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November 11, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

 

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) Featured CourseProject Management, Scope, Schedule & Budget - in this course, you will get an in-depth review of the traditional triple constraints. Outline:
    • Navigation of scope ideation, documentation and tracking
    • Using scope to generate schedule & budget
    • Project schedule creation and management
    • Project budget creation & management
  • The Equation of Employee Success WEBINAR – Monday, November 27, 2017, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., via WebEx Online: This webinar provides an introduction to supervisory best practices for managing employee performance through the use of the PCER model, and presents strategies on how supervisors can prepare for a successful performance review period by: setting performance and behavioral expectations, and recognizing and rewarding performance.

 

University Events/Deadlines:

  • December 15 - December 16, 2017: December 2017 Commencement Ceremonies in College Station
  • January 9, 2018, 12 p.m.: Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. The guidelines can also be found on the Office of the Dean of Faculties website at: http://dof.tamu.edu/Awards-and-Honors/AFS-Distinguished-Achievement-Award.
  • April 23 - 28, 2018: Save-the-dates for Staff Appreciation Week

Helpful Information and Announcements:

  • The Division has created an intranet site with helpful information including a list of Professional Development Resources.  You may access the site by clicking Intranet on the main menu of the division website or by using the following URL: https://intranet.tamuds.tamu.edu/.
November 3, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • Monday, November 20, 2017, 8:00 a.m.: Deadline for submitting Major Grant Abstracts to the Aggie Green Fund.

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • University Libraries’ Diversity Advancement Committee (DAC) - Presents “More than a Word” – A film about Native American-based sports mascots: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Evans Library, Room 204E.  The screening will be followed by a group discussion.
  • Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) Featured Course - The Equation of Employee Success WEBINAR – Monday, November 27, 2017, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., via WebEx Online: This webinar provides an introduction to supervisory best practices for managing employee performance through the use of the PCER model, and presents strategies on how supervisors can prepare for a successful performance review period by: setting performance and behavioral expectations, and recognizing and rewarding performance.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • December 15 - December 16, 2017: December 2017 Commencement Ceremonies in College Station
    • Friday, December 15, 9 a.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Engineering
    • Friday, December 15, 2 p.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates in Bush School of Government and Public Service
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Agriculture and Life Sciences
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Geosciences
      • Graduates and Professionals in Medicine
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Nursing
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Public Health
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Science
    • Friday, December 15, 7 p.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Architecture
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Liberal Arts
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Saturday, December 16, 9 a.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Mays Business School
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Education
    • January 9, 2018, 12 p.m.: Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. The guidelines can also be found on the Office of the Dean of Faculties website at: http://dof.tamu.edu/Awards-and-Honors/AFS-Distinguished-Achievement-Award.
    • April 23 - 28, 2018: Save-the-dates for Staff Appreciation Week 
October 27, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Aggie Agora Difficult Dialogues - Campus Race Relations - Thursday, November 2, 2017, Memorial Student Center, Room 2404, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Led by Dr. Srividya Ramasubramanian, this event is a small group "conversation café" where participants can engage with vignettes about race-related experiences on campus and collectively brainstorm ideas for making campus more inclusive. There are facilitators at each table. Pizza and drinks are provided. Register

University Events/Deadlines:

