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New Employee

In this post, we’ll introduce you to a member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Tiffany Moricette!

After working for Dining Services at Ross Commons on a part time basis since 2015, Tiffany was promoted in May to a full time Kitchen Utility role.

Tiffany lives in Brandon with her mom and sister, and has a cat and a dog as well. Tiffany shared that she really likes working at Ross Dining Hall with her coworkers. In her free time she hangs out with family. Tiffany also loves to take long walks, especially this time of year, when the weather is nice!

 

2018 Middlebury Staff Golf Tournament Results

Spring 2018 Middlebury College Employee Scramble 5/29/18 

Closest To the Center on #2

Karen Carpenter

Closest to the Center on #18

David Provost

Closest to the Pin on #7

Patty Murray

Closest to the Pin on #12

Mary Stanley

Closest to the Pin on #14

Kyle Kelton

 

Front 9 Winners

1st

Sarah Raunecker

Rob Alberts

KJ Krasco

Katie Riter

 

2nd

Bruce Costello

Ray Gale

David Mahmuljin

Brad Lambert

 

3rd

Jean Gross

Karen Carpenter

Marc McDonough

Rick Carlson

 

Back 9 Winners

1st

Brent Raymond

Luther Tenney

Steven Thurston

Hogan Beazley

 

2nd 

Paul Gurney

Bill Hill

Carsen Sanchez

Chuck Beazley

 

3rd

Kyle Kelton

Dave LaRose

Mike Pixley

Shelly Payne

 

 

 

 

 

June EFAP News- Focusing on Sun Protections

Focusing on Sun Protections

 

Many people love the sun, but it’s important to treat it with a healthy respect. Even if only outside for brief periods or all day, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes, according to the CDC, while the Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers, and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Take the following simple but important precautions to prevent these risks.

Use Sunscreen –

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, both types of UV rays, UVA and UVB cause skin cancer so a broad-spectrum sunscreen is recommended with an SPF – or sun protective factor – of 15 or higher, even on cloudy or cool days. A SPF 30 is recommended for extended stays outdoors, with reapplication every two hours to continue that protection.

Be sure to check the sunscreen’s expiration date, and apply it 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that in order to get the full SPF of a sunscreen, apply about 1 oz., or about a shot glass full. During a long day at the beach, one person should use around one quarter to one half of an 8 oz. bottle.

Cover up – The CDC recommends using clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and skirts made from tightly woven fabric to protect from the sun. They also recommend wearing a wide brim hat of tightly woven fabric to protect the face, ears, and the back of the neck, avoiding straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. Wearing sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays protect eyes and the tender skin around them.  Wrap-around sunglasses work best. Sunglasses can also reduce the risk of cataracts.

This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, Taking Care of Your Skin. Learn more about the importance of maintaining healthy skin. For a  full description and registration information, see the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend you can log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation.

 

MONTHLY WEBINAR

Wednesday,
June 20th

TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN

Having healthy skin is important not only for your appearance, but because your skin performs so many important tasks for your body. This session will provide an understanding of the various functions of the human skin, some of the common disorders of the skin, and how to maintain good skin health.

TO REGISTER:

Click HERE 

– Select the time

– Or – click on “Upcoming Webinars” from the homepage of the website and follow the easy instructions

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Employee Benefits: Private Exchange Update

Early last spring, during a series of open meetings on financial sustainability, the community was introduced to the concept of a “private health exchange”, which Middlebury had planned to implement in 2019. As a reminder, under a private exchange our current one-size-fits-all medical plan will be augmented by at least two new medical plan options, giving employees the ability to select a plan that best meets their needs. In addition, a private exchange will likely include an optional employer-funded health reimbursement account or a health savings account* (both quite popular with employees), as well as additional dental and vision options and new voluntary benefit choices. Implementing a private exchange will allow Middlebury to continue to improve our excellent health benefits while at the same time managing ever-rising healthcare costs.

Our update today is that this benefit change will be postponed until January 1, 2020. The reason for the change in timing is that the institution needs to prioritize the implementation of the Oracle ERP (Enterprise Resource Platform) project—Project Ensemble. That work is underway and is going well, but will extend through the spring of 2019.

While the delay is unfortunate, it has the upside of allowing Human Resources more time to work with our Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium partners to design a program that will best meet the diverse needs and preferences of our community and ensure that we have the support needed to minimize uncertainty and anxiety that often accompany changes of this kind.

For example, as we learn more about best practices we are strongly leaning toward a set of tiered plans that will cover the identical services, procedures, and prescription medicines, with the difference being in the share of the cost covered within the chosen tier. This model reduces the complexity of decision-making and concerns about equity between tiers of coverage.

Even with a simplified tier approach we remain acutely aware that adding multiple benefit plan options will require comprehensive support for employee decision making. The GMHEC partners have continued to explore sophisticated software options that are available to help employees navigate the benefit selection process. In addition, we have learned that the newly emerging best practice is to employ not only software, but to contract with a benefits consulting company to provide a team of highly trained professionals to temporarily supplement the employer’s benefits department during the critical decision-making period. In this way the institution can ensure that anyone who wants one-on-one support will be able to get a timely appointment. Our thinking, at this point, is that such a model could be highly useful, especially during the first year of the private exchange.

As we look forward toward the private exchange, we want to emphasize one important institutional commitment: regardless of the composition of the benefits program, Middlebury will continue to maintain its income-sensitive approach to employee contributions in which lower-compensated employees pay a significantly lower percentage of the premium cost.

Because the private exchange implementation is now over a year and a half away, we do not anticipate having large open meetings over the next few months. However, HR remains committed to keeping the community apprised of the project status and to that end has recently visited Senior Leadership Group, Staff Council, and met with representatives from Faculty Council to provide in-person updates.  As we get closer to January 2020 you can expect communication and engagement efforts to intensify. In the meantime, we are happy to meet with other stakeholder groups who may be interested in learning more about our current thinking on private exchange design and support of the new program.  Please email questions or invitations to cmullins@middlebury.edu.

 

–Karen Miller

–Cheryl Mullins

Project Ensemble Update

An important part of preparing for Project Ensemble is the process of cleaning up key information in Banner ahead of migrating data into the new Oracle HCM system. Part of this process is cleaning up job titles as they appear in Banner. Our focus on the titles was to standardize format and abbreviations as much as possible within the 30 character limit present in Banner fields.

Over the next few weeks, you may notice a slight change to your job title in SSB. The changes should only be to formatting, in a way that keeps job titles more clean and consistent. No substantive changes were made beyond standardizing format.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to hr@middlebury.edu.