Construction, HR News & One Book
Construction to Resume on West Frederick Street this June
The West Frederick Street construction project will resume on June 11 at the intersection of North and South Prince streets and will take approximately five weeks to complete. The Millersville Borough anticipates the intersection to be closed intermittently during the first week of the project. The remainder of the work will be completed on West Frederick Street from South Prince Street to the barber shop on 109 West Frederick St., and will be open to local residents during construction. Weather and additional unknowns throughout the process can affected stated times. For more information, contact Amy Boxleitner, streets superintendent, at 871-4645.
HR News, Summer 2012
Faculty Contract Summer Session Pay Dates
Summer 1: June 1, 2012
Summer 2: June 29, 2012
Summer 3: August 10, 2012
A Reminder to Employees Using ESS for Leave: Remember that if you are absent you must submit a request via ESS to cover your time off. Whenever possible, your request should be submitted to your supervisor in advance of your absence. If you are not able to submit the request in advance, then you must do so as soon as possible upon your return. If you are a supervisor who approves leave for any employee, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employee is submitting leave via ESS for any time they are absent. You must also process any leave submissions from your employees as soon as possible. Failure to ensure that your employees’ leave is submitted and processed by you in a timely manner will cause inaccuracies in your employees’ pay statements and leave balances.
Healthy U: The deadline for Healthy U, PASSHE’s wellness program, is May 31, 2012. In order to qualify for significant discounts in your healthcare premiums, you and your covered spouse/same-sex domestic partner will need to accumulate a minimum of 70 points each by this deadline. Individuals can choose from a wide variety of activities and programs to earn Healthy U points. The first two steps you will need to complete are taking the Pledge, and completing the Wellness Profile (worth 30 points): Access both of these items at Highmark Blue Shield’s website.
After you and your covered spouse/same-sex domestic partner have completed these two steps, you can then choose from any of the remaining programs and activities to attain the 70-point threshold. For more information, visit the Healthy U program website.You may also contact the Office of Human Resources at x3017 with questions about Healthy U.
PEBTF Health Plan Updates (AFSCME, SCUPA, PDA employees only)
Reminder: Prescription Plan Change: Effective July 1, 2012 CVS Caremark will be the new prescription benefit manager. For details on this transition, visit PEBTF’s website.
Voluntary Life Insurance Reminder: If you elected voluntary life insurance coverage for children, please remember that in order to remain covered upon turning age 19 (through age 24), your child must be a full time student.* You must notify the Office of Human Resources to end the voluntary life insurance coverage for your children if you no longer have any children who are eligible for this coverage.
*Please note that the rules regarding life insurance coverage for children over 19 are different from the rules regarding their coverage under your health plan. To be eligible for coverage under your health plan, children over 19 through age 25 are no longer required to be full time students; however, they cannot be eligible for any employer-sponsored health coverage.
Fidelity Summer On-Campus Appointments: Matt Waterloo from Fidelity Investments will be on campus and available for individual appointments on June 14, July 12 and August 14. Check your email for further details including instructions for reserving an appointment.
Social Security Presentation: On June 7, at 2 p.m., Paul Wigerman from the Lancaster Social Security Office will be presenting on Social Security benefits in retirement. If you would like to attend, RSVP by contacting the Office of Human Resources at x3017 or email@example.com.
State Employee Assistance Program
The State System participates in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s employee assistance program. United Behavioral health has been chosen as the administrator for this program. State System employees and their family members are eligible to receive up to three free confidential counseling sessions to evaluate concerns and determine the best referral. Help is available for, but not limited to, many of the following issues:
- Job Burnout
- Work-Related Problems
- Eating Disorders
- Financial or Legal Concerns
- Death and Dying
- Parent-Child Conflict
- Relationship Problems
Services are available 24-hours a day, 7-days per week by calling 1-800-692-7459. Lisa Ulrich, benefits manager, is Millersville University’s SEAP coordinator who can answer questions about the program. The services provided by SEAP are strictly confidential. The System will not be notified unless you give written consent. To learn more, visit the SEAP program website.
Summer Session Tuition Waiver due dates
Summer Session III: May 25, 2012
Fall 2012: July 2, 2012
Winter 2012: October 23, 2012
To access the online form, visit the tuition waiver form website.
Upcoming events include Color Your Plate, a six-week Highmark email campaign, which will begin on July 9, 2012. Diabetes Awareness and Prevention newsletter campaign, a 12-month campaign, which will begin on September 17, 2012.
Call for Facilitators
The One Book, One Campus Committee has selected The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone for the 2012-2013 academic year. Written by the co-host of National Public Radio’s “On the Media,” Gladstone covers a wide span of history to debunk the belief that the media exerts one-way control over the public. Instead of a machine that supposedly influences us, the media is just as likely to reflect the perspectives we already believe, given our ability to select and filter what we see and hear. The book challenges us to question our trust in “objectivity” and exposes many of our most powerful yet least noticed biases.
The goal of this program is to provide a shared intellectual experience for all new students, and present an opportunity for members of the Millersville University community to interact with students in an informal discussion that engages critical thinking. A highlight of the program is book discussions for all new students as a part of New Student Orientation on Friday, August 24.
The One Book, One Campus Committee is currently recruiting facilitators to lead discussion groups with incoming students during orientation. Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to participate. Facilitators will receive a copy of The Influencing Machine and a facilitator’s guide with discussion questions to assist you in planning your session. We will also offer optional training sessions in late July and early August. Discussion groups will be composed of approximately 20 students and an orientation leader.
Academic programming related to our One Book will center on a panel discussion in mid-October with the author, a media artist (Martha Rosler, the Conrad Nelson lecturer) and an academic who specializes in media.
One Book hopes that faculty will consider integrating this text into their courses where appropriate. If you are willing to serve as a facilitator of a book discussion group on Friday, August 24, fill out the One Book facilitator online sign up form.
For more information, contact Caleb Corkery, One Book, One Campus committee chair, at Caleb.Corkery@millersville.edu or 717-872-3655.