  • September 1 – October 31, 2017: State Employee Charitable Campaign
  • October 31, 2017 4 p.m.: Diversity Matters Seed Grant Program - Texas A&M University is committed to improving efforts to make our campus more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. The objective of this grant it to take existing initiatives and efforts to the next level. Learn more about the call for proposals.
  • December 15 - December 16, 2017: December 2017 Commencement Ceremonies in College Station
    • Friday, December 15, 9 a.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Engineering
    • Friday, December 15, 2 p.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates in Bush School of Government and Public Service
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Agriculture and Life Sciences
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Geosciences
      • Graduates and Professionals in Medicine
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Nursing
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Public Health
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Science
    • Friday, December 15, 7 p.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Architecture
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Liberal Arts
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Saturday, December 16, 9 a.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Mays Business School
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Education
  • January 9, 2018, 12 p.m.: Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. The guidelines can also be found on the Office of the Dean of Faculties website at: http://dof.tamu.edu/Awards-and-Honors/AFS-Distinguished-Achievement-Award.
  • April 23 - 28, 2018: Save-the-dates for Staff Appreciation Week
October 20, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • TODAY - Friday, October 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Grand Station Entertainment: 11th Annual Division of Finance and Operations SECC Bowling Tournament. Each team will be comprised of 4 players, so start putting your teams together now. The fee for each team to bowl is $100. We are limited on our number of teams this year, so the first 24 teams that register and pay their fee will bowl. One member from each team will need to register by sending your team name and the names of your team members, along with your $100 fee to: Cheri Graalum, MS 1181, J. K. Williams Administration Building, Suite 202. All teams must be registered by Friday, October 13th. You can send your team name via email to cgraalum@tamu.edu and let me know your money is on the way (this will hold your spot).
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Piranha Fitness Studio: We are having A SECC Dance Party and Everyone is Invited. Bring your Family, Co-workers and Friends. Come Help us Have Fun and Raise some Funds! Let’s Dance the Light Away! Texas A&M University, Division of Finance & Operations, Business Services is partnering with Piranha Fitness to hold Cardio Dance Party for the 2017 SECC Campaign. Register by October 13 and pay $5, or pay $7 at the door. Space is limited. CASH ONLY payments can be mailed to Texas A&M University, Contract Administration, Attn: Tammy Prater, 1182 TAMU College Station TX 77843-1182 or campus mail at 1182 TAMU. Attached is a waiver that must be signed to participate. Complete the waiver and email to tprater@tamu.edu by the deadline or provide hard copy at the door.
  • Monday, October 30, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., General Services Complex: SECC Silent Auction hosted by Student Business Services.
  • Monday, October 30, 2017, 8 a.m., Annenberg Presidential Conference Center: New Employee Welcome Reception New Employees to the division will attend the Reception to meet with the executive team, hear about the division and receive information. If you have any questions, please email citonboarding@tamu.edu, or visit: https://vpfo.tamu.edu/for-our-staff/cit-onboarding/new-employee-information/new-employee-receptions/.

