Benefits Fair to Help Employees Navigate Enrollment Questions

Benefits Fair to Offer Health Checkups, More Information on Enrollment Options
The Office of Human Resources will host a Benefits Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 13, in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602). Faculty and staff members are invited to learn about their benefit options before the enrollment period starts.
My UT Benefits
Annual Enrollment for eligible employees runs July 15 through midnight Dallas time on July 31. UT Select Medical Plan participants may also sign up for a free on-site health checkup through Catapult at the Gemini (SU 2.504) and Phoenix (SU 2.508) rooms from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. View the fair schedule online, and contact the UT Dallas Benefits Services staff at [email protected], or 972-883-2221, for more information.

Same-Sex Spouse Benefits Eligibility
As recently announced by the UT System, same-sex spouses and their dependent children are eligible for enrollment in the UT Group Insurance Program as of July 1. This includes medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, and UT FLEX plans, as well as life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, disability insurance and long-term care insurance. Contact a UT Dallas Benefits Administrator or email [email protected] for information about adding your spouse and/or eligible dependent children to your insurance coverage.

Dual Benefits Enrollment
Dual benefits enrollment may be required for employees who have experienced a life event change, are new hires or have become newly eligible for benefits between July 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2015. If you fall into one of these categories, please review the online instructions and contact a Benefits Administrator to complete your enrollment, rather than enrolling through My UT Benefits. Any enrollment or change with an effective date between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31 should be submitted to a Benefits Administrator no later than Aug. 12 to avoid processing delays.

New Design Enhances Admission and Enrollment Website

iPhone view of the new Enrollment website preview
The Office of Admission and Enrollment is nearly ready to take the wraps off its redesigned website and invites you to take it for a spin.

The site uses responsive design principles to fit the page to the reader’s screen — whether it be a smartphone, tablet or traditional PC.

The new design offers a less-cluttered view of some of the site’s most popular pages, more intuitive navigation menus and a better way for applicants to find the right admission counselor.

University Web Services wants your comments and suggestions before the site formally launches. If you have a few minutes to help, visit to browse through the preview version, and email your thoughts to [email protected].

Volunteers Needed to Welcome Students Back Aug. 24-25

Two UT Dallas students on move-in day
The Office of Administration is seeking employee volunteers Aug. 24-25 to help with the annual fall Student Welcome.

Volunteers will interact with students, pass out giveaway items and share your knowledge of campus. It’s also a way to connect with colleagues and spend some time outdoors.

To volunteer, email the Office of Administration at [email protected] or call 972-883-2213 by Aug. 17.

University Vehicle Accident Reports Requested Within 24 Hours

Facilities Management asks that employees immediately report all accidents involving University vehicles, including golf or utility carts, that result in University property damage or present a liability risk.

To file a report, complete a First Notice of Loss form and submit it to Debbie Sauer within 24 hours of the incident. If applicable, a police report should be submitted as soon as it is available, too. For questions, please contact Sauer at ext. 2545 or Monnie Cates at ext. 2477.

UT Dallas Welcomes New Manager at Campus Bookstore

UT Dallas Bookstore manager, Rawn Johnson
Rawn Johnson recently joined the UT Dallas community as the new manager of the University of Texas at Dallas Bookstore. Johnson, who has extensive retail and customer service experience, will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the bookstore to support the needs of faculty, students and staff. Johnson may be reached by email at [email protected] and by phone at 972-883-2665.

Lecture to Tell the Story of Aviation Industry’s Ascent in Area

Author and historian Darwin Payne
Author and historian Darwin Payne will detail the history of aviation’s rise to prominence in North Texas at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the 2015 George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lecture. His presentation is titled “The Dallas-Fort Worth Struggle for Aviation Supremacy: How It Started and How It Ended.” Bruce Bleakley, museum director at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, will follow with a presentation on the current state of aviation in the region.

Payne is professor emeritus of communications at Southern Methodist University and has written extensively about Dallas history. The event is free to staff and faculty, but registration is required. For more information, call 972-883-4951.

Office of Research Seminars

The UT Dallas Institutional Review Board (IRB) office has planned a series of informal help sessions and workshops for researchers working on human participant research projects. No registration or appointment is needed. The schedule is as follows:

For additional information, visit the Upcoming Training Classes page or call the Office of Research Compliance at 972-883-4575.