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All ASR staff, including student workers, are invited to the annual ASR staff appreciation event on Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m at The Library Bar,1301 4th St SE, Minneapolis. The event will include appetizers, soda, and coffee. Please RSVP to the event on your Google Calendar.

University Google accounts now have unlimited storage with Google Drive for Education. Drive for Education provides for unlimited storage and other enhancements to Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos. You may store as many Google Drive files, Gmail messages, and Google+ photos as you need.

Merit pay plan information

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With the University’s change to determining civil service employees’ pay increases by merit, ASR has created a mid-year evaluation process for civil service and P&A employees. ASR has  planned to make civil service and P&A salary increases in flat rate increments, based on the annual performance appraisal that occurs each spring. This information was presented at the recent brown bag merit pay plan events and the presentation slides are available on the ASR intranet in the Human Resources > Performance Appraisal Tool section.

AACRAO Elections

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Ingrid Nuttall was elected as a member of AACRAO's 2015-2016 Nominations and Elections Committee. Congratulations Ingrid!

Benefits open enrollment

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Open enrollment for benefits continues through December 1. Benefit options for open enrollment are detailed here. Employees who currently have Insights by Medica, the employee and spouse coverage tier, or same-sex domestic partner coverage must make changes to their benefits elections. Additionally, you must re-enroll for FSA accounts. To enroll online, use Employee Self-Service.

To learn more about benefits options, you can attend an Employee Benefits Fair event. Minneapolis: November 11, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union. St. Paul: November 12, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., North Star Ballroom, Student Center.

Community Fund Drive extended

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The annual Community Fund Drive has been extended to Nov. 7. The fund drive provides an easy way for you to donate to nearly 500 local nonprofits, or to choose your own charitable organization. To donate, visit the fund drive website.

Processing name changes

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New tools are available to help determine what identification is required for students requesting a name change on their academic record. The guides can be found on the ASR website > Work Support & Tools > Work Tools > Name Change Decision Flowchart, Name Change Identification Checklist.

ASR Staff event on Oct. 29

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The fall ASR staff event is Wednesday, October 29 from 8:30-11 a.m. The event will be held in the DQ Club Room of the TCF Stadium and will feature a keynote address from Brigadier General Dr. David Hamlar, an address from Sue Van Voorhis, and a demonstration of the new MyU portal. A full agenda and a bio of the keynote speaker is available here.

The West Bank and St. Paul One Stop Student Services locations will be closed from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 for the ASR staff event. The Science Teaching and Student Services location will be open with full service.

The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) was recently presented an Access Achievement Award by the Disability Resource center. Here's what the Disability Resource Center had to say about OCM's efforts to ensure that the University's classrooms serve all students:

"We want to recognize the Office of Classroom Management for their attitude toward and pursuit of access. On numerous occasions I've had reason to interact with Classroom Management staff and they have always been ready and willing to help. Even more than being willing, they recognize the importance of access and it shows in their sense of urgency when an accessibility need is raised. I've seen OCM staff drop what they're doing to run and fix a piece of technology in a classroom, and separately, despite the unimaginably complex domino effect, OCM staff have happily and efficiently, rearranged classroom assignments to accommodate accessibility needs. OCM's recognition of the importance and urgency of access are worthy reasons for them to receive this Access Achievement Award."

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