museum relations coordinator, at (813) 258-7302 or email@example.com.
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Innovative System Helps UT Save Water, Money Each year, the University collects about 3 million gallons of water — right out of the air.
“Condensate is the purest water you can have, free out of the air,” said Jennifer Isenbeck, director of facilities, over the rush of water at the condensate lift station hidden by landscaping at the Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building.
The water is so pure, in fact, it is prone to algae blooms and reacts to metals, something the facilities team learned the hard way when they used the collected condensate at the fountains in Agliano Park.
But despite that hiccup, the system has been a success in helping UT offset its potable water demands, both helping the environment and saving the University money.
“That’s 3 million gallons of water we don’t pay the city water or sanitary charges for,” said Isenbeck, pointing out a meter that measures how much of the water used in the system is reclaimed for reuse at the campus Chiller Plant, which the city then offsets from the total consumption use.
The majority of the condensate collected at UT is used at the Chiller Plant as part of UT’s air conditioning system.
Isenbeck explained that when the University put in the underground infrastructure pipes for the Chiller Plant, they put in pipes for the condensate system at the same time, and have continued to add more as more buildings have been brought onto the Chiller Plant system.
The lift station by the ICB collects condensate from Jenkins Hall, the Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building, Palm Apartments, Austin Hall, Brevard Hall and the Vaughn Center. The condensate — which is evaporated water in the air, essentially the sweat on the exterior of a glass of ice water — is then pumped to the Chiller Plant as part of the refrigeration cycle that pumps water at 42 degrees Fahrenheit to cool buildings.
“Residential air conditioners usually use refrigerant through the indoor air handler, but our campus system uses very cold water instead. The refrigerant is back at the Chiller Plant,” said Isenbeck.
Isenbeck said this type of system is two to three times more efficient, more reliable and lasts longer. Whereas a typical individual air conditioning unit will last 10–15 years in Florida, the equipment at the Chiller Plant has an expected life of 30 or more years.
Since January 2017, when the meter was installed, the system has collected 4.51 million gallons of water, however, the system has been operational since 2013 when the Chiller Plant was built.
Condensate is also collected from the Martinez Athletics Center, which is used to supplement water used in irrigation.
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UT Partners with JED Foundation to Improve Students’ Mental Health
The University has launched a four-year partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among young adults.
“The hope is to be ahead of the curve and make sure we are meeting the needs of our students, because without their health, they’re not going to perform in the classroom. Health and wellbeing is primary,” said Gina Firth, associate dean of wellness. “We have to make sure their needs are being met so each student can thrive and meet their potential.”
According to Firth, the University is currently doing a “deep dive into data” by completing a self-assessment, while simultaneously surveying students with the Healthy Minds Study out of the University of Michigan.
“The Healthy Minds Study is looking at mental health and substance abuse issues across the board inside out and backwards. It’s very intensive,” said Firth, explaining screening tools are built into the survey. “If a student is screening high for a particular problem, they’ll be given resources.”
The next step is for all the data to go to JED, who will put together a report. JED will then come to campus Feb. 4–5, 2019, to share what they’ve learned and begin the strategic planning process.
Going forward, the University will be assigned a partner from JED to help implement the plan over the next three and a half years. Through JED, the University also has access to a network of other colleges and universities that are going through or have already completed the same process.
“It’s exciting. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it, because it will help our students,” said Firth. “What’s been really wonderful is watching the student reaction to this. I have gotten emails from students who have taken this survey and said, ‘Thank you. Thank you for doing this. Thank you for including me. Thank you for listening.’ So the students really appreciate that the University cares and wants to find out what their needs are.”
Faculty and staff can help by encouraging students to complete the Healthy Minds Survey, which is open through Nov. 5. If a student deleted the email invitation, reminder emails will be sent before the survey closes.
If you’d like to be part of the UT JED Campus team, email Firth for more information. Faculty and staff can also join Healthy Spartans 2020, a group of students, faculty and staff that focus on the overall health of the entire campus community.
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Workday Update From the Office of Information Technology and Security
Workday Student Update
Workday Student is being implemented to replace our current Jenzabar CX/SpartanWeb student information system. The project is currently in the planning stage with course registration scheduled to go live for Fall 2020 registration, which starts in late March 2020. This timeline offers UT the opportunity to take advantage of numerous Workday-designed features and processes that will become available throughout 2019.
ITS is hosting a series of monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn sessions to educate the UT community about Workday.
Past topics include: UT Cloud Strategy, Employee Onboarding Changes, Delegation Functionality in Workday and Contract Contingent Workers.
UT Cloud Strategy
Delegation Functionality in Workday
- The Cloud is built on linked data centers with shared, redundant resources. This level of redundancy is nearly impossible for any organization to build on its own.
- UT Cloud Strategy: Any new or transitioning application should be deployed using Cloud resources unless there is a compelling reason not to.
- Cloud-based applications with functional area ownership enable end users to receive support directly from the business, eliminating the need to channel through ITS Help Desk, and resulting in quicker resolution.
Contract Contingent Workers
- Delegations are temporary reassignments of tasks from your Workday inbox to another user
- You can delegate all inbox activities or specific business processes to another use
- The Delegation Functionality video on the HR Workday Wiki has a quick tutorial with details.
Employee Onboarding Changes
- Contingent Workers are volunteers, consultants and auditors, etc. They are not UT employees.
- The Contract Contingent Worker process in Workday is used to record general details about a work assignment and to onboard the worker.
We encourage the campus community to participate in Workday Lunch and Learn awareness opportunities. Future sessions will continue to review enhancements, new features being rolled out, and updates on the Workday Student implementation timeline as they become relevant to the greater UT community.
- The Employee Onboarding pages in Workday will soon have more intuitive inbox labels and new on-page instructions.
- For student workers, manager approvals are no longer required for personal information, name and Social Security number changes made during the onboarding process.
The next session is scheduled for Nov. 14, in Reeves Theatre from noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to the Workday Lunch and Learn and add the event to your calendar. ITS thanks you in advance for your participation. If you have questions, comments or feedback about Workday or upcoming events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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