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July 21, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • July 31, 2017: Deadline to for nominations to the Continuous Improvement Teams – Climate and Respect, Onboarding, and Professional Development. Nominations should be submitted on the attached form via e-mail to vpfa@tamu.edu.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • 2017 Leadership Institute - Applications Now Being Accepted - Applications for the 2017 Leadership Institute are now being accepted. The application packet and more information about the Leadership Institute application process can be found at EODinfo.tamu.edu/LI. Frequently asked questions include:
    • I can’t attend all the sessions, can I still apply? (Answer: No, 100% attendance is required);
    • Who is making the selection? (Answer: The review committee, comprised of former participants, will receive application packets with identifying information removed; they will score using the selection criteria stated on the website and provide their recommendations to EOD);
    • What is the cost? (Answer: $650 Texas A&M University employees; $1,050 System employees).

If you have questions, please contact HROE Professional Development at EODinfo@tamu.edu or (979) 845-4153.

  • Step In. Stand Up. Workshop - August 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. -The Office of Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships (CLEAR) and the Sexual Assault Survivors Services Committee are hosting a workshop to provide comprehensive education and training on how to Step In and Stand Up against sexual violence at Texas A&M University. The day-long workshop will combine Green Dot Training and STAND Up Training. Registration is limited and will close Aug. 1, 2017 or when capacity is reached.

University Events/Deadlines:

      • July 1 – 31, 2017: Annual Benefit Enrollment Period - This is the time for you to review your benefit selections and consider any changes to make for the FY 2018 plan year, effective September 1, 2017. Open Enrollment for employees is conducted online through the iBenefits System available in Sing Sign-On During July:
        • Review/update your personal contact information in HRConnect
        • Review your beneficiary designations for insurance plans in iBenefits
        • Review and make appropriate changes to benefit selections in iBenefits
        • Enroll or re-enroll in the Flexible Spending Account
        • Attend one of the Benefit Fairs & Meetings on July 20 or July 21
        • Verify/update the Tobacco User Status for yourself and all covered dependents
        • Review Wellness Exam completion status in MyEvive.

After reviewing your coverage, if you are happy with your current benefit coverage and do not plan to make changes then no additional action is required! Current coverage will continue forward into the new benefit plan year with one exception - a flexible spending account MUST be actively re-enrolled every year. This includes both the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Spending Account. Visit the Annual Enrollment website for details about changes for the FY2018 plan year, premiums and frequently asked questions about benefit enrollment. If you need individual assistance, please contact a Benefit Representative at benefits@tamu.edu or 979.862.1718.

    • August 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Reed Arena: Commencement
July 14, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • July 31, 2017: Deadline to for nominations to the Continuous Improvement Teams – Climate and Respect, Onboarding, and Professional Development. Nominations should be submitted on the attached form via e-mail to vpfa@tamu.edu.

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

  • Featured CoursePresentation Skills - This course provides techniques and practice for preparing and delivering effective oral presentations. Participants will make presentations using media of their choice. The target audience for this course is the novice presenter, either someone who has never given a public presentation or someone who has never had any formal training as a presenter.  This is a Two-Session course, with the 2nd session following one week AFTER the 1st session. Participants must attend BOTH sessions in their entirety to receive credit for this course.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • July 1 – 31, 2017: Annual Benefit Enrollment Period - This is the time for you to review your benefit selections and consider any changes to make for the FY 2018 plan year, effective September 1, 2017. Open Enrollment for employees is conducted online through the iBenefits System available in Sing Sign-On During July:
    • Review/update your personal contact information in HRConnect
    • Review your beneficiary designations for insurance plans in iBenefits
    • Review and make appropriate changes to benefit selections in iBenefits
    • Enroll or re-enroll in the Flexible Spending Account
    • Attend one of the Benefit Fairs & Meetings on July 20 or July 21
    • Verify/update the Tobacco User Status for yourself and all covered dependents
    • Review Wellness Exam completion status in MyEvive.

After reviewing your coverage, if you are happy with your current benefit coverage and do not plan to make changes then no additional action is required! Current coverage will continue forward into the new benefit plan year with one exception - a flexible spending account MUST be actively re-enrolled every year. This includes both the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Spending Account. Visit the Annual Enrollment website for details about changes for the FY2018 plan year, premiums and frequently asked questions about benefit enrollment. If you need individual assistance, please contact a Benefit Representative at benefits@tamu.edu or 979.862.1718.

