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Open Enrollment for 2012 Benefits

Come to Investing in Ability events - beginning Oct. 24!

HRD announces two new events: Bridging the Gap & Workplace 2011

MHealthy grant program offers funds to solve ergonomic issues in the workplace

Sign up now for a free Kick the Habit tobacco treatment program, starts Nov. 9

Bring a MHealthy seminar to your department’s front door!

MHealthy fall fitness specials end October 31

Expecting a baby?  Check out these classes at the HERC

Ann Arbor Turkey Trot on November 12 - Proceeds support Project Healthy Schools

Upcoming HRD courses

Planning for your financial goals with TIAA-CREF







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October 19, 2011

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Open Enrollment for 2012 Benefits

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is October 31 through November 11, 2011.  This is your annual opportunity to review your current benefits and make new choices for the next calendar year.  Here's a summary of what to expect and where to find additional information.

Open Enrollment Book Available Online

The Open Enrollment book is now available for download from the Benefits Office website.

2012 Benefits Plan Rates
View your 2012 benefits plan rates on Wolverine Access. The rate pages display both the 2011 and 2012 rates so you can begin planning for your benefits plan choices well in advance of Open Enrollment. To view your 2012 benefits plan rates:

  • Go to Wolverine Access
  • Click Employee Self-Service under Faculty & Staff, or click Student Business under Students if you are a student
  • Enter your uniqname and Kerberos password and click Log In
  • On the Self Service page, click Display Benefits Plan Rates under Benefits

What's New for 2012

  • No co-pay for certain preventive services – Copayments, deductibles and coinsurance may be waived for certain preventive screenings, immunizations and counseling services.  To find out which preventive services will be covered at no cost to you, ask your health care provider or see the federal government's HealthCare.gov website.

  • Co-pay increase for Tier 3 non-preferred drugs – The co-pay for non-preferred brand name prescription drugs (Tier 3) will increase from $35 to $45. The co-pay amount for generic medications remains $5. The co-pay for union members may differ according to their collective bargaining agreement. Refer to the 2012 U-M Prescription Drug Plan Co-pays chart for details.

  • Priority Health plan eliminated – As announced last year, the Priority Health plan will not be offered at U-M beyond this year. Current Priority Health members should select a different health plan for coverage in 2012. Members who do not select a different plan will be automatically enrolled in Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Blue PPO, with coverage effective January 1, 2012. Automatic enrollment protects you from any possibility of a lapse in health coverage.

    Before switching to any health plan, the Benefits Office strongly recommends that you check with the plan to see if your current provider participates.  Links to online provider directories are available on the Benefits Office website.

Learn more on the Benefits Office website: http://benefits.umich.edu/events/oe/index.html

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Investing in Ability 2011 events announced

IAW events

October 24 marks the beginning of the U-M Council for Disability Concern’s annual Investing in Ability series of events. This year, the event features presentations focusing on “Maximizing your potential throughout life.”

Investing in Ability is held in collaboration with University Human Resources, the U-M Health System and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, with support from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. All activities are held in accessible locations.  All are free of charge and open to all members of the university community and the public.

Investing in Ability events include:

  • “The Human Animal Bond,” a conversation with Professor Kris Siefert, 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, Graduate Library, Gallery Room# 100

  • Keynote Presentation: “Maximizing Your Ability Throughout Life” with Professor Chris Peterson, 3:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, U-M Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Room: R1220

  • “Staying Physically Active Throughout Life: Using Local Resources,” 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, October 27, NEW LOCATION! Ann Arbor District Library, Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Drive (at Huron Parkway), Ann Arbor
  • Army/Navy Wheelchair Basketball, 1 p.m. Saturday, November 12, Saline High School Gymnasium, 1300 Campus Pkwy, Saline, MI


Dont miss this special event: "Maximizing Your Ability in the Workplace"

Hear how the featured speakers overcame great personal challenges to achieve professional success. And in the process, be inspired to maximize your own ability in the workplace!

"Maximizing Your Ability in the Workplace*"Featuring 2011 Neubacher Award Recipient Richard Bernstein  and Inspirational Speaker Craig McFarlane!

Tuesday, Nov. 01, 8a.m. - 12p.m.
Rackham Building, Fourth Floor Assembly Hall, 915 E. Washington

8-8:30    Continental breakfast
8:30-8:45   Introductions by Carole Dubritsky, Assistant Director, U-M Office for Institutional Equity
8:45-9:30    Richard Bernstein, Attorney specializing in disability rights
9:30-9:45 Q&A
9:45-10   Break
10-10:45      Jack Bernard, U-M Associate General Counsel; Chair, U-M Council for Disability Concerns
10:45-12    Craig MacFarlane, Inspirational Speaker, “World’s Greatest Blind Athlete”

   *No registration needed

More information about featured events, speakers and panels are available at http://hr.umich.edu/ability/iaw/.

