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December 12, 2018

FEATURED NOTE

To better serve the needs of A&M-Corpus Christi, AEP has scheduled a power outage from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 for repairs and maintenance. Due to the widespread power outage, University faculty and staff are asked to work from home on Dec. 18. The University plans to open for regular business Wednesday, Dec. 19. Power outage updates will be sent via Code Blue, University email and are published here.

HOURS/SERVICE CHANGES

Dec. 13: Round Building Closed 11:30 a.m. to 1:30: The Student Services Center (Round Building) will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, due to a staff meeting and training. Also, phone extensions in the Round Building will be temporarily routed to voicemail during the closure. The building will reopen promptly at 1:30 p.m. For more information, email katie.bontrager@tamucc.edu.

Dec. 17-Jan. 1: Bell Library Network Update/Power Outage/Closure: Please see below for Bell Library operating hours in December and January.

  • Monday, Dec. 17: Bell Library will be open, but services including computers/phones may not be available. Those needing to use a computer during this time can visit the labs on the second floor of CCH from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18: Bell Library will be closed for a University-wide power outage.  
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19-Friday, Dec. 21: Bell Library will be closed. Those needing to use a computer during this time can visit the labs on the second floor of CCH from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22-Tuesday, Jan. 1: Bell Library will be closed for a University-wide holiday.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2: Bell Library will reopen with interim hours.

For more information, email Catherine.rudowsky@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2644.

Dec. 21-Jan. 1: University Holiday Closure: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be closed for winter break from noon Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. The University will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2 with normal business hours.

Bay Hall Re-Roofing: Bay Hall’s roof is currently under construction. The sidewalk on the south side of Bay Hall and the north side of Faculty Center will be fenced off and closed to all pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project. The south side entrance doors to Bay Hall will remain accessible to staff and students; however, detour signage will be placed in appropriate locations. In addition, the immediate parking and road in front of the Faculty Center will be rerouted and closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. For more information, contact Jim Eckhart at 361.825.2839; or James.Eckhart@sscserv.com.

THINGS TO DO

Dec. 12: Educator Induction Ceremony: The College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting their fall 2018 Education Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This ceremony is not just for students whose majors are COEHD-based, it welcomes all Islander students who have successfully completed the requirements of the Teacher Education Program and are seeking initial certification into the teaching profession. This formal recognition includes students receiving medallions to commemorate their achievements. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Through Dec. 12: Martha Whittington Sculpture Gallery: The Weil Gallery at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi welcomes Atlanta, Georgia based sculptor Martha Whittington who will feature an installation of her process-based work centered on themes of labor, industry, and technique. The gallery is open Monday, Nov. 5, through Friday, Dec. 12, in the Weil Gallery, located in the Center for the Arts. This is a special collection that includes controlled objects and site-specific arrangements. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Petican at laura.petican@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.5752.

Dec. 13: Sigma Theta Tau Induction Ceremony: Eta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, will induct 29 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi nursing students on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public. New inductees meet the requirements of academic success, academic integrity, professionalism and leadership potential.  For more information, contact STTI President Dr. Pamela Greene at Pamela.greene@tamucc.edu, or go to tamucc.edu.

Dec. 14: CONHS Recognition Ceremony and Pinning: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences presents its fall Recognition Ceremony and Pinning on Friday, Dec. 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Approximately 100 students will be recognized at the ceremony.  For more information, email Candace Martinez at candace.martinez@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.2764.

Dec. 14: COEHD Hooding Ceremony: The College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting their fall 2018 Hooding Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. The ceremony recognizes students' achievement in earning their master's or doctoral degrees. The ceremony is also a chance for graduates to recognize the family, friends, and educators whose support helped make their graduation possible. The Hooding Ceremony has been a favorite tradition in COEHD since it began in 2002 and is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Dec. 14: ROTC Fall Commissioning Ceremony: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ROTC will hold its fall Commissioning Ceremony Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. in the University Center Lonestar Ballroom 142C. This ceremony marks the transition of graduating ROTC students from cadets to enlisted officers. Each will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The ceremony includes the pinning of lieutenants' bars by the soldiers' loved ones, and the Silver Dollar Salute, an Army tradition in which newly commissioned second lieutenants present a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes them. The coin symbolically acknowledges the receipt of respect due the new rank and position. The ceremony is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact joanne.salinas@tamucc.edu.

Dec. 14: College of Liberal Arts Hooding Ceremony: The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will celebrate the achievements of their newest group of graduates during their master’s hooding ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14, from 4-5 p.m. in University Center, Room 142 A and B. For more information, email shay.lee@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.2457. The event is free and open to the public.

