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Flu Season Is Upon Us

Pharmacy Benefits: If you get your flu shot (or any covered vaccine) at the pharmacy, please use your prescription card OptumRx®. Regular flu vaccines are covered at 100% when employees use in-network retail pharmacies.

For a list of network pharmacies, go to:

  1. Go to www.HealthSelectRx.com.
  2. Click on Find a network pharmacy.
  3. Click on Filters and advanced search.
  4. Check Vaccines/immunizations from the drop down list.

For more information about flu and the flu vaccine, click Education information at HealthSelectRx.com, and see Flu Awareness & Prevention under Current topics. For additional questions call OptumRx toll free at (855) 828-9834 (TTY: 711).

Network Doctor’s Office or a health clinic: If you get your flu shot (or any covered vaccine) at your doctor’s office or health clinic, use your health plan ID card. This includes a retail health clinic within the pharmacy, such as MinuteClinic at CVS, RediClinic at HEB or one of the health clinics at Walmart.

UNT Dallas Plants Community Garden

On Thursday, Oct. 24, UNT Dallas and St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas officially launched the Community Garden, a joint initiative in which UNT Dallas Urban Agriculture Community Gardening students will plant and maintain garden beds on the property of the St. Vincent Center in Lancaster. Vegetables and herbs grown in the garden will be donated to the adjacent Jan Pruitt Community Pantry, operated by St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas, Catholic Charities Dallas and the North Texas Food Bank.

About two dozen UNT Dallas students under the direction of professor Jerrod Tynes planted broccoli, radishes, spinach, carrots and other vegetables and herbs. As part of their course work, the students will maintain the gardens and then harvest the crops. At Thursday’s launch event, UNT Dallas provost Betty Stewart spoke of the importance of this project will supply fresh vegetables to residence who do not have easy access to whole foods.

"UNT is Out of This World!"

UNT's Homecoming 2019 is this week, with a full slate of activities planned.
Highlights include:

Thursday, Oct. 31, 12:30 PM 

  • Homecoming Halloween Hullabaloo
    Free food, organization fair, and costume party
    Library Mall

Friday, Nov. 1, 8:00 PM 

  • Bonfire
    Apogee Stadium North Parking Lot

Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 AM

  • Parade
    Highland Street to Denton Square

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2:30 PM

  • Mean Green Football vs. UTEP
    Apogee Stadium

For a more detailed list of events, click here.

UNTHSC President Michael Williams and Sen. Jane Nelson Pen Opioid Crisis Op-Ed

"The national opioid epidemic affects every community, including North Texas. The opioid-related overdose death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Staggs in Southlake this summer was a highly publicized reminder.

Fort Worth paramedics respond to about three opioid overdoses every day, and nearly 1,500 Texans died from opioid-related overdoses in 2017."
--excerpt from "Every Texan can play a role in defeating the opioid addiction crisis"

The UNT Health Science Center is preparing future providers in its six schools to innovate solutions to the epidemic, Williams and Nelson write. To read the full column, which appeared Oct. 24 in the Star-Telegram, click here.

Tomorrow, October 31, is the deadline for UNT World faculty and staff to give back through the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC).

Did you know faculty and staff can help North Texas recover from this month's tornado strikes by contributing to the SECC? UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss, whose North Dallas neighborhood was in the direct path of the strongest twister's path of destruction, explains how in the short video linked below.

For more than 25 years, State of Texas employees have embraced fellow Texans through the SECC, contributing millions of dollars annually. Last year alone, UNT World team members raised more than $180,000 among UNT, UNT Dallas, UNT Health Science Center and UNT System Administration.

For more information on how you can make a difference through the SECC, please click the appropriate link for your institution below. Together, we can make a difference.
UNT SECC Info - UNT Dallas SECC Info - UNTHSC SECC Info - UNT System Administration SECC Info

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Engagement Action Planning

Want to create an engagement action plan with your team but don’t know where to start? Join us in an informative session where we will review a few ways to conduct an engagement conversation with your team and jump-start your plans!

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Progressive Discipline

Learn the process to deal with performance and conduct issues when other developmental opportunities fail. Evaluate how to consistently and fairly manage employee behavior and performance. Identify laws and policy requirements affecting discipline.

