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Campus Wildflower Walks
Posted: July 14, 2014

Take a Well-being Walk with Laura Jackson, Director of the Tallgrass Prairie. She will provide guided tour of the beautiful campus wildflowers.

Walks will take place on July 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., starting at the Maucker Union Plaza, and July 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., starting near the Panther Plot (behind the Biology Research Complex). Different flowers are in blossom every week, so join for one or both! Contact Laura.L.Jackson@uni.edu with questions.

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Chronic Disease Management Program Available at UNI
Posted: June 16, 2014
Ended: July 14, 2014

Better Choices, Better Health®, Stanford University's chronic disease management program, is being offered to UNI employees through the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging on Monday evenings from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Gilchrist Hall 007 beginning Monday, July 7th. This is a 6-week program for persons living with chronic health conditions and their caregivers. Register for this workshop series or contact therese.callaghan@uni.edu with questions. Advance registration required.

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Live Healthy Iowa Burst Your Thirst Challenge
Posted: May 23, 2014
Ended: July 14, 2014

Join thousands of Iowans and the UNI community in making positive, healthy changes to your lifestyle by participating in the Live Healthy Iowa (LHI) Burst Your Thirst Challenge. Teams of 2-10 individuals participate by tracking water consumption and activity minutes over the course of six weeks. Read the challenge overview by UNI Employee Wellness to learn about the incentives available and how to check out a Fitbit Zip. Register your team online at Live Healthy Iowa by using Group ID: LHIUNI (If you would like to be placed on a team for this challenge instead of creating your own team, please contact lienk@uni.edu.)

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World No Tobacco Day
Posted: May 23, 2014
Ended: June 16, 2014

On May 31, individuals will come together to celebrate World No Tobacco Day by going just one day without tobacco. Employees who are interested in learning about smoking cessation services may contact Quitline Iowa. When you enroll in this program, a trained Quit Coach will help you create a customized plan to help you say ďnoĒ to tobacco for the rest of your life. Learn more at 1.800.QUIT.NOW. UNI employees may also contact Kathy Green, Wellness and Recreation Services, at 273-6921 for a personal consultation to help develop a plan with strategies for quitting.

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Biometric Health Screening
Posted: February 25, 2014
Ended: May 23, 2014

UNI Employee Wellness is offering a free Biometric Health Screening to all employees on Friday, May 16 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in Gilchrist 007. This screening determines your overall health and assesses your risk for medical conditions, and it is a proven way to save on future healthcare expenses. ALL employees, even in the best health, can benefit! Visit UNI Employee Wellness to access the online registration form and view the FAQ's. All employees who attend will be entered into a drawing for a Sonicare toothbrush. Please register for your appointment before Thursday, May 8.

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Move Naturally: Bike to Work at UNI
Posted: May 5, 2014
Ended: May 23, 2014

UNI employees are invited to participate in National Bike to Work Week during May 12 to 16, 2014. UNI employees who commute by bicycle during Bike to Work week may post a photo with their bike and helmet to the UNI Employee Wellness Facebook page to be entered to win a new bike helmet and water bottle. Employees are also encouraged to submit photos to cedarvalleybiketowork@gmail.com or to post a photo on the Cedar Valley Bike to Work Facebook page. Winners will be drawn for prizes that have been donated by local bicycle organizations and local businesses. Biking to work is one way to move naturally, one of the Power 9 Principles of the Blue Zones Project!

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Summer Office Hours
Posted: April 9, 2014
Ended: May 23, 2014

Beginning Monday, May 12, summer hours for university offices will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours will remain in effect through Friday, August 15. Please coordinate department operations accordingly and communicate changes to affected staff.

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EAP Employee Topical Webinar
Posted: April 8, 2014
Ended: May 5, 2014

Employee & Family Resources, UNIís EAP provider, is offering a webinar featuring information on Credit Reports and Credit Scores on Tuesday, April 22 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. UNI employees can learn how to ensure that the information in credit reports is accurate. Accurate information in your credit report is the key to obtaining the best credit terms and rates. Learn more about the financial consultation services, including credit counseling, available through UNIís EAP provider.

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Yoga for Stress EAP Seminar
Posted: April 4, 2014
Ended: May 5, 2014

Join Fran Gorde of Employee & Family Resources for a seminar focusing on the utility of practicing yoga for stress management on April 23 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the CME Room 109. New research is showing that among the dozens of stress management modalities to choose from, yoga is perhaps the most holistic and effective approach. Learn about the different possible uses of breath and movement to create symmetry in your physical body, stillness in your mind, and lasting peace and prosperity in your life overall. Advance registration required.

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2014 Performance Appraisal Training
Posted: March 11, 2014
Ended: April 4, 2014

Performance appraisal training for supervisors who are new to conducting performance appraisals or who want to enhance their overall performance management skills. Participants will learn how to approach and follow through with the performance appraisal and the entire performance management process.
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  • Tuesday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Closed

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EAP Employee Topical Webinar
Posted: March 10, 2014
Ended: April 4, 2014

UNI employees are invited to attend Get Moving on Tuesday, March 25 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. This webinar focusing on exercise is offered by Employee & Family Resources, UNIís EAP provider. During this presentation, participants will learn how positive thinking impacts exercise routines. To learn more about all of the services available through the EAP, register for an Employee Orientation webinar.

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Winter Safety Tips and Resources
Posted: March 5, 2014
Ended: April 4, 2014

Winter safety tips and resources are available through UNI Environmental Health and Safety. Watch the Winter Walking training video, complete the Winter Walking quiz, or review the Winter Walking PowerPoint presentation to learn how to prevent winter slips, trips, and falls. These safety tips are especially important when the snow begins to melt during the day and freeze again by the end of the work day, causing slippery surfaces.

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Better Choices Better Health
Posted: February 27, 2014
Ended: March 10, 2014

Stanford University's six-week chronic disease management program for persons living with a chronic health condition and their caregivers, is being offered to UNI employees through the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging. Attend an information session on Thursday, March 6th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Maucker Union Elm Room to learn more about the program. Register online by Monday, March 3. Contact therese.callaghan@uni.edu with questions about the program.

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2014 Performance Appraisal Training
Posted: January 14, 2014
Ended: March 6, 2014

Performance appraisal training for supervisors who are new to conducting performance appraisals or who want to enhance their overall performance management skills. Participants will learn how to approach and follow through with the performance appraisal and the entire performance management process.
Online Registration Form

  • Thursday, February 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Full
  • Tuesday, February 18 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Full
  • Thursday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Full
  • Monday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Closed

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UNI Employee Assistance Program Seminar
Posted: February 25, 2014
Ended: March 5, 2014

UNI employees are invited to attend Time to Lose those Winter Blues! on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education. This presentation is hosted by Employee & Family Resources and will provide employees with strategies to curb the unwanted effects of winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). As a component of UNI's Employee Assistance Program, this seminar will teach you about how to increase your motivation, improve your mood, and make the most of your winter! Advance registration is required.

