With the fall semester now underway, our University community has much to celebrate. As we just learned this week, UK has achieved new record-high student enrollment, and we've welcomed our most academically accomplished freshman class ever. Congratulations to all our faculty and staff who are involved with providing a world-ready education and world-class campus experience for our students!
This month, we're proud to highlight many of the offerings available to support our employees, who in turn do so much to support the Kentucky promise for current and future generations.
Last chance reminder to UK health plan members
(UK-HMO, UK-PPO. UK-EPO). Please make sure you and your spouse (if enrolled on your health plan) complete your Healthtrac online health assessment
no later than September 30 to earn up to $360 in rewards per year
. Details below.
Chief Human Resources Officer
UK Human Resources
Last chance to earn rewards with Healthtrac!
Time is almost up! Act by September 30 to claim your free membership in the UK Healthtrac Rewards Program.
Earn $30 by completing a quick online questionnaire here. It takes only about 15 minutes. From there, follow a few simple steps to earn up to $180 per person ($360 per household) per fiscal year. You must complete the questionnaire before September 30 to begin earning benefits. No exceptions.
Healthtrac is exclusively for UK employees, retirees, and their spouses or sponsored dependents enrolled in a UK health plan (UK-HMO, UK-PPO, UK-EPO, etc.).
If you need more details on Healthtrac Rewards, click here or feel free to give us a call at (859) 257-9355.
Check out a free laptop (loan) for your Fall Semester classes!
The Staff Laptop Loan Program has laptops available to loan to eligible UK employees for Fall 2012. For complete information, including the eligibility criteria and an application, click here.
Take a Look at the New UK Training & Development Brochure!
We're pleased to announce a great new way to learn about one of UK's most incredible benefits. Our new booklet highlights the array of free and low-cost professional development offerings available to UK employees. Offerings range from trainings based on the latest business bestsellers to workshops on software and skills that can help advance your department and your career. Our new booklet features a comprehensive listing of everything we have to offer and highlights our knowledgeable staff. Feel free to stop by 123 Scovell Hall and pick-up a copy of your own, or click here for an online pdf version.
Contact us at email@example.com with any questions or feedback you may have!
Updated Schedule! Free On-Campus Retirement Counseling Sessions for UK Employees
Is your retirement account properly allocated according to your risk tolerance and time until retirement? Or do you have other retirement plans you would like to roll into the UK Retirement Plan? Both TIAA-CREF and Fidelity regularly come on campus and meet with UK employees. For dates, locations and information on how to schedule an appointment, click here.
T&D offers new course:
The Our Iceberg is Melting workshop is based on the best-selling book by Harvard Business School professor Dr. John P. Kotter. Participants are presented with a framework for an effective corporate change initiative through the tale of a colony of Antarctic penguins facing danger. Our Iceberg Is Melting shows how the 8-Step Process for Leading Change can succeed in creating needed change in any sort of group. Click here for details.
LAST CHANCE to Donate Leave Time to Staff Shared Leave Pool!
The Staff Shared Leave Pool annual donation period ends soon. Please use our easy online form to donate accrued vacation time to support our colleagues facing health challenges. Act by September 30!
Save the Date: Making the Most of Your Retirement Conference - October 11
Our upcoming annual retirement planning conference for UK staff and faculty is sure to be more popular than ever! This year's event takes place Thursday, October 11! Online registration will be available soon. Complete this interest form, we will send you a priority link as soon as online registration is available.
This year's conference keynote speakers include: Wendy Lustbader, author of Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older; and Gregory A. Jicha, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, who will present Promoting Normal, Healthy Brain Aging: A Model for Brain Wellness.
Celebrate National Work & Family Month with FREE Events
We invite you to celebrate National Work and Family Month by attending one or more of the exciting events we have planned throughout the month of October! There is truly something for everyone in this great lineup of events, including the popular Retirement Conference, FREE lunch for UK Working Moms and Parenting Tweens and Tweens network attendees, and this year's featured keynote: The Inner Life of Optimists: Habits, Happiness, and Health. For a full listing of events and registration information, visit the website.
We look forward to seeing you in October!
Wellness on Wheels Health Screening Oct. 4 (off campus)
UK Health & Wellness is pleased to provide Wellness On Wheels (WOW), a FREE mobile health screening. WOW is coming to Psychiatry, 245 Fountain Court, Room 213, Thurs., Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. Your 20-minute WOW appointment will include tests for: cholesterol (fasting optional), triglycerides and glucose, height, weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage, and waist circumference. Our expert staff will be on-hand for a review of your results. Appointment required. Register now!
Get In Tune and Channel Relaxation!
In Tune is a 6-week online challenge. It will challenge you to tune in to your stressors and fine tune proven stress management strategies that will help keep day-to-day stress levels out of the danger zone. A new topic or "tune" will be introduced each week for participants to try:
- Physical: Your body needs to be strong and healthy to withstand the physical responses to stress.
- Relaxation: Learning to calm and quiet the body, mind, and spirit renews energy levels and refreshes the way you see the world.
- Clarity: If your to-do list is true to your values and beliefs then the top priorities emerge naturally. As they say, all the rest is just stuff!
- Social Support: In the words of stress expert, Brian Luke Seaward, "friends help cushion the fall of a stressful day."
Register for the In Tune challenge now!
Start! Kickoff Dance-Walk!
Dance-walk your way to fitness! Bring your mp3 player and join us as we dance-walk our way through campus, burning calories and having fun at the same time. Join us for the Start! Kickoff Walk, Weds., Oct. 3, at noon, sidewalk between W.T. Young Library and Rose St. The Start Moving! 10-week physical activity challenge runs Oct. 3 - Dec. 11. You may compete with a team of 3-5 people or as an individual. Prizes will be awarded weekly to the leading individual, and at the end of the 10 weeks to the team with the highest average steps. Any individual accumulating 425,000 steps by the end of the 10 weeks will earn an individual prize. Register now.
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