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Governor Abbott has declared October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month for the state of Texas.  The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is hosting three speaker sessions that focus on information security.  These sessions are open to ALL employees at state agencies and institutions of higher education.  In addition, the session on October 19 is open to the general public as well.  The sessions are listed below (with registration links).  Additional details on the sessions can be found in the by clicking on the titles below.

October 7

UT System pilots, Jeff Perkins and Dave Crosby, have each been awarded the National Business Aviation Associations (NBAA) Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Business Aviation Award.  The award honors individuals for outstanding professionalism and leadership in support of aviation safety.  Criteria for the award included professional ethics, vocational excellence, continuous improvement, professional engagement, professional image and selflessness.  Dave and Jeff will be recognized along with their peers at the NBAA national convention later this year.

The Office of Information Security is excited to announce that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  NCSAM is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). It is a collaborative effort among educational institutions, government, and businesses to promote Internet safety and data security.

Throughout the month of October, we will be providing a variety of resources to help you better understand cyber security and the steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and our organization. …

Last week, the IRS sent two notices/alerts about criminals sending out fake IRS tax bills related to the Affordable Care Act to defraud taxpayers. Below is an excerpt:

This scam may arrive by email, as an attachment, or by mail. It has many signs of being a fake:

  • The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas, address;
  • The letter says the issue is related to the Affordable Care Act  and requests information regarding 2014 coverage;
  • The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C;
  • Requests checks made out to I.R.S. and…

Please see below for upcoming CPR/AED and First Aid Classes:

Adult, Child, & Infant CPR/AED

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016  8am-1pm

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016  8am-1pm

Adult CPR/AED

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016  1:30pm-4:30pm

First Aid

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016  1:30pm-4:30pm

To sign up go to https://apps.utsystem.edu/ORMTraining/TrainList.aspx

Construction continues at a brisk pace on the new UT System Building! 

View looking north from the 16th floor.

Curtainwall construction has started on the roof level and there is work on every floor.  Paint primer has started!  Wall tile has started!

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Progress on our new building continues at a steady pace. Here is a picture from Colorado & 7th Street.Exterior view of the new UT System building from 7th Street looking west.

The curtainwall has reached the 19th floor, the chillers have been set on the rooftop, construction on the mechanical penthouse is well underway, and…

Email is still one of the primary ways we communicate, both in our personal and professional lives. However, we can quite often be our own worst enemy when using email.  In this newsletter, we will explain the most common mistakes people make with email and how you can avoid them in your day-to-day lives https://securingthehuman.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/issues/OUCH-201609_en.pdf…

The construction site is busy as a beehive!  The curtainwall installation has made its way to the 18th floor.  There is significant construction activity on every floor including electrical, mechanical, and plumbing rough-in (pipes, conduit, fittings), metal stud installation, sheetrock, tap and float, and the instllation of the elevators has started.  There will be internet and telecom presence by the end of the year!...

Go to OneUTSystem To Read More and See More Pictures...

Before you know it, September will be here and the new fiscal year will have started.  The beginning of a new fiscal year is always a good time to review your contact information to ensure it is up to date with your latest information for purposes of emergency notifications such as inclement weather office closures and emergency situations. 

Click Here to review and update your emergency contact information.  A link is also located at the bottom of the Resources Page on UT4U…

Ransomware is a special type of malware that is actively spreading across the Internet today, threatening to destroy user’s documents and other files. Malware is software – a computer program – used to perform malicious actions. While ransomware is just one of many different types of malware, it has become very common because it is so profitable for criminals. Once ransomware infects your computer, it encrypts certain files or your entire hard drive. You are then locked out of the whole system or cannot access your important files, such as…

TRS would appreciate help in sharing the following information with employees:

 

TRS has been receiving calls from our members asking if we contact individuals wishing to visit them at home to discuss TRS benefits. The answer is: NO! TRS staff members do not make visits to individual members’ homes. If someone contacts you and asks to meet in your home, it is important to make sure that you know who that person is, because the person does NOT represent TRS. These individuals often use organization names or initials that sound very much like TRS; however, if you listen…

Annual Enrollment started on July 15!  The UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) website has been updated with this year's Annual Enrollment information, including video presentations from OEB and the UT Benefits insurance vendors.

The UT System Administration Annual Enrollment Fair was held in ASH 2 on July 20th from 10am -2pm.  We recorded the…

The FY 2017 Holiday Schedule has been posted!  It can be found here: http://www.utsystem.edu/offices/employee-services/CurrentHoliday.htm

Holiday Leave.  Paid holiday leave is provided to employees who are appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for a period of at least four and one-half continuous months.  Employees appointed less than full-time but at least 20 hours per week are eligible for holiday leave, including…

Employees with System parking permits can now renew their parking agreements for FY2017. Please complete & submit your online application by Friday, July 29, 2016. Log into the Automated…

Annual Enrollment is just around the corner. Watch for July’s special Annual Enrollment editions of the employee and retiree newsletters to be distributed via email early in July.  Soon the UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) website will be updated with this year's Annual Enrollment information, including video presentations…

The concrete structure is almost complete on our new building!  The 18th floor concrete deck was finished last week and the first pour of the 19th floor concrete deck is scheduled for next Tuesday, 28 June.  The concrete roof deck will be poured mid-July!  The building was switched from temporary power to permanent power on 10 June. 

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For those of you who haven't had time to go onto Idea Central to review the ideas, some of them are moving!  Several have been implemented and some are in the review stage.  Among those implemented, is the newly created link to a list of staff here at UT System Administration who are Texas Notary Publics!  Please find this list on the Resources tab under Services.  If you are a notary and would like to be included on the list please send an email to Sarah Pekar at spekar@utsystem.edu.

Other Ideas in the Completed,…

As part of our ongoing commitment to your continuing development we are introducing an online learning initiative called UT System Learning Zone.  Powered by Skillsoft®, the UT System Learning Zone is a developmental tool you can utilize in your own time and at your own pace.  Our goal is to support your professional development through innovative online learning that can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

With our new online learning program, you can look forward to accessing a diverse library of content.  These courses cover a variety of subject matter…

Be sure to visit the OneUTSystem Site for the Live Video Feed and Construction Updates!  Here is the latest Construction Update from Bart:

The contractor continues to make progress on the concrete deck pours in spite of the rain events.  The first pour (eastern third) of the 14th floor was completed last week and the second pour (middle third) is scheduled to be poured Tuesday, 26 April.  The structure is still on track to top out in July 2016!  ...This is exciting stuff!