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Upcoming Events

For Your Benefit
Reminder to CUA Retirement Plan Participants
Summer Vacation Plans
Faculty and Staff Tuition Assistance Benefits

Announcements
Revised Initial Review Period Evaluation Form for New Employees

Solicitation Protection for U.S. Cell Phone Users
Cardinal Station Training for Staff

Health and Safety
As Summer Approaches, Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 28
2 p.m., Columbus School of Law commencement, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. See http://law.cua.edu/Students/studentlife/commencement2005/ for more information.

Monday, May 30
Memorial Day. University closed.

Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4
Reunions Weekend, classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985 and 1990. See http://alumni.cua.edu/reunions/reunionshome.cfm for more information.


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For Your Benefit

Reminder to CUA Retirement Plan Participants
Many employees received salary increases on May 1. If your salary changed, this would be a good time to take a look at your contributions to the CUA retirement plan to confirm that you are saving at a rate consistent with your retirement savings goals, and that your 2005 contributions will not exceed the maximum allowable contributions set by IRS. This mid-year review is particularly important if you also participate in the voluntary supplemental retirement plan. The 2005 maximum allowable contributions established by IRS are:

• $42,000  Combined employer and employee contribution

• $14,000  Employee maximum allowable contribution

• $4000   Additional allowable contribution for employees 50 years old and over

• $3,000  Additional allowable contribution for employees who have been employed at CUA for 15 or more years

If you would like additional information about the 2005 maximum allowable contributions or you need assistance with the calculations, the following resources are available:

• The TIAA-CREF call center at 800-842-2776
• The TIAA-CREF Web site at www.tiaa-cref.org
• The Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050

A TIAA-CREF representative is available on campus every month or at the TIAA-CREF Washington office for one-on-one meetings with employees to discuss their accounts or retirement saving goals. You can make an appointment by phone at 202-637-8917 or online at www.tiaa-cref.org/moc. Please feel free to contact the CUA human resources staff if you have questions or need assistance.

Summer Vacation Plans
As we get closer to summer, you might be planning a vacation or day trips. Remember that CUA employees have access to a number of discount programs at theme parks and other attractions, as well as discounts on rental cars. Brochures and coupons are available at the Office of Human Resources located in 170 Leahy Hall. Please feel free to stop in and pick up information on discounts that are available to you. If you have questions, please call the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

Faculty and Staff Tuition Assistance Benefits
If you, your spouse or child will be taking CUA courses during the summer sessions or in the fall, be sure to submit your tuition assistance application to the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible. The deadline for applying for tuition assistance is the applicable drop/add date listed on the academic calendar. However, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible in case we have questions or need to follow up with you on any part of the request. Tuition assistance application forms are available at http://humanresources.cua.edu/forms/tuitionapp.doc.

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Announcements

Revised Initial Review Period Evaluation Form for New Employees
The Office of Human Resources has received feedback from a number of CUA supervisors and managers suggesting that the instrument used to document a new employee’s performance during the Initial Review Period (normally 90 days) be simplified. In response to those suggestions, the human resources office reviewed the Initial Review Period evaluation forms and processes used by other employers and developed a new Initial Review Period evaluation form. The new form is significantly shorter than the regular exempt and non-exempt evaluation forms that CUA uses for annual evaluations and has been using for Initial Review Period evaluations. To read the memo sent to CUA supervisors regarding the new process for new employee Initial Review Period evaluations and to download an electronic version of the new IRP form, please visit the Announcements page on the HR Web site at http://humanresources.cua.edu/announcements. The new form may also be accessed by going to the Employment and Employee Relations section of the Forms page of the HR Web site at http://humanresources.cua.edu/forms. Anyone who has questions or concerns regarding this matter is asked to contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

Solicitation Protection for U.S. Cell Phone Users
The Center for Planning and Information Technology advises that over the next few weeks, certain telemarketing companies will obtain access to the phone numbers of many U.S. cell phone users. These users may begin to receive sales calls, which will consume cellular airtime, possibly resulting in additional charges. To ensure that calls from telemarketing companies get blocked, cell users should register to be placed on the national "DO NOT CALL" list by calling the toll-fee number 888-382-1222 from their cell phones or visiting www.DONOTCALL.gov. Registration is quick, free and designed to block sales calls for five years.

Cardinal Station Training for Staff
The Office of Business Services is offering “Training for Cardinal Station: PeopleSoft Student Administration v8.0” to university staff. This course is designed to familiarize new administrative support staff and refresh current users with the necessary navigational skills for Cardinal Station. It loosely follows the structure of the Navigation Training Guide available at http://cardinalstation.cua.edu.

Each class is limited to five participants. Specific areas of training will be determined by the needs of those in attendance. Training will be held in Leahy Hall, LL 40, on designated Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The dates for summer training are:

— May 17
— May 31
— June 14
— June 28
— July 12
— July 26
— Aug. 9
— Aug 23

For more information or to register, contact Rana Silver at silver@cua.edu.

Dates, locations and times for the fall 2005 training term will be announced in August.

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Health and Safety

As Summer Approaches, Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease
Lyme disease was discovered in 1977 after a group of schoolchildren had been observed with symptoms of arthritis in Lyme, Conn. It was later detected that the disease is transmitted by a bacterium to humans via the bite of an infected deer tick. There were 23,763 reported infections to the Centers for Disease Control in 2002.

Deer ticks can be hard to detect with the naked eye and are much smaller than the common dog and cattle ticks.  In the larval stages the deer tick can be no larger than a pinhead. The route of exposure for humans is through skin contact with the tick. If the conditions are right, the tick will feed by inserting its mouth into the skin of the host (human) and take in blood. The Lyme disease infection will most likely be transmitted to the host after the tick has fed for two or more days.

Individuals who are in contact with tick-laden woods through hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, or performing other outside tasks such as landscaping, brush cleaning, forestry, and wildlife and parks management are at higher risk of getting Lyme’s disease. The risk of obtaining Lyme disease is higher in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.

Preventive steps that you can take to avoid Lyme’s disease:

-Avoid tick habitats
-Use personal protective measures
-Perform a tick check and remove any ticks with tweezers, if detected
-Take preventive antibiotics after a tick bite has occurred

For more information, contact Angela Ragan at 202-319-4461.


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