Flashpoints February 2016

In this February 2016 issue:

Construction Project Submittal Deadline Approaches

The deadline for submitting projects to Facilities Management and Planning is March 4, 2016, for construction projects to be completed prior to the Fall 2016 semester.  Projects included with this deadline range from larger renovation work (involving multiple subcontractors) to small room modifications (moving walls, power receptacles, etc.) to simple renewal projects (paint and carpet). 

Projects will need to be submitted with funding source and Space Alteration form, refer to link here.

If there are additional questions or concerns, please contact Facilities at ext. 1700.

24th Annual Celebrating Excellence Retirement and Service Award Luncheon

The 24th Annual Celebrating Excellence Retirement and Service Award Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. (Luncheon starts at 12:30 p.m. with service awards starting at 1:30 p.m.) in the Ponderosa Room of the Nebraskan Student Union.

Long Term Care Insurance – New Vendor

The University is transitioning to a new provider of group long term care insurance, Genworth Life Insurance Company. As part of this transition, there will be an open enrollment period for all benefits eligible employees starting January 25, 2016 to March 4, 2016. There will be reduced underwriting for those eligible. This is a limited time offer, only available during the initial enrollment period. This is not an annual opportunity and will be a unique chance to enroll in the group long term care insurance program with limited medical underwriting if the necessary criteria is satisfied. Information specific to your enrollment was mailed to your home on Tuesday, January 26th.

An informational session will be held on February 11th at 3:00 in the Student Union, Sandhills Room. For more information, please call 8516 or visit http://nebraska.edu/faculty-and-staff/benefits.html                            

Flexible Spending Accounts

The Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts deadline for submitting 2015 claims to WageWorks is 5:00pm on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Only expenses for services received in 2015 may be reimbursed. Contributions not reimbursed will be forfeited. For questions, please call 8516.

BCBSNE Identity Protection Services

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has teamed with AllClear ID to offer Identity Protection Services to all Blue Cross members. Effective February 1, 2016 you and your eligible family members will automatically receive AllClear Secure identity repair at no additional cost to you. This service protects you everywhere, including the internet, for as long as you are enrolled in a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska health plan. If you have questions about protecting your identity, or if you suspect your identity has been stolen:

  1. Call the award-wining AllClear ID customer support team at 855-229-0079.

  2. Provide your coverage code NebraskaBlue2016 as proof of eligibility.

  3. Let AllClear ID help recover your losses and restore your credit.

UNK Police Department – New Telephone Number

As of January 18, 2016 the University of Nebraska Kearney Police Department will have a new phone number:  865-8911

The parking phone number will remain the same: 865-8367, however for any non-emergencies, for CSA’s to report a crime, or to request an officer for Safe-Walk there is now only one number: 865-8911


All other non-emergencies situations call: 865-8911.

Employee Achievement/Recognition of Excellence Award Nomination Forms

The Employee Achievement and Recognition of Excellence award nomination forms have been updated and are now available as electronic forms, using the following links.  These forms are also available as links on the UNK Staff Senate webpage. 

As we gear up for another exciting academic year, please consider nominating a staff member or group who has demonstrated excellence.  It’s time to show our colleagues how much we appreciate what they do and why we’re so very proud to be Lopers!!



For further information, please go to:

Business & Finance – Policies & Procedures

Orientation for New Employees to B & F Procedures

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