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Important Benefit Notice--Open Enrollment 2013
To All Benefit Eligible Employees,
Lawrence University’s benefits open enrollment is once again approaching. Open enrollment provides benefit eligible faculty and staff the opportunity to make changes to their benefit elections for the upcoming plan year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). During this time, you may:
• Enroll, change or drop medical or dental insurance coverage
• Add, change, or drop dependents
• Enroll in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) programs (must re-enroll each year)
o Health Care Spending Account
o Dependent Care Spending Account
• Enroll, drop or increase supplemental life insurance election
• Review and update your beneficiary information
This year, the open enrollment period will run May 1 to May 31. To help you make informed choices about insurance elections, we are offering several informational meetings. We strongly recommend that ALL benefit eligible employees attend one of the meetings listed below. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about benefit changes, review the benefit descriptions, and ask questions. Open Enrollment meetings will be held at the Wriston Auditorium on the dates listed below. You do not need to sign-up to attend one of the meetings.
• Thursday, May 2nd from 1-2:30p
• Tuesday, May 7th from 9-10:30a and 11a-12:30p
• Wednesday, May 8th from 3-4:30p
The Benefit Advisory Committee is diligently working to finalize insurance renewal premium rates and benefits for the upcoming plan year. In the meantime, please mark your calendar to attend one of the open enrollment meetings.
If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, a voiceover PowerPoint presentation of the plan options, benefit changes, premium costs, resources and enrollment/change forms will be made available in early May. An announcement will be made via email when these resources are available.
Again, your attendance at one of the meetings is strongly encouraged. If you have additional questions, please contact Human Resources at ext. 6564. Thank you!
Mark your calendar for the next All Staff Meeting!
The next All Staff Meetings will be held on April 30 at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the Cinema.
Come learn about…
• Bon Appétit’s efforts with sustainability and community outreach
• Björklunden: Learn the intriguing backstory and discover how you can make use of the northern campus
• Athletics at Lawrence University
• Campus renovation projects
Refreshments will be provided thanks to Bon Appétit!
Anyone for dominoes??? Downer Renovation and Subsequent Department Moves
The first order of business is finishing the Downer renovation. We are on schedule and expect to have the building finished in May. The Downer construction schedule for April will be the creation of an ADA ramp and entrance to the Hurvis Media Center located on Alton Street. The new elevator will be installed in April and the landscape around the building will be cleaned up. Our IT crew will begin their installation of equipment in May. The film studio, screening room and editing areas are located on the lower level of the building, which will be most easily accessed by the new Alton Street entrance. The first floor will house Admissions and the office for the Pieper chair while the second floor will house ACE (Alumni and Constituency Engagement) on the north side and Career Services on the south.
The move into the building will be a labyrinth of packing, timing and effort. Admissions (Ken Anselment) will be the first move into Downer vacating Wilson House. Admissions must move into the first floor of Downer in June before Alumni Development can move into Wilson House. A brief one-week interim will give Facility Services time to give Wilson House an interior face-lift. The final part of the Landis-Peabody renovation is due to begin July 1, therefore ACE (Mark Breseman) and Alumni Development (Cal Husmann) and their staff must be out of the building by July 1. We will gain 26 beds with the Landis renovation. Career Services (Mary Meany) will be vacating the library’s coveted southeast “wing.” The remaining move will be the film studio area in the lower level. Existing film equipment at 228 North Park and new equipment will be moved into Downer as the equipment becomes available. The lower level will be ready for classes in September.
Summary of new locations:
Downer: ACE, Career Services, Admissions, Pieper Chair and Film Studies
Wilson House: Development*
Landis Peabody: Completion of residence hall wing with 26 additional beds.
Mudd library: Additional library space.
*The Development staff currently in Brokaw will remain there. Those include Annual Giving, Research & Operations, and Corporate, Foundation and Sponsored Research Support.