Dec. 15: Fall 2018 Commencement: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold two fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the American Bank Center. The first ceremony, taking place at 10 a.m., will include students from the College of Business, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The second ceremony, taking place at 2 p.m., will include students from the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Engineering and the University College. The commencement speaker will be Dr. Robert Furgason, former Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi president and past executive director of the Harte Research Institute. For more information, including live streaming information and the American Bank Center’s bag policy, go to commencement.tamucc.edu.

Jan. 10: New Graduate Orientation: The College of Graduate Studies invites new graduate students to attend Graduate Student Orientation from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Orientation gives new graduate students to become acquainted with fellow graduate students, advisors, professors, and representatives of student services on campus. The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Registrants will be automatically entered to win a $500 tuition voucher. Incoming graduate students can register at gradcollege.tamucc.edu.

Feb. 3-9: Homecoming 2019: Generations of Islanders are ready to celebrate Islander spirit during Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s 2019 Homecoming week, taking place Sunday, Feb. 3, through Saturday, Feb. 9. Faculty, staff and students, along with alumni and the local community, are invited to partake in the festivities. This year’s homecoming theme is “Shakas Up!” Events include games, philanthropic events, alumni recognition and other fun activities. A few festive highlights include the annual Lighting of the “I,” the Homecoming Block Party and cheering for our Islanders Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. Game tickets are available at GoIslanders.com or by calling 361.825.BALL. For more information on any Homecoming 2019 events, visit islanderhoco.com, email russell.wagner@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.2352.

Tickets Available for Furgason Bravo! Series: Join Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the 2018-2019 “Furgason BRAVO! Series” at the Performing Arts Center (PAC). There are three shows left in the five-part series:

  • Westminster Choir will perform on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform a Valentine’s Concert on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
  • PEN Trio, will perform on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Read more about each performance here. Ticket prices vary per show, and Islander student tickets are $7 with valid SandDollar$ ID. Individuals receive a 15 percent discount when purchasing tickets for three or more BRAVO! performances. Tickets can be purchased at tamucc.tix.com; or call 361.825.ARTS. PAC box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GET INVOLVED

Suggest a Story: Do you have a great story idea to share or want to spread the word about a faculty, staff, student or alumni achievement to the campus or external community? Visit http://tamucc.edu/news/newsform/ to request the services of the Marketing and Communications Department.  Final products can include web stories, news releases, social media posts and inclusion in mass email newsletters. Please allow two to three weeks for a finished product. Timing will depend on the information provided, so please contact us early and often.

Campaign/Services Request Form: Are you planning an event and want public participation? Visit http://www.tamucc.edu/marcom/request/ to request a publicity campaign from the Marketing and Communications Department. Final products can include digital signage, inclusion into Islander News Briefs, the community calendar of events, media alerts, interview pitches, brochures, surveys, photography, videography, web design and more. For events requiring heavy community exposure, please submit information at least three months in advance. For all other events, please give at least one month’s notice.

EMPLOYEE NOTES 

Dec. 11-12: IslanderBuy Tips & Tricks Session: The Office of Procurement and Disbursement is offering IslanderBuy “Tips & Tricks” training sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the O’Connor Building room 241, and on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 9-11 a.m., in the O’Connor Building, room 240. This training is meant for those who have already been trained as department allocators in IslanderBuy. This session will go over the new process for change requests. It will also cover common issues, best practice recommendations, answer questions, and offer hands-on training. Bring any actual purchase orders and change requests that need to be processed. Department Allocators may bring their work on a flash drive or paper copies and must be able to access their email or use Syncplicity. IslanderBuy is accessed through SSO, so attendees will need access to the appropriate means for two-Factor authentication through Duo Mobile, such as their cellphone. Employees who need to attend training can RSVP at Rachal.Ganson@tamucc.edu or by calling 361.825.2616.

Dec. 14: Jan Geyer & Marti Beck Retirement Party: Faculty and staff are invited to attend a joint retirement party honoring Jan Geyer, liberal arts business manager, and Marti Beck, liberal arts administrative assistant, at the Legacy Ballroom in the University Center on Friday, Dec. 14, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. RSVP is required by Wednesday, Dec. 5. For more information or to RSVP, contact maricela.alexander@tamucc.edu.

Dec. 18: Planned Campus Power Outage: To better serve the needs of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, AEP has scheduled a power outage from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18. During the outage, AEP will be on site making repairs and performing maintenance. The University plans to open for regular business on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Due to the widespread power outage, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff are asked to work from home on December 18. The December 18 closure affects all buildings on Ward Island, along with the ECDC and Miramar Residence Halls and Apartments. Campus housing partners will connect with affected student to make appropriate accommodations. Power outage updates will be sent via Code Blue, University email and are published at https://www.tamucc.edu/codeblue/power-outage-notice.html. For specific questions pertaining to your area/office, email evpfa@tamucc.edu.