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) Featured Course - Microsoft Excel 2016: (C) Advanced Calculations - Learn more advanced features of Microsoft Excel and spreadsheets. Find out how to use logical, statistical, financial, and date functions. You will also build lookup functions, validate data, and troubleshoot errors. Discover how to create sparklines and scenarios, consolidate data, link cells in workbooks, and create outlines.
  • Lynda.com Weekly Tips Series - Learn new tips for success in all areas with our weekly series. Each series is updated weekly with new quick tips of the trade. Simply add the “Learn Quick Tips with our Weekly Series to Your Playlist” to access great tips and tricks each week on a variety of topics.
  • Diversity Speaker Series - "We're change agents": Understanding the Need for Peer-to-Peer Diversity Education at a Predominately White Institution” presented by Tonya Driver, PhD, Director, Department of Multicultural Services and Dear Aunaetitrakul, MS, Diversity Education Specialist, Department of Multicultural Services. The presenters will discuss the reinvigoration of the Aggies to Aggies (A2A) peer diversity education program; provide historical context and impact of the workshops on campus. The presenters will provide historical context and analyze the impact of A2A five standard diversity workshops on campus climate and inclusion. During the session, presenters and participants will engage in a conversation on challenges of peer diversity education at predominately white institutions and identify best strategies on how to empower peer diversity educators in facilitating difficult dialogues in the post-Obama presidency era. October 26, 2017, 11:30 a.m.to 1:00 p.m., Rudder 410.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • September 1 – October 31, 2017: State Employee Charitable Campaign
  • TODAY - October 20, 2017, Student Rec Center: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • TODAY - October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Rec Center (South Entrance Near Olsen Field): Texas A&M Employee Wellness Fair
  • October 25, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Annenberg Presidential Conference Center Frymire Auditorium: State of the University Address by President Michael K. Young. Reception to follow.
  • October 31, 2017 4:00 p.m.: Diversity Matters Seed Grant Program - Texas A&M University is committed to improving efforts to make our campus more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. The objective of this grant it to take existing initiatives and efforts to the next level. Learn more about the call for proposals.
  • January 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m.: Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. The guidelines can also be found on the Office of the Dean of Faculties website.
  • December 15 - December 16, 2017: December 2017 Commencement Ceremonies in College Station
    • Friday, December 15, 9 a.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Engineering
    • Friday, December 15, 2 p.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates in Bush School of Government and Public Service
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Agriculture and Life Sciences
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Geosciences
      • Graduates and Professionals in Medicine
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Nursing
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Public Health
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Science
    • Friday, December 15, 7 p.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Architecture
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Liberal Arts
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Saturday, December 16, 9 a.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Mays Business School
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Education
  • January 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m.: Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. The guidelines can also be found on the Office of the Dean of Faculties website at: http://dof.tamu.edu/Awards-and-Honors/AFS-Distinguished-Achievement-Award.
  • April 23 - 28, 2018: Save-the-dates for Staff Appreciation Week
October 13, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • Friday, October 13, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., GSC Breakroom & Lobby: Please join us for a Thank You Reception honoring the efforts of the Division of Finance and Operations Staff in preparation for and during Hurricane Harvey. Frozen Yogurt will be served.
  • Friday, October 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Grand Station Entertainment: 11th Annual Division of Finance and Operations SECC Bowling Tournament. Each team will be comprised of 4 players, so start putting your teams together now. The fee for each team to bowl is $100. We are limited on our number of teams this year, so the first 24 teams that register and pay their fee will bowl. One member from each team will need to register by sending your team name and the names of your team members, along with your $100 fee to: Cheri Graalum, MS 1181, J. K. Williams Administration Building, Suite 202. All teams must be registered by Friday, October 13th. You can send your team name via email to cgraalum@tamu.edu and let me know your money is on the way (this will hold your spot).
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Piranha Fitness Studio: We are having A SECC Dance Party and Everyone is Invited. Bring your Family, Co-workers and Friends. Come Help us Have Fun and Raise some Funds! Let’s Dance the Light Away! Texas A&M University, Division of Finance & Operations, Business Services is partnering with Piranha Fitness to hold Cardio Dance Party for the 2017 SECC Campaign. Register by October 13 and pay $5, or pay $7 at the door. Space is limited. CASH ONLY payments can be mailed to Texas A&M University, Contract Administration, Attn: Tammy Prater, 1182 TAMU College Station TX 77843-1182 or campus mail at 1182 TAMU. Attached is a waiver that must be signed to participate. Complete the waiver and email to tprater@tamu.edu by the deadline or provide hard copy at the door.
  • Monday, October 30, 2017, 8 a.m., Annenberg Presidential Conference Center: New Employee Welcome Reception New Employees to the division will attend the Reception to meet with the executive team, hear about the division and receive information. If you have any questions, please email citonboarding@tamu.edu, or visit: https://vpfo.tamu.edu/for-our-staff/cit-onboarding/new-employee-information/new-employee-receptions/.