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ASIFlex Mobile App
Posted: January 29, 2014
Ended: March 5, 2014

Flexible spending account participants now have the opportunity to use their smartphone/tablet to review their FSA account and file claims. ASIFlex's mobile app allows participants to submit a claim using your deviceís camera. No more scanning, copying or mailing claim forms! The free app is available on the App Store for Apple devices and the Google Play for Android devices.

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Seasonal Employment Website
Posted: January 16, 2014
Ended: March 5, 2014

Human Resource Services has developed a new website focused on hiring for athletic and academic camps (seasonal employment). All camp directors and administrative staff supporting camps should review this information now in preparation for 2014 camps.

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Biometric Health Screening
Posted: February 3, 2014
Ended: February 25, 2014

UNI Employee Wellness is offering a free Biometric Health Screening to all employees on Friday, February 14 from 7:00 to 8:45 a.m. in Gilchrist 007. This screening determines your overall health and assesses your risk for medical conditions, and it is a proven way to save on future healthcare expenses. ALL employees, even in the best health, can benefit! Visit UNI Employee Wellness to access the online registration form and view the FAQ's. All employees who attend will be entered into a drawing for a UNI Employee Wellness Fitness Prize. Please register for your appointment before Monday, February 10.

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Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge
Posted: January 23, 2014
Ended: February 3, 2014

Join thousands of Iowans and the UNI community in making positive, healthy changes to your lifestyle by participating in the Live Healthy Iowa (LHI) 10 Week Wellness Challenge. Teams of 2-10 individuals participate by tracking activity minutes and/or weight loss over the course of ten weeks. Visit the Wellness Benefits page to learn more about the LHI challenge and incentive prizes being offered by UNI Employee Wellness. Register online at Live Healthy Iowa by using Group ID: LHIUNI

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EAP Employee Topical Webinar
Posted: January 23, 2014
Ended: January 29, 2014

UNI employees are invited to attend Creating Wealth: Stocking Up For the Long Haul on Tuesday, January 28 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. This webinar focusing on financial wellness is offered by Employee & Family Resources, UNIís EAP provider. To learn more about all of the services available through the EAP, register for an Employee Orientation webinar.

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MyQuickCoach
Posted: October 24, 2013
Ended: January 29, 2014

MyQuickCoach is a new e-learning resource available to all UNI faculty and staff. This online tool is filled with educational videos, articles and more from consultants, authors, professors, and other subject matter experts. You have 24/7 access to over 1,300 lessons on subjects ranging from leaving a great impression on the phone to strategic planning. Access to the broader library will expose you to new ideas and give you the tools to make effective and efficient decisions on the job.

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2013/2014 Holiday Reduced Operations
Posted: October 14, 2013
Ended: January 3, 2014

The President's Executive Management Team has approved a reduced operations period starting Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. This period includes three university holidays (Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), four weekend days and five work days (Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and 31). To learn how this impacts your department, please view the Holiday Reduced Operations supporting web page.

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UNI Employee Assistance Program Seminar
Posted: December 3, 2013
Ended: December 16, 2013

UNI employees are invited to attend Hidden Causes of Conflict in the Workplace: Empowering Prevention & Intervention Strategies on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Towers Center West Lounge. This training is hosted by Employee & Family Resources and will provide employees with practical, real-world strategies to prevent and respond to bullying in the workplace. As a component of UNIís Employee Assistance Program, this seminar will promote self-awareness of behavior and communication in the workplace in order to improve employee health and well-being. Advance registration is required.

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EAP Employee Webinar: Stress Management & Resiliency
Posted: November 18, 2013
Ended: December 3, 2013

UNI's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is offering a webinar on stress management on Tuesday, November 26 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST. Employee & Family Resources will be sharing practical ways for employees to reduce stress and gain more energy. Register online for this webinar to learn how to become a life-long stress manager. For more information on EAP services offered to UNI employees, visit the EAP web page.

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2014 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment
Posted: October 15, 2013
Ended: November 18, 2013

The 2014 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Period will run from Friday, October 18 through Monday, November 18. During this time you have the opportunity to review and change your benefit elections. Changes will be effective January 1, 2014. The Open Enrollment websitewill be live on Friday, October 18 with detailed information!

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Biometric Health Screening
Posted: November 6, 2013
Ended: November 18, 2013

UNI Employee Wellness is offering a free Biometric Health Screening to all employees on Friday, November 22 from 7:00-8:45 in Gilchrist 007. This screening determines your overall health and assesses your risk for medical conditions, and it is a proven way to save on future health care expenses. ALL employees, even in the best health, can benefit! Visit UNI Employee Wellness to access the online registration form and view the FAQs. All employees who attend will be entered into a drawing for a UNI Employee Wellness Fit Kit. Please register for your appointment before Friday, November 15.

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Savvy Social Security: What every employee should know to plan for retirement.
Posted: October 2, 2013
Ended: November 18, 2013

Decisions employees make today can have a tremendous bearing on the total amount of benefits they stand to receive over their lifetime. Donít miss this valuable presentation designed to educate and provide insight on Social Security. Wednesday November 6th, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the John Deere Auditorium, CBB 109 . To register please use the Online Registration Form. Please view the Savvy Social Security poster for additional information.

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Veterans Day
Posted: September 12, 2013
Ended: November 18, 2013

Iowa Code allows veterans to request time off for Veterans Day, November 11th. For more information, view the Veterans Day FAQ document.

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UNI Employee Wellness Benefits Quiz
Posted: October 18, 2013
Ended: November 5, 2013

UNI Employee Wellness is providing you with the Employee Benefits & Wellness Quiz in order to educate and raise awareness of UNI Benefits and Employee Wellness services. Employees will be able to access educational web-resources while taking the quiz. Employees who successfully complete the quiz will be able to claim a UNI drawstring sports bag at the 2013 UNI Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair on Wednesday, October 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

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EAP Employee Webinar: Avoiding Identity Theft
Posted: October 18, 2013
Ended: November 5, 2013

UNI's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will be offering a webinar on how to avoid identity theft on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT. Employee & Family Resources will be providing this training to demonstrate the ways in which consumers must be diligent in protecting their identity. Register online for this webinar to learn more about how to protect your confidential personal information. For more information on EAP services offered to UNI employees, visit the EAP web page.

