A&F S.P.I.R.I.T. Newsletter - January 2021 Issue
01/29/2021, 09:00:01 AM

Comprised of Division features, accolades and achievements, as well as valuable "In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)" news you can use, each edition of the newsletter highlights key information and resources across the Division's departmental, operational and service unit areas. To subscribe to this listserv, click HERE.

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Leadership Message 

After a Year of Anxiety, What Can We Expect from the Year of the Ox in 2021?

While few people were sorry to see the end of 2020, a year characterized by the global COVID-19 pandemic, for those who follow the Chinese new year, Feb. 12 marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox, the second animal of the Chinese zodiac.

The ox denotes fundamental characteristics of hard work, positivity and honesty, which is especially timely in that as a Division these core attributes will need to be manifested in all of us in the coming months.

And, I might add, we’ve already kicked off the new year with proactive progress showcasing not only our resilience as a Division, but most importantly, our responsiveness as you’ll read about in this month’s highlights.

From the newly installed COVID-19 testing kiosk to the latest sanitization stations, spring video update  of contactless enhancements at the UH Dining Commons, and just-in-time virtual professional development training --- these are fundamental ways we are responding day in and day out throughout this dynamic and every-changing situation.

It is through our responsiveness that we will continue to be successful, but it will take each of us in our daily roles, continuing to persevere --- with patience and positivity, in efficient, pragmatic and productive ways.

I am especially thankful for the individual and collective efforts of all of you in support of our University community and I want to hear from you about your stories of Resilience and Responsiveness, collectively or individually, for the opportunity to celebrate them in an upcoming issue of the Division newsletter.  Send me a note at mailto:cfo@central.uh.edu.

Much as we welcome the signs of strength and perseverance symbolic of the grounded and steady ox, may we also continue to embody this resilient and responsive nature in support of customer service excellence and student success at UH.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Happy New Year.

Highlights & Features

Now Onsite: No-Cost Self-Serve COVID-19 Testing

“The addition of no-cost testing for UH students and employees, conveniently available on campus is the latest in our effort to create a learning, working and living environment that is as safe as possible,” said Kelly Boysen, UH assistant vice president for campus safety and COVID-19 response coordinator.  Sign up for an appointment and learn more here.

Spritz and Repeat: Sanitizing Stations Kickoff Spring Semester

Facilities/Construction Management continues to support increased sanitization by providing centralized hand sanitization stations, sanitizing wipes, and frequent wiping down of common touch points. Check out the latest sanitizing scoop here.

New Year, New Events: Take a Contactless Video Tour with UH Dining

  • Video Tour Begins Right Here, Right Now!
  • Starship robot deliveries are available now! Take advantage of this contactless option.
  • New year, new you? Mondo Subs is now offering salad options.
  • Download the Boost Mobile app for contactless food pick-up and receive 10% off your next order with code SAVE10. Offer expires Feb 5.
  • Heart shaped hot cocoa bombs are available until Feb 5. Order yours at freshforkuh.catertrax.com.
  • For information regarding dining safety and spring dining hours, visit us online and follow @uhfoodie on social media.

Save Your Seat: Spring CATALYST Courses Filling up Fast

The start of a new year is a great time to commit to professional development, and the spring CATALYST courses make it easier than ever. Highly sought after courses such as Discovering the Different Communication Styles and Exploring Leadership are back, both of which emphasize leadership and communication skills for individual contributors. Along with several new courses, spots are limited, so sign up today to ensure your seat!

ICYMI: News You Can Use

Need a Zen Moment? Videos and more from Public Art 

From Color Talks about Color Field, the current temporary public art exhibition featuring colorful, large-scale structures by seven contemporary artists now on view to videos about the permanent collection, a moment of tranquility is just a click away at your fingertips.


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