HR News


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...
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...
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...