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Save the Date - Wellness Tricks & Healthy Treats, the 2013 UNI Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair
Posted: October 2, 2013
Ended: November 5, 2013

UNI employees are invited to attend the 2013 Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair featuring "Wellness Tricks & Healthy Treats" on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. This event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the wellness services and resources available to employees. For additional information, please visit the Wellness Benefits web page.

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Free Flu Shots
Posted: September 4, 2013
Ended: October 18, 2013

UNI Employee Wellness is offering FREE flu shots for all UNI faculty and staff. Select a clinic date and location that is convenient for you; no appointment necessary. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for common misconceptions regarding the flu vaccine and the importance of getting vaccinated. Protect yourself and those around you by getting the vaccine. Questions can be directed to
hrs-benefits@uni.edu.

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Healthiest State Walk
Posted: October 2, 2013
Ended: October 10, 2013

UNI faculty, staff, and students will join thousands of Iowans in a commitment to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016 by participating in the Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday, October 9. Register for the 10 a.m. Maucker Union walk, the 11:30 a.m. Maucker Union walk, the noon McLeod Center walk or the 3 p.m. WRC walk. For more information, contact Human Resource Services at 273-2422.

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Workplace Local Food Box Program Available to UNI Employees
Posted: August 22, 2013
Ended: October 2, 2013

The Iowa Food Hub is offering the Workplace Local Food Box program for UNI employees to purchase subscriptions of fresh, locally-grown food. Employees can pick up their food box every Friday beginning September 6th through December 20th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Gilchrist 007. If you would like the opportunity to buy fresh, healthy food and support the local community, please register for an account and place an order for a food box starting the week August 26-August 30.

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Employee & Family Resources Webinar - Getting on the Wellness Wagon
Posted: September 17, 2013
Ended: October 2, 2013

UNI employees have the opportunity to participate in a webinar featuring the six dimensions of wellness through UNI's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Employee & Family Resources will be providing this training to increase participants' understanding of wellness on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register online for this webinar to learn more about how to set strategic goals for better holistic wellness.

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Biometric Health Screening
Posted: September 4, 2013
Ended: October 2, 2013

UNI Employee Wellness is offering a free Biometric Screening for all employees on Friday, September 27 from 7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. in Gilchrist 007/009. All employees who attend will be entered into a drawing for a 60 minute Jiva massage. Visit the Employee Wellness page for more information on the screening and instructions on how to sign up.

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Heat Related Illness and Injury - Employee Resources
Posted: August 28, 2013
Ended: September 17, 2013

With the high temperatures this week, it is important to remember to take extra precautions to avoid a heat related illness or injury at work and at home. For additional prevention information check out Preventing Dehydration in the Workplace, and Heat Related Illness flyers. For questions on work related injuries please visit the Workersí Compensation web page.

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Policy 4.03 Conflict of Interest in Employment (Nepotism)
Posted: August 6, 2013
Ended: September 12, 2013

The President's Cabinet has recently approved a revision to policy 4.03 Conflict of Interest in Employment (Nepotism). Pursuant to the Board of Regents policy (4.11) and the Iowa Code (Chapter 71), this policy defines UNI’s standards for employment of relatives working for the University in same or different departments. This policy applies to all current and future full and part-time, temporary and non-temporary, faculty, staff, and student employees. This revised policy better defines "related individuals", adds a requirement to disclose real or potential conflicts of interest, and provides an option for a written management plan for cases where potential conflicts can be mitigated. Questions can be directed to hrs-employment@uni.edu.

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Workplace Local Food Box Program Available to UNI Employees

Posted: July 15, 2013
Ended: August 22, 2013

UNI Employee Wellness is partnering with Nick McCann, the Food System Value Chain Coordinator at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to determine if Faculty and Staff are interested in the Workplace Local Food Box Program. A food box is a bag of groceries filled with milk, meat, eggs, processed products, and produce, featuring products from local growers, creameries, and processors. Each week the food box has different contents. Local Food Box participants can register and pay online through the food box website, and a bag of groceries will be delivered weekly to the workplace at the end of the work day. For further information about this program, visit the Wellness Benefits page. Please email Nick McCannn at anbfoodbox@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in the Workplace Local Food Box Program.

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New Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Provider

Posted: June 25, 2013
Ended: July 30, 2013

Human Resources Services is pleased to announce Employee and Family Resources (EFR) as our new EAP provider for UNI employees, effective July 1, 2013. EFR will provide multiple informational webinars open to all employees during the month of July. Dates and times of sessions and additional information can be found by visiting the EAP web page. For questions, please contact us at 273-2422, or e-mail hrs-benefits@uni.edu.

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Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program Graduates

Posted: June 12, 2013

Ended: July 12, 2013

Congratulations to the following staff members who have participated in the Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program and recently graduated from their degree programs!

  • Gwendolyn Dayton
  • Tonya Gerbracht
  • Anita Gordon
  • Marcy Gosse
  • Lyn Redington
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2013-2014 Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program
Posted: May 30, 2013

Ended: July 2, 2013
The University supports and encourages a staff member’s continual learning and educational development by providing financial support through the Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program (STRP). Through this employee benefit, staff members are able to receive funding to help reach their academic goals. The program is available to Merit and Professional & Scientific staff members holding a non-temporary position appointment of at least 20 hours per week and having at least one year of continuous non-temporary University service.

All staff members who would like to participate in the program for the 2013-2014 Academic Year will need to complete the Annual Application and submit it to their department head for approval.


A signed and approved Annual Application form for the 2013-2014 Academic year must be received by Human Resource Services (HRS) no later than July 1, 2013.

For additional information, please visit the supporting web page and Frequently Asked Questions.

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Faculty and Staff Health, Dental and Voluntary Term Life Insurance Open Enrollment

Posted: April 29, 2013

Ended: May 30, 2013

Your benefits have a large impact on your total compensation package at UNI. Now is the time to review your benefits and opportunities for change. Visit the Benefits Open Enrollment page to learn more about your options and the rate changes for the 2013-2014 benefits year.

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Bon Appétit the Blue Zones™ Way!

Posted: March 13, 2013

Ended: May 21, 2013

All faculty and staff are invited to join UNI employee wellness for a series of Blue Zones™ inspired cooking demonstrations in the CME, Maucker Union. Each session will teach you how to introduce healthier options to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Food samples will be provided. Attend one or all three sessions! Please note: you must register online for each session.

