June 9, 1999
Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees June 14, two vacant vice presidencies
have been filled.
President Bernie Machen appointed Arnold Combe as vice president for
Administrative Services, effective upon approval. There were more than 60 candidates
for the position. Combe has been serving as interim vice president. Before that, he was
assistant vice president for Financial and Accounting Services, and director of
Finance. He is a certified public accountant, and holds an M.B.A. degree from the U.
David Pershing, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, appointed Barbara
Hancock Snyder as vice president for Student Affairs, effective Aug. 1. With a Ph.D. in
higher education administration from Iowa State University, Snyder comes to the U
from the position of vice chancellor for student affairs and associate professor of
educational administration at the University of Nebraska. Snyder is noted for her
involvement with national student affairs organizations, concern for students, and
professional development of staff. Pershing says Richard Weigel, who has been
interim vice president, will fill an administrative leadership position within Student
choices reopen for '99-00
Through June 18, University employees have the opportunity to reconsider their
selection of a health insurance plan for 1999-2000. This is due to three 11th-hour
changes in contracts between insurance companies and health care providers:
- (1) Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield, ValueCare, and HealthWise no longer
have a participating/preferred-provider arrangement with Columbia Utah
Hospitals. In these plans, you receive a lower level of benefits at non
participating hospitals. The Public Employees Health Plan is not affected, while
the University of Utah Health Network Health Plan does not use Columbia. The
Columbia system hospitals include St. Mark's, Lakeview, Timpanogos,
Mountain View, Ogden Regional Medical Center, and Brigham City Community
- (2) Contrary to prior published summaries, the University of Utah Health
Network was unable to complete a contract with Lakeview IPA Physicians, so
Lakeview physicians will not be participating in the UUHN plan after all.
- (3) Two Intermountain Health Care facilities, McKay-Dee Hospital Center and
Cottonwood Hospital Medical Center, are now included as preferred providers
in the ValueCare plan, with LDS Hospital providing temporary backup for
If you decide to change your plan selection, do so by mailing or faxing the
Benefits Health Enrollment Form to the Human Resources Benefits Office, 121 Annex
(fax ext. 5-7375) by June 18. You may print the form from your computer screen at
www.personnel.utah.edu, or request it by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
by calling ext. 1-7447. Forms are also available in the Human Resources lobby, 101
Annex, and at the Hospital Employee Services Center, A009 University Hospital.
Human Resources does not have all the details of specific coverages, or
preferred providers. It's best to call the health plans themselves for such information.
Customer service numbers: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, ValueCare, and HealthWise, 333
2100; PEHP, 366-7555; and UUHN HP, 741-8900.
Use paycheck stub
to verify benefits
It's a good idea to double-check the benefit deductions on your paycheck stub
following the conversion to 24 paychecks per year. Use the June 7 paycheck to verify
Flexible Spending, MetPay, and tax-deferred annuities, and the June 22 check for
medical-dental premiums, life insurance, accident insurance, long-term care, and
long-term disability premiums. Contact MetPay at 800-438-6381 for information on
Metropolitan auto insurance, or contact Benefits with questions at
email@example.com, ext. 1-7447. Medical and dental premiums are lumped together into a
single deduction on the new paychecks.
serve U departments
The first building constructed in Research Park, located at 520 Wakara Way west of
the Marriott University Park Hotel, is now the property of the University, under the new
name of "Health Professions Education Building." For the foreseeable future, the
building will be the home of the divisions of Occupational Therapy and Physical
Therapy in the College of Health, and the Body Donor Program and anatomy lab of the
School of Medicine Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. University Dining
Services by Chartwells will also place a snack bar in the building. The campus shuttle
GREEN routes will serve the UTA stops located in front of the building, and use
Arapeen Drive to come and go from the East Village rather than Komas Drive. There is
also a PURPLE route stop at Wakara Way and Arapeen Drive.
Bryan Romney, project manager for Campus Design and Construction, says
minimal remodeling will be required, so the building will be ready for use by fall
semester. Vacated space in the Annex will be reallocated to the Graduate School of
Education's Education Research Center and to the College of Health. Plans call for
the various barracks buildings left vacant, eventually to be torn down.
insurance; Private firm
will handle claims
COBRA, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, guarantees
continuation of health insurance benefits for employees who lose their jobs or full-time
status for reasons other than "gross misconduct," and for spouses or dependents who
would lose coverage because of death of the employee, divorce, or other "qualifying
event." Effective June 1, the University turned over administration of COBRA claims to
CobraServe, a private contractor.
