HR News


December 03, 2020
December is the month for giving, and what better way to express our appreciation for family, friends and colleagues than by giving an exemplary bottle of wine? But, if you're anything like us, you can stand in front of the wine aisle for an hour...
December 10, 2020
Known as Dr. Microbe, the assistant professor and Director of the Master of Public Health Epidemiology program is the go-to expert for reporters seeking the inside scoop on infectious diseases. With COVID-19 still raging, Dr. Cervantes is in high...
December 17, 2020
Chef Duryea is a former Executive Chef with more than 10 years experience working in New York City restaurants. Her passion is creating a menu and hosting a great dinner party -- so you know COVID-19 is putting a damper on her traditional holiday...
January 07, 2021
Danielle has called UNT home for seven of her 11 years as a Registered Dietitian. She helps students discover their health goals and works collaboratively to empower them to live their best lives. She loves making confusing nutrition topics feel...
January 17, 2021
Cheryl Wattley received her Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University College of Law, where she was a Martin Luther King Jr. fellow. In 1994, she received the Dallas Bar Association's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award. More recently, she authored...
January 17, 2021
Today is Data Privacy Day, so what better time to talk about protecting your identity and shielding yourself from online fraud? And, there's no one better to consult than Charlotte, who has worked for more than 25 years in information technology...
February 04, 2021
Today is World Cancer Day and we've enlisted Dr. Schranz from the Health Science Center to address some important recent changes to colon cancer screening guidelines, cervical cancer screening guidelines and recommendations surrounding lung cancer...
February 11, 2021
Nearly a year into the pandemic, perhaps Valentine's Day is coming at just the right time to remind us how fortunate many of us are to be with our significant other during such stressful times -- even if, at times, all this time together can seem,...
March 04, 2021
A Southern California native and UCLA graduate, Dr. Riley joined UNT Dallas in 2016 and oversees the counseling services provided to undergraduate and graduate students. This past year has presented plenty of new mental health challenges for students,...
March 25, 2021
Throughout this ongoing pandemic, we've seen just how advantageous it is to have a medical school as a member institution. The UNT Health Science Center has been invaluable to us as well as the community-at-large. With vaccinations now available...
April 01, 2021
Spring is here and what better way to welcome the season of new beginnings than planting a vegetable garden in your backyard? Growing a garden is a fun outdoor activity you can share with your children. Gardening doesn't have to be expensive, complicated...
May 20, 2021
Dr. Jamaica Chapple, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic & Student Success Initiatives at UNT System, a licensed professional counselor, discusses why more than ever it's so important to create self-care opportunities, alone time, space to re-energize...
May 27, 2021
Counselor Teresa Espino from the UNT Dallas Counseling & Wellness Center. She discusses the stress and anxiety many have felt balancing work and family while working remotely, and now the prospect of new challenges as many will adjust routines again...
May 27, 2021
Stephanie Kelton, APRN, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the UNT Student Health and Wellness Clinic (SHWC). When the pandemic hit in March 2020 and closed the campus, the SHWC was forced to transition on the fly to continue to deliver needed...
July 01, 2021
There's mosquitoes on the river, as the song goes, but there's also mosquitoes in my backyard, my front yard, in fact, everywhere I go -- mosquitoes! Is there anything to do during these hot and humid months to mitigate those little bloodsuckers?...
July 08, 2021
The Texas summer sun is intense, can be extreme and is always a danger to cause skin damage, multiple types of skin cancer, eye damage and even immune system suppression. Fortunately, we have experts at UNT World and HSC's Dr. Michael Carletti is...
July 08, 2021
The Tokyo Olympics are underway after being postponed one year due to COVID-19. Yet, as the Games go on, COVID is again surging through Japan and much of the world, the Olympic athletes are restricted to operating in a bubble, fans are prohibited...
August 12, 2021
If you've ever wondered why you receive so many calls promoting extended auto warranties, Dr. Pope is just the expert to ask. He takes us into the world of extended warranties, what they are, if they're good deals or scams, who should buy them and...