Cooking Demonstration Sessions:

  • April 2 10:00-11:00 a.m. – Breakfast
  • April 23 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • May 21 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. – Dinner
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Financial Literacy Month

Posted: April 11, 2013

Ended: April 29, 2013

Did you know April is National Financial Literacy Month? Get a head start toward your goal of financial well-being by reviewing the educational articles and tools TIAA CREF has created to help you along your journey!

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Biometric Health Screening

Posted: February 19, 2013

Ended: April 26, 2013
UNI Employee Wellness is offering a free Biometric Screening to all employees on Friday, April 26 from 7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. in Gilchrist 007/009. Visit the Employee Wellness page for more information on the screening and instructions on how to sign up.

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Resiliency: Prevail and Persevere!

Posted: March 25, 2013

Ended: April 22, 2013

Life challenges can occur both in our work lives and personal lives. Faculty and Staff are invited to a one hour informational session on Wednesday, April 17 at 3:30pm in the Center for Multicultural Education. This session aims to assist employees in strategizing ways to be resilient, persevere, and remain successful during challenging times. The session will also address the stress that we perceive during these times, and best ways to utilize stress management techniques to be successful in our work and personal lives. Presented by Allen EAP Counselor, Josh Carlson, MA, NCC. Online Registration Form

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2013 Performance Appraisal Training
Posted: January 22, 2013

Ended: March 18, 2013
To register for a session, visit the Training and Development web page and click on Register Online. All training sessions will be in Gilchrist 007.

  • Wednesday, February 20th from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Friday, March 1st from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 6th from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Monday, March 18th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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TIAA CREF Seminar

Posted: February 26, 2013

Ended: March 12, 2013
Please join us for a TIAA CREF seminar: Innovative Investing, TIAA's Alternative Investments in Agriculture. Monday, March 11, 2013 in 009 Gilchrist Hall. Registration / Reception: 5 - 6 p.m. Seminar: 6 - 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 800-732-8353 or register online.

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Blue Zones Project - Campus Blitz Week

Posted: February 25, 2013

Ended: March 12, 2013
UNI Employee Wellness and the Cedar Falls Blue Zones Project are planning a week-long campus blitz, starting Monday, March 4. Visit the Wellness Services page for more information on when and where representatives will be stationed around campus during the week. All employees are invited to stop by and learn more about this important community-wide health initiative!

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Biometric Health Screening
Posted: January 17, 2013

Ended: February 14, 2013
UNI Employee Wellness is offering a free Biometric Screening to all employees on Friday, February 8 from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in Gilchrist 007/009. All employees who attend will be entered into a drawing for a UNI 30 minute massage! Visit the Employee Wellness page for more information on the screening and instructions on how to sign up.

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Live Healthy Iowa 2013
Posted: January 9, 2013

Ended: February 14, 2013
Join thousands of Iowans the UNI Employee Wellness Committee in Live Healthy Iowa’s 10-Week Wellness Challenge. Over the course of 10 weeks, teams of 2-10 people compete in friendly competition tracking activity minutes and/or weight loss on the LHI website. Registration is $15 per participant. Team and individual prizes will be awarded! View the UNI LHI Overview for more information. Register online at Live Healthy Iowa.

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Policy 4.49 FMLA Leave
Posted: October 30, 2012
Ended: January 22, 2013

The President's Cabinet has recently approved policy 4.49 FMLA Leave. This policy provides employees with the University’s practice for administering the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). It also changes our definition of a year from a rolling 12-month year, to an annual calendar year, effective January 1, 2013. The FMLA calendar year will begin on January 1 of each year, and end on December 31 of the same year. Questions can be directed to the Employee Disability and Leave Coordinator.

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Human Resource Services Holiday Hours: Office Closed
Posted: December 18, 2012

Ended: January 2, 2013

The HRS office will be closed from Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Our office will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Happy Holidays!

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2012/2013 Holiday Reduced Operations
Posted: October 12, 2012

Ended: January 2, 2013

The cabinet has approved a reduced operations period starting Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. This period includes three university holidays (Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), four weekend days and four standard work days (Dec. 26, 27, 28, and 31). To learn how this impacts your department, please view the Holiday Reduced Operations supporting web page.

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Healthy Holiday Eating
Posted: December 5, 2012
Ended: December  18, 2012

UNI Employee Wellness presents Healthy Holiday Eating on Thursday, December 13 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. in the CME, Maucker Union. Lisa Krausman, UNI Dietician, will educate employees on how to eat healthier during the holidays and offer healthy substitutes for holiday meals. Food samples will be included! Register online for this learning opportunity by Dec. 12. The first 10 people to register will receive an "Eat Right for Life" cookbook.

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Voluntary Group Long Term Care Insurance
ENROLLMENT PERIOD: Oct. 22 to Nov. 30, 2012
Posted: October 16, 2012

Ended: December  5, 2012

The University of Northern Iowa is pleased to announce an important new employee benefit, Voluntary Group Long Term Care Insurance. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn what long term care insurance can do to help protect your financial future. As a University of Northern Iowa eligible employee, you can now get this coverage at competitive group rates. Coverage under this Program is portable, so it can move with you if you change jobs, retire or leave UNI.

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2013 Enrollment and Change Period
October 1 - November 16, 2012

Posted: September 28, 2012
Ended: November  16, 2012

  • Merit employees can enroll and/or make changes to their health insurance coverage. Please review the reduced premiums for the 2013 plan year!
  • All eligible employees can enroll in the Flexible Spending Account for the 2013 plan year. Elections do not carry over from year to year. You must re-enroll each year!
  • All eligible employees can enroll or drop Vision insurance coverage for the 2013 plan year.
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She's Got It: A Woman's Guide To Saving And Investing: Nov. 12
Updated: October 20, 2012
Posted: October 8, 2012
Ended: November  14, 2012
This will be an in-depth financial seminar geared towards women of all ages. Join us for a revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies developed especially for you.

Register at TIAA-CREF Consultations & Seminars

CME, Maucker Union
Registration: 2:30 p.m.
Seminar: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Veteran's Day
Posted: October 2, 2012
Ended: November  14, 2012

Iowa Code allows veterans to request time off for Veteran's Day, November 11th. For more information, view the Veteran's Day FAQ document.

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Free Biometric Screening
Posted: October 10, 2012
Ended: October  25, 2012
UNI Employee Wellness is offering a free biometric screening to all employees enrolled in health insurance plan through UNI. The Fall clinic will be Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. in 007 GIL. Contact Human Resources at 3-2423 to schedule an appointment prior to Oct. 24. View the flyer for more information on newly expanded wellness screenings offered through Wheaton Franciscan Wellness Services.