New employees and those subject to qualifying events will receive notification of
COBRA rights from CobraServe. CovraServe (not Income Accounting) will also
process COBRA benefits payments. Information about COBRA can be found at
Normally, University health insurance coverage for your eligible children ends at age
26. However, you may cover a child past age 26 if you certify him or her with the
Benefits Office at the 26th birthday, and then each October. To be eligible for
coverage, the child must be your dependent, not married, not working full time, and
enrolled full time in an accredited college, university, or vocational school. Signed,
registrar-certified official documentation to verify full-time student status at the
institution in which the dependent is enrolled must accompany the application.
Certification forms are available from Benefits, ext. 1-7447, 101 Annex.
HHMI Web site
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute now offers its online employee laboratory safety
course to anyone who wants to use it. It can be found at
www.practicingsafescience.org, on a Web server at Yale University. The course,
"Knowing How to Practice Safe Science" uses drawings and text to take you through
the many hazards that can be found in laboratoriesfrom chemical waste to human
bloodwith pop quizzes and an optional final exam to see how well you learn the
material. The May 18 Chronicle of Higher Education called attention to the site. The
Howard Hughes Institute employs 3,000 researchers at 300 campuses, including the
U of U.
New Copy Center
bookstore will serve
One of the buildings in the new housing complex at Fort Douglas will become the site
of a Health Sciences/Student Housing branch of University Bookstore and a University
Copy Center. The new bookstore will replace the health sciences branch now located
in a barracks near the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics. The Copy Center will
become University Printing Services' primary copy facility. However, a copy center
storefront and self-service copy facility will still be maintained in Orson Spencer Hall.
Norm Chambers, director of Auxiliary Services, says the new facilities will double
the size of the bookstore branch, and of the Copy Center, both of which need the extra
space. The two facilities will be located in the northern building of the housing cluster
just east of the new Heritage Center, in basement space originally intended for
storage. The entrances will face the Heritage Center. These changes will not take
place until Phase II of the housing project is complete, in late spring 2000.
FORT DOUGLAS HOUSING ON SCHEDULE
Planning, setting will create a 'jewel'
Granted, construction will create inconvenience for another year, but when it's
done, the new University student housing will be "a jewel," says Randall Funk, project
manager. The work is on schedule, which means that the entire complex will be in use
by students by fall semester, 2000. PHASE I
Consisting of almost two dozen buildings grouped in clusters to create
neighborhoods, the housing is designed to blend with the Victorian gothic buildings of
Fort Douglas in scale, as well as style and color. "Keep in mind that the 2002 Winter
Olympics will be using University housing built for students, not the other way around,"
says John Huish, director of Campus Design and Construction. "That's why we refer to
it as Fort Douglas, not as the Olympic Village. This will be among the best student
housing in the nation."
Here's what to expect:
Graduate student apartments (to be called "Shoreline Ridge")Occupancy will
begin fall semester this year in the cluster of buildings located where the University
baseball field used to be.
University Guest HouseAlso available this fall will be the 130-bed facility for
visiting faculty, guest lecturers, VIPs, and other temporary residents. This is located
near the Fort Douglas Chapel.
Single student apartments (Benchmark Plaza)The first housing for
undergraduates will be available for occupancy during the 1999-2000 school year,
between Connor Road the former baseball field.
Heritage Centerlocated between Officers' Circle and Connor Road, the central
service building of the entire complex will include dining facilities and the living
Gateway Halla cluster of housing units will be located between Officers Circle
and the Heritage Center, providing special programs for first-year students, including
unique living-learning experiences and a cohort academic program.
Lower-division housing (Chapel Glen)Special housing for first-and second-year
students will be located north of Officers Circle, providing for general uses, and
specialty floors and wings for students with common interests.
Upper-division housing (Sage Point)Suites for juniors and seniors will be
located on the 11-acre site on the south side of the complex.
Bookstore and copy centerAfter the buildings are completed, basement space
in the single student housing area will be devoted to a Health Science/Housing branch
of University Bookstore and athe University Copy Center. (See related item, this issue.)
-- The Olympics will pay $28 million of the $120 million cost, but no state taxpayer
funding is being used.
-- Phase II used an unconventional performance-based bidding process that places
greater emphasis on quality and time scheduling, along with price.
-- Unexpected problems have been confined to resolving situations with utilities
created by 100 years of occupancy.
-- No Native American prehistory sites have been discovered, but a historic
archaeological firm conducted a careful dig of the remnants of a blacksmith shop and
wheel-making shop, dating back to the Civil War, discovered in the 11-acre site.
-- A scale model of Fort Douglas is on display in the Park Building foyer, to which
architecture students add models of the new buildings as they are designed.
-- Planning is under way to involve faculty in academic programming for residents to
fulfill the promise of a living-learning center.
-- Also in planning are refurbishment of the many residential duplexes that were part
of Fort Douglas to create small living-learning centers on the model of the Kennecott