Staff Senate masthead, photo of the UNT University Union with the words UNT Staff Senate Newsletter Aug. 14, 2020 across photo

Staff Senate Newsletter • Aug. 14, 2020

Staff Senators Rolling Off

Fireworks over UNT Apogee stadiumA big THANK YOU to the senators who are rolling off this year. We appreciate your dedication and service during your term(s) on Staff Senate. Your time and contributions have made this a great year in helping staff voice their concerns and improve engagement within our UNT staff community. Even though you are rolling off, we hope to continue to work alongside you in promoting staff interests and concerns. #yourvoiceourmission
Aaron Anderson, Policy and Benefits Committee
Amanda Bennett, Policy and Benefits Committee
Stacy Buchanan, Co-Chair of Bylaws and Elections Committee
Abby Crow-Walker, Policy and Benefits Committee
Lisa Cuevas, Communications Coordinator
Chris Cunningham, Bylaws and Elections Committee
Megan Cunningham, Secretary/Treasurer
Corey Davidson, Bylaws and Elections Committee
Louise Dunn, Chair of Staff Development Committee
Emily Gautraud, Staff Development Committee
Karen Goss, Policy and Benefits Committee
Kayla Green, Chair of Policy and Benefits Committee
Katie McCoy, Past-Chair
Stephanie McDonald, Bylaws and Elections Committee
Audra O'Neal, Communications and Public Relations Committee
Allison Peeler, Parliamentarian
Jim Rogers, Communications and Public Relations Committee
Justin Stewart, Staff Development Committee
Margarita Venegas, Communications and Public Relations Committee

Newly-elected Officers for 2020-2021Photos of newly-elected Staff Senate officers for 20-21

Congratulations to our newly-elected Staff Senate officers for 20-21!

Liz Berry, Chair-Elect
Alexis Guess, Communications Coordinator
Allyson Gardner, Parliamentarian
Amy Ferman, Secretary/Treasurer

UNT Parking

Faculty and staff who utilize payroll deduction for annual parking permits once again have the option to have fees taken out pretax. Individuals who have already purchased 2020-21 permits via payroll deduction will automatically be switched to the pre-tax deduction option unless they email Transportation Services or call 565-3020 prior to Sept. 4. For more details on the tax changes read Transportation Services News.

Virtual Commencement

image of spring-summer 2020 commencement program

Check out the virtual commencement webpage to get all the information you need for UNT's ceremonies Aug. 18-21. The page provides schedules, livestream links, frequently asked questions and more. All ceremonies will be livestreamed on the virtual commencement page and archived for on-demand viewing.


Discovery Park COVID-19 Testing

Photo of the outside of the Discovery Park building at UNT

Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is providing free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at UNT Discovery Park on Fridays beginning Aug. 7. Preregistration is required and appointments are available starting at 8 a.m. Eligible community members are those who have had symptoms of COVID-19 within the past seven days, essential employees, individuals 60 years and older, as well as individuals who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

All community members must call to pre-register for testing at 940-349-2585.

Town Hall Recordings

  • View the Aug. 4 UNT Reopening Update Town Hall, hosted by President Smatresk. The town hall included information about the fall semester, how we are preparing campus and what processes we will follow to help keep our community safe and healthy.

  • View the Aug. 10 UNT System Town Hall: HR and COVID-19 Safety, hosted by Chancellor Roe. The town hall featured a moderated Q&A with Vice Chancellor & Chief Human Capital Officer Barbara Abercrombie, as well as the HR leaders for UNT, UNT Dallas, UNT Health Science Center and UNT System Administration. The Town Hall also included a safety briefing from Vice Chancellor Steve Maruszewski, who is leading our system-wide efforts to mitigate coronavirus. 

COVID-19 Updatesoutline of eagle with wings open

UNT System

For the latest information on COVID-19 from UNT System, go to the UNT System COVID-19 updates webpage.


For UNT Coronavirus updates visit the UNT Health Alerts website. Information for staff is available on the UNT Health Alerts for Staff webpage.

For any COVID questions, call the UNT COVID hotline at 1-844-366-5892 or send an email to

Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. Please stay tuned for details on our next meeting.

For meeting agendas, minutes and recordings, please visit the Agendas and Minutes page.

Contact Us!

If you have an article, announcement or suggestion relating to this newsletter, email to have it included.