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Employee Wellness Interest Survey
Posted: October 1, 2012
Ended: October  25, 2012

The Employee Wellness program is conducting a confidential employee interest survey and we need your input! Please take five minutes to complete the survey between now and October 22. Respondents who reply by October 9 will receive a UNI Camelbak water bottle (quantities are limited). Contact Bobbi Vandegrift with questions.

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Free Flu Shots
Posted: September 13, 2012
Ended: October  25, 2012
No more excuses, get a flu shot! UNI Employee Wellness and the Student Health Clinic are sponsoring FREE flu shots for all UNI employees and students. The vaccine will only be available while supplies last. Spouses and dependents are not eligible to receive a free flu shot. Visit the UNI Benefits Calendar for flu shot dates and locations.
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Charting an Appropriate Tax Path for 2013: Oct. 15
Posted: October 8, 2012
Ended: October 16, 2012

Charting an appropriate tax path in this changing tax environment begins with a discussion on the effects of the 2010 Tax Act on income, estate and gift tax planning for 2012, as well as the introduction of two new taxes on earned income and investment income set to begin in January 2013.

Register by calling 319-356-8026
007/009 Gilchrist
Reception/Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Presentation: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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Registration for 2012 Disability Awareness Summit
Posted: September 19, 2012
Ended: October 10, 2012
UNI will be hosting the 2012 Iowa Regents Institutions Disability Awareness Summit. For additional information, please visit the supporting web page. To register, please visit the Iowa Regents Institutions Disability Awareness Summit 2012 registration page.
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Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair
Posted: September 17, 2012
Ended: October 10, 2012
We invite you to attend the Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the UNI Commons Ballroom. The fair will feature over 50 vendors that will provide interactive health and wellness activities, demonstrations, health screenings, flu shots, food samples, a separate TIAA-CREF break-out session on the new Roth 403(b), and over 50 door prizes! The first 50 employees in attendance will receive a free "Eat Right for Life" book. Visit the UNI Employee Wellness website for more details.
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Roth 403(b) Launch
Updated: September 13, 2012
Posted: August 17, 2012
Ended: October 2, 2012
UNI will be introducing the Roth option effective October 1, 2012 as another way to contribute to your Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan or GSRA with TIAA CREF. With this option you may contribute after-tax dollars to your supplemental plan. TIAA-CREF will be hosting a seminar alongside the Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair on October 9 from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. in the Commons Georgian Lounge to share more details about this option. Plan to attend the seminar to learn more!
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Upcoming Retirement Plan Seminar: Women to Women Seminar - November
Posted: August 17, 2012
Ended: October 2, 2012
This will be an in-depth financial seminar geared towards women of all ages. The seminar will be held in mid-November, so please watch for the specific date, time and location of this exciting seminar.
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Long Term Care Vendor
Updated: August 17, 2012
Posted: June 21, 2012
Ended: October 2, 2012
Detailed information regarding voluntary enrollment with the University's new Long Term Care vendor, Genworth Financial, will be sent to you in October.  Be watching for communication materials at your home address. Onsite enrollment meetings and webinars will be held in November.  If elected,  coverage will be effective January 1, 2013.

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Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace
Posted: August 31, 2012
Ended: September 28, 2012
Stephanie Lawrence from Allen EAP, will explore Mental Health at work on Sept. 26 from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the Maucker Union Elm Room. The topics will focus on understanding mental illness, appropriate responses to mental health at work, and creating an inclusive work environment for all. Please register by e-mailing at hrs-benefits@uni.edu. There is a maximum capacity of 50 employees, so do not delay!
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4.18 Terminations and Terminal Vacation Pay Policy
Posted: July 9, 2012
Ended: September 28, 2012
The President's Cabinet has recently approved a revision to policy 4.18 Terminations and Terminal Pay.  The revised policy more clearly defines the rights and responsibilities of faculty and staff who are terminating employment with the University for any reason, supervisor responsibilities in this process and the handling of applicable terminal vacation pay.

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Warm-Up to Work
Posted: August 31, 2012
Ended: September 25, 2012

UNI employees are invited to meet at the Campanile to Warm-up for Work on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m., Sept. 19 at 1 p.m., and Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m.. Merriam Lake, Health Promotion Facilitator and certified trainer for Wheaton Fransican Health Care, will lead us in 12 stretches designed to warm-up our bodies for work. These only take minutes to complete. Please join us for one or all three! The rain location is set for the Maucker Union University Room.
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IPERS Monthly Contributions Increase
Posted: July 2, 2012
Ended: August 17, 2012
The employee and employer monthly contribution to IPERS will increase effective July 1. The employee share will be 5.78% and the employer share will be 8.67 %. For additional information, please visit the IPERS website or the HRS website.

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2012 Iowa Regents Institutions Disability Awareness Summit
Posted: June 25, 2012
Ended: August 17, 2012
UNI will be hosting the 2012 Iowa Regents Institutions Disability Awareness Summit. For additional information, please visit the supporting web page.

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Travel Assistance Benefit
Posted: June 21, 2012
Ended: August 17, 2012
Employees covered by our group term life insurance policy from Principal Life Insurance Company are now eligible for travel assistance services provided by AXA Assistance. You, your spouse and dependent children (whether traveling together or separately) have access to travel, medical, legal and financial assistance plus emergency medical evacuation benefits when traveling domestically or internationally 100 or more miles away from home for up to 120 consecutive days. For additional information, view Description of Travel Assistance.

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Introducing Jobs@UNI
Posted: June 19, 2012
Ended: August 17, 2012
Jobs@UNI website is used to administer searches for all non merit positions. Jobs@UNI is an online hiring system that replaces the paper-based processes currently used to conduct faculty, P&S, academic administrator and institutional official searches. For more information, view the Jobs@UNI support site.

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Voluntary Health Contribution for Merit Employees
Posted: July 9, 2012
Ended: July 18, 2012
Governor Branstad announced an opportunity for selected employees on State of Iowa health plans to voluntarily elect to pay 20% of their premiums for single or family health insurance. Today through July 19, 2012, the State is conducting this voluntary enrollment for health insurance only for those employees electing to contribute 20% towards their premiums. To learn more, please visit our Voluntary Health Contribution supporting web page.

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Understanding Family and Medical Leaves: A Supervisor's Toolkit
Posted: May 23, 2012
Ended: July 2, 2012
View the recorded webcast. Learn supervisor responsibilities, best practices, procedures, and legal concerns involved with Family and Medical Leaves.

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Introducing Jobs@UNI
Posted: June 12, 2012
Ended: June 19, 2012
Beginning June 20, the Jobs@UNI website will be used to administer searches for all non merit positions. Jobs@UNI is an online hiring system that replaces the paper-based processes currently used to conduct faculty, P&S, academic administrator and institutional official searches. For more information, view the Jobs@UNI support site.