August 17, 2021
The contribution rates for the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) are changing. These changes impact pay received on or after Sept. 1, 2021. • New rates: Employee 8.0% (pre-tax). • Old rates: Employee 7.7% (pre-tax). The Texas legislature passed...
August 19, 2021
Bobbie Bratton, Clinical Executive, SaferCare Texas, UNT Health Science Center, is a board certified family nurse practitioner with 25 years of nursing experience and over 19 years of advanced practice. Her goal is to provide patients with guidance...
August 26, 2021
Jared Mosley, Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UNT Athletics, has worked at UNT since 2016. He serves on the leadership team for Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, and assists with daily operational and administrative...
September 09, 2021
Whether it's explaining why it's important to frequently wash our hands or why some kids wear a mask at school and others don't, parents can influence their kids more than anyone, she says. Dr. Washington discusses steps parents can take to better...
September 24, 2021
As Pride Month winds down, our experts examine how their UNT institutions have expanded LGBTQ+ inclusiveness and affirmation, evolving societal views, the biggest issues facing the LGBTQ+ communities on our campuses and workplaces, and more.
October 04, 2021
UNT World employees can receive eight hours of paid time off this fiscal year through the new Well-being Leave simply by prioritizing their health. All it takes is completing an easy, two-step process: 1). Complete an annual physical exam. 2). Complete...
October 21, 2021
According to Dr. Belshaw, criminals place a small device inside or on a gas pump or ATM machine in order to steal credit or debit card information. If a criminal is successful in stealing your data, you can bet it'll then be used to make fraudulent...
November 04, 2021
Dr. Priya Bui, Assistant Professor, Clinical Chief and Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Women's Health, discusses the student-run Pediatric Mental Health Calls initiative she helped to launch early in the pandemic and continues to...
November 08, 2021
Wesley Randall, Ph.D., Dean of New College on the campus of UNT at Frisco, and a Professor of Logistics, has a passion for new types of project-based curriculum that ensure career-ready students, but a type of education that is overlaid with a respect...
November 08, 2021
A former journalist, Jessica has showcased her formidable writing chops in the North Texan, UNT's alumni magazine (and other campus publications), for the last 10 years. Her storytelling takes us into the lives of UNT alumni making an impact in our...
November 15, 2021
As an assistant clinical professor at New College, Zain Ali is new to academia, but that's all the "new" that applies. He brings three decades worth of cross-industry experience by serving over 70 clients in more than 10 countries as a consultant...
November 16, 2021
Guy Chet, Ph.D., UNT history professor, is an early modern historian (17th-18th century), teaching classes on Revolutionary America, Atlantic piracy and military history. He's the perfect expert to explore the history of Thanksgiving, from the First...
November 18, 2021
We're happy to present our first couples Spotlight, and it features a power duo from UNT's Department of Biomedical Engineering. The husband and wife team of Amir Jafari and Neda Habibi joined UNT just a few months ago. This pair has been inseparable...
November 29, 2021
Robert Wall, a retired police officer and certified fraud examiner, is an expert in criminal justice, securing a home and personal property, and general safety tips while shopping. The busiest shopping and traveling season of the year is upon us...
December 01, 2021
Tax year 2022 is just around the corner, and with it comes new IRS limits: • 403b (TSA) annual contribution maximum if under 50: $20,500. Catchup for over 50: $6,500. Combined limit (ORP and TSA): $61,000. • 457 (Texa$aver) annual contribution...
December 06, 2021
Linda McKeiver is like a bubbling fountain of optimism and motivation (just ask her team), which makes her a great fit at the New College at our upstart campus in Frisco. Her role as Program Associate Director encompasses many human resources functions...
December 14, 2021
A lower participant fee for the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and Voluntary Retirement (403b “TSA”) Savings Plan will be seen on April quarterly statements. Effective Jan. 1, 2022, UNT System ORP vendors will be lowering their administrative...
December 14, 2021
If you don't know Michael P. Maslanka but feel like you've seen his name before, and maybe a lot, it's because few law professors in North Texas are more sought out by journalists to interpret and analyze law, in particular employment and employment...
