An employee newsletter from University Human Resources

May 2015

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Hats Off to the Graduatesgrad hat

As we prepare for Spring Commencement 2015 on seven campuses statewide, this is a perfect time to reflect on our role and relationship to the student. After all, they are the reason the University exists. Our work contributes to the success of IU in many ways, but none is more valuable than preparing students to move into the world with new knowledge and a greater sense of purpose.

This season, nearly 20,000 students (19,344 to be exact) are eligible to receive degrees. Their education, both in the classroom and outside of it, has been shaped by all of us, directly or indirectly. We “produce” students who serve the greater society and help secure our individual and collective future. And while their tuition pays a large part of our salaries, for some of us, this is our lifework. We enjoy the non-monetary rewards as though we were performing a public service.

Before this season passes, let’s celebrate how we have touched the lives of our students and the positive impact they can have on Indiana and the world. This is an accomplishment about which we can be proud.


There's a Rumor Going Around

Call it wishful thinking or the rumor mill, but trust us when we say: There is no Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) in the works for today, tomorrow, or the foreseeable future.

The next time you hear this rumor, you have our permission to shut it down.


rxSearchable Drug Prices at Your Fingertips

Employees enrolled in an IU PPO medical plan can now use Castlight for prescription drug information. With Castlight Pharmacy you can maximize your medical plan’s prescription benefit. It’s easy and you are in charge.

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Supplemental Retirement Smackdown
TDA vs 457(b)

In addition to the base retirement plan sponsored by IU, employees can voluntarily contribute to one or both IU-sponsored supplemental retirement plans. This helps you put away more for retirement beyond the base plan.

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to buy or not to buyUsing the HSA–What Not to Buy

One of the most common mistakes owners of the Health Savings Account (HSA) make is to spend HSA money for something other than qualified health care. Read on to see common ineligible HSA purchases. You might be surprised.

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Cool Stuff

The Library is a Privilege and a Perk

Use of the University libraries is not just for faculty and students—it’s an employee privilege and a perk. Want to know why? We thought so!

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imagePack Your Bags or Kick Back

A vacation or staycation, it doesn't matter which, but one thing's for sure: time off is a must.

One of the top reasons people don’t take vacation is they think they’ll lose their job. This is ironic because taking a vacation can do amazing things for our physical and mental health. And more to the point: Taking a vacation (or a “staycation”) can make you even better at your job. This is borne out by recent research about brain activity, creativity, and leadership.

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Independence Day Holiday

Since July 4 falls on a Saturday this year, the University observes Independence Day on July 3. Eligible employees are excused from work and receive pay for July 3.

Questions? See the personnel policies for your employee group or contact the campus HR office.



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Editor Castlight RX IU Libraries Vacation
No ERIP TDA vs 457b Independence Day
HSA Mistakes
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