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Burst Your Thirst Challenge
Posted: May 18, 2012
Ended: June 19, 2012
Are you drinking enough water? Gather a team of 2-10 employees and participate in the 6 week Live Healthy Iowa "Burst Your Thirst" physical activity and hydration challenge taking place June 18-July 30. UNI Employee Wellness is funding half of each employee's $8 registration fee. For more information about the Challenge and registration, view the Burst Your Thirst flyer.

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Congratulations to the Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge Winners
Posted: May 21, 2012
Ended: June 4, 2012

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Flexible Spending Drop-in Session
Posted: May 8, 2012
Ended: June 4, 2012
A representative from ASI Flex will be on campus Wednesday, May 30 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in 025 Gilchrist to answer employee questions related to flexible spending. Please stop in at your convenience.

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Open Enrollment: Voluntary Term Life Insurance
Posted: April 30, 2012
Ended: June 4, 2012
All non-temporary employees eligible for life insurance can make changes to or enroll in Voluntary Term Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage now through May 31, 2012. Coverage is available for employees and their family members. This voluntary coverage is in addition to the University provided life insurance. Employees pay the full cost of the premium with after-tax dollars through payroll deduction. All individuals must be approved for coverage by Principal Life Insurance Company. If approved, coverage will begin on July 1, 2012.

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Health and Dental Open Enrollment
Posted: April 30, 2012
Ended: June 4, 2012
Current Faculty, P&S, Academic Administrators, Institutional Officials and Merit Supervisory staff have until Thursday, May 31, to make changes to their current health and/or dental insurance plans. All changes will be effective August 1. Submit completed enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 0034.

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Understanding Family and Medical Leaves: A Supervisor's Toolkit
Posted: May 14, 2012

Ended: May 23, 2012
Join us for a live webcast. Learn supervisor responsibilities, best practices, procedures, and legal concerns involved with Family and Medical Leaves. For additional information, view the webcast flyer.

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P&S Performance Appraisals
Posted: March 23, 2012
Ended: May 14, 2012

Managing staff performance is an ongoing/year-round process and as a reminder we've reached the time of year when P&S staff receive an annual performance appraisal. The performance appraisal meeting is an excellent opportunity to discuss performance and progress toward goals during the past year and determine career development opportunities and performance goals for the coming year. Performance appraisal meetings should be conducted before May 9, 2012. Completed and signed appraisals should be sent to your division head's office (VP, Provost or President) with a copy sent to HRS. For more resources, please visit the Performance Appraisal Training web site.

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Stress Management Seminar
Posted: April 13, 2012
Ended: April 30, 2012

UNI Employee Wellness is hosting a stress management seminar on Monday, April 30 from 11:00-11:45 a.m. in CME, Maucker Union. All faculty & staff are invited to take a break and join Amanda Schara from the Allen Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for a free, interactive session on stress management. Stress at home and in the workplace is directly linked to our physical well-being; learn what you can do to effectively manage it. REGISTER HERE, space is limited.

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Women and Money Educational Seminar
Posted: April 10, 2012
Ended: April 30, 2012

HRS is hosting a TIAA CREF seminar on Wednesday, April 25 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Gilchrist 009, titled "Women and Money: Exploring the Generational Evolution of Financial Independence." The relationship between women and money has evolved over the past four generations. Join us as we take a look at that evolution and how it's impacted women today. This is an inter-generational presentation, and we encourage you to bring a daughter, niece, granddaughter or friend to promote financial education between the generations. Presenter will be Cheryl Red, CFP, CRPC, Director Wealth Management Investment Specialist, TIAA CREF. Please call HRS at 3-2423 to register for this event.

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Adverse Weather
Posted: December 16, 2011

Ended: April 9, 2012

The winter season brings with it the potential for adverse weather conditions. Questions on how faculty and staff absences should be handled during adverse weather are common this time of year. Please visit the supporting web page to learn more about the policy and leave options.

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IPERS Representative Coming to Our Area
Posted: February 9, 2012

Ended: April 9, 2012

You are invited to an IPERS retirement planning session. Come and learn about possible retirement dates, benefit option payouts, and service purchase options. For more information, please view their flyer.

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Family Caregiving Leave
Posted: February 15, 2012

Ended: March 23, 2012

Beginning February 19, the name of the sick leave code Emergency Leave is changing to Family Caregiving Leave. The change was made to clarify the intended use of the benefit. The definition has not changed, and the time used will continue to reduce accrued sick leave. Employees will now see the time card option Family Caregiving Leave in place of Emergency Leave. For additional information and examples of when this leave code would apply, please listen to the Family Caregiving Leave presentation.

Questions can be directed to Therese Callaghan at 273-6164 or therese.callaghan@uni.edu

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Support the Blue Zones Project
Updated: February 10, 2012
Posted: January 19, 2012

Ended: March 23, 2012
Cedar Falls and Waterloo are two of the 11 Iowa towns still in the running to become a Blue Zone Community. The final 11 towns will receive a site visit by the Blue Zones team. For more information, please visit the Blue Zones Project website. Thank you for your support in making the Cedar Valley a healthier and happier community!
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Performance Appraisal Training Sessions
Posted: January 23, 2012

Ended: March 8, 2012

To reserve your spot in one of these sessions, email scott.klahsen@uni.edu with your name, department, number of employees you supervise and their classification, along with your session preference. All training sessions will be in Gilchrist 007

  • Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 9-11 a.m.

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Blood Chemistry Profile (BCP)
Posted: January 23, 2012

Ended: February 10, 2012

A BCP screening will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Rod Library. Employees and retirees enrolled in a university health insurance plan are eligible for one free BCP per academic year. Spouses and UNI students may sign up for a $20 fee. To schedule an appointment, contact Sandy Law at 273-2423.

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Live Healthy Iowa - 100 Day Wellness Challenge
Posted: January 17, 2012

Ended: February 9, 2012
Join thousands of Iowans and the UNI Employee Wellness Committee in Live Healthy Iowa’s annual 100 Day Wellness Challenge!  The challenge begins on Jan. 23 and ends May 1.  The Employee Wellness Committee is encouraging all departments to form a team of 2-10 people and participate in some friendly competition between departments!  To learn more, view the Live Healthy Iowa @ UNI! informational document

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Your Benefits @ Work
Posted: November 7, 2011

Ended: January 9, 2012

Want to explore your benefits? Check out our benefits newsletter (text version).

