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December 7, 2007
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First Friday Update by President Scott Ransom

Thanks for a successful 2007!

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In November, we presented the Board of Regents our results from the 2006-2007 fiscal year and reported on some of our accomplishments during the past year.  The Board was pleased to see that our results are improving.  Our trends are all positively moving upward, and we are focusing on increasing that rise even more.

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Our changing campus: Update on hospital demolition
You’ve probably noticed some activity over at the former Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas.  Preparations for demolition of the building as part of the HSC’s 15-year Campus Master Plan have begun. The next major change you’ll see before the demolition is the closure of Parking Lot B. The lot will be fenced and closed as early as Thursday, Dec. 13. You can find parking alternatives on the UNTHSC Police Department’s web site.

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Your input is needed
Starting January 7, faculty and staff can share their opinions through the Health Science Center’s Higher Education Excellence Survey, which solicits feedback on work environment, pay and benefits, employee development, teamwork, organizational characteristics, communication and job satisfaction. The results will help develop projects, policies and programs that improve quality of work, productivity, retention, student learning and customer service, and are central to achieving our vision of becoming a top 10 health science center. Survey data will also help influence our Quality Enhancement Plan for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) re-accreditation.

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What should you do when Old Man Winter strikes?
Local meteorologists predict a warmer-than-normal winter this year, but, in Texas, you never know what the weather will do. When the temperatures dip below freezing and there’s snow or ice on the ground, you may wonder whether or not the Health Science Center will be open.

Click on headline for three ways to find out if the Health Science Center will close for bad weather.


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Travel made easy
A set of “Travel Tip Sheets” is now available on the Travel Office web site to make sure your next business trip doesn’t hit any turbulence. The sheets include travel checklists and itinerary templates, and give pointers on making reservations, completing travel forms and handling reimbursements. Along with the tip sheets, travel liaisons soon will be selected for each department to help prepare travel documents. The designated liaisons will attend training on travel-related policies and procedures in January. Visit the updated travel web site for the new tip sheets and more travel information.

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DNA Lab featured on Court TV Dec. 11
UNT Center for Human Identification will be featured on the Dec. 11 episode of "The Investigators” on Court TV.  The show is scheduled to air at 10 p.m., Central time. Check your local listings for channel. The case involves suspect Clayton Daniels who is investigated for insurance fraud, among other crimes in Texas. Court TV filmed in our DNA lab last summer and interviewed Dr. Arthur Eisenberg on the process of extracting and analyzing DNA samples. UNT HSC Logo



For HER logoFOR HER offers women’s health grants
FOR HER (Focused on Resources for her Health, Education and Research) has teamed up with the Office of Research and Biotechnology to offer two faculty research seed grants. The program will provide funding for interdisciplinary women’s health projects. Faculty from at least two of the four UNTHSC schools must be investigators and each award granted should result in an extramural proposal submission. Pre-proposal submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2008. UNT HSC Logo

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New issue of North Texas Health & Science
The latest issue of North Texas Health and Science magazine is hot off the presses.  This issue focuses on the HSC’s efforts to meet the needs of special populations through TCOM’s Rural Osteopathic Medical Education of Texas (ROME) curriculum, its rotation program in Texas’ Coastal Bend and the Texas Center for Health Disparities. You’ll also find HSC and UNT Health news, master plan and alumni updates, and more.

Copies of the magazine will be delivered to each department, and a limited number of copies is available in the Marketing and Communication Department. You can also read it online. UNT HSC Logo



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Upgrade successful
The upgrade of the Health Science Center’s Enterprise Information System (EIS) was completed as planned over the Thanksgiving holiday. The upgrade improves self-service features on the myUNT portal, HSC portal  and EIS Learning Solutions. Read the EIS Upgrade FAQs for more benefits of the upgrade. Please report any issues to the departments that support the various components of EIS or to the ITS Help Desk at ext. 2192.

Thanks to all the Health Science Center employees who made the upgrade successful!

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The Angel Tree is a great way to help our HSC Family members in need. Each family on the tree represents an opportunity to make the holidays joyous for each and every child.  I'm really glad we can help make their Christmas morning a little more special.

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Lesa Williams
Web Administrator


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