Sep 19

Web Site Submitted Questions and Answers 2016

Question:  When will the lobby of the Moody Medical Library have a redux?  The desk that library staff sit at is positioned awkwardly for both the visitors and staff.

Response (from Library Services and Academic Resources):  Thank you for the question.  The Moody Medical Library lobby is a great gathering place where faculty, staff and students can find seating to study, eat and visit.  Library staff is planning to move the checkpoint desk to the other side of the lobby by the end of August 2016.  The data jacks are being activated and the phone will be moved.  We also will follow-up with Facilities about a plan to complete additional work to modernize the lobby.

Sep 19

Questions & Answers from Dr. Callender’s July 2016 Town Hall

Question:  Why is the tuition reimbursement program only for RN nursing staff?  Would it be possible to provide tuition reimbursement for all levels or titles throughout the institution?

Response: (From HR) Tuition assistance is offered in addition to UTMB’s robust benefits programs (for example, medical and dental insurance, short- and long-term disability coverage, etc.). Our tuition program is designed to aid eligible employees in furthering their education and improving job performance, while supporting the university’s overall strategy and objectives for achieving its mission and vision. The program has always had a defined budget, and it is reviewed annually during the institutional budget process to determine eligibility criteria for the coming year. Because of our growing need for nurses and a statewide shortage in the field, FY16 tuition assistance funding was dedicated to eligible RN’s who are pursuing an individual job-related course or a graduate or undergraduate degree that directly relates to their existing job/career path. The eligibility criteria for fiscal year 2017 will include other hard-to-fill positions, thus encompassing more areas of study. The tuition assistance website will be updated in upcoming weeks to reflect the new eligibility criteria.

It is our hope that more funds for this important benefit will be available in FY2018 and we will be able to expand eligibility to a larger segment of our employees. Our long-term goal with respect to tuition assistance is to be able to provide this benefit at a competitive level and have it available, within the limits of the budget, to all benefit-eligible employees.

To view Dr. Callender’s response at Town Hall, go to (time stamp 43.23)


Question: Is the TRS rate going up again, September 2016?

Response (from HR): Yes, the employee contribution (or “member contribution”) is increasing from 7.2% to 7.7% for FY2017, which begins Sept. 1, 2016. This is the amount withheld from a TRS member’s paycheck and applied to his or her account. The amount is withheld before taxes, which reduces the portion of the individual’s income that is subject to federal income tax. Member contribution rates are set by the Legislature and subject to change if the state contribution rate is reduced from 6.8% in the 2017–2018 school year (which coincides with UTMB’s FY2018).


Question: When potential trainee and faculty recruits consider their options, they often go to web-based sources for how institutions are rated. There are currently two ratings for medical schools (US News and and another for residencies. UTMB ranks poorly (not ranked by US News and #111 in startclass). Why are we not trying to be recognized for excellence? There is a strong focus on education here that does not seem to get adequate recognition. 

Response: (From Dr. Callender) While ranking tools like US News and World Report get a lot of media play and public attention, there has been much discussion among leaders of a number of medical schools and academic health centers regarding the USNWR rankings and whether their value meets or exceeds the significant direct and indirect costs of pursuing and promoting the rankings.

Quality metrics and other measures of educational outcomes such as our pass rate relative to nationally-standardized exams, stand as a true reflection of outcome as opposed to reputational scores, which is what a lot of web-based or media-based surveys really measure. Our focus at UTMB is on providing outstanding education to our students, doing great research and performing incredible clinical work that makes a difference in the lives of patients.

View the Town Hall video to hear Dr. Callender’s entire response, available at (time stamp 46.00)

Feb 11

Questions & Answers from Dr. Callender’s Town Hall on January 27th, 2016

The following questions were submitted to the EAC prior to the January 27, 2016 Town Hall Meeting. We are working on answers to a few additional questions and will post them as soon as we have a final response. Thank you.

Click here to be redirected to our Town Hall Q & A Page.

Dec 10

EAC Election Results, November 2015

The following were elected to serve as EAC representatives for Term 2016-18:

Academic Enterprise – Bryan Hoynacke, Student Life Office

Correctional Manages Care – Pinkee Patel, Stiles Unit

Hospitals and Clinics – Jill Bryant, Quality Management

Institutional Support – Leslie Blacketer, Field House

Oct 28

EAC Elections Open Nov. 2 through Nov. 20

Your chance to vote for an Employee  Advisory Council representative to represent employees within your entity at UTMB will be from Nov. 2 through Nov. 20, 2015.

