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Staff Senate Newsletter • June 4, 2021


2021-2023 Staff Senate Elections

Congratulations to the New and Continuing Members of the Staff Senate for the ’21-’23 term! These senators will begin their service on September 1.

Continuing Senators:

  • Reginald Johnson, Athletics
  • Jamie Brand, Enrollment
  • James Jackson, Institutional Equity and Diversity
  • Amy Ferman, Student Affairs

New and Returning Senators:

  • Mary Howard, Advancement
  • Alic'a Oliver, Athletics
  • Latrice Owens Moore, Enrollment
  • Kathy Neira, Finance & Administration
  • Karen Ishee, Finance & Administration
  • John Bellon, Office of the Provost & Academic Affairs
  • Mariana Caldera, Student Affairs
  • Wendy Comfort, Student Affairs
  • Megan Cunningham, Student Affairs
  • Heather Noel, UBSC

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the election—your voice is our mission!

Denton Community Bazaar

Enjoy a day of local art, vendors, and food with the Rubber Gloves Community Bazaar (411 E. Sycamore St. Denton, TX, 76205) on June 5 from noon to 6 p.m. Support local, take home some cool stuff, and enjoy live DJ sets all day.

Dan's Summer Market. Saturday, June 5 from 3 - 8 p.m. Dan's Silverleaf - 103 Industrial Denton, TX.Dan’s Summer Market

Don't miss the Dan's Summer Market at Dan's Silverleaf (103 Industrial St. Denton, TX, 76201) on June 5 from 3 – 8:00 p.m. You'll find local artists, makers, and food!




Pride Path, June 12 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Oak St. Drafthouse. Join us for a fun family-friendly sidewalk chalking event to celebrate Pride Month! Pridenton logo is in bottom right corner.Pride Path is in white capital letters on a rainbow in front of a yellow background with white clouds.Pride Path

Grab some chalk, spark your creativity and express your pride! Join Pridenton on June 12 to create a whimsical and colorful pride path along the streets of Denton.

Starting at 8 a.m., Pridenton will meet outside of Oak St. Drafthouse (308 E Oak St. Denton, TX, 76201) and begin making a chalk pathway with positive messages and magical drawings to show our community how much love and pride we have!

All levels of artists are desired so don't be shy about your skills.

Sidewalk chalk provided. Make sure you bring some water!

Which do you prefer, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access? These questions are on a white background in front of the UNT clocktower and treesDivision of Institutional Equity & Diversity Rebranding Survey

The Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity needs your help determining a new name! Their identity is in part dependent on those they serve, which is why your voice is important. Influence the division's identity by responding to the short Qualtrics survey by June 15.



d/Deaf Connect Faculty/Staff Training

The Office of Disability Access offers trainings regarding working with our d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the UNT community. Register for one of the dates below!

ERS Summer Enrollment

ERS summer enrollment for making changes to your benefit elections will take place June 28 – July 10 for UNT employees and July 5 – 17 for UNT System employees. This includes changes to health, dental, vision and life insurance as well as short- and long-term disability coverage and TexFlex accounts. Make sure your contact information, including your address, is up to date.

Picture of Staff Senate Benjamin Nye. Benjamin has brown hair, brown eyes, brown glasses and a blue collared buttoned shirt. Benjamin is standing in front of a cubicle backgroundStaff Senate Spotlight

Benjamin Nye

Instructional Design Consultant, DSI-CLEAR

Learn more about Benjamin!



A student artists sits next to her storm drain mural depicting UNT iconic imagery and a sunsetWe Mean Green Fund Unveils Student-Painted Storm Drain Murals

Through the Scrappy's Storm Drain Artscapes Competition hosted by the We Mean Green Fund, three student artists added pops of color to campus with messages of protecting water health. View the murals and find out why storm drains are the backdrop for these murals.


Spring 2021 Staff Appreciation/Recognition Events

UNT HR and Staff Senate would like your opinion on the Spring 2021 Staff Appreciation/Recognition Events in March.

Please take this quick survey that will be provided to HR on what can be improved or used for next year!

Picture of Vince Fisher. Vince has a bald head, black glasses and his holding his left hand in a talon position. Vince is wearing a blue suit with a North Texas pin, black shirt and pastel blue tie with a floral patternStaff Success Stories Winner

Congratulations to Vince Fisher, Marketing Specialist, who is this month’s first Staff Success Stories award winner! We appreciate all you do, Vince! Check out the UNT Staff Success website to learn more about this amazing UNT staffer!

Do you know of a fellow staff member who embodies the caring, creative and resilient spirit that makes the UNT community so amazing? Nominate your colleague for recognition on the Staff Success website!



Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. The next meeting is June 8, 2021, at 3 p.m.

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 Staff Senate to have it included.