Fall 2017 TWU Staff Development Grant Applications Now Available!

Staff Council invites members of the staff community to apply for the TWU Staff Development Grant. Awards up to $300 are available to assist in defraying costs for professional developmental training and materials. Grant funding may be used for the purchase of books, subscriptions, software, workshops, webinars, materials, training, and more. Staff Council strongly encourages all full-time staff members to apply. The application deadline is November 17, 2017. Awards must be utilized by March 16, 2018.

Please contact Carolyn Becker, Chair of the TWU Staff Council Development Committee at cbecker2@twu.edu or 81-4115 with any questions.

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Fall 2017 TWU Staff Development Grant Awardees

Cheryl Holcombe

Holcombe 100

Coordinator- Enrollment Services, Registrar’s Office

Cheryl will utilize her grant award to attend the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administration (TASFAA) – New Aid Officers Workshop.

“[This workshop] will allow me to assist our students and faculty in a fuller capacity when addressing withdrawals, dropping of courses, reimbursements and loss of financial aid. It aids in understanding the adverse effect [losing aid] could have on the student financially, which will have a direct positive impact on the University.”


Rachelle Land

Land 100Director of Transfer & Compliance, Office of Undergraduate Studies & Academic Partnerships

Rachelle will utilize her grant award to attend the National College Testing Association (NCTA) annual conference.

“TWU currently offers testing opportunities in various forms. The NCTA provides members numerous opportunities for networking, access to resources, and professional development. As the University continues to grow, this membership would prove itself beneficial to students and the community.”


Melissa Rodriguez

Rodriguez-MelissaAssistant Director, Admissions

Melissa is working with a group on the Houston campus to host a workshop for Houston staff members. She will utilize her grant award to purchase work-life-balance planners to share with staff who attend the workshop.

“Work-life-balance is the key for a healthy happy employee and is not the easiest skill to acquire… One who is able to balance several work responsibilities while still being able to balance their home life in a successful way is a positive resource for the individual’s department as well as the university.”


 Brittanie Romine

Brittanie 100Assistant Director, CARE

Brittanie will utilize her grant award to attend a Microsoft Excel workshop designed to help master the fundamentals and become an expert of the Excel program.

“Through successful completion of these courses, I will be able to navigate excel, manage office budget, use spreadsheets for projects, learn how to input formulas, and expand others knowledge with Excel.”


 Melanie Baker

Baker 100Business Manager, CARE

Melanie will utilize her grant award to attend a Microsoft Excel workshop designed to help master the fundamentals and become an expert of the Excel program.

“This workshop will allow me to grow professionally by providing an increased knowledge of shortcuts, error reduction tricks, and analyzing data. Gaining proficiency will grant me the ability to manage events more effectively, and be more organized with programming budgets.”


Sarah Matteson

Matteson 100Campus and Community Liaison, CARE

Sarah will utilize her grant award to attend a Microsoft Excel workshop designed to help master the fundamentals and become an expert of the Excel program.

“The increased knowledge of Excel will allow me to better track students, reports, and resources. Attending this workshop will contribute to CARE’s imperative of educating students on financial well-being.”

Staff Development Week Events

The Office of Human Resources and Staff Council are pleased to invite you to participate in a speaker workshop series and staff development events March 20-23,2017. All TWU staff are invited to attend the mini-speaker series featuring recipients of the 2016 Staff Council Professional Development Grants. Each session will be held on the Denton campus and available via videoconferencing on the Dallas and Houston campuses.

In addition to the speaker series, the week’s events will also include a breakfast at both of the Dallas and Houston campuses and a lunch on the Denton campus. Please see the dates and times below and make your plans to attend.

Monday, March 20

11:00am

Karen Long “Professional Development: How It Benefits the Employee and the University Denton Campus: BHL 101

Dallas Center: IHSD 8720

Houston Campus: IHSH 6305

 

Monday, March 20

1:00pm

Carolyn Becker “Assessing Rosetta Stone as an Effective Language Learning Tool” Denton Campus: BHL 101

Dallas Center: IHSD 8720

Houston Campus: IHSH 6305

 

Tuesday, March 21

11:00am

Jeannie Rickey “Organizational Leadership” Denton Campus: BHL 101

Dallas Center: IHSD 8720

Houston Campus: IHSH 7116

 

Wednesday, March 22

1:30pm

Babak Abouzar “What Drives Winning” Denton Campus: BHL 101

Dallas Center: IHSD 3510

Houston Campus: IHSH 3310

 

Thursday, March 23rd ~ (RSVP Required)

Denton Staff Development Lunch                  12–1:30 pm        Banquet Room, Hubbard Hall

Dallas Staff Development Breakfast               8:30–10 am       IHSD Room 4302

Houston Staff Development Breakfast           8:30–10 am      IHSH Room 3310

 

Save your spot for the lunch event by clicking here.