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) Featured Course - Communicating with Impact: Make Your Conversations Count! - Individuals who are able to communicate with impact, addressing personal needs while achieving business results, are able to build trust and strengthen relationships in the workplace. Effective communication is a critical skill for every employee at Texas A&M. In this workshop, you will learn a powerful set of interaction skills that will enable you to become a more impactful communicator.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • September 1 – October 31, 2017: State Employee Charitable Campaign
  • October 20, 2017, Student Rec Center: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Rec Center (South Entrance Near Olsen Field): Texas A&M Employee Wellness Fair
  • October 25, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Annenberg Presidential Conference Center Frymire Auditorium: State of the University Address by President Michael K. Young. Reception to follow.
  • January 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m.: Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. The guidelines can also be found on the Office of the Dean of Faculties website.
  • December 15 - December 16, 2017: December 2017 Commencement Ceremonies in College Station
    • Friday, December 15, 9 a.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Engineering
    • Friday, December 15, 2 p.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates in Bush School of Government and Public Service
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Agriculture and Life Sciences
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Geosciences
      • Graduates and Professionals in Medicine
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Nursing
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Public Health
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Science
    • Friday, December 15, 7 p.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Architecture
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Liberal Arts
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Saturday, December 16, 9 a.m. – Reed Arena
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Mays Business School
      • Graduates and Undergraduates in Education
  • January 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m.: Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. The guidelines can also be found on the Office of the Dean of Faculties website at: http://dof.tamu.edu/Awards-and-Honors/AFS-Distinguished-Achievement-Award.
  • April 23 - 28, 2018: Save-the-dates for Staff Appreciation Week
September 29, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Texas A&M University’s Division of Finance & Operations is partnering with College Station Cornhole League to bring you the first SECC charity Cornhole (bag-toss) tournament and pre-Bama tailgate social hosted at The Backyard in Northgate. REGISTER: Email Tammy Prater at tprater@tamu.edu with your team name and name of each player (2 per team) and mail your $40 entry fee (cash only) to Tammy Prater 1182 TAMU Purchasing Building. This is for fun! If you need a partner or a copy of the official rules, email us! Register your team ASAP – limited space available! COME & BAG IT!
  • Friday, October 13, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., GSC Breakroom & Lobby: Please join us for a Thank You Reception honoring the efforts of the Division of Finance and Operations Staff in preparation for and during Hurricane Harvey. Frozen Yogurt will be served.
  • Friday, October 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Grand Station Entertainment: 11th Annual Division of Finance and Operations SECC Bowling Tournament. Each team will be comprised of 4 players, so start putting your teams together now. The fee for each team to bowl is $100. We are limited on our number of teams this year, so the first 24 teams that register and pay their fee will bowl. One member from each team will need to register by sending your team name and the names of your team members, along with your $100 fee to: Cheri Graalum, MS 1181, J. K. Williams Administration Building, Suite 202. All teams must be registered by Friday, October 13th. You can send your team name via email to cgraalum@tamu.edu and let me know your money is on the way (this will hold your spot).
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Piranha Fitness Studio: We are having A SECC Dance Party and Everyone is Invited. Bring your Family, Co-workers and Friends. Come Help us Have Fun and Raise some Funds! Let’s Dance the Light Away! Texas A&M University, Division of Finance & Operations, Business Services is partnering with Piranha Fitness to hold Cardio Dance Party for the 2017 SECC Campaign. Register by October 13 and pay $5, or pay $7 at the door. Space is limited. CASH ONLY payments can be mailed to Texas A&M University, Contract Administration, Attn: Tammy Prater, 1182 TAMU College Station TX 77843-1182 or campus mail at 1182 TAMU. Attached is a waiver that must be signed to participate. Complete the waiver and email to tprater@tamu.edu by the deadline or provide hard copy at the door.
  • Monday, October 30, 2017, 8 a.m., Annenberg Presidential Conference Center: New Employee Welcome Reception New Employees to the division will attend the Reception to meet with the executive team, hear about the division and receive information. If you have any questions, please email citonboarding@tamu.edu, or visit: https://vpfo.tamu.edu/for-our-staff/cit-onboarding/new-employee-information/new-employee-receptions/.

