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UT System employees have access to mental health and wellbeing resources year-round

By Katherine Werchan
Communications Intern

August is National Wellness Month – a time to work on creating healthy routines that focus on self-care, managing stress and overall fitness. The University of Texas System celebrates Wellness Month this August, and encourages faculty and staff across all institutions to take advantage of resources provided to help with physical, emotional and financial wellbeing throughout the year.

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Annual Enrollment is July 15 through July 31. Join the Office of Talent & Innovation for the Annual Enrollment Fair, Tuesday July 19 from 10am to 2pm on the 2nd floor of UTSB. This is your opportunity to ask questions, and learn about what our benefit plans have to offer.

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Congratulations to the 2022 Employee Service Award recipients who achieved a service milestone in 2021.  Chancellor Milliken hosted a reception honoring employees with 20+ years of service at Bauer House on June 9. Appreciation gifts were also delivered to recipients of 5-, 10- and 15- year recognition. Thank you for your dedication in service to Texas.

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Vanessa Aguilar
James Atchley
Louisa Ball
Martha Barboza
Tommy Barnes
LuAnn Berger
Steven Brite
Jennifer Burnett
Teresa Ferguson
Julia Figueroa

The FY 2023 Holiday Schedule has been posted by the Office of Talent & Innovation. The number of annual holidays a state agency is permitted to observe is determined by the national and state holidays referenced in Sec. 662.003 of the Texas Government Code, including where those holidays fall during the calendar week. Holidays that fall on a weekend are not included in the total…

Cyber criminals are in full force this tax season. Security researchers have spotted multiple phishing campaigns impersonating the Internal Revenue Service ( These emails pretend to be from the IRS sending the recipient their 2021 Tax Return, W-9 forms, and other tax documents commonly required during the tax season.

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UT System Administration SECC Events

October 1 – October 31

The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) offers an easy, convenient way for state employees to contribute through payroll deductions to charitable organizations that support those in need locally and across Texas. The UT System Administration Staff Council has scheduled a variety of fun events in October to encourage participation…

Every day, UT System Administration staff use the Phish Alert Button (PAB) to report suspected malicious email. Those reports will now receive a faster response, thanks to a new tool that will automatically scan reported email messages and send an automated response back indicating  whether the reported email is legitimate, spam or a threat.

The automated response will only be sent to UT System employees who make the report using the PAB. If your Outlook desktop app does not have the PAB, contact the Help Desk.

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The FY 2022 Holiday Schedule has been posted by the Office of Talent & Innovation. The number of annual holidays a state…

A vulnerability affecting the Microsoft Windows print spooler, which helps your computer interact with printers and orders the print jobs in your queue, was reported July 1. The vulnerability could potentially have allowed attackers to remotely execute code with system-level privileges, so printing to the network printer fleet in the UT System Building was disabled at that time. Microsoft issued a security patch to address the vulnerability on July 7. After working through the night to install the update, OTIS was able to restore printing in the UT System Building.

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Users of the business and employment-oriented online service LinkedIn should be aware that the personal profiles of up to 1 billion users have been made available on the underground online market place, also referred to as the dark web.

The database includes full names, email addresses, workplace information, and other data points the account owners publicly listed on their LinkedIn profiles.

While not highly sensitive, the data could still be used by cyber criminals to stage attacks against users and business organizations who they see as affluent and potentially…

There have been reports of employees receiving phone calls from numbers "spoofing" the UT System Administration area code and exchanges.

Phone number spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Criminals often use phone call spoofing so it appears that an incoming call is coming from a local number, or spoof a number from a company or a government agency that you may already know and trust. If you answer, they use social engineering to try to steal your personal information, which can be used in…

When you think of words to describe security awareness training, "entertaining" is probably not first.  The UT System Office of Information Security is working to change that with a new platform provided by KnowBe4 that offers content that is relevant, engaging and (dare we say it?) fun!  

The Cyber Smart! training campaign kicks off with a few episodes from some popular KnowBe4 series, as well as videos and games that reinforce the importance of security practices and how to keep UT System Administration and personal data and systems safe.

Each training item an…

The UT System Information Security Office (ISO) will be updating the phish alert button in Outlook during Phish Alert Button Imagethe evening of Wednesday, May 5. As part of this process, ISO staff will remove the existing phish alert button and replace it with an updated button.

The button will not look new to some System Administration employees, but others have a different version or are missing the button will now have the same ability to report…

The UT System OTIS staff will be implementing Microsoft Safe Links to add another layer of protection to System Administration email. Safe Links re-writes links in email messages to apply protection when a link is clicked. If a link is determined to be harmful or suspicious, Microsoft blocks access to that link.

The feature applies to UT System email accessed using Outlook, whether using Outlook online or via the desktop/mobile application. Users will not immediately notice any changes for most email messages. Links will look like they usually do, but the hotlink will point to a…

Please join the UT System Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Talent and Innovation on Monday, November 9, at 12 p.m. on Zoom for a conversation with Jesse Byrd, an NPR Foundation board member and award-winning writer and editor.

A former Silicon Valley techie who once worked for Google, Byrd pivoted to pursue his true passion for creating stories. His books have won four competitions worldwide and he is currently working with NBA athletes, major publishers and global nonprofits to develop original stories for young readers. During the Block 82 event, Byrd will break down…

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The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) offers an easy and convenient way for state employees to contribute to charitable organizations through payroll deduction. Visit the UT System Administration's Online Giving Portal to learn more about SECC, Capital Area Charities…

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and to celebrate, the UT System Administration Information Security Office is holding its first annual Phishing Tournament.

  • Each week one or more phishing lures will be delivered to UT System Administration email inboxes.
  • Spot the phishing email and report it to…

Effective with the work week beginning August 3, 2020, all UT System Administration timesheets will be submitted and approved directly in PeopleSoft rather than through the Employee Timesheet System (ETS). After taking the following actions, UT System Administration employees and managers will no longer use the ETS: 

  • Employees must submit all timesheets through the week of 7/27 in ETS by Monday, August 3.
  • Managers must approve all timesheets in ETS by Tuesday, August 4.

PeopleSoft Training & Resources

The Office of Talent and Innovation has…

The Office of Talent and Innovation will be holding demo sessions on how to navigate the new My UT Benefits user experience for open enrollment.  Learn how to easily enroll in  benefits for the upcoming plan year by attending a demo session or following the guide provided:

Beginning June 15, more System Administration staff will return to the UT System Building to continue to serve and support UT institutions and the people of Texas. This guide for returning to the workplace outlines practices and protocol to promote a healthy and safe environment as more employees and tenants return to working in the building.