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CSU launches 'Commitment to Campus' benefits for faculty and staff

August 18, 2010

As part of an ongoing drive to improve Colorado State University's status as a model employer in higher education, the university is rolling out a new slate of employee discounts and opportunities to show appreciation for CSU faculty and staff.

New employee appreciation benefits

The new employee appreciation benefits, CSU’s “Commitment to Campus,” include:

  • a special Faculty/Staff Day at the Rams football game Sept. 25
  • free tickets for cultural events at the University Center for the Arts (UCA)
  • discounts on CSU license plates and alumni association memberships
  • significantly reduced membership costs for campus wellness and fitness programs

“We’re excited about this program as a way to show how much we value our faculty and staff and the work that they do, while simultaneously making it easier for them to participate in the life of our campus community,” said President Tony Frank.

Amy Parsons, Vice President for University Operations, said the University’s goal with the Commitment to Campus was to invest in employee health and well-being and encourage faculty and staff to engage with the university in new ways.

Healthier, more engaged work force

“The Commitment to Campus offers opportunities for employees to take advantage of all the resources CSU has to offer—from classes and cultural programs to personal fitness,” she said.  “In the long run, our students benefit from a healthier, more engaged work force—and when they see our employees cheering them on at a volleyball game or a dance recital, it generates a spirit of camaraderie, involvement, and energy. We also hope that employees will join with their co-workers while enjoying many of these opportunities, whether meeting for work-outs or going to a show together.” 

Parsons explained that the program is almost cost-neutral to the university. “Fortunately, given the tight budget climate, we’ve found ways to do these things at a very minimal cost thanks to the cooperation of a lot of people and departments—and some funding from Anthem to help benefit employee wellness.”

The benefits will be available to both full- and part-time CSU employees—including adjunct faculty—with an official faculty/staff ID.

Generosity and creativity of several units

Parsons put the Commitment to Campus package together over the summer after meeting with representatives from Athletics, Alumni, the School of the Arts, Health and Exercise Science, and other programs.

“These departments have done an outstanding job of stepping up to see what we can do to better recognize and reward our own employees,” Parsons said. “We’re extremely grateful for their generosity and creativity in helping to put together a package of discounts and rewards that will be really meaningful for people.”

President Frank applauded this effort as a way to help encourage and motivate employees, particularly after three years without salary increases and ongoing budget cuts that have forced staff layoffs in many departments.

Working harder, taking on additional responsibilities

“We know our faculty and staff members are working harder and taking on additional responsibilities, and at the same time, I’m constantly hearing stories from students and families about employees who have gone out of their way to be warm, helpful, and responsive, ‘’ Frank said. “When I’m out on the road meeting with alumni, they tell me about individual faculty members whose passion inspired them and whose guidance and teaching transformed their lives. They tell me about advisers and mentors whose professionalism and competence were critical to their success. All of that reflects our university’s commitment to Colorado and to excellence in education.”

He added: “Now we want to also show our commitment to our own people—the people who make this excellence possible.

A university isn’t a private business; we can’t offer bonuses for a job well-done. But we can seek whatever small, affordable opportunities we can to recognize the importance of good people to the success of this institution. That’s why we’ve launched this Commitment to Campus.”

Good start, but more to come

Parsons continues to work on building the list of employee-appreciation benefits—she’s currently in discussions with CSU-Pueblo and CSU-Global about expanding the inventory of courses available to employees through their study privilege. She and Vice President for Advancement Brett Anderson are also discussing ways to better engage with employees who also happen to be CSU alumni.

“We still have a lot of work to do to realize all of the opportunities that are out there, but I think this is a good start,” she said. “I hope CSU employees will take advantage of these programs and really enjoy the chance to take part in some of the fun, rewarding experiences our campus has to offer.”

The Commitment to Campus benefits are in addition to existing benefits already available to employees through programs like the Employee Assistance Program, Training and Organizational Development, RamCard, Academic Computing and Networking Resources, the VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) program, and others, Parsons said.