  • When: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Where: UNT Dallas, DAL1-212
Using the ePAR System

Covering ePAR standard functions (hiring, employee changes, transfers, terminations, approving, etc.) and important information regarding budget changes, additional pay items, timely approval, correcting errors, and related EIS functions.

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00PM
    Where: UNTHSC, CBH-240
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00PM
    Where: UNT Dallas, DAL 1-201D
Managing Leave and Attendance

Explore factors to take into account when considering different types of leave and effective approaches to managing employee's overall attendance.

  • When: Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
  • When: Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Where: UNT Dallas, FH-136
Breaking the Q12 Code: Understanding the Elements of Employee Engagement – Q8

Join Campus HR as we describe each of the 12 elements of employee engagement in detail, including the two elements of focus for UNT for FY20 - Q1 and Q8. Each session will be informative, collaborative, and fun!

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Facilitating Evaluations

This session will outline an effective approach to performance evaluations that will help you use the annual evaluation as a tool to communicate performance expectations and goals, develop competencies, and evaluate performance.

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Diversity and Respect in the Workplace (EAP Webinar)

Cultural disrespect is not an "agree to disagree" situation. Recognizing and respecting individual differences is paramount to working comfortably and effectively in today's workplaces.

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019  12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    Where: Online
Behavioral Interviewing

Explore how behavioral interview strategies can help identify top talent and improve your hiring.  Practice developing great interview questions, identify what to look for in a candidate's answer, and learn the legal guidelines for interviewing.

  • When: Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Breaking the Q12 Code: Understanding the Elements of Employee Engagement – Q11 & Q12

Join Campus HR as we describe each of the 12 elements of employee engagement in detail, including the two elements of focus for UNT for FY20 - Q1 and Q8. Each session will be informative, collaborative, and fun!

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Electronic Communications for Supervisors

The Electronic Communications for Supervisors session focuses on how to use electronic communication, such as texting, instant messaging, videoconferencing, social media and email following appropriate and professional etiquette.

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Where: UNT Eagle Student Services Center, ESSC - 152
Art of Successful Coaching

Grow your coaching skills.  Learn how the right coaching conversation can empower and engage your team. Explore how coaching differs from managing, mentoring or counseling.  Practice identifying powerful questions that inspire and catalyze new thinking.

  • When: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Where: UNT Dallas, FH - 306

If you would like assistance with creating a customized learning plan for your team, please contact the System HR Organizational Development and Engagement (ODE) team at ODE@untsystem.edu

UNT Dallas Police to Hold Two SHARP Classes

The UNT Dallas Police Department will hold a Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention (SHARP) class for women at both the UNT Dallas main campus and the College of Law. SHARP is approximately a three-hour self-defense class for women ages 17 and up.

Women of all physical fitness and ability levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The life skills and mental awareness taught to students in these classes are essential tools necessary for women to successfully defend themselves during hostile encounters. Instructors teach easy-to-learn self-defense techniques for a variety of situations. Details below:

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT PREVENTION CLASS FOR WOMEN
College of Law
UNT Dallas

UNTHSC Professor Receives Prestigious Presidential Award

UNTHSC Regents Professor Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. He is one of three educators in the state and 15 nationwide who were honored.
Dr. Vishwanatha, Vice President and Principal Investigator for the National Research Mentoring Network and Director of the Texas Center for Health Disparities, received the award in a Washington, D.C., ceremony last week.

The Presidential Award is a great honor, especially to be recognized among such excellent educators and mentors, Dr. Vishwanatha said.
“I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to make a difference in the lives of many individuals,” he said. “It is gratifying to see them as successful citizens contributing to the scientific advancement in our country. The award is a recognition of the important role of mentoring in developing and diversifying our national science workforce.”

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FINAL REMINDER: UNT Faculty, Excellence & Staff Appreciation Awards

It’s time to nominate your colleagues for the 2020 Presidential, Faculty Excellence and Staff Appreciation awards. Recognizing UNT’s best of the best is a way for us to shine a spotlight on the dedication and enthusiasm that goes into making our university an exceptional place to work, teach and learn. Please thoughtfully consider recognizing your colleagues who embody the UNT spirit, work ethic and commitment to service. To learn more about the nomination process, including full award descriptions, visit the UNT Awards website.

