Food Truck Friday, Nov.16

Save the Date for the last Fall Food Truck Friday of the year, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16. Aramark will be having a Bake Potato Bar with all the “fixins,” hotdogs and a hot chocolate station on the lawn of Sorority Circle during lunch.

Students can sign in as usual. Faculty, staff and guests pay $5, cash only. If it rains, lunch will be moved to the Dining Hall.

Chair Massage Spots available for Nov. 14

Nature's healing Path logoThere are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Nov. 14, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

Health Insurance and Benefits Open Enrollment, Nov. 8-26

Open enrollment for 2019 benefits starts today and runs through Nov. 26.

During open enrollment you can add or opt out of health plan coverage, choose new plan options, enroll eligible family members in your plans, or add, drop or change the level of your insurance coverage.

Please review your options and costs carefully. You can make any changes you like at home or at work until the end of the enrollment period on Nov. 26, 2018.

Once the enrollment period has ended your choices will be final until the next enrollment period or until you have a qualifying life event.

You may view today’s benefits presentation at https://brenau.zoom.us/recording/share/BvNnrUGwIG5nJdaJ2GDvMbSG9-rWwRsSrQmkoieNtmawIumekTziMw.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Introduction & Rates: David Barnett
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA, FSA, Life Insurance: Rob Fowler
  • Wellness Program: Kelley Maddox
  • Motivate Me Incentive Program: Amanda Robinson
  • Wellness Committee: Jim Lewis
  • United Way: Phil Bonelli
  • Women’s College: Debra Dobkins, Amanda Lammers, Juli Clay
  • Retirement: Kelly Goekjian

Benefit Summaries:

Handouts:

Health Savings Accounts (HSA):

This benefit will not automatically renew, you must actively enroll for 2019. If you are currently enrolled in the HSA plan with Cigna and you wish to continue for 2019, you will need to re-enroll. Brenau’s Contribution to your HSA: Individual: $600/ Family: $1200.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA):

This benefit will not automatically renew, you must actively enroll for 2019. If you are currently enrolled in the flexible spending plan with Admin America and you wish to continue for 2019, please keep your debit cards as they will be used for the upcoming plan year as well.

Life Insurance:

During open enrollment, current employees may elect to increase voluntary life insurance by $20,000 (in increments of $10,000). Anything requested over $20,000 will be subject to EOI by completing an additional medical questionnaire. For example, if you currently have $10,000 of voluntary life insurance, you may increase up to $20,000 or $30,000. Anything above that would need to be approved through the EOI process.

Wellness Program:

Brenau’s Wellness Program, funded by Cigna, is designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health outcomes. The program includes activities during the year which relate to being “healthy,” whether it be physical, mental, financial, social, or emotional health. Employees receive points and/or cash rewards for each activity in which they participate. Points are added to the Activity Tracker, maintained by HR. At the end of the calendar year, names will be drawn from those who have accumulated Activity Tracker points; the more points you accumulate, the greater chance you have of winning cash prizes. In 2019 we are adding an Incentive Program. Motivate-Me is a new wellness initiative provided through our Cigna insurance. For certain activities for which members participate, gift cards are provided. Employees must be a Brenau Cigna Member to collect Cigna Rewards. Maximum award is $200 per employee, per year.
Cigna

Members can register online at https://my.cigna.com/ to view benefit information.

Should you have questions, please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu or Hannah Ivester at hpoole1@brenau.edu if you have questions.

Last Chance to Register for Field Day Event at Riverside

Brenau’s Wellness Team is sponsoring its first free Field Day and Team Building Event from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, where teams will compete on a 3-mile obstacle course.

Field day t-shirtTo be on a team, Brenau employees, families and friends can sign up at goo.gl/forms/egA1ByWsk7yajCL73 by midnight Sunday, Nov. 4. Teams will be made up of five or six members, and employees who participate will be awarded 10 activity points.

Those who register by this Sunday, Nov. 4, will receive a free shirt that can be personalized to add a team name or nickname to the back of the shirt. A lunch will also be provided after the event at the Family Pavilion on the Riverside campus.