Throughout the fall, Today@ColoradoState will highlight some of these privileges under the umbrella of the Commitment to Campus. Parsons also invites faculty and staff to share their comments and suggestions with her on additional ways CSU can engage employees.

New benefits available

Following is a list of the new benefits available through the Commitment to Campus:

Arts

Colorado State’s School of the Arts is offering 25 different “Commitment to Campus” events at the University Center for the Arts during fall semester. Two free tickets are offered to any University employee on a first-come, first-served basis. They will also offer youth tickets (17 and under) for only $1 each, which means a family of four can attend one of these events for only $2. Employees will be entitled to use this benefit for one event per semester. This will be an ongoing program with additional events scheduled in the spring and summer.

The selected events for fall 2010 are:

  • Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 30
  • Virtuoso Series Concert, CSU Faculty Margaret Miller, Viola, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4
  • Jazz Ensembles Concert, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5
  • Women's Chorus and University Chorus Concert, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8
  • Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 19
  • Virtuoso Series Concert, special guest Oystein Baadsvich, Euphonium, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20
  • Virtuoso Series Concert, Charles Lawson, Clarinet, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25
  • Opera: The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29
  • Dance: Student Dance Concert, 2 p.m., Oct. 30
  • Opera: The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, 2 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Virtuoso Series Concert, Favonius Trio (Trombone Trio), 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1
  • Jazz Combos Concert, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4
  • Opera: The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5 and Nov. 6
  • Percussion Ensemble Concert, 2 p.m., Nov. 7
  • Dance: Fall Dance Concert, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13
  • Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18
  • Jazz Classics Concert, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1
  • Theatre: All My Sons by Arthur Miller, 8 p.m., Dec. 3-11 

Visit the School of the Arts “Commitment to Campus” site for information on ticket reservations and upcoming events.

Athletics

Athletics will offer special Faculty/Staff Days at events throughout the year in football, volleyball, and basketball. As part of these events, the CSU administration is sponsoring concessions coupons to accompany the discounted tickets.

Faculty/staff Day at Hughes Stadium will be Sept. 25 (Ag Day) for the Rams vs. Idaho

  • Buy one adult ticket, get second one free
  • Up to two (2) youth tickets free with buy-one, get-one adults
  • Tickets will come with a concessions coupon for one 20 oz. Pepsi product and either a hot dog or pretzel for each person in the faculty-staff party
  • Current faculty-staff season ticket holders can also receive the concessions coupons
  • Seats will be in the north end zone on a space available basis

Faculty/staff Day at CSU Volleyball Sept. 17 for the Rams vs. Long Beach State

  • Buy one adult ticket, get a second one free
  • Up to two (2) youth tickets free with buy-one, get-one adults
  • Tickets will come with concessions coupon for one 20 oz. Pepsi product and either hot dog or pretzel for each person in the faculty-staff party

Faculty/staff Day at Men’s Basketball will be Dec. 4 against Fresno State; Faculty/staff Day at Women’s Basketball will be at the Dec. 2 home opener against UNC

  • Buy one adult ticket, get a second one free
  • Up to two (2) youth tickets free with buy-one, get-one adults
  • Tickets will come with concessions coupon for one 20 oz. Pepsi product and either hot dog or pretzel for each person in the faculty-staff party

Athletics will hold random drawings for “Faculty-Staff Appreciation Gear”

  • Participants must be present to win prizes that may include a football autographed by CSU football staff; a men’s and women’s basketball signed by team and staff; and a volleyball signed by team and staff
Wellness programs and membership discounts
Rec Center

The newly expanded Student Recreation Center will offer all employees free, unrestricted access for one month – whatever month an employee chooses – to make full use of its cardio and weights facilities, climbing wall, classes, and more.  After that, with the support of Anthem, CSU has been able to reduce the price of membership by 50% if the employee signs up to be a member. (This applies to all active academic faculty, administrative professionals, and state classified staff.)

For additional membership information, call the Student Recreation Service Center at (970) 491-6359, stop by the Service Center located in the Rec Center lobby during all hours of operation, or visit the website at www.campusrec.colostate.edu.

