Deadline to Enroll for Fiscal 2014-15 Benefits is Thursday, July 31

The University’s annual benefits enrollment period ends at midnight Thursday, July 31. Eligible employees who want to make changes to their insurance coverage or participate in UT Flex must sign up before the deadline. Log on to My UT Benefits using the PIN sent with your UT System Coverage Option Letter or use your NetID and password via the Single Sign On option.

In most cases, your selections for the 2014-15 plan year will take effect Sept. 1, 2014, and will be reflected on your Oct. 1 paycheck for your review. Read more

Faculty and Staff Invited to Welcome Freshmen at Convocation

Freshmen and transfer students receive a formal welcome to UT Dallas at University Convocation.
The Office of Undergraduate Education invites UT Dallas faculty and staff members to University Convocation, the official welcome for all incoming freshmen and transfer students.

This year’s event will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in the Activity Center Main Gym. Faculty and staff members may participate in the processional, with faculty wearing formal regalia and staff in business casual attire.

The convocation keynote speaker will be William Stoudt, executive director of Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, a nonprofit group he helped form in high school after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Read more

Raffle to Support Staff Council Scholarships

Staff Council is selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a purple parking permit or one of two $100 Dining Dollars cards, as part of this year’s staff scholarship fundraiser.

The tickets are on sale through Aug. 31 for $10 each. They can be purchased by credit card via the Staff Council Marketplace, or by cash or check from the following members of the council’s Fund Raising Committee: Nick McCormick, Letitia Andrews, DeAnn Hegi, Jay Jascott, Jason Carter, Becky Wiser, Vicente Torres or Melissa Wyder. For more information, call extension 6497. Winners will be announced Sept. 2.

Comet Cruiser Gets Rolling Early on Fall Schedule

In preparation for the fall semester, the Route 883 Comet Cruiser bus service has switched to a fall schedule with all buses running. Review the fall schedule online, or contact Parking and Transportation Services for more information.

Office of Sponsored Projects Presents Lunch-and-Learn Series

The Office of Sponsored Projects holds midday discussions of various research-related topics, with lunch provided. Register online. Email Vanessa Kirk or call ext. 4750 for more information.

  • Demystifying a Grant Proposal Solicitation and Award Document Aug. 4, noon (ECSS 3.503)
    The Office of Sponsored Projects takes an in-depth look at a proposal solicitation, highlighting where to find key information about the funding program that all investigators need to know.
  • National Institutes of Health Update Aug. 19, noon (ECSS 3.503)
    Join us for a discussion of changes in the process of handling National Institutes of Health investigations.
Registration is required. Call Rebecca Everett at extension 2313 for more information.

Reminders

  • Corporate Challenge Ice Cream Fundraiser Set for July 31 - Students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy an ice cream treat and support Special Olympics at The Plinth from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31. Donations will benefit the Special Olympics as part of the 2014 Richardson Corporate Challenge, which eligible faculty, staff, retirees and spouses can sign up for online.
  • Volunteers Needed to Welcome Back Students Aug. 25-26 - The Office of Administration needs staff and faculty members to help pass out giveaway items and welcome students back to campus Aug. 25 and 26. To volunteer for a two-hour shift between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on either day, email Richard Arduengo or call extension 2213 by Aug. 18.
  • Dining Services Offers Discount Program to Faculty and Staff - Participants in the UT Dallas Dining Services Dining Dollars program will now receive a 10 percent discount on food purchases at all on-campus dining locations. Read more