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BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD AND BLUE CARE NETWORK EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS AND OPEN ENROLLMENT SCHEDULE: Starting January 1, 2013, health care options for several employee groups will be modified and expanded. An education session with BCBS to inform Administrative Professional (AP), Administrative Hourly (AH), Athletics Coaches (AC), Campus Police (CP), Clerical Secretarial (CS), Confidential Clericals (CC), and Faculty (FA) about their new health care options will be held Wednesday, October 10, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. and again at 1 - 3:30 p.m., in the Welch Hall Regents board room. Open enrollment for the new health care options will take place October 15 - November 2, 2012.

This session will cover the new health care plans during one extended session. The primary focus of this will include:   

  • PPO
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) Eligible PPO
  • Blue Care Network (BCN) HMO
  • BCBS Pharmacy Initiatives 

Information regarding additional education and Q & A sessions and open enrollment is forthcoming. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Benefits Office at 487-3195 or email at hr_benefits@emich.edu.


UNITED WAY PLEDGE DRIVE: EMU has a great tradition of supporting this community and United Way is a part of that tradition. Please help us reach this year's goal of $100,000. There are six focus areas the campaign helps: early childhood care and education, school-aged youth, hunger relief, homelessness and housing, senior assistance and safety-net health. There are 3 ways you can make a donation:

  • Traditional Link: http://uwwc.unitedwayepledge.org/. User ID is your emich email address, password is "liveunited." Then, you will be asked to change your password.
  • Paper donations are also an option. Please see your United Way department representative or contact this year's chair, Kevin Kucera, associate VP of enrollment management, or Linda Moore, coordinator at 487-8892 or email at lmoore14@emich.edu.


CYBER SECURITY TIP OF THE DAY: October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more cyber security awareness tips and information, go to SANS Security Awareness Tip of the Day. Today's tip.

  • If you're not sure it's a security incident, report it anyway. Most IT folks would rather hear about a potential problem before it happens instead of trying to figure it out while troubleshooting a system failure. If a phone call from "User Support" doesn't sound quite right, if an email announcement asks for your username and password or if a caller on the phone is too stressed to remember his or her password — don't be pressured and don't be rushed. Rush and pressure are among the "social engineering" hacker's best tools. Ask for help! Call your supervisor or call the Help Desk for assistance.


* PHYSICAL PLANT KEY OFFICE HAS MOVED: The Key office has moved to Central Operations. The key office is located on the 1st floor of the Parking Structure just of Oakwood. The hours remain the same from Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is closed for lunch. At times there will be meetings that the key office must attend. There will be notification stating that the office will be closed and when it will reopen.

Physical Plant Key Information - The Physical Plant is a fast pace growing Department. We are consistently updating our website. Please visit and get acquainted with the many things we do for you all over campus.  We would like you to visit our frequently asked questions.   Where do I obtain a key, transfer or clearance form?  Is a lock change the same as re-keying a lock?  What is the procedure for re-keying?  What do I do to report a lost key(s)? Please log onto our website and download the updated key form. This has the updated fax number on the form. Also, did you know you have 30 days to pick up your key(s) when notified?  After the 30th day if not picked up the key will be recycled and your department will be billed $25.00 per key.  These are just a few of many questions we receive daily. It is important to keep up with the policy and procedure of the keys/lock changes and re-keying.  Any questions please contact Kaye Tobias at 487-2494 or email at Kstachlew@emich.edu.





Today's Events

BLOOD DRIVE AT MCKENNY: Carve out a new halloween tradition by giving blood. There will be a blood drive at McKenny Hall on today, October 10, 9 a.m - 3 p.m. Please make your appointment today: www.redcrossblood.org. Sponsor code: "emu." For more information contact Cathie McClure, 787-2031 or email at mmcclure@emich.edu.


RETIREWISE SERIES: The RetireWise Series is a complimentary retirement education opportunity provided by EMU offering tools you need to clarify your goals and take action. The session today, October 10, will disuss "Creating and Protecting Wealth," from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., in the HR Training Room 100 McKenny. For registration visit www.metlifeplansmart.com, Enter "EMU" or call 866-801-3547.


AGING MUSLIM FAMILIES: LINKS TO THE PAST, BRIDGES TO THE FUTURE:  Join the 2012 Gerontology Program Fall Lecture today, October 10, 4 - 6 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom B. This year's lecture will be presented by Kristine Ajrouch, Professor of Sociology at EMU with a panel response from Haaris Ahmed, Najah Bazzy, Abdullah El-Amin, and Bedrie Hyssen. Following the lecture, a reception will be held with light hors d'oeuvres. This event is FREE, no tickets required, and is  LBC-Group 3 approved. Please contact Gerontology Program Director, Andrea Zakrajsek, with any questions at azakrajs@emich.edu or call 487-3220.


BOREN AWARDS PRESENTATION AND WORKSHOP: Come meet Leah Mason of the Boren Award organization, today, October 10, at 5 p.m., in Starkweather Hall. Boren Awards are prestigious, government-funded scholarships for study abroad for a semester or year in a range of countries deemed important for our nation where their languages tend to be less commonly studied. More information can be found at www.borenawards.org. Additional programs funded through Boren are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer programs and a special category for African Languages. You do not need previous experience in studying any of the languages on Boren's lists. Mason will discuss more about the program and how to maximize your application. Rebecca Sipe, Director of the Honors Program and Stephen Burwood, Director of International Studies are EMU's Boren campus representatives and will mentor EMU applicants through the process.


FORUM ON STATEWIDE BALLOT INITIATIVES: Plan to attend this informative forum tonight, October 10, at 5:30 p.m. and learn more about Proposal 5 (require 2/3 vote by legislature to raise taxes) or at 6:30 p.m. to hear about Proposal 4 (establish Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide collective bargaining), both in Halle Library Auditorium. Each forum will last approximately 50 minutes and representatives of the "vote yes" and "vote no" campaigns will address the audience and answer questions. Each forum will be moderated by Leigh Greden, EMU's executive director of government and community relations. Students may earn Learning Beyond The Classroom (LBC) credit for attending at least two of forums. Please contact Leigh Greden at lgreden@emich.edu if you would like additional information.


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