Messages From the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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Welcome to the spring semester

January 10, 2022

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

As we approach the start of the spring 2022 semester, I want to welcome all of you back to the important work we do together to advance the university’s mission. I hope you enjoyed the winter break and had opportunities to relax and recharge while also connecting with family and friends. If you are new to FAS, we are glad that you are part of our diverse, innovative and service-oriented team.


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Announcing Melissa Loe as FAS Chief of Staff

December 17, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

I am pleased to announce that Melissa Loe has been appointed to Chief of Staff for the Financial and Administrative Services portfolio effective Jan. 1, 2022.  Most recently, Melissa served as Interim Chief of Staff since June 14, 2021.


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Thank you for another successful year

December 13, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

As we approach the end of 2021, I want to thank all of you for your outstanding work keeping our university operating smoothly in the face of challenges while also advancing the university’s mission by embracing innovation and teamwork.  


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Appointments: Heather Hanna, Interim Executive Director for Enterprise Business IT Solutions and Leonard Friesenhahn, Interim Director of Utilities and Energy Management

December 6, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

Heather Hanna will be Interim Executive Director for Enterprise Business IT Solutions eBITS) following the retirement of Dana Chapman, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Heather has over 20 years of combined experience supporting human resources, payroll, and financial processes and systems and was hired into her previous role as Director of Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS) for eBITS in 2019.


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Retirement of FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff

October 28, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

After many months of adhering to guidance from federal, state and local officials, as well as our own university health experts, our campus has seen a reduction in new cases of COVID-19. I applaud FAS staff for your contribution to reducing the spread of this disease by also following the additional guidance in the FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff, which was developed largely with on-campus staff in mind.


Announcing the retirement of Juan Ontiveros, Associate Vice President for Utilities and Energy Management

September 29, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

Please join me in thanking Associate Vice President for Utilities and Energy Management Juan Ontiveros as he retires from the university after more than two decades of service. Juan’s last day with the university will be December 15. He has led the Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) department in various roles since 1997, and has served as AVP since 2014.


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Update on Flexible Work, New Testing Program

September 15, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

In his message to all employees, President Jay Hartzell extended the timeframe for some staff to return to campus to Oct. 4 while also allowing faculty to adjust their teaching modality during this time frame. This extension is intended to address concerns about community spread of COVID-19 and provide more time to continue to reduce density on campus where possible.


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Updated FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff

August 19, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

There is no denying this has been a challenging few weeks as the COVID-19 Delta variant has moved into Central Texas. In the last week, we have seen the university begin rolling out contingencies to help minimize density in classrooms, request students get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus, and I have requested FAS leadership reduce any unnecessary on-site work to help with density as well.


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Update on Flexible Work as Austin moves to COVID-19 Stage 5

August 10, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

University executive leadership and the university-level health and wellness committee have been meeting to discuss contingency plans for the fall as Austin and Travis County move into COVID-19 Stage 5.