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Staff Senate Newsletter • Dec. 5, 2019

University Budget Office

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The University Budget Office has sessions that help you learn about budget and finance news in an open forum environment. First Fridays are a large group forum and Open Labs give you some one-on-one assistance.

Upcoming Trainings

First Friday: Dec. 6, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Business Leadership Building, Room 055

Open Lab: Dec. 20, 9 to 11 a.m., at the Support and Services Building, Room 105

Find out more on the Budget Office's web page for Trainings Available.

Faculty & Staff Appreciation

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Game FlyerJoin Mean Green Sports Dec. 7, 2019, for the Faculty and Staff Appreciation double header!

Faculty and staff will receive two complimentary tickets and all additional tickets will be discounted.

Claim your tickets at this website.

GRE Prep Course Spring 2020

The Learning Center is offering a six-week GRE preparation course this Spring which is open to UNT Staff.

We teach specific and personal testing strategies and you will receive a 2020 Kaplan book and workbook. There are both in-person and online, self-paced options available.

Registration is open now and spots do fill up quickly; there is an $80 fee to register. Visit the Learning Center in Sage Hall, Room 170, to register. You can also visit our website for specific dates and more information.

Problem Solving Training

Problem Solving Training Flyer - Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m. -- 12 p.m.

The Office of Continuous Improvement offers training to teach the UNT community a structured and practical problem-solving approach. Participants learn how to identify and effectively analyze issues, determine their root cause, and successfully implement countermeasures. Sessions incorporate a coaching model to ensure the problem-solving methodology is applied to the resolution of a narrowly focused problem within the scope the participant’s responsibilities.

An introductory meeting will be hosted to discuss the Continuous Improvement System training and commitment expected from participants. Our introductory meeting will be Dec. 18 (Wednesday) from 11:30 am to noon. To learn more about this training opportunity, register at UNT Bridge by Dec. 13.


Registration Steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Training Calendar tab
  3. Select the Agenda View on the right side of the screen
  4. Search for “Continuous Improvement Orientation”
  5. Click Register.
  6. Download the invite and add the class to your calendar!

Following this introductory meeting, participants will be enrolled as a cohort that is selected based on the individuals’ desire to learn the methodology and their ability to commit to the training requirements.

If you can’t attend the meeting, but are interested in learning more, please email or call 940-565-4311 by Dec. 13.

To learn more about the Office of Continuous Improvement, check out our website.

WFAA Santa's Helpers Toy Drive

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Don’t forget to donate a new, unwrapped toy at one of the boxes around campus.

Locations are listed here.

Staff Senators will pick them up on Dec. 19!

Denton Happenings

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival Flyer           Wassail Weekend Flyer

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival

This year, the DHLF will be Dec. 6, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Denton Square. It will be a festive evening with live local music, food, family fun and joyful holiday spirit!

Please read more about this community event on the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival website.

Wassail Weekend

What is Wassail Weekend? It is just a fussy old English word for hot cider. Some downtown merchants will stir up their best recipe to give free tastings for all ages on

  • Dec. 6 from 5:30–8 p.m. (during the DHLF)
  • Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., or until the Wassail runs out. Note: Saturday Wassail Stop serving times may vary.

And, don’t forget to vote for your favorite Wassail stop!

Please read more about this event on the Denton Mainstreet website.

You are invited: come to a meeting!

Staff Senate meets once a month at 3 p.m. The next meeting is Dec. 10, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the University Union, Room 332. Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. Please come and see what we are doing and get involved!

Be sure to check the website for meeting agendas and minutes

Contact Us!

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