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) Featured Course - Adobe Photoshop CC 17 Fundamentals - Learn the basics of Photoshop CC including how to utilize layers and master selection tools. Discover how to work with text, apply special effects and how to use the History panel. Learn how to re-size and prepare images for web and print use. Please note: While this course is taught using Adobe Photoshop version CC 2017, the content will still be relevant to users of other Photoshop versions.
  • First Friday Lecture Series: Black Female Teachers in America—during the First Friday Lecture scheduled for October 6, 2017, Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson, clinical professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture (TLAC) will discuss the history, hegemony, and hope of Black female teachers in America. The First Friday Lecture Series is presented by the African-American Professional Organization (AAPO) and is sponsored by the Dean of Faculties Office. A complimentary lunch will be served at 11:30 am for all registered participants and the one-hour lecture will begin promptly at noon in Studio M of the Moore Communications Center—the home of KAMU TV-FM—located on Houston Street at John David Crow Street on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. Admission is free, but registration is required online by October 4, 2017. While registration is set to be open until October 4, it will close if we meet our room capacity before the deadline.
  • Step In. Stand Up. Speaker Series: Fall ’17 Texas A&M University is hosting renowned violence prevention activist Dr. Jackson Katz Oct. 4th and 5th for the “Step In. Stand Up. Speaker Series.” Dr. Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is an expert on issues of gender, race and violence. He has spoken in the U.S. and around the world on violence against women, media influences, and societal responses. He has a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA. Register here.
  • Texas A&M Association of Professional Support Staff (TAPSS) Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex from 8:15 am to 4:45 pm. This year, our theme is Leaders for Tomorrow. The conference will include five speakers, vendors, breakfast, lunch, afternoon break and door prizes. Attached is the fillable registration form.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • September 1 – October 31, 2017: State Employee Charitable Campaign
  • October 4, 2017, General Services Complex: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 5, 2017, Koldus Building: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 12, 2017, Fan Field Parking Lot: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, Student Rec Center: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Rec Center (South Entrance Near Olsen Field): Texas A&M Employee Wellness Fair
  • October 25, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Annenberg Presidential Conference Center Frymire Auditorium: State of the University Address by President Michael K. Young. Reception to follow.
  • January 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m.: Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. The guidelines can also be found on the Office of the Dean of Faculties website.
September 22, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Texas A&M University’s Division of Finance & Operations is partnering with College Station Cornhole League to bring you the first SECC charity Cornhole (bag-toss) tournament and pre-Bama tailgate social hosted at The Backyard in Northgate. REGISTER: Email Tammy Prater at tprater@tamu.edu with your team name and name of each player (2 per team) and mail your $40 entry fee (cash only) to Tammy Prater 1182 TAMU Purchasing Building. This is for fun! If you need a partner or a copy of the official rules, email us! Register your team ASAP – limited space available! COME & BAG IT!
  • Friday, October 13, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., GSC Breakroom & Lobby: Please join us for a Thank You Reception honoring the efforts of the Division of Finance and Operations Staff in preparation for and during Hurricane Harvey. Frozen Yogurt will be served.
  • Friday, October 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Grand Station Entertainment: 11th Annual Division of Finance and Operations SECC Bowling Tournament. Each team will be comprised of 4 players, so start putting your teams together now. The fee for each team to bowl is $100. We are limited on our number of teams this year, so the first 24 teams that register and pay their fee will bowl. One member from each team will need to register by sending your team name and the names of your team members, along with your $100 fee to: Cheri Graalum, MS 1181, J. K. Williams Administration Building, Suite 202. All teams must be registered by Friday, October 13th. You can send your team name via email to cgraalum@tamu.edu and let me know your money is on the way (this will hold your spot).
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Piranha Fitness Studio: We are having A SECC Dance Party and Everyone is Invited. Bring your Family, Co-workers and Friends. Come Help us Have Fun and Raise some Funds! Let’s Dance the Light Away! Texas A&M University, Division of Finance & Operations, Business Services is partnering with Piranha Fitness to hold Cardio Dance Party for the 2017 SECC Campaign. Register by October 13 and pay $5, or pay $7 at the door. Space is limited. CASH ONLY payments can be mailed to Texas A&M University, Contract Administration, Attn: Tammy Prater, 1182 TAMU College Station TX 77843-1182 or campus mail at 1182 TAMU. Attached is a waiver that must be signed to participate. Complete the waiver and email to tprater@tamu.edu by the deadline or provide hard copy at the door.

