Last Chance to Give to the State Employee Charitable Campaign

The UT Dallas State Employee Charitable Campaign drive for this year wraps up this week. Pledges and donations may still be made through Friday to help the University meet its $150,000 campaign goal. Gifts support a variety of local charities, including UT Dallas’ Academic Bridge Program and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

You can give through automatic payroll deduction online or make a one-time gift by emailing Paula Bratt. The SECC team encourages employees to consider making a leadership gift of $1,000 ($83.34 per month) or more. However, participation at any level is important. Should you have any questions, please email Molly Papin or visit the SECC website.

Research Office Kicks Off Video Series to Explain Best Practices

The Office of Research is presenting a weekly video series designed to demystify the process of conducting research at UT Dallas. The videos highlight a new concept or internal process, explain how to solve any administrative issues that may arise and discuss the rationale behind the process. The series also gives researchers and staffers the best contacts to address problems, answers questions and offers the tools needed to administer a successful project.

New Parking Office Opens for Business in North Campus Garage

A second parking services office has opened in Parking Structure 3, next door to Einstein Bros Bagels. The new office serves as an alternate, north-campus location and provides the same parking services that are available in the main parking office in the Student Services Building.

Faculty, staff and students may purchase parking permits and pay citations at the new office via credit card. Cash and check transactions are not accepted at this time.

The office also has a visitor and transportation counter where visitor parking passes, campus information and DART passes may be obtained. 

The parking services counter is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The visitor counter is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, visit the Parking and Transportation website.

Homecoming Food Drive to Help Fill Comet Cupboard’s Shelves

The Office of Undergraduate Education is encouraging all campus departments and offices to participate in a Homecoming food drive for the Comet Cupboard. The student-run food pantry provides meal and personal care items to students in need. The department collecting the most items will be announced at the picnic after the Homecoming Parade on Friday. A list of needed items is available online. For more information, email [email protected].

EPPS Dean’s Suite Returns Home After Work Completed

The dean’s office in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences has moved back to its previous location in Green Hall Room 3.104. Construction began during the summer to enclose Green Hall’s third-floor balcony, located off the dean’s suite. The space has been repurposed to house the dean’s staff and six faculty offices.

UT Press Sale Cuts Book Prices 45% for Faculty, Staff Members

The University of Texas Press is holding an online book sale for faculty and staff members through midnight Friday. All titles eligible for purchase are 45 percent off the cover price. Domestic shipping is free. Information about the sale, including checkout instructions, can be found on the UT Press website. Use the code UTPF14 at checkout.

Reminders

  • UT FLEX Deadlines Approaching
    The last day to incur expenses on a Health Care Reimbursement Account for last fiscal year’s plans is Friday. 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.
  • Poinsettia Sale Ends Friday
    The deadline to order plants in the annual Staff Council Poinsettia and Christmas Cactus Sale is Friday. 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. The pickup date will be 4-6 p.m. Dec. 5 in Green Hall.

Research Training Series

  • Receiving Grant Notifications Specific to your Research
    Thursday, noon (SLC 1.204)
    The Office of Research Development will demonstrate the UT Dallas grant-searching database and explain how you can use this tool to receive notifications specific to your research. Contact Amanda Miller
  • NSF Proposal Writing Interactive Web-based Workshop: Project Evaluation
    Thursday, 1 p.m. (JSOM 11.210)
    The goal of this workshop is to enhance the participants’ understanding of evaluation concepts and methods so that they can more effectively work with evaluators in preparing proposals. Contact Beth Keithly
  • NSF Proposal Writing Interactive Web-based Workshop: Impact and Transportability
    Nov. 18, 1 p.m. (JSOM 11.210)
    This workshop is designed to enhance participants’ understanding of strategies for developing a project that is adaptable and potentially transformative so that they can more effectively address transportability and dissemination. Contact Beth Keithly
  • NSF Proposal Writing Interactive Web-based Workshop: Broader Impacts
    Nov. 20, 1 p.m. (JSOM 11.210)
    The goal of this workshop is to enhance the participants’ understanding of strategies for dealing with broader impacts in a National Science Foundation educational project. Contact Beth Keithly