  • August 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Reed Arena: Commencement
July 7, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • July 31, 2017: Deadline to for nominations to the Continuous Improvement Teams – Climate and Respect, Onboarding, and Professional Development. Nominations should be submitted on the attached form via e-mail to vpfa@tamu.edu.

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

  • Featured Course: Fostering Respect in a Diverse Workplace - This workshop provides information about the employee’s and supervisor’s role in maintaining a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Participants will have the opportunity to review federal EEO laws, identify and discuss behaviors that might unknowingly contribute to a disrespectful or hostile environment, and identify ways to be proactive in creating a respectful work environment.
  • New deadlines for enrollment in and completion of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness Certificate Courses: HROE Professional Development is continuously developing new programs to better meet the needs of Texas A&M. With that in mind, we are announcing new deadlines for enrolling in and completing our certificate programs. This will allow for the development and roll out of new programs next year. At this point, customers can continue to enroll in any Professional Development Department certificate program until July 7, 2017. After that date, we will be unable to accept new enrollments. From that time forward enrolled certificate program participants will have until July 31, 2018 to complete all related coursework, capstones, and final project assignments. Please visit our certificate programs page at EODinfo.tamu.edu/programs/certificate, for additional information.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • July 1 – 31, 2017: Annual Benefit Enrollment Period - This is the time for you to review your benefit selections and consider any changes to make for the FY 2018 plan year, effective September 1, 2017. Open Enrollment for employees is conducted online through the iBenefits System available in Sing Sign-On During July:
    • Review/update your personal contact information in HRConnect
    • Review your beneficiary designations for insurance plans in iBenefits
    • Review and make appropriate changes to benefit selections in iBenefits
    • Enroll or re-enroll in the Flexible Spending Account
    • Attend one of the Benefit Fairs & Meetings on July 20 or July 21
    • Verify/update the Tobacco User Status for yourself and all covered dependents
    • Review Wellness Exam completion status in MyEvive.

After reviewing your coverage, if you are happy with your current benefit coverage and do not plan to make changes then no additional action is required! Current coverage will continue forward into the new benefit plan year with one exception - a flexible spending account MUST be actively re-enrolled every year. This includes both the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Spending Account. Visit the Annual Enrollment website for details about changes for the FY2018 plan year, premiums and frequently asked questions about benefit enrollment. If you need individual assistance, please contact a Benefit Representative at benefits@tamu.edu or 979.862.1718.

  • August 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Reed Arena: Commencement
June 30, 2017

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

  • New deadlines for enrollment in and completion of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness Certificate Courses: HROE Professional Development is continuously developing new programs to better meet the needs of Texas A&M. With that in mind, we are announcing new deadlines for enrolling in and completing our certificate programs. This will allow for the development and roll out of new programs next year. At this point, customers can continue to enroll in any Professional Development Department certificate program until July 7, 2017. After that date, we will be unable to accept new enrollments. From that time forward enrolled certificate program participants will have until July 31, 2018 to complete all related coursework, capstones, and final project assignments. Please visit our certificate programs page at EODinfo.tamu.edu/programs/certificate, for additional information.

Texas A&M Information Technology

  • Video Training with Lynda.com: With your Texas A&M NetID you get access to more than 120,000 video tutorials on a variety of topics. To access this training visit https://lynda.tamu.edu/.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • July 1 – 31, 2017: Annual Benefit Enrollment Period - This is the time for you to review your benefit selections and consider any changes to make for the FY 2018 plan year, effective September 1, 2017. Open Enrollment for employees is conducted online through the iBenefits System available in Sing Sign-On During July:
    • Review/update your personal contact information in HRConnect
    • Review your beneficiary designations for insurance plans in iBenefits
    • Review and make appropriate changes to benefit selections in iBenefits
    • Enroll or re-enroll in the Flexible Spending Account
    • Attend one of the Benefit Fairs & Meetings on July 20 or July 21
    • Verify/update the Tobacco User Status for yourself and all covered dependents
    • Review Wellness Exam completion status in MyEvive.