Save your spot for the breakfast event by clicking here.

For more information, contact Beth Yelverton at eyelverton@twu.edu.

 

Spring 2017 TWU Staff Development Grant Opportunity Now Available!

Each Fall and Spring semester, TWU staff members will be able to apply for special funding to help cover the costs of professional developmental training and materials. These unique micro-grants are designed to assist TWU staff in taking advantage of opportunities for professional growth available both inside and outside of the university.

These awards may be used for the purchase of books, subscriptions, software, workshops, webinars, materials, training, and more! We encourage all interested staff members to apply.

Grant awards of up to $300 are available for staff employees who wish to apply for financial assistance for their professional development plans.

Application deadline: March 22, 2017
Awards will be announced: April 10, 2017
Awarded amounts must be utilized by: July 1, 2017

Download the Spring 2017 TWU Staff Development Grant instructions and application

Please contact Elizabeth Yelverton, Chair of the TWU Staff Council Development Committee at eyelverton@twu.edu or 81-2337 with any questions.

New Benefit Program – Pioneer Assistance Scholarships (PAS)

The following memo was sent via email to staff on October 24 2016, from Lewis Benavides, Senior Associate VP and CHRO.


Pioneer Assistance Scholarship Application Form


TWU community (faculty, staff and their dependents),

Texas Woman’s University is committed to supporting benefits that recruit and retain high quality faculty and staff while promoting development opportunities that assist employees and their dependents in pursuing their higher education goals. In keeping with this philosophy, the university has established a tuition assistance scholarship program for expenses incurred through enrollment in classes at TWU.


RULES & PROCEDURES

  1. Pioneer Assistance Scholarship (PAS) amounts are to be based on the number of semester credit hours enrolled for the semester/session not to exceed $500 per semester. The total awarded dollar amount of the scholarship will appear as a credit on the student’s tuition account which includes the board designated tuition and mandatory fees assessed.
  1. To be considered for eligibility, all PAS applications must be submitted by Monday, November 28, 2016 prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment utilizing the university’s Academic Works system at: https://twu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3042
  1. The committee will review all applications and determine the scholarship award winners. The three (3) member PAS committee will be from one of each group: Staff Council, Faculty Senate and Human Resources.  The current appointed committee members are:

Faculty Senator Dr. Lybeth Hodges
Staff Council member Lori Kennedy
Human Resources member Melissa Ozuna

  1. The number of scholarship winners awarded by the committee will be determined solely by approved university funding for each fiscal year and prorated for each semester.  The Spring 2017 funding has been approved at $10,000 or 20 scholarships.  The scholarships will be awarded by the total percentage applied for that semester from each category for faculty, staff and dependents.
  1. The PAS committee decisions are final.

INFORMATION & DEFINITIONS (Eligibility): 

  1. The individual must be:
    • A full-time faculty or staff member who is employed on a 100% basis for a minimum of one year (the year does not have to be continuous), or,
    • A part-time (50% – 99%) faculty or staff member who has been employed for a minimum of two years (years do not have to be continuous) in at least a part-time regular, benefits eligible employment or position,
    • A dependent of either an eligible full-time or part-time faculty or staff memb The above a) or b), must be attained before the sponsoring faculty or staff members dependent is eligible to apply.
      • Dependent Criteria:
        • A dependent means a spouse (as defined in the Texas Family Code) of an employee; unmarried child under 26 years of age including the natural child of an employee; a legally adopted child; a stepchild, foster child, or other child which has a legally recognized parent-child relationship with the employee; or any child, regardless of age, who lives with or whose care is provided by an employee on a regular basis if the child is physically or mentally disabled to such an extent as to be dependent on the employee for care and support.
        • In the event of the death of the faculty or staff member, the dependent will remain eligible for the scholarship for two semesters following the death of the faculty or staff member. All other eligibility requirements must be met.
        • Dependents who are new or former students and who meet applicable requirements for admission in good standing to the university are eligible. Dependents who are continuing students must have a minimum 2.0 undergraduate cumulative grade point average or a 3.0 graduate (includes post-baccalaureate) cumulative grade point average to be eligible.  A dependent must be eligible under these criteria as of the 12th class day of the respective long session or the 12th class day equivalent for other semesters/sessions.
  1. Individuals who meet applicable requirements for admission in good standing with the university are eligib Individuals who are continuing students must have a minimum 2.0 undergraduate cumulative grade point average or a 3.0 graduate (includes post- baccalaureate) cumulative grade point average to be eligible.  All dependents, faculty and staff must attain a passing grade of “B” or its equivalent of all coursework taken during the semester to continue to be eligible and potentially receive additional tuition assistance scholarships; otherwise a one semester or session break will apply.
  1. The individual must not have any delinquent outstanding debt (g. returned checks, tuition, student loans and applicable fees) with the University at the time the PAS application is processed and the award is applied to the student’s tuition account.
  1. Tuition assistance under the program is not available to students employed in positions that require student status as a condition of employment.
  2. Supervisor and/or chair approval is not required to apply for or receive the tuition assistance scholarship.  However, supervisor approval is required for faculty and staff to take TWU classes during normal workday hours.
  1. Additionally all faculty and staff must have a performance evaluation rating above the lowest rating for either faculty or staff to be eligible to apply.
  1. Retired and/or rehired retiree members in any category (1a, b and c) are not eligible for benefits under this policy.

