March 27, 2020
One of the cases that will be included in the Denton County case counts being released soon will include one of our UNT students, who had traveled to New Orleans for spring break. The individual lives in an apartment in the city of Denton and has been quarantined since being evaluated and tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare professional.
Timekeeping update: Record any COVID-19-related work since March 13 on your timesheet using the specially designated codes “REGER – Regular Earnings Emergency” or “RHWER – Regular Hours Worked Emerg” for salaried and hourly employees, respectively. Learn about UNT time reporting guidelines for this COVID-19 crisis.
For faculty and staff who are helping students during this difficult time, City of Denton officials urge you to remind students about the following:
- How to file for unemployment.
- No evictions or utility shut offs are occurring right now. Students can call 940-349-8700 to discuss their utility accounts.
- Any other financial matters that might be common across students at this time.
Going above and beyond: Stories from UNT’s COVID-19 response:
Associate Professor of Mathematics Pieter Allaart wants to give a shoutout to Department Chair and Professor Ralf Schmidt:
Ralf joined our department only this past fall from another institution, but he very quickly earned the trust of our faculty, staff and graduate students and, before the “coronacrisis” hit, had already started transforming the department in a positive way. But these last few weeks, his calm and steady leadership has truly made a difference. Day by day, he kept everyone informed with clear emails detailing step by step what we needed to do next, sometimes even with a measured dose of humor. He also constructed a webpage with helpful tips for teaching online. Moreover, he went out of his way to ensure that all instructional personnel had the necessary resources to start teaching online, ordering tablets, webcams and document cameras for whoever needed them, and with his physical presence he kept up morale among the staff who had to keep coming into the office until the very last moment when the department was already a ghost town. Thanks to Ralf's leadership, the Mathematics Department experienced a remarkably smooth transition.
If you know of someone who is going above and beyond, please share their information with firstname.lastname@example.org so we can give them a shoutout!
Don’t forget that healthalerts.unt.edu is updated frequently with new information about how we are working together through this global health crisis.