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2022 Benefits Open Enrollment is Almost Here!

Open Enrollment for 2022 Benefits will be from October 29 through November 12, 2021.  This will be your opportunity to enroll in and make changes to your benefit elections effective January 1, 2022. 

Empowering you to take advantage of your benefits today and for your future!
The GMHEC Benefits Team is excited to support you through the Open Enrollment period.
Enrollment in your benefits will be done through Oracle HCM Employee Self-Service. 

Attend an Informational Session:
The following 2022 Open Enrollment informational sessions will be provided to you. These sessions will provide a brief overview of 2022 Benefits as well as tips & tricks to complete enrollment in Oracle HCM.  Please mark your own calendar to save the date and attend.  When marking your calendar for the Zoom sessions, be sure to include the Zoom link and password.

Visit Your Benefits Site:
The week of October 25th the 2022 Benefit Guide Book will be available on the Middlebury Human Resources Benefits website.  In addition, this site is where you will find specific benefit plan information such as Summaries of Benefits and Coverage, links to pre-recorded benefit videos, and helpful flyers regarding individual benefits.

Log in to Oracle to Enroll:
Beginning October 29th, please log in to Oracle to complete your 2022 Benefits Enrollment.  
All Benefit Eligible Employees are being asked to take an active role in 2022 Open Enrollment by logging in to Oracle to elect and confirm their 2022 Benefits.  Detailed enrollment instructions will follow in the 2022 Benefit Guide.

Enroll early!  Employees who have completed the 2022 Open Enrollment Process by Thursday, November 4th will be entered into a drawing to win a Garmin Forerunner 35 Watch!

Stay tuned for additional links and resources available at the launch of Open Enrollment on October 29th.

Questions?
The GMHEC Benefits Team is here to support you!
Your benefits team is available Monday through Friday from 8:15am – 5:00pm EST and weekends during Open Enrollment from 9:00am – 4:00pm EST.

  • Join us at an informational session, linked above
  • Email benefits@gmhec.org
  • Call 802.443.5485

The Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC) is a collaborative endeavor of Champlain College, Middlebury College and Saint Michael’s College. The GMHEC Benefits Services Team is your resource for benefits enrollment, ongoing questions, benefits support throughout the year, and well-being programming.

TIAA November Webinars

November’s special live webinar topics are listed below.  Please note: Registration can be accessed for all webinars through this single direct link. See flyer below for details!

  • The Secure Act Revealed
    Nov 9 at 12 p.m. (ET)        
  • Money at Work 2: Sharpening investment skills
    Nov 9 at 3 p.m. (ET)                  
  • Financial Housekeeping for now and later 
    Nov 10 at 12 p.m. (ET)  
  • Lifetime Income: Market proof Your Retirement
    Nov 10  at 3 p.m. (ET)     
  • Attention to Detail: Financial finishing touches for women
    Nov 11 at 12 p.m. (ET)
  • Strategies for staying on track
    Nov 11 at 3 p.m. (ET)

MSA Live – November Webinars

MSA Live! | Identity Theft: Prevention, Protection & Resolution

November 9, 2021 | 9:00 AM (PT) & 12:00 PM (PT) | Register here

Every two seconds someone becomes a victim of identity theft. This class is designed to help you understand how personal data gets compromised, what you can do to prevent it, and the first steps to take if you become a victim. Everyone can use an annual reminder of best practices since identity theft is always evolving.

MSA Live! | Financial Forum

November 18, 2021 | 9:00 AM (PT) & 12:00 PM (PT) | Register here

Saving for the future is vital, so we are dedicating this Live Financial Forums to answering live questions related to saving for the future and any financial topic. Our panelists will be ready to answer your questions about topics ranging from saving for emergencies, saving for retirement, saving for college and more. If you are ready to set some savings goals, log in to ask your question. The more the merrier, so please encourage any co-workers that have questions on saving for the future to attend.

Register even if you cannot attend to receive a recording of the webinar | Want to learn more about these topics? Connect with MSA at middlebury.mysecureadvantage.com or call 888-724-2326.

MSA Open Enrollment Resources + Financial Wellness Event

Corresponding to our Open Enrollment period, there will be a full day of live classes provided by My Secure Advantage on a variety of topics related to financial well being.

These classes are free to attend and registered attendees will also receive a recording of the class, so sign up even if you can’t make it live!

In addition to the Financial Wellness Event above, My Secure Advantage has a variety of tools, resources, and coaching to help you make the best financial decisions during Open Enrollment

MSA Money Coaching – Just a Call Away

Middlebury College has partnered with My Secure Advantage (MSA) to provide a complete financial wellness benefit to you! When it comes to money, searching for answers can feel overwhelming. By connecting with a personal Money Coach, you can build a stronger and more secure future no matter where you are in your financial journey.

3 Important Things to Know

❶ No two stories are alike and your financial strategies shouldn’t be either

With MSA, you have access to a dedicated Money Coach for 90 days each year to talk about any financial topic. It could be about creating a budget, increasing your credit score, paying down debt or all three! Maybe you’ve got questions about planning for retirement, buying a home, or creating an investment plan. You get the idea. Whatever your financial focus or challenge, MSA has credentialed, skilled Coaches who can help.

