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Staff Senate Newsletter • Oct. 9, 2020

UNT Football single game tickets available nowSingle Game UNT Football Tickets Available for 10/10

UNT Athletics has a limited number of single game tickets available for Saturday’s conference game against the Charlotte 49ers. Join us for kickoff at 7pm in Apogee Stadium.


Diary of Anne Frank streaming Oct 15-18UNT Theatre honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with free ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ performances

UNT Theatre is offering free admission to its upcoming virtual performances of “The Diary of Anne Frank” to commemorate the legacy of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Due to health and safety concerns with the pandemic, UNT’s “Anne Frank” production will be pre-recorded via Zoom and available for viewing at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 17-18. Reserve your free tickets. Ticketholders will receive an email with a link to the performance prior to their selected showtime.

UNT System - UNT, hsc and UNT Dallas logosUNT System Hosting Virtual “Ask Me Anything” Panel on 10/22

Communications with UNT World employees has never been more important than today, as we find ourselves working remotely and interacting virtually due to the COVID-19 threat. With that in mind, UNT System Vice Chancellor & Chief Financial Officer Dan Tenney will launch a new virtual event series for faculty and staff across UNT World titled “Ask Me Anything” on Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. The series is intended to cover a variety of financial and other related topics.

The first “Ask Me Anything” discussion will include several panelists with expertise in topics of interest that impact employees across the UNT System. The link to participate and watch the discussion live will be shared soon. Work- related questions on COVID-19 Safety, Finance, Procurement and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion may be sent to in advance of the virtual event. Questions will also be accepted in the chat function during the event. 

Neurodiversity Professional Network

The UNT Neurodiversity Professional Network serves employees that identify as Neurodivergent, as well as allies, and focuses on three areas:

  • Support neurodivergent employees so that they can contribute to the university's mission as effectively as possible;

  • Educate allies so that they can support the work of neurodivergent colleagues from a basis in current, accurate information;

  • Represent neurodivergent employees to the university community so that their value and contributions are recognized.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups that foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives. ERG’s are a critical piece of an organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy. The University of North Texas, through the Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity, supports the work of ERGs in the development, support and retention of employees.

The first meeting of the NPN will be held Oct. 28 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Join us on Zoom!

Gallup Q12 Engagement Survey is Headed to Your Inbox Soon

On Oct. 26, you will receive an email with the subject line: You're invited to Participate. The email will contain a link to the Gallup Q12 Engagement survey which allows you to have a voice in the direction of your campus or UNT System. You'll have from Oct. 26 through Nov. 6 to complete the 5-minute survey. Results of the survey will be released in early December. To learn more about the why UNT World partners with Gallup to make engagement a part of our culture, here are a few resources from Gallup that explain what it is and what it does. The Gallup Engagement website has additional resources for team members to explore, such as FAQs, action planning, previous years' results and more.

2021 Equity & Diversity Conference. Facing the Future Together: Allies, Accomplices & ActionSubmit an Equity & Diversity Conference Workshop Proposal 

The UNT 2021 Equity & Diversity Conference planning committee is proud to announce Hilti’s return as the presenting AND Inclusive Excellence Sponsor! Hilti will join UNT’s historic first-ever virtual conference, with the return of both corporate and academic workshops on Feb. 23, 2021. You can be a part of the virtual conference by becoming one of the workshop presenters! Read more about the workshop categories and how to make your presentation accessible on the brand new conference website. The proposal deadline is Oct. 31.  

SECC giving campaign runs through 10/31

The university community has kicked off a month of giving to UNT’s annual State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), which gives faculty and staff an opportunity to support a variety of local, state, national and international charities throughout the month of October. You can visit to find the list of organizations and more details about how to donate.

Departmental fundraisers will be continuously updated throughout the month. Donors who submit a donation form or give online will be automatically entered into a drawing for two Dallas Cowboys tickets.

North Texas Vote LogoVote at UNT

The Division of Student Affairs has created a website dedicated to providing early voting and Election Day information. Visit the website for important dates, polling locations and other frequently asked questions. 


KnowBe4 LogoAnnual Computer Security Awareness Training due 11/13 

UNT System is rolling out KnowBe4 — an award-winning training platform that will benefit all of UNT World ­— through the UNT World Learning portal at

Faculty and staff received an email from UNT World Learning about training on Oct. 7, the day it became available.

To help ensure the security of our critical information, all employees are expected to complete this year’s security awareness training by Nov. 13, 2020.

The required training includes three modules, which are a total of 45 minutes in length.

Once all mandatory video courses are completed, employees can download and print a completion certificate. You will earn one Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit for completing the training.

All faculty, staff and contractors — including new faculty and staff hired after Jan. 1, 2020 — are required to participate to fulfill changes to our state requirement.

If you have any questions, please reach out to

Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. The next meeting will be held on Oct. 13, 2020, at 3 p.m

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

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