2007 Administrative News Archives
Blue Cross Blue Shield offers a tool that gives information about the doctors and other health care professionals (providers) in the HealthSelect network. Named BlueCompare, the tool provides affordability and performance information. Visit www.bcbstx.com/bluecompare/index.htm for more information.
OFFERS UH-THEMED HOLIDAY CARDS
The Houston Alumni Organization once again is offering UH-themed personalized holiday cards for purchase. There are eight glossy images, many of which were photographed on campus, from which to choose.
DISRUPTIVE STUDENT BEHAVIOR BROCHURE AVAILABLE FOR FACULTY & STAFF
The Office of the Dean of Students has published a brochure titled Dealing with Disruptive Student Behavior. An electronic version is available at http://www.uh.edu/dos/pdf/Civilityflyer.pdf. Call Bianca Springer at 713-743-5470 for more information or copies of the brochure.
TRAINING FOR FACULTY, STAFF
Faculty and staff are required to complete the online UH System Professional Development and Training program. All mandatory courses must be completed by Dec. 31. Call the Division of Administration and Finance Customer Service Center at 713-743-3988 for more information.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PROGRAM AVAILABLE
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas now offers its Complementary Alternative Medicine Program. Health Select members are eligible to receive discounts of up to 30 percent on various services. Visit www.bcbstx.com/hs for more information.
STAFF COUNCIL EXTENDS NOMINATION
Staff Council has extended its deadline to submit nominations for membership elections to 5 p.m., Friday, July 6. Send forms to Maria Saldana at mail code 2039 or by fax at 713-743-9196. Visit www.uh.edu/sc to obtain a copy of the form. Online elections will be held Aug. 1 – 2. Voting at the polls will take place Aug. 1.
INCREASED STATE MATCH FOR
The 80th Texas Legislature increased its match to the Optional Retirement Plan and the Texas Retirement System of Texas from 6 percent to 6.58 percent, effective Sept. 1. For more information, call the benefits office at 713-743-5764.
UH OFFERS SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT
Faculty and staff can establish a ROTH 403B, as opposed to a traditional 403B, to save for retirement. Roth allows employees to deposit after-tax dollars into a retirement plan whereas the traditional 403B is for pretax dollars. For more information, call the benefits office at 713-743-5764.
The University of Houston System Board of Regents has appointed Jim McShan as interim UH System vice chancellor and interim UH vice president for administration and finance. The appointment comes at the request of John Rudley, interim UH System chancellor and interim UH president.
SUMMER ENROLLMENT FOR BENEFITS
BEGINS IN JULY
Summer enrollment for benefits will run from July 23 to Aug. 17. During open enrollment, faculty and staff can add or drop dependents, elect or increase life and disability coverage and change dental plans. They also may renew Health or Dependent Care Flex accounts. Faculty and staff must submit evidence of insurability to add or increase long- and short-term disability coverage and group life and dependent life insurance. Call the benefits office at 713-743-5764 for more information.
GROUP AUTO, HOME INSURANCE
The UH Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Savings Center and Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. are offering faculty and staff a special group discount on auto and home insurance rates. For more information, call the EAP office at 713-500-3327.