January 06, 2022
Spotlight: Kathryn Lytton; Benefits: learn about Blue365; High Fives for Andy Mears, Mac Edwards, Andrew Torget; Podcast: Sharon Grigsby, Gromer Jeffers, Jr.
January 06, 2022
Kathryn joined the HSC's academic communications team just over two years ago, and she recently transitioned to a new role directing communications for the School of Health Professions and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
January 12, 2022
Did you know that phishing attacks account for over 80% of all reported security incidents? These attacks can be conducted through any form of communication such as text message, voicemail and, most commonly, email. Attackers often use phishing...
January 13, 2022
Spotlight: Sony Simon; Ask an Expert: Brian McFarlin; Benefits: Low-cost fitness programs; Welcome Georgianna Laws; High Five for Melissa A. Lewis; Podcast: Adam Fein and Rudi Thompson
January 13, 2022
Anyone who has met Sony Simon through the New Supervisor Orientation Program or Foundational Leadership Program, or during volunteer outing knows she's the real deal. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Sony is the epitome of a team player who cares deeply...
January 13, 2022
We've enlisted nutrition expert Dr. McFarlin, who provides simple steps and advice that can provide big results as we seek an improved nutritional outlook for ourselves and our families.
January 20, 2022
Spotlight: Aaron Bartula; Benefits: Find customized prepared meals; High Fives for Pamela Padila and Ram Dantu
January 20, 2022
Over his nine years on the southern Dallas campus, Aaron served as a program coordinator, interim assistant dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, director of Holistic Enrollment, faculty athletic representative and Faculty Senate President...
January 27, 2022
Spotlight: Ashley Penny; Ask an Expert guest Mary Atkins; Benefits highlights Beneplace; Podcast: Sheila and Jody Grant and how Dallas built Klyde Warren Park.
January 27, 2022
Mary gathered the questions she gets asked most this time of year and provides us with expert advice -- as well as how to reach HR experts at each campus for more info.
January 27, 2022
Somewhere there's a tongue twister about Ashley Penny in the payroll office, but it's certainly easy to say that she keeps everyone's favorite department running as smooth as a crisp new dollar bill.
February 03, 2022
Dr. Wu will take on any Texas fisherman, even reeling in the big fish like Blue Marlin. She'll masterfully play a serenade on her accordion; and speaking of music, she blasts this feel-good rock classic when a grant is funded, and this one if one's...
February 03, 2022
Spotlight: Hongli Wu; Black History Month Facts; Ask an Expert guest Felecia Epps; Benefits: Perks; Podcast: Jack Allday
February 03, 2022
We talk to Dean Epps about President Biden's expected nomination of the first Black woman to the United States Supreme Court. Epps shares what it means to her and the impact it might have on the Black community and the next generation.
February 10, 2022
Spotlight: Charles Ashford; Black History Month Facts; Ask an Expert guest Neil Foote; Benefits: PerkSpot; Podcast featuring Mayor Pro Tem Chad West
February 10, 2022
In America's newsrooms, there is a comparative lack of Black journalists, particularly at a time when issues of race such as police violence and voting rights are of such critical importance across the nation.
February 10, 2022
Charles Ashford came to UNT World almost five years ago from Texas Tech via London, England. He's built the Mean Green sports nutrition program from scratch, fueling UNT's student-athletes for optimal performance. And just look at the recent success...
February 17, 2022
Spotlight: Sylvia Littleton; Black History Month Facts, featuring Kaplan Mobray; Ask an Expert guest John Ishiyama; Benefits highlights Disability Insurance; Podcast featuring Chancellor Williams.
February 17, 2022
What's at the root of Russian/Ukraine crisis? What does Putin hope to accomplish by threatening war? Let's explore the political and economic risks facing Europe, how the U.S. might respond to a Russian attack and why Americans should care.
February 17, 2022
A proud wife and mother, Sylvia's retired from the Dallas Police Department as a civilian and worked in several departments at DFW Airport. During the pandemic, she took up gardening with mixed results (tomatoes, good; bugs, bad). For us, the big...
February 24, 2022
At universities and colleges across the country, Black males are severely underrepresented. This is an issue that Dr. Loving is passionate about reversing.
