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hrDirect October, 2011

Thank you to those of you who joined us at GoUSF's Bridge to Bridge event. Also, thank you to all who participated in the Healthy USF Fair. If you missed the fair or need a chance to meet with any of USF's benefits vendors, please join us at USF's Annual Benefits Fair on November 9. Along with these health and wellness items, please read HRdirect this month for information about CONCERN's Identity Theft Response Service and Skillsoft's on-line training opportunities. 


Martha Peugh-Wade
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Open Enrollment is Around the Corner
Your opportunity to change health plans, enroll in a flexible spending account or optional life insurance will be from October 31 – November 18, 2011. Changes will be effective January 1, 2012. To help you prepare for these decisions, please visit the Benefits website and look out for USFConnect messages that will provide information regarding steps you should take to prepare for this Open Enrollment period and drop-in opportunities to meet with benefits staff. 

Additionally, benefit vendors will be available to answer questions at the annual Benefits Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the McLaren Complex. 

Healthy USF
Jump into Fall with Healthy USF! There are many diverse wellness activities available.  Check our Healthy USF Events calendar for details! 

Also thank you for the amazing participation at the first Healthy USF Fair on September 22, 2011. Participants watched live cooking demonstrations by Bon Appetit, viewed energized Koret exercise demonstrations, learned their numbers at the biometric screenings, received information about what their benefit providers can offer in terms of wellness and visited with local vendors that can support their wellness attitude.  

Healthy Lunchbox
Tasty and healthy lunches are in the works for October with the Healthy Lunchbox challenge. Over 150 employees have signed up for this challenge that runs through October. As a reminder, include a lean protein, whole grains, and a fruit or a vegetable in your lunch and track your lunches Monday-Friday using your Healthy Lunchbox log. If you meet the Healthy Lunchbox requirements 16 out of 20 days, you will have the opportunity to win various prizes at the end of the competition! Lunch boxes have been ordered and will be sent to all those who signed up. 

There were lots of smiles and excitement at the Bridge to Bridge Race on Sunday, October 2nd which supported the Special Olympics. Thank you to the 113 employees and family members who participated in this first Go USF event. Training does not stop now. Running and walking training will continue every Thursday, weather permitting, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Please meet at the running statue outside of Koret. Next race venue is to be determined. For questions, please contact Joanne Boyer at x2442 or jboyer@wellcall.com.  

2011 Wellness and Rewards
The Biometric Screenings and Personal Health Profile are back! Complete three steps and you will earn a reward. 

1. Attend an onsite health screening on Monday, October 17 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in McLaren 250 or Tuesday, October 25 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Lone Mountain 100 or at the Benefits Fair on November 9 from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m in the McLaren Complex. Screenings are free and confidential and include cholesterol, blood glucose (no fasting required), blood pressure and body composition. If you participated at the Healthy USF Fair that counts too! 

2. Complete your Personal Health Profile between October 12, 2011 and December 31, 2011 on the WellCall website. Results are confidential.  For completing Step 2, you will receive a subscription to Prevention magazine.

3. Contact a WellCall Health Coach to review the results. 

4.  Claim your Healthy USF reward of either a $50 credit at Koret, USF Bookstore or Bon Appetit. For questions, please contact Joanne Boyer at x2442 or jboyer@wellcall.com.

Save the Date!
Tuition Exchange/General Financial Aid Information Session
November 2nd, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., LM 216
This informative session provides general financial aid application information for dependents and information about the FACHEX and Tuition Exchange programs.   
Facilitators: Norman Caito, Director, Financial Aid Operations and Services, and Gregg Cannella, HR Specialist

Identity Theft Response Service from CONCERN
CONCERN’s ID Theft Response service provides prompt, expert assistance at the inception of a fraud related emergency. For more information please visit the following link:

SkillSoft Online Training – October Incentive Opportunity
SkillSoft is one of USF's online learning resources, and is an important way to gain additional skills and knowledge. Currently, through October 31, 2011, Human Resources is featuring two professional development courses: 

1. Enhancing Listening Skills (SkillSoft ID: comm_03_a04_bs_enus) [recommended for all] To be successful, team members must be able to proficiently use the skill of active listening. This skill fosters cooperation among colleagues, helps solve problems and improves service to customers. This course will provide strategies to help you listen more effectively to others and encourage others to listen to you. 

2. An Essential Guide to Giving Feedback (SkillSoft ID: COMM0521) [recommended for new or existing supervisors/managers] Successful departments build and sustain organizational cultures that value and promote positive and constructive feedback. This course will provide a process, strategies and tools to enhance your skills in giving feedback, particularly to direct reports. 

The first faculty or staff member to fully complete one of these courses including the course-related skills activities will receive a $25 gift certificate for the USF bookstore or a $25 credit toward Bon Appetit dining – your choice. For instructions on how to access SkillSoft, please go to the HR website: http://www.usfca.edu/hr/resource_center.aspx.

For questions on this opportunity, or for other professional development issues, please contact Michele Centrella, via email at: mcentrella@usfca.edu, or by phone at extension 2833. Thank you.  

University Closure from December 23rd, 2011 to January 2nd, 2012
As a reminder, the University will be closed on the following dates:

  • Friday, December 23, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012 **except for such areas as Public Safety, Facilities Operations, and other areas deemed by the Dean or Vice President 

Paid University holidays during this time period are: 

  • December 23rd & 26th (for observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day); AND
  • December 30th & January 2nd (for observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day). 

December 27th, 28th, and 29th are not paid University holidays.  Employees hired before June 1, 2011, may use accrued vacation leave or unpaid leave for December 27th, 28th, and 29th. 

Advance Vacation Request for Holiday Closure
Employees hired on or after June 1, 2011, who do not have enough accrued vacation leave to cover the hours for December 27th, 28th, and 29th may request a vacation leave advance by completing the Vacation Advance Form, obtaining their supervisor’s approval and submitting it to the Payroll Office by December 12, 2011. 

The form is available at:

OPE staff who have sufficient compensatory time may use those hours instead of vacation or unpaid leave. If you have questions, please contact George Chin at x2837 or at gmchin@usfca.edu. 
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