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Staff Senate Newsletter • May 29, 2020

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CEO Spotlight on President Neal Smatresk

Have you heard? President Neal Smatresk shared the many great accomplishments of University of North Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a look ahead to this fall, on NewsRadio 1080 KRLD AM CEO Spotlight with David Johnson. Listen here.

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 2 at 2 p.m. - The Socially Distanced Faith Community during COVID-19

June 4 at 2 p.m. - Belly Dancing

June 10, 17,  24 & July 1 - Mean Green Book Buddies

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

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 HERE.

Featured Staff Senate Spotlight

Picture of Staff Senator Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett

Director of Global Partnerships and Engagement, International Affairs

Read more here!






Employees Requesting Modifications for Returning to Campus

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, as well as leave requested by an employee.

Human Resources is finalizing the request process and required documentation which will be communicated soon. In the meantime, if an employee requests any type of work modification as a result of COVID-19, any medical condition, or other circumstance, supervisors should immediately contact their Human Resources representative to ensure that appropriate processes are followed. Human Resources may also be reached at 940-565-2281.

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.

Are you #MeanGreenReady for Severe Weather?

Picture of night sky with lightning strikingSevere 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!

Know where to go – Working from home? Where would you shelter if there were a tornado? The best sheltering areas are windowless rooms without exterior walls. If you're on campus, find the designated shelter space for your building here.

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.

  • Read about UNT System COVID-19 updates HERE.
  • Read about UNT System COVID-19 response guidelines HERE.

UNT COVID-19 Updates

  • To stay up to date on UNT's response to COVID-19, see
  • For information related to staff, go HERE.

Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. The next meeting will be held on June 9, 2020 at 3 p.m. Please check back for meeting details.  

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.