After reviewing your coverage, if you are happy with your current benefit coverage and do not plan to make changes then no additional action is required! Current coverage will continue forward into the new benefit plan year with one exception - a flexible spending account MUST be actively re-enrolled every year. This includes both the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Spending Account. Visit the Annual Enrollment website for details about changes for the FY2018 plan year, premiums and frequently asked questions about benefit enrollment. If you need individual assistance, please contact a Benefit Representative at benefits@tamu.edu or 979.862.1718.

  • TODAY July 7, 2017: Deadline for enrolling in any Professional Development Department Certificate Program (see above).
  • August 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Reed Arena: Commencement

Helpful Information and Announcements

  • TTI has created a website for the planned grade separation at George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road. It includes a survey link for feedback about the project - www.bwx-bcs.org
  • Visit the Staff Toolbox at http://vpfa.tamu.edu/for-our-staff/staff-toolbox/ to see all flexible compensation programs the university has available as well as other ways to promote and develop employees.
  • Darla Guerra, Assistant Manager HR & Payroll in Transportation Services will be the next University Staff Council (USC) representative for the Division of Finance and Operations, beginning September 1, 2017. She will join Sarah Chrastecky, John Kay and Renee O’Banion, who are currently representing our division and will replace outgoing representative Melissa Loyd. To learn more about the USC visit their website http://staff.tamu.edu/.
June 23, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • TODAY - June 23, 2017, 10:30 a.m., General Services Complex, Room 101A: Division of Finance and Administration Town Hall Meeting
  • TODAY - June 23, 2017, Immediately following the Town Hall Meeting, General Services Complex, Room 101A: Division of Finance and Administration Summer Mixer hosted by the Professional Development Continuous Improvement Implementation Team. Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided.

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

  • Featured Course – Graphics and Illustration Certificate Program The Graphics and Illustration Certificate Program is designed to help participants learn to create professional graphics for print and web projects. The program will help the participants work through many steps of the graphic creation and editing process. They will learn the essentials including: cropping and resizing photographs, editing and retouching images, creating original graphics, working with color, and exporting the files into formats for web or print.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • June 24, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Staff Photo Day 2017 Register
  • August 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Reed Arena: Commencement
June 16, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • June 23, 2017, 10:30 a.m., General Services Complex, Room 101A: Division of Finance and Administration Town Hall Meeting
  • June 23, 2017, Immediately following the Town Hall Meeting, General Services Complex, Room 101A: Division of Finance and Administration Summer Mixer hosted by the Professional Development Continuous Improvement Implementation Team. Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided.

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

EOD offers a wide variety of courses. The full classroom training list is available here. The online training list can be found here.

  • Featured Course – Microsoft Word 2016: FundamentalsLearn the essentials of Microsoft Word and word processing. Create, navigate, edit and save documents, apply character formatting, and insert images. Find out how to apply paragraph formatting, create bulleted and numbered lists, and customize tab stops. Learn to adjust margins and indents. Work with document views and learn how to print documents.

Diversity and Inclusion Programs

  • June 21, 2017, 12 p.m.: The College of Dentistry is pleased to present Dr. Brian Williams, a trauma surgeon who was involved with the care of Dallas police officers last July as he presents “The Intersection of Race, Violence and Medicine: Leadership in Times of Crisis.” Dr. Brian Williams is an Associate Professor of Surgery UT Southwestern Medical Center. To view the live presentation: Go to Webex.com and click on Join, type in meeting number 927 365 080.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • June 24, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Staff Photo Day 2017 Register
June 9, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • June 23, 2017, 10:30 a.m., General Services Complex, Room 101A: Division of Finance and Administration Town Hall Meeting
  • June 23, 2017, Immediately following the Town Hall Meeting, General Services Complex, Room 101A: Division of Finance and Administration Summer Mixer hosted by the Professional Development Continuous Improvement Implementation Team. Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided.

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

EOD offers a wide variety of courses. The full classroom training list is available here. The online training list can be found here.

