News Category: innovation

1978 wing of Welch Hall renovated for modern instruction and research approaches

Social and study area in Welch Hall, with researcher seating and lab space beyond the doorway
Jan. 22, 2021

Capital Planning and Construction (CPC) managed a complex, recently-completed and innovative project to renovate the 1978 wing of Robert A. Welch Hall, a multi-use facility that housed lecture halls, administrative offices, laboratories and classrooms associated with five science departments, plus a large greenhouse located on the roof. Welch Hall was constructed in 1929 and expanded in 1961 (the west wing) and again in 1978.

What to expect from FAS this spring

FAS UTexas graphic
Jan. 19, 2021

Dear FAS Colleagues,

I hope you enjoyed the winter break with your family, friends and loved ones. I spent time virtually with my five brothers and sisters; it’s rare we are all able to come together given our schedules and we live in different parts of the country. COVID-19 made our visit different from usual, but I’m grateful we were able to safely celebrate the new year together.

En Español

FAS team members honored by university for excellence in communications

UT Communications Trophies
Dec. 18, 2020

University Communications held its second annual University Excellence in Communications Awards on Dec. 4 to celebrate storytellers and expert communicators across campus. Although the ceremony had to be held online due to the pandemic, the awards once again provided an opportunity to showcase the hard work, dedication and creative ways UT’s communicators were able to maintain the university’s reputation and brand during a time of crisis.

Preparing for the Future, Grateful for Our Campus Community

UTexas and FAS logo graphic
Dec. 16, 2020

Dear UT Community,

This week, as UT administers the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Austin to front-line health care workers, we know that we feel a new sense of optimism even while a “return to normal” seems far off. The difficulties presented by the disease are not fully behind us, and there is much work remaining before we turn the corner on COVID-19.

2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review graphic
Dec. 9, 2020


Dear FAS Colleagues,

The wind-down of the fall semester is a natural time for us to celebrate all that we have accomplished in 2020. Reflecting on this remarkable year, much of which has been spent during an unprecedented pandemic, I am struck once again by your dedicated support of the academic and research mission of our university. We have met – and overcome – many challenges by applying our core values of diversity, innovation, integrity, service, stewardship and teamwork on a daily basis, whether working on campus or remotely.

En Español

Victims Advocate Network implements best practices for crisis intervention services during pandemic

Marica Kelley, VAN Program Coordinator (Left) and Danica Morgan, VAN Caseworker (Right)
Nov. 30, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) Victims Advocate Network (VAN), provides immediate crisis intervention services at the scenes of crimes or distressing events. Despite changes to operations during the pandemic, the team of VAN employees and volunteers continued providing care to UT community members and beyond, according to Noelle Newton, Director of Campus Safety Communications.

AFM pivots with innovation to maintain customer service during COVID-19

Stewardship FAS value graphic
Nov. 23, 2020

With the onset of COVID-19, Accounting and Financial Management (AFM), had to pivot from a traditional office environment to remote work, which meant numerous changes in how they conduct business.

Manager John Cano uses listening to lead effectively

John Cano interview screenshot
Nov. 17, 2020

In this interview, Financial and Administrative Services (FAS) Media Manager Veronica Trevino talks with John Cano, information technology manager with Enterprise Business Information Technology Solutions (eBITS). Cano has led many projects to improve the university’s payroll systems and processes and was recently recognized as an emerging leader in government technology by the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications. Here, he shares his approach to leading individuals, projects, and process improvement.

FAS offers new remote and flexible work resources

Remote work graphic representation
Nov. 12, 2020

Financial and Administrative Services (FAS) staff and managers can find the latest resources for flexible and remote work under the Flexible and Remote Work tab on the Human Resources Support Services (HRSS) website. New and existing materials under the tab support workers and managers in assessing and establishing workplace options that support success for both staff and the business of the unit.

National Fire Prevention Month spotlights Fire Prevention Services’ year-round commitment to safety

Fire Prevention illustrated icon with smoke detector and fire pictured
Oct. 19, 2020

Although October is National Fire Prevention Month, UT’s Fire Prevention Services (FPS) works year-round to ensure fire safety is always a priority. During the pandemic, FPS continues to offer trainings and conduct inspections and fire drills, and respond to inquiries to minimize the risk of fire that could result in loss of lives and property at the university.