News Category: innovation

Teamwork transformed food court into Athletics Hall of Fame

Larger-than-life bronze Bevo greets Hall of Fame visitors. Photo courtesy of Turner Construction Company.
Sept. 4, 2020

The opening of the new Frank Denius Family University of Texas Athletics Hall of Fame, located within the Red McCombs Red Zone in the north end zone of DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, marked the beginning of the 2019 football season. This exciting and complex Texas Athletics project came to fruition through a broad partnership of experts and stakeholders managed by Project Manager Nina Hammoudeh of Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS).

Leadership Growth Program pivots to innovative new model in the wake of COVID-19

FAS Core Value Innovation Graphic
Sept. 2, 2020

The Leadership Growth Program (LGP) is an annual professional development opportunity for FAS staff to cultivate leadership skills through a curriculum of leadership principles, theory and concepts. With the COVID-19 pandemic shifting university operations, the LGP team found that they also had to pivot their program model in response to the pandemic. Together Director Emil Kresl and the 2020 LGP participants began exploring their options.

FAS efforts make a new, historic semester possible

Protect Texas Together brand mark
Aug. 26, 2020

Dear FAS Colleagues,

Today marks the beginning of a fall semester like no other in the 137 years of The University of Texas at Austin’s history. Although our preparation for today has come with challenges, COVID-19 has also inspired so much innovation since the spring. Our university is able to welcome students back – both online and in-person – because of our teamwork, resilience and dedication.

Organization Effectiveness helps organizations solve challenges

Screen capture from Elida Lee interview
Aug. 21, 2020

In this interview with Financial and Administrative Services (FAS) Media Manager Veronica Trevino, Director of Organization Effectiveness Elida Lee shares how her unit helps organizations transform. Human Resources’ Organization Effectiveness team provides consulting to campus leaders in change management, organizational and operations planning, and health and culture.

Occupational Health Program aims to keep staff safe, slow spread of COVID-19

Call OHP graphic
Aug. 11, 2020

The Occupational Health Program (OHP) is one of three programs under the Human Resources HealthPoint umbrella with a small team known for its health risk assessments, screenings and vaccinations, treatment and management of work-related injuries and illnesses, and fitness for duty consultations. In recent months, however, OHP’s focus has shifted to addressing the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

HealthPoint uses innovation and teamwork to participate in the Health and Lifestyle Expo

A screenshot of alpacas grazing during the Healthtopia Alpaca Meet and Greet online session
Aug. 7, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to limit in-person events on campus, HealthPoint faced multiple challenges to participating in the annual Health and Lifestyle Expo sponsored by UT Recreational Sports (RecSports). The expo typically occurs every July during Annual Enrollment and features Human Resources Benefits representatives as well as health and wellness vendors.  `         

UTPD awarded Accreditation with Excellence

CALEA logo
Aug. 6, 2020

Assistant Vice President for Campus Security and Chief of Police David Carter recently announced the University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) was awarded Accreditation with Excellence on July 30 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®). This is the second time UTPD has achieved Accreditation with Excellence, the highest honor the department can receive.

ITS reaches students through DUO how-to video

DUO multi-factor authentication app logo
June 29, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Information Technology Services (ITS) implemented a plan to roll out DUO for multi-factor authentication to increase security. Their innovative approach featured a short video that has garnered more than 9,000 views since it’s launch, demonstrating that a little bit of video can go a long way in communicating complex topics.

FAS departments use innovation to produce orientation videos for new students

FAS Core Value Innovation Graphic
June 24, 2020

With COVID-19 (coronavirus) limiting events on campus, FAS departments demonstrated teamwork and innovation in reaching students and their parents during orientation this summer. Parking and Transportation Services (PTS),  UT Police Department (UTPD) with Campus Safety, and Information Technology Services (ITS) all transformed presentations that would have been delivered in person into videos.

Rapid response from Environmental Health and Safety removes hazardous waste from labs

EHS chemical waste storage at the Material Transfer Center (MTC)
April 24, 2020

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides biological waste and chemical waste pick up services to UT Austin laboratories.  When lab closures due to the coronavirus were announced on March 23, 2020, the EHS hazardous materials team had to move quickly to remove waste for disposal from labs that were to be closed.