Field Day participants should wear comfortable clothes and boots or tennis shoes, and will be required to sign a Riverside waiver form.

Reminder to Attend The Open Enrollment Meeting on Nov. 8

The annual open enrollment meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, and will discuss changes in benefits, etc. The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae.

If you wish to view your record of what benefits you currently have, you may do so by following this path: ADP > Myself > Benefits > Enrollments > view/print Benefit Statement at the top right corner of the screen.

If you’re unable to attend in person please join us online following the instructions below.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://brenau.zoom.us/j/998514382

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16468769923,,998514382# or +16699006833,,998514382#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 998 514 382
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aegbaXQvq7

Or Skype for Business (Lync):
https://brenau.zoom.us/skype/998514382

Brenau University Workplace Survey

We would like to hear how you feel about working at Brenau University, and so we are conducting our annual workplace survey. You will receive an email with a link to an online survey within the next week. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback.

The survey is being conducted by Energage, an independent research company. To protect your confidentiality, Energage will not disclose your individual responses to Brenau University. Furthermore, your department or group scores will only be disclosed if there are at least five survey takers in your group. However, please note that managers at Brenau University may see the optional written comments on the final page of the survey. If you wish to make a comment, please do not write anything that will identify you as an individual.

Please note:

  • If you do not receive the survey email within the next week, then please check your spam or junk email for a message from “Workplace Survey.” To open the survey invitation, you may first need to mark the email as not spam.
  • If you accidentally delete the survey email, then you will receive a reminder email a few days later that will allow you to take the survey.
  • Please do not forward the survey email to a colleague, as each email has a unique code to prevent multiple responses from a single person.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Energage directly at 800-749-0187 or reply to your survey email.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Brenau closed Nov. 21-23

Brenau offices will be closed Nov. 21, 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Annual Retirement Limits

Employees contributing the maximum amount to retirement may need to adjust contribution percentages. Annual limits for 2018 are: $18,500 (under age 50) or $24,500 (age 50 and over). Limits shown are the allowable employee contribution only. The IRS limit does not take into account the Brenau matching funds.

Should you wish to adjust your contribution you may do so by following this path: ADP > Myself > Benefits > Enrollments > Start > 403B Enrollment.

You can also view how much YTD you have contributed by following this path: ADP > Myself > Pay > Pay Statements > Click on Check > Review 403B Under Other Deductions. As a safety net, ADP is set up to stop employee contributions once employees reach the limit.

Field Day and Team Building Event on Saturday, Nov. 17

Brenau’s Wellness Team is sponsoring its first free Field Day and Team Building Event from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, where teams will compete on a 3-mile obstacle course.

To be on a team, Brenau employees, families and friends can sign up at goo.gl/forms/egA1ByWsk7yajCL73 by midnight Sunday, Nov. 4. Teams will be made up of five or six members, and employees who participate will be awarded 10 activity points.

Those who register by this Sunday, Nov. 4, will receive a free shirt that can be personalized to add a team name or nickname to the back of the shirt. A lunch will also be provided after the event at the Family Pavilion on the Riverside campus.

Field Day participants should wear comfortable clothes and boots or tennis shoes, and will be required to sign a Riverside waiver form.

Faculty and staff ghost walk set for Oct. 30

lit window at the top of Pearce Auditorium against the night sky

The faculty and staff ghost walk around the Gainesville historic campus focuses on some of Brenau’s most famous – and infamous – fables, folk tales and amazingly true stories. Among other tidbits, tour goers will learn which Brenau president literally rolled up his shirtsleeves to build Yonah Hall’s top floor, why Lessie Southgate Simmons has special significance for the university, and of course, precisely who was (or still is?) Brenau’s purported poltergeist Agnes?

The walk will be led by Kathy Amos, executive director of Brenau’s Center for Lifetime Study, will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and is expected to last one hour.

To participate in the inaugural tour, please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu to reserve a spot.

Employees will earn one Activity Point for participation.