Announcements

Staff Council is introducing a new Leadership Speaker Series to help all staff learn more about the work of UT System Administration offices. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, February 1, from noon to 1 p.m., in the multipurpose room on the second floor. Bring your lunch and learn more about the Office of Risk Management. Phil Dendy, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer, will talk about the response to Hurricane Harvey and other important work performed by his office.

System Administration employees are invited to attend an All Hands meeting on January 12 beginning at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held in the UT System Building multipurpose room on the second floor. Staff can also join virtually at http://videoportal.utsystem.edu/Mediasite/Play/d9a5483f5406493e96b31931870ac8291d; you'll be asked to provide your SNAC credentials. The video should start broadcasting automatically once the meeting begins but if it doesn’t, please click the refresh button.

In May of last year, HR launched a pilot program that eliminated the need for exempt employees to submit weekly timesheets unless state compensatory time was earned or leave (comp time, vacation, sick, etc.) was taken. Approximately 118 (18%) of System Administration staff opted to participate in the pilot by completing an exception-based time reporting agreement developed by OGC. HR tracked reported leave from May 2014 to November 2017 and determined there were no significant variances in leave reporting during that time, including since the beginning of this pilot.

The University of Texas System Administration offices will be closed for the holidays on December 25-26 and January 1. Skeleton crews will be on duty in every department on December 22 and December 27-29.

If you need assistance during this time, please call 512.499.4200 and select "4" to be directed to the Help Desk. To reach the Office of Human Resources, please call 512.499.4587. If an HR emergency occurs after hours, that number may also be used to contact the on-call HR representative.

Happy Holidays!

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Innovation and Strategic Investment are excited to host you on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 12 p.m. for our next installment of the Block 82 speaker series. Drs. Robert Duke and Art Markman of the KUT radio show, Two Guys on Your Head,will discuss how to take advantage of psychological principles in order to maximize success and happiness, as well as other related topics.

UT System Administration Offices in Austin will exercise a 2 hour delay on Friday, December 8, 2017 due to inclement weather. Please use caution on the roadways.

If you have any questions, please contact OTIS helpdesk at 512-499-4357.

The UT System@Worknewsletter was launched in November 2016 to provide System Administration staff with useful information, critical updates and helpful tips. The newsletter has evolved over the past year, and it's time to ask readers what they think. Please take a few minutes to complete the online reader survey to share what you like, what you don’t like, and what you’d like to see more or less of in future issues.

On November 13, Block 82 welcomes Patricia “Trish” Young Brown at noon in the multipurpose room. Together, we'll attempt to answer the question: How do our experiences shape our leadership style? Trish will explore this question with insight from over 20 years of experience leading multiple healthcare and community-based organizations.

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UT System State Employee Charitable Campaign,
October 1st - October 31st

The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) offers an easy and convenient way for state employees to contribute to charitable organizations through payroll deduction.

The results from the first phishing simulation can be found on the UT System InfoSec Community Sharepoint site. Go to https://community.utsystem.edu/sites/infosec/phishingawareness for more details.

You’re invited to the 2017 SECC Halloween Spooktacular

October 31st, 2:00-4:00 pm, UT System, 2nd Floor

We will wrap up the 2017 SECC Charitable Campaign at our Halloween Spooktacular, with:

The Office of Employee Benefits is excited to announce a new benefit for UT System Administration employees. Beginning on October 16, 2017, employees will have access to a telemedicine clinic located on the 19th floor of the UT System Building in Austin.

The Telemedicine Clinic is a 6-month pilot between Office of Employee Benefits, UT Medical Branch, and UT Austin’s School of Nursing. If successful, we are hoping to make this a long-term benefit.

HOURS | Open from 8 to 10 am each weekday.

Please join the Block 82 Team on October 11, 2017 from 12-1 p.m. in the UT System multipurpose room on the 2nd floor (2.206) for the next speaker series event with Daron Roberts, who began a career coaching in the NFL and NCAA after graduating from Harvard Law School. Roberts is the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at UT Austin and has a proven track record of improving management systems and developing leadership strategy.

The Heartsaver CPR/AED course follows the requirements of the American Heart Association with 2015 guideline updates and instructs students on the most current life saving techniques for adults.

Date: Wednesday, October 4,2017

Times: 2 classes available– 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

Sign up here: https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/risk-management/safety-training

The Office of Human Resources is happy to announce the consolidation of eleven leave policies into one. You will be able to reference INT185: Leave Policy for matters pertaining to various leave types. Below is a summary of changes.

Quick Glance

As UT System employees, all our records are covered by the Texas Public Information Act (“TPIA”). The TPIA is a state law, and it makes many of our documents and other materials available to the public. If we follow it, we stay on safe legal ground; if we don’t, we risk having monetary penalties levied against UT System Administration, or worse, criminal charges filed against our officials.

Block 82: Uncommon Knowledge and Unconventional Wisdom for System Employees, A Speaker Series is a collaborative initiative between the Office of Innovation and Strategic Investment and the Office of Academic Affairs. For our first event on September 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Winslow Sargeant will join us.

YOU ARE INVITED!

Over the past 12 hours, UT System users may have seen an increase in the number of phishing emails in their inbox.  It is important to be remain cautious and attentive to email messages that come through your inbox. Our information security analysts have been working to block suspicious URLs and email accounts; however, if you access UT System email from your cell phone or your personal computer, you may not be protected.