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.
Human Resources News
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.
UT’s Human Resource Management master’s degree program — designed for part-time and full-time working professionals in public, private and nonprofit organizations — will hold program orientation sessions for prospective students on April 14, April 21, May 19 and June 9.
On tomorrow, April 1, UT faculty and staff are invited to an employee appreciation day as the Lady Vol softball team takes on the Lady Miners of the University of Texas El Paso. Employees and one guest will receive free admission to the game with a staff ID as well as giveaways, prizes and a concession stand coupon.
UT’s Employment and Organizational Development Office is offering training sessions in March and April on the topic “Coping with Downsizing and Job Loss.”