Comet Cupboard Seeks Food Donations for Students in Need

Comet Cupboard
The Shelf Star Sponsorship Program is again asking UT Dallas departments and student organizations to gather specific donations for the Comet Cupboard, a food pantry initiative dedicated to helping students in need.

Last year, more than 1,000 items were collected through this initiative.

One department and one student organization sign up every month to be Shelf Stars, donating specific items for their themed month. September is for vegetarian soups, October is for canned mixed vegetables, and November is for vegetarian beans. All food and personal care item donations are welcome, however, any time during the semester.

To sign up, call Tabitha Dunklin at ext. 2950 or email tabitha.dunklin@utdallas.edu

University Toastmasters Club Looking for Aspiring Leaders

Jon-Paul McGowan
University Toastmasters of Dallas is preparing to kick off its fall season with a membership invitation to faculty, staff and students at UT Dallas.

Toastmasters is an international organization that helps members improve their speaking and leadership skills by regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback and serving in club roles.

University Toastmasters is one of three Toastmaster clubs at UT Dallas, but is the only one that is open to faculty and staff members.

One of the club’s members, Jon-Paul McGowan, recently was elected to serve as a division director and lead 27 Toastmaster clubs in Collin County. Read More

Book and Tech Stores Gear Up for Shop UTD on Sept. 3

Shop UTD is an opportunity to get to know the goods and services available on campus. The event will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the atrium of the Visitor Center and University Bookstore. It will feature informational booths, special discounts at the University Bookstore and UTD Tech Store, food samples and giveaways.

Additionally, the University’s Bookstore Popup Shop will be open during lunch at Dining Hall West during Spirit Fridays this semester.

Drive Seeks to Sign Up 150 for National Bone Marrow Registry

The Office of Student Volunteerism is hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Drive with Delete Blood Cancer in honor of National Blood Cancer Awareness Month. The second annual drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602). The goal is to recruit 150 people to join the bone marrow donor registry. Read More

Next Human Resources Forum Scheduled for Oct. 7

The Office of Human Resources will host its next HR Forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102). Each forum offers updates from all areas of HR, including Benefits, Employment Services, Employee Relations, and Organizational Development and Training. Attendees can learn about new HR programs, network with colleagues and share best practices.

Reminders

2015 State of the University Address
Join President ad interim Hobson Wildenthal along with the speaker of the faculty, Staff Council president and Student Government president, for the 2015 State of the University Address. The event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building Lecture Hall (ATC 1.102).

9th Annual Preparedness Fair
UT Dallas Environmental Health and Safety will host its ninth annual Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Plinth, outside the Student Union. Attractions will include safety, emergency and health information booths and demonstrations.

Corporate Challenge Signups
There is still time to sign up for the Corporate Challenge games, which benefit Special Olympics Texas. Visit the Wellness website to download the sign-up sheet and schedule of events.

Office of Research Seminars

Practical Answers to Research Management — The offices of Post-Award Management, Research Development, and Sponsored Projects will host a forum for researchers with questions about grants. The informal, come-and-go event is set for 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in ECSS 2.102 and designed so attendees can ask their questions and go about their day. Read More

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