Orion Mobile Puts Functions at Student and Faculty Fingertips

With just a few taps on their mobile devices, UT Dallas students can now register for classes or pay tuition and faculty members can access course records, thanks to a new option from Orion.

“Any self-service that is available online through Orion via a desktop computer can now easily be accessed with a mobile device,” said Dr. Sue Taylor, associate vice president of information resources and director of Enterprise Application Services.

A team of Web developers and experts on functionality oversaw the implementation of Orion Mobile. UT Dallas faculty members and students tested the features of the product and provided feedback. Read more

AskYODA Answers UT Dallas Information Security Questions

Information Security has added a flurry of new user tips to AskYODA, hoping to make the online application one of its go-to resources for help with information security topics.

The most popular Information Security topics have been:

  • How do I involve Information Security when evaluating a new vendor?
  • How do I install current updates for my computer?
  • How do I apply for an encryption exemption?  
Users can read the answers to these security questions and submit their own.

Information Security is in the process of revamping its website, and AskYODA will play a prominent role in the department’s awareness and outreach initiatives.

AskYODA is an online knowledge base of information and employee guidance written by UT Dallas experts. In addition to information security, topics include payroll, budget, procurement and student financial services.

Employment Express to Aid Research and Teaching Assistants

Employment Express is a one-stop shop for research assistants (RAs) and teaching assistants (TAs). Hosted by the Office of Human Resources, the event will offer a central place to complete and submit new-hire documents, update personal information, check in with Financial Services, sign up for direct deposit and ask any questions about employment at UT Dallas.

Employee Express will be held in the Founders Building’s first-floor atrium on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21, 1-4 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
RAs and TAs should plan to bring the required documents to complete Form I-9. For more information, email [email protected].

Payroll Deduction Deadline Nears for 2014-15 Parking Permits

The deadline to choose payroll deduction to pay for your fiscal year 2015 parking permit is Friday, Aug. 22. The option is available online only for UT Dallas employees who do not have a student classification. Research assistants, teaching assistants and temporary employees are not eligible.

Permits may also be purchased online using a credit or debit card, or in person at the Bursar Office (SSB 2.300) with a check, cash, debit or credit card from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

For more information, review the parking map and permit options online or contact Parking and Transportation at 972-883-2344 or email [email protected].

Corporate Challenge to Serve Doughnuts and Coffee for a Cause

Faculty and staff are invited to enjoy coffee and doughnuts and sign up for the 2014 Richardson Corporate Challenge from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Chess Plaza, east of the Student Services Building. Donations will be accepted and $5 raffle tickets will be on sale to benefit the Special Olympics. Raffle prizes include three pairs of round-trip airline tickets with hotel stays.

Benefits-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and spouses can also sign up online and learn more about upcoming events. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Galatyn Plaza in Richardson.

Registration Open for Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference

The Center for Vital Longevity at UT Dallas will present the 2015 Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference on Jan. 25-26 at the W Hotel in Dallas. The theme for the international conference is “Imaging the Aging Brain: Studies of Neuroplasticity and the Challenge of Longitudinal Designs.” The conference brings together research scientists focused on the cognitive neuroscience of aging to share their latest discoveries and insights through invited platform talks and poster presentations. Visit the center’s website for more information.

Office of Research Seminars

Registration is required. Call Rebecca Everett at 972-883-2313 for more information.

  • National Institutes of Health Update Aug. 19, noon (ECSS 3.503)
    Join us for a discussion of recent NIH changes. Items on the agenda include the BioSketch, Resubmission Policy, Research Performance Progress Report and others. This session is part of the Research Lunch and Learn Series.
  • Research Misconduct and Scientific Fraud Sept. 18, 10 a.m. (SLC 1.202)
    This session will cover issues related to misconduct and scientific fraud in research. This session, which is the introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research Series, is geared toward advanced graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and research scientists. Contact the Office of Research to register.

Save the Date

Surplus Sale — Surplus will hold a sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 11. The event, which is open to faculty, staff and students, will offer attendees the chance to buy furniture, computers and audio/video equipment at a discount. First come, first served.