University Unveils New Mobile-Friendly Monogram

UTD Monogram

President Richard C. Benson and his Cabinet have approved a new monogram to better retain UT Dallas’ identity across digital platforms. The new monogram — a shortened version of the University’s logo — was driven by students’ needs, said Lauraine O’Neil, associate vice president for marketing.

“The existing UT Dallas logo with the state of Texas will still be prominently and frequently used in various media and signage, but it does not adapt well to small-screened mobile devices and promotional items,” O'Neil explained. “Since our audiences are technologically savvy and very active users of digital platforms, we designed the UTD monogram in response to our audience's needs. The new UTD monogram allows a better balance between maintaining the University's brand and communicating a message effectively.”

Creative director LeeDon Moore MFA’14 said digital phones and social media are driving design changes. “People don’t want to have to scroll past a logo. They want their information quickly,” Moore said.

Both the University logo and versions of the new monogram are available for campus use across all media, including stationery, business cards and promotional items.

Annual Benefits Enrollment Begins This Weekend

My UT Benefits

During the annual benefits enrollment period — Saturday, July 15, to Monday, July 31 — you will be able to:

  • Make changes to your benefits.
  • Enroll or re-enroll in UT FLEX (employees only; enrollment does not automatically renew).
  • Add or remove dependents from your coverage plan.

Highlights for Plan Year 2017-18
There are no changes to out-of-pocket premiums for the UT SELECT Medical plan for 2017-2018. More information and resources are available on the UT Dallas Benefits website. The UT System Office of Employee Benefits released more details about the FY 2017-2018 benefits plans in a recent A Matter Of Health newsletter.

Enrollment Email
An email containing a summary of your coverage and a link to the annual enrollment website will be sent to all benefits-eligible employees by Saturday, July 15.

After you receive the email, log in to MyUTBenefits and follow the on-screen instructions to make your selections. You will receive an email confirming your changes in approximately 24 hours. If you don’t receive the confirmation email, contact UT Dallas Office of Human Resources - Benefits Services at [email protected] for help. Enrollment must be completed before midnight on Monday, July 31.

Benefits Fair
Benefits-eligible employees are invited to learn more about their options at a Benefits Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 17, in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602). UT Select Medical participants can also make appointments online for a complimentary checkup with Catapult Health and a complimentary injury assessment with Airrosti Rehab Centers the day of the fair. Space is limited, and appointments are required.

Dual Benefits Enrollment
Dual benefits enrollment may be required for employees who experience a life event change (i.e. marriage, divorce, birth of a child, etc.), are new hires or become newly eligible for benefits between July 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2017. If you fall into one of these categories, read the information online and contact a Benefits Administrator to complete your enrollment.

For assistance or more information, contact the UT Dallas Office of Human Resources - Benefits Services staff via email at [email protected].

Annual Notification of Title IX Procedures

The University’s Prohibited Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibits sex-based discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination and will not be tolerated. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual exploitation, domestic violence and/or dating violence. The University prohibits retaliation.

Report violations of the policy to the Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinator via the following channels:

Information may be shared confidentially with licensed counselors and health care professionals at the Student Counseling Center, Student Health Center, Galerstein Gender Center (counselors only), and Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Additional information regarding campus and community resources is available on the resources webpage.

Crimes may be reported to the UT Dallas Police Department by calling 972-883-2222. Call 911 if immediate assistance is needed.

Follow UT Dallas Title IX Initiatives on Facebook and Twitter for information and resources.

New Website Details University’s Executive Hire Searches

UT Dallas View

A new University website will serve as the hub for information on five upcoming executive leadership hires.

The site features details on the searches for a new vice president of academic affairs/provost, dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, dean of undergraduate education, vice president for research and vice president for communications.

The website includes:

  • A description of each job.
  • Instructions on how to apply and search firm contact information.
  • Updates on search progress and a timeline for the phases of the process.
  • Committee members for the search, and the training provided to those members.
  • Search protocol and process details, including information on the Opportunity Rule (UTS 187), veteran hiring preference (SB805), diversity and inclusion/EEO.

