UTMB Announcements for 11/17/2017

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Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds
***MONDAY*** DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY GRAND ROUNDS
Surgery Urology Division
Nominations OPEN for AMT Educator of the Month
IMH Graduate Student Presentation
Christians on Campus Bible Study
Call for Nominations – 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award
Relocation of Employee Injury/Illness Management and Leave Management Offices
Notice: 2018 IRS Limits for Tax Sheltered Annuity & Deferred Compensation Plans
Police Badge, Administration and Lock Shop Offices
UTMB Holiday Ornaments

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
***VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! (AGES 60+) FOR A RESEARCH STUDY on Body Weight, Insulin and Muscle Growth11/13/2017
The Final Oral Examination of Feidi Chen11/3/2017
Clostridium difficile Vaccine study – RECRUITING NOW!11/13/2017
Meet with a TIAA Financial Consultant at UT Medical Branch at Galveston November 21, 201711/6/2017
GREAT NEWS, USE YOUR FLEXPAY FOR PRESCRIPTION EYEWEAR INCLUDING SUNGLASSES11/15/2017
PeopleSoft HCM upgrade to version 9.2 complete11/13/2017
IHOP - 03.01.02 - Employee Files Available for Review and Comment11/10/2017
CELEBRATE GIVING TUESDAY THROUGH YOUR FAMILY CAMPAIGN GIFT TO UTMB 11/15/2017
InfoEd Outage - Sunday, November 19th11/15/2017
**Donation Drive ** Holiday Boxes for Underprivileged Seniors11/15/2017
Can We Talk? Addressing Poor Behavior11/16/2017
Biweekly Payroll Processing Timeline Change for Pay Period Ending 11/17/1711/16/2017

Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
First Published 11/17/2017

The Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases,
the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Center for Tropical Diseases
welcomes

Juan J. Martinez, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences
Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Presenting

The tale of the Trojan Horse: Dissemination of spotted fever group rickettsiae during fatal outcomes in an animal model of fatal disease

as part of the
Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
Date:  Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Basic Science Auditorium, Room 2.212

All interested persons are encouraged to attend!

Contact:     Email: Angela Culler     For: Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases     Phone: 72464     Fax: 70762
 
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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds
First Published 11/17/2017

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
Grand Rounds: Distinguished Lecture Series


“Pre-Participation Exam”

Namita Bhardwaj, MD
Family Medicine & Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
7:00 AM

UTMB League City Campus
2nd Floor Conference Room 2.205


Objectives:
1. Discuss the importance and timing of the pre-participation examination.
2. Identify the components of the pre-participation examination.
3. Identify common reasons an athlete may not be cleared for athletic participation.

Disclosure Statement (Speaker):   Dr. Bhardwaj has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose: 

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Drs. Ronald Lindsey, Zibi Gugala and Mrs. Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose

Accreditation:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact:     Email: Kathryn Gwinn     For: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation     Phone: 409-747-5750
 
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***MONDAY*** DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY GRAND ROUNDS
First Published 11/17/2017

Monday, November 20, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
GNL 1.100


Cystic Fibrosis Mutation Analysis

presented by

Jianli Dong, MD, PhD

Professor and Director, Molecular Diagnostics Division

UTMB – Galveston

 

Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Review cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene and genotype-phenotype correlation
  • Examine clinical indications of CFTR mutation analysis
  • Describe methods of CFTR molecular assays
  • Discuss interpretation of test results

 

Methodology: Lecture followed by question and answer session

 

Disclosure Statement (Speaker):  Dr. Dong has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

 

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Drs. Anthony O. Okorodudu, Judith F. Aronson, Heather Stevenson-Lerner, Chad M. Botz, and Mrs. Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.


Accreditation Statement: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 39 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you do not have access to the GNL, you must RSVP with your UTMB ID# to Paula Gabriles @ plgabril@utmb.edu  by Thursday, November 16, 2017.  You may be denied entry if you do not RSVP.