Note: Employees who sign up for the Health and Exercise Science Adult fitness Program or the Noon Hour Faculty and Staff Fitness Program instead of the Rec Center will also be eligible for a reduced rate for those programs.

The following employee membership options are available for the Rec Center:

FULL EMPLOYEE MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Provides access from 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday noon-11:30 p.m.

  • 12-Month Membership: Old Rate = $276. New Rate = $138. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $11.50/month
  • 9-Month Membership: Old Rate = $226. New Rate = $113. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $12.50/month
  • 6-Month Membership: Old Rate = $162. New Rate = $81. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $13.50/month
  • 4-Month Membership: Old Rate = $116. New Rate = $58. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $14.50/month

OFF-PEAK EMPLOYEE MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Provides access from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday – Friday, Saturday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m./Sunday noon-11:30 p.m.

  • 12-Month Membership: Old Rate = $192. New Rate = $96. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $ 8/month
  • 9-Month Membership: Old Rate = $162. New Rate = $81. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $ 9/month
  • 6-Month Membership: Old Rate = $120. New Rate = $60. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $10/month
  • 4-Month Membership: Old Rate = $ 88. New Rate = $44. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $11/month

MID-DAY EMPLOYEE MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Provides access from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Fridays

  • 12-Month Membership: Old Rate = $144. New Rate = $72. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $6/month
  • 9-Month Membership: Old Rate = $126. New Rate = $63. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $7/month
  • 6-Month Membership: Old Rate = $96. New Rate = $48. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $8/month
  • 4-Month Membership: Old Rate = $72. New Rate = $36. Cost to employee using payroll deduction - $9/month
Adult Fitness Program

To promote employee wellness at CSU, Anthem is providing support to help reduce the membership cost for all active academic faculty, administrative professionals, and classified staff to participate in on-campus fitness programs. Through the support of Anthem, CSU has been able to reduce the price of membership to the Health and Exercise Science Adult Fitness Program by 50%. All eligible CSU faculty and staff  who are new enrollees in the Adult Fitness Program for fall 2010 will receive a one month free trial membership as well as rates reduced by 50% on the cost of a continued membership through this wellness benefit. Current faculty and staff Adult Fitness members will also receive the benefit of the 50% membership rate reductions going forward. This will make the monthly membership cost for eligible employees to participate $17 a month.

Adult Fitness operates out of the South College Avenue gymnasium and field house and serves as a unique training experience for Health and Exercise Science undergraduate students. These students are available, at no extra charge, to provide individualized exercise training advice, fitness assessments, and general health and wellness education. Locker use and towel service, blood pressure monitoring, group fitness classes, and annual fitness events are also included in membership. Other activities available include walking or jogging on the indoor track or treadmills, swimming, stationary cycling, rowing, stepping, skiing, weight lifting, and playing basketball. 

The program operates from 6-8 a.m. and noon–1:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 5-7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is an 8-10 a.m. session on Saturday mornings. For more information contact Kellie Walters at kellie.ehlen@colostate.edu, or (970) 491-0928 or visit the website at www.hes.cahs.colostate.edu/outreach/adultfitness.

Noon Hour Faculty and Staff Fitness Program

CSU, with the support of Anthem, has been able to reduce by 50% the price of membership to the Noon Hour Faculty and Staff Fitness Program for all active faculty, administrative professionals, and classified staff. Participants in CSU’s Noon Hour Program will receive a 50% reduction on their membership rates, reducing the cost from $75/semester to $37.50. Currently enrolled eligible faculty/staff members may also receive this reduced rate going forward.

The Noon Hour Faculty and Staff Fitness Program is designed solely for CSU employees and retirees. This program is flexible and unique in that it allows you to exercise on your own, or access numerous health promotion offerings provided by Health and Exercise Science majors including individualized personal training, nutritional assessments,  pre- and post-fitness assessments, goal-setting with program development, blood-pressure screening, health-risk appraisals, and a variety of monthly health topics and information. 

The Noon Hour Program is held in the Moby Complex between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday – Friday and offers a full range of cardiovascular and strength training equipment, indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, and racquetball/handball courts. In addition, workout clothing, towels, a locker, and showers are included in your membership.