February 24, 2022
Spotlight: Donna Asher; Black History Month Facts; Ask an Expert guest Ajamu Loving; Benefits: Perks
February 24, 2022
Holding three degrees from UNT, Asher bleeds Mean Green and got her first taste of HR as an undergrad student assistant. She went on to serve in roles in HR and the provost's office before joining UNT System in 2011. When she's not busy making our...
March 03, 2022
Spotlight: Natasha Oakes; Benefits: Discounts on home and garden; High Five for UNT Dallas College of Law which received full accreditation
March 03, 2022
Natasha Oakes, an accomplished leader in collegiate athletics, joined UNT World in 2017. She oversees NCAA, Conference USA and institutional compliance for all 16 Mean Green athletics teams, and also serves as the Senior Woman Administrator, the...
March 08, 2022
Employees are receiving emails from external senders offering retirement consultations with email subject lines like "Retirement Meetings for University of North Texas Employees." If you are interested in a free retirement consultation, please contact...
March 10, 2022
Bharath Prabhakaran is definitely human, even if it seems like he's a supercomputer. The latter would suggest he lacks emotion and anyone who knows Bharath knows he's one of the kindest souls on the planet. Without getting too technical, Bharath...
March 10, 2022
Spotlight: Bharath Prabhakaran; New EIS Finance portal to launch March 21; High Five for Sungji Hong, Tiffany Talamantes; Benefits: Learn about Critical Incident Stress Management through Employee Assistance Program
March 23, 2022
Alicia Spencer has served a vital role in the UNT System's Office of General Counsel for more than five years. Her entry into the legal profession came as a kid and involved the following set of circumstances: tagging along with her dad, the opening...
March 24, 2022
Spotlight: Alicia Spencer; Benefits: Worx power tools; High Five: President Mong of UNT Dallas; HR Update: Launch of new Enterprise Information System
March 29, 2022
Lisa Hobson is a longtime educator from a lineage of educators. She joined UNT Dallas in August 2019 as professor and interim dean of the School of Education. Her work strengthening K-12 and higher education partnerships led to her current role,...
March 31, 2022
Spotlight: Lisa Hobson; Benefits: Total Rewards Statement; High Five: Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, UNT Dallas Chief of Police Christopher Shaw; Welcome Mo-How Herman Shen to UNT Engineering;
April 07, 2022
Aryele Maye is a newcomer to the UNT System, having joined the UNT Dallas College of Law last January. Like so many faculty and staff at UNT Dallas, both the main campus in southern Dallas and the law school in downtown Dallas, so much of the lure...
April 07, 2022
Spotlight: Aryele Maye; Benefits: Work-Life benefits such as childcare, elder care, moving, and more; High Fives: Marcel Satsky Kerr, UNTHSC, and Clement Chan, UNT;
April 21, 2022
Mark Albert, Ph.D. arrived at UNT three years ago and gave up tenure at Loyola University Chicago to start his Biomedical AI Lab right here. His lab focuses on machine learning for wearable devices to provide clinically useful measures of mobility,...
April 21, 2022
Spotlight: Mark Albert; Benefits: Learn about education benefits such as scholarships for staff and retirees; High Fives: Panayiotis Kokoras and Sungji Hong, UNT College of Music; Dr. Teresa Wagner, UNTHSC; Fluid Finance upgrade still ongoing
May 05, 2022
Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Pamela Padilla, UNT for HR Highlights, May 5, 2022. Anyone working at UNT for any period of time knows Pamela Padilla, Ph.D., and her research that helped the university reach Tier One status. In January, this professor...
May 05, 2022
Spotlight: Pamela Padilla, UNT; Mental Health warning signs; Benefits: Home and Garden; Welcome Maleia Torres, Associate VC of Treasury; Dr. Stephen Matthew and Dr. Porunelloor Mathew of HSC; Faculty Excellence event at UNT: James Kennedy, Christy...
May 19, 2022
John W. Richmond performs a vital role as Professor and Dean of the UNT College of Music and is currently in his 6th academic year. During his time here, he has facilitated the overall quality, development, and led the College in its strategic planning,...