Contact:     Email: Paula Gabriles     For: Pathology     Phone: 22521
 
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Surgery Urology Division
First Published 11/17/2017

SURGERY UROLOGY DIVISON

Presents

EARL W. CLAWATER LECTURESHIP

Featuring:

Tammy S. Ho, MD

Male Reconstructive Urology Fellow training with Joel Gelman

University of California, Irvine

“Complex Cases in Male Urethral Reconstuction”

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Location:

Urology Conference Room

JSA 6.310

 
Contact:     Email: Lori Boston     For: Urology Division Department of Surgery     Phone: 409 772 2091
 
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Nominations OPEN for AMT Educator of the Month
First Published 11/17/2017

Your mission:

should you choose to accept it, is to identify and report UTMB faculty showing extraordinary strength and skills in teaching excellence.

These educators should be immediately reported to the home office of the Academy of Master Teachers.

Tips will remain anonymous and the Educator of the Month will be selected from the reported faculty. Winners will be duly recognized and rewarded.

REPORT THE FOLLOWING:

WHO: Name of deserving teaching faculty
WHAT: Reason for nomination
WHEN: As identified, an educator will be recognized each month
WHERE: http://www.utmb.edu/AMT

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Contact:     Email: D'Anne DeWitt     For: Academy of Master Teachers     Phone: 409-747-0203
 
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IMH Graduate Student Presentation
First Published 11/17/2017

IMH Graduate Students

Nathalie Égalité and Deborah McNabb

 

Present

 

Highlights of the

American Society for Bioethics & Humanities

2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Room 2.268

Primary Care Pavilion (PCP)

Contact:     Email: Beverly Claussen     For: Institute for the Medical Humanities     Phone: 772-9386
 
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Christians on Campus Bible Study
First Published 11/17/2017

We will continue Bible study with "Knowing the Cross of Christ." Join us Fridays from 12-12:50 PM at the Jamail Student Center second floor, Budget Room 2.124. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Lunch is provided, but you may also bring your own.

 

Contact:     Email: Christians on Campus     For: Bible Study     Phone: 304-376-5817
 
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Call for Nominations – 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award
First Published 11/17/2017

 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. This award honors and recognizes the contributions of faculty, staff and students who promote diversity, community partnership, philanthropy and civic engagement.

Please consider nominating a UTMB employee or student who has a demonstrated record of equality and inclusion and has made a profound difference to the university and the greater community.

  • All active full- and part-time faculty, staff and students may be nominated.
  • The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15.
  • The award recipient(s) will receive a monetary prize and an honorary plaque.
  • The award will be presented at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Ceremony and Luncheon.

Click here to complete an online nomination. You may also download a copy of the form and submit it as an email attachment to culture@utmb.edu or via campus mail to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion – Mail Route 0945.

Contact:     Email: Office of Diversity and Inclusion     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 747-4862
 
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Relocation of Employee Injury/Illness Management and Leave Management Offices
First Published 11/17/2017

 

UTMB’s Employee Injury/Illness Management and Leave Management offices have relocated to 2200 Market St. in Galveston.

The hours of operation for these offices will continue to be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and departmental phone numbers and email addresses will not be changing.

Employee Injury/Illness Management
(409) 772-1892
hr.eim@utmb.edu

Leave Management
(409) 747-4645
hr.leavemgmt@utmb.edu

For questions or more information about the relocation, please email katoneil@utmb.edu

Contact:     Email: Kathleen O’Neill     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 772-8890
 
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Notice: 2018 IRS Limits for Tax Sheltered Annuity & Deferred Compensation Plans
First Published 11/17/2017

 

The IRS general contribution limits for Tax Sheltered Annuities (TSA) 403(b) and Deferred Compensation Plans (DCP) 457(b) changed for 2018. These voluntary retirement plans are available to all UTMB employees to supplement their mandatory retirement plan (TRS or ORP). Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the annual general contribution limits for both the TSA (Traditional pre-tax and/or Roth after-tax) and DCP plans will be $18,500 for each with an additional $6,000 for employees 50 and older for each.

