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BFS News: Annual financial reports, UCPath, personal travel insurance

March 27, 2013

2011-2012 Annual Financial Reports Posted for Review

The 2011-2012 UC Merced Annual Finance Report and the 2011-2012 UC Consolidated Audited Financial Report are now available for review or download on the “Resources” section of the Business and Financial Services website. Report-related questions may be sent to ucmfinance@ucmerced.edu.

UCPath Updates and Info Available Anytime

Between large-scale announcements, stay informed on the gradual progression of the UCPath project by visiting the Campus’ UCPath website, which hosts a collection of background materials and updates surrounding the new system for payroll, academic personnel, timekeeping and human resources information. For further inquiries related to UC Merced’s UCPath implementation, the UC Merced project team can be reached via email at ucpath@ucmerced.edu. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.

In Case You Missed the News: New UC Personal Travel Insurance

UC employees and students can now purchase personal travel insurance through a new UC program.  The program covers medical emergencies when traveling outside of your home country or country of permanent residence, providing accident and sickness benefits, emergency medical and security evacuation and other valuable travel assistance services. There are two plan options, the Blue plan or the Gold plan. The Gold plan includes everything in the Blue plan plus additional benefits. There is also an option to increase the medical expense and AD&D limit. The employee/student is responsible for payment of the premium.

The Travel Accident Protection Program for personal travel is available for University employees and students to purchase for themselves, their families and traveling companions. In order for each traveler to be covered, each traveler must enroll individually and pay their respective premium.

For more information, visit the Risk Services website at http://risk.ucmerced.edu/Pages/UC-Personal-Travel-Program.aspx.

Designated Walk-in Service, No appointment necessary

Tax Tuesdays - A representative from UC Merced Tax Services is available on campus in KL 201 on the third Tuesday of each month from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Please drop in if you need assistance with campus tax-related questions and matters. While Tax Services cannot offer specific tax advice on any matter, we can direct you to the appropriate resources.  You may also email us at tax@ucmerced.edu or contact Tax Services Manager Kiran Samran at extension 4075. For more helpful information, please visit the Tax Services website.

Payroll Fridays - Every Friday, a Payroll expert is stationed in KL 201 until 5 p.m. to meet and discuss payroll concerns without having to make a formal appointment. Payroll-related questions can be addressed anytime during the week by contacting the department at extension 2729 or by emailing payroll@ucmerced.edu.

Upcoming Meetings and Training

  • Don’t miss the next Purchasing meeting scheduled on April 3 from 1:30-3 p.m. in KL 232. The University’s Buyers will gather to share vendor information and procedure updates and advice useful for people involved at any point in the campus’s purchasing process.
  • Learn about Campus Purchasing policies and procedures and Full Accounting Units (FAU) on April 15 and 16. The classes are required prerequisites to CatBuy training but are informative for staff and faculty members seeking to familiarize themselves with the University’s purchasing protocols. Visit the training website  to find out more.
  • CatBuy/BruinBuy training provides attendees a hands-on overview of how to use UC Merced’s purchasing system, and passing the class is required for access to the live system.  Details about the session on April 17 can be found on the training website.
  • Visit training.ucmerced.edu to explore other upcoming opportunities for classes designed to help you with CatBuy, SharePoint and other systems and protocols you use on the job.