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2011/2012 Holiday Reduced Operations
Posted: October 28, 2011

Ended: January 9, 2012

To learn more about the holiday reduced operations from Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, please view the Holiday Reduced Operations supporting web page. This web page contains important information about steps to be taken depending on whether your office will be open to the public or closed.

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2012 Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA) Limits
Posted: October 25, 2011
Ended: January 9, 2012
The IRS has announced the 2012 dollar limitations for retirement plan contributions. The GSRA maximum for 2012 will increase from $16,500 to $17,000 per year. Employees who are 50 years of age or older by December 31, 2012 may contribute an additional $5,500 in catch-up contributions. To enroll or to change your 2012 election, please complete a Salary Reduction Agreement. If you have additional questions or need assistance in calculating your contributions, email hrs-benefits@uni.edu or call 3-2423.

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Free Flu Shots
Posted: November 21, 2011

Ended: November 30, 2011

UNI Employee Wellness is sponsoring FREE flu shots for employees enrolled in a university health insurance plan. View the UNI Student Health Clinic website for flu shot clinic dates and locations. No appointment is necessary! Contact Bobbi Vandegrift if you have additional questions.

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2012 Open Enrollment: All Employees

Posted: October 14, 2011
Ended: November 30, 2011
Open Enrollment Period set for October 17–November 30, 2011.

All benefits eligible employees can make changes to or enroll in the following plans during this open enrollment period:

  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Vision Insurance
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Merit 2012 Open Enrollment: Health and Dental

Posted: October 14, 2011
Ended: November 17, 2011
Open Enrollment Period set for October 17–November 17, 2011.

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Free Flu Shots
Posted: September 17, 2011
Ended: October 25, 2011
I am...staying healthy by getting a flu shot! UNI Employee Wellness is sponsoring FREE flu shots this year for employees enrolled in a university health insurance plan -1,000 flu shots will be available first come, first serve while supplies last. Note: the flu shot is not available for employee's spouse/dependents. Additionally, 2,000 flu shots are available for UNI students (sponsored by the Student Health Clinic).

Click here information about the benefits of receiving a flu shot, dates, and locations. No appointment is necessary! Contact Bobbi Vandegrift if you have additional questions.

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Social Security and Medicare: Overview with Joseph Carrillo
CANCELED

Posted: October 18, 2011
Ended: October 20, 2011
The Social Security Office has canceled the October 20, 2011 seminar.

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Free Blood Chemistry Profile
Posted: September 28, 2011
Ended: October 14, 2011
The next Blood Chemistry Profile (BCP) will be held in the Student Health Clinic on Wednesday, October 12 from 7:00-8:30a.m.. One free BCP is offered per academic year to UNI employees who qualify for health insurance benefits. Students, retirees, spouses and partners may take part in the wellness blood profile screening for $20.

To schedule an appointment, contact Kacie in HR at kaciekd@uni.edu - include your name, UID and preferred time.

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Announcing Reduced Fund Expenses for UNI TIAA-CREF Retirement Plan
Posted: August 26, 2011
Ended: October 14, 2011
UNI and TIAA-CREF are pleased to announce that UNI is adopting a new class of mutual funds with lower management fees and expenses for our TIAA CREF Retirement Savings Plan (the “Plan”). The effective date of this change is September 9, 2011.

For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions informational document and a list of the new class of mutual funds. As always, you can contact the Benefits department with any questions about the Plan.

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TIAA-CREF Market Volatility - Employee Communication
Posted: August 22, 2011
Ended: September 28, 2011
Given the current market turmoil, many of you may have concerns about the effect this could have on your future retirement plans. Please read their response to the recent market volatility.

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4.75 Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program
Posted: July 28, 2011
Ended: September 17, 2011
The President's Cabinet recently approved an update to the university policy 4.75 Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program (formerly named 'Staff Training Grant'). Tuition reimbursement may be made available for courses offered by the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) or other accredited post-secondary institutions. The program is available to Merit and Professional & Scientific staff members holding a non-temporary position appointment of at least 20 hours per week and having at least one year of active University service contiguous to the current appointment. This policy identifies the eligibility requirements, program requirements, and procedure for receiving tuition reimbursement.

For additional information, please visit the supporting web page.

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Change in Prescription Mail Service Vendor
Posted: June 13, 2011
Ended: August 26, 2011
Wellmark's prescription mail order vendor is switching from Walgreen's to Immediate Pharmaceutical Services (IPS) effective July 1, 2011. Click here for more information and to view Frequently Asked Questions.

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Taking Relay Phone Calls
Posted: May 09, 2011
Ended: July 28, 2011
Relay Iowa is a service provided at no charge to assist with phone communication for individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech impaired. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Users simply need to dial 711 or (800) 735-2942, to connect with a communication assistant. The communication assistant will then connect the individual phone extension, and utilize TTY technology to relay the message between both parties.

Any phone extension on campus may receive calls from Relay Iowa users, or utilize Relay Iowa to contact an individual who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech impaired. These phone calls should be taken on the same priority level as any call received, and calls must be accepted. Proper etiquette is to speak directly to the individual, as if the communication assistant is not relaying the message. For more information, please visit www.relayiowa.com.

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Annual Children’s Health Insurance Program Notice
Posted: May 09, 2011
Ended: June 6, 2011

Under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), employees or dependents that either lose Medicaid or CHIP coverage, or become eligible for state premium assistance for purchasing coverage under a group health plan may be eligible for special enrollment rights. Please view the PDF Notice for more information.

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ADA Updates

Posted: May 4, 2011
Ended: June 6, 2011

Changes to the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect earlier this year. These changes are in addition to those made effective in January 2009 with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA).

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Enrollment for Voluntary Term Life Insurance and AD&D

Posted: May 3, 2011
Ended: June 1, 2011

Available to all non-temporary employees eligible for life insurance.

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Health and Dental Open Enrollment:
Academic Administrators, Faculty, Institutional Officials, Merit Supervisory and P&S

Posted: April 27, 2011
Ended: June 1, 2011
Open Enrollment Period set for April 18-May 31, 2011.

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Attention Academic Administrators, Faculty, Institutional Officials, Merit Supervisory and P&S:
Explore your new benefit options

Posted: March 24, 2011

Ended: June 1, 2011
Please visit the Benefits homepage to learn more about the new health and dental plan options that will be available to you. Your benefits are a large part of your total compensation package at the University of Northern Iowa, so please review your them carefully to ensure that your choices suit your individual circumstances.