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HRD announces two new events: Bridging the Gap & Workplace 2011!

bridging the gap

HRD is very excited about our newest special events, Bridging the Gap: Engaging Your Own Ability to Lead Change on Oct. 26th and Workplace 2011 on Nov. 16th. See below for more information. Please check our website often for updates: www.hrd.umich.edu.

Bridging the Gap: Engaging Your Own Ability to Lead Change

Presenter: Jim Haudan, CEO of Root Learning
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Rooms'

We have to maintain our excellence! Not enough money! Too much work! No time!  As the keynote speaker for the U-M Management Conference 2011, Jim Haudan spoke compellingly about how you can keep everyone engaged in your organization’s work when times are tough. Because of your requests, we’re bringing Jim back for a deeper dive with a special focus on using strengths-based methods to engage employees in times of change.

Taking inspiration from his book The Art of Engagement: Bridging the Gap Between People and Possibilities, Jim will talk about how focusing on engaging leaders, managers, and individuals in their work, organizations can achieve real, lasting results by unleashing the hidden potential in their people. Join us for the morning and learn practical, concrete, immediately applicable methods of engagement.

Weren’t here last year?  No problem, Jim will begin with a brief overview of The Art of Engagement. He will then assist you in designing your own “Line of Sight” process that you will be able to use in your organization. Be prepared to apply Jim’s concepts in a hands-on workshop.

Additional details and registration information are available at: http://www.hrd.umich.edu/specialevents/haudan2011.html.  


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Workplace 2011

    Presenters: Debra Fine, Renee Malone, Mary Ceccanese, Monique Washington, Lisa Connolly, Sabrina Garrett-Owens, Pat Whitfield, Fernando Caetano, Linda Stegmeyer
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    Sheraton, Ann Arbor

The pace of work is moving faster than ever, making personal leadership at all levels increasingly valuable. Workplace 2011 provides an ideal opportunity to invest in your learning and growth! Come for a full day or choose either the morning or afternoon session and discover the answers to the questions we all want to know about our jobs and leadership:

  • What are meaningful leadership skills, and how can we build them?

  • What are the skills we need to develop in order to be a better team member and are they different from those of leaders?

  • How can knowing who we are and what we think improve our communication skills?

  • What resources in the university and wider community can we draw upon?

  • How do we support our friends and colleagues in their career and leadership journeys?

This year, we are offering two different keynote speakers! Workplace 2011 Morning Session Keynote Speaker and bestselling author Debra Fine will present: The Fine Art of Small Talk: Cultivating Campus Connections. A former engineer, now nationally recognized speaker and trainer, Debra is fast-paced, interactive and truly entertaining. Together we'll laugh, learn, and leave with insightful and informative conversation skills and networking techniques. In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Strike up conversations and keep them going

  • Avoid conversation "killers"

  • Come across as composed and self-assured when interacting with anyone, especially colleagues, students, department heads and administrators

For the afternoon session, Renee Malone will hold an interactive keynote session to help you present your ideas with more confidence. Commanding Presence will show you how to harness energy through three physical presentation skills, sure to enhance your style so you can connect with any size audience, even an audience of one.

Additional details and registration information are available at: http://www.umich.edu/~wkplace/index.html.


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MHealthy grant program offers funds to solve ergonomic issues in the workplace

ergo grant

The MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness Team is accepting applications for its annual ergonomics grant program. Departments or units in need of financial help to purchase equipment or redesign work processes to solve ergonomic issues can receive up to $5,000 to implement solutions that make the work environment safer.

Qualifying grant projects address one or more of the following ergonomic risk factors:

  • Awkward postures
  • Forceful exertions
  • Repetition or sustained postures
  • Contact stress
  • Vibration
  • Temperature extremes

To help as many university areas as possible, MHealthy encourages departments and units that receive a grant to share in the cost of the project.

To apply for an Ergo grant or for more information, go to www.hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/programs/

Submissions received by October 31 will be reviewed in November; however, the application is online year round. If funds remain after November, a second review will occur in spring 2012.


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Sign up now for a free Kick the Habit tobacco treatment program,
starts Nov. 9

tobacco hel[

Looking for assistance and support to help you kick tobacco for good?  MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service is offering a seven-week tobacco treatment group on Wednesdays, beginning November 9. The group will meet 5:30 - 7 p.m. at 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A3, Ann Arbor.

Learn about preparing to quit, how quitting affects your body, tobacco treatment medications, setting a quit date and relapse prevention.

This program is FREE to all U-M faculty, staff, spouses and Other Qualified Adults (OQA), retirees, and patients (with a U-M physician referral).  If you are a benefits-eligible employee, enrolled spouse, or OQA, you may also qualify to receive a $100 before-tax incentive through the MHealthy Tobacco Independence Program (MTIP) for completing this program, as well as coverage for generic over-the-counter (OTC) tobacco treatment products (with $5 co-pay per one-month supply). 

To sign up or get more information, call 734-998-6222 or go to http://www.mhealthy.umich.edu/tobacco.  Registration is required and space is limited. 


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Bring MHealthy seminars to your department’s front door!

It’s easy to attend MHealthy seminars, especially when you have one right in your office!

