Faculty Title IX Training Sessions Scheduled Through Nov. 11

The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance is offering Title IX training for faculty members through Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The training, mandatory for all faculty members, gives an overview of the components of Title IX, the role and responsibility of the individual, and essential guidance and instruction on how to properly recognize and respond to suspected Title IX violations.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. The training sessions are two hours long, and faculty members can register online. For more information, call Anissa Williams at 972-883-2306.

Celebrate Veterans Day Nov. 11 at Military Showcase

Celebrate Veterans Day Nov. 11 at Military Showcase
The campus is invited to celebrate Veterans Day at the Military Showcase 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602).

Plans include a uniform display made up of items donated by student and staff veterans. There will be an MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) taste test and an opportunity to meet veterans. Contact the Veteran Services Center at 972-883-4913 or [email protected] for more information.

Charitable Campaign Total Climbs Above $74,000 Mark

Events to Celebrate University’s Founders and Growth of Campus
With a little more than a week remaining in the State Employee Charitable Campaign, staff and faculty donations have reached $74,000. The University’s goal is $135,000 this year. You can choose to have your gift support the UT Dallas Academic Bridge Program and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

The Academic Bridge recruits and supports underrepresented, first-generation college students who have high rankings in Dallas-area urban high schools. The students receive ongoing support at UT Dallas, including tutoring, mentoring and peer advising. The Callier Center offers one of the world’s best audiology training programs, provides clinical care for the Dallas community, and houses important research in speech, language and hearing.

Payroll deduction is the most popular way for employees to give. Sign up online. One-time gifts by check can be sent in care of Paula Bratt at mailstop SPN 10.

Cyberwarfare Expert to Share Insights in Next ATEC Lecture

Cyberwarfare Expert to Share Insights in Next ATEC Lecture
Faculty and staff members are invited to hear cybersecurity and technology futurist P.W. Singer present “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall. The presentation is part of the ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series.

Singer is regarded as an expert on 21st-century security issues and has worked as a consultant for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and the FBI. He is also an author and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation. For tickets and more information, visit the lecture series website. Employees can use the ATEC2015 promo code for $5 discounts on up to four seats.

NetIDplus Gives Security Boost to Online Accounts

NetIDplus, a project by the Information Security Office to increase the protection of computer user accounts, has been tested and is now a part of the University’s defense against data theft. This additional layer of security now protects:

  • The PeopleSoft payroll direct deposit link, which employees use to set their deposit information in Galaxy.
  • VPN remote access, which secures remote connections to the University’s network.
  • SSH remote access, used for Unix systems applications.
NetIDplus protection is based on a security concept called two-factor authentication. Most people know the concept from using an automated teller machine in which the two requirements for a transaction are a personal identification number (something the person knows) and an ATM card (something the person possesses). For most NetIDplus users, a cellphone or tablet will serve as the second requirement.

A criminal may be able to steal a password but should not be able to gain access to UT Dallas systems without also stealing the user’s mobile device. Visit the NetIDplus website to learn more and enroll.

CIO Offers Expertise to Higher-Education Conference Panel

CIO Serves Lends Expertise to Higher-Education Conference Panel
David Crain, chief information officer and vice president of Information Resources, was a featured guest for “The Business of Learning – Designing the Next Generation Institution,” a panel discussion at a higher-education conference last week in Indianapolis.

The session, part of EDUCAUSE 2015, featured Crain and seven other senior leaders of universities and major corporations. The panel discussion focused on technology trends affecting higher education and chief information officers.

Comet Cupboard Issues Canned-Food Challenge for Homecoming

Comet Cupboard Issues Canned-Food Challenge for Homecoming
The Comet Cupboard and Homecoming Committee have teamed up to challenge faculty and staff to compete by department to see who can collect the most nonperishable items. The Comets Can! Homecoming Challenge runs through Wednesday, Nov. 11. The department with the most donations will win a custom banner and departmental breakfast.

The Comet Cupboard is a student-run initiative that provides food and personal care items to UT Dallas students who need them. The cupboard has served more than 3,200 students since it opened. Last year, more than 200 student volunteers dedicated more than 1,300 service hours to the day-to-day operations of the cupboard. 

Register your department for the Comets Can! Homecoming Challenge today.

Needed items include canned vegetables and fruit, vegetarian soups and beans, prepacked meals, oatmeal, low-sugar cereals, peanut butter, and rice. Volunteers will pick up items on Nov. 11. For more information, call Hillary Campbell at 972-883-4515.

Food Outlets and Bookstore Seek Staff and Faculty Input

Faculty and staff members are invited to participate in surveys for the University of Texas at Dallas Bookstore and Chartwells, which manages the campus food and beverage outlets.

Holiday Wellness Series Aims for Healthier Season

Exercising and healthy eating can be challenging during the busy holiday season. To make it easier, UT Dallas Recreational Sports has partnered with employee wellness manager Deborah Hamlin and dietitian Sara Asberry to hold free exercise and nutrition classes this month. The sessions will offer tips and share recipes. The first one is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Activity Center’s Green Multipurpose Room. Read more

Spring 2016 Textbook Adoptions Due Before Thanksgiving

Spring 2016 course material adoptions have begun. Textbook adoptions should be submitted before Thanksgiving to meet the University Bookstore’s goal of having all course materials available by Jan. 1.

Email orders with your name, full course information, section(s), title, author, ISBN and usage (required or recommended) to [email protected]. This address should be used only for course material adoptions. Submitting adoptions to any other email address does not guarantee that the University Bookstore will receive your order. All other email should go through [email protected].


Pop Up Farmers’ Market Sets Up on Nov. 10
UT Dallas Dining Services will host a Pop Up Farmers’ Market 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Plinth. Faculty and staff are invited to shop the market’s produce, spices and prepared foods.

E-Waste Roundup
Recycle your outdated electronics at the Texas Recycles Day E-Waste Roundup on Thursday, Nov. 12. Items can be dropped off 10 a.m.-2 p.m. south of the Visitor Center and Bookstore in Lot J. Bring only personal electronic items. The roundup will not accept UT Dallas electronic property, which should be collected by the University’s Surplus office.

Plan Ahead for Employee Job Change Requests
Friday, Jan. 22 is the deadline for submitting requests to the Office of Human Resources for a staff reclassification, promotion, market/equity adjustments or one-time merit adjustments with a March 1 effective date.

Office of Research Seminars