Confidentiality and a real person to guide and support your goals

Think of your Coach as a personal financial guide, accountability partner, and chief motivator. Together you’ll create a plan that embodies your values, priorities, and goals – one that reflects and works with your life. MSA encourages your spouse/partner to join in the conversations too. All sessions are confidential, over the phone and a half hour long.

No out-of-pocket cost, hidden fees or charges

Middlebury College has paid for this benefit, full stop. MSA’s coaches don’t work on commission or sell any products. When you talk with a Money Coach, you can be sure that you’re getting unbiased, judgment-free guidance.

So what are you waiting for? Get started today! 

Questions?  Learn more about MSA here. Connect with MSA at middlebury.mysecureadvantage.com or call 888-724-2326.

What’s on Tap for Well-Being… Weeks of October 25th and November 1st

…don’t simplify your life so you can do more. Simplify your life so you can focus on what matters—and you are what matters. Simplifying your life means focusing on who you are physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If you want to choose joy daily, that’s the place to start.

– Kay Warren

The on-campus flu clinics are in full swing so if you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet you do have a few more opportunities.   The dates are as follows:

Middlebury: 10/21, 10/25, 10/27

Get all the info you need and find the links to schedule an appointment via this post or on the GMHEC Well-Being calendar.  If you prefer to get your vaccine in your community, you can get a list of Cigna in-network pharmacies here. Staying in network for your vaccine will ensure that your vaccine is covered, and you don’t incur any unexpected costs. 

New Fitness Class…. Cardio Core:  This class will guide participants through an optimal mix of low impact energetic movements, resistance training and exercises for the core (abdomen, back and glutes) to improve stability, range of motion, endurance and balance. We will use hand weights, bands and various modalities including Pilates, yoga, and functional strength training. All levels and abilities are welcome, as Janet is very aware and ready to adapt exercises to everybody’s needs. Led by Janet Franz, ACE certified instructor.  Thursdays 7:15-8 am beginning November4th, 2021.  Zoom passcode 537472

High Blood Pressure Management Workshop: One in every four Vermont adults has been told they have high blood pressure. If left untreated, it can damage your circulatory system and lead to serious problems, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney damage or brain health complications, such as memory loss and confusion.  The good news is there’s a lot you can do to manage your high blood pressure and help prevent these problems.  In this 8-week workshop you will learn the basics of controlling your high blood pressure, make healthier eating choices, get more physical activity in your daily life, better manage blood pressure medications, and solve problems and create plans for action and change. Free.  Click here to learn more and to register. 

The Edge HealthyCARETM 90 Day Program is back in person!  This 13-week, comprehensive wellness program is designed to enrich your life and health. Guided by a Nationally Certified Health Coach, you will learn the fundamental aspects of fitness, nutrition, stress management, and behavior modification.  Virtual Program Date: Tuesdays, October 12th – January 4th from 12-1pm or in person at the South Burlington Edge (includes guided exercise): Wednesdays, November 10th – February 2nd 5:30-7:30pm.  Insurance may cover much of the cost.   For More Information contact genavix@edgevt.com or call 802-951-2320. 

Next Steps Diabetes Program: Join the health experts from The Edge for a comprehensive 8-week in person program focusing on the positive impact of nutrition and exercise to improve Type II Diabetes. Through the support of your peers, a Registered Dietitian, and an exercise specialist, you will gain the knowledge, guidance, and confidence to improve your health.  The cost of this program is covered 100% with Type II Diabetes diagnosis by most insurance providers.  Mondays, October 25th – December 13th 5:30-6:30 pm at the South Burlington EDGE.  To register or learn more, contact genavix@edgevt.com or call 802-951-2320.

Student Loan Repayment Strategies: For many employees, especially in the first half of their careers, student loan payments are a significant monthly expense. This webinar will help attendees consider repayment options that meet their individual goals. We discuss repayment options for both federal and private loans, which include how to lower monthly payments or pay off loans faster.   Thursday, October 28th noon-1:00 pm or 3:00-4:00 pm EST. Brought to you by the experts from MySecureAdvantage.  Click here to register.

This is just a snipped of what we’ve got going on over the next couple of weeks so be sure to check the calendar.

And…. now that the cooler weather has arrived it might be time to start thinking about your fall and winter well-being plans.  Are you interested in a participating in a cooking series?  How about some short, lunch time movement with Yoo-Sun Park?  Or maybe you’ve got something else you’d like to see offered?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you’d like to see on the calendar this fall and winter.  You can reach me at Rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org.

Upcoming Flu Vaccination Clinics


Upcoming Flu Vaccination Clinics for Middlebury Employees


As we continue to cope with COVID-19, it is critical to prepare for flu season as well!  Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and our community.  Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.   Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

If you are unable to attend an on-site clinics below, please get your vaccine at your primary care practice or from a local pharmacy.  For a list of Cigna in-network pharmacies click here.  Staying in network for your vaccine will ensure that your vaccine is covered, and you don’t incur any unexpected costs. 