MHealthy will bring a health and well-being seminar to you and your co-workers; just let us know the date and time you prefer. Seminars are 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length and can be added to an already scheduled staff meeting or event.  Choose from a wide variety of topics, including healthy eating, physical activity, self-care, tobacco treatment, alcohol management and ergonomics.  Sample topics include:

  • Healthier dining out

  • Stretching your food dollar

  • Fit in fitness

  • Walk your way to better health

  • Stress basics

  • Serving serve challenge: Test your alcohol IQ

Seminars should be scheduled at least one month in advance and have at last 10 participants present.

Request forms can be submitted by your department's MHealthy Wellness Champion. 

Not sure who your department’s MHealthy Wellness Champion is? Please email mhealthy-wellness-champs@umich.edu.


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MHealthy fall fitness specials end October 31

Plan ahead for the holidays!  Give yourself or someone you love a fitness present to keep off the extra pounds this holiday season.  You still have time to take advantage of these limited-time special offers from the MFit Fitness Center and MHealthy Personal Training.  

  • One FREE month MFit Fitness Center membership with purchase of 3-, 6-, or 12-month membership.
  • One FREE personal training session with purchase of a package of six or more personal training sessions.  Sessions may be scheduled at the MFit Fitness Center at the Ice Cube or any RecSports location.  Does not apply to doubles sessions.

Save even more money and have fun together!  MHealthy now offers group personal training for up to four people. Available at any RecSports location and the MFit Fitness Center at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. 

Payroll deduction and discounts are available for U-M employees. 

For more information, call: 734-998-8700 or click on the current specials icon at:   http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/programs/activity/icecube.html

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Expecting a baby?  Check out these classes at the HERC

MHealthy Health Education Resource Center (HERC) offers a variety of classes for soon-to-be parents, new parents, grandparents, baby sitters, and more.  Upcoming classes include:

Baby Care Basics
This class is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, infant stimulation and more.

  • Canton Health Center - Wednesday, November 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Brighton Health Center -  Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. to noon
  • East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center - Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to noon

Joys of Grandparenting
Learn the latest trends in childcare, child-rearing practices, safety and more. We’ll discuss the joys and challenges of being a grandparent, how you can support your child, and take care of yourself.

  • Domino’s Farm, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr. - Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. - noon

Classes cost $10 per person.  Registration is required. To register call 734-647-5645, or toll free at 1-800-433-6348, or visit: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html        


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Ann Arbor Turkey Trot on November 12 - Proceeds support Project Healthy Schools

Get fit and support a good cause by participating in the Ann Arbor Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter, Michigan.  Races include a 5K, 10K, and kid’s mile. 

A portion of the proceeds goes to fund Project Healthy Schools, a community/University of Michigan collaborative which supports childhood wellness and fights childhood obesity. The 10K begins at 9 a.m., the 5K begins at 10 a.m., followed by the kid’s mile at 11 a.m.  Participants in both the 5K and 10K will receive an Iron Turkey T- shirt!

For more information or to register, visit http://www.a2turkeytrot.com/.

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Upcoming HRD courses

Below you'll find links to courses that are coming up in October and November 2011. Remember, many of our courses can also be customized and brought to your unit.

Please check the HRD website for other courses and events: www.hrd.umich.edu.

Further information about custom courses can be found at: http://hrd.umich.edu/programsandcourses/

Finding an Extra Hour Every Day: Time Management & Technology Strategies for Busy Professionals
Tue. 10/25/11, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Striving for Leadership Self-Mastery: In Continuous Pursuit of Your Personal Best
Wed. 10/26/11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Difficult Conversations
Thu. 10/27/11, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Basics of Survey Design
Tue. 11/1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 11/15/11, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (2 day course)

Developing Exceptional Customer Service Skills
Wed. 11/2/11, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wed. 11/2 & 11/9/11, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (2 day course)

Conflict Management Skills for Women
Fri. 11/4 & 11/11/11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (2 day course)

Creating Team Norms: The Road to Highly Productive Work Teams
Wed. 11/9/11, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Light the Fuse and Spark Workplace Creativity
Thu. 11/10/11, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

HRD has a monthly newsletter focused on leadership development from all levels. If you would like to see past issues or subscribe to the newsletter, click here: http://www.umich.edu/~hrd/newsletter.


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Planning for your financial goals with TIAA-CREF

Act now to schedule a one-to-one meeting with a TIAA-CREF Individual Consultant who can help you plan for your short- and long-term financial goals, including asset allocation advice and retirement income planning. 

TIAA-CREF Individual Consultants are dedicated to providing you with the most effective advice for your individual circumstances. They do not receive commissions; instead they are compensated through a salary plus incentive program that rewards client service as well as financial results.*

And remember, these meetings are offered at no additional cost to you.

To schedule your consultation at the local TIAA-CREF office:

  • Call 800-732-8353, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. (ET), or
  • Schedule online

The TIAA-CREF office is conveniently located at:
333 Maynard St., Suite 500, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

*Not applicable to brokerage products.

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