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Help us Adopt an IS Family for the Holidays!

Gregory Lambert & Family
(wife and 11 year-old son)

  • Donations can be made in the form of gift cards or cash, HEB, Kroger, Target, Walmart, Sam’s, Visa, Toys-R-Us
  • Donations will be accepted for Thanksgiving until 11/21/14
  • Donations will be accepted for Christmas until 12/12/14
  • Donation boxes will be located on the table in Stephanie Everling’s office

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IS GEM Program

Your boss thinks you’re a big deal. . . Your customers think you’re a big deal. . .Let’s make it official

Introducing the IS GEM program, where we recognize Going the Extra Mile!!!

Why now?

As Todd always says, with an ever-increasing technological demand, there are so many amazing things happening in IS, it is hard to list them all! Let’s start trying by creating a culture of recognition and appreciation. We know every area here is working hard. This is a way for peer to peer appreciation to occur, and it will allow leadership to monitor all the wonderful activities.

How does it work?

  • Use the UTMB GEM program by sending and receiving e-GEMs (
  • If you receive a paper GEM, you, as the recipient, will be responsible for typing it as an e-GEM.
  • IS will be using the e-GEM database to retrieve a report of all IS employees and contractors.
  • Every single GEM received counts toward IS GEM prizes!
    • The UTMB GEM program is separate and rules still apply for HR’s program. Click here for details.

When does it start? 

September 1st, 2014


  • Monthly awards
    • 4 entries will be awarded $25 randomly
    • Todd will announce the 8 winners bi-monthly at the All Staff Department meeting
  • Yearly award
    • 2 people will win $250 each.
    • Staff Advisory Council meets bi-monthly to review all GEM cards and rank entries.  This will continue monthly until December.  The Council will ultimately pick the top two GEM cards as the annual winners.  The presentation will be done at the Christmas Social and the GEM cards will be read aloud to the department.


  • Your GEM must be submitted to the e-GEM website between the beginning and ending of that month to count. For example, September drawings will be pulled from e-GEMs submitted between 9/1/14 and 9/30/14
  • Keep it simple! We are working on goodwill and positivity.

Information regarding the program will be stored at the IS Water Cooler ( )

The first Information Services Department Meeting was held at 8:30am Wednesday, February 26th. Please use the link below to watch the meeting. Thanks.

Information Services Department Meetings

Information Services Department Meetings will be held every two months. Below are the dates and times for the meetings through December 2014. Please note these on your calendar. A calendar invite with the connection details will be sent approximately a month before the meeting.

April 23rd – 8:30am – 9:30am

June 4th – 8:30am – 9:30am

August 27th – 8:30am – 9:30am

October 22nd – 8:30am – 9:30am

December 15th – 8:30am – 9:30am

I have reserved several locations for this “virtual” meeting. Each location will be participating in the meeting via polycom. Please join us from any of the locations listed below.

Meeting Locations:


All conference rooms within Suite 100


4.116 Admin Bldg

5.521 Levin Hall

6.100 Rebecca Sealy

When joining the meeting, please:

  1. Mute your mic. There was quite a bit of background noise that made it difficult for people to hear what Todd was saying.
  2. Join the meeting only once. If you are in a conference room, please do not connect to the meeting from your laptop or other device. We need all available space to ensure everyone that wants to participate is able to do so.
  3. If within walking distance, please participate in one of the conference rooms listed to ensure we have enough availability for all to participate.


Todd will be accepting questions prior to and during the meeting. Please submit your questions via the anonymous feedback form that was published to our blog (IS Watercooler). The messages are sent directly to Todd’s e-mail and are completely anonymous. The link to the feedback form is

Thank you,


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