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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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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

(click course titles to register)
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
Facilitating Evaluations 

For many supervisors, performance reviews are viewed with a certain amount of anxiety, particularly when it comes to feedback on performance growth and development opportunities. The Facilitating Effective Performance Evaluations 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: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Where: UNT Dallas, FH-304
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 - 10
  • 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

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

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

Deadline Approaching - Review Your September Pay Check

Please note that October 14, 2019 is the final date that our benefits team can make retroactive corrections to any errors in the Employee Retirement System of Texas database. Errors discovered after October 14 can only be corrected moving forward, so please review your September pay check to make sure it reflects the choices you made during open enrollment. If you discover any errors, please call the benefits team toll free at 1-855-878-7650 and select option 2 to be connected.

New Dental Provider

UNT Faculty & Staff: With the start of the new fiscal year, we have several helpful benefits updates outlined below.

As of Sept. 1, 2019, Delta Dental became the new dental provider for employees enrolled in the State of Texas Dental Choice or the Dental HMO plan. Please note the following details in order to take advantage of your dental benefits:

  1. Check to see if your dentist is in your plan’s network. Please visit the ERS Find a dentist page and click the link associated with your plan to check.
  2. Delta Dental dentists should not require an ID card. You and your enrolled dependents will not receive a new ID card in the mail. In lieu of a physical card, please review the Where’s My ID Card digital flyer for more information on what you should provide to your dentist's office for verification of coverage and claims.
  3. Make sure review your plan’s benefits fact sheet for more information: DeltaCare USA DHMO Benefits Fact Sheet or State of Texas Dental Choice PPO Benefits Fact Sheet

Should you need assistance, please contact Delta Dental at (888) 818-7925 (TTY: 711)

Deductibles, Coinsurance and Referrals

As a reminder, if you are enrolled in the employee health and/or dental insurance plans, deductibles, coinsurance maximums and out-of-pocket maximums reset annually. In the HealthSelectSM plans, they start over on January 1. That means, for example, you might pay more for a prescription in January than you paid in December, until you reach the $50 prescription drug deductible. In addition, if you had previously met your coinsurance maximum of $2,000 this will reset to $0.00 again on January 1.

To make the most of your benefits, consider getting prescriptions filled and/or medical services completed before Dec. 31, 2019. Visit https://healthselect.bcbstx.com/ to learn more about your health plan.

Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS)

If you were not a member of TRS prior to the start of the 2017–2018 school year, and TRS did not receive any contributions for you prior to Sept. 1, 2017, you cannot register for a MyTRS account at this time. TRS is upgrading its member portal and the site is not expected to be available until January 2020.

See temporary changes to MyTRS for more information.
For a full benefits overview, please visit: UNTSystem.edu/benefitsoverview

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 nomination, UNT System Human Resources will host two writing workshops:

Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. – Spanish
Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 1-3 p.m. – English

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