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Staff Senate Newsletter • Aug. 28, 2020

Welcome Back Message from President Smatresk

Hope everyone's fall semester is off to a great start! If you haven't already, view President Smatresk's welcome back message to faculty and staff for the Fall 2020 semester.

Staff Evaluations

With the postponement of staff performance evaluations this spring, an abbreviated midyear review will now be conducted for eligible staff Sept. 15 to Nov. 15, using the electronic Performance Management module in place of the paper form. UNT Performance Management Training sessions begin Sept. 8 through UNT World Learning.

The annual staff evaluation cycle will resume its regular schedule in April 2021.

Staff Senate Spotlight

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Margarita Venegas

Division Communications Strategist, Division of Finance & Administration

Read more about Margarita!






President's EDGE

President's EDGE would like to let everyone know that we are back on campus with limited hours this Fall but won't offer a Spanish class until Spring 2021. We are continuing to make appointments for GED, ESL/Computer Skills. We are always available via phone at 940-565-4320 or email at if anyone has questions or would like to schedule a class.

I'd like to encourage folks to take advantage of the Coursera offerings! There are some terrific Spanish classes from beginning to advanced available!

From UC Davis, some beginning courses are:

  1. Spanish Vocabulary: Meeting People
  2. Spanish Vocabulary: Cultural Experience
  3. Spanish Vocabulary: Sports, Travel, and the Home
  4. Spanish Vocabulary: Careers and Social Events
  5. Spanish Vocabulary Project

These classes also offer certificates upon completion.

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

Photo of the outside of the Discovery Park building at UNTDenton 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. The next meeting will be held via Zoom on Sept. 8, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

Contact Us!

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