Optional Retirement Program (ORP) participants are still eligible to contribute $18,500 plus the additional $6,000 age 50 catch-up in the Deferred Compensation Plan 457(b). However, the maximum allowable TSA contribution is subject to IRS limitations. The total contributions for the Tax Sheltered Annuity (Roth and/or Traditional) and the Optional Retirement Program (employee and employer contributions), cannot exceed $55,000 in 2018. If you are enrolled in ORP for your mandatory retirement plan and your salary is projected to exceed $240,924.09 in 2018 please email Benefits Services for assistance in calculating the maximum allowable contribution for a Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan.

To make changes to your current per check deduction amounts for TSA/DCP, please log on to UT RetirementManager and enter the change. For the change to be effective on your first check in January monthly paid employees must enter the change no later than Dec. 15, 2017, and biweekly paid employees must enter the change no later than Jan. 1, 2018.

Please refer to the UT System Retirement for more information on the differences in a TSA and a DCP. Specific questions regarding which voluntary retirement plan (TSA or DCP) would best suit your needs should be addressed with on the qualified Retirement Plan Vendor Representatives.

Contact:     Email: Benefits Services     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 772-2630
 
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Police Badge, Administration and Lock Shop Offices
First Published 11/17/2017

The Police Badge, Administration and Lock Shop Offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 and Friday, November, 24th, 2017.

We will re-open, Monday, November 27th, 2017 at 8:00 am.

Thank you and Happy Holidays

Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz-Garza     For: Police Dept.     Phone: 409-772-1503
 
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UTMB Holiday Ornaments
First Published 11/17/2017

The UTMB Campus Store now has UTMB Holiday Ornaments available.  New style available, get yours today!

Available in store and online.

 

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Contact:     Email: Edwina Moore     For: UTMB Campus Store     Phone: 409-266-BOOK
 
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***VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! (AGES 60+) FOR A RESEARCH STUDY on Body Weight, Insulin and Muscle Growth
First Published 11/13/2017

Researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB need volunteers for a new study on body weight, insulin and muscle growth. To participate in this trial you must be (male or female), Age 60+, with a BMI between 30-40 Kg/M2, and in overall good health.

***You will be compensated for time and travel. You shall also receive regular medical exams and tests, and will be given copies of your test results. ***

For further information please contact:
Tutu Odejimi at 409-266-9648
aaodejim@utmb.edu

Dr. Elena Volpi is the Principal Investigator of this study.

Contact:     Email: Tutu Odejimi     For: Sealy Center on Aging     Phone: 409-266-9648
 
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The Final Oral Examination of Feidi Chen
First Published 11/3/2017

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Announces – The Final Examination of

Feidi Chen

For the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy

November 27, 2017

3:00 P.M.

GNL 1.100

TITLE OF DISSERTATION

NEUTROPHIL REGULATION OF COLITIS

SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE

Chair: Yingzi Cong, PhD, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Iryna Pinchuk, PhD, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Jiaren Sun, MD, PhD, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Jere McBride, PhD, Professor, Experimental Pathology Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Hai Ning Shi, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor, Mucosal Immunology and Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, MA

Contact:     Email: Laura Teed     For: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences     Phone: 22668
 
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Clostridium difficile Vaccine study – RECRUITING NOW!
First Published 11/13/2017

 

Spending a lot of time at the doctor?

 The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development-Clinical Trials Group is recruiting volunteers

50 years old or older for a Clostridium difficile vaccine clinical trial.

  Participants must be available for about 6 study visits over approximately 12 months.

Reimbursement for time and travel is provided

 Please contact Amy McMahan, LVN at (409)772-5278, (409)772-5409 or anmcmaha@utmb.edu for more information

Contact:     Email: Amy McMahan     For: Sealey Center for Vaccine Development     Phone: (409) 772-5278
 
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Meet with a TIAA Financial Consultant at UT Medical Branch at Galveston November 21, 2017
First Published 11/6/2017

No matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with a TIAA Financial Consultant can help you create a unique plan for your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?
  • How do I plan for short-term goals such as saving for a house or education expenses?
  • How do I manage debt, save money and balance various financial priorities at the same time?

