Looking back over 2019 …

Important Stuff Joe Knows - What's going on at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler

December 17, 2019 – As 2019 comes to a close, it’s good to look back over the year and celebrate our many accomplishments here at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT). It would take much too long and consume entirely too much space to list every good thing that’s happened in the past 12 months as the result of your hard work. But here are just a few of the highlights:

  • UT Health East Texas celebrated its first anniversary.
  • Various outside funding providers – from the National Institutes of Health to the Centers for Disease Control and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas – awarded UTHSCT more than $40 million in grants to expand existing programs and launch new initiatives in education, research and healthcare delivery.
  • We launched our Logo Resources Portal to make marketing resources and other materials bearing our logo more easily accessible.
  • The new School of Community and Rural Health building opened.
  • We began the process of updating ID badges, which will be delivered to those who haven’t already received them in the coming weeks.
  • The UT System Board of Regents dedicated $60 million in Permanent University Fund (PUF) proceeds to UTHSCT for construction of a Graduate Medical Education & Resident Teaching Facility in Tyler.
  • The UT System Regents announced a new working relationship between UT Tyler and UTHSCT to enhance education, research and healthcare delivery in East Texas.

I hope you share my pride in the positive impact we’re making on the lives of East Texans, both today and for decades to come. Just imagine what 2020 holds in store for us!

Announcements …

Due to changes in tax laws you, may need to submit a new IRS Form W-4
The 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate is very different from previous versions. This is due to the federal tax law changes that took place in 2018. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not requiring all employees to complete the revised form and has designed the withholding tables so that they will work with both the new and prior year forms. However, certain employees will be required to use the new form: those hired in 2020 and anyone who makes withholding changes during 2020.

    • Even though the IRS does not require all employees to complete the revised form and even if your tax situation has not changed, we recommend you perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if you need to adjust your current withholding.
    • Get the new Form W-4 and see the full announcement, including instructions on using the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator, here: https://www.myuthealthnews.org/15576/2020-w-4-information.  

Updated campus map now available
An updated version of the UTHSCT Campus Map is now available on our website. The map can be found at https://www.uthct.edu/map. Feel free to share that link with visitors when you invite them to campus. (If you’re writing to or speaking with someone off campus, you can share the link as “uthct.edu/map” – the other parts of the link are only necessary when accessing the map while connected to our campus network.) Please note that the current version of the map will always be available via the uthct.edu/map link.

Holiday Activities from the Service Excellence Team & Employee Advisory Council
In December, several Christmas-themed activities will be taking place on campus.

    • Show your holiday colors – December 18, wear Christmas-themed sweaters, scarves and ties.
    • Christmas tree ornament decoration – a tree will be placed in the Piano Lobby near the windows. Undecorated wooden and plastic ornaments will be located nearby for those who wish to decorate and hang an ornament.
    • Ugly Sweater Contest – The Employee Advisory Council (EAC) will be hosting the 2nd annual “Jingle and Mingle Ugly Sweater Contest.” To enter, wear your tactful, ugliest sweater. Costumes are not allowed. First, second and third prizes will be awarded by our guest judges. Come join us for light refreshments and fun on December 17, from noon until 1 p.m., in the Piano Lobby.
    • Group photo and winner announcements – December 18, in the Main Lobby (inside the fountain entrance).

Student Government Association Toys for Tots Drive last day is December 17
The UT Health Science Center Student Government Association (SGA) is sponsoring two Toys for Tots collection boxes. One is located in Student Services on the first floor of the new School of Community and Rural Health building. The other is located in the D-wing of the Biomedical Research Center in front of the conference room. Donations of new, unwrapped toys are welcome from anyone who wishes to donate.

Recent news …

UT Regents authorize integration of talent and assets at UT Tyler and UT Health Science Center at Tyler to enhance education, research and clinical delivery in East Texas
https://www.uthct.edu/article/123

UT Health Science Center at Tyler to host international delegation
https://tylerpaper.com/news/local/ut-health-science-center-at-tyler-to-host-international-delegation/article_355b05ae-1c54-11ea-b251-cfc4c3e708ea.html

From UT Health East Texas …

View the UT Health East Texas Weekly Update from CEO Moody Chisholm and the UTHET leadership team here:
https://www.myuthealthnews.org/wp-content/uploads/UTH_Weekly-Update_121619.pdf.
An archive of past editions of the newsletter is always available via this link: https://www.myuthealthnews.org/uthet-weekly.

Submit your events and announcements …

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Important Stuff Joe Knows is a weekly newsletter published by Joseph Woelkers, EVP & COO of The UT Health Science Center at Tyler, stuffjoeknows@nulluthct.edu. Emails to this address will not receive a personal response.