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Commitment to Campus adds new discounts and benefits for CSU faculty and staff

August 22, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the fall semester at CSU! As President Tony Frank mentioned in his e-mail earlier this week, we’re continuing to add new privileges and benefits for faculty and staff through our Commitment to Campus initiative - our package of programs designed to provide an outstanding, supportive employment environment at CSU.

We are always looking for new opportunities to support our faculty and staff - more detail about our ongoing offerings is online - and we welcome your suggestions for new programs and opportunities.

Stay tuned to all the latest new and updated benefits for this fall.

WELLNESS and NUTRITION

Employees can now enjoy half-off discounts for services offered through the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Available services include individual nutrition counseling, weight management programs, diabetes programs, metabolic rate measurements, diet analysis, body fat assessment, cooking classes, and more. The University also will continue subsidies for faculty-staff memberships in the Adult Fitness Program and the Rec Center.

FREE TICKETS

One of the greatest parts about working on a college campus is the opportunity to try new CSU experiences - with friends and family or as a group of colleagues. Once again, the CSU School of the Arts and CSU Athletics are providing faculty and staff with some encouragement to get out there and have some fun.

Arts

The CSU School of the Arts is offering two free music, theater, or dance tickets to each employee. 2011-2012 event tickets are available to University employees on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, youth tickets (17 and under) for music events are just $1 each, which means a family of four can attend a music event for just $2. To redeem your complimentary pair of tickets stop by the Ticket Office at the University Center for the Arts (UCA), 1400 Remington St., during office hours on M, W, F, from 2-5 p.m. or call (970) 491-2787. Have your CSU employee ID ready. The ticket office also opens one hour prior to curtain.

A limited number of tickets are available for each event date and are subject to availability. For dance concerts, only matinee times are eligible.

Full list of events at the UCA.

Athletics

CSU Athletics will host two Employee Appreciation Events this fall at which employees can buy one ticket and get a second ticket free - along with a voucher for free concessions items. Tickets can be purchased online at csurams.com (click on the link for “groups” under the “tickets” tab) during the scheduled times listed below, using the faculty-staff promotional code CSUFACSTAFF.

Football: Nov. 26 - CSU vs. Air Force

- Tickets can be purchased online through the group ticket window from 8 a.m. on Nov. 14 through 5 p.m. Nov. 18. Faculty and staff can buy one ticket, get a second free, and tickets come with a concessions voucher for one free 20-oz. Coke product and either a hot dog or pretzel for each ticket distributed. Seats will be in the north end zone.

Volleyball: Sept. 9 - CSU vs. Wichita State

- Tickets can be purchased online through the group ticket window from 8 a.m. Aug. 29 through 5 pm. Sept. 2. Faculty and staff can buy one ticket, get a second one free, and tickets will come with a concessions voucher for one free 20-oz. Coke product and either a hot dog or pretzel for each ticket distributed.

No youth tickets are available under this promotion for both football and volleyball. All tickets will be a buy one, get one free at the adult price with no fees and no shipping costs per order.

FAMILY SOURCE

Need assistance planning a vacation, finding child care, or purchasing a car? What about obtaining information on writing a will or caring for an elderly parent? The Employee Assistance Program at CSU is offering an exciting new benefit called FamilySource to help employees work out some of the more complex and time-consuming issues in their lives.

FamilySource is a no-cost addition to ComPsych’s GuidanceResources, an employee benefit program that also provides counseling, financial planning services, and legal advice as well as a comprehensive website to provide guidance and resources on topics ranging from parenting a teenager to planning for emergencies. When you call ComPsych’s GuidanceResources, a guidance consultant will talk to you about your specific situation and connect you to a resource specialist who will begin to research alternative solutions to your questions. Within a few business days, you’ll have a full report of practical information and affordable alternatives that can be delivered to you via e-mail, fax, or second-day air.

Employees and their family members can access this and other EAP resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-497-9133 or logging in to GuidanceResources.com (first-time users create a login ID and password. When prompted, use agency ID “CSUEAP”).

CHILDBEARING LEAVE

As part of the “Commitment to Campus,” CSU has announced a new Childbearing Leave policy for eligible women in faculty and administrative professional positions.   For more details, call the CSU Benefits Office at (970) 491-6737 or visit the following websites: Office of Policy & Compliance, Policy Library; Department of Human Resources, HRS Manual, section 2, para.7

The Childbearing Leave Policy, which was approved by the Board of Governors this summer, was promoted by the President, Provost, Vice President for University Operations, Department of Human Resources, President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity, and Faculty Council.

ZIPCAR UPDATE

As we announced last spring, CSU has joined with Zipcar Inc. to provide the campus with access to the world’s leading car-sharing network. The service is available starting this fall 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty, and staff members ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over. 

Gas, insurance, reserved parking spaces, roadside assistance and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in the regular hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or up to four days. Rates on all CSU vehicles start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours). 

More details

EMPLOYEE STUDY PRIVILEGE REMINDER

CSU-Global Campus is now the first fully accredited, fully online university - and CSU faculty and staff can apply their 9 free credits per year to classes offered through Global, through our own CSU Online Plus continuing education program, and here on campus.

CAMPUS SAFETY AND SAFEWALK

In keeping with a recommendation from the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity, the CSU Police Department has purchased a Jeep Liberty in part to support the popular Safe Walk program during periods of inclement weather. SafeWalk offers members of our community a safe, escorted walk home from campus after dark.

We’ve also made additional information about campus safety and our compliance with the Clery Act available for anyone who’s interested in the annual Campus Safety Update.

I’ve heard from many of you how much you value the new services available through Commitment to Campus, and I’m especially pleased to announce that one of the programs we announced with the launch of the Commitment last year - our GED program for campus staff - already has been a great success.

We recently celebrated the first two graduates who completed their GED thanks to this program! Congratulations to them, and thanks to all the departments and people who have helped to create these innovative Commitment to Campus opportunities.

Stay tuned to all the latest new and updated benefits for this fall.

Sincerely,

Amy Parsons, Vice President for University Operations