University-Wide News

  • Registration is open for the 13th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, scheduled 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 in the ACT 2 Lobby on the Denton campus. Last day to register is noon Tuesday, Aug. 21. The opening session will be available via videoconference to room 8201 in Dallas and room 5305 in Houston, followed by concurrent sessions and free lunch (with door prize drawings) in Denton. Learn more about best practices in the areas of classroom technologies, online technologies and Canvas, TWU’s new learning management system. Questions? Contact Teaching and Learning with Technology.
  • Payroll deduction enrollment for Fitness & Recreation memberships is now open for the 2019 fiscal year. New members should complete membership and payroll deduction forms available from Fitness & Recreation. Existing members need only complete and return the payroll deduction form. The amount of $18.25 will be deducted from each month’s paycheck beginning Oct. 1. Enrollment deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 5. Call the Fitness & Recreation front desk at 81-2900 if you have questions.

  • The Staff Council will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 in Stoddard Hall room 308 on the Denton campus, room 8201 in Dallas and room 6305 in Houston. Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders, executive director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, will be the guest speaker. All TWU staff are welcome to attend.
  • Mark your calendars for Beginning of School activities! The Fall Assembly, college meetings, Faculty Senate Ice Cream Social and more will take place Monday Aug. 20. That kicks off a week of activities including academic component meetings, New Faculty Orientation and more. The week closes out with the First-Year Student Convocation. More details to come.

Time is running out! Performance Evaluation Meetings must take place by Friday, Aug. 3. After your first-level supervisors confirms that the meeting has taken place, you’ll receive a workflow email where you may enter comments and acknowledge that you’ve received the evaluation. University vice presidents have until Aug. 20 to submit final merit awards based on known salaries. After a verification process, eligible merit increases become effective Sept. 1, to be reflected on Oct. 1 paychecks. Staff salary merit notification letters will be available Sept. 14-21, and you can view your pay slip online on Sept. 28. If you have any questions, contact Cyndee Tanttari at 81-3553 or Tony Yardley at 81-3563.


The Performance Evaluation process is nearing completion. You’ve turned in your paperwork, and your first-level supervisor has done his or her part. Approval by second-level supervisors was due Monday, July 23. Now all that’s left is the Performance Evaluation Meeting, which must be completed by Friday, Aug. 3. After your first-level supervisor confirms that the meeting has taken place, you’ll receive a workflow email where you may enter comments and acknowledge that you’ve received the evaluation. Contact Cyndee Tanttari at 81-3553 or Tony Yardley at 81-3563 if you have any questions.


  • The Performance Evaluation process continues. Second-level supervisors have until Monday, July 23 to approve performance evaluations. First-level supervisors may conduct the performance evaluation meeting after the second-level supervisor has approved the performance evaluation. Meetings must be completed by Friday, Aug. 3. Questions? Contact Cyndee Tanttari at 81-3553 or Tony Yardley at 81-3563.
  • The Book-in-Common Committee seeks suggestions for books that could serve as the 2020-2022 campus book. Use the Psychdata link to indicate the title, author and Amazon summary of any text you believe would fit with our campus community. For more information, contact Theresa Lindsay.

If you’ve looked for any University Policy and Procedures recently, you’ve probably noticed the policy website looks different and the “Naming Conventions” (also known as  Policy Numbers) have changed. The Share Point system that originally housed the system was decommissioned June 1, making it necessary to move policies and procedures to the Knowledge Base system. Access now is available to all University Policies, including TWU Board of Regents’ Policies and Cabinet-approved University Regulations and Procedures.

The new numbering system was created to improve your experience with locating and accessing relevant University Rules, Regulations and Procedures. The new system groups the Policies and Procedures in a way that allows the user to access all relevant and related information in respective categories. These changes should not affect any content, but there will be new links that should be used for internal referencing. A legend on the new main policy page shows a side-by-side of the new Naming Convention and the old policy number. Once you are in the Knowledge Base system you can use the “search” bar to locate Policies and Procedures by their name. Please report any missing policy or URP to the General Counsel’s office.


  • The Staff Council is organized to foster a spirit of unified community among TWU staff members and to provide opportunities for their democratic representation. Staff members may choose these representatives for the 2018-2021 term by filling out an election ballot by Tuesday, July 3. If you have any issues accessing the ballot, email IRDM@twu.edu.
  • The Office of Audit Services is conducting its Annual Risk Assessment process to learn which areas or processes you think should be included in the plan for the next fiscal year. Let them know your thoughts by completing an anonymous survey by Wednesday, July 4. Want to know more about the annual risk assessment process? Watch this. Still have questions? Contact Ali Subhani at 81-3260.

Staff employees, today is the day: Your self-appraisals are due to be completed in the SharePoint system. The system is designed for staff employees and those managing staff employees; it is not intended to be used to evaluate faculty, adjunct faculty, graduate assistants, student employees or temporary employees. More information about the process is available here. Still have questions? Contact Cyndee Tanttari at 81-3553 or Tony Yardley at 81-3563.


  • The Staff Council is organized to foster a spirit of unified community among TWU staff members and to provide opportunities for their democratic representation. Staff members may choose these representatives for the 2018-2021 term by filling out an election ballot by Tuesday, July 3. If you have any issues accessing the ballot, email IRDM@twu.edu.
  • The Office of Audit Services is conducting its Annual Risk Assessment process to learn which areas or processes you think should be included in the plan for the next fiscal year. Let them know your thoughts by completing an anonymous survey by Wednesday, July 4. Want to know more about the annual risk assessment process? Watch this. Still have questions? Contact Ali Subhani at 81-3260.

The Staff Performance Evaluation and Merit-Based Compensation process is underway. Staff employees may enter their self appraisals in the SharePoint system. Instructions are available for review. The deadline for entering the self appraisal is Wednesday, June 27. Supervisors may enter the performance evaluation for an employee after the self appraisal has been reviewed. Supervisors will receive an automatic workflow email with a link for you to review the self appraisal, along with a link to your supervisor page to complete the performance evaluation. More information on the process is available online. Contact Cyndee Tanttari (81-3553) or Tony Yardley (81-3563) if you have questions.


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