Welcome to the spring semester

Jan. 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.

National Native American Heritage Month serves as reminder of campus diversity and environmental stewardship

Nov. 23, 2021

Great strides have been made in recent years to recognize more formally the history of the Americas prior to European colonization. In 2020, UT Austin’s Native American and Indigenous Studies program released a Land Acknowledgement for use across the university to demonstrate respect for the historic and current presence of Indigenous Peoples in the Greater Austin area and statewide.

Thank you for another successful year

Dec. 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.  

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

Dec. 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.

EDI Committee collaborates with IRRIS to provide meaningful EDI Learning Survey results

Nov. 16, 2021

In September 2021, the FAS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee launched a survey of FAS staff to gather ideas for enhancing EDI awareness and education for the portfolio. The committee developed questions for the FAS EDI Learning Survey and sought advice on how to refine them from FAS Leadership, Institutional Reporting, Research, and Information Systems (IRRIS), and Learning and Development.

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

Sept. 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.

Updated FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff

Aug. 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.

Utility and Energy Management promotes Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with the Employee Engagement Plan

Aug. 18, 2021

Employees from Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) at the University of Texas at Austin began an employee engagement initiative in 2018 to promote an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment within the organization.

eBITS Diversity & Inclusion Committee Highlights

Nov. 13, 2020

The eBITS Diversity & Inclusion Committee was launched in April 2019 with the goal of analyzing how we can gain greater understanding of Diversity and Inclusion topics as a unit, how we can adjust our processes and planning to consider diversity in all that we do. We meet monthly and have various subcommittees for individual programs.