Happy holidays …

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December 24, 2019 – It’s that time of year where it seems like things should slow down as we celebrate the holidays. For many of us, though, time seems to speed up as the list of what we have to accomplish before the celebrations begin grows longer and longer. Whether you wish people “merry Christmas,” “happy Hanukkah,” “joyous Kwanza,” or you just wish there weren’t so many people in line in front of you at the checkout, I hope you’ll take at least a little time over the holidays to count your blessings. For some, those gifts will be tangible; a new car, a warm place to sleep or maybe finishing a hard-earned degree. For others, your blessings may be less quantifiable, but equally important; more time to spend with family, improvement in your health or maybe a loved one returning from a military deployment. Whatever you have to be thankful for, I hope this holiday season affords you the time to stop and appreciate those blessings. I know that when I count mine, I will number among them the wonderful people I have the opportunity to serve with every day here at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT).

Happy holidays and a very happy new year!

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Last editions of Important Stuff Joe Knows and The Friday Forecast for 2019

Today’s edition of Important Stuff Joe Knows marks the last for 2019. Unless there are urgent announcements that need to be made, we will resume publication of the newsletter on Tuesday, January 7, and of The Friday Forecast event calendar on Friday, January 10.

Announcements …

UT Living Well 2020 10K-A-Day is back!
Use the 10K-A-Day online wellness program to track your exercise throughout the coming year. Join 10K-A-Day today at utlivingwell.com to practice healthy habits all year long. Get daily wellness tips, invite friends and virtually travel the world as you log your activity. 10K-A-Day is open to all UTHSCT employees, retirees, spouses and dependents who are age 18 and older, who are also covered by the UT SELECT and UT CONNECT medical plans. Opt in now and record your activity through Thursday, December 31, 2020.

2020 Wellthy Beginnings Program
Do you want to make an important investment for the new year? Do you want to feel and look your best? Do you want to age gracefully? Then make the best investment for 2020: an investment in your health! Participants are now being accepted for the Spring 2020 Wellthy Beginnings Program, which will start January 15, 2020. Wellthy Beginnings is a 12-week nutrition, education and exercise class that costs nothing. Join this group of health-conscious people and improve your life! Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis, so email or call now: Dr. Christie Osuagwu (903-877-1413 or christiana.osuagwu@nulluthct.edu) or Faye Robertson (903-877-1459 or mildred.hollowell@nulluthct.edu).

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.

Recent news …

UTHSCT Hosts International Leaders to Help Address Rural Healthcare Disparities
https://www.uthct.edu/article/126

Remembering Bob L. Herd, the Herd Family and Their Lasting Legacy
https://www.uthct.edu/article/127

Planned Giving: How Others are Leaving a Lasting Legacy at UT Health Science Center
https://www.uthct.edu/article/128

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_122319.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 …

Announcements for the Important Stuff Joe Knows newsletter must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the item is to appear in the following Tuesday’s newsletter. Submit announcements here: https://www.myuthealthnews.org/submit-announcement. Event listings for the Friday Forecast event calendar must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday to appear in the next day’s edition of the calendar. Submit events here: https://www.myuthealthnews.org/submit-eventEarly submissions are always welcome!

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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.