February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011 Archives

CLA-OIT System Outage

There will be a system outage, Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., for networking improvements in the U's Data Center and for routine maintenance and upgrades to servers.

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Central OIT is making networking improvements in the U's Data Center.
  • CLA-OIT staff will also perform routine maintenance and apply upgrades to servers.
  • Systems may be available during the maintenance window.
  • Systems can and will be shut down without warning and may be unavailable for hours at a time.
  • University Google Apps (Gmail, Calendars, Docs, Sites) will not be affected by this outage.

CLA-OIT recommends that you not connect to these systems and servers until after 6 p.m.:

  • CLA-hosted websites
  • CLA-managed email (dept accounts such as @econ.umn.edu, mailman lists)
  • Research servers
  • Unix-based file servers (clio and thalia)
  • Active Directory servers (Home, Shared folders)
  • Terminal servers
  • Database servers
  • Online tools and applications (Intersections, CLAIR)

Contact: help@cla.umn.edu

Central Security Infrastructure Improvement Project

Deadline for 2011 centrally funded security project proposals to Department of Central Security is Tuesday, March 1. Approval by Associate Dean for Planning, Gary Oehlert, required before submission

The deadline for 2011 centrally funded security project proposals to Department of Central Security is Tuesday, March 1. Proposals from CLA units need approval by Associate Dean for Planning, Gary Oehlert, before submitting to DCS. Please contact Scott Elton (elton003@umn.edu; 6-0950) in CLA Planning Office by end of Friday, February 25, if you are planning to submit a proposal. See University of Minnesota, Department of Central Security's website for link to "Central Security Infrastructure Improvement Project" application instructions and forms.

Find summary and archived video link of Campus Conversation: Safety and Security at the University of Minnesota, held last Thursday, Feb. 17th., in information below.

A copy of the presentation from last week's campus conversation about safety and security at the U, and a link to a video of the meeting can be found at Campus Conversations.

Here is a summary of what the meeting covered:

Campus Conversation: Safety and Security at the University of Minnesota


  • Greg Hestness, Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Chief, University of Minnesota Police Department
  • Robert Janoski, Director, Central Security
  • Gary Christenson, M.D., Director of the Mental Health Clinic at Boynton Health Service

Chief Hestness and Bob Janoski described how the University of Minnesota Police Department and the Offices of Central Security and Emergency Management work together to provide the tools, information, and infrastructure to promote campus safety and to respond to crime, emergencies, and crisis situations. Dr. Christenson addressed the risk for violence in campus settings including those that may arise from mental health considerations, how to identify and address concerns regarding students and employees who may represent a risk to self and others, and reviewed campus resources including mental health services, consultation services, and threat assessment services.

Retirement Incentive Option

RIO is an opportunity for voluntary retirement for eligible employees; this program was approved by the Regents on February 11.

RIO will provide a lump-sum contribution to the State of Minnesota Health Care Savings Plan (HCSP), following the last day of employment. The amount of the contribution will be roughly equivalent to 24 months (52 pay periods) of University subsidy, depending upon the employee's UPlan coverage level (i.e., employee only, employee and spouse/same sex domestic partner, employee and child/children, or employee and spouse/same sex domestic partner and child/children), permanent residence, and work location as of the last day of employment. Additional information on the HCSP may be found at the Minnesota State Retirement System website. Participants in the program may continue medical and/or dental coverage as retirees, subject to the terms of the program in which they participate (either UPlan or Federal). More information is available at the University of Minnesota, Office of Human Resources' website

Enrollment Dates

Faculty, P&A, Civil Service, Union-Represented, and University employees enrolled in Federal health benefits may enroll in the program beginning February 15 through May 15, 2011. A faculty member who wishes to retire during their current appointment must do so on or before the last day of that appointment. All faculty and staff employees who elect to participate in RIO must retire at a date mutually acceptable to the employee and his/her unit, but no later than January 11, 2012.

Eligible Employees

Eligible employees must be actively employed at 75 percent time or greater and hold an appointment term of nine months or longer on the last day of employment. The employee must be currently enrolled in UPlan (or Federal) benefits and be receiving University subsidy for those benefits. Employees must also be eligible for retirement from the University under one of the following scenarios:

  • Age 55 or older with a minimum of five (5) years of service
  • Age 50-54 with a minimum of fifteen (15) years of service
  • Any age with thirty (30) years service

Employees must meet these age and service requirements at the earlier of a) their date of retirement or b) May 15, 2011.

Administrative Representatives or Supervisors/Managers should follow these steps:

  • Provide the appropriate RIO documentation, based on the specific job classification, to eligible employees. (See University of Minnnesota Office of Human Resources' website
  • Certify employee eligibility and determine years of service.
  • Provide information to participating employees regarding the age distribution of eligible employees within unit and job class. (Refer to ADEA Statistics at University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources' website.
  • Obtain necessary signatures on the Retirement Incentive Option Agreement for and, on the last day of employment, the Retirement Incentive Option Release.
  • Enter appropriate information into the HRMS system.
  • Ensure that requests to fill vacancies created by those employees selecting the Retirement Incentive Option program are approved by the offices of the appropriate senior vice president, vice president, or chancellor.

Informational Seminars

Info sessions were held on February 21 and 22.  The recorded presentation will be available online for viewing until the close of the RIO program on May 15. If you have questions, contact the Employee Benefits Service Center at 612.624.9090 or 800.756.2363, option 2 or send an email to benefits@umn.edu.  More information can also be found on the Office of Human Resource's website

Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award

The College invites nominations for this year's CLA "Red" Motley teaching award. Faculty members must be nominated by at least five CLA undergraduate and/or graduate students.

A description of the award, nomination form, and dossier cover sheet may be downloaded (all are PDFs) on the CLA website or obtained from the CLA Undergraduate Programs Office, 115 Johnston Hall, (612) 624-8675.

Nomination Forms are due in 115 Johnston Hall by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011. The Undergraduate Programs Office will contact the home department of each nominated faculty member and will provide guidelines for preparing a complete nomination dossier. The department prepares the nomination dossier for the faculty member.

Dossiers are due in 115 Johnston Hall on Friday, April 1, 2011. Departments are asked to submit the original plus 9 copies.

The CLA Instructional Awards Committee will review the dossiers and make a recommendation to the Dean. If you need further information, please contact Barbara Schwab at 612-624-8675 or schwa133@umn.edu.

Driven to Develop: Professional Development Fair

The University of Minnesota's 3rd annual Professional Development Fair is your opportunity to connect with a broad array of career information and resources.

Join us Tuesday, March 8, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Coffman Memorial Union for an insightful keynote address, informative breakout sessions, and an information expo featuring training and development organizations from across the University.

Dr. Lendley C. Black, chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth, will deliver the keynote address How Did I Get Here?.

Breakout sessions will cover career-enhancement topics such as emotional intelligence in the workplace, managing stress at work, using LinkedIn to enhance your professional brand, power play, goal alignment, and more.

Space is limited for the keynote address, so register soon. More information about the Professional Development Fair, and registration instructions, are available at the University of Minnesota Human Resources' website

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