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News & Recent Updates
Texas Arbor Day 2015 – UT Style!
You’re invited! Texas Arbor Day is November 6, and we’re celebrating it UT style with a collection of interesting and informative ways to honor our campus trees. You can also learn how our Landscape Services staff and arborists provide ongoing care and conservation of our trees for the benefit of our campus community now and in the future. Let’s make Texas Arbor Day 2015 something to remember! Visit our Urban Forestry webpage or view our flyer for details.
Ontiveros Receives Award for Excellence in Energy Renewal
Juan Ontiveros, associate vice president for Utilities, Energy, and Facilities Management, has been selected as the first individual recipient of the Robert W. Galvin Award for Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will present the award to Juan at the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Luncheon in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2015.
This new award honors the legacy of former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin, who in 2004 founded the Galvin Electricity Initiative to drive innovation and transform the electric power system. The initiative eventually led to the PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal) system for evaluating power system performance. Under Juan’s leadership of the utilities and energy management operations, UT Austin was the first university in the country to attain PEER certification. USGBC created the award to recognize individuals who, like Juan, exemplify the spirit of Galvin’s quest for new ideas, pursuit of excellence using quality methods and tools, and policy reforms.
AT&T Conference Center Gets the Gold Key
Meetings & Conventions subscribers have awarded the prestigious 2015 Gold Key Award the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. The Gold Key Award sets the bar for excellence among industry awards. Meeting professionals rely on the Gold Key mark that symbolizes outstanding meeting facilities worldwide.
Through totally unaided recall, these meeting professionals voted for the top meeting hotels and selected the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center as one of the best. Meetings & Conventions will publish its 2015 Gold Award recipient list in its November issue.
Roy Ruiz Receives APPA Unsung Hero Award
Roy Ruiz, director of Technology Resources (TRECS) was one of eight individuals publicly honored by APPA (previously known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators) for their previously unrecognized contributions to the industry of educational facilities management.
“I asked the regional presidents for their suggestions of worthy individuals who work tirelessly for the region, chapter, and/or the profession, but whom have gone unnoticed to date and are worthy of receiving an award from the President of International APPA,” said Randolph Hare, 2014-15 APPA president. “Their contributions are an incredible asset to our organization, and it is an honor to recognize them.”
Ruiz and the other APPA Unsung Heroes recipients were honored August 4, 2015 at the APPA Annual Conference awards reception.
Document Solutions Named Print Center of the Year
Document Solutions was chosen to receive the highly coveted Print Center of the Year award for 2015 at this year’s In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association conference on June 15.
During the recognition program, Director Richard Beto accepted the award on behalf of the 50 Document Solutions employees saying “We are very appreciative, humbled and honored to be recognized by our peers.”
Document Solutions has a long history of IPMA recognition including being named IPMA Mail Center of the Year in 2013.
IPMA is recognized as the leading expert providing forums for education, networking and professional development. Founded in 1964, the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association is the only professional association dedicated exclusively to the needs of all in-house corporate publishing, printing, and distribution professionals.
Congrats to Our HR Published Authors
Claire Moore and Henry Guevara of Human Resources partnered with the School of Nursing and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education for a project lead by Dr. Sharon Brown involving culturally tailored diabetes prevention in the workplace. The project lead to them co-author an article that was published in this month's peer reviewed journal, The Diabetes Educator. It is the official journal of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
University Operations congratulates our latest HR authors!
Farm to Work Program
Claire Moore and The University of Texas at Austin Farm to Work program are featured in this issue of Edible Austin.
University Leadership Network
University Operations staff represent in University Leadership Network video. Great job Fire Marshall Jimmy Johnson and Project Manager Stephanie Perrone.
University Operations shows heart
The Hearts of Texas campaign totals have been finalized and University Operations donated 173 gifts totaling $34,587 benefiting charities that will provide services to our local, national and global communities. The university raised $604,831. Within our organization, Project Management & Construction Services claimed the top spot for raising the most money and Parking & Transportation Services claimed the top spot for greatest number of individual gifts.