The latest edition of “Our University,” UC’s newsletter for employees, includes stories about online Education classes available at a discount, signing up for a monthly e-mail from President Janet Napolitano, and an introduction to new Optum wellness specialists. This is the last issue of “Our University.” Employee news will now be posted on the UCnet website.
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Featured in the latest edition of “Our University,” the newsletter for UC employees, are stories on the new UCnet website for staff, selection of the Staff Advisor to the Regents, and the UC Living Well program. More>
The University of California Office of the President has announced the opening of the application period for the next staff advisor-designate to the Regents. The position’s term runs July 2014 through June 2016. The staff advisor program allows for two staff and/or non-Senate academic employees to participate in open sessions of the Board of Regents as well as designated committees of the board. More>
UC employees can receive a 33% discount for online education classes, starting this month. They are open to non-matriculated staff and their dependents. This offer is in addition to the employee tuition reimbursement program. Class topics include computer science, dance, climate change, pre-calculus, American cybercultures, psychology, and business statistics. More>
Lab personnel who will be visiting other UC property must comply with the UC tobacco-free policies that will be in place on Jan. 1. Smoking, including e-cigarettes and the use of smokeless tobacco products, will be strictly prohibited on all UC owned and leased property, including the UC Berkeley campus, the Office of the President, the Oakland Scientific Facility, and the Richmond Field Station. Berkeley Lab’s new smoking policy went into effect on Nov. 15. Smoking and e-cigarette use are restricted to designated smoking areas at the main Lab site and the Joint Genome Institute. Berkeley Lab sites in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville will follow the existing smoking policies.
Don’t wait until the last minute to make changes to your benefits plans. Employees currently enrolled in Anthem Blue Cross PLUS or PPO, Anthem Lumenos PPO with HRA, or Health Net full network HMO must choose a new health plan, as these options will no longer be offered in 2014. Those who want to participate in the Health Flexible Spending Account (Health FSA) and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DepCare FSA), must re-enroll to participate in 2014, even if you are currently enrolled in these plans. Staff who choose to enroll in the new Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, cannot enroll in the Health FSA. More>
As Congress and the Obama administration negotiate a spending plan for 2014, University of California leaders are urging that the repeal of sequestration be a top budget priority. A letter to California’s congressional delegation — signed by President Janet Napolitano and campus chancellors — describes the economic and human toll from the indiscriminate federal spending cuts. “Promising science is being delayed or terminated. Labs are being forced to lay off highly trained staff,” they write. “Perhaps most troubling, young researchers are questioning whether to pursue research careers because vital fellowships are threatened and it is taking increasingly longer for them to obtain their first independent research grants.” More>
This month’s Our University newsletter for faculty and staff includes stories on Open Enrollment, first impressions of new president Janet Napolitano (pictured), people making a difference, and the Promise for Education campaign. Go here to read the latest issue.
Newly appointed UC President Janet Napolitano (pictured with Peter Ercius of NCEM) came to Berkeley Lab for a daylong visit on Tuesday (Oct. 15) that included discussions with senior leadership as well as presentations from a variety of Lab scientists highlighting various aspects of the Lab’s research. While here, she also toured the ALS, Molecular Foundry, and NCEM. The Berkeley Lab stop is part of a statewide tour Napolitano is conducting to familiarize herself with all UC institutions. In a note to the UC community about her tour to date, Napolitano stated, “it is clear to this freshly minted Californian that you have much to be proud about, and I myself am proud to be in your midst.” Napolitano took over as UC President on Sept. 30.
Most University of California employees will see only small increases in monthly premiums for medical insurance next year and some people’s rates will go down, a marked departure from the pattern of price increases in recent years. More>