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Healthy Tigers 4/15/14

4/15/2014 12:00:00 AM

Do you experience stress in your daily life?  Whodoesn’t!   Not many of us go through life without stress being afactor on a day to day basis or if we are lucky…on an occasional basis….

The attached Pharmacy Phact sheet prepared by Brittany Boos,Pharm.D. Candidate, 2014 might be useful in learning more about stress and howit affects our body, how to manage stress and some of the common myths aboutstress.  The Healthy Tigers team hopes you find this informationuseful. 

There are numerous resources available here on campus thatmight be of interest to you to help you manage your stress if the intensitylevel is extreme….   Don’t hesitate to tap into theseresources.  If you are located at one of the off campus sites, seek outresources in your respective community that can help you manage your stress. It could help you stay healthy!

Counseling Services http://www.cla.auburn.edu/psychology

AU Marriage and Family Therapy Center http://www.mftcenter.auburn.edu/index.html

Campus Recreation and Wellness https://cws.auburn.edu/CampusRec/

AUM Wellness Center – http://wellnesscenter.aum.edu/

AU Pharmaceutical Care Clinic http://pharmacy.auburn.edu/aupcc

Follow the Paws Walking Routes http://www.auburn.edu/administration/business_office/payroll/healthytigers/walkingtrails.html  

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Volunteer Exercise Science Research Project!

4/4/2014 12:00:00 AM

If you are a member of the AU University Staff, faculty,student or know someone in the Auburn Community, volunteers are being recruitedfor an exercise Science Research study which will be conducted as aninvestigation of environmental influences on exercise behavior.

Qualifications to participate:

-         Auburn University Staff, Faculty, Students, andmembers of the Auburn community

-         Males and Females; 19-60 years old

-         Low-active adults* (i.e., < 90 min/week ofmoderate-vigorous physical activity)

Participation in this study could lead to an increase inphysical activity adherence and thus, improved health.


Contact:  Ford Dyke – fbd0001.auburn.edu

School of Kinesiology, Performance and ExercisePsychophysiology Laboratory

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Verizon Wireless extends monthly discount to permanent Auburn University employees

4/4/2014 12:00:00 AM


Verizon Wireless will extend a monthly discountto permanent Auburn University employees as part of their contracted agreement.Verizon is in the process of verifying employment status of Auburn Universityemployees who are currently receiving this discount. To process yourverification to continue the discount, call 1-800-890-8007 or go to this website.The verification process is quick, easy and safe. This is not a phishing schemeor any type of fraudulent verification process. For questions, contact MelissaLong at longmel@auburn.edu.


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Benefits News

3/26/2014 12:00:00 AM

Representativesof the University-approved companies will be on campus during the monthof April to meet with employees on a one-to-one basis to provide a reviewand better understanding of the University's voluntary retirementplans.  

 

Regardlessof whether or not you currently participate in the plan or with which companyyou participate, you may meet with any of the listed representatives. Allsessions will be held at Payroll & Employee Benefits, 212 IngramHall.  Dates and contact information are listed below.

  

April2  and 3

FidelityInvestments
ChristopherMann

Toschedule an appointment please call 1-800-642-7131, or log-in to theFidelity website at  www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations

 

April9, 10, 15, 23 and 29

VALIC

CindyHaynes      Please email cindy.haynes@valic.com  or call 334-444-1533 toschedule an appointment.
Brian Ledbetter   Please email
brian.ledbetter@valic.com or call334-444-7874 to schedule an appointment.

 

April16

LincolnFinancial Group
Che'Bailey   
Please call 866-489-4821 or email
che.bailey@LFG.com  to schedulean appointment.

 

April17 and 18

TIAA-CREF
JimHogan
To schedule an appointment, please call
800-732-8353

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Healthy Tigers

3/24/2014 12:00:00 AM

SPRING IS HERE! 

 

It’s a great time to think about spring cleaning and takingcare of things you’ve been putting off all winter because it was too cold, toorainy, etc or you’ve been hybernating….  Well, hopefully, we’ll see moresunshine, warmer temps, less rain and if you are on the main campus, you canget in a nice walk over to the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Clinic(AUPCC) and get your Healthy Tigers Screening checked off your list of thingsto do.  When scheduling your appointment, be mindful of your preferredscreening location when viewing appointment options…. AUPCCdesignated locations for clinics of course are here on the main campus at theHarrison School of Pharmacy. 

 

We will conduct screenings in Huntsville, Columbiana, WestAlabama, Fairhope, Wiregrass region, and Tuscaloosa at later dates.  Lookfor those screening appointments to be announced later.  See the link atthe bottom of this email to schedule your appointment.

 

April 2, 2014 – Clinicians will be conducting a screeningclinic in Mobile

April 9, 2014 – our clinicians are scheduled to be at the AUM campus from 9-3:30 atTaylor Center

April 18, 2014, the team will be at Eagle’s Crossing from 8:30 – Noon. 