Through Jan. 11: 2019 SUPCE Conference Call for Proposals: The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Sciences is now accepting proposals for the 2019 School and University Partnership Conference for Education: Revitalizing Professional Practice. This is a free conference that strengthens connections and supports professional development for all roles involved in the educator preparation network. It will take place on April 13 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The proposal deadline is Jan. 11. Details and the proposal form are available at supce.tamucc.edu.

Through Jan. 18: Employee Wellness Program Spring Applications: Applications for Spring 2019 Employee Wellness Program are now live! The deadline to apply for the Spring 2019 program is Friday, Jan. 18. To access the application, visit the recsports.tamucc.edu. For more information contact marcelina.garza@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.2976.

Through July 31, 2019: On Sale Now! Izzy’s Kids Club Tickets: Sign your kids up for Izzy’s Kids Club, the official kids club of Islanders Athletics! Children of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff will enjoy benefits including a membership card and t-shirt, free admission to regular season athletics events, free admission to Kids Zone athletics events, special opportunities from athletics, and much more! Izzy’s Kids Club tickets are $40 per child and membership runs through Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Faculty and staff can use the promo code “TAMUCC” at checkout to receive a $25 discount per child. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit goislanders.com/kidsclub, or call 361.825.2255.

On Sale Now! Islanders Basketball Season Tickets: Get your Islanders season tickets today! Each package includes tickets for all Islanders Men’s and Women’s games during the 20th Islanders Basketball season. Ticket packages start at just $99 and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff receive a 30% discount. Ticket purchases make a direct impact upon 250 student-athletes across 16 programs, each of whom are committed to making an impact both on and off the court. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here, or call 361.825.2255.

Workday Timesheet Reviews and Approvals: Beginning with the Dec. 3 biweekly payroll, if a timesheet has not been approved by the employee’s supervisor by the noon payroll deadline, the employee or student worker will not be paid until the next biweekly payroll. If an employee or student worker has not submitted their timesheet, the supervisor can manually advance the timesheet. An employee who is assigned the Timekeeper Role in Workday can approve timesheets and perform other timekeeping duties. Please contact human.resources@tamucc.edu for assistance and questions on Role Assignments. The biweekly payroll calendar can be found here with the noon due dates noted in red. If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll office at payroll@tamucc.edu.

Human Resources December 2018 Newsletter: The Human Resources Department is dedicated to supporting the mission and vision of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and achieving its ambitious goals by supporting faculty and staff in their efforts to enhance the lives of our students.  With the creation and distribution an HR Newsletter, we strive to communicate important and pertinent information to our faculty and staff on a monthly basis. For additional information, call 361.825.2630.

Register Now for Catapult Health Checkup: Catapult Health will be providing free and confidential preventive on-site health checkups for faculty and staff that are covered under the Texas A&M care plan. In addition to completing the MyEvive Health Assessment, the completion of the health checkup with Catapult will qualify as a wellness exam and reduce employees’ health insurance premium by $30. Catapult Health will be on-site from Jan. 8-10, at the Dugan Wellness Center. Employees will be seen on an appointment only basis. To register, please click here. For more information call 361.825.2625 or email benefits@tamucc.edu.

2017-2018 Campus Security and Fire Safety Report Now Available: The 2017-2018 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is now available. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, sexual assault, and other matters. Island University faculty and staff can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the University Police Department at ext. 4242 or by clicking here.

Campus Dining Club: Mix and mingle with your fellow faculty and staff, exchange ideas, and avoid the hustle and bustle of the UC Rotunda at The Campus Dining Club, located in the University Center, Oso Room 221. The space has been reserved for all Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the end of the fall semester. Sponsored by the Division of Finance and the Center for Faculty Excellence. For more information on this new initiative, visit http://cfe.tamucc.edu/.

Birthday Leave: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi now provides regular, budgeted, leave eligible employees paid time off in recognition of an employee’s birthday. Birthday leave should be taken 30 days before or 30 days after an employee’s birthday. With supervisor approval, full-time employees are allowed 8 hours of leave. Part-time employees are granted leave on a proportional basis. For rules and instructions on how to submit birthday leave, visit tamucc.edu  For more information, call 361.825.2630.

Bluesday Tuesday: Every Tuesday is now Bluesday Tuesday! Grab your Islander Blue and join the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Government Association as we wear our Islander Spirit each Tuesday. Throw on your favorite Islander polo, that dress in the right royal blue or anything that shows your A&M-Corpus Christi pride. Snap a picture and use the hashtag #BluesdayTuesday! For more information on Bluesday Tuesday, email sga.president@tamucc.edu.

