COVID-19 Update

March 26, 2020

As we are all getting more comfortable with our new telecommute reality, please remember we have tips available at Work Anywhere orTeach Anywhere. If you are new to all the Zoom and video conferencing, Tech Republic published a great article with some practical tips titled “13 etiquette tips for video conference calls.”


Are you using virtual backgrounds for your Zoom calls? If so, click here to see new, university-branded photography that is available to upload for your meetings.


Reminder: If you have been identified as essential personnel during this period of time, please carry your UNT identification card with you at all times. UNT Police may ask to see your ID as they work to ensure that only students, faculty and staff are on campus.


University Mail Services will continue to operate during the current COVID-19 crisis and will be open in the University Services Building (Room 128) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.

Mail will be delivered in the morning daily to those departments remaining on campus.

Departments that are closing may request that their mail be held until the crisis is resolved. At that time, it will be delivered as normal. Departments also may designate someone to pick up their mail at Mail Services. Please call 940-565-2286 or email mail.services@unt.edu to schedule time for pickup and Mail personnel will bring it to your car.

In addition, Central Receiving is open regular hours Monday through Friday.


Going above and beyond: Stories from UNT’s COVID-19 response:

From Frances Perkins, principal lecturer and department advisor, Department of Media Arts:

The staff in the Media Arts department have gone above and beyond since the first moments of this unusual situation. They have been present in person while the faculty and adjuncts have been able to work remotely, handling student workers, keeping all operations going (including the TV and radio stations), and then having to shut down the department physically by yesterday afternoon. This included cleaning out refrigerators and planning how mail would be delivered. All of this happened during the retirement of one staff member and the change of department chairs. Our staff have been on the front line, so to speak, and we the faculty of the Media Arts department cannot express enough our gratitude for their hard work and dedication.

Our amazing staff include:

  • Mark Dobson – Media Technical Manager
  • Martin Dzurenko – Chief Engineer TV
  • Laura Flowers – CLASS Undergraduate Advisor
  • Mark Lambert – KNTU Station Manager
  • Marielena Resendiz – Student & Program Assistant
  • Randy Smith – Chief Engineer Radio
  • Lesa Statler – Administrative Specialist
  • Adam Van Fossen – Assistant Media Technical Manager
  • Velma White – Administrative Coordinator

Don’t forget that healthalerts.unt.edu is updated frequently with new information about how we are working together through this global health crisis.


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