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) Featured Course - Bridging the Gap: The Multigenerational Workforce - We have as many as four distinct generations working side by side, represented by individuals who have different values, different ideas, and different ways of getting things done. An understanding of the generational distinctions allows individuals and teams to work more effectively. The purpose of this course is to provide a framework that helps to recognize the events and influences that shaped the four generations and the impact they have on the workplace. Participants will gain insights into the value of a multigenerational workplace and learn strategies to bridge the differences for better relationships and increased productivity.
  • First Friday Lecture Series: Black Female Teachers in America—during the First Friday Lecture scheduled for October 6, 2017, Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson, clinical professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture (TLAC) will discuss the history, hegemony, and hope of Black female teachers in America. The First Friday Lecture Series is presented by the African-American Professional Organization (AAPO) and is sponsored by the Dean of Faculties Office. A complimentary lunch will be served at 11:30 am for all registered participants and the one-hour lecture will begin promptly at noon in Studio M of the Moore Communications Center—the home of KAMU TV-FM—located on Houston Street at John David Crow Street on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. Admission is free, but registration is required online by October 4, 2017. While registration is set to be open until October 4, it will close if we meet our room capacity before the deadline.
  • Step In. Stand Up. Speaker Series: Fall ’17 Texas A&M University is hosting renowned violence prevention activist Dr. Jackson Katz Oct. 4th and 5th for the “Step In. Stand Up. Speaker Series.” Dr. Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is an expert on issues of gender, race and violence. He has spoken in the U.S. and around the world on violence against women, media influences, and societal responses. He has a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA. Register here.
  • Texas A&M Association of Professional Support Staff (TAPSS) Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex from 8:15 am to 4:45 pm. This year, our theme is Leaders for Tomorrow. The conference will include five speakers, vendors, breakfast, lunch, afternoon break and door prizes. Attached is the fillable registration form.
  • Latinx Policy Issues of the 21st Century 2017- 2018 The second annual Latinx Policy Issues of the 21st Lecture Series sponsored by Carlos H. Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment and the George Bush School of Government and Public Service is focused on providing information and education on the issues faced by the Latinx Community. While centered on the Latinx community, the hope is that this lecture series provides a space for discussion about how issues encountered in the Latinx community might be faced by other communities and how we might come together to help create change. The first lecture of the semester will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 2405, “American Dreamers: Raising Awareness & Support” will center on understanding how DACA has improved the chances of achieving the American Dream for close to one million Americans. We hope that this panel can bring to light and change the misrepresentations surrounding the lives of our Dreamers and the effect that its end has not only on our Dreamers but for our entire community.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • September 1 – October 31, 2017: State Employee Charitable Campaign
  • September 18- 22, 2017, locations across campus: Campus Safety Awareness Week (see attached handout)
  • October 4, 2017, General Services Complex: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 5, 2017, Koldus Building: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 12, 2017, Fan Field Parking Lot: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, Student Rec Center: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Rec Center (South Entrance Near Olsen Field): Texas A&M Employee Wellness Fair
  • January 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m.: Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. The guidelines can also be found on the Office of the Dean of Faculties website.
September 15, 2017

Division Events/Deadlines:

  • Friday, October 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Grand Station Entertainment: 11th Annual Division of Finance and Operations SECC Bowling Tournament. Each team will be comprised of 4 players, so start putting your teams together now. The fee for each team to bowl is $100. We are limited on our number of teams this year, so the first 24 teams that register and pay their fee will bowl. One member from each team will need to register by sending your team name and the names of your team members, along with your $100 fee to: Cheri Graalum, MS 1181, J. K. Williams Administration Building, Suite 202. All teams must be registered by Friday, October 13th. You can send your team name via email to cgraalum@tamu.edu and let me know your money is on the way (this will hold your spot).

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) Featured Course - Microsoft Outlook 2016: (B) Managing Email, Calendars, and Tasks - Learn to customize the Microsoft Outlook interface and use the calendar in more advanced ways. Adapt Outlook to your workflow with shortcuts and shortcut groups. See how to grant the permissions that you need to allow others to manage a calendar that you own. Manage how you assign and delegate duties using advanced Task features. Discover how to enhance your email messages with illustrations, WordArt, SmartArt, equations, charts, and tables. Find out how to use automatic replies, create rules, archive messages, as well as search and filter emails.
  • Texas A&M Association of Professional Support Staff (TAPSS) Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex from 8:15 am to 4:45 pm. This year, our theme is Leaders for Tomorrow. The conference will include five speakers, vendors, breakfast, lunch, afternoon break and door prizes. The early bird registration fee is $90 through September 15. Attached is the fillable registration form.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • September 1 – October 31, 2017: State Employee Charitable Campaign
  • September 18- 22, 2017, locations across campus: Campus Safety Awareness Week (see attached handout)
  • October 4, 2017, General Services Complex: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 5, 2017, Koldus Building: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 12, 2017, Fan Field Parking Lot: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, Student Rec Center: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Rec Center (South Entrance Near Olsen Field): Texas A&M Employee Wellness Fair

Helpful Information and Announcements

Sept. 8, 2017

We are announcing a student and employee disaster relief fund to help with small-but-essential, one-time immediate needs. We are calling on the power of the Aggie Network to assist by contributing to the fund to help fellow Aggies.

With approximately 45 percent – or more than 31,000 members of our student body – coming from one of the counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, many students arrived for classes with literally just the clothes on their backs after wading through waist-deep water in their hometowns to get here. Many faculty and staff working to bring normalcy to the start of the school year have done so while dealing with personal hardship themselves.