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TIAA-CREF Seminar on Retirement

Posted: April 6, 2011
Ended: April 27, 2011
Join us as TIAA-CREF presents 'Are We There Yet? Investing for Retirement in the "New Normal" Economy' from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Maucker Union. Brett Hammond, a TIAA-CREF managing director and chief investment strategist, will provide a short presentation about how to stay focused on achieving your retirement goals with a complete retirement investment strategy. This event is open to all UNI employees enrolled in the TIAA-CREF retirement plan.

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Important Message from TIAA-CREF

Posted: April 5, 2011
Ended: April 27, 2011
The University of Northern Iowa has been informed by TIAA-CREF that Epsilon, a vendor TIAA-CREF uses to send e-mails, had an unauthorized person access files that included first names, last names and e-mail addresses of customers of some of Epsilon's corporate clients, including TIAA-CREF.

The University does not provide e-mail addresses to TIAA-CREF; therefore, e-mails provided to TIAA-CREFF were at the client’s discretion.

TIAA-CREF has communicated:

  • They do not share any participant account or financial information with Epsilon; therefore, their participant's accounts have not been compromised and they remain secure. TIAA-CREF takes information security very seriously, and they will continue to take the steps necessary to safeguard their clients' personal information.

  • To ensure that clients are aware of the situation, TIAA-CREF will be sending a statement to all participants for whom they have e-mail addresses.

  • Their Chief Privacy Officer and compliance organization will continue to monitor the situation, and they will provide updates if warranted.
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New TIAA-CREF Investment Options

Posted: January 18, 2011
Ended: April 6, 2011

Based on a recent review of the TIAA-CREF investment options, we have decided to introduce two new emerging markets mutual funds to the investment menu – the Emerging Markets Equity Fund and the Emerging Markets Equity Index Fund.

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Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Posted: January 12, 2011
Ended: April 5, 2011

On Monday, January 10, 2011, Title II regulations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) became effective. This prohibits discrimination in employment based on genetic information. For more information and resources on GINA, please visit our GINA web page. For questions on GINA, please contact Human Resource Services at 273-2422.

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UNI-United Faculty Insurance Contract Changes

Posted: March 15, 2011
Ended: March 24, 2011

Details of benefit changes and plan options, along with frequently asked questions, will be posted to the HRS website no later than Friday, March 25, 2011.

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New Employee Development Opportunities

Posted: February 28, 2011
Ended: March 24, 2011

Visit our Employee Development section to learn about two new learning opportunities:

  • Conducting Performance Appraisals
  • Designing Webpages for Visually Impaired Viewers

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Health Insurance Dependent Eligibility Audit

Posted: February 1, 2011
Ended: February 28, 2011

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has contracted with HMS Employer Solutions to conduct a dependent eligibility audit for merit employees. The audit is to confirm that persons covered by a State of Iowa group plan are eligible for coverage. Not all employees will receive a dependent eligibility packet; if you were selected, DAS is requesting that you provide proof of eligibility for the dependent(s) covered under your health insurance plan by February 25, 2011. If you don't respond or provide the required documents for your dependent(s), your dependent(s) may be removed from your health insurance plan effective April 30, 2011. Selected employees should address any questions or concerns about the audit to HMS Employer Solutions--contact information is provided on the packet.

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4.41 Special Compensation Policy

Posted: January 7, 2011
Ended: February 1, 2011

The President's Cabinet has recently approved a new policy, 4.41 Special Compensation. This policy defines uniform calculation, limitation, authorization and payment of special compensation to employees for work which significantly exceeds their normal duties. The provisions of this policy are intended to conform to relevant state and federal regulations including the Fair Labor Standards Act and those governing grants and contracts including OMB Circular A-21.

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4.26 Telework Policy

Posted: January 7, 2011
Ended: February 1, 2011

The President's Cabinet recently approved a new university policy, 4.26 Telework. Telework (or telecommuting) is defined as a work arrangement that allows employees to work outside their primary worksite at an alternate location on a regular basis. This policy identifies the conditions, limitations, authorizations and ongoing requirements for implementing a telework arrangement.

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R.D. Drenkow & Co., Inc. Changed Their Name

Posted: September 20, 2010
Ended: January 18, 2011

UNI's Flexible Spending Administrator, R.D. Drenkow & Co., has changed their name to Advantage Administrators. Nothing has changed except the name! Please visit www.advantageadmin.com for reimbursement claim forms and to access your online flexible spending account.
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2010/2011 Holiday Hours
Posted: November 4, 2010

Ended: January 7, 2011

The official UNI holidays are Friday, Dec. 24; Monday, Dec. 27; and Friday, Dec. 31. The normal workdays affected during this time are Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 28-30.

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2011 Open Enrollment Period
Posted: October 14, 2010
Ended: December 6, 2010

The 2011 open enrollment and change period will be Friday, October 29 - Monday, November 29. Merit employees who are eligible for benefits can make changes or enroll in health and/or dental coverage. All benefits eligible employees can enroll in flexible spending for the 2011 plan year and can make changes or enroll in Avesis vision coverage. All changes are effective January 1, 2011.

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New Veteran's Day Legislation
Posted: September 29, 2010
Ended: November 23, 2010

New legislation allows veterans to request time off for Veteran's Day, November 11th. For more information, view the Veteran's Day FAQ document.
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Expanded Coverage for Eligible Dependents

Posted: May 07, 2010
Ended: September 29, 2010

Due to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, all children currently covered under the University health, dental, and/or vision plan as an over-age dependent will be able to remain on their parent's insurance tax-free. In addition, children will be able to remain on their parent’s group health benefits through age 26. Please view the PDF Memo for more information.

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Annual Children’s Health Insurance Program Notice
Posted: May 05, 2010
Ended: September 29, 2010

Under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), employees or dependents that either lose Medicaid or CHIP coverage, or become eligible for state premium assistance for purchasing coverage under a group health plan may be eligible for special enrollment rights. Please view the PDF Notice for more information.

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Health and Dental Open Enrollment
Posted: May 14, 2010
Ended: June 22, 2010
Current Faculty, P&S, Academic Administrators, Institutional Officials and Merit Supervisory staff have until Monday, June 14, to make changes to their current health and/or dental insurance plans. All changes will be effective August 1. Submit completed enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 0034.

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HRS New Web Site
Posted: April 28, 2010
Human Resource Services has a new website look! Please return within the next week to view new and expanded content.

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Release of New Version of the PAF System
Posted: April 28, 2010
PAF Version 2 has been released. To learn more, view the PAF Resources website.

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AFSCME Mandatory Unpaid Days (MUD) FAQs
Ended: July 1, 2010
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Temporary Layoff/Furloughs Information
Temporary Layoff/Furloughs FAQs
Ended: July 1, 2010

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