Fall 2018

Welcome to FAS Times, the official newsletter of Financial and Administrative Services at The University of Texas at Austin. We publish a new issue each quarter to highlight all the great things that are happening in our diverse and dynamic portfolio.

If you missed past issues, be sure and catch-up with archived digital versions from Summer, Spring and Winter (2018), Fall, Summer and Spring (2017) — and don’t forget to share your great ideas with us before you leave!

-FAS Communications

News & Features

Workday is Live at UT Austin!

Workday is now the system of record for human resources and payroll at the university. All employees will now use Workday for their routine business with the university like submitting time, claiming tax forms, updating personal info, and viewing benefits.
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Capital Planning and Construction Projects Launching in Early 2019

Projects include managing the design of the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium South End Zone Addition and Stadium Maintenance and Renovation Project and the abatement and demolition of W.R. Woolrich Labs.
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Teamwork, Creative Thinking Resolve A/C Failure at CMA

When the main 100 HP cold deck air supply fan at the Moody College of Communications CMA failed on September 27, Facilities Services’ Engineering & Technical Support leaped into action.
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Follow the Scooter Rules

This fall, scooters have become very popular as they provide a beneficial service. As usage increases, safe operation is vital for both the user and other members of our campus community and students, faculty, and staff who utilize electric scooters must operate them according to campus rules and regulations.
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Cooler heads will prevail—thanks to thermal energy storage

A successful district energy system is one that constantly strives for efficiency and optimization. Through the use of thermal energy storage (TES), we have a solution that satisfies both of those needs.
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UT’s main campus landscaping is nearly all organically maintained

What began as a small project in 2009, by then-gardener Justin Hayes and his supervisor Mike Wallick, has expanded to encompass the entire main campus and the Dell Medical School district. Spanning 431 acres, this makes UT the largest example of organic landscaping in Austin.
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UT Austin Capital Projects Beat National Average for Safety

The Austin Recordable Incident Rate -- a number that describes the number of employees per 100 full-time employees that have been involved in an OSHA-recordable injury or illness -- has declined in 8 of the past 12 months and is now less than one-third of the national average.
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Calling on Campus to Go for Sustainability Gold

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System maintained by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
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FAS and Enrollment Management Develop “One Stop” Center for Services

The new space will allow students easy access to the information and services they need to support their enrollment and facilitate student success.
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Darren Hale to Serve as Interim Director of Facilities Services

Darren has been the assistant director for Facilities Operations and Maintenance for more than a year and has more than 18 years of experience in facilities operations and energy management.
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Timesheets Require Duo’s Two-Factor Authentication

This new step in completing your timesheet means you will need access to Duo. And as of early November, timesheets will be in Workday, which will also require Duo.
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UT Austin wins 2018 Healthiest Workplace Award by the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council

The awards highlight local workplaces and schools that have implemented healthy changes to create environments that support health and well-being. 
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HUB/SB Program Update

The HUB/SB Program has continued dual efforts to increase contracting opportunities for all manners of businesses as well as ensure a fair and open competitive market.  
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Annual Employee Appreciation BBQ is Zero Waste

With over 900 employees in attendance, the Planning, Energy, and Facilities Services BBQ has operated as a zero waste event for three years, although few in attendance notice any differences from a typical event.
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PTS Offers New Class D Permits

These new permits will provide parking for faculty, staff, and students with disabilities that need parking close to their building. The cost for the D permit is based on the customer classification.
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New Policy in Effect for Non-Employee Independent Contractor Payments

The policy institutes a compliant and standardized process for using services performed by non-employee independent contractors.
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Gallery: White Family Outdoor Learning Center

Les White and his wife Diane recently gifted the long-term use of a beautiful ranch to the University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences through the University of Texas Foundation. The ranch will provide generations of JSG students the opportunity to learn from the perspective of a living classroom.
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Longhorn Friday Lets FAS Units Show Their Spirit

One of the points of pride about working at The University of Texas at Austin is being a part of such a strong community. We express that pride in big and small ways every day, but one of the most visible ways we express it is by wearing the university’s colors.
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A Portfolio of Excellence

Engineering Education and Research Center Wins Structural Engineering Award

This program annually highlights some of the best examples of structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world. Projects are judged on innovative design, engineering achievement, and creativity.
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Custodial Services Wins National Cleaning Industry Awards

Leaders from Custodial Services were presented with three major awards at the Simon Institute Symposium: Best Cleaning, Best Training Program and Best Workloading.
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UT Austin wins Everbridge’s Critical Event Management Impact Award

This award recognizes impactful use and innovative users of the Everbridge critical event management platform to keep people safe and organizations running effectively. 
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Commons Event Services named “Rookie Of The Year” finalist at the Cvent Conference

Cvent, a cloud-based registration and payment processing software, is widely used for meetings, conferences and events. CES purchased the Cvent license for the UT Austin last year making it available across the Austin campus and UT System.
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FAS Calendar

Fall Commencement December 8, 2018