Register for a session to get an action plan created especially for you.

RSVP today as space is limited. Register at www.TIAA.org/schedulenow or call 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.(ET). We look forward to working with you.

November 21, 2017

10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. 

A consultant will meet with you in your office. Please call 1-866-549-1238 to provide an address and suite number for where you would like to meet.

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Contact:     Email: Cameron Pettigrew     For: Human Resources Benefits and Business Center     Phone: 800-732-8353
 
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GREAT NEWS, USE YOUR FLEXPAY FOR PRESCRIPTION EYEWEAR INCLUDING SUNGLASSES
First Published 11/15/2017

GREAT NEWS, YOU CAN USE YOUR FLEXPAY FOR PRESCRIPTION EYEWEAR INCLUDING SUNGLASSES

Stop by or schedule an eye examination at UTMB Eye Health, University Optical today. You can use your flex pay for prescription eyewear including prescription sunglasses. Even if you have Superior Vision, you can use your vision insurance and then your flex spending dollars. We have a great frame selection including Maui Jim, Costa, Prada, Coach, RayBan, Gwen Stefani, Penguin, Zac Posen, Silhouette, Tom Ford and more. Don’t have vision insurance, please don’t worry, we have special package prices starting at $79.95 including single vision prescription lenses and a selected frame. Also, progressive lens package starting at $139.95 for Kodak Progressive lenses and selected frame.

Galveston, 700 University Blvd., near UTMB campus

• Appointments call 409-747-5800

• Questions call 409-747-5823

• Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

• Free, convenient parking

Contact:     Email: Charlene Miller     For: Ophthalmology/Optical Center     Phone: 409-747-5823     Fax: 409-747-5824
 
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PeopleSoft HCM upgrade to version 9.2 complete
First Published 11/13/2017

 

The upgrade of the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) system to version 9.2 is complete, and users may now access the system normally.

The PeopleSoft HCM system maintains information and transactions related to recruitment and retention, compensation, payroll, benefits and employee data, and the upgrade will ensure the institution is able to utilize the latest performance and usability enhancements.

For assistance with the PeopleSoft HCM system, please refer to the online training simulations and quick guides available through My Training or contact the UTMB Service Desk at (409) 772-5200, (888) 898-2401 or ishelp@utmb.edu

Contact:     Email: Workforce Technology and Analytics     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 772-8684
 
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IHOP - 03.01.02 - Employee Files Available for Review and Comment
First Published 11/10/2017

The following policy is available for review and comment:

IHOP - 03.01.02 - Employee Files

Comments on this policy will be accepted until 5:00 pm November 24 and may be submitted via email to policies@utmb.edu.

 

Contact:     Email: Cecily Martinez     For: Office of Institutional Compliance     Phone: 409-747-8710
 
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CELEBRATE GIVING TUESDAY THROUGH YOUR FAMILY CAMPAIGN GIFT TO UTMB
First Published 11/15/2017

On Nov. 28, UTMB will celebrate Giving Tuesday, the national day of philanthropy, inviting our faculty and staff to support one of the four priorities of the university's $50 million Innovations in Mind fundraising initiative:

  • construction of UTMB's new Health Education Center
  • scholarship support for UTMB's  most deserving students
  • endowed faculty positions, and
  • UTMB's pioneering neurological disorders research

A day to celebrate your generosity.  This is a special day, an opportunity to celebrate and reinforce the connection we all share with UTMB.

Make your gift!  You can join us on Nov. 28 or you can make a pledge today!  Remember, monthly payroll deduction (a minimum of $10 per month over a maximum of 60 months) can be an excellent way to show your support for UTMB's future.

The gift that keeps on giving.  Your gift has a powerful multiplier effect.  UTMB friends and alumni,when thinking about their own giving, often ask if UTMB has the support of its own.  The generosity of faculty and staff like you sends an inspirational message.

