UTD Presidential Town Hall – 4.22.2020

Timestamps and corresponding questions/answers 00:00 – 3:50 – Introductions, opening remarks by President Benson 03:51 – 5:44 – How will credit/no credit and pass/fail grades appear on transcripts? Will they impact a student’s GPA? How might this impact graduate school admission? 05:45 – 7:18 – Since spring graduation ceremonies have...

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SUAAB holds virtual events for rest of semester

SUAAB holds virtual events for rest of semester

First online event took place on Microsoft Teams, featured DJ B-Rockin

Following UTD’s transition to online classes, the Student Union & Activities Advisory Board canceled all of their remaining in-person spring semester events. Responsible for various campus events, including live shows featuring musical artists and comedians on-campus, SUAAB is now hoping to bring the same experiences to the student body through...

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott aims to reopen state

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott aims to reopen state

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed three executive orders on April 17 in an effort to reopen the state amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first order, Abbott established the “Strike Force to Open Texas,” a team of medical experts, private and public leaders who will advise the governor on the...

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Local businesses face coronavirus pandemic head-on

Local businesses face coronavirus pandemic head-on

How owners, managers are keeping their stores afloat With  a statewide order mandating social distancing in Texas, local businesses are losing valuable foot traffic and income. Even with federal assistance in the form of payroll protection and loans, businesses are having to make tough decisions to make it through quarantine....

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Shelter-at-home(less)

Shelter-at-home(less)

Why supporting homeless shelters is critical during quarantine While many of us are safe within our own homes during the novel coronavirus pandemic, these times have become especially difficult for those who do not have a place to shelter in. Throughout the country, homeless shelters have been hit hard by...

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Students leave on-campus housing, adjust to moving back home

Students leave on-campus housing, adjust to moving back home

How campus housing changed in wake of COVID-19 In mid-March, UTD began asking students living on campus to start the move-out process in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, those students say they miss dorm life and are adjusting to moving back home. Information technology and systems sophomore Eileen Sharmin...

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International Self-Isolation

International Self-Isolation

How to stay grounded in a foreign country during COVID-19 The novel coronavirus has disrupted the lives of billions and sent strong economies crashing. There are several challenges that international students in particular face during this pandemic. Yet, there are resources available for international students still on campus that we,...

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Pre-medical, pre-law advisors weigh in on credit/no credit grading

Pre-medical, pre-law advisors weigh in on credit/no credit grading

UTD recently announced that undergraduate students have the option to consider credit/no credit grading for their spring 2020 classes. Students considering medical or law school face a dilemma to take CR/NC or have a lower GPA. Under the CR/NC option, students must earn a C or better in a class...

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Helping Hands for Healthy Eating

Helping Hands for Healthy Eating

Students, university step up to support community during pandemic As UTD shelters in place, students have formed a mutual aid group to ensure their peers get the support they need, and university volunteers stepped up to help the local community. International political economy senior Sarah Whipple started a Facebook group...

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