May 19, 2022
HR Highlights: May 19 2022. Spotlight: John W. Richmond, UNT; Chancellor Williams & Mental Health Awareness Month; Learn to identify mental health warning signs; Allergy season & pharmacy benefits; Use your remaining 2022 vision benefits; Other...
June 02, 2022
Dr. Verbeck is an awesome (according to RateMyProfessors.com) 16-year UNT Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, with a research emphasis on the use and development of new mass spectrometers and analytical...
June 02, 2022
HR Highlights - June, 2 2022. Spotlight: Guido Verbeck, UNT. National Aphasia Awareness Month. Benefits: Allergy season & pharmacy benefits
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June 16, 2022
In the Fall of 2006, Dr. Gloria Streit Olness started at the University of North Texas, as a tenure-track faculty member. Rehabilitation for communication disorders is a specialty. Dr. Olness and her team of researchers have started a group known...
June 16, 2022
UNT System HR Highlight. Employee Spotlight: Dr. Gloria Streit Olness, UNT Denton, Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, College of Health and Public Service. Other highlights are: UNT Dr. Michael McPherson named as New Provost; HSC's...
June 30, 2022
Dr. Jianye Ge is a researcher in Computational Biology and Forensic Genomics and an Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Genetics at the UNT Health Science Center, School of Biomedical Sciences for almost 8-years. Dr. Ge started his...
June 30, 2022
UNT System HR Highlight. Employee Spotlight: Dr. Jianye Ge, UNT Health Science Center, School of Biomedical Sciences. Benefits: Allergy season & pharmacy benefits; Use your remaining 2022 vision benefits & other perks Highlights: Governor appoints...
July 14, 2022
Dr. Shikhar Acharya has just completed his first year at UNT Dallas School of Business. Dr. Acharya is the kind of educator who inspires his students. As a researcher, he has been involved with numerous articles, papers, and citations. He is also...
July 14, 2022
HR Spotlight: Dr. Shikhar Acharya, UNT Dallas, is a teacher & researcher on improving analytics, and machine learning techniques. Also, in this issue: Summer benefits enrollment deadline, and talking to kids about violent events, and more UNT System...
July 28, 2022
Dr. Daniella L. Smith, is a full professor in the Information Science Department, a Hazel Harvey Peace Endowed Professor in Children's Library Services, and the Information Science Ph.D. program director. She has been a faculty member since 2010....
July 28, 2022
HR Spotlight: Dr. Daniella L. Smith, is a professor in the Information Science Department. Get to know more about Dr. Smith and her role at UNT, and learn more about the latest UNT System highlights.
August 11, 2022
Dr. Newly Paul is an assistant professor at the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism. She teaches various writing classes on news reporting editing and research issues related to media coverage of race, gender, and political reporting. Learn more about...
August 11, 2022
HR Spotlight: Dr. Newly Paul is an assistant professor at the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism, joining the team in Fall of 2018. Learn more about Dr. Newly Paul and her work at UNT and the prestigious award she just won, as well as all the latest...
August 25, 2022
Meet Dr. Mara Joseli Queiroz Vaughn. She immigrated to the United States from Brazil 30 years ago. Since 2013 she has created programs at UNT Dallas that provide students valuable hands-on experience that teach citizenship, civics and languages....
August 25, 2022
HR Spotlight: Dr. Mara Joseli Queiroz Vaughn has created programs at UNT Dallas that teaches students citizenship, civics, and languages. Learn more about her work at UNT Dallas and all the recent UNT System news highlights.
September 13, 2022
UNT System Spotlight: HSC confirms Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams as new president, plus all the recent news highlights across the UNT System.
September 22, 2022
Dr. Suchismita Acharya has been with HSC since 2016 in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience and North Texas Eye Research Institute campus in Fort Worth. She advises Ph.D. students and teaches and conducts antibiotic resistance drug discovery...
September 22, 2022
HR Q&A Spotlight & Highlights: Dr. Suchismita Acharya has been with HSC since 2016 in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience North Texas Eye Research Institute. She advises Ph.D. students, teaches, and conducts new drug discovery research...