January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Archives

Joint Financial Services / Human Resources Meeting

The February Financial / Human Resources meeting will be held on Thursday, February 26th at 9:00 am in 435 Blegen Hall (West Bank).

Brown Bag Financial Series

With the fluctuations in the current marketplace, the Brown Bag Financial Series offers three seminars designed to help University employees become more savvy investors. The upcoming topics are:

Taking Control of Your Financial Life
Presenter: Vanguard
Wednesday, February 4
12-1 p.m., 215 Donhowe

A Perspective on Today's Economy and Portfolio Diversification
Presenter: Securian
Wednesday, February 11
12-1 p.m., 215 Donhowe

Keeping Your Investment Strategy on Track
Presenter: Fidelity
Wednesday, February 25
12-1 p.m., 215 Donhowe

Attached you will find the first of three 8.5x11 posters in pdf format with more details about the presentations. Because of the file sizes, I will send the next two posters in separate e-mails. I would appreciate if you would print these posters and post them in your area, work units, or departments. Of if you have an e-mail listserv for your department, please forward the posters. Because space is limited, please register to attend these sessions at http://www.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/events/index.html.

This year, for faculty and staff who would like to participate but are unable to attend in person, each of these seminars will be broadcast as a live Webinar through UM Connect. To ensure that your system is set up and connected before the actual presentation, go to http://www.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/events/index.html, and check the system requirements and follow the diagnostic procedures.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Brown Bag Financial Services, feel free to contact:
Deborah Stull Kinsley
Communication Project Manager
Office of Human Resources
319 15th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Minneapolis I Know I Can

College Awareness Day

On Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 2,700 third graders attending Minneapolis public schools will participate in the Minneapolis I Know I Can College Awareness Day. The event will bring over 200 volunteers into classrooms to share the significance of making college attendance an aspiration.


See attachment for additional information on how you can get involved. (DOC)

REMINDER: Upcoming Deadlines in CLA HR & Faculty

Friday, January 23 - Annual appraisals of probationary faculty are due in the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty.

Information about these reviews may be found on the Appraisals of Probationary Faculty page of the Faculty website, along with links to the governing documents and forms.

Computers - Buying, Selling, Supporting

  1. Purchase all computers through CLA-OIT (this includes computers for all needs and funding sources). We can assist in configurations either adhering to CLA-OIT standards or custom needs. Jenny Szymanski (szym0010@umn.edu, 6-4652) is CLA-OIT's purchaser.
  2. CLA no longer sells computers to individuals. The process to properly sell a computer puts an undue burden on both CLA-OIT and Financial Service Team personnel due to securing private data, EFS, and other university regulations. As the computers are of questionable value without support (something technicians cannot provide), it is not worth the additional work (e.g. erasing all software and data from the hard drives, creating an invoice in EFS, etc.) to sell them. This policy is applies to ALL computers purchased by university funds.
  3. Every computer used for University business requires professional support. CLA-OIT provides support for computers up to 4 years old (contact your tech for more details). Beyond that, alternative support must be identified or the computer must be sent to CLA-OIT for proper disposal/recycling.

Questions? Contact Jamey Hansen, CLA-OIT's Director of InfoTech Services (hansenj@umn.edu, 6-3666).

Soft funds for staffing

Currently, postings for CLA staff positions are on hold as the college waits for more detailed information about the budget outlook. For staff positions on hold that had received a soft funding commitment from the college, those funds are also on hold until final decisions are made. If a position is subsequently not approved due to the financial situation, those dollars would be treated as part of any FY10 budget reduction your department or unit may be asked to model.

If you have questions about the funding, please contact Karen Dewanz.

Discounted Job Advertising with MN Minority Media Coalition

The UMW Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) has established advertising discounts with the Minnesota Minority Media Coalition--7 local/regional minority newspapers that serve the African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American communities. The discounts are effective immediately and apply to print and on-line advertising.

HERC hopes the discounts will bring savings to the U of M and the other HERC institutions. HERC-wide utilization and savings will be logged by the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder--the publication that serves as the agent for all the papers. We want to share the news of the discounts with any office on campus that may be targeting these communities for student and employee recruiting and advertising.

To receive the discount, the U of M unit will only need to tell Raymond Boyd at the Spokesman that the U is a member of HERC. Contact: Raymond Boyd, Account Representative, rboyd@spokesman-recorder.com

(See: Minority Media Coalition Newspapers Discount Summary.doc)

Important Changes for Student Workers

Due to recent changes in IRS regulations, student workers will no longer be eligible to contribute to the University's voluntary retirement plans (the Optional Retirement Plan and the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan) as of January 1, 2009. The University had approximately 55 student workers participating in these plans as of the 12/31 pay date. These deductions will be stopped before the cutoff for the January 14, 2009 paycheck.

Notification letters were mailed to the home addresses of the impacted student employees. Please refer students with questions about this to Employee Benefits.

IRIS Update

IRIS system maintenance is now complete and data for fall 2008 and spring 2009 is loaded. Please take a moment to review the "Authorized User" report and submit any changes to Ed Zerylnick (zeryl001@umn.edu). The fall 2008 entry deadline will be Monday, February 2, 2009. The basic entry functions; add, edit and delete are unchanged. You will note that we have replaced the old "org" field with two new fields to capture program or project id.

At this time several reconciliation and summary reports for fall 2008 and beyond still need to be reworked. We plan to have this work completed soon. Thank you for your patience.

Quick Link on the CLA HR website

A new Quick Link has been added to the CLA Office of Human Resources intranet website:


Click on "Department Assignments by HR Consultant/Personnel Specialist" to see a list of which departments and units are assigned to which HR Team.


January 23
CLA Payroll cutoff for the 01/19/2009 - 02/01/2009 pay period, 4:30 pm

February 6
CLA Payroll cutoff for the 02/02/2009 - 02/15/2009 pay period, 4:30 pm

February 26
Joint Financial Services / Human Resources meeting, Room 435 Blegen Hall, 9:00 am

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