Professional Development & Training

Learn a new topic, take a refresher, or use as a reference tool!

The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing you with valuable training and is excited to announce the availability of MindLeaders e-Learning courses. These courses are available through the Internet from both your home and the office. Titles include Building Relationships, Communicating with Power, and Managing Change. To register for your personal e-Learning ID, please contact Melanie DeSantis at X3272.

State Employee Assistance Program

Suffer a shock, loss or disappointment lately? “The Art of Bouncing Back,” the latest SEAP article, provides advice and practical ways to develop and build resilience, which is a positive way to deal with stress.

You can learn more about the SEAP program plus have the ability to access this article and previous articles on our website:


PASSHE Health Plan Updates (Faculty, Managers, Police, Nurses, Coaches only)

Reminder Regarding Your Health Plan Premium

(From the Spring 2010 PASSHE Group Health Plan Open Enrollment Newsletter)

Effective July 1, 2010, the employee’s portion of the health care premium cost-sharing has increased. Employees who are covered under a Highmark plan (the PPO or the Indemnity Plan) and who have completed the participation requirements for Phase 3 of Healthy U now contribute 15% towards the cost of their healthcare premiums, via their bi-weekly payroll contributions. Those Highmark covered employees who chose not to participate in Healthy U now contribute 25% towards the cost of their healthcare premiums. Prior to July 1, 2010, these contribution rates were 10% (for Healthy U participants) and 20% (for Healthy U non-participants). The increase in contributions was reflected on the pay check dated July 2, 2010.

Employees who have elected coverage under one of the HMO options now contribute 15% toward the cost of their healthcare premiums. There is no wellness program currently associated with the HMO plan options. Prior to July 1, 2010, the employee contribution rate applicable to the HMO coverage was 10% of the premium cost.

Non-faculty athletic coaches’ contribution has increased from 1.0% to 1.5% of salary for Healthy U participants and from 2.0% to 3.0% of salary for coaches who chose not to participate in Healthy U.

Healthy U

Phase 4 of the Healthy U Program began on July 1, 2010. The requirements of Phase 4 will be similar to Phase 3 with the addition of some new activities available to earn your points. Watch your e-mail for further details and instructions on how to participate in Phase 4 to earn the lowest health plan premium

For more information on the Healthy U program please visit: You may also contact Human Resources at X3017 with questions about Healthy U.


Health Care Reform Update-Coverage for Children up to Age 26

You may be aware that the health care reconciliation bill recently signed by President Obama included a provision that would allow children to remain covered under their parent’s health plan until age 26 regardless of student status. PASSHE has informed us that this provision will not be implemented for the PASSHE group health plan until July 1, 2011. At this time, we expect that PASSHE will provide further information in conjunction with Open Enrollment next year.

PEBTF Health Plan Updates (AFSCME, SCUPA and Physicians)

Coverage for Children Up to Age 26

PEBTF is allowing children who turned 19 (or 23 if full-time student) after May 1, 2010 to remain on their parent’s coverage through the age of 26 if they do not have coverage through available through an employer. Employees who have children between the ages of 19 and 26 who were dropped from their parent’s policy prior to May 1, 2010 may add them to their health plan at Open Enrollment (September 20 to October 29) to be effective January 1, 2011. Further details can be found at

Get Healthy

Recently PEBTF mailed notices regarding participation in the Get Healthy program. The notice indicated whether you met the requirements of the Get Healthy Program. The employee contribution for PEBTF’s health plan is increasing to 3% of biweekly salary in October. If you earned the Get Healthy Waiver, your contribution will be 1.5% of your biweekly salary beginning in October. If you did not earn the Get Healthy Waiver your contribution will be 3% of your biweekly salary.

Upcoming Changes to Health Plan Options

Effective January 1, 2011 PEBTF’s health plan options will change. Highmark Blue Shield PPO will replace the Capital Blue Cross PPO. (Highmark’s network is the same as the Capital Blue Cross PPO.) Health America will no longer be offered. PEBTF’s plan of benefits will not be changing. More detailed information will be mailed by PEBTF to your home address in advance of Open Enrollment, which will take place from September 20 to October 29.

Tuition Waiver Deadlines

Winter Session 2010 – November 1, 2010 Spring Semester 2011 – November 8, 2010

Environmental Health & Safety

Hands on fire extinguisher training is coming soon!

All faculty and staff are welcome to learn how to use a fire extinguisher to fight a fire.

Watch for announcements this fall.

Employee Wellness


A variety of employee wellness events have been planned for the 2010-2011 academic year. Because of your participation in the employee wellness survey, our focus this year is on stress management, fitness, nutrition, weight management, and back care. For a list of wellness events, please go to the last page of the newsletter or check out our website by clicking

Phone: 872-3017

Fax: 872-3700


Website: 3

Wellness Fair:

Awaken Your Soul, Enlighten Your Spirit 9/21/10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Quad

Weight Management:

Drop 10 in 10, 10 weeks beginning 9/8/10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Caputo 128

Physical Activity:

Let’s Get Started 9/2/10, 12 noon-1 p.m., Gerhart 10

1/27/11, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Gerhart 10

Fitness Center Orientation 9/7/10, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Fitness Ctr.

9/9/10, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Fitness Ctr.

2/1/11, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Fitness Ctr.

2/3/11, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Fitness Ctr.

Dance 9/13/10, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Brooks Gym

11/1/10, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Brooks Gym

Earth Day Spring Walk 4/22/11, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.


Analyzing Food Labels 10/5/10, 12 noon-12:30 p.m., Gerhart 10

Eat This, Not That! 11/2/10, 12 noon -12:30 p.m., Gerhart 10

Fuel Your Workout 2/9/11, 12 noon-12:30 p.m., Gerhart 10

Organic and Inorganic-Making Healthy Choices 3/2/11, 12 noon-12:30 p.m., Gerhart 10

Food Safety & Ingredient Substitution 3/18/11, 12 noon-12:30 p.m., Gerhart 10

Stress Management:

Meditation 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15

12 noon-1 p.m., TBA

Tai Chi 12/1/10, 12 noon-1 p.m., Fitness Ctr.

2/23/11, 12 noon-1 p.m., TBA

Back Care:

Ergonomics and Back Care 11/11/10, 12 noon-1p.m.,Stayer 302

4/5/11, 12 noon-1 p.m., Stayer 302


Red Dress Luncheon 2/4/11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Lehr

Aging Parents 3/22/11, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Gerhart 10

Quest Diagnostics 3/23/11, Caputo 128

Know Your Numbers 4/12/11, 12 noon-1 p.m., TBA

*Event details are subject to change.


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