Pioneer Assistance Scholarships (PAS) do not cover:

  • Admissions application fee, (The applicant must pay the application fee when applying for admission),
  • Auditing courses,
  • Reimbursement for previous semester’s courses,
  • Courses at any other college or university,
  • Costs associated with required vaccines for entering students, and/or
  • Recreational sports membership.

Possible Tax Consequences:

Under current IRS regulations, if applying the assistance to a graduate course, tuition assistance is generally considered taxable income. The faculty, staff or dependent member receiving the PAS is responsible for paying these taxes. Tax amounts differ from student to student due to a variety of tax and income situations.

Tuition assistance for undergraduate courses is generally not considered taxable. If the faculty, staff or dependent member apply the PAS tuition assistance to both graduate and undergraduate courses within the calendar tax year then all of the assistances may be considered taxable.  In all tuition assistance situations, please consult your tax professional for advice and final determination.

The PAS application form is attached for those very few employees that do not have computer access at either work or home, all others including dependents are expected to utilize the university’s Academic Works system located at: https://twu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3042

The effective open application date starts today with a deadline date of Monday, November 28, 2016 for the Spring 2017 Pioneer Assistance Scholarships (PAS) benefit usage period.


We wish to thank all those involved over the years that have contributed to the establishment of this new TWU benefit, if you have any questions you can contact any member of the human resources benefits team:

Lisa Taylor
Senior HR Generalist
(940) 898-3542
ltaylor16@twu.edu

Angela Cagle,
Manager of Benefits
(940) 898-3552
acagle@twu.edu

Or any Pioneer Assistance Scholarships (PAS) committee member listed here and copied in the above email:

  • Faculty Senator Dr. Lybeth Hodges
  • Staff Council member Lori Kennedy
  • Human Resources member Melissa Ozuna

Regards, Lewis.

Fall 2016 TWU Staff Development Grant Opportunity Now Available!

Thanks to the generous gift from our Chancellor Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D., TWU Staff Council is excited to announce the TWU Staff Development Grant program has been funded for the next two years!

Each Fall and Spring semester, TWU staff members will be able to apply for special funding to help cover the costs of professional developmental training and materials. These unique micro-grants are designed to assist TWU staff in taking advantage of opportunities for professional growth available both inside and outside of the university. You can view last semester’s recipients on the TWU WordPress site.

These awards may be used for the purchase of books, subscriptions, software, workshops, webinars, materials, training, and more! We encourage all interested staff members to apply.

Grant awards of up to $300 are available for staff employees who wish to apply for financial assistance for their professional development plans.

Application deadline: November 18, 2016
Awards will be announced: November 30, 2016
Awarded amounts must be utilized by: March 15, 2017

Download the Fall 2016 TWU Staff Development Grant instructions and application

Please contact Elizabeth Yelverton, Chair of the TWU Staff Council Development Committee at eyelverton@twu.edu or 81-2337 with any questions.

HOLD THE DATE: Staff Performance Evaluation & Merit Based Compensation – Employee and Supervisor Sessions

Memo sent on behalf of Lewis Benavides from Human Resources on October 10, 2016.


TWU Community (staff employees and those managing staff employees),

Dr. Feyten has recently announced the University’s transition (See attached October 6th email) to merit based compensation.  Along with that communication, BJ Crain has provided the University with specific implementation details about how the merit based compensation plan will work: http://twu.edu/downloads/comp-classification/FY2017-Merit-Based-Compensation.pdf

There will be one mandatory session for supervisors (including faculty that supervise staff) and two open sessions for staff employees (non-supervising staff).  These sessions will provide staff supervisors and employees with information and tools to address the upcoming performance evaluations upon which merit pay will be based.

