AUGUST 16, 2017
Inside TWU is a weekly newsletter for faculty and staff. To submit items for the newsletter, email by noon on the Tuesday prior to publication. Information on publications and presentations should be submitted no later than one month following the publication/event date.

The new academic year begins Monday, Aug. 21, with a full week of activities in preparation for the start of classes on Aug. 28.

A university-wide breakfast for faculty and staff will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 21 on Pioneer Circle in Denton, in the first-floor foyer in Dallas and on the second-floor bridge in Houston

Fall Assembly will begin at 10 a.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall and will be livestreamed to room 1010 in Dallas and the Houston Endowment Lecture Hall, room 2120 in Houston.

In addition to welcoming in the new academic year, Chancellor Carine M. Feyten will reveal the university's new visual identity and athletics mascot. Don't miss it!

The residence hall move-in takes place Aug. 23-24. There's still time to sign up to help students move in, direct traffic or staff the welcome tent.You also can help students by staffing a Fall Information Table. Help students find their classes, the closest vending machine and other important information. Volunteer for a slot or two (or more)! Note: If you have information handouts for the tables, deliver 610 copies to ACT 12 by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23.

The First Year Convocation Faculty Reception and Robing will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 in the lobby of the Ann Stuart Science Complex. Faculty will line up at 4:15 p.m., with the event scheduled to begin at 4:30 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall. A picnic will follow on Pioneer Circle.

See the full schedule of events.

A newly designed home page on TWU's website will go live at noon today!

This new home page represents a "national best practices" for, including more outward-facing content with a primary focus on prospective students. As a result, navigation on the home page has changed. In particular, the My Courses, Pioneer Portal, Webmail and Service Desk links have new locations. See Changes to TWU Home for helpful hints.

Check out the new home page after noon today!

If you haven't already done so, now would be a good time to purchase your 2017-2018 faculty/staff parking permit for Denton and Dallas. Purchases may be made online or in person at the TWU Department of Public Safety on Administration Drive in Denton. (Be sure to have your TWU ID card if you purchase the permit in person.) Also, be aware of the parking rules and regs.
On Wednesday, Aug. 23, traffic coming eastbound on University Drive will be stop-and-go the closer you get to Bell Avenue, which will be busy throughout the day for move-in at Guinn Hall. On Thursday, Aug. 24, traffic on Little Chapel Drive will turn into a one-way drive going west to east, ending on Bell Avenue. The large parking lot near Lowry Woods also will be busy as students drive through to line up for unloading at Stark Hall. On Friday, Aug. 25,  Little Chapel Drive will be closed between Lowry Woods and Guinn Hall in preparation for that evening's student Block Party.

Please note: Another record year of enrollment is expected in Denton. The first few weeks of classes bring the most students to campus before many go to clinicals and other off-campus learning sites. Faculty and staff are asked to consider using the TWU remote lot between University Drive and Woodland Street and take the complimentary shuttle to campus, especially during the first few weeks of classes when campus roads and parking lots are the most congested.

The all-decal remote lot is easily accessed from University Drive (Highway 380) or from Bell Avenue (turn at Woodland Street). The complimentary shuttle operates from 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, you may request a shuttle by calling 940-898-3166.
  • A new Event Management System is now live! This software gives faculty, staff and student organizations the opportunity to make reservation requests for non-academic events online. Browse for space, add equipment and track your reservations in just a few clicks! The new system is brought to you by the Student Union and Conference Services, in partnership with Fitness and Recreation, Pioneer Hall and Dallas and Houston Student Life. Virtual and in-person (Denton campus) Event Management System training will be available. Visit the Conference Services website for more information.
  • The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology will offer training in a variety of areas this Fall at all three campuses. Open Labs are designed for facutly in Dallas and Houston to learn about Blackboard. Faculty, adjuncts and graduate assistants in Denton can attend a Blackboard workshop customized for each role. Classroom Technology Workshops are designed to help any instructor learn how to operate the classroom podium equipment. Visit the Teaching and Learning with Technology  Professional Development Events webpage for more details and registration.
  • Want to embrace the university's commitment to health and well-being? Registration is now open for Fitness & Recreation faculty/staff membership payroll deductions for fiscal year 2017-2018. Access to the fitness center and the indoor pool is available beginning Monday, Aug. 28. Questions? Contact Jordan Karnes or call the front desk at 940-898-2900. The deadline to turn in paperwork is Sept. 1, 2017.
  • The Teaching and Learning with Technology office will host a Technology Roadshow from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Participants can take a walking tour to see updated classrooms and innovative technologies that have recently been implemented. Tour locations are available via email request, or check the TLT Professional Development Events webpage for more information.
  • Chancellor Carine M. Feyten will join the Dallas campus for "Tea and Treats," a student, faculty and staff reception, at noon Monday, Aug. 28 in room 3620. The come-and-go reception is part of Welcome Back Week on the Dallas campus.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services will host an Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 in Suite 8300. Faculty, staff and students are invited to tour the facility, learn about its services and enjoy snacks.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services will host an Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 in Suite 2250. Faculty, staff and students are invited to tour the facility, learn about its services and enjoy snacks.

Aug. 21 — Fall Assembly
Aug. 24 — Teaching and Learning Symposium (Registration required by noon Tuesday, Aug. 22)
Aug. 28 — First Day of Classes
Aug. 29 — TWU Maroon Mall Madness

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