For additional information or to sign up for this program contact Wendy DeYoung at wendy.deyoung@colostate.edu, or (970) 491-3768, or visit the website at www.hes.cahs.colostate.edu/outreach/noon.     

Heart Disease Prevention Program

Employees enrolled on the CSU medical plans (non-classified employees) can currently participate in the Heart Disease Prevention Program (a $400 value) under the preventive care benefit.  (Employees are responsible for any co-pay or co-insurance required, just as with any other preventive care service. Please note that the Green/Gold plans have an annual maximum preventive care limit of $500 and the POS has an $800 maximum.)

The Heart Disease Prevention Program is part of the Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory and includes:  physical examination, comprehensive blood and urine analysis, family and medical history review, body composition assessment (using hydrostatic weighing and skinfold measurements), fat distribution assessment, pulmonary function tests, strength and flexibility assessments, maximal exercise test (includes resting and exercise 12 lead electrocardiography and blood pressures), physician interpretation and consultation, coronary risk profile, exercise prescription and individualized follow-up consultation. Contact Tiffany Lipsey, MEd at (970) 491-7035, lipsey@cahs.colostate.edu or visit the website at www.hes.cahs.colostate.edu/hdpp.

CSU License Plate Discounts

The Alumni Association will roll back prices for its CSU license plate donation during the month of September so employees can save $15 on the price of plates. Throughout September, the minimum donation will be $85 instead of $100. Employees can get certificates in September then use them at any time. Visit alumni.colostate.edu or call (970) 491-6533 for details.

Alumni Association Membership

Faculty and staff can join the CSU Alumni Association at a reduced rate--$40 for an individual or $50 for joint membership.

Alumni Association Preferred Partner Services

The following Alumni Association Preferred Partner services are available to all CSU employees. The information below may also be found at www.alumni.colostate.edu -- click Preferred Partners.

Home, Renters, and Auto Insurance

Liberty Mutual offers special discounts on auto, home, and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus. Get quotes online or call (800) 459-3171.

 Alumni Insurance Program

American Insurance Administrators offers the following health and life insurance options. Get a quote online or call (800) 922-1245.

 Health Insurance
  • GradMed - short-term health insurance
  • AlumniMed+ - renewable major medical
  • AlumniDent - comprehensive group dental
  • ProctorMed+ - group catastrophe major medical
  • AlumniAbroad - travel health insurance program
  • Alumni Disability Income - group long-term disability
  • Alumni PetHealth - health insurance for dogs and cats
Life Insurance
  • AlumniTerm
  • AlumniTerm 10/20
  • Senior AlumniTerm
Long Term Care Insurance

Offered by Capstone Financial Assurance, a brokerage consisting of highly experienced and professional long-term care specialists. Contact Paul Hallmark at (303) 774-0688 or paulhallmark@capstonefa.com.

Moving Discount

NorthAmercian Van Lines offers a 60% discount for interstate moves and free replacement cost insurance. Contact Gordon Taylor at (800) 987-3608 and mention Colorado State University.

Online Discount Program

Offered through Working Advantage, this online discount program—also accessible through the State of Colorado Work-Life Program—provides access to discounts for:

  • amusement park tickets
  • Broadway Theatre
  • movie tickets
  • ski tickets
  • sporting events
  • family events
  • recreational activities
  • hotels
  • zoos and aquariums
  • museums
  • merchant gift certificates
  • online shopping and service discounts with select partners

To register as a CSU employee, go to www.workingadvantage.com; click on “Register” in the orange box at the top of the page; click “Employees Click Here”; enter Member ID #589621040; and create your account with your e-mail address and password of your choice.

GED Preparation and Training

The Office of Training and Organizational Development is offering a series of free preparation classes for any employees who wish to pursue their GED. For information and a schedule, contact Lorie Smith at (970) 491-7259. Classes are held on campus and CSU covers the cost of all course materials.


Contact: Cara Neth
E-mail: Cara.Neth@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-6211