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.
(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!
Want to learn more about your teams' strengths and how to optimize them for performance and engagement? Use Strengths Finder 2.0 for your next professional development or team building workshop. Contact Ken Pinnock in Human Resources for details.
Strengths Finder 2.0
Each person has unique and valuable talents. If we can leverage these diverse individual strengths, we are more likely to experience success individually and as a team. Through the Strengths Finder assessment, participants will learn their top five signature strengths. Through the team building workshop, your group can learn how to leverage these strengths throughout the year for increased engagement and overall success. Included is a personalized strengths discovery guide, action planning guide, access to the strengths finder community and much more.
free online Professional and Career Development Resources
Online learning via SkillSoft is a great professional and career development tool. SkillSoft hosts Knowledge Centers for Leadership, Foundations and Microsoft 2010. These Knowledge Centers are designed to be user-friendly learning portals that allow you to have instant access to trusted, targeted content. Each Knowledge Center's content is refreshed monthly. Access is free for all staff, faculty and students. From the Knowledge Centers, you can access the following learning resources:
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