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October 17, 2008
UNT HSC Logo Campus Connection Newletter Title. People. Plans. Progress. Shawn Jeffries

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Campus Pride update: We’re half way there

Just two weeks into the 2008 Campus Pride Annual Giving Campaign, and we’re half way toward our participation goal. The campaign continues throughout October, so you still have plenty of time to donate to the Campus Pride Campaign or the State Employee Charitable Campaign.

Remember, every employee who donates at least $5 to the campaign will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a one-week stay at the Royal Islander Resort in Cancun, Mexico, and two round-trip tickets on American Airlines.

To donate, fill out your pledge forms and return them to your team captains. Return them by today to be eligible for the next weekly prize drawing.

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Shawn Jeffries

"As part of the UNTHSC Wellness Task Force, we are grateful to be able to offer the PATCH program this fall to help motivated smokers kick the habit!"

Shawn Jeffries, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Public Health

Jennifer Treviño

Treviño named chief of staff
Jennifer Treviño was named chief of staff for the Office of the President effective Oct. 15. As chief of staff, Treviño will provide general administrative support to President Scott Ransom and supervise employees in the Office of the President. She also will provide leadership in developing and executing the strategic plans of the Health Science Center.

Treviño has served in several roles since she joined the organization in March 2007, including administrative director for the Health Institutes of Texas, director of the Office of Faculty Affairs and, most recently, acting chief of staff. Prior to joining the Health Science Center, Treviño was a product marketing manager for RadioShack. She holds an MBA from Texas Christian University.

The chief of staff position was previously held by Chris Kalish, who now serves as chief transformation officer for UNT Health. UNTHSC end logo


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Want to quit smoking?  UNTHSC can help
As part of our mission to improve the health of the community, our students and employees, the Health Science Center will help you kick your tobacco habit with the PATCH (Positive Attitudes Toward Changing Habits) Program. The free program, designed to help you quit and stay tobacco free, includes eight weeks of group sessions with Shawn Jefferies, PhD, assistant professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and provides nicotine patches or gum.  The required sessions are Thursdays at noon in EAD 291 and 719 beginning Oct. 23. The program is available to students, employees and employees’ benefits-eligible relatives. Ten spaces were still available in the program at press time. Contact Nicki McGee, health promotions manager, at ext. 2069 to register or get more information.

The UNT Health Science Center is a smoke-free campus. UNTHSC end logo



Free flu shots coming soon
Flu season is right around the corner and just like last year, the Health Science Center will provide free flu vaccines for faculty, staff, students and retirees. Everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot, especially employees and students who have direct patient contact and a greater risk of exposure to the virus.

The vaccines are expected by next week. As soon as they are available, information on when and where to get a flu shot will be communicated to the campus through e-mail and Daily News.
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  News Briefs     HR Update

  • New North Texas Health & Science magazine is here
Construction updates
  • Employees and students:
      Complete Mandatory HIPAA Training by Oct. 30

  • New USPS rules may affect your department

  • TCOM alums join UNT Health
  • Hulen Clinic expands with multi-specialties
  • Breathing guru to lead wellness symposium


  • Policy Reminder: Smoke-free campus
  • Teacher Retirement System leaders respond
       to economic changes

  Kudos     In the News

  • Texas OPTI earns recognition
  • Dr. Kumar edits PM&R
  • Miriam Garcia receives scholarship
  • UNTHSC employees volunteer for cancer awareness


  • Faculty in the news
  • PA week in the Business Press

  • Dr. Ransom’s new column

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