Staff Council News & Notes

Comet Carnival Staff Appreciation Event

Staff Council members on the Staff Development Committee helped organize the Comet Carnival event in March. Hundreds of staff members attended the event, took part in the games and enjoyed the carnival foods including corn dogs and funnel cakes. What theme would you like to see at a future staff appreciation event? Share your ideas with us by emailing staffcouncil@utdallas.edu.

Wheelchair Now Available

The Staff Council Benefits Committee has obtained a wheelchair for anyone needing assistance on the UTD campus. The wheelchair can be checked out from the “mud slab” in AD 1.2M1A. It must be returned within 24 hours unless it is signed out for a week at a time. For more information call extension 2797 or 2256.

Time to Renew Activity Center Membership

Now through May 27 you can renew your Activity Center membership, towel service (workout) and lockers for Summer 2014 (May 28 through Aug. 24). Tuesday, May 27 is the last day to renew or clean out lockers — any items left in lockers will be donated to charities on July 1. Lockers for the summer semester go on sale at 7 a.m. on May 30.

For those early risers, try out our new Morning Blast for a full-body workout in the morning!

Morning Blast!

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7 a.m., June 2 – August 10.
Class meets in front of Activity Center at 6 a.m. Group Ex Pass or $3 class fee required.

Attention Veterans

U.S. military veterans may be eligible for a variety of federal and state benefits. But often there are common questions that veteran employees at campuses, including UT Dallas, might have:

  • What type of benefits am I eligible to receive?
  • What are the differences between each benefit?
  • How do I know the amount of benefits I will receive?
  • What does each benefit cover (tuition and fees, housing, books, etc.)?

For information on these topics, UT Dallas staff members who are veterans are encouraged to contact the Veteran Services Center and speak with Veterans’ Benefits Coordinator Sara Foxworthy. She can be reached directly at sara.foxworthy@utdallas.edu or (972) 883-4336.

Did you know?

The Hazlewood Exemption Act provides an education benefit to honorably discharged or separated Texas veterans and to eligible dependent children and spouses of Texas veterans. Eligible students may receive an exemption from the payment of all tuition and most fees at Texas public institutions for up to 150 credit hours. Depending on the type of VA benefits received, students may also receive Hazlewood and VA benefits at the same time.

For more information about the Hazlewood Exemption Act, visit the websites available through the UT Dallas Office of Financial Aid and the Texas Veterans Commission. Elaine Starr in the Office of Financial Aid can be reached at elaine.starr@utdallas.edu or at (972) 883-4858 for those with further questions.

Don’t forget

The Veteran Services Center on the ground floor of the McDermott Library offers a variety of resources, as well as a lounge space where veterans — whether students, staff or faculty — can meet and relax.

Veterans in need of a counseling resource are asked to contact the Student Counseling Center in the Student Services Building in suite 4.600 or by phone at 972-883-2575.

 

 

Last Modified: May 13, 2014