Messages From the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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Acknowledge Dr. King’s Service in memory and in practice

January 15, 2021

Dear FAS Colleagues,

Service, as a core value of FAS, represents the spirit of partnership and, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s definition, “grace”— a spirit that binds our various divisions across the portfolio. Monday’s holiday is an official day of service and celebration of the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. As we reflect on Dr. King, let us also acknowledge the humble service of Martin the man, as well as our own capacity to serve.

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Preparing for the Future, Grateful for Our Campus Community

December 16, 2020

Dear UT Community,

This week, as UT administers the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Austin to front-line health care workers, we know that we feel a new sense of optimism even while a “return to normal” seems far off. The difficulties presented by the disease are not fully behind us, and there is much work remaining before we turn the corner on COVID-19. While we are all investing a great deal of effort to succeed in the near term, we have an opportunity to begin to ask some fundamental questions about what returning to campus might look like when it is safe to do so.


Apply to participate in new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

December 11, 2020

Dear FAS Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that FAS is taking a significant step toward carrying out its commitment to an inclusive environment that reflects all aspects of our core value of diversity and helps ensure that all FAS employees feel that they have a voice and are valued in our workplace.

En Español

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2020 Year in Review

December 9, 2020

Dear FAS Colleagues,

The wind-down of the fall semester is a natural time for us to celebrate all that we have accomplished in 2020. Reflecting on this remarkable year, much of which has been spent during an unprecedented pandemic, I am struck once again by your dedicated support of the academic and research mission of our university. We have met – and overcome – many challenges by applying our core values of diversity, innovation, integrity, service, stewardship and teamwork on a daily basis, whether working on campus or remotely.

En Español

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Happy Holidays | Felices Fiestas

December 3, 2020

Wishing you health and happiness this holiday season and new year!

Felices Fiestas de parte de FAS

¡Deseándoles salud y felicidad en esta temporada de fiestas y año nuevo!

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Maximize your time off, recharge to keep the momentum going

November 11, 2020

Dear FAS Colleagues,

Nearly three months ago we opened campus to a new way of learning, living and working during COVID-19. Our commitment to teamwork, service and innovation has helped guide our critical work as we close in on the end of a historical semester. We have accomplished a tremendous amount while managing our own well-being and mourning the virus-related deaths of two of our FAS colleagues. The triumphs, sadness and uncertainty span beyond our work shifts and yet we show up, every day, and keep pressing forward.

En Español

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FAS colleague dies from COVID-19

October 8, 2020

Dear FAS colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I share that one of our staff colleagues has passed away from COVID-19. This is devastating news and a tragic reminder that the virus is very serious and can affect anyone. I am heartbroken about this loss, and the university offers its full support to the individual’s family, co-workers, and loved ones.

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COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff

September 23, 2020

Dear FAS Colleagues,

You continue to impress me. We have accomplished a tremendous amount of work during very stressful times. For many of us, the fall semester also meant changes with our personal routines, such as navigating school with our own children. Through all of this - and as we learn more about COVID-19 - your health remains my top priority.

En Español

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Celebrate diversity during National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 18, 2020

Did you know that more than 700 of our 2,400 FAS colleagues identify as Hispanic or Latinx?

National Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for us to recognize the important contributions of our colleagues as we further foster our inclusive work culture. I encourage you to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate our portfolio’s diversity with an emphasis on Latinx and Hispanic heritage during our national observation, now through October 15.

En Español

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FAS efforts make a new, historic semester possible

August 26, 2020

Dear FAS Colleagues,

Today marks the beginning of a fall semester like no other in the 137 years of The University of Texas at Austin’s history. Although our preparation for today has come with challenges, COVID-19 has also inspired so much innovation since the spring. Our university is able to welcome students back – both online and in-person – because of our teamwork, resilience and dedication.