FAS News

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Fire Prevention Services supports wildland fire mitigation at McDonald Observatory

May 21, 2021

McDonald Observatory (MCD), a unit of the College of Natural Sciences, is home to three large, international research telescopes, provides graduate and undergraduate education, welcomes approximately 60,000 visitors annually for star parties and exhibits, and hosts continuing education programs for teachers. The observatory is located on approximately 400 acres in the Davis Mountains of Southwest Texas where significant wildland fires have taken place on adjacent lands. MCD has not yet experienced a major wildland fire on its campus, and the College of Natural Sciences, which has project authority for wildland fire mitigation, is collaborating with FAS Fire Prevention Services (FPS) and other partners to keep it that way.


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Tara Trower departing as Chief of Staff

May 19, 2021

Please join me in congratulating Chief of Staff Tara Trower on her acceptance of a job opportunity in the local Austin area. Her last day with the university will be Thursday, June 10.

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Veronica Emil Interview

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

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.


Outstanding Staff and Supervisor Honorees

FAS celebrates six staff in the prestigious 2021 President’s Outstanding Staff Awards

May 14, 2021

As part of the President’s Staff Awards, on May 12, the UT Tower was lit in honor of award recipients. Every year the university president honors staff who contribute to the institution’s success by granting 30 Outstanding Staff Awards and four Outstanding Supervisor Awards. This year six FAS staff received the prestigious Outstanding Staff Award.


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EAP shares neuroscience-based ideas for cultivating cohesive teams

May 13, 2021

With her background as a therapist, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counselor Amber Hunter-Crawford has had a longstanding interest in the connections between the mind and body and whether the human nervous system can help us in our everyday lives.


Social Media Guide

FAS Communications offers best practices in social media

May 7, 2021

Is social media an effective communication tool for your unit? Do you know why having a strategy behind using that tool is important? FAS Communications created a Social Media Tips and Best Practices Guide for FAS employees who want to create a unit-specific social media account or for those who already own one.