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Congratulations to the recipients of the Staff Make Students Count awards! These employees go above and beyond to put students first in all they do. Pictured from left to right: Josh Watts, Statewide Office of Information Technology; Ginny Redmond, UAF Student Services; Augie Stiehr, UAS Learning Center; Woody Woodgate (not pictured), UAA Prince William Sound College Adult Basic Education program. Photo by Monique Musick.

Announcements June 2017

  • Personal Holiday Leave
  • Exceptional staff recognized for service to students
  • Changes to annual and sick leave accrual tracking dates
  • Sign up for electronic Explanation of Benefits (EOC) for convenience, security and savings!
  • Public lecture: Leadership, Traditionalism and Transformation
  • Deer Oaks will provide Employee Assistance Program services starting July 1, 2017
  • Premera offers credit report monitoring through Experian
  • SAA June meeting highlights - Annual Report

Public Lecture: Leadership, Traditionalism and Transformation

Professor Ron Heifetz, founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School and globally recognized author, will present a public lecture in Anchorage Thursday June 29, on leadership in times of change including the role of the university in convening public discussions to identify the essential and precious, the negotiable and expendable and how a community can generate the space for the innovation needed to bring the best of history and tradition into the future. Heifetz will talk about how leaders can adapt to and facilitate change and what that transformation might look like. The lecture will be held at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Find more information on the Facebook event.

The event will also feature a book signing of the new edition of Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky's bestselling "Leadership on the Line," which will be released in July. The book will be available to purchase at the event. 

Personal holiday leave

All non-represented employees will have a personal holiday leave available for FY18 beginning July 11. By this date, all applicable employee classes will have a PHL leave category designated in UAOnline and a PHL leave earnings code available for their time sheet.

Changes to Annual and Sick Leave Accrual Tracking Dates

All employees accessing their sick and annual leave balances via uaOnline will see a change in starting balance and rollover dates after July 1. Beginning on that date, all leave accrual, usage and roll-over dates will be tied to the fiscal year. Previously the rollover date was in February. The current “available balance” will become the new “starting balance” at that time. No leave will be lost in this transition.

Sign up for Electronic Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for convenience, security and savings!

You can sign up to receive your Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from Premera electronically, reducing mail and paper clutter. You can view your EOBs whenever you want, and print only what you need. Just log in to Premera.com, click Manage My Account under Member Services, and select “Go Paperless” from the menu. Click “Yes, I want my EOB notifications e-mailed” and enter the e-mail address you want to use. Make sure your Secure Email Notifications settings are ON (select Secure Inbox under Manage My Account.) You can change your settings at any time.

One more reason to sign up? If 40% of UA Choice members sign up for electronic EOB, the university can save another $1 per employee per month on our administrative fees. This could save the plan almost $50,000 over 12 months.

To sign up for paperless EOB statements, you must be enrolled on the plan, a spouse, FIP or dependent age 18 or older of a plan subscriber (employee). If you are the enrolled employee, you’ll have access to your dependents’ EOBs if they are younger than 18.

June SAA Annual Meeting Highlights

The Statewide Administration Assembly held its annual meeting on Thursday, June 22. Below are highlights from the meeting.

  1. SAA representatives received an annual orientation presentation and heard updates on compensation, performance evaluation, Title IX initiatives, and FY18 budget. Representatives discussed these issues with CHRO Keli McGee, Compensation Director Tara Ferguson, HR Analyst Heather Arana, Chief Title IX Officer Mary Gower, and CFO Myron Dosch.  
  2. SAA said farewell to outgoing representatives Alesia Kruckenberg, Arthur Hussey, and Josh Watts. Both Dale Denny and Chrystal Warmoth's terms ended in May when they left UA. 
  3. SAA welcomed new members Shiva Hullavarad, Elaine Main, Sarah Villalon, Derek Ward, and Josiah Borkovec. A full list of members is available at http://alaska.edu/governance/saa/whos-who/
  4. The group elected new officers at the annual meeting. The 2017-2018 officers are Shiva Hullavarad - President, Elaine Main - Vice President, and Sheri Billiot - Secretary. 
  5. Representatives also volunteered to serve on SAA's standing committees. Elaine Main will lead the awards committee, Monique Musick will lead the nominations committee, and Eric Johnson will head up the morale committee. SW staff interested in helping out with one of these committees can contact Morgan Dufseth (mdufseth@alaska.edu) for more information. 
  6. Representatives also agreed on a new meeting time: monthly on the second Thursday from 10am to 12pm. 
  7. Representatives also discussed goals for FY18, which include increased constituent engagement/staff outreach, continued efforts to positively impact staff morale, increased collaboration throughout SW and UA, and continued interaction with SW executives. 
  8. A full year end report can be viewed online at http://alaska.edu/files/governance/SAA-FY17-Year-End-Report.pdf

