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Deadline Today for CAMP Registration, Upcoming Training Classes

May 12, 2014

Deadline Today for Staff Mentoring Program

Today (May 16) is the application deadline for the new Career Advancement Mentorship Program (CAMP). CAMP match experienced staff members with colleagues who seek mentoring and professional development. The program launches July 1 and runs thorough June 30, 2015. Staff members interested in becoming mentors or mentees have until noon to apply online. You can read more about CAMP in the May 2 issue of Panorama or by visiting the CAMP website.

Salary Increase for Non-Represented Staff Effective July 1

Vice Chancellor Michael Reese this week announced salary increases of 3 percent for non-represented staff members effective July 1. In case you missed it, you can read his message on the Business and Administrative Services website.

Conexis Deadline for Unresolved Health FSA Transactions

If you participated in a Conexis Health Flex Spending Account (FSA) in 2013 and have unresolved benefit card transactions, you have until May 23 to either validate those transactions or repay Conexis. This notice applies only to health FSA participants who have unresolved benefit card transactions.

Plan participants should log into their account at mybenefits.conexis.com, which contains the details of their unresolved transactions. Participants have two options:

  1. Provide receipts/documentation to Conexis: The Card Activity Return Form must be submitted online, by fax or mail, along with their receipts/documentation.
  2. Pay back the plan by sending in a check or online payment to Conexis: Card transactions that cannot be verified with supporting documentation must be resolved by paying back the Health FSA plan. Participants can make an online payment through their Conexis account or by sending in a check or money order payable to Conexis for the unresolved amount with their name clearly indicated and “2013 Health FSA” annotated on the check.

If repayment is not received by May 23, the unresolved amount will be added to participants’ taxable earnings and reported on their 2015 W–2 form issued in 2016. Additionally, any employment taxes applicable to the imputed income will be deducted, thereby reducing their net pay for the month in which income is added to their regular earnings

Note: Participants with iPhones, iPads or iPod touches can use the MyConexis app to clear unresolved card transactions. Use the app to provide a photo of supporting documentation for card transactions that require action.

Management Development Program Deadline May 23

Nominations are now being accepted for cycle two of the Management Development Program. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. May 23. The UC Management Development Program is a systemwide initiative designed to strengthen leadership capabilities in the following three UC Core Competency areas: people management, employee management, and influence-and-change management. This is an energizing program relevant to the demands facing university managers, benefiting managers who manage other managers, supervisors and leads of complex programs or projects. Senior leaders also benefit and are encouraged to attend. For additional information please email hrtraining@ucmerced.edu or call ext. 8247.

Internal Audit Mentorship Program 

The UC Merced Office of Internal Audit and the Professional Development Unit are proud to present the first Internal Audit Mentorship Program. This program is an ideal learning opportunity for employees at UC Merced to gain invaluable field experience and to develop the skills necessary to develop in their careers at UC Merced.
As an internal audit mentee, UC Merced employees will be able to work closely with the director of internal audit to analyze various aspects of our university’s operations to test the strength and reliability of our critical internal controls. Mentees will spend time in the various UC Merced facilities/satellite locations depending on internal audit project schedules.


Fidelity Investments at UC Merced June 6

Fidelity Investments retirement savings education classes will be offered at UC Merced on June 6 in KL 232. Classes are open to faculty and staff. Register in advance by calling 800-642-7131 (walk-ins are welcome). The 60-minute classes offered are:
  • Your College Savings Options, 11:30 a.m.
  • Designing a Financial Roadmap, 12:30 p.m.
  • Building a Portfolio for Any Weather, 1:30 p.m.
Professional Development Workshops 

Below are the upcoming professional development courses scheduled through July:

  • May 20 - Crucial Accountability
  • May 21 - Delegating for Success and Accountability
  • May 22 - Microsoft Access 2010: Basic
  • May 28 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - A Live Theater Performance
  • May 29 - Communication and Influence (at the UC Center Fresno)
  • June 2 - Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
  • June 3 - Leading Effective Meetings
  • June 4 - LinkedIn Basics Info Session
  • June 5 - Microsoft Access 2013 Intermediate
  • June 11 - Stress Management
  • June 11 - Facilitating Group Dynamics - Part 1
  • June 12 - Facilitating Group Dynamics - Part 2
  • June 16 - Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic
  • June 23 - Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate
  • June 25 - Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • June 30 – Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced
  • July  9 – Time Management
  • July 17 – Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • July 22 – Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic
  • July 24 – Situational Leadership
  • July 29 – Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate
To register:
  1. Log in to the UC Learning Center using your UC Merced Net ID.
  2. Search for training by name in the search bar on the left of your screen.
  3. Select the course you are interested in, click “register” to see offerings, schedule and location details.
  4. Check the box next to the class that fits your needs and click “submit” to register.

For more information, email hrtraining@ucmerced.edu or call ext. 8247.

New Employee Orientation, Resources

The next new employee orientation will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 6 in KL 232. For more information, visit the new employee orientation webpage.

The first few weeks in a new job can be challenging. To ease the stress of settling in, Human Resources has compiled a list of resources to assist new employees in acclimating to the university. Whether you are new to UC Merced or in a position of supervising others, you will find value in this tool.

Update: Systemwide Learning Management System

A cross-functional workgroup has formed to gather requirements and evaluate vendors during a request for proposal (RPF) process for a systemwide learning management system (LMS). The LMS will continue to provide learning and development opportunities for staff and faculty members while also adding limited compliance training for students and other non-employees.