Your donation can help buy clothes, replace textbooks lost in flooding, and other one-time essentials.

We have collaborated with the Texas A&M Foundation to ensure that all funds are tracked appropriately. Our team will be responsible for assessing needs and providing direct help.

To donate, go to: Texas A&M Student and Employee Disaster Relief Fund

Students can apply for one-time needs here: Student Needs Form

Faculty and Staff can apply for one-time needs here: Employee Needs Form

Thank you all! We are the Aggies. The Aggies are we!

Michael K. Young

September 8, 2017

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Professional Development Department (formerly Employee and Organizational Development) Featured Course - KEYS: Keys to Establishing Your Supervisory Skills - This workshop provides foundational information on supervisory best practices to help new supervisors get off to a good start and to serve as a refresher for current supervisors. Emphasis is placed on the critical relationship between supervisor and employee, which impacts employee behavior, performance, motivation, and productivity. Participants are introduced to a core set of interaction principles that, when practiced consistently, enables supervisors to interact with employees in a manner that addresses their personal needs (to be respected, understood, and involved) while simultaneously holding them accountable for meeting performance and behavioral expectations. In addition, participants identify learning resources for further supervisory skill development.
  • Texas A&M Association of Professional Support Staff (TAPSS) Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex from 8:15 am to 4:45 pm. This year, our theme is Leaders for Tomorrow. The conference will include five speakers, vendors, breakfast, lunch, afternoon break and door prizes. The early bird registration fee is $90 through September 15. Attached is the fillable registration form.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • September 1 - October 31, 2017: State Employee Charitable Campaign
  • October 4, 2017, General Services Complex: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 5, 2017, Koldus Building: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 12, 2017, Fan Field Parking Lot: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, Student Rec Center: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Rec Center (South Entrance Near Olsen Field): Texas A&M Employee Wellness Fair
September 1, 2017

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Texas A&M Association of Professional Support Staff (TAPSS) Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex from 8:15 am to 4:45 pm. This year, our theme is Leaders for Tomorrow. The conference will include five speakers, vendors, breakfast, lunch, afternoon break and door prizes. The early bird registration fee is $90 through September 15. Attached is the fillable registration form.

University Events/Deadlines:

  • Flu Vaccine Clinics – More details to come.
    • October 4, 2017, General Services Complex: Flu Vaccine Clinic
    • October 5, 2017, Koldus Building: Flu Vaccine Clinic
    • October 12, 2017, Fan Field Parking Lot: Flu Vaccine Clinic
    • October 20, 2017, Student Rec Center: Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Rec Center (South Entrance Near Olsen Field): Texas A&M Employee Wellness Fair

Helpful Information and Announcements

  • With so many people affected by Hurricane Harvey, this is a good time to remind you of resources available to you as Texas A&M University employees.
    • Emergency Leave, Flex Schedules and Alternate Work Locations - Employees may be allowed up to five (5) working days of leave with pay, with appropriate Vice President approval, for a severe personal crisis or catastrophic situation - a situational occurrence so severe that delayed attention to the crisis by the employee would reasonably result in emotional trauma, financial hardship, and/or extended grief. Also, employees may work with their supervisors to make arrangements for flexible work schedules or alternate work locations as needed due to this crisis.
    • Counseling and Assistance Referrals - Effective September 1, 2017, Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services are available to help with mental health counseling as well as provide assistance with referrals to services to help employees find local resources. Call the toll-free Helpline at 1.888.993.7650.
    • Staff Emergency Fund - The Association of Former Students has generously gifted additional funding to the Staff Emergency Fund for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. This fund provides limited financial assistance (up to $500) to staff members of Texas A&M University who are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event. Visit the Staff Emergency Fund website for application procedures. The University Staff Council invites those interested in helping staff impacted by this crisis to make a donation to the Staff Emergency Fund. Options for donations are listed online.
  • For information on emergency situations in and around campus, please visit the website emergency.tamu.edu.
  • To register for Code Maroon, please visit codemaroon.tamu.edu/Login.aspx. Code Maroon is Texas A&M University's emergency notification system that gives the University the ability to communicate health and safety information in an emergency. Texas A&M will use the system only to provide official notification of critical emergencies (i.e. situations that pose an imminent, physical threat to the community).