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Open Enrollment is Underway

11/4/2014 12:00:00 AM

OpenEnrollment for 2015 is underway. The Open Enrollment period began on Saturday,November 1 and will end at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, December 1st. Open Enrollmentpackages should be arriving at office addresses as early as today, or you mayreview Open Enrollment information on the Payroll & Employee Benefitswebpage at the Open Enrollment link.


Formsmust be received in our office by December 1, 2014. Any forms received throughcampus mail after that date will not be accepted. Forms mailed from off-campusoffices must be post-marked no later than December 1, 2014.   AUMemployees may submit forms to the Office of Human Resources on the Montgomerycampus by December 1st  at 4:45 p.m.


FlexibleSpending Accounts:
Continued participation requires re-enrollment each plan year. FSAenrollment information was mailed to your office address in a white envelopewith a big “orange” dot, and includes the 2015 Flex brochure with informationregarding our new Carryover Rule, a 2015 paper enrollment form and instructionsfor enrolling on-line. We encourage you to enroll online via SelfService Banner through AU Access.


Health,Dental, Vision:
General open enrollment information was also mailed to your officeaddress  and includes updates on Health, Dental, and Vision plans. Forms to make changes to health, dental, and vision coverage may be foundon our website at


Cancerand Supplemental Life and Disability:

Application must be madewith Johnson Sterling Consulting, Inc.  Johnson Sterling will have arepresentative available for individual enrollment meetings as follows:

              Payroll & Employee Benefits November 3rd, 4th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th,24th, 25th, and December 1st from 7:45 a.m. until


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Voluntary Retirement Plans One-on-One Sessions

10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Representativesof the University-approved companies will be on campus during the monthof November to meet with employees on a one-to-one basis to provide areview and 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. Withthe exception of Fidelity’s visit on November 18th, sessions will be held atPayroll & Employee Benefits, 212 Ingram Hall.  On November 18, theFidelity representative will conduct sessions at the office of Johnson+Sterlingat 570 Devall Drive.  Dates and contact information are listed below.


November4, and 18


CindyHaynes      Please email  or call 334-444-1533 to schedulean appointment.
Brian Ledbetter   Please email or call334-444-7874 to schedule an appointment.


November14 (by appointment only)

LincolnFinancial Group
Please call 866-489-4821 or email  to schedulean appointment.


November10 and 11

To schedule an appointment, please call


November18*, 19 and 20



Toschedule an appointment please call 1-800-642-7131, or log-in to theFidelity website at


*Sessions to be heldat Johnson+Sterling, 570 Devall Drive, Auburn, AL

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Safe Harbor advocacy program provides assistance to students

8/26/2014 12:00:00 AM

Students often seek the advice of faculty, lecturers, professors, advisors andstaff in regard to interpersonal violence or harassment situations. Studentswho have disclosed such information and may need assistance can be referred toSafe Harbor, a program providing free advocacy services for all Auburnstudents. Advocacy includes advice and referral for medical services, Title IX,academic concerns, student conduct or criminal justice process, university nocontact orders, living arrangements, on-campus counseling, community supportresources and assistance in contacting the appropriate police department (ifoutside of Auburn). Go to this websitefor a full overview of Safe Harbor services. To speak to a confidentialadvocate, call 334-844-7233 or email

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8/18/2014 12:00:00 AM

Staff are available for faculty and staff at the WellnessKitchen. The meal plans will be added to your Tiger Card.  Please sign upvia the web site:

·        15-meal plans available for $137.50

·        30-meal plans available for $275.00

Meals not used in the fall will roll over to thespring.  Any meals not consumed by the last day of classes in the springwill be lost.  Meal plan sign-up will be open throughout the year, soadditional meals in quantities of 15 or 30 may be added at any time. 

The door rate is:

·        Breakfast:  $8.99 (plus tax)

·        Lunch:  $9.99 (plus tax)

The Wellness Kitchen will be open Monday-Friday for breakfastand lunch during the normal academic year.  It will not be open duringbreaks, or holidays.

·        Breakfast hours:  7 -10:30 a.m.