Due to the need for confidentiality, names of the applicants and the finalist for each position will not appear on the website.

Office of Student Volunteerism Holds July Food Drive

The Office of Student Volunteerism is collecting non-perishable food items for the NETWORK Food Pantry throughout this month. Rice, dry beans and flour are especially needed.

NETWORK distributes food to more than 150 local families each week. The need for assistance increases in the summer as many families rely on school lunch programs during the school year.

Donation boxes are in the OSV Office (SSA 14.431T), the Administration Building near the second-floor elevator and the Student Union lobby.

PeopleSoft Demo: Accessing Proposal and Award Documentation

The Office of Sponsored Projects will present a hands-on demonstration of how to access all proposal and award documentation via a custom PeopleSoft page.

Accessing Proposal and Award Documentation in PeopleSoft will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in FO 1.206C. Seating is limited. Register to attend.

Employee Wellness Lunch-and-Learn Set for July 27

The UT Dallas Wellness Committee and Wellness Ambassadors Program will host an informational lunch-and-learn from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602). This session will provide an overview of wellness resources and activities available to employees, as well as information about the Wellness Committee and Ambassadors Program, and how employees can get involved. Register online by Wednesday, July 19. Space is limited to 100 participants.

Free Tax Help for Prior Returns Available

Students and staff can receive free assistance with their prior-year (2013-2016) tax returns, amended returns, NR returns and ITIN applications from the Dallas Foundations Community Tax Centers. The group, in cooperation with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, will operate a tax office from Saturday, July 15, to Sunday, Oct. 15. The service is by appointment only. Appointments take place at off-campus locations that vary by day and time. Call 214-370-9353 to schedule your appointment. For more information, email Kathy Zolton at [email protected].

Summer Pop-Up Library Series

The Eugene McDermott Library supports a series of summer pop-up sessions. Catch the following upcoming events:

  • “What is Fair Use?” Wednesday, July 12, at 11 a.m. (Library Lobby)
  • “Artemis Primary Sources,” Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. (Library Lobby)
  • ”Resources in Career Planning & Job Searching,” Wednesday, July 19, at 11 a.m. (SSB 3.300)
  • ”Newspapers and Business Journals,” Wednesday, July 26, at 11 a.m. (MC 2.524)

Check out the library’s events schedule for more information.


Register for Corporate Challenge
Registration for the 2017 Richardson Corporate Challenge is open. This annual, Olympic-style competition brings local companies and organizations together to raise money for Special Olympics Texas and engage in friendly competition. The challenge runs from Friday, Aug. 11, to Thursday, Oct. 12, with a wide range of events, including tennis, kickball, bowling and darts.
Download the event schedule and UT Dallas team sign-up sheet, and email the completed form to [email protected]. Also, this year’s Opening Ceremony and Great Walk will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Galatyn Plaza (2351 Performance Drive, Richardson).

For updates and more information, visit the UT Dallas Corporate Challenge webpage.

New Workers’ Compensation Team
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety has a new workers’ compensation team. David Liner, Courtney Shaw and Annette Rogers will be handling workers’ compensation claims for the University, and are available to meet with departments to provide training and answer questions. For more information, visit the workers’ compensation webpage, reach out to the team individually, or email [email protected].

Booster Fueling Service Offers Summer Special
Booster Fuels is offering a summer special. The first 1,000 people to use the promo code SUMMERLOVING will receive $5 off their first two fill-ups. For more information about the fueling service, visit the Parking and Transportation site.

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Intercom is the official University-wide newsletter for UT Dallas faculty and staff members. This periodic publication is designed to provide University employees with important information necessary for the workplace, as well as community news that supports the University's mission. Guidelines about content and submissions can be found here or contact Stephen Fontenot at [email protected] or ext. 4405.