Wednesday’s power outage: What you need to know

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On December 19, 2017

As previously announced, many buildings on campus will be without power on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Due to safety concerns, no employee or student should be in any building that is without power during the scheduled outage. Faculty and staff affected by the outage have alternate work arrangements and opportunities available. Interim Chancellor Chris Maples has authorized the following alternative work arrangements for Dec. 20. Employees must receive supervisor approval for any of these alternative work arrangements, including training and volunteer opportunities. The following options are available to all employees. 

Instructor-led training

Take advantage of training opportunities related to retirement, personal safety, physical and emotional well-being, and diversity and inclusion. You can also get a head start on your Wellness points for 2018 through some of the training offered. For a detailed list of instructor-led training available on Dec. 20, visit this HR website. Due to limited seating, some courses will be offered twice. To ensure space availability, please sign up through myLearn.

Online training (myLearn/wellness portal)

The titles of courses and resources qualifying for the 2018 Wellness Incentive through the wellness portal are scheduled to be released on Monday, December 18, just in time to plan for taking one or more on December 20. In addition, there are hundreds of courses you can take for professional and personal development through myLearn.

  • The computer labs located at Residential Commons 1 & 2, the Southwestern Bell Cultural Center, and the Thomas Jefferson Residence Hall will be available for employees to sign in and complete myLearn courses.
  • Your supervisor may approve you to work from home on Dec. 20, including authorizing the completion of myLearn courses.

Whether taken online on campus or at home, you will need to print a copy of the course completion certificate and present to your supervisor for verification of work performed. For instructions on how to print a certificate, go to the Human Resources webpage or contact a member of Human Resources.

Mini health fair

Come meet Mandy Schick, the new wellness program coordinator for the university, at a mini health fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hasselmann Alumni House, 1200 N. Pine St. While there, employees may get blood pressure screening, vision screening and flu shots, learn the latest about benefits offered by United Healthcare, and learn more about the 2018 Wellness Incentive or the Wellness Ambassador program. This would also be a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have about your benefit confirmation statements (these should be arriving in your mail soon).

Community service

You may participate in up to four hours of community service on Dec. 20 at approved organizations. To be paid for community service hours on that day, you must register through myLearn. Approved organizations include United Way agencies and other non-profits. Verification of community service performed may be required.

Vacation or personal leave

With the approval of their supervisor, employees may request time off using their vacation, personal or compensatory time accruals on Dec. 20.



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