Online Conferencing Tool Makes ‘Being There’ Only Clicks Away

UT Dallas has a new Web conferencing tool for faculty and staff members, and the eLearning team is offering training sessions to help get new users up to speed. The Blackboard Collaborate tool can be used for online meetings, interviews, presentations, training, recruitment and outreach – even collaboration with colleagues outside the University.

Faculty and staff members can sign up for the classes on the Educational Technology Services registration page. The two-hour interactive sessions include instruction on communicating within the software by voice or text, using the whiteboard, screen sharing, moderator privileges and other features. Participants meet online using the Blackboard Collaborate software rather than in a physical location, so access to a computer with Internet service, speakers and a microphone is required. For more information, visit the Web Conferencing Web page.

State Employee Charitable Campaign Raises $40,000 in First Week

The UT Dallas State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) got off to a brisk start last week with more than $40,000 in pledges. The gifts will support a variety of local charities, including the University’s Academic Bridge Program and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

The campaign, which runs through Nov. 14, has a fundraising goal of $150,000. Gifts can be made through automatic payroll deduction by visiting givingnexus.org/_dfwsecc or via a one-time gift by contacting Paula Bratt. The SECC team encourages employees to consider making a leadership gift of $1,000 ($83.34 per month) or more. Participation at any level is important, however. Visit utdallas.edu/secc or contact Molly Papin for more information.

Poinsettia Sale Offers a Colorful Way to Aid Staff Scholarships

Orders for the Annual Staff Council Poinsettia and Christmas Cactus Sale are now available online. The deadline to order is Nov. 14. The pickup date is 4-6 p.m. Dec. 5 in Green Hall. Purchases benefit the UT Dallas Staff Council Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to staff members each fall and spring. The poinsettias, which are available in red, pink or white, are $10 each. Christmas cactus orders are $12 each.

Callier Center ‘Tinnitus Talk’ Will Focus on Helping Patients

Dr. Richard Tyler, clinical audiologist and professor from the University of Iowa, will present “Current Approaches to Helping the Tinnitus Patient” on Nov. 6 at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders in Dallas.

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be devastating to many patients, affecting emotions, hearing, sleep and concentration. In this free “Tinnitus Talk,” Tyler will discuss specialized treatments. It will be held in the Callier Dallas Glorig Auditorium from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A reception will follow. Register online or call Linda Sensibaugh at 214-905-3003.

AskYODA Has Answers to More Than 750 Staff FAQs (and Counting)

AskYODA, the online database of frequently asked Office of Budget and Finance questions, continues to grow with more than 750 Q-and-As now online. New FAQs include information on:

For questions pertaining to Procurement Management, Payroll, Budget, Student Financial Services, Accounting and Financial Reporting, and Information Security, search or browse askYODA to view answers. Employees can also submit a new question for resolution by area experts.

Flu Shot Clinic Oct. 30-31 is Open to Faculty, Staff and Families

Online registration for the UT Dallas 2014 Flu Shot Clinic on Oct. 30 and 31 is open for faculty, staff, retirees and family members. Review the schedule and information in the clinic flier, then sign up online for an appointment.

Participants will receive a confirmation email with a link to download the required consent form. Print and fill out the completed consent form and bring it with you to the clinic, along with your insurance card, UTD ID (Comet Card) and driver’s license.

Safety and Security Council Seeks Input Before Dec. 1 Meeting

The University Safety and Security Council is accepting requests, ideas, complaints and suggestions in advance of its next meeting, which is scheduled for Dec. 1. Input may be sent to Dr. Lawrence Overzet at [email protected] or Chad Thomas at [email protected].

Save the Date

  • Oct. 23 — Wellness Committee Invites You to Learn More About Dental Hygiene
    Join the UT Dallas Wellness Committee from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms for a “Lunch and Learn” session focusing on dental hygiene. Vicki Harden of Delta Dental will share tips and information to help keep your mouth and your body healthy. Email [email protected] for more information.

  • Nov. 14 — Mammography Screening Clinic to Visit UT Dallas
    The UT Southwestern Mobile Mammography Clinic will be on the UT Dallas campus Nov. 14. Information regarding online registration, location and the schedule will be announced soon.

Reminders

  • Register for CVL’s Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference 2015
    If you’re interested in the science of the aging mind, you are encouraged to attend the Center for Vital Longevity’s Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference on Jan. 25 and 26. The theme for the international conference, to be held at the W Hotel in Dallas, is “Imaging the Aging Brain: Studies of Neuroplasticity and the Challenge of Longitudinal Designs.” The conference will bring together research scientists focused on the cognitive neuroscience of aging to share their latest discoveries and insights through platform talks and poster presentations. The conference is open to all faculty and staff but requires registration. Visit the center’s website for more information.

  • UT FLEX Deadlines Approaching
    The last day to incur expenses on a Health Care Reimbursement Account for last fiscal year’s plans is Nov. 15. The deadline has already passed for Dependent Day Care Reimbursement Accounts. All claims for both types of accounts must be filed by Nov. 30. Visit the UT System Office of Employee Benefits website for more information.

  • Police Offer Free Self-Defense Classes for Women
    The UT Dallas Police Department teaches women how to protect themselves as part of the Rape Aggression Defense program. Email Sgt. Kendra Penny for more information. The two-day courses are scheduled for 6-9 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 6-9 p.m., Nov. 14; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 15.

  • Review Benefits Deductions on Oct. 1 Paychecks
    The Office of Human Resources strongly recommends that employees compare their Oct. 1 paycheck deductions with the benefits confirmation statements that were emailed to them after open enrollment. Report discrepancies by Oct. 31 to Richard Jordan at extension 2131, Nora Peña at extension 4559, or Debra York at extension 5338.