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September 17, 2018

Human Resources News & Information

Dear faculty and staff,

As our academic year gets underway, you and your colleagues play a key role in shaping the culture of this community—a community that celebrates our individual and collective achievements, a community where we respect diverse backgrounds, values and viewpoints. UD’s values are woven throughout the institution—they guide us everyday as we work toward enhancing student success, building an environment of inclusive excellence, investing in our intellectual and physical capital, strengthening interdisciplinary and global programs and fostering a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Thank you for all you do to embody these UD values and help us accomplish the University’s mission.

Darcell Griffith, interim chief human resources officer

News you need

“Rule of 80” retirement information

Effective July 1, 2021, the age/service criteria for receiving University of Delaware retiree benefits are changing. Two information sessions regarding the changes will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Townsend Hall, room 233. No registration is needed. Learn more about the new criteria for retirement.

Nursing mothers in the workplace

The University supports nursing mothers in accordance with, and beyond federal law. UD offers several locations across campus for nursing mothers to utilize. A room was recently added in the Morris Library--room 207E. Review the policy on the Office of General Counsel’s webpage.


Workplace Perspectives - What is a Research University in the 21st Century?

Join us in the Perkins Student Center, Rodney Room on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. for a discussion with Charlie Riordan, vice president for research scholarship and innovation and professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Register to attend.

Retirement savings plan

On July 1, 2018, the University’s match rates changed for the 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan. If you are a match-eligible employee and you have not increased your contribution to 5 percent, or have not yet enrolled, you are missing out on the opportunity to maximize your retirement savings. Log in to your account today and update your contributions. On the Human Resources webpage, look for “403(b) Retirement Log In” in the What’s New box. After logging in, select “actions” and then select “contribute to an account,” and continue through the prompts.

Prevention saves

Did you know most preventive care is covered at 100 percent, incurring no charge to eligible employees enrolled in our health plans? Preventive care, which includes annual physical exams, cancer screenings, flu and other vaccinations is one of the most important ways to keep you and your family healthy. Check your plan for details and prior authorizations.

Tech Open House

Save the date: The 2018 UD Tech Open House will be held Oct. 23, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Trabant Student Center Multipurpose Rooms. Register.

Employee Development

Administrative assistant conference

This dynamic, one-day conference for UD administrative assistants at all levels will be facilitated by a trainer from Skillpath, a worldwide leader in professional development. Topics include improving skills in communication, customer service, organization and time management. Participation is limited to those in administrative assistant roles, by title. There is no cost to attend. Learn more and register.

Introduction to project management

This fall, use your lunch break to acquire a skill that will provide long-term benefits: project management. Professional & Continuing Studies is offering Introduction to Project Management for UD Employees, a unique 18-hour introductory course designed especially for employees. Transferable to all work environments, the lessons can be applied and used to manage any project, no matter how simple or complex it may be. Classes meet Tuesdays beginning Oct. 2. There is a cost of $395 per person to register. Learn more and register.

Unemployment compensation law

An educational session on unemployment compensation law will be offered Oct. 11, 9–10:30 a.m. in the Perkins Student Center Ewing Room. Led by Andrew Morrison, chief appeals referee for the Delaware Department of Labor, and Juanita Crook, UD employee relations specialist, the session will detail the complexities of the unemployment compensation process and how it impacts UD departments. This course is for managers, supervisors and anyone else who would benefit from this knowledge. Register to attend.


Wellbeing on The Green

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Employee Health & Wellbeing will host Wellbeing on The Green from 10 a.m.-1.p.m. on the South Green. Come outside and enjoy free fitness classes, chair massage, health screenings and more. No registration required. In the event of rain, this event will take place in Perkins Gallery. There are many other free events and programs scheduled this fall to help you stay healthy and happy—from exercise to nutrition to aging well. Learn more.

Employee Assistance Program

Visit this month’s Health Advocate Member newsletter for helpful articles including information on using medications wisely, tips for adding more fruits and vegetables into your day, and self-care pointers for caregivers.

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