May 7, 2014 – 4H Center – Columbiana 9:30 – 12:30

 

It’s a perfect time to think about getting your screeningdone to qualify for your Healthy Tigers Wellness Initiative discount for 2015or if you failed to get your screening done last year and want to get yourdiscount reactivated, you can get screened and we can reactivate your discountfor the rest of 2014 and it will serve as your screening for the 2015 discounttoo!  Come on over or visit one of  the off campus sites coming up oryou can submit a Health Care Provider form from a recent visit with yourphysician’s office.

 

Remember,you can check your eligibility status as follows:

 

Log into AU Access

Click Employee Services Tab

Click Self Service Banner

Click Benefits and Deductions

Click Employee Benefit Summary

Click Healthy Tigers Tab

If you are checking your current eligibility (2014), makesure you look under the 2013 tab (this was the screening year to receive thecurrent 2014 discount year)

If you are checking your status for your upcoming 2015discount, click on the 2014 tab (this is the screening year to receive thediscount in 2015)

 

If your physician will be submitting a Health Care Providerform from a recent visit, it will be recorded in AU Access.  If your fileappears without screening dates entered, it probably means our office neverreceived the form.  Our office is currently up to date in posting formsreceived.  The Healthy Tigers fax number is 334-844-8262 or your forms canbe scanned to my email address – hollite@auburn.edu

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Spirit of Excellence

3/12/2014 12:00:00 AM

AuburnUniversity Human Resources has released the final list of Spirit of Excellencewinners for fall semester. The monthly awards recognize outstanding performanceby members of the University Staff and the Administrative and ProfessionalAssembly. Auburn’s annual Employees of the Year will be chosen in latespring from among the Spirit of Excellence winners over the previous 12 months.Spirit of Excellence winners for November were LaurieNewton of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Robert Capps of Industrial andGraphic Design and Betty Sheppard of Veterinary Medicine. Winners for December were, from left, Janet Bandy of University Libraries, JohnGoodman of Facilities Management, Barbara Yates of Foreign Languages and Literaturesand, not present, Martha Allison of the Department of Theatre.








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U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics Financial Fitness Plan

3/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics has a plan for those who seek to better their retirement savings. Click on the pdf below to learn more about this planning tool provided by USLS. 


http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/savingsfitness.pdf



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2014 SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS SALES TAX HOLIDAY

3/4/2014 12:00:00 AM

Alabama will hold its third annual sales tax holiday, beginning Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12midnight, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness items free of state sales tax. Local sales tax may apply.

For more information, contact us 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., CST Monday through Friday

334-242-1490 or 866-576-6531



http://www.readyalabama.gov/



COVERED ITEMS - $60 or Less, per ITEM

EXEMPT:

* AAA-cell batteries

AA-cell batteries

C-cell batteries

D-cell batteries

6-volt batteries

9-volt batteries

* Cellular phone battery

* Cellular phone charger

* Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, two-way radio, weather band radio or NOAA weather radio

* Portable self-powered light source, including battery-powered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks

* Tarpaulin

* Plastic sheeting

* Plastic drop cloths

* Other flexible, waterproof sheeting

* Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kit

* Duct tape

* Plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings

* Non-electric food storage cooler or water storage container

* Non-electric can opener

* Artificial ice

* Blue ice

* Ice packs

* Reusable ice

* Self-contained first aid kit

* Fire extinguisher

* Smoke detector

* Carbon monoxide detector

* Gas or Diesel fuel tank or container

TAXABLE:

* Coin batteries

* Automobile and boat batteries



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Human Resources Looking for Nominations

2/6/2014 12:00:00 AM

TheDepartment of Human Resources is seeking nominations for the Spirit ofExcellence Award. Each month the award is given to an employee from each of thefollowing employment groups: Service and Maintenance, Secretarial and Clerical,Technical and Paraprofessional, and Administrative and Professional. Tonominate an employee, a form must be completed and sent to the Spirit ofExcellence Award, Department of Human Resources, 332 Foy Hall. To print a form,go to this link. For more information, contact Sonya Dixon at 844-7612or dixonsa@auburn.edu.

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Auburn Report Moves to Online Only

1/16/2014 12:00:00 AM

Therecent switch to online-only publication enables the Office of Communicationsand Marketing to return to direct delivery of this publication to faculty andstaff, but now through campus email rather than office mailboxes. The emailsummaries you see now will take you to the current edition, which has beenrefined for ease of opening. However, what you see today is an interim measure.Look for additional changes throughout the semester as we adapt how news ispresented on campus following research and feedback from constituent groups.

