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April-May 2013

UNIVERSITY IN SYNC WITH COLORADO CIVIL UNION ACT

(May 21, 2013) The University of Denver has for many years provided benefits to same-sex couples that now are required by the passage of the Colorado Civil Union Act which recently became part of Colorado state law. The Colorado Civil Union Act passed in this year's state legislature, was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in March and took effect May 1, 2013. The law provides thousands of committed couples with critical legal protections and responsibilities, including abilities such as taking leave to care for a partner, making medical and end-of-life decisions for a partner, and adopting children together. DU completed an assessment of its benefits program in view of the law's provisions, and is happy to say the University is not only in full compliance with the new law but has been providing same-sex couples benefits for a long time.

KAISER PERMANENTE'S DU-SPECIFIC SITE

(May 21, 2013) Did you know KP has a website specifically about DU's health insurance plans and local services? Check it out.

OPEN ENROLLMENT CLOSES TOMORROW, MAY 15

(May 14, 2013) Benefited employees: if you plan to enroll or make changes to your current benefits, you must do so by 11:59 p.m. May 15. Remember, some plans require re-enrollment so please read your benefits overview carefully. Use this online how-to guide to navigate through open enrollment. Still have questions? Email totalrewards@du.edu.

OFFERINGS FOR EVERYONE!

(May 14, 2013) While open enrollment applies only to benefited employees, several vendors who offer discounts to all DU employees had booths at last week's Benefits Fair. There was also a booth for the DU Zone Card, a DU Athletics program that gives you access to a growing list of vendor discounts for cardholders. DU Digest will be providing more information on the subject of DU employee and DU Zone Card discounts in the coming months, so stay tuned!

WHO JOINED THE DU COMMUNITY IN MARCH AND APRIL?

(May 14, 2013) Click here to see who got a new position at DU in March and April 2013.

NUTRITION FOR PARENTS WORKSHOP – MAY 17, NOON - 1 P.M.

(May 14, 2013) Join a Kaiser Permanente dietician to learn easy ways to get your kids eating better.

Learn more.

KAISER PERMANENTE MONTHLY HEALTH TOPIC CAMPAIGN

(May 7, 2013) Kaiser Permanente's monthly health topic campaign provides information to the DU community each month about a different health issue. Whether you're a Kaiser member or not, your DU Digest will share health tips each month. May is Cancer Prevention Month. Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; stay in the shade and be sure to wear sunscreen whenever you're outdoors.
  • Avoid toxins, like those found in paints and pesticides.
  • Eat more vegetables and limit red meat to help reduce your chances of getting colon cancer.
  • Quit smoking to lower your likelihood of developing cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation – one drink a day for women and two for men.
  • Get regular checkups and screenings!

BENEFITS FAIR – MAY 8, 9 A.M.-3 P.M.

(May 7, 2013) Whether you're a benefited employee or not, there's something at the benefits fair for you! You'll score some swag, and if you sign up at the HR table, you will be entered in a drawing to win prizes from water bottles and orchestra tickets to a one-night stay at a hotel, a mountain bike, iPod shuffle, Kindle Fire and much more!

Stop by to learn more about well@du, the Staff Advisory Council (SAC), discounts and the many other offerings available to all DU employees. Additionally, our benefits partners will be there to help answer your questions. Click here for a full list of vendors.

well@du – employee wellness program

DU's employee wellness program, well@du, is here for everyone! The wellness workshops are open for everyone to attend (though some require an RSVP). Together with the Center for Sustainability, well@du has brought CSA food drops and the Bike to Work Challenge to campus. Stop by the well@du table at the benefits fair to learn what's coming up and how to get involved.

HELLOWALLET

(May 7, 2013) Benefited employees: learn more about HelloWallet, an online finance wellness tool, by watching this short video demonstration. The University's Human Resources Office provides this new service to benefited employees free of charge to you. To sign up, go directly here.

NOTE: PSCU members are now able to obtain credit union account information through the use of HelloWallet.

GET GROWING! NEW GARDENING SERIES KICKING OFF

(April 23, 2013) Join the Wellness Program this growing season as we encourage and explore growing your own food on-campus and at home with the Get Growing Series. Everyone is welcome to attend.

