OCTOBER 26, 2016
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Early voting in Texas began this week and continues through Nov. 4. Employees are asked to vote early or before or after working hours, but when this is not possible, university policy allows a reasonable period of time off during the regular work day for voting on an official election day.

Voting information for the Denton, Dallas and Houston areas is available by clicking on the respective link.

Texas Woman's staff members can apply for special funding up to $300 to help cover the costs of internal and external professional developmental training and materials, including  purchase books, subscriptions, software, workshops, webinars, materials, training and more. 

Applications are due by Nov. 18. For the application and additional information, visit the TWU Staff Council website.
  • Tom Knight (AHEC) has been awarded a $94,000 subcontract grant with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on a Health and Human Services for his project, “Texas AHEC East, North Central Region.” The mission of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is to offset health workforce shortages in underserved areas to ensure a diverse and qualified health care workforce. 
  • Nancy DiMarco and Jordan Joy (nutrition and food sciences) have been awarded a grant from Friesland Campina for their project, “Effects of Evening Casein Protein Consumption on Body Composition and Performance.” The $12,000 grant will be used to test the hypothesis that consumption of casein (a slow‐digesting protein) before sleeping overnight — rather than during the day — will result in greater increases in muscle mass and strength.
  • Voting early? Want a ride? Early voting shuttles will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Any faculty, staff or student registered to vote in Denton County can use this free service. Drop off and pick up is in front of the Student Union. The shuttles are sponsored by the Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach office, Center for Student Development and the Civility & Community Standards office.
  • The TWU Employee Halloween Costume Contest is Friday, Oct. 28 in the Stoddard Hall Lobby. Refreshments and contestant registration begin at 9:30 a.m., with the contest beginning at 10. Prizes will be awarded for individual and group/department costumes.
  • Thinking of a holiday gift for your child? Nutrition & Food Sciences will offer its annual culinary nutrition camp for kids June 19-23, 2017. The camp is open to children ages 9 to 15. This year's theme is "Red, White and YOU: Culinary Nutrition across the USA." Register by April 2017 and receive $75 off the registration fee. For more information, click here.
  • Mahesh Raisinghani (School of Management) has had a manuscript, "The contributing factors of continuance usage of social media: An empirical analysis" accepted for publication in Information Systems Frontiers.
  • Register now for the annual Cultural Connections Leadership Conference, scheduled Nov. 4-5 in Hubbard Hall. This year's theme is "Looking Beyond the Surface: A new perspective on leadership and diversity." The conference brings together students, faculty and staff from various cultural backgrounds to empower them to become advocates for change in an increasingly diverse global society.
  • Carissa Enright and Laurie Galatas (nursing) presented posters at the annual American Psychiatric Nursing Association conference Oct. 19-22 in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Kelli Brizzolara (physical therapy) recently received renewed certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists as a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. The recertification is through 2026.
  • The State Employees Charitable Campaign is winding down. The Charity Ball (Volleyball) & Picnic will begin at 11:30 a.m. today in Pioneer Hall. Come cheer on your team, then enjoy the picnic on the east lawn! If you haven't turned in your donation forms yet, please do so by Monday, Oct. 31. You can turn in your form at the Charity Ball event, and extra forms will be available at the game for anyone who needs one. You also can contact Nora Sierra if you need a form, or send your completed form to her on ACT 10. Be sure to seal the envelope and mark it "Confidential." 
  • Informational sessions on the staff performance evaluation and merit-based compensation transition begin today. A mandatory session for supervisors (including faculty who supervise staff) is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the MCL Auditorium on the Denton campus, with videoconferencing to room 3310 in Houston and room 3510 in Dallas. Staff employee sessions will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 28 in the MCL Auditorium in Denton, with videoconferencing to room 3322 in Houston and room 4302 in Dallas. Staff may choose to attend either Friday session. Sessions will be recorded and available on the Human Resources website by Nov. 1 for anyone unable to attend any session.

Oct. 26 — Education Abroad Fair
Oct. 28 — SGA Family Movie Night, Dallas
Oct. 28 — Pioneers Soccer vs. Angelo State
Oct. 29 — MBA Executive Track Info Sessions
Oct. 29 — Family Fun Day
Oct. 30 — Pioneers Soccer vs. UT Permian Basin

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