Voting is open to Classified, Administrative & Professional (A&P) and non-teaching staff, excluding residents.

To view bios and photos for each candidate within an entity (Academic Enterprise, Correctional Managed Care, Hospitals and Clinics and Institutional Support), click on the appropriate tab above.

To vote, click here (Link will go live on Nov. 2)

If you are unable to vote electronically, please contact us at empladvc@UTMB.EDU.

The EAC is a peer-elected group that serves to enhance communication for all Classified, Administrative & Professional (A&P), and non-teaching positions, excluding residents. The group also serves as a focus group/advisory panel by providing a feedback loop on broad issues and potential new programs that can impact employees.

Elections are held each year to replace members who have served their commitment to the council. Members are elected from four widely-grouped areas within UTMB. For the purposes of representation on the council, the university is grouped in four large segments: Academic Enterprise, Correctional Managed Care, Hospitals and Clinics, and Institutional Support.

Our thanks go to the following members who have completed their commitment: Kelley Prevou (Academic Enterprise), Pinkee Patel  (Correctional Managed Care), Jacqueline Pope (Hospitals and Clinics) and Neal Cooper (Institutional Support). Some of these members are seeking re-election to another three-year term.

Oct 20

UTMB Employee Advisory Council Seeks Nominations for Upcoming Election

Interested in Representing Your Co-workers?

The UTMB Employee Advisory Council (EAC) exists to foster bi-directional communication and dialog for all Classified staff, Administrative & Professional (A&P) positions, and Non-Teaching staff, excluding residents. The Council, which is sponsored and endorsed by the Office of the President, works to promote a positive and collaborative work environment that is committed to assessing, prioritizing and communicating employee needs. It also serves as a focus group/advisory panel by providing a feedback loop on broad issues and potential new programs that can impact Classified staff, A&P positions, and Non-Teaching staff, excluding residents. For the purposes of representation on the council, the university is grouped in four large segments: Academic Enterprise, Correctional Managed Care, Hospitals and Clinics, and Institutional Support.

The EAC is looking for 4 candidates to replace members who have completed their commitment to the council. Our thanks go to the following members who have completed their commitment: Neal Cooper, Jacqueline Pope, Pinkee Patel and Kelley Prevou.

Nominations will be accepted from Oct. 5 – 23, with elections starting Nov. 2, and concluding Nov. 20.

To be placed on the ballot as a nominee for the 2015 elections, please complete the following steps:

  1. Visit the EAC website at and review the EAC Bylaws
  2. Provide a brief biography that describes your role at UTMB (less than 300 words) and a statement about why you want to serve on the EAC. Include all your contact information (phone numbers, email, your department and employee ID#). Please provide in a word document.
  3. Provide an up to date professional digital photo of yourself to be placed on the site. Please send in jpeg format.
  4. Supply a statement of support from your supervisor/manager indicating your ability to devote 3-5 hours each month for the three year commitment period to the council.
  5. Email your biographical information, statement of why you want to be elected, supervisor endorsement and your digital photo to Cathy Guyton ( by midnight, Oct. 23.

Please note: Your biographical information must be a word document and your digital photo in a jpeg format.


Sep 09

EAC CMC representatives Kevin Moore, Angel Morales and Pinkee Patel at CMC Summer Conference.

Kevin Angel Pinkee close up

Aug 17

Employee Advisory Council 2015


Back row: Tilly Clark, Jennifer Anderson, Julie Cantini, Kelly Prevou

Middle row: Jacqueline Pope, Angel Morales, Frank Valiulis, Cathy Guyton, Souby George, Kevin Moore,

Dawn Meyer

Front row: Philesha Evans, Mary Ann Hellinghausen, Mary Schlobohm

Not pictured: Pinkee Patel, Neal Cooper

Aug 13

EAC visits CMC employees in Gatesville

CMC reception group cropped

Nine EAC members visited CMC employees who provide health care to offenders in prison units in the Gatesville area July 30-31, 2015. EAC members toured the Hughes unit (for male offenders) and the Mountain View unit (for female offenders), and met with about 40 CMC employees from the area at a “meet and greet’’ at a Gatesville hotel.To see more photos, visit the Scrapbook Page under About EAC .

Feb 27

CMC Winter Conference 2015

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Employee Advisory Council (EAC) members shared cookies and conversation with Correctional Managed Care (CMC) managers who attended the CMC Winter Conference at Moody Gardens Hotel Feb. 17. EAC Chair Frank Valiulis addressed conference attendees to raise awareness of the EAC, and EAC members provided cookies during a conference break.

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