For assistance in writing the perfect STAFF award nomination, UNT System Human Resources will host a writing workshop on Oct. 29. This workshop is designed to aid and support our staff populations that may not have regular access to a computer, or may not write frequently in their daily job responsibilities.  
WORKSHOP: Staff Appreciation Awards Nomination Writing

All UNT faculty, staff members and students are eligible to submit nominations for staff awards. The nomination window closes Thursday, Oct. 31.

New UNT System CFO Announces Promotions

Since starting his new role Sept. 23, Dan Tenney, UNT System Vice Chancellor for Finance & Chief Financial Officer, has worked closely with Chancellor Roe, as well as the campus presidents and CFOs, in assessing teams and operations in the Office of Finance at UNT System Headquarters. As a result of this process, Tenney recently announced the promotion of two internal candidates to fill key leadership positions.

Paula Welch, who was named Interim System Controller & Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance in July, will drop "interim" from her title and move into the position full time. As System Controller & Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance, Paula will expand her leadership role in accounting, reporting, payroll and tax compliance. Paula previously served UNT World as Senior Associate Controller for the UNT Health Science Center. 

Luke Lybrand has been promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor for Treasury. Luke joined the UNT System in 2015 and has a decade of public sector finance experience.

In additon to these key personnel changes, the UNT System's Procurement Team, led by Senior Director of Procurement & Payment Services Michael Abernethy, will now report directly to Tenney

Cyber Security Awareness Training

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and one of the most important aspects to ensuring a safe working environment for UNT World is to keep employees and contractors well informed and trained.
The 2019 online security awareness training has been updated for team members at UNT, UNT Dallas and UNT System Headquarters (please note that UNTHSC has a separate training program). Training can now be accessed through the employee self service portal. All UNT, UNT Dallas and UNT System Headquarters employees and contractors must complete this year’s security awareness training by Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
Thank you to more than 1,300 people for completing this annual security awareness training. UNT System ITSS is selecting four winners at random to receive an anti-theft backpack foe completing the training. Megan Bales, who works in Business Information Technology Services, is the first lucky winner, with three more drawings remaining in October.

Please note, the earlier your training is completed, the more drawings you will be entered into!

During the month of October, UNT System team members have a unique opportunity to make a difference in our community through the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). This annual fundraising effort gives state employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for tens of thousands in the North Texas region and throughout the state.
For more than 25 years, State of Texas employees have embraced fellow Texans through the SECC, contributing millions of dollars annually. Last year alone, UNT World team members raised more than $180,000 among UNT, UNT Dallas, UNT Health Science Center and UNT System Administration.

For more information on how you can make a difference through the SECC, please click the appropriate link for your institution below. Together, we can make a difference.
UNT SECC Info - UNT Dallas SECC Info - UNTHSC SECC Info - UNT System Administration SECC Info

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Owning Your Own Engagement

Want to find meaningful ways to internalize and explore your own engagement as an individual contributor? Explore what having a psychological and emotional connection to your job means and discover ways to find connection in your work!

  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Engagement Action Planning

Want to create an engagement action plan with your team but don’t know where to start? Join us in an informative session where we will review a few ways to conduct an engagement conversation with your team and jump-start your plans!

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Progressive Discipline

Learn the process to deal with performance and conduct issues when other developmental opportunities fail. Evaluate how to consistently and fairly manage employee behavior and performance. Identify laws and policy requirements affecting discipline.

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
  • When: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Where: UNT Dallas, DAL1-212
Using the ePAR System

Covering ePAR standard functions (hiring, employee changes, transfers, terminations, approving, etc.) and important information regarding budget changes, additional pay items, timely approval, correcting errors, and related EIS functions.

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00PM
    Where: UNT Dallas, DAL1-201
Benefits of the EAP

How can the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) help you? You will create your account and learn to access online training, webinars, assessments, articles, resources, financial calculators and more. Come explore this free, confidential benefit to you.