·        Lunch hours:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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25 Enhancements for Auburn Football Gameday in 2014

8/18/2014 12:00:00 AM

AUBURN, Ala. --As Auburn Athletics embarks on another football season, the department isexcited to announce 25 things to add to the gameday experience in 2014.

1.       The price of 20 oz. bottledwater has been reduced from $4 to $2.

2.      Auburn will honor the 10thanniversary of the undefeated 2004 SEC Championship football team at theSan Jose State game.

3.      Fans can now get mobileticket delivery to their smartphones, which can be scanned directly fromtheir devices at the gates of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

4.      Young Alumni (0-3 years removed from AuburnUniversity) can get a special discounted Tigers Unlimited membership of $130,along with their season ticket purchase, and sit in section 37 with theirfellow young graduates. The program has sold out for 2014.

5.      Dining opportunities for thegeneral public on Friday nights at the new Wellness Kitchen.

6.      Auburn will honor the 25thanniversary of the 1989 SEC Champion football team at the Louisiana Techgame.

7.      Ticket scalpers are now required to have a license tosell tickets around Auburn and Jordan-Hare Stadium. Scalpers will wearidentification as part of that license. While this doesn’t legitimize thetickets as authentic, it does give the buyer the ability to write down the nameof the seller to notify the authorities if counterfeit tickets are identified.

8.       Bar codes were added to the faculty/stafftickets to allow faculty/staff to enter any public gate making previouslyassigned gates available for all fans.

9.      The Auburn Gameday mobileapplication will have free audio streaming of the Auburn IMG Network radiobroadcast.

10.  Fans will be allowed on thefield at the conclusion of the Samford game.

11.  The price of hot dogshas been reduced from $4 to $3.

12.  Gate 19 will be an exclusiveentrance for Scholarship Donors. This gate was not previously open foraccess.

13.  There will be bathroomattendants located in all the restrooms in the lower levels.

14.  There will be additional “grab-and-go”concessions stands located around Gates 0 and 2.

15.  Café Jordan-Hare, the unique dining experience at the 50yard line, will be open on Oct. 3 and Oct. 24.

16.  There will be increased freewater stations on the concourse.

17.  Jordan-Hare Stadium cellularDAS was upgraded with additional AWS spectrum for increased 4G datacapacity.

18.  Auburn Fast t-shirts sold at local retailers.

19.  Restrooms in the lower level have added fans andaudio for access to the Auburn IMG Network broadcasts.

20.  A new ticket package – FamilyFour Pack – four tickets for $100 for the San Jose State game.

21.  SEC Nation, the pregame show for the SEC Network,will be on campus for the season opener against Arkansas.

22.  The videoboard willfeature fan interaction through social media, with Instagram videos, twitterposts and gameday selfies.

23.  Auburn redesigned the AUBTIX.comwebsite to help streamline the ticket information and purchasing process.

24.  Students can now getinvested in Auburn football through the Tigers Unlimited U program whichallows current students to join the foundation and begin earning double ticketpriority points.

25.  The third annual militaryappreciation game is set for Nov. 8 vs. Texas A&M.

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Spirit of Excellence Reminder!

8/18/2014 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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Human Resource Development Fall semester 2014 schedule released

8/6/2014 12:00:00 AM

The Human Resource Development "Fall Semester 2014 Schedule ofCourses" is now available online at the HRD website,and Fast-Train is open for registration. Paper copies of the schedule will bedistributed via campus mail next week, Aug. 11 through 15.

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August is Immunization Awareness Month

8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM

The latest Pharmacy Phacts Newsletter attached addresses animportant topic:  Immunizations and how they work and why they areimportant….  The Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Clinic (AUPCC)located in Walker Building – Harrison School of Pharmacy offers somevaccines.  You’ll find a list of those in the Pharmacy Phacts newsletterattached.  Please note:  An announcement at a later date will be sentregarding flu vaccine clinics.  

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Voluntary Retirement Reps On Campus in August

7/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Representatives of the University-approved companies will be on campus during the month of August to meet with employees on a one-to-one basis to provide a review and better understanding of the University's voluntary retirement plans.  


