WHEN: AUGUST 10-11, 2020





The following items and information should be reviewed prior to attending New Faculty Orientation. Several of these topics will be covered at NFO, but, depending on when you arrive in College Station, may need your attention before the workshop.

Preparing for New Faculty Orientation

Your Universal Identification Number (UIN) is used instead of your social security number on official forms and documents.

Staff and faculty receive their UIN through their hiring department when the employee record is created in Budget/Payroll/Personnel (BPP). The UIN is used to claim a NetID for staff and faculty, along with being the username for the System's SSO/HRConnect sites.

Your UIN will also appear on your Aggie Card, the official ID of Texas A&M University.

To obtain an ID Card, your department head or supervisor must sign the Faculty/Staff I.D. Form. Take this form to the Aggie Card Office on the second floor of the General Services Complex (GSC) with a picture ID to have your card made.

Your NetID is an electronic identifier used for various university resources.

To activate your NetID, go to Aggie Acccount Gateway and select “Activate NetID.” Select “Edit Directory” to make changes to your account.

The following information can help you prepare for New Faculty Orientation


Instructional Technology Services (ITS) offers free, hands-on training throughout the year. The reBOOT CAMP series includes information on using eLearning, Compass and multimedia tools. eLearning is the university-wide system used to upload course information and resources, manage grades, and teach courses. Instructional Technology Services (ITS) provides numerous How-To guides for utilizing this resource.



The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) grants students above the high school level the right to inspect and review their education records. FERPA also protects the privacy of students, requiring written consent to release any information from a student’s education record.

Under certain conditions, records can be disclosed without consent. These are listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s Guide to FERPA.

The Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) Department at Texas A&M University offers a variety of technology training, employee development and certificate programs designed to enhance personal and professional growth.


You must have a permit to park on the Texas A&M University campus. Parking is very limited on central campus. If you have access to a business pass from your department, three business parking spaces are available in Lot 20, on the Southeast side of Henderson Hall.  Business spaces are also available in Lot 11, on the Northeast side of Sbisa. Both of these options will require a walk to the ILSB. The nearest parking garage is the University Center Garage, located at Koldus, across from the MSC. Visitors arriving from West Campus or the Bush School may find it most convenient to ride the bus and disembark at the MSC, which is a short walk from the ILSB. More information may be found at Transportation Services.

University Center Parking Garage

Northside Campus Parking Garage

Cain Parking Garage

Central Parking Garage