University-Wide News

  • Information sessions on the university’s Health and Wellbeing Initiative will take place at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 19) and 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in ACT 301 and Blagg-Huey Library 101 in Denton, with videoconferencing to room 8720 in Dallas and room 7305 in Houston on both dates. Hosted by Thad Mantaro, director of the initiative, the sessions will provide an update of the status of its five themes (Build Well, Eat Well, Mind Well, Move Well and Spend Well), theme leadership and committee structure, and fall plans. Opportunities for faculty and staff collaboration and co-branding also will be discussed. Contact Mantaro at tmantaro@twu.eduor 81-2221 for more information.
  • Reminder: Individual goals development should be underway for the 2018/2019 performance review period (June 1, 2018-May 31, 2019). Division leaders will communicate division goals to their employees so that individual goals may be linked to the university’s Strategic Plan. Employees will begin the process by accessing goals on their employee page in SharePoint. Supervisors may choose to develop their own timeline for employees and supervisors to complete the goals process. However, all goals must be submitted by employees and approved by supervisors in the SharePoint system by Wednesday, Sept. 26. Questions? Contact Tony Yardley at 81-3563.

The TWU Course Inventory Management (CIM) system is open for proposal submissions for consideration by the 2018-19 Curriculum Committee. General information on the CIM system as well as instructional videos and the process are available online on the Curriculum Committee website.

Two meetings will be held to consider course proposals: Dec. 7, 2018, and Feb. 15, 2019. All approved proposals from these rounds will be effective for the Fall 2019 semester.

For assistance with course proposals or with the CIM system, please contact Scott Martin at x81-3508 or curriculum@twu.edu. The IT Help Desk does not provide assistance with this system.

A "Writing SLOs for Course Proposals" workshop will be held 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses. Faculty members proposing a new or modified course to the TWU Curriculum Committee this fall are encouraged to attend. Attendees should review the Guidelines for Well-Written SLOs and prepare a draft of course SLOs to bring to the workshop. Space is limited and an RSVP is required by noon Sept. 12. Contact Terry Senne for more information.


“Writing SLOs for Course Proposals” workshops will take place Sept. 7 and 14 on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses. The workshops are designed to teach faculty to create well-written student learning outcomes. Faculty members who are proposing a new or modified course to the TWU Curriculum Committee this fall are encouraged to attend one of the two workshops scheduled. Attendees should review the Guidelines for Well-Written SLOs and prepare a draft of course SLOs to bring to the workshop. Space is limited in the workshops, scheduled from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 (RSVP required by noon Thursday, Sept. 6) and 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 (RSVP required by noon Wednesday, Sept. 12). Contact Terry Senne for more information.


The Book-in-Common's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" Essay Contest is now open! Current students (undergraduate and graduate), staff and faculty are invited to participate in the contest. Essays should not exceed 1,000 words and must accompany a submission form, which is available for download at http://www.twu.edu/pioneer-center/book-in-common/.

Essays are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at bookincommon@twu.edu.

A celebratory reception and poster presentation to honor participants and winners will take place at noon Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Student Union 207. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the Lacks Family!

Visit the Book-in-Common website for more information.


  • Welcome to the new academic year! If you were away this summer — or if you’re a new faculty or staff member — you may have missed a couple of stories that could save you money. Some businesses offer discounts for TWU employees. Also, if you’re commuting to the Denton campus, the Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-train will offer free rides beginning Monday, Aug. 27. (You’ll still have to pay the appropriate fares if transferring to the DART rail system or taking a DCTA Connect bus to campus.) Reminder: You can search for past Inside TWU stories by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of the screen.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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