If you participate in the Tennessee Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and you have not yet taken action in response to the changes made by the State of Tennessee, several key meetings and deadlines are set for week.
Human Resources News
More than 350 scholars, practitioners and students from universities across the world will be coming to UT Knoxville this week for the Academy of Human Resource Development’s (AHRD) 18th annual International Research Conference in the Americas. Michael Lane Morris, Reagan Faculty Scholar in the Department of Management, is the current AHRD president.
Two new ombudspersons will begin mediating disputes for faculty and staff at UT Knoxville on Jan. 1. The faculty ombudsperson will be Bill Nugent; the staff ombudsperson will be Elaine Wynn.
Dulcie Peccolo, director of student services in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, always has an open door to others and is known for going above and beyond the call of duty. Because of her dedication and willingness to help others, the UT Positive Recognition Committee has named Dulcie as November’s Send Roses recipient.
The Access and Diversity Staff Retention Fund is taking a proactive role in helping UT employees expand their cultural awareness. The fund gives monetary assistance to any Knoxville-area system, Ag campus or UT Knoxville staff or faculty employee interested in attending a program on diversity. These programs include national seminars and conferences relating to diversity and multicultural themes.
UT employees who take advantage of State of Tennessee group medical insurance coverage will notice some changes in their premiums in the coming months. At its last meeting, the State Insurance Committee approved both a six percent increase to medical premiums, as well as two medical premium holidays — two months for which no premium will be due.
UT employees who have health insurance through the state’s group insurance plans can now get vaccinations for seasonal flu, the H1N1 flu, and pneumonia at no charge. If you have already paid for your vaccination, you can submit appropriate receipts to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
Percy Fernandez West, associate director of the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, always goes the extra mile and, according to colleagues, is “easy to work with and work for.” Because of his hard work and admirable work ethic, the UT Positive Recognition Committee named Percy July’s second Send Roses recipient.
The following UT employees are the newest elected representatives to the Exempt Staff Council (ESC). The ESC, counterpart to the Faculty Senate and Employee Relations Councils, is a body elected by peers to represent nearly 1,200 exempt (administrative and professional) staff. Representatives serve a three-year term and can serve no more than two consecutive terms.
Two Send Roses recipients were celebrated in April, Patricia Wagoner and Heather Webb. There were no Send Roses recipients in January or February, and there will not be a May recipient either.