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Apr. 23, 2014 -- Campus Clock Chimes


I've noticed that the clock chimes on campus are 2 minutes slow. Is it possible to have them corrected?


A work order has been submitted to ensure the Carrillon system is in sync with the satellite time used.

Apr. 23, 2014 -- Employee Benefit Rate


When our department is charged the benefit rate for each staff member, what does that cover? What is that "benefit"?


From Erika Van Flein, SW Human Resources

Basically, the staff benefit rate includes the following benefits: retirement, pension, medicare, social security, health care, life insurance, long term disability, unemployment, workers' compensation, tuition, waivers, and labor relations. It's set by employee class (exempt, non exempt, faculty, etc) and is how the university pays for the various benefit programs.

Apr. 15, 2014 -- Express Scripts


Is Express Scripts the continued mail order RX provider? It is clunky and inefficient from my and my doctor's point of view.


Yes, Express Scripts is our current mail order prescription provider. If you are having an issue, you might want to review the information available on our website.

To find more information on mail order, go to Premera.com, log in, and select Pharmacy Services under the Member Services tab. Then find the link to go to ESI's site, My Pharmacy Plus.You must fill out the form and mail it, OR there is a form you can print off and take to their doctor who can fax in a prescription directly to them. They don't have online order capability for new prescriptions and they won't accept faxed prescriptions from members (only doctors).

If your issue is still not resolved, please feel free to contact Timothy Armbruster, at 450-8212 for help.

Apr. 4, 2014 -- Cost of living adjustment for staff


Will there be a cost of living adjustment this year?


From Tara Ferguson, UA compensation director

Yes! A two percent salary adjustment for regular staff will be effective July 13, 2014. Employees will see a change in their salary in the Aug. 8, 2014 paycheck.

Apr. 4, 2014 -- SRC women's room water leakage


There has been a broken toilet in the SRC women's room since before Christmas, maybe even before Thanksgiving. There's a yellow safety cone placed there, and water leaking all over the floor. For months. Is UAF really so short of funds that we can't fix a broken toilet even after many months? Shower users have to step over the water to get to the shower room.


FromMarianne Freelong, Customer Service Manager, Facilities Services

Facilities Services is aware of the leak, which is actually coming through the shower wall and not from the toilet.
We have placed a sign near the toilet to let users know that it is water from the shower that is leaking near the wall.

We are awaiting parts to replace a divertor valve in the wall which will repair the leak.

When you come across an issue with a building or water leak, please call Facilities Services at 474-7000 to expedite the request.

Apr.4, 2014 -- Open Enrollment dates


When will the Open Enrollment forms and FY15 rates be released? With Open Enrollment typically running mid-April to mid-May, I'd like to have time to review my options and ask questions before it opens. Thanks!


From Erika Van Flein, Director of Benefits, Statewide Office of Human Resources

Open Enrollment will be April 15 to May 16. We'll be mailing a letter to employees' homes before April 15 with information about plan changes and how to enroll. We're not mailing packets home this year; all information and forms will be available on the benefits website. More information about open enrollment is available here.

Apr. 3, 2014 -- Staff Council calendar style


Whose decision was it to design the Staff Council calendar poster using a Mon-Sun week instead of the conventional Sun-San week? It's great to have the calendar for at-a-glance date reference, but that at-a-glance reference doesn't work so well when most people will mentally attach the wrong days to the dates.Is there a movement for UAF to switch to European calendar styles that I haven't heard of yet?


From Brad Krick, Staff Council President 2013-14

Each fall, the UAF Staff Council designs and prints a calendar for the following year. We try to change different aspects every year, including the picture subject, format, poster size, and so on. This year, one of the obvious changes was the Monday - Sunday format for the calendar days. We've definitely heard the feedback on this change! Next year's calendar will return to the Sunday - Saturday format.

Staff Council will form a committee in the fall to design the 2015 calendar. If any staff are interested, please contact your representatives. In addition, the Calendar Committee is always looking for photos for future calendars. Watch for a Photo Contest during the 2014 Staff Appreciation Day for an opportunity to submit photos!

More information about Staff Council, including how to contact your representative(s), can be found on our website: http://www.uaf.edu/uafgov/staff-council/

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