UUP Discretionary Awards

From the Interim President
Letters notifying UUP employees that they have been awarded a discretionary salary increase for 2009 were mailed on Tuesday, October 27. UUP employees who did not receive an award letter are reminded that they may appeal the decision by November 4, 2009, as follows:

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Curricular Actions

From the Interim President
I have approved the following curricular items, which have been recommended by the appropriate dean, the College Senate, and the interim provost:

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Changes in Health Coverage and Voluntary Cancellation of Coverage

From the Vice President for Finance and Management
This year’s annual period in which employees may voluntarily cancel their health insurance coverage, voluntarily decline coverage for their dependents, or change their pre-tax contribution is November 1–30, 2009. A form is required to make these changes. Note: Unless employees have a qualifying event, the 10-week waiting period still applies to enroll for health insurance for the first time, or to add previously eligible dependents to existing coverage.

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Health Insurance Transfer Period

From the Vice President for Finance and Management
Each year, employees who are enrolled in the New York State Health Insurance Program may select a different health plan by completing change forms in the Human Resource Management Office. Employees may choose from the Empire Plan or one of the health maintenance organizations.

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NYS Employee Health Benefits Fair

From the Vice President for Finance and Management
Representatives from Community Blue, Independent Health, and the Empire Plan will be on campus from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3, in E. H. Butler Library 210 to answer questions about current health insurance plans and anticipated changes in coverage for 2010. Representatives from the CSEA and UUP Benefit Trust Funds will demonstrate how to maximize dental and vision care benefits. Employees can have their cholesterol checked or learn about the benefits of massage therapy. They can also obtain information about the Employee Assistance Program and meet EAP coordinators. A representative from Work-Life Services for New York State employees will also be on site, offering ideas on balancing work, home, and life issues.


Call for Nominations: 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award

From the Vice President for Institutional Advancement
The Buffalo State Alumni Association welcomes nominations from faculty and staff for the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented annually at Commencement. This prestigious honor is awarded to recognize alumni who meet the following criteria: (1) significant achievement and recognition in their field; (2) dedication to community service, civic affairs, and volunteerism on a local, state, national, or international level; and (3) demonstrated ongoing support for and loyalty to the college and its mission.

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