These sessions will be held in the MCL Auditorium as follows:

  • Session 1 – Mandatory Supervisors meeting from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26th
  • Session 2 – Staff Employees meeting from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on Friday, October 28th or can attend,
  • Session 3 – Staff Employees meeting from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm on Friday, October 28th

Highlights of the Staff Performance Evaluation & Merit Based Compensation Timeline will be presented at the sessions and later this week by additional email communication.

If you are unable to attend any session, recorded sessions will be available on the HR website by November 1st located at: http://www.twu.edu/humanresources/

Thanks, Lewis

An update on compensation

Memo sent to staff on behalf of TWU Chancellor Carine Feyten on October 6, 2016.


Dear Colleagues:

I am writing you today to give you an update on compensation, possibly one of the most personal issues for Texas Woman’s faculty and staff. For some time we have talked about the need to address our approach to compensation so that it better recognizes and rewards everyone’s contributions to our University. I am therefore pleased to let you know that we are beginning the transition to merit-based compensation over the next several months. I believe you will find that this aligns well with the compensation philosophy developed by faculty and staff in 2013.

This approach will provide base pay increases that will be tied to your annual job performance and will be reflected as an adjustment to your base salary—unlike the common one-time lump-sum cash payments in recent years, which did not change your base salary. This is important because it gives you the opportunity to grow both your base salary and retirement benefits on an on-going basis.

One of the reasons why merit-based compensation is common in public higher education is because it provides an opportunity to link salary growth with individual and team-based achievements that support the institution’s strategic priorities. It also helps attract and retain talented faculty and staff—and complies with state requirements.

I understand that a long-held concern at TWU has been that there would be no money set aside for merit pay. I want to assure you that moving forward, we will begin our budgeting process by planning for a “merit pool” for faculty and staff. This pool will be generated from cost savings, careful expense management, new revenue streams and other positive cash flows that we believe will arise from our strategic focus on high-quality, market-demand academic programs and distinctive student opportunities.

This year, Finance and Administration made the merit pool possible by changing some of our budget allocation processes as well as capturing cost savings identified through energy conservation, insurance review, etc. Consequently, we are able to begin the first phase of implementing merit-based compensation by allocating approximately $2 million (2% of the total salary base) for salary increases. B.J. Crain, interim vice president for Finance and Administration, has created a document with more specific implementation details about how the compensation plan will work. Next week, Lewis Benavides will also share with you a schedule of sessions designed to provide staff and supervisors with information and tools to address the upcoming performance evaluations upon which merit pay will be based. Dr. Martin will provide the faculty with information concerning the faculty process.

In an effort to streamline the entire process, we will be aligning the cycle of performance reviews and merit increases with our fiscal year, rather than the calendar year. This will require us to adopt a transition schedule over the next two years, with a target date for full implementation of Sept. 1, 2018.

We have much to be proud of at Texas Woman’s University. We have a historic, distinctive mission. We are growing, too—adding 116 full-time new employees in the past three years (58 FT faculty, 68 FT staff) across all campuses. And, in an increasingly competitive higher education landscape, we aim to be one of the very best places to work and study in America.

Thank you for all that you do, day in and day out, to improve the quality of our programs, the success of our students, and for making us so proud of our campuses. You make a difference!

Best regards,
Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.

Award recognizes university chief executives for support of employees

(Posted to TWU website by Amanda Simpson, Marketing & Communications on June 23, 2016)

Texas Woman’s University Chancellor Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D., has received the 2016 Chief Executive HR Champion Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). This is the nation’s top award recognizing university leaders for their support of human resources.

“I am so appreciative of this recognition, and I thank those who recognized our efforts here at Texas Woman’s University,” Feyten said. “This is such a distinctive honor and I’m especially proud because it reflects on our entire university community.”

Feyten added, “From the minute I stepped on this campus, I’ve emphasized the ‘triple bottom line’ approach in leading the university — People, Profit and Planet — with People coming first. If we nurture a culture that always considers individual well-being, the objectives we set for Profit and Planet will be much easier to reach. This also extends to our students who we want to empower to become thriving and engaged global citizens.”

Because of this recognition, CUPA-HR is making an $8,000 contribution, underwritten by Sibson Consulting, to a TWU fund of Feyten’s choice. Feyten has decided to apply the gift to the TWU Staff Council for professional development.

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