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Kansas State University

Division of Human Resources
Kansas State University
103 Edwards Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4801
785-532-6277
785-532-6095 (fax)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CST)
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Human Resources Newsletter

October 1, 2010

Topics included in this issue:

Health Insurance Open Enrollment - STARTS TODAY!

Benefits-eligible employees received the 2011 Open Enrollment book and instruction email this week. As personnel specialists, you will undoubtedly get many questions on the process, one of which undoubtedly will be, "What's my Employee ID number?" In the instruction letter, we tried to anticipate questions, addressed sign-in procedures and provided the State's Help Desk number if problems arose with the website. We hope that employees will read the email and breeze through the process. An important reminder is that problems with logging in or passwords must be directed to the KHPA Help Desk at 1-866-999-3001. We regret we cannot assist in this area - technical support is provided by State of Kansas IT personnel.

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS will be held at 8:30 am and again at 3:30 pm in Forum Hall on October 7th. The sessions are identical. This is an opportunity for employees to review changes in the Health Insurance for 2011. This is an invaluable session to help employees complete the October online open enrollment process. For employees outside of Manhattan, there are numerous meetings across the state: schedule (pdf)

Benefits EXPO October 7, 2010

The Benefits EXPO is Thursday, October 7, 2010 in the K-State Student Union Ballroom with special events in Forum Hall.

Special Sessions

At 10:30 am, TIAA-CREF Director Lori McGeehon Cathey will present a special session titled, "Understanding and Achieving Long-Term Financial Goals."

At 12:30 p.m., Mr. Alan Schuler, KPERS Field Representative for the State of Kansas, will present a pre-retirement session for all KPERS members. This is a valuable session to those in the KPERS retirement plan desiring information on KPERS calculations, time in service, and retirement dates. Employees within 5 years of their anticipated retirement will benefit most, but all are welcome.

Flu Shots

Lafene Student Health Center will provide seasonal flu shots for $20.00 in cash, check or credit card. The shots will be available in the Ballroom from 10 am - 3 pm.

Questions should be addressed to Stephanie Harvey at 532-6277 or email at BenAdmin@k-state.edu

Annual Performance Reviews Due October 1, 2010 - December 23, 2010

The Kansas Performance Management Process requires that all classified employees receive an annual review between October 1st and December 23rd of each year. It is time for supervisors to begin to prepare the annual review form, gather supporting documentation, assign an overall rating and schedule a meeting with the employee(s) being reviewed. All classified employees, except for those currently on probation, must have an annual review submitted to Human Resources no later than December 23, 2010.

For those who would like more information on the Performance Management Process, we are offering a review session on Thursday, October 28th from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM and Tuesday, November 16th at 8:30 AM.

We will also be offering review sessions for employees. Those will be held Thursday, November 18th from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM and Wednesday, December 8th from 10:30 AM - Noon.

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" The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly " Buddha