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June 19, 2018

Human Resources News & Information

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Update your 403(b) contribution by July 1

The University’s 403(b) match rates are changing effective July 1, 2018. Employees who are eligible for UD matching contributions must now contribute 5 percent in order to receive UD’s match of 11 percent. Contributions can be changed today or future-dated for July 1. For employees who continue to contribute 4 percent, the UD match will decrease to 8 percent. Access your TIAA account from the Retirement/Savings section of our web page to change your current contribution amount. Select My Account -> Actions -> Change your contribution -> Manage my contributions.

TIAA workshops

On Thursday, June 21, TIAA will be on the Newark campus in the Perkins Student Center Ewing room to provide information as follows:

  • 10-11 a.m. workshop - Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for your ideal retirement
  • 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - General Information Booth: walk up with questions or get account help (no appointment needed)
  • 3 to 4 p.m. workshop - Paying Yourself: Income options in retirement

Register for the workshops.

Del Tech Lottery

Human Resources is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Tuition Waiver Exchange Program lottery with Delaware Technical Community College. Eligible employees may enter for a chance to participate in the program, which waives the fall and spring tuition for one dependent enrolled on a full-time basis. Submit the lottery application by Wednesday, August 8. Access the application form and program criteria.


Workplace Perspectives - Managing Difficult Conversations

Join us for a discussion on June 27 from 2-3:15 p.m. with Wendy Smith, professor of business administration in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, who will share guidance on managing difficult conversations. The event will be held in Kirkbride Hall room 006. Smith is a Deutsch Faculty Fellow and co-director of the Lerner Women's Leadership Initiative whose research on leadership has been published in top journals in management and organizational theory. Smith’s talk is part of Workplace Perspectives, a new HR speaker series bringing internal and external experts to campus for engaging dialogue on relevant topics. Register and learn more.

Cost savings for medication

Through Express Scripts, members can save on copay costs by participating in the maintenance medication program. In this program, members fill 90-day prescriptions for maintenance medications which can be filled at any participating retail pharmacy or through Express Scripts Home Delivery. Copay penalties are charged for filling maintenance prescriptions every 30 days. Learn more.

Employee Development

Employee development certificate programs

Nearly 200 employees have registered for the Management Essentials or the UD Financials certificate programs. The certificates combine in-person and online classes that address what employees need to know and do in order to thrive in their roles at UD. A new certificate program for those involved in HR activities will be launched July 1. To learn more about each certificate and to register, visit ConnectingU.


UDeserve It!

The winners of the UDeserve It! awards were announced at the employee appreciation picnic on Monday, June 4. The awards recognize exempt and non-exempt employees who have gone above and beyond to support the University, their department, office or colleagues. The following are this quarter’s winners:

Gold – Travis Craven, administrative assistant III, University Development
Silver – Eric Cantrell, manager, Computing Operations, Arts and Sciences
Bronze – Marcia Ellis, research associate I, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Learn more about the program and how to nominate a colleague.

PNC Banking

PNC, the University’s on-campus banking partner, offers faculty, staff and employees a complete set of money management tools with exclusive benefits and features to help you achieve your financial goals. Learn how WorkPlace Banking can benefit you.

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In keeping with the University of Delaware's commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus, Human Resources works in close collaboration with the Vice Provost for Diversity and the Office of Equity and Inclusion to ensure our services meet the needs of our diverse community.

This message has been approved by Darcell Griffith, interim chief human resources officer