Regardless of whether or not you currently participate in the plan or with which company you participate, you may meet with any of the listed representatives. All sessions will be held at Payroll & Employee Benefits, 212 Ingram Hall.  Dates and contact information are listed below.



August 5, 19 and 27


Cindy Haynes      Please email  or call 334-444-1533 to schedule an appointment.
Brian Ledbetter   Please email or call 334-444-7874 to schedule an appointment.


August 6 and 7

Jim Hogan
To schedule an appointment, please call 800-732-8353


August 6*, 7*, 13*, and 29 *

Fidelity Investments
Andrea Leota

To schedule an appointment please call 1-800-642-7131, or log-in to the Fidelity website at


*All Fidelity sessions will be held at Johnson + Sterling, 570 Devall Drive, Suite 103, Auburn, AL


August 20

Lincoln Financial Group
Che' Bailey    
Please call 866-489-4821 or email  to schedule an appointment.







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Human Resource Development offers fitness and recreational services workshop July 31

7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM

Participants can learn what health, wellness and fitness activities areavailable to employees through Recreational Services at a workshop on Thursday,July 31, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the HRD Training Facility, room 1081Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The workshop will emphasize the benefits of ahealthy lifestyle and the advantages of developing a personal, lifetimewellness and fitness program. It will be presented by Bill Jackson ofRecreational Services. Participants can register for the course in Fast-Train.Go herefor Fast-Train connectivity. For questions, contact Mary Elizabeth Fukai at or (334) 844-7363. 

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Discounted Membership Offer from Alumni Affairs to Employees

7/18/2014 12:00:00 AM

Auburn Alumni Association to offer discountedmembership for university employees

The Auburn Alumni Association is offering a half-price annual membership forAuburn University employees, which will be $25. The offer is available throughAug. 15. Benefits of membership include quarterly issues of Auburn Magazinedelivered to your home, free admission to the Alumni Hospitality Tent on homegame days and numerous local discounts. To join with this special rate, go tothe website or call the MembershipDepartment at (334) 844-2960. 

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Parking Service Changes

7/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

There are a few rule and feechanges for the 2014-2015 school year. The fees for the number of parking violations incurred in an academicyear are as follows:

·        First Violation- $10

·        Second Violation-$20

·        Third Violation-$40

·        Fourth andSubsequent Violations- $50 each

Notethat first day of each Fall Semester, your number of violations will be resetto zero.  Also, tickets that have beenexcused do not affect your number of violations.

Yourvehicle can be wheel locked on the second ticket without a parking permit or onthe fifth ticket with a valid current parking permit.  Vehicles will be towed when parked in amarked tow away zone.  Driving andparking privileges on the Auburn University campus may be suspended on thetenth ticket received during an academic year.

BeginningFall 2014, any ticket, regardless of the type of violation, can be appealedeven if you do not have a current permit. Only three tickets may be appealed per academic year and appeals must befiled within ten days of the issuance of the ticket.  For a full list of rules and regulations,click here.


2014-2015parking permits may be purchased starting July 1st.  Prices are as follows:

Permit type- full yearprice/price 

A- $80

B- $40

Motorcycle- $15

Bicycle- Free


If you have any questions, please visit us in the ParkingServices Office or give us a call!


War Eagle!

Auburn University Parking Services

330 Lem Morrison Drive

Auburn University, Auburn AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844- 4143

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Fast Train Offerings!

6/13/2014 12:00:00 AM

Good Morning!  I wanted to share with you some of theupcoming HRD courses on a variety of important subjects.  Please sharewith your area.  To register, follow the instructions forFast-Train:


Media Relations for Academic Professionals onTuesday, June 17 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Auburn faculty and administrators are often called upon byreporters to provide insight, analysis, background or informed reaction toissues that will receive media coverage. This seminar will better prepareacademic professionals for encounters with news media, explain what to do whena reporter calls, provide tips for a successful interview, explain terms suchas "off the record" and more. The seminar will feature mockinterviews, group discussion and real world experiences in mediarelations.  Presented by the staff of the Office of Communications andMarketing.