Click on the link below to view the Auburn Report (pdf format)

http://www.ocm.auburn.edu/au_report/011514aur.pdf



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FLEX- NEW MEDICAL FSA CARRYOVER OPTION

11/13/2013 12:00:00 AM

We will keep the "grace" period option for the 2013 plan year for the Medical FSA and wait to decide on the new "carryover" option until more information is known.
 
On October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) modified the existing requirement that unused amounts in a medical flexible spending arrangement (FSA) at the end of a plan year must be forfeited. Most FSA plans allow for a "grace" period, which is an extension of the plan year into the first two and one-half months of the following year, so that unused amounts can be spent.
 
This new guidance permits a plan to be amended, for the current 2013 plan year, to allow up to $500 of unused amounts to be carried over for use in the following plan year. The tradeoff is that a medical FSA cannot have both a "grace" period and a "carryover" feature; it's one or the other.
 
It's difficult to say which option is more beneficial and it is not practical at this time to change the plan for 2013. Far too many participants have planned for the "grace" period in early 2014, but you should make your 2014 election with the awareness that the plan could be changed prior to the end of 2014 to switch to the "carryover" feature.

THE WAGEWORKS WEBSITE
 
The WageWorks website is not yet active for people who make elections for the 2014 Medical FSA or Dependent Care FSA. Once the Open Enrollment period closes on December 2, we will transmit the election data to WageWorks and they will send each participant a Welcome letter/e-mail. When you receive that in the middle of December, you will know that the website is ready for you to access.
 
PAYROLL & EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
 
212 Ingram Hall
Auburn University
(334) 844-4183

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Updated Campus Safety Guide now available

10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM


An updated version of the Auburn University Campus Safety Guide was released today and can be found online. This guide is comprised of the 2012 Annual Security Report and the 2012 Annual Fire Safety Report. Auburn University is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act to update and make these reports available to the campus community each year by Oct. 1.

The Annual Security Report includes important information regarding institutional policies on campus safety and related issues, such as crime reporting; emergency procedures and notification; campus evacuation; missing students; alcohol and drug use; weapons; sexual assault; and other safety and security topics. The report also includes crime statistics for the previous three calendar years covering crimes reported to have occurred on campus; at certain off-campus facilities; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Fire Safety Report includes important information about fire and life safety systems in on-campus housing and other campus buildings; policies related to fire safety; fire evacuation procedures; and details about educational programming and drills. It also provides fire statistics for on-campus student housing facilities for the previous three calendar years.

This report was collaboratively developed by the Auburn University Department of Public Safety and Security, the Auburn University Department of Risk Management and Safety and the City of Auburn Public Safety Department in an effort to provide easy access to information on security and fire safety on campus. A paper copy is available upon request from the Auburn University Department of Public Safety and Security at 543 W. Magnolia Ave., Auburn, AL 36849, or (334) 844-8888.

Click here or type the address (http://www.auburn.edu/administration/public_safety/campus_safety_guide13.pdf) in your address bar for immediate access to the online Campus Safety Guide. Please do not reply to this e-mail. If you have any questions, you may contact the Auburn University Department of Public Safety and Security at (334) 844-8888 or by e-mail at publicsafety@auburn.edu.

Campus safety begins with you! Thank you for doing your part to help keep our campus safe.

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2013-2018 Auburn University Strategic Planning

8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM

Beginning in fall 2012, Auburn University initiated a new planning process to develop priorities that will serve as a foundation for the institution’s next Strategic Plan.  The fundamental intent of this process is to outline the University’s aspirations as they relate to our institutional goals of providing exceptional instruction, research, and outreach programs.

During fall semester, the Provost established and charged the Strategic Plan Steering Committee with identifying and developing our strategic priorities.  The Steering Committee is working to solicit input and ideas from stakeholders, both on- and off-campus, in an effort to construct a strong, innovative plan that positions Auburn to be a leader in all aspects of our institution.  The resulting efforts will direct the University’s strategic activities for the next five years.

Beginning in January 2013, a series of Strategic Discussion Sessions were held throughout the state to engage members of the Auburn Family in a broadly inclusive dialogue.  Auburn University representatives traveled to cities throughout Alabama to meet with various stakeholders to seek their help in designing a future that will continue to meet the high ideals of Auburn University.

In March 2013, the University will host several on-campus sessions to engage faculty, students, and staff in identifying strategic priorities. Members of the campus community are invited to attend one of 25-30 scheduled on-campus sessions. The sessions, held over 90 minutes, are deisgned to provide faculty, staff, and students with an opportunity to provide ideas, suggestions, and feedback on strategic priorities for the institution.

Click here to Register for an On-Campus Strategic Planning Focus Group Session

Following their charge, the Strategic Plan Steering Committee identified five work teams to develop priorities in the following areas:

  1. Student Success

  2. Faculty Success

  3. Research Enterprise

  4. Business Operations/Revenue Enhancement

  5. Outreach and Extension

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