Vermont Campus: Free for all faculty and staff. Due to strict Covid protocols, vaccinations will be by appointment only. Please use the Flu Clinic Appointment Scheduler to reserve your appointment, and bring a completed consent form (please review the Vaccine Information Sheet and ACHHH Notice of Privacy Practices).

Oct. 19th, 7:30 – 10:30 AM: Abernathy Room, Axinn Hall
Oct. 21st, 12:00 – 5:00 PM: Mitchell Green Lounge, 3rd Floor, McCullough Student Center
Oct. 25th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Tormondsen Great Hall, McCardill Bicentennial Hall
Oct. 27th, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM: Abernathy Room, Axinn Hall

Monterey Campus: Walk-In clinic open to faculty, staff and students administered by CVS Pharmacy. Paperwork will be provided on-site, please bring your insurance card.*

Oct. 20th, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM: Holland Student Center

*MIIS employees with Cigna will have no charge. Most other insurance providers cover the cost of the flu vaccine 100%, but please verify with your provider if you have concerns

What’s on Tap for Well-Being… Weeks of October 11th and 18th

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

– Marcus Aurelius

Flu clinics are coming…. dates will be posted on Monday on the GMHEC Well-being calendar along with the link to schedule an appointment.  Please only schedule an appointment at your college. 

Fall Season Plant-Based Cooking Workshop:  Join Nancy Wind, a passionate plant-based health/lifestyle coach, yogi and founder of Peaks and Poses for a fun, dynamic cooking workshop right from your own kitchen.  Nancy will lead you through the preparation of a plant-based dish as you learn how to nourish yourself and your family for the fall season. Bring your open mind. Our meal will be gluten free. Recipe and Zoom link will be provided ahead of time.  Thursday, October 21st 6:00-7:30 pm EST.  $25.  Click here to register. 

Ski passes: For our Norwich, Middlebury and St. Michael’s faculty and staff….It’s not too late to grab your ski pass to Sugarbush or Smuggler’s Notch.  With the corporate rate you can save some cash but hurry…. these deals won’t last much longer.  For our Champlain faculty and staff, check out the employee perks on the People Center website for more info about how you can take advantage of the best deals. 

Cultivate Well-being Through Applying Your Character Strengths: Join Virginia Stasinski, RN, NBC-HWC for a coaching opportunity and cultivate well-being through applying your character strengths.  In this presentation you will identify your unique character strengths and will learn how to apply them to create an authentic and powerful way to show up in the world. Connect with Virginia as she empowers you in creating tools that generate solutions for life challenges. Please complete your character strengths survey prior to the event. On the right side of the page, complete the information for ‘Via Adult Survey’ and then click ‘Register to Take the Free Survey’. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and you will use the results during our time together.   Hosted by Rebecca Schubert St. Michael’s College Hall of Fame Room Tarrant and on zoom link 246 273 8284 passcode 135790.  Wednesday, October 13th 11:00-12:00 pm EST and/or Thursday, October 14th 2:00-3:00 pm EST. 

The Power of Purpose:  For many, the search for purpose can be a lifelong journey. But there are ways to make the path clearer.  In this webinar, Dr. Rick Conforto, a licensed psychologist with over 40 years’ experience providing clinical services to adults and families will discuss the idea of “purpose” – what it means and why it’s important.   He’ll review ways to discover clues on your purpose and discuss concrete moves you can make to incorporate it into everyday living and in the workplace.  Wednesday, October 13th 1:00–2:00 pm EST.   Click here to register. 

High Blood Pressure Management Workshop: About 1 in every 4 Vermont adults has been told they have high blood pressure. If left untreated, it can damage your circulatory system and lead to serious problems, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney damage or brain health complications, such as memory loss and confusion.  The good news is there’s a lot you can do to manage your high blood pressure and help prevent these problems.  In this 8-week workshop you will learn the basics of controlling your high blood pressure, make healthier eating choices, get more physical activity in your daily life, better manage blood pressure medications, and solve problems and create plans for action and change. Free.  Click here to learn more and to register. 

The Edge HealthyCARETM 90 Day Program is back in person!  This 13-week, comprehensive wellness program is designed to enrich your life and health. Guided by a Nationally Certified Health Coach, you will learn the fundamental aspects of fitness, nutrition, stress management, and behavior modification.  Virtual Program Date: Tuesdays, October 12th – January 4th from 12-1pm or IN PERSON Program (Includes Guided Exercise): Wednesdays, November 10th – February 2nd 5:30-7:30pm (Program Held at South Burlington EDGE).  Insurance may cover much of the cost: For More Information contact genavix@edgevt.com or call 802-951-2320. 

Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things with in-person work, it’s the perfect time for your department to have a conversation about your desired future state and the culture you’d like to create on your team.  If that’s something you might be interested, shoot me a message.  I’d love to facilitate a “retreat” about how you, together, can cultivate and sustain resilience within your team. 

And…. now that the cooler weather has arrived it might be time to start thinking about your fall and winter well-being plans.  Are you interested in a participating in a cooking series?  How about some short, lunch time movement with Yoo-Sun Park?  O, maybe you’ve got something else you’d like to see offered?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you’d like to see on the calendar this fall and winter.  You can reach me at Rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org.