The Broncho Beat: December 2019 Issue

Feature Story: Stress less this season

Mary Deter is the senior employee
relations specialist and has been in
HR at UCO for 4 years. She has both
her bachelor’s and master’s degrees
from UCO. Currently, she is working
on her juris doctorate at OCU. When
not working or at school, Mary enjoys
spending time with her husband Dylan,
and two . . .  read more

Staff Senate Update

Authored by Dawn Kaiser, Manager of Inventory and Receiving

The UCO Staff Senate met Tuesday, Nov. 5. Dr. Mark Kinders, vice president for public affairs, and Justine Kendall, director of benefits, were guest speakers. Vice President Kinders spoke about the upcoming legislative session, primarily focusing on budget and gun laws. Ms. Kendall provided . . .  read more

Get-to-Know a Broncho: Susan Hemphill

Susan Hemphill, Grants Writer

What is your background?
I come to UCO from a primarily nonprofit background. I have worked in research, advocacy, community investment and fundraising. I guess you can say I am an information/data nerd. I also have a background in research management coordination in higher education. I have always had a strong interest . . .  read more

Broncho Brags

Bravo, Tina Sorick!

Tina Sorick was named as one of the Top 20 Under 40 by the Edmond Sun’s Edmond Business Times Magazine. For a full look at Tina’s accomplishments and other local honorees, view the publication online now. Tina is featured on pages 34-35.

Congratulations, Annabelle Saunders!

This quarter’s exceptional performance award goes to Annabelle Saunders for the incredibly significant role . . .  read more

Tech Corner: Reboot. Reset. Resume.

Authored by Stephanie Edwards,
Manager of Web Strategy and IT Communications

You perform better when you unplug for a while; so does your computer. While physically unplugging is not necessary, restarting at least once a week is recommended.

Here are the Top 3 Reasons to Restart Your Computer:

  1. Updates – Many updates require a reboot to complete. Rebooting on your schedule makes it less likely that a reboot will interrupt your workflow.
  2. Security – The purpose of many of the updates your computer receives is to protect it from new security threats.
  3. Performance – When rebooted, your computer carries out dozens of small processes that help it function efficiently.

Here’s what to do:

  1. When you leave for the day, save your work, close your applications, and log out of your computer.
  2. When you leave for the weekend, save your work, close your applications, and reboot your computer.

The Office of Information Technology recommends that you log out of your computer nightly and restart your computer . . .  read more

Payroll Services: New W-4s for 2020

Authored by Tamra Kitsmiller, Director of Payroll Services

The 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, is very different from previous versions. This is due to the federal tax law changes that took place in 2018. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not requiring all employees to complete the revised form and has designed the withholding tables so that they will work with both the new and prior . . .  read more

Benefits: Voya makes it easy

Article by Justine Kendall, Director of Benefits

Look, nobody likes saving money. Why would I want to save my money when I could eat tacos every night and buy all of the things that Target tells me I need to buy without worry? Quite unfortunately, that’s not the way the world works. Mildly put, it’s a bummer. If I ever want to retire, I have to save money. That’s where Voya Financial and . . .  read more