In support of UC faculty and staff who may be impacted by the California wildfires, UC’s employee legal plan, ARAG, is offering (to non-members) free access to its do-it-yourself documents, Education Center, and the “Find an Attorney” tool. This means that all impacted faculty and staff not currently enrolled will have free access for six months. All current members already have access to these services. To enroll, eligible employees should visit ARAG Legal Center and enter access code: 18323cfr. Individuals will have until Thursday, January 11, 2018 to enroll. Additional resources can be located on the new UCI Disaster Relief and Recovery website.
Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review your UC benefits and explore your options to make sure you and your family have the best coverage for 2018. Stop by this year’s Open Enrollment Fair to learn more about the plans available to you and get your free flu shot. No registration needed. The Open Enrollment Fair at the Medical Center will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, on the lawn of Building 55. The Open Enrollment Fair at the UCI main campus will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Newkirk Alumni Center. Still want a flu shot but can’t make it to the fair? Stop by the Anteater Recreation Center lobby Friday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for a free flu shot and health screening of your blood pressure, total cholesterol, body fat, BMI and/or waist/hip ratio. No registration is needed.
Do you remember your username? Have you forgotten your password? You’ll need both to complete your Open Enrollment selections online. Don’t wait until the last minute to find out. You can reset your username and password on the At Your Service Online website or by contacting the UCI Benefits Office at 949-824-5210. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Password Reset” in the subject line.
Open Enrollment is here, and there’s good news about premium costs and the option to keep your current plan if it’s working for you. You don’t have to sacrifice the quality of your care to keep your costs down. For example, if your medical need is not an emergency, save time and money by skipping the emergency room and getting the care you need from your plan’s advice nurse, telemedicine provider or urgent care center. You can find additional tips and strategies on UCnet.
Occupancy and vacancy sensors save significant energy when functioning properly. These sensors are designed to automatically turn lights on or off based on motion and/or sound. To report inoperative sensors, where lighting fails to turn off or turns off during occupancy, please contact the Facilities Management service desk at 949-824-5444 or fill out an online work order request (UCInetID required).
ComPsych Guidance Resources, UCI’s employee assistance program, is presenting three free webinars this month on health and wellness. Register to attend “Emotional Eating: The Connection Between Mood and Food” Tuesday, Nov. 7, “Developing Will Power and Self Control to Change Behavior” Thursday, Nov. 16, and/or “Healthy Lifestyles: Changing the Way You Think About Diet and Exercise” Wednesday, Nov. 29, from noon-1 p.m. If you register and are not able to attend, ComPsych will email you the recorded webinar. Previous EAP webinars are also available to view on-demand. Visit the EAP website for a full list and to register for upcoming webinars.
As part of your UCI Wellness Program, Fidelity hosts financial education classes on a variety of topics each month on campus, at the UC Irvine Medical Center, and online. No matter where you are in your financial wellness journey, join your co-workers this month to learn more about resources and expertise available to you. In November, Fidelity will offer classes on identifying and prioritizing saving goals, the UC Retirement System, and the basics of when and how to claim social security. For more information and to register for classes, visit the myUCretirement.com website.
The 2017-2018 Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Awards will be presented 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Newkirk Alumni Center. Professor Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, will be giving a lecture titled “Smog, Science and Society: A Journey from the Aurora to Climate Change.” In addition, several faculty members will be recognized for teaching, service, mentorship and research. A reception will immediately follow the lecture. To RSVP, call 949-824-7458 or email email@example.com. Admission is free.
2017-2018 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients
Distinguished Faculty Award for Research
Distinguished Professor Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Department of Chemistry
Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research
Chancellor’s Professor Markus Ribbe, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Department of Chemistry
Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research
Assistant Professor Mohammad Al Faruque, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching
Professor William Heidbrink, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching
Assistant Professor Hosun Kang, School of Education
Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished University Service Award
Professor Emeritus Hal Moore, Department of Chemistry
Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service
Professor Nina Bandelj, Department of Sociology
Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentorship
Lecturer SOE Jeanett Castellanos, School of Social Sciences