Staff Stuff News

MTAS Schedules Women in Public Service Symposium

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service—a UT Institute for Public Service agency—is holding its inaugural Women in Public Service symposium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on November 13. The event is geared toward women in public service who want to develop their professional expertise and expand their network of colleagues in their field.

Don’t Forget: Open Enrollment Ends November 1

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There are just eight days left in the state’s annual enrollment period for health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, optional special accident insurance, and flexible benefits. The open enrollment period for all state employees will close on Saturday, November 1.

Our Campus’s New Logo

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Beginning January 1, 2015, the Knoxville campus community will see an exciting change—a new logo. The new logo features the Power T, instead of the system “UT” icon, and an updated wordmark. It will represent all UT Knoxville colleges, departments, centers, institutes, and administrative offices.

Bring the Family to This Year’s VOLoween Event

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Faculty, staff, and their families are invited to attend the annual VOLoween event, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 27, at the Neyland-Thompson Center indoor practice field at the corner of Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Johnny Majors Drive. There will be games and trick-or-treating fun for the entire family, sponsored by UT Athletics.

Chancellor Hosts Open Office Hours on October 28

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will hold open office hours from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28. Chancellor Cheek holds open office hours several times each semester to provide faculty and staff the opportunity to share ideas, thoughts, and questions.

Have a Question? Ask the Human Resources Call Center

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On average, phones in the Human Resources Call Center ring about 20,000 times a year—or seventy-seven times a day—and callers frequently have questions about benefits, retirement, policies, and employment. Dan Trentham leads the center, and chances are he’ll be the one who answers when you call.

Facilities Services Team Meetings Provide Valuable Insight

In its first year, a Facilities Services employee involvement program has been a valuable resource. In the fall of 2013, Facilities Operations Director Bob Caudill created Process Improvement Team (PIT) crews for the division’s Building Services group. The idea behind the creation of PIT crews was twofold—to give employees a platform to speak their minds about day-to-day operations and to gain vital insights from team members.

Save the Date for Picnic on the Plaza April 8

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will be hosting all Knoxville-area employees for an exciting new spring event on Wednesday, April 8, called Picnic on the Plaza. The employee appreciation event on the Humanities Plaza and the Johnson Ward Pedestrian Walkway will feature lunch and plenty of fun activities. More details will be sent to all faculty and staff as the date gets closer. The upcoming Picnic on the Plaza will be held in place of the annual Fall Festival.

Forum Set for October 22 about the Employee Engagement Survey

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The university’s Employee Engagement Survey is just a few weeks away. All regular UT employees who work at least 50 percent time will be asked to participate in the survey beginning November 3. Chancellor Cheek will host an open forum for all faculty and staff from on Wednesday, October 22, in the University Center Shiloh Room.