Staff Senate Newsletter MastheadStaff Senate Newsletter • Oct. 16, 2020

Blue and white vote pictureEarly Voting Started on 10/13

As of Tuesday, Rooms 43/47 in the Gateway Center will serve as an early voting location for the General Election. Any registered Denton County voter can vote early there through Oct. 30. Thanks to the UNT Sycamore Stacks Blog for compiling helpful information like daily hours, IDs accepted, and links to a voter's guide and a voter lookup for a sample ballot.


Nothing Bundt Cake Supports the SECC!

From Oct. 15 through Oct. 19, the Denton Nothing Bundt Cakes location is giving 25% of in-store purchases to the SECC when you mention “UNT SECC.” Contact Facilities for more information about your purchase.

UNT We Mean Green Fund LogoEnvironmental Justice 101: An Interactive Introduction

The We Mean Green Fund empowers UNT students, faculty, and staff to improve our institution through campus projects that embody passion and spirit for environmental sustainability. The We Mean Green Fund is hosting a virtual event on Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. about environmental justice. Environmental Justice 101 is open to all faculty, staff and students. Registration is not required to attend the event.




Doc Spot Film Series pictures of filmsDoc Spot Film Series – Voter’s Choice

Now in its 13th season, the Doc Spot Film Series is presented by the UNT Media Library and features thought-provoking and timely documentaries. The Fall 2020 Doc Spot screenings will focus on art and entertainment that stems from challenging social, political, and systemic barriers. Doc Spot is presenting 4 films for voting consideration. Voting and screenings will be held on the Media Library's Discord server. Voting will be held on Oct. 20 from 12 -2 p.m.

Information about the film candidates and screenings can be found in the Movies & TV category in Discord.

Staff Appreciation Award Nominations Are Open Until 11/2

Whether it's an inspiring co-worker from your own area or someone whose work and commitment you have admired from afar, show your appreciation by nominating outstanding UNT staff members for Staff Appreciation Awards. In addition to our Steve Miller Outstanding Employee Awards, excellence is recognized in the areas of customer service, UNT spirit, inclusion and student success. One award honors executive staff leadership, another goes to rising stars — outstanding employees who have been at the university from six months to two years — and our new award is for administrative professionals, thanks to the inspiration of Ruby Raines. Nominations close Nov. 2.

Picture of Project Beloved and UNTPD in new "soft" interview roomNew “Soft” Interview Room for UNTPD

UNT Police Department received a makeover in the form of a new “soft” interview room for survivors of family violence and sexual assault from the nonprofit organization Project Beloved. The room was redecorated with a mind to help survivors feel physically and emotionally safe. UNT PD Det. Gerald Shepherd heard about the organization through the Denton County Friends of the Family. Project Beloved chose UNT PD for a room, paid all expenses and was on-site to design the room. UNT Facilities also painted the room a more soothing color. Read the NT Daily story here.



Scrappy Squad Kids Club

The Scrappy Squad Kids Club, the official kids club of Mean Green athletics, is open to children 12 and under and includes exclusive invitations to Squad Days, an official T-shirt and other swag. Membership is $35.

COVID Update

It is very important for you to monitor your health prior to coming to UNT so we can work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our UNT campus. If you need to be tested for COVID-19, UNT has coordinated a new way to help make that easy and convenient for you. Go to and scroll to the middle of the page for the location and registration link for our campus testing location, which is listed as “Denton — UNT Union Circle Garage — Texas Emergency Management.” UNT’s group code is UNT, and the next available testing times start at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 14). The testing site is open to the public, and you will need to have your government ID with you when you go for testing. Testing should only take 5-10 minutes.

Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. The next meeting will be held on Nov 10, 2020, at 3 p.m

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

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