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Staff Senate Newsletter • June 5, 2020

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President's Town Halls

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UNT will host two Black Lives Matter President's Virtual Town Halls: 

The discussion will be framed around three questions:

  1. How are we feeling?
  2. How does this relate to my experience at UNT?
  3. How can we move forward?

Community members can ask questions during the event or send questions in advance, please email or

Read UNT President Smatresk's official notice.

Virtual Diversity & Inclusion Training

Looking to be a better ally? See the many virtual training opportunities that we have available through UNT's Diversity & Inclusion department.

COVID-19 Testing at UNT

Tuesdays in JuneDenton County Public Health will be offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to noon at the UNT Union Circle Parking Garage. Individuals must register by 5 p.m. the day prior to testing.

Visit for more information or to register.

Staff Senate AHA!

Upcoming online learning sessions from Staff Senate At Home Academy (AHA):

June 10, 17, 24 & July 1 at 3 p.m. - Mean Green Book Buddies

June 17 at 11 a.m. - Introduction to Origami 

June 24 at 2:00 p.m. - Elections, Dollars, and Votes

Register for these online trainings on UNT Bridge.

For more AHA events, be sure to check the Staff Senate calendar.

To access recordings and documents from some of the past presentations, please see the Staff Senate's Staff Development Committee page.

2020-2021 Parking Permits

Parking permits for 2020-2021 will go on sale in phases starting Wednesday, June 10, with various permit types available each subsequent Wednesday through the end of June. Permit prices are the same as the 2019-20 academic year - no price increase. See the PDF for details

Contact Transportation Services by email or phone at 940-565-3020 if you have any questions.  

Project Estimating Updates

Due to COVID-19's potential impacts to UNT, for the remainder of the fiscal year, any new project requests for estimating require Vice President approval prior to acceptance by Facilities. We encourage you to visit the UNT Facilities Estimating website.

Resources will help answer:

  • What is an opinion of cost estimate and what can it do for me?
  • Do I need an estimate or should I request a project?
  • I requested an estimate. What happens next?
  • What step in the process is my opinion of cost?

Built in tools allow you to:

  • Create your own basic estimate using commonly requested services
  • Use average higher education construction costs from around the state to create a square foot-based estimate

Questions? Contact Dallas Hogue.

Featured Staff Senate Spotlight

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Erin McKinnis

Assistant Director, Data Integrity, University Advancement

Read more about Erin




New Electronic Processing of Staff Performance Evaluations

Human Resources continues to enhance the PeopleAdmin System, and will soon launch a new module, "Performance Management," to allow for electronic processing of staff performance evaluations. UNT will initiate their annual staff performance evaluation program later this year, and the UNT Campus HR team will communicate once a timeline is established. More details are available on the website.

Please email with any questions.

ERS Summer Enrollment

For UNT, the annual ERS benefits enrollment period, when you can make changes to your insurance, short- and long-term disability and TexFlex, will run from June 29 to July 11 this year. Make sure your contact information is up to date by creating or logging in to your ERS account.

New Procedure Addressing High-Risk Individuals Leave Request

As departments begin to resume on-campus operations and prepare for the return of employees to the workplace, we expect that some individuals will have requests for leave or other needs related to COVID-19 and particularly those who are considered high-risk as defined by the CDC. All requests for modification of an employee's job related to a medical condition must be facilitated through Human Resources.

To read "How do I request work environment or job duty modifications if I am a high-risk individual?," go HERE.

Please contact your Campus HR office with any questions related to employee leave, the high risk temporary modification request or disability accommodation processes.

Picture of Lightning in night skyAre you #MeanGreenReady for Severe Weather?

Severe weather can occur at ANY time of the year, but we certainly see a more significant threat during the spring. Here are some things you should do to make sure you’re #MeanGreenReady for severe weather, no matter where you are!

Sign up for emergency notifications – If you are working from home, check with your local city or county to sign up for local alerts. Whether you're on or off campus, always keep your Eagle Alert information up-to-date at

Follow UNT Emergency Management (@MeanGreenReady) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the most up-to-date preparedness information for UNT.

UNT System COVID-19 Updates

The University of North Texas System and its member institutions are committed to the well-being and safety of our students, faculty and staff. In responsibly planning the immediate future, UNT System leadership teams have spent significant hours preparing to safely begin reopening aspects of our campuses and office facilities. See the links below for more information.

UNT COVID-19 Updates

Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. The next meeting will be held via Zoom on June 9, 2020 at 3 p.m.

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

For meeting agendas, minutes, and recordings click HERE.

Contact Us!

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