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Contact:     Email: Kevin Haslam     For: Development     Phone: 409-772-5302
 
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InfoEd Outage - Sunday, November 19th
First Published 11/15/2017
Due to scheduled maintenance InfoEd will be unavailable beginning at 7:00pm on Sunday, November 19th. Normal availablity is expected to resume by 9:00pm.
 
During this time users will be unable to login, create or edit protocols, and perform any review/administrative tasks. All submissions in progress prior to the outage will remain as is and normal processing will continue once the system is back online.
 
Velos will remain available during this time for protocol related edits. However, we ask that you do not attempt to create a new Human Subjects study in Velos because it will be unable to send the information to InfoEd during the outage.
 
If you have questions or concerns regarding specific submissions please contact the IRB office at 409-266-9400 for Human Subjects related protocols and the IACUC office at 409-266-9402 for Lab Animal related protocols.
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Contact:     Email: Angela Tyson     For: Research Services     Phone: 409-266-2266
 
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**Donation Drive ** Holiday Boxes for Underprivileged Seniors
First Published 11/15/2017

Donate Starting Tuesday, November 28th till Friday, December 8th

The holidays are here… please consider donating items to our underprivileged geriatric patient population. Donation boxes will be located in Rebecca Sealy 5th and 6th floor by elevators, ACE Unit (Jennie Sealy Hospital), SHP, PCP-Geriatrics, the Multispecialty Center & Stark Diabetes Clinic at Victory Lakes, the Friendswood & League City CBCs, and the Island West Family Medicine Clinic through Friday, December 8th.

Suggestions: Non-perishable food items – Lip Balm – Facial Tissue – Socks – Books – Jackets – Lotion – Puzzles – Deodorant – House shoes – Candy – Blankets / Quilts (*Only new clothing and hygiene items, please.*)

To make a tax-deductible Cash/Check donation, please make check payable to: UTMB Aging Charitable Outreach

Contact:     Email: Adrienne Shreve     For: Sealy Center on Aging     Phone: 409-747-1987
 
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Can We Talk? Addressing Poor Behavior
First Published 11/16/2017

The UTMB Professionalism Committee is offering several workshops entitled, Can We Talk? Addressing Poor Behavior.  The first workshop is for staff and faculty and will occur on December 11, 2017, between 11:30 - 1:00pm in Research Building 6, Room 1.206.  Please feel free to bring your lunch, water and chips will be provided.

The workshop employs many of the principles used by Vanderbilt's Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy for having a cup of coffee conversation.   Drs. Mark Holden and Rebecca Saavedra will facilitate.  Limited to 70.  Registration required.  Use the link below to register. 

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the consequences of failing to address poor behavior in the workplace.

2. Recognize the purpose and intended outcome of the “Cup of Coffee” conversation.

3. Apply recommended techniques to stay focused on the message and respond to pushback behavior.

4 .Identify opportunities to engage in Cup of Coffee conversations to encourage personal insight and self-improvement.

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Contact:     Email: Ruth L Finkelstein     For: Office of Strategic Management     Phone: (409) 747-1247
 
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Biweekly Payroll Processing Timeline Change for Pay Period Ending 11/17/17
First Published 11/16/2017

Due to the holiday season, financial institutions will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The biweekly payroll pay date will remain Friday, November 24th. Payroll Services will need to accelerate the payroll processing schedule to allow adequate time to process payroll, print paychecks, and transmit direct deposit information to financial institutions. Therefore, the Biweekly Payroll Processing timeline has been changed to Sunday, November 19th at 7:00 a.m. This means that all timecards must be completed and approved no later than 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18th.

Please note: Departmental managers/timekeepers will not be permitted to edit timecards after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday for the pay period ending November 17th. Any timecard errors will need to be corrected on the next open pay period.

Please contact your Payroll Representative with any questions or concerns.

Contact:     Email: Payroll Services     For: Finance-Payroll Services     Phone: 409-747-8078
 
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