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

January 7, 2020As we get back into our regular routines after the holiday break, finalizing our plans for the year ahead is an inevitable part of the process. There’s a lot going on here at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT), and it takes significant resources to make all of that happen. Yes, we receive funding from the state and federal governments, for which we’re very grateful. But that funding doesn’t cover all of our costs. We count on the generosity of donors who support our mission to make up the difference. Have you considered supporting UTHSCT financially in 2020? Your initial thought might be, “I can’t afford to pay for a new building.” That’s understandable. Everyone has different resources. But you might be able to pay for a room within a building, or for a piece of equipment within that room, or to help with a scholarship that helps put a student in that room. As you finalize your plans for 2020, please consider giving financially to support UT Health Science Center’s mission: Advancing education. Advancing research. Advancing healthcare. Together.

For more information on giving, click here: https://www.uthct.edu/ways-to-give.

Announcements …

New Student Orientation going on today
Today, Tuesday, January 7, 2020, new student orientation will be happening in the School of Community and Rural Health Building beginning at 10 a.m. If you see our new students on campus, please make them feel welcome and be available to answer questions or provide directions should they need your help.

Spring 2020 scholarships available
Employees of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler who are planning to attend college classes for the 2020 Spring semester are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help with the cost of pursuing a college education. General scholarships are available as well as specific scholarships for nursing-related degrees are available for qualified, full-time employees who have worked at UTHSCT for at least one year. For full details and scholarship application information, visit: https://www.myuthealthnews.org/spring-tuition-assistance.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Each Wednesday in January, be on the lookout for activities outside the Blue Star Café presented by the Department of Community Health.

Cancer Support Group January Meeting
The Cancer Support Group for patients, survivors and caregivers will meet Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from noon until 1 p.m. in Building G, Room 3207 (past the library to the left). Please note the room change for this meeting. Lunch will be available. If you have questions, please call Margaret Callens, LCSW, at 903-877-8812.

Service project in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the UTHSCT Student Government Association (SGA) will host a service project at the East Texas Food Bank. Please join us there on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 12:15 until 2:15 p.m., as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King by giving back to our community. The East Texas Food Bank is located at 3201 Robertson Road, Tyler, Texas 75701.

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.

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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.