News Category: stewardship

What to expect from FAS this spring

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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

2020 Year in Review

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Dec. 9, 2020

12/09/20

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

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

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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.

FAS Communications offers strategic communications trainings

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Nov. 16, 2020

All of the FAS core values rely on communication to be successful, and units and roles rely on effective communication that is aligned with university and FAS strategic direction to perform their core functions and to engage in continuous improvement.

Melissa Loe, director of FAS Communications, says the structure of the FAS Communications team continues to evolve into a service model that provides guidance and consultation to the portfolio.

High-speed network project modernizes 30-year-old infrastructure to support PRC research mission

Primary Network Access Point at PRC, after the rebuilding project.
Oct. 30, 2020

Over a two-year period, a team from multiple Financial and Administrative Services (FAS) departments collaborated to ensure the J. J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC) would have a reliable high-speed network, which is vital to the university’s research mission. Much of the work involved rebuilding the primary Network Access Point (NAP) for the campus. The NAP consists of the network equipment and fiber connecting buildings at PRC and connecting PRC with the main campus. It also connects PRC to the Internet.

Utilities and Energy Management meets the challenges of energy efficiency and sustainability

Combustion Turbine Exhaust Collector
Oct. 7, 2020

As the utility provider for UT Austin, Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) has the task of keeping the main campus up and running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Classrooms, dormitories, research laboratories, athletic facilities (including one of the largest stadiums in the world) and a cutting-edge medical center all depend on the energy generated by the on-campus power plant and chilling stations. According to university data, these areas add up to more than 22 million square feet of building space, serving a population of more than 50,000 students and 24,000 faculty and staff.

ProCard Project standardizes policies, processes and practices with a focus on stewardship

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Oct. 1, 2020

The ProCard, or procurement card,  plays an important procurement role in day-to-day business across the university. The ProCard Office, which administers ProCards, is committed to compliance and controls while safeguarding university funds through standardized policies, processes and practices. To do this effectively, the ProCard Office launched the ProCard Policy and Process Improvement Project in 2018 and continues to rollout the project and refine processes.

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

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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.

Landscape Services plants gardens, supports pollinators with campus partners

A bumblebee collects pollen from a coneflower
Aug. 24, 2020

The Pollinator Program launched by Facilities Services’ Landscape Services unit started as a way to encourage pollinators such as butterflies and bees to visit the UT Orchard located at San Jacinto and 24th Street. Urban Forestry Supervisor Jennifer Hrobar, who now manages the Pollinator Program, was inspired by discussions with Landscape Services colleagues who wanted to use milkweed plants to entice monarch butterflies to visit more areas of campus. She applied for a grant through Tree Campus USA in 2016 that provided the funds needed to install the university’s first official pollinator garden at the UT Orchard.