P&S Council's food donation drive benefits SHOP

During the season of thanksgiving, the Professional and Scientific Council's university community relations committee is sponsoring a food donation drive through Friday, Nov. 18, to benefit the campus food pantry, SHOP. The committee's goal is one ton of donations, and participants are encouraged to consult SHOP's requested items list (though all donations are welcome).

During the council's Nov. 3 meeting, the committee designated these donation drop-off locations (including the council member or contact located there):

  • 1212 Coover, Tina Prouty
  • 146 Design, Matthew Crain
  • 2148 Gerdin, Jamie Sass
  • 101D Hamilton, Kaylee Wellik
  • Lied Recreation Center, Doug Arrowsmith
  • Extension Store (SE corner of Printing and Publications Building), Chris Johnsen
  • 2630 Veterinary Medicine, Heidi Nye

Complete the benefits survey

Benefits manager Ed Holland, university human resources, told council members that in the first two days, about 15% of employees had completed UHR's benefits survey being administered by Mercer consultants. Holland encouraged all employees to complete the survey by the Nov. 15 deadline. Even if you're satisfied with the benefits package, complete the survey so that sentiment is conveyed, he added. Employees should have received an email Nov. 1 (from ISUbenefitssurvey@mercer.com) containing a unique link to the survey.

Benefits enrollment closes Nov. 18

Holland reminded council members the annual open enrollment window for calendar year 2023 benefits closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. He also mentioned the spring semester project (administered by a consultant and ISU's fringe benefits and accounting compliance office) to verify dependents on employees' medical and dental plans. Open enrollment presents an opportunity to remove any individuals who no longer meet the dependent definition:

  • Relationship to employee: biological, foster, legally adopted or legal guardianship
  • Up to age 26 (covered through Dec. 31 of the calendar year in which they turn 26)
  • Unmarried, full-time student age 26 or older
  • Totally and permanently disabled child