July 30, 2013 -- Wood Center water bottle filling station

QUESTION

Has the filtered water bottle filling station in the Wood Center been relocated to an accessible location during construction? Are there others like it elsewhere on campus?

RESPONSE

The water filling station hasn't been relocated, however there is a water filling station at the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland complex on Yukon Drive.

July 30, 2013 -- Grapevine responses to athletics

QUESTION

Has anyone ever noticed that every question submitted regarding athletics never gets a response? How come my questions regarding athletics never makes the grapevine? My last inquiry regarding season ticket sales and the fact they are selling more seats than the patty center can accommodate in my opinion was a very legitimate concern; yet again doesn't even get posted. What's with the censorship?

RESPONSE

Your question regarding athletics has been forwarded to the director who is currently traveling. A response to your question will be posted once he returns.

July 19, 2013 -- Gold parking for departments

QUESTION

Why do departments that have reserved parking in gold lots get the choicest spots? Are they paying more than employees paying out of pocket? It can be pretty frustrating to walk past empty spots day after day, especially with the limited parking currently on campus.

RESPONSE

UAF departments do pay more for reserved gold spaces than staff, faculty or students. Departmental spaces are generally placed fairly close to their physical location, but with the construction going on they are often moved and grouped together by the project managers. Most departmental reserved spaces are set aside for their departmental vehicles that are in use for their daily functions around campus.

The option to park and ride is still available and the campus shuttles will get you reasonably close to your building. If you have a question about a specific lot or would like to discuss your parking options, please feel free to contact us at 474-7275.

July 19, 2013 -- Performance evaluation requirements

QUESTION

I have been in my current position at UAF for more than two years and haven't had an evaluation yet. At my last position we got one every year.  Are performance evaluations optional or required?  Does it depend on the unit?

RESPONSE

Brad Lobland, UAF Human Resources

Annual performance evaluations are required by Board of Regents' regulation. However, for a number of reasons, annual evaluations are not always completed on time. UAF Human Resources encourages active performance management which, among other things, includes performance evaluations. In the coming weeks, Human Resources will follow up with all supervisors of employees who have not had a performance evaluation in the prior 12 months to ensure completion. In the meantime, you might ask your supervisor when you can expect your performance evaluation.

We want supervisors to know that HR consultants can provide tools such as sample evaluation forms and techniques for evaluating employees. Performance evaluations are also covered in detail in Supervisor Training 3: Managing Employees. Evaluations can be a positive experience for the supervisor and the employee if conducted in a way that builds on trust, honesty and genuine concern for the employee's professional growth.

July 19, 2013 -- Pharmacy changes

QUESTION

I've had nothing but problems with the pharmacy change, some prescriptions were forwarded to Premera other were not. I was told some were mailed from Caremark, but I never received them.

Every time I called I'm put on hold and then disconnected. When I've finally gotten someone and not a recording I'm told by Caremark that they may be able to resend the prescription but they are not sure. I hope the university took into account all the phone time that was spent to clear this up when they went to what, I assume, was a cheaper pharmacy option.
 

RESPONSE

Erika Van Flein, UA Human Resources

There are bound to be some problems as these transitions are never bump free. But the problems with Caremark (long hold times, incorrect information from customer service) are some of the reasons we dropped them and no longer have a contract with them.

For the most part, I think most prescriptions transferred and employees are getting set up with Express Scripts without a problem. We're trying to work with anyone who is having problems, and Premera has been contacting pharmacists to help with new prescriptions. It's just part of the transition and we're working through it as best we can.

If you're having a problem, please contact Premera at the number on your ID card 800-364-2982. Premera can transfer your prescriptions to Express Scripts. If you have any mail order specific question you can call Express Scripts at 800-391-9701.

July 12, 2013 -- Gravel work around the Elysian

QUESTION

I see some digging happening around the Elysian sculpture between Chandalar and Salcha. Is there work being done on the sculpture or around that area?

RESPONSE

Over the years the gravel and dirt under the sculpture has eroded. Facilities Services began replacing it today with clean gravel  to improve the esthetics. By the way, the photo of the Elysian sculpture shown here and a number of other photos are available as desktop pictures for download at http://www.uaf.edu/marketing/portfolio/desktops/.

July 12, 2013 -- Mold growth after a water leak

QUESTION

Water has leaked into my coworker's office via the wall or floor on multiple occasions. Efforts are being made to dry the spot on the floor, but I am concerned about the possibility of mold growth in the walls or under the carpet. Is there a way this can be investigated and/or monitored?

RESPONSE

When floors, carpets, walls become wet, it's imperative to dry them out as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth. It sounds like this is being addressed correctly. Next, the source of the water must be stopped. To do this, submit an EWORF (electronic work order form) with Facility Services to have them find the source of the water and fix it. If stopping the water source is not an easy or quick fix, consider replacing carpet with tile. Walls can be a little trickier, but if the source of water is stopped, they will eventually dry out. If there is a significant amount of water coming through the wall, then removal of the wall board may be necessary to dry it out.

Someone from Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management would be happy to make a site visit to evaluate the situation and take samples, if necessary, for mold analysis. Please call Tracey Martinson at 474-6771 or Andy Krumhardt at 474-5197 to arrange a site visit.

July 3, 2013 -- Holiday plans call for barbecue

QUESTION

re: Holiday plans call for barbecue, not Bar-B-Q' in the Cornerstone.  I find this entire article offensive.  1. who is the university to be telling me if I'm having a BBQ, bar-b-q or any other derivative thereof?? 2. Maybe I am having an old fashioned BBQ - what do you know and what's it to you? 3. The style guide that is referenced does not even address the differences between the terms.  The caption was simply a poor excuse for cheap "journalism".  I expect better from our marketing and communication department!

RESPONSE

Thank you for your feedback. The Cornerstone item in advance of the holiday was meant to be a light-hearted way of drawing attention to the UAF Style Guide online. We use the Associated Press Stylebook for most of our publications and the style guide online includes such examples as well as those that deviate from it. We apologize if it offended you.

July 1, 2013 -- Health benefits pages online updated

QUESTION

When will the Health Plan information be updated online? I am referring to this site: http://www.alaska.edu/benefits/health-plan/

We all know that our healthcare is updated July 1 so I am wondering why whoever updates this site did not plan ahead. I know booklets were distributed that had benefit information but it is more convenient to have the most current information online.
 

RESPONSE

Thanks for your question. We're currently in the process of updating our site, but have had some delays due to reduced staffing. The front page has been updated: http://www.alaska.edu/benefits/, as well as some of the links on that page.


 

July 1, 2013 -- Salary increase

QUESTION

Will there be a cost of living increase this year?

RESPONSE

The FY14 budget distribution, recently approved by the Board of Regents, included a 3.25 percent salary increase for regular staff effective July 14, 2013. Employees will see a change in their salary in the Aug. 9, 2013 paycheck.


 


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