Staff Stuff News

Deadline Extended for Improved Flexible Spending Account

The deadline for enrolling in UT’s improved flexible spending account program with a debit card for eligible expenses has been extended through 11:59 p.m. CST on Saturday, November 10. The flexible spending account allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible medical and dependent care expenses such as co-pays, daycare, prescriptions and prescribed over-the-counter medications.

Register Now for Customer Service Certification


UT employees interested in advancing their skills in customer service are invited to complete the Employee and Organizational Development Customer Service Certification. The prerequisite course, Customer Service 101, will be offered on Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, October 25. The courses are free.

Archaeological Digs to Close Staff Lot 9 in Early July

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Almost all of Staff Lot 9 west of Neyland Stadium will be closed from July 2 through July 9, as workers conduct a series of archaeological digs beneath the parking lot. The excavations are part of preparing the site for the construction of a proposed parking garage.

Summer/Fall ‘Training Pages’ Now Available to Employees


The newest issue of Employee and Organizational Development’s employee course catalog “Training Pages” is now available online with course listings for July through December. Registration is now open for many classes. Employees interested in a variety of supervisory, management, and personal development classes can take advantage of this service by viewing the catalog online.

For Your Benefit: New Jobs Database Improves Hiring Process


Applying for and filling jobs are easier and more efficient than ever with UT Jobs—an online database integrating all staff openings across the university. The new system, launched in January, streamlines and automates many job search, application, and hiring processes, allowing UT to better recruit and retain talented employees.

UT to Insource Custodial Services

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is moving all of its custodial services back in house, ending its agreements with outside cleaning contractors and hiring many of their employees. The transition to in-house custodial services is set to be complete by July 1, 2013, with the hiring of approximately 120 employees.

UT Chancellor Honors Top Faculty, Staff and Students


Faculty, students and staff were recognized at the annual University of Tennessee Honors Banquet Monday at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center. At the banquet, the largest UT honors event of the year, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek saluted the accomplishments of key members of the campus community.

KAT Routes for Visitors to the University Center

Campus visitors, especially those going to the University Center, will be directed to park at Volunteer Hall on White Avenue. The T: North-South and The T: Late Nite buses run along White Avenue with a stop located across from the Volunteer Hall garage entrance. Visitors can catch those routes to reach the University Center.

Book Drive for L&N STEM Academy

Help Knox County’s newest high school put books on its library shelves by joining the campus book drive from February 3 through February 10. Books must be donated with no strings attached and may be used in any way that benefits the new high school library or Knox County schools.

UT to Test UT Alert Text System Tuesday

The university will test the UT Alert text messaging and e-mail system at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24. All UT Alert subscribers should receive a message marked “test” around the scheduled time. The UT Alert system sends messages to any device that can receive text messages through cellular service, such as cell phones, text pagers, and smart phones.