CHARITABLE GIVING CAMPAIGN DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!

(April 16, 2013) Just completed your 2012 taxes? Would you like more deductions in 2013? Contribute to DU's Charitable Giving Campaign, "Be a Catalyst for Public Good"!

Through the Charitable Giving Campaign, you can make a tax-deductible donation to any nonprofit of your choice through payroll deduction. The date has passed to give online, but you can still use a paper pledge form. You can choose to give to Mile High United Way, Partnership for Colorado or ASCEND, or use the charity lookup tool located on the campaign website (select "Main Menu" from the top left, then select "charity lookup tool"). Turn your completed form into the Payroll office, located in the Mary Reed Building, room 107-A.

Questions? Contact Josh Navarro or Molly Boland in Human Resources.

APRIL WELLNESS WORKSHOPS

Mark your calendars for these upcoming wellness workshops!

Healing Foods – workshop date change!
This wellness workshop will now be Monday, April 29, noon-1 p.m. in University Hall 304. Everyone is welcome.

NEW WELLNESS PROGRAM: MIX IT UP – REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 22

(April 9, 2013) The competition started April 8 – but you can register any time before April 22. Start a team or go it alone. The website is now open for tracking your daily fruits and veggies. Snack bags will be distributed to all participants on a team by the end of the week. Register or start logging now.

Learning and Development Courses

Hiring International Students and Scholars – April 11, noon

Learn the ins and outs of hiring international students and scholars. Topics include interviewing, cross-cultural communication, immigration regulations and Social Security Numbers.

April 11, noon – 1 p.m., University Hall 304.

Register through webCentral, Employee tab, Training (lower right), select Professional Development, and select Professional Development Lunch & Learn Series.


Networking Essentials: Building Relationships Professional Development Lunch and Learn - April 18, noon

What is networking and how do you start? This session will focus on types of networking, expanding your network and maintaining relationships.

Thursday, April 18, noon - 1 p.m., University Hall 304.

Register through webCentral, Employee tab, Training (lower right), and select Professional and Career Development.


Managing and Motivating a Multigenerational Workforce - May 3, 8:30 a.m.

Generational differences often impact a work environment. This highly interactive workshop will allow participants to spend their time exploring and understanding how communication and motivation may differ among generations, create strategies and align their understanding of generations with organizational values. (Note: The participant fee is to help cover a portion of the course fee and participant materials. When registering, you will be asked to provide the department budget number to be charged).

BOOK DISCUSSION ON MICHAEL POLLAN'S IN DEFENSE OF FOOD – APRIL 16, NOON

In anticipation of his visit, the Center for Sustainability and well@du are hosting a book discussion on Michael Pollan's novel, In Defense of Food. Lunch will be provided and each participant will receive a free copy of Food Rules. At this event, there will be a raffle for three free admissions to Pollan's appearance on campus. RSVP to katie.dunker@du.edu.

LAST WEEK TO ENROLL IN WELLNESS COUNTS

(April 9, 2013) Covered by a DU health plan and looking to lower your health insurance premium increase starting July 1? Enroll in the Wellness Counts program before April 15, 2013. If you do not enroll, you will not be eligible for reduced rates.

Not sure if you want to complete the required screenings? First, all screenings are 100 percent free (no copay, no out of pocket costs at KP). Secondly, by enrolling, you'll receive a letter in the mail that outlines your requirement(s) you may have – you can choose to do these or not by May 15, but enrolling will provide the details.

WELLNESS COUNTS ENROLLMENT DEADLINE APPROACHING

(April 2, 2013) Attention employees with current Kaiser Permanente health coverage through the University: the last day to enroll in Wellness Counts is April 15. Wellness Counts is the University of Denver employee Wellness Incentive Program for the upcoming health insurance plan year.

If you (and any covered spouse/partner) complete the Wellness Counts program by May 15, you will receive a $250 or $500 premium credit (depending on your coverage) for the plan year beginning July 1, 2013. The wellness program incentive is available for all benefited employees on any health insurance plan offered through the University. Don't miss this opportunity to reduce your monthly premiums!