  • When: Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
    Where: UNT Dallas, FH-136
Higher Ed Finance

What makes higher education finance different? Understand how higher education is funded, what restrictions are in place, how monies are tracked, and how everything connects with our legislature. Gain a clearer understanding of the organization.

  • When: Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Breaking the Q12 Code: Understanding the Elements of Employee Engagement – Q7 & Q9

Join Campus HR as we describe each of the 12 elements of employee engagement in detail, including the two elements of focus for UNT for FY20 - Q1 and Q8. Each session will be informative, collaborative, and fun!

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Creating an Inclusive Work Environment

Explore how to acknowledge and respect the perspectives of others and how to develop inclusive behaviors. Learn how to hold team members accountable for creating and maintaining an inclusive environment.

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
Managing Leave and Attendance

Explore factors to take into account when considering different types of leave and effective approaches to managing employee's overall attendance.

  • When: Monday, November 4, 2019  2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102
  • When: Friday, November 8, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Where: UNT Dallas, FH-136
Breaking the Q12 Code: Understanding the Elements of Employee Engagement – Q8

Join Campus HR as we describe each of the 12 elements of employee engagement in detail, including the two elements of focus for UNT for FY20 - Q1 and Q8. Each session will be informative, collaborative, and fun!

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    Where: UNT Support and Services Building, SSB - 102

If you would like assistance with creating a customized learning plan for your team, please contact the System HR Organizational Development and Engagement (ODE) team at ODE@untsystem.edu

The UNT System has invested in a significant upgrade to our talent management solution, PeopleAdmin. With increased integrations, enhanced single-sign-on (SSO) capabilities, deeper configurability and improved user interface, the PeopleAdmin upgrades will make it easier for supervisors to recruit, onboard and manage talent. The UNTS PeopleAdmin team is working to have all system workflow testing completed before mid-October as we move toward full implementation and rollout. New integrations with EIS are now running daily and technical teams are testing those, along with the support team at PeopleAdmin. Recently our UNTS PeopleAdmin team conducted a demo for the HR Council in order to provide a look at the new PeopleAdmin Position Management and Applicant System. A group of employees at each of the campuses who frequently use PeopleAdmin have been selected to be “super users” in the upgraded system, and will receive a sneak peek at the upgrades in order to become campus resources. These super users will soon be contacted for a demo of the new system as we move toward rollout. Stay tuned for more updates in the near future!

UNT Faculty, Excellence & Staff Appreciation Awards

It’s time to nominate your colleagues for the 2020 Presidential, Faculty Excellence and Staff Appreciation awards. Recognizing UNT’s best of the best is a way for us to shine a spotlight on the dedication and enthusiasm that goes into making our university an exceptional place to work, teach and learn. Please thoughtfully consider recognizing your colleagues who embody the UNT spirit, work ethic and commitment to service. To learn more about the nomination process, including full award descriptions, visit the UNT Awards website.
 
For assistance in writing the perfect STAFF award nomination, UNT System Human Resources will host a writing workshop on Oct. 29. This workshop is designed to aid and support our staff populations that may not have regular access to a computer, or may not write frequentlyin their daily job responsibilities.  
WORKSHOP: Staff Appreciation Awards Nomination Writing

All UNT faculty, staff members and students are eligible to submit nominations for staff awards. The nomination window closes Thursday, Oct. 31.

UNT Dallas Holds Town Hall; Celebrates Enrollment Milestone

UNT Dallas President Bob Mong held his annual fall Town Hall event for faculty and staff on October 11. UNTD once again set a new standard for enrollment this fall, eclipsing the 4,000-student mark for the first time. Official enrollment for Fall 2019 is 4,059. "The strategies we have implemented to recruit local urban Dallas students, combined with the unwavering hard work of our faculty and staff, are paying off as we continue to grow our enrollment at a record pace," Mong said.

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UNTHSC Collaboration Paves the Way for Performance

A dynamic dream for performing arts has come to fruition with a new health and wellness collaboration. UNTHSC, UNT, Denton ISD and the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health will work with performers and students from K-12 and beyond.

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