Homecoming Parade to Reroute Buses and Other Traffic

Homecoming Parade to Reroute Buses and Other Traffic
UT Dallas faculty and staff are invited to attend the Homecoming Parade noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. During this time, all traffic, Comet Cabs and Comet Cruiser buses will be detoured because of the parade route on Rutford Avenue. Allow extra time to reach your destination.

Roads will reopen and services will return to their normal schedules immediately after the parade. Read more

There’s Still Time to Give: Campaign Runs Through Nov. 13

Events to Celebrate University’s Founders and Growth of Campus
The State Employee Charitable Campaign concludes this week. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference in our community. UT Dallas faculty and staff have already contributed $86,286. Gifts made by Friday, Nov. 13 will help the University reach its $135,000 goal. Participation at any level is important; however, leadership gifts of at least $1,000 ($83.34 per month) are crucial. Set up payroll deductions for one, nine or 12 months online. One-time gifts by check can be sent in care of Paula Bratt at mailstop SPN 10. Visit utdallas.edu/secc or contact Jill Arredondo at ext. 5380 for more information.

Cybersecurity Expert to Share Insights in Next ATEC Lecture

Cybersecurity Expert to Share Insights in Next ATEC Lecture
Employees qualify for $5 discounts on up to four seats to “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know,” the next installment in the ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall. Use the ATEC2015 promo code when you order on the lecture series website.

Security expert and technology futurist P.W. Singer will present the lecture. Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He is also an author and has worked as a consultant for the Defense Intelligence Agency and the FBI. Read more

Poinsettia Sale Benefits Staff Council Scholarships

Poinsettia Sale Benefits Staff Council Scholarships
The annual Staff Council Poinsettia and Christmas Cactus Sale is now live online. The deadline to order is Monday, Nov. 23 for delivery on Friday, Dec. 4. 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 cactuses are $12 each.

Grace Period Ends Nov. 15 for UT Flex Health Care Expenses

The grace period for employees to incur health care expenses under the UT Flex plan is Sunday, Nov. 15. Plan participants can avoid forfeiting leftover funds by ensuring all health care expenses occur before that date. Plan participants then will have until Monday, Nov. 30, to submit their claims. Read more

On the Menu at Lunch Talk: How to Handle Holiday Stress

The UT Dallas Wellness Committee will host a “lunch and learn” talk on managing holiday stress from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in Student Union Galaxy Room B (2.602B). The guest speaker will be David Mora, a licensed professional counselor with UT Southwestern Medical Center. Participants will be served a light lunch. RSVP is recommended.

Veterans to Discuss Brain Injuries and Cognitive Empowerment

Military veterans Mike Rials and KeeShaun Coffey will discuss common misconceptions about post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in a talk titled “Maximizing Cognitive Empowerment of our Future Leaders.” Their presentation is scheduled for 11:30-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102). The talk will include a look at how the training programs at the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth can help soldiers. Read more.

Mobile Mammography Unit to Visit Campus Nov. 20

The UT Southwestern Mobile Mammography Unit will be on campus 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, south of the mall on the east side of the traffic circle. UT Dallas faculty, staff and spouses may schedule mammogram appointments by calling 214-645-2560 or 866-277-0710. Have your health insurance information available when you call. Sponsored mammograms are available for patients without health care coverage.

Criminologist to Share Her Story at Galerstein Center Talk

Cybersecurity Expert to Share Insights in Next ATEC Lecture
The Galerstein Women’s Center and Women in Science Alliance invite faculty and staff to have tea and hear a talk by Dr. Denise Paquette Boots of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Boots will share her personal story and how it led her to become a criminologist and researcher. The event will be held at the Galerstein Women's Center (SSB 4.300).

UT Select Health Plan Members Invited to Pain Treatment Talk

The Human Resources Benefits team will host a lunch-and-learn presentation by Airrosti, a treatment provider for chronic pain and spine, joint and soft tissue injuries, at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Founders Building second-floor atrium. Airrosti is also accepting appointments for on-site assessments. Lunch will be provided, and registration is required.


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 University 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.

Retirement Expressway Interactive Session for CVL Employees
Employees at the Center for Vital Longevity are invited to attend an on-site Retirement Expressway Interactive Session Thursday, Nov. 12. This session is an opportunity to estimate how much you need to save for your financial future. Register online to attend.

Classes Offer Holiday Health and Nutrition Tips
UT Dallas Recreational Sports has partnered with employee wellness manager Deborah Hamlin and dietitian Sara Asberry to hold free exercise and nutrition classes before the holidays. The next session is noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Recreation Center West Multipurpose Room. Read more

Textbook Adoptions for Next Semester Due Before Thanksgiving
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, sections, title, author, ISBN and usage (required or recommended) to [email protected].

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.

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

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