Delegation:  Creating the Climate for Teamworkon Wednesday, June 18 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am

A leader cannot accomplisheverything alone; that is why we have teams.  But how does the leader knowwhich team members can be delegated the authority to act and contributeeffectively to the team effort?  Who can be entrusted with the informationand opportunity to stand in for the leader?  This seminar will discussthese issues and others and address how a leader can help set the appropriateclimate for delegation to be successful, determine the proper balance betweentight control and complete release, and recognize the variables that affectindividual delegation decisions.  Presented by Dr. Jimmy Lawrence, ExecutiveDirector, Office of Professional and Career Development, College of Business.


Protecting the University on Tuesday, June 18 from2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Learnhow to minimize financial hardships for the University by better understandingthe risk management process and its connection to strategic planning. Presented by Mr. Michael Smith, Assistant Director, Risk Management and Safety.


Tiger Time Intermediate on Thursday, June 19 from9:30 am – 11:30 am

This course is for employeescurrently using the TigerTime (i.e. Kronos) Time and Attendance System whoserve in the capacity of a manager or timekeeper. Employees are encouraged tohave previously attended an implementation session. Topics include how toensure your employees are being paid with the correct earn codes; how to addhistorical edits, how to create, add, and remove schedules, in-depthdescription of the process for employees working more than one job etc. Areview of the TES charge back and the payroll deadlines will also be given.Question and answer sessions will be available at the end of class. Taught by:Brittany Saliba (ISS) and Karen Brown (ISS)


Effective Telephone Communication Skills onThursday, June 19 from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Participantswill build on their customer service skills while on the telephone and learneffective techniques for interacting with and serving others.  Morespecifically, participants will learn the importance of listening, tone ofvoice, body language, active listening, and the effect of one’s attitude forcommunication.  Presented by Kelli Henderson, HR Development Specialist.


How to Supervise on Tuesday, June 24 from 8:00 am –3:30 pm

Explainsthe role of a supervisor, supervisory techniques for achieving exceptionalcustomer service, how to create a team atmosphere, effective techniques forhandling difficult situations, and ways to improve communication within theorganization.  Presented by Dr. William Sauser, Professor, College ofBusiness.


Customer Service:  Building and Sustaining a ServiceCulture on Wednesday, June 25 from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Participantslearn and practice the behavioral skills (handling difficult situations,interpersonal communication, telephone and voice mail communication, continuouslearning, and teamwork) needed to build and sustain excellence in a serviceculture.  Presented by Kelli Henderson, HR Development Specialist (7-hourprogram).


Stress Management on Thursday, June 26 from 1:00 pm –3:00 pm

Take control of stress to lead ahealthier, more productive life at work and at home.  Learn techniquesthat immediately reduce stress, increase productivity and improve lifebalance.  Learn techniques for mitigating stressand coping with conflict, change, and deadline pressures. Presented by Dr.Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia, Senior Staff Clinician, Student Counseling Services.



Kelli Henderson, MS, PHR

Auburn University

Human Resource Development

Office (334) 844-7939

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Information Security Incident Response Team

6/5/2014 12:00:00 AM

As part of an ongoing review of information securitypractices, President Gogue earlier this week announced creation of the Information Security Incident Response Team(ISIRT) designated to lead responseto all information security incidents on campus. Information security is criticalto Auburn. Compromised data or information can lead to severe financial lossesand damage to Auburn’s good name and reputation, adversely affecting students,employees, collaborators in business, industry, and government, andresearchers.


The ISIRT coremembership is composed of leaders from a variety of fields across theorganization including OIT, OCM, Internal Auditing, Governmental Affairs, GeneralCounsel, Human Resources, Office of the Provost, Distributed IT ManagementCouncil (DITMC), Public Safety, and Risk Management.  Subject matter experts and others will beadded as necessary.


To report an informationsecurity or cyber incident please contact 334-844-0888 or send an email to


The nature of cyber crime is constantly changing, so wemust remain diligent. For the most up to date information see:

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2014 Revised Employee Handbook

5/9/2014 12:00:00 AM

Check out the revised 2014 Employee Handbook. We will go over the revisions at the upcoming General Session in June.

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Healthy Tigers

3/24/2014 12:00:00 AM



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 –

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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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