Open Enrollment 2016

The 2016 Open Enrollment period is November 2–16. Enrollment packets were mailed Monday, October 26. This year everyone must confirm, enroll in, or waive benefits using My.Butler.

Plan to attend one of the benefits Open Enrollment Information Sessions (presentation and conversation with HR benefits staff) to get:

  • Answers to your benefit plan questions
  • Instructions on how to enroll
  • Information on new flex-spending vendor for medical and dependent care

Information Sessions

  • Monday, Nov. 2, 3:30-4:30 PM, JH 141
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7:30-8:30 AM, JH 141
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2:30-3:30 PM, JH 141
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30-8:30 AM, JH 141
  • Monday, Nov. 9, 2:30-3:30 PM, JH 141
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, Noon-1:00 PM, GH 10
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 3:30-4:30 PM, JH 141
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 8:30-9:30 AM, JH 141

Note: The presentation will be recorded and published on the HR webpage.

Need a safety net or want to ask questions? HR staff will host 15 hours of Open Enrollment Workshops in the computer lab to provide hands-on assistance enrolling through my.butler. Be sure to bring your enrollment questions and decisions, so HR staff can help you enroll in benefits and access your enrollment confirmation.

Open Enrollment Workshops

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 8:00-10:00 AM, JH 220
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4:00-6:00 PM, JH 220
  • Thursday Nov. 5, 10:00-11:00 PM, JH 043 (yes, 10:00 PM)
  • Monday, Nov. 9, 5:00-7:00 PM, JH 043
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, JH 220
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 4:00-5:30 PM, JH 041
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30-8:30 AM, JH 220
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 2:00-3:30 PM, JH 220
  • Monday, Nov. 16, 2:00-5:00 PM, JH 043

October General Meeting and Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 21

Time: 2:00–3:00 PM

Location: Robertson Hall, Johnson Board Room

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

Update—President Jim Danko
HR Update
—Chandler Shambarger


Props to…

The following staff are recognized through our Thank a Colleague program. If there is someone you’d like to give props to, let us know.

  • Kim Anderson
  • Deryl Botta
  • Judy Clark
  • Virginia Delgado
  • Anila Din
  • Ejuanda Fields
  • Facilities Ground Crew
  • Roberto Lazo
  • Rhonda Louks
  • Molly Martz
  • Ashley O’Riley
  • Upendra Pandya
  • Lynn Poore
  • Courtney Rousseau
  • Zach Skidmore
  • Paul Thornton
  • Ana Torres
  • Charlie Truax
  • Stephanie Velasquez
  • Napolean Watkins
  • Gary Weaver

Committee Updates

Networking and Resources

  • A luncheon for new employees is being planned – details will be released soon. Special thanks to Nate Haugh from Dining Services for their sponsorship of this soon-to-be-announced event. Please keep an eye on the Connection and regular Staff Assembly channels (blog and Facebook page) for more information.

Activities and Socials

  • 5:01’s the third Thursday of every month (next one is November 19) at Bent Rail Brewery (5301 Winthrop Ave.); this is a chance to informally interact with fellow colleagues.

Announcements

Benefits Open Enrollment
Employees may enroll in Butler healthcare plans through my.butler self-service November 2–16.  Human Resources will send out open enrollment information packets on October 26. All info regarding Open Enrollment can be found on the HR webpage.

Healthcare Forums

A Fit Bit and HRC membership will be given away at each of the Open Enrollment Forums!

  • October 20, 8:30–9:30 AM | Jordan Hall, Room 141
  • October 21, 3:00–4:00 PM | Jordan Hall, Room 141 (immediately following Staff Assembly)
  • October 22, Noon–1:00 PM | Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building, Room 204

September General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 16

Time: 2:00–3:00 PM

Location: Robertson Hall, Johnson Board Room

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

Benefits Update—Bruce Arick, Office of Finance and Administration
Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) Collaboration
—Mary Ramsbottom and Ben Hunter
Butler Dining Services—Nate Haugh  (Sponsoring Meeting)
“No More” Domestic Violence Awareness—Sarah Diaz and Nikila Stevens


Props to…

The following staff are recognized through our Thank a Colleague program. If there is someone you’d like to give props to, let us know.