SAA will meet next on Thursday, July 13 in Butrovich 212a in Fairbanks and Bragaw 210 in Anchorage. All staff are encouraged and welcome to attend. Reach out to SAA members to share your ideas and/or concerns. Additional information about SAA meetings is available on their website

Exceptional staff recognized for service to students

2017 Staff Make Students Count Awards

During their two-day meeting in Fairbanks earlier this month, regents honored Wayne “Woody” Woodgate of UAA’s Prince William Sound College, Ginny Redmond, director of UAF’s Student Support Services, Auguste “Augie” Stiehr of UAS’ Learning Center and Josh Watts of UA’s Office of Information Technology.

The Staff Make Students Count awards are presented annually to staff across the UA system who go above and beyond daily to serve students.

The 2017 award recipients exemplify the myriad ways staff provide outstanding service to  students. Whether through direct contact in a math tutoring program, an adult learning program, a TRiO program for underserved students, or via student club activities—these staff members have gone above and beyond in order to create lasting, positive experiences for our students.  MORE...

Deer Oaks will provide Employee Assistance Program services starting July 1, 2017

Deer Oaks will be our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider starting July 1. The change from ComPsych Guidance Resources comes after a competitive RFP earlier this year. The new program features additional face-to-face counseling sessions, increasing from 6 to 10 sessions per person, per issue. Deer Oaks has extensive experience working with public employers and brings some additional features to university employees and dependents.

Connecting with the Deer Oaks EAP is easy, just call 888-993-7650 and have your call answered by a licensed clinician any time. You can also download the iConnectYou app from the App Store or Google Play, just use passcode 124773 to register. You can also log on the website at www.deeroakseap.com, using UofA as the username and password, and find many online tools and resources, and access to instant messaging with a Work/Life Consultant through their LiveCONNECT feature.

More information is available in this Fact Sheet. Human Resources will be scheduling orientation sessions and other informational webinars this fall.

Premera Offers Credit Report Monitoring Through Experian

The University of Alaska has opted in to a service offered by Premera to extend ProtectMyID by Experian to all employees and dependents 18 or older who are enrolled on the UA Choice health plan. The service includes:

  • $1 million identity theft insurance for certain identity theft-related expenses
  • Daily credit report monitoring that looks for the 50 leading indicators of identity fraud
  • Alerts about key changes in a credit report
  • Easy-to-use credit report with detailed explanations and descriptions
  • Access to U.S.-based call center with fraud resolution representatives and support

FamilySecure is for eligible employees and their dependents under 18 years of age. Benefits include:

  • For the entire family: $2 million guarantee for certain identity theft-related expenses
  • For the parent or guardian: Unlimited online access to credit report and score, daily credit report monitoring that looks for the 50 leading indicators of identity fraud, and alerts about key changes in a credit report.
  • For children enrolled by the parent or legal guardian: Regular checks to see whether a credit report exists for each child enrolled, and monthly alerts on the child’s credit report to inform the parent/guardian of important activity.

Sign up by logging in to your Premera.com account, and click on the “Sign up today” link in the lower right corner. You should have your Premera ID card handy as you’ll need your member ID and group number, then just follow the steps to sign up. This service is offered at no cost to any employee and dependent on the UA Choice health plan.

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