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Staff Senate Newsletter • Aug. 21, 2020

Staff Senate Committee Spotlight

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The last committee spotlight for 2019-2020 is on the Policy and Benefits Committee. The members of this committee work all year to identify and research human resource issues that are important and relevant to staff. 

Read more about the committee's goals by visiting their Committee page.

2019-2020 members: Kayla Green, Aaron Anderson, Amanda Bennett, Natalie Bernard, Amy Ferman, Karen Goss, Steven Tudor, Abby Crow-Walker, Charlotte Cooke

Foundational Leadership Academy

Organizational Development & Engagement (ODE) is seeking participants for the inaugural UNT World cohort of the Foundational Leadership Academy. The program seeks to enhance and improve individuals’ leadership skills as they advance in their career journey. The deadline to apply is Sept. 1.

2020 Staff Awards and Recognition Event Recording

View the recording of the 2020 Staff Awards and Recognition event: Going the Distance while Socially Distant, presented by DATCU on Aug. 11. The event included the annual Staff Appreciation awards presentation and incorporated elements from the bi-annual Staff Sack Lunches, including door prizes and a Q&A with President Smatresk.

COVID Updates


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


A new COVID Dashboard, which will be updated weekly, will show the number of active COVID-19 cases of students and employees with direct and indirect campus impact.

Visit the UNT Health Alerts website for UNT Coronavirus updates. Information for staff is available on the UNT Health Alerts for Staff web page.

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

Discovery Park COVID-19 Testing

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Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is providing free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at UNT Discovery Park on Fridays. 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.

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!

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