November 27, 2011 - December 3, 2011 Archives

CLA Staff Appreciation Event - Hold the Date!

The CLA Staff Appreciation event will be held  on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 2:30-4:30 p.m in Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center.  This event honors the CLA Outstanding Service Award recipients.  OSA notification e-mails will be sent in the next few weeks.  Please contact Angie Plambeck (, 5-1805) for more information.

Open Enrollment: November 30 Deadline

The open enrollment deadline is Nov. 30. Employees who participated in the HealthPartners U Classic Plus plan during 2011 must choose one of the Medica plans in order to have medical coverage in 2012. Those otherwise satisfied with their current medical and dental plan choices do not need to re-enroll; current plans will continue into 2012. Regardless of medical plan, all employees who wish to have a flexible spending account in 2012 must enroll at this time. This year, participants also have a one-time opportunity to enroll in or increase the amount of short-term disability insurance without medical evidence of insurability. For more information, see Open Enrollment or visit Employee Self-Service to enroll by Nov. 30. Call Employee Benefits at 612-624-9090 or 1-800-756-2363 with specific questions.

2012 Medical Premium Relief Program

The University established a one-year Medical Premium Relief grant program to provide assistance to lower paid employees during this year of high increases in the employee contributions for the UPlan Medical Program. Qualification for the grant program is based on your tier of UPlan medical coverage and total household income from the 2010 federal tax form.  If you are eligible to receive the grant, you must apply by December 15, 2011, to get the full premium credit amount. You will need to submit the application along with a copy of your 2010 tax form to Employee Benefits to document your household income. If you are approved for the grant, reimbursement will begin with the first full pay period in 2012.  For information and to apply:

Personal Holiday for Academic Employees

A personal holiday has been added for academic employees on the Twin Cities campus to bring their total up to 11 holidays, consistent with other employee groups and other campuses. The personal holiday for academic staff for FY 2012 must be taken between December 22, 2011 and January 16, 2012. If not used in that time period, it is lost.  For information:

New Administrator in GWSS

Below is a message from Professor Kunzel announcing their new administrator.  CLA HR will soon be in touch regarding a meeting to organize the orientation and training plan for Angela.  Thanks and let's all celebrate this wonderful new addition to CLA. - Margaret

Dear GWSS faculty, students, and staff,

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Angela Brandt as Associate Administrator in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.  Angela will begin her appointment on Monday, December 19, 2011.

Angela comes to GWSS with nearly ten years of working experience at the University of Minnesota. Most recently, she has worked as Project Specialist with the GroupLens laboratory in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.  Angela received her B.A. in Counseling Psychology, Sociology and Human Resources from the University of Minnesota, and is working on a M.S. in Human Resource Development and Online Learning in the College of Education and Human Development. She brings a wide range of skills, talents, and experience to the position, and I am excited about having her join us.

I am grateful to the search committee for their assistance in filling this position:  Jigna Desai, Bea Dehler (Communication Studies), and Colleen Hennen (American Studies).

I'm so pleased that Angela will be joining us, and we'll look forward to welcoming her in a few weeks!

Google Migration Update

CLA's deadline is tomorrow and there are still employees who need to migrate to Google. Department administrators, please check your Google Docs for today's spreadsheet outlining those who still need to migrate. Thank you!

** KUDOS KUDOS KUDOS ** to the following departments who have migrated all employees:

  • American Studies
  • Classical & Near Eastern Studies
  • Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies
  • Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

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