News Category: innovation

Students support Zero Waste efforts with signage and database guidance

Resource Recovery interns Devia Joshi, Gabrielle Lopez, Melanie Albrecht, Sylvia Asuncion-Crabb, Naomi Hagy, Eeshana Hamed and Lauren Smith were responsible for rolling out signage across campus in summer 2021.
Sept. 1, 2021

Achieving Zero Waste, a 90 percent reduction of waste sent to the landfill, is a long-term goal of the university. Although the reduction goal has not been accomplished yet, Resource Recovery Manager Bobby Moddrell said that the Zero Waste Program in Facilities Services’ Resource Recovery unit has recently taken additional creative and tested steps toward achieving the goal through a Green Fund collaboration.

Updated FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff

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Aug. 19, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

There is no denying this has been a challenging few weeks as the COVID-19 Delta variant has moved into Central Texas. In the last week, we have seen the university begin rolling out contingencies to help minimize density in classrooms, request students get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus, and I have requested FAS leadership reduce any unnecessary on-site work to help with density as well.

Implementing Fall Plans; Reminders of Existing COVID-19 Guidance

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Aug. 4, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

As summer comes to a close, I wanted to provide an update on where we stand with our plans for the fall and share some important reminders about COVID-19 precautions and guidance we should all be mindful of as we enter in the fall months.

ID Center provides online services in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

UT ID Card
Aug. 3, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the campus to online learning, the ID Center had to find ways to move in-person processes online quickly.

ITS Collaborates with Dell Medical School on Digital wallet concept

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July 16, 2021

ITS and the Dell Medical School partnered together to implement a “Digital Identity Wallet” concept that would allow medical patients to choose how they share their personal information through a mobile device.

New uses for DocuSign at UT expanding in support of hybrid work

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July 9, 2021

Sheilagh O’Hare, Records and Information Management Services (RIMS) senior business analyst, has seen use cases for DocuSign increase steadily since the document management service was launched at the university in 2017. DocuSign enables a workflow that is entirely digital, including signatures. RIMS and ITS Applications support the service.

Bass Concert Hall renovation improves audience experience in Austin’s largest theater

Bass Concert Hall mid-construction
July 8, 2021

According to Bob Bursey, executive and artistic director for Texas Performing Arts, facilities such as the university’s Bass Concert Hall, built in 1981, require ongoing investment to meet the expectations of artists and audiences.

Learning & Development introduces listeners to new ideas through “Make Me Love What You Do” podcast

Make Me Love What You Do
July 5, 2021

On June 20, 21, UT Learning & Development launched a pilot podcast, “Make Me Love What You Do,” an opportunity to hear about diverse individuals at the university and their contributions to the UT community. The first podcast featured Kate Biberdorf, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Natural Science’s Department of Chemistry known for her unique and compelling teaching style. “Make Me Love What You Do” podcasts are available at Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

What to expect for fall

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June 14, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

Thank you for persevering during the more than 14 months since the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting how FAS and the university do business. You have continued to exemplify our Core Values in how you perform your work, whether on campus, remotely or a hybrid combination of both.

Learning & Development Director Emil Kresl explains why continuous learning is critical

Veronica Emil Interview
May 19, 2021

The UT Learning & Development team led by Director Emil Kresl works to foster what he describes as a community of learning for the campus community’s working professionals. In this interview with FAS Communications Media Manager Veronica Trevino, Kresl shares his thoughts about why continuous learning is critical to well-being. He also talks about how it is fundamental to running a healthy, innovative and productive organization and what he and his team are doing to promote and nurture a community of learning.