Employee Betterment Program Enhanced: The Employee Betterment Program (EBP) now covers up to 18 credit hours per year. Effective Sept. 1. The EBP covers 100% of tuition for classes taken at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for full-time employees. Less than full-time employees are treated proportionately. To view eligibility requirements, or access the EBP form visit tamucc.edu. For more information, call 361.825.2630.

Employee Tuition Covered at 100%: Beginning Summer I 2017, and until further notice, the Employee Betterment Program (EBP) will cover 100 percent of tuition at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This program is available to employees who have been in a budgeted regular status for three months prior to the start of classes. Standard fees are waived; consequently, EBP participants will not have access to student services funded by the waived fees. The EBP will cover 50 percent of the Distance Education Fee but employees are responsible for other applicable course fees like lab fees, field trip fees, etc. Coursework must be directly related to the employee’s job or required for the completion of a degree. Eligible employees who took Summer I classes should email Mario Montelongo at Mario.Montelongo@tamucc.edu in Accounts Receivable for fee adjustments. For additional information, visit the Employment Betterment section of the Human Resources website.

2018-2019 Holiday Schedule: The following holiday schedule was recently approved by the Board of Regents. State employees are entitled to observe 13 holidays during the fiscal year ending August 31, 2019. 

  • Labor Day (1): Sept. 3
  • Thanksgiving (2): Nov. 22-23, 2018
  • Christmas – New Year (7): Dec. 24, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1): Jan. 21, 2019
  • Spring Break (1): March 15, 2019
  • Memorial Day (1): May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day (1): July 4, 2019

For additional questions, please contact the President’s Office at ext. 2691.

Sign Up Now for Direct Deposit: The Payroll Office wants to remind employees to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters. Ensure that you are signed up to receive your wages via direct deposit. Note: New employees must complete/answer the Direct Deposition declaration (you certify that you will not wire your funds to a foreign bank) question before payment election set up. Please complete all your new hire workday inbox tasks before setting up your direct deposit.

  • Log in to Single Sign On: https://sso.tamus.edu
  • From the Workday Home Page - Click the Pay worklet
  • Click the Payment Elections button
  • Add a bank account to the Accounts section of the page to add a direct deposit election
  • After adding your account (s) scroll down to the Payment Elections section of the page
  • Click Add Elections in the far right-hand column of Expense/Payroll to set up this payment election for each payment type (Payroll = payroll earnings / Expense = reimbursements processed/paid through Accounts Payable). Currency will automatically populate to US.
  • Add Payment type – Direct Deposit and Account and click on the radio button for Balance
  • Click OK

Follow these steps to get set up. For more information, contact payroll at 361.825.3231 or payroll@tamucc.edu.

'Think About It' e-learning Sexual Misconduct and Violence Prevention Program: Title IX federal legislation requires institutions of higher education to take necessary precautions to prevent sexual assault on their campuses and to respond promptly and effectively when an assault is reported. Moreover, preparing students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship is central to the mission of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and addressing sexual misconduct and violence remains a top priority of our campus and the A&M System. A new campus effort, Think About It, will further strengthen our prevention programming and education. Think About It is a research-based, comprehensive e-learning (non-credit) course designed to minimize risks associated with alcohol, drugs, and sexual misconduct and violence, by empowering students to make healthy choices. Visit ThinkAboutIt.tamucc.edu for more information or contact TAMU-CC Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Sam Ramirez at 361.825.2765 or Samuel.ramirez@tamucc.edu, or Ms. Rosie Ruiz, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at 361.825.5826 or rosie.ruiz@tamucc.edu.

Title IX Student Video (One is too Many!) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013: The Texas A&M University System has prepared a video to help students understand all the key Title IX issues including definitions, reporting methods, standards of investigations, confidentiality, and related State and federal laws. You can view that video here: http://edcs.tamucc.edu/TitleIX.html. Additionally, the VAWA amends the Clery Act to require institutions to compile statistics for incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking within the campus community. The campus provides procedures and prevention and awareness programs pertaining to these crimes in the campus annual security report. The Campus Security Report is available at the following web address: http://police.tamucc.edu/campusSecurityAct.html. Contact your campus Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Sam Ramirez, ext. 2765, or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Rosie Ruiz, ext. 2530, regarding questions, concerns or your rights under these programs.

Update Contact Information in Code Blue: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi utilizes a system called Code Blue, which can send emails, texts and pre-recorded messages in the event of an emergency. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up for Code Blue or update their contact information as needed. Update at https://emergency.tamucc.edu/staffcontact/.

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Go to http:/tamucc.edu/fac_staff/islanderbriefs/submit.html and follow the sample submission guidelines. Events should be submitted no more than one month in advance. Submissions are due by noon on the day prior to distribution. Marketing and Communications reserves the right to edit announcements. For more information, or for assistance in placing an announcement, contact ext. 2420.