  • Tim Thomas
  • Kim Orbik
  • Anita Watts
  • Jacque Mickel
  • Josh Hayes
  • Jill Thompson
  • Deb Quirin
  • Phil Hughes

Committee Updates

Networking and Resources

  • The “Connecting Across Campus” event to connect new staff members with current staff, originally scheduled for September 2, was postponed and will be rescheduled soon. More information on the rescheduled event will be posted to the Connection and publicized through regular Staff Assembly channels. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to meet our new folks, re-meet some of us who have been here for some time, and hopefully identify some new opportunities for partnership and collaboration across the campus.

Activities and Socials

  • 5:01’s the third Thursday of every month at Bent Rail Brewery (5301 Winthrop Ave.); this is a chance to informally interact with fellow colleagues.
  • Let the Games Continue: Euchre and Paper Football! Staff Assembly’s Activities and Socials Committee is sponsoring a weekly brown-bag-lunchtime gathering during the fall semester (and beyond). We’ll have cards for euchre and paper footballs to play, well, paper football! Beginners to both games are welcome—on-site instruction will be available. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome Wednesdays noon-1:00 PM, September 9–December 2, in Jordan Hall, Room 048.Please let Tim Thomas know if you have any questions or would like more information at tthomas1@butler.edu or x8533.

Communications

  • The Communications committee met and discussed how we can improve communication on items of interest/importance to staff. Our goal is to reach as many staff members as possible; currently, we use the Staff Assembly blog, Facebook, and Twitter. We are open to suggestions for additional forms of communication!  Submit suggestions using our online form or place your suggestion in one of the suggestion boxes located in the following places: Facilities Service Center (near Structure Shop entrance), outside JH 144, main floor of HRC, and bottom of stairs going into C-Club in Atherton Union.

Announcements

“No More” Month
October is “No More Month” at Butler. Staff members are encouraged to learn more about how we can help end domestic violence and support survivors. An enlightening series of events and learning opportunities are being coordinated by Butler’s Office of Health Education and Outreach Programs, Human Resources Management and Development, Counseling and Consultation Services, and the Stand Tall Project. Stay tuned to the Butler Connection for more information on events and follow the @ButlerHRC on Facebook and Twitter for updates and info about campus and community resources!

Themed Living Communities
Coming Fall 2016 for all first year students—Themed Living Communities (TLC’s)! With the opening of our newest residence hall, the closing of Schwitzer Hall, and changes to our primary designated first-year halls; Residence Life has programmatic changes underway for our residential communities. If you would be interested in learning more about the TLC’s and serving as a TLC Coordinator, please contact Anne Flaherty, Dean of Student Life at aflahert@butler.edu or ext. 9570. An information session with more information will be offered soon. Watch the Connection for details!

Upcoming Events

Tailgate at Men’s Soccer Game Sept. 16

It’s ‘Tailgate Time’ at Men’s Soccer on Wednesday, September 16. Join faculty and staff members at the Butler Bowl parking lot for fun and food before the Dawgs hit the turf against rival Indiana University.  The tailgate will run from 5:30-7:00 PM with the game kicking off at 7:30 PM.

The tailgate package includes a game ticket, food, and drink all for a great, low price—adults $7, youth $5 (ages 3-12), kids under 3 are free. If you can only join us for the tailgate, get your food and drink package for $4. Food and drink are brought to you by Chick-fil-A.

RSVP to Kathy Hankins (khankins@butler.edu) before Thursday, September 10 at noon to reserve your spot. Cash and check should be taken to Kathy at Jordan Hall, Room 104 with checks made payable to Butler University. This event is open to faculty and staff only.

Let the Games Continue! Euchre and Paper Football!

The second year of the Butler Summer Games was a wonderful success this past summer. Thank you to all staff, faculty, and students who participated!

To continue the merriment and collegiality, Staff Assembly’s Activities and Socials Committee is sponsoring a weekly brown-bag-lunchtime gathering during the fall semester (and beyond).

We’ll have cards for euchre—and paper footballs to play, well, paper football! Beginners to both games are welcome—on-site instruction will be available. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome!

Day and Time: Wednesdays from Noon-1:00 PM, September 9–December 23

Location: JH 048

Please let Tim Thomas know if you have any questions or would like more information. Reach him at tthomas1@butler.edu or x8533.

Congrats to This Year’s Difference Maker Award Winners!

The following individuals were recognized at this year’s “Welcome Back” event as the 2014-2015 Difference Makers.

Congratulations!

Job Performance and Attitude
  • Joey Wohlhieter
  • Diana Todd
  • Karen Farrell

Making a Difference in the Butler Community

  • Anne Minnich-Beck
Service to Students
  • Lakisha Cooper
  • Cathy Holland