  • Featured Course – Lasting Impressions: Providing Excellent Customer ServiceLasting Impressions: Providing Excellent Customer Service - Understanding your customers and effectively communicating with them are key elements for providing excellent customer service. The purpose of this workshop is to provide information for a better understanding of customers and their needs. Participants will learn valuable ways to communicate with diverse customers and practice responding to various challenging scenarios for the delivery of excellent customer service.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • June 24, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Staff Photo Day 2017 Register
June 2, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • June 23, 2017, 10:30 a.m., General Services Complex, Room 101A: Division of Finance and Administration Town Hall Meeting

Professional Development Opportunities

The Professional Development Department(see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

The Professional Development Department offers a wide variety of courses. here. The online training list can be found here.

  • NEW! TechTip - Computer tips delivered to your inbox each month
  • NEW! Certificate Programs - Analyzing Data, Constructive Communication in the Workplace, and Supervisory Essentials

University Events/Deadlines:

  • June 24, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Staff Photo Day 2017 Register
May 26, 2017

Professional Development Opportunities:

Employee and Organizational Development Programs (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

  • EOD offers a wide variety of courses. The full classroom training list is available here. The online training list can be found here.
  • Featured Course – Microsoft PowerPoint 2016: (A) Fundamentals Discover how to create and edit presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint. Find out how to insert and modify shapes and pictures, as well as how to format and edit presentation text. Learn how to add slide transitions and sequence the appearance of objects on your slide by applying basic animation. Learn how to use slide sorter view to make organizing your slides easier. Learn tools that make showing your presentation a snap and the different options available when printing your presentations.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • RESCHEDULED: June 24, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Staff Photo Day 2017 - Due to inclement and severe weather in the early morning hours, Staff Photo Day (originally scheduled for May 20) was rescheduled to June 24. Register
May 19, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • May 23, 2017, 8:15 a.m., Memorial Student Center, Bethancourt Ballroom: Division of Finance and Administration Excellence, Visionary and Respect Awards Program

Professional Development Opportunities:

Employee and Organizational Development Programs (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

  • EOD offers a wide variety of courses. The full classroom training list is available here. The online training list can be found here.
  • Featured Course – Developing Cultural Competence in the Workplace This workshop focuses on exploring the role that culture plays in our daily interactions with others. This interactive session provides participants with the opportunity to examine both the challenges and opportunities that result from an increasingly diverse workforce and examines ways to develop cultural competence. This course is open to all Texas A&M employees.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • May 20, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Staff Photo Day 2017 Register

Helpful Information and Announcements:

  • TTI has created a website for the planned grade separation at George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road. It includes a survey link for feedback about the project - www.bwx-bcs.org
  • The 2017 Campus Master Plan can be viewed at - http://vpfa.tamu.edu/files/presentations/2017CampusMasterPlan.pdf
May 12, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • May 23, 2017, 8:15 a.m., Memorial Student Center, Bethancourt Ballroom: Division of Finance and Administration Excellence, Visionary and Respect Awards Program

Professional Development Opportunities:

Employee and Organizational Development Programs (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

  • EOD offers a wide variety of courses. The full classroom training list is available here. The online training list can be found here.
  • Featured Course – Developing Cultural Competence in the WorkplaceThis workshop focuses on exploring the role that culture plays in our daily interactions with others. This interactive session provides participants with the opportunity to examine both the challenges and opportunities that result from an increasingly diverse workforce and examines ways to develop cultural competence. This course is open to all Texas A&M employees.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • May 20, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Staff Photo Day 2017 Register

Helpful Information and Announcements:

  • TTI has created a website for the planned grade separation at George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road. It includes a survey link for feedback about the project - www.bwx-bcs.org
May 12, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • May 23, 2017, 8:15 a.m., Memorial Student Center, Bethancourt Ballroom: Division of Finance and Administration Excellence, Visionary and Respect Awards Program

Professional Development Opportunities:

Employee and Organizational Development Programs (see http://eodinfo.tamu.edu/):

  • EOD offers a wide variety of courses. The full classroom training list is available here. The online training list can be found here.
  • Featured Course – Developing Cultural Competence in the WorkplaceThis workshop focuses on exploring the role that culture plays in our daily interactions with others. This interactive session provides participants with the opportunity to examine both the challenges and opportunities that result from an increasingly diverse workforce and examines ways to develop cultural competence. This course is open to all Texas A&M employees.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • May 20, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Staff Photo Day 2017 Register

Helpful Information and Announcements:

  • TTI has created a website for the planned grade separation at George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road. It includes a survey link for feedback about the project - www.bwx-bcs.org