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November 1, 2011: Faculty/Staff News

An Important Benefits Message from the Office of Human Resources

Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance Open Enrollment Period

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce an Open Enrollment Period for our Voluntary Group Long Term Care Insurance benefit plan, underwritten by a new carrier, Genworth Life Insurance Company. 

The Long Term Care Open Enrollment period is Oct. 24, 2011, to Nov. 18, 2011. 

Through the Genworth plan offerings, eligible full-time University of Scranton employees can get Long term Care coverage at competitive group rates. Coverage under this Program is portable, so it can move with you if you change jobs, retire or leave the University.

Why consider long term care insurance?

It covers expenses for long term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. Here are a few quick points to consider:
•    Neither health nor disability insurance will cover this kind of care.
•    Relying on government programs may not be a viable solution.
•    Without insurance, the costs of these services may have to come out of your savings or income.

This is an opportunity to learn what long term care insurance can do to help protect your financial future.  To see what this coverage could mean for you, go to: and use Group ID: SCRANU and Access Code: groupltc.

Or, to speak with a Program expert, call 800 416.3624.

Both services will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

Or, join us in person to hear more about this great benefit! A representative for Genworth Financial will be on site holding educational meetings on the following days:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
    In the DeNaples Center, room 404
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
    In O’Hara Hall, room 627

With this Group Long Term Care Insurance Program, there is no underwriting if you are an eligible full-time, actively-at-work employee under age 66 and apply during this enrollment period. This is a limited time offer and will not be available each year with the same terms.

The University’s current Long Term Care carrier is John Hancock Life Insurance Company.  The decision to change to the new carrier, Genworth, is prompted by a significant rate increase from John Hancock.  The Office of Human Resources will communicate directly (via a letter sent to the home address) with those University employees currently participating in the John Hancock Long Term Care program. This initial correspondence was mailed on Oct. 24, 2011.

If you are a current John Hancock participant and do not receive this correspondence by Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, please contact Patricia Tetreault in the Office of Human Resources at (570) 941-7767 or via email at

Staff Senate Spotlight Newsletter Now Available

The fall 2011 Staff Senate Spotlight Newsletter is now available! You can review this publication directly at or by visiting the Staff Senate website at

Questions or concerns for the Staff Senate can be directed to the Staff Senate Executive Committee by emailing

November's Staff Senate Meeting Agenda

The Staff Senate's November's meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Brennan Hall, PNC Bank Board Room (500). Please note: This month's meeting is scheduled to conclude at 11 a.m. so Senate members can participate in an orientation event. A meeting agenda is available on the Staff Senate's website. Staff members are welcome to attend.

Volunteers Needed for Christmas Day Breakfast

The Community Outreach Office and The Fresh Food Company will be working together once again to bring our third annual Community Christmas Day Breakfast to the Scranton community. We are seeking faculty and staff volunteers to assist on Christmas Day from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., on DeNaples Center's third floor.  While this event is open to all to attend, we are asking that volunteers be University employees and their families only. As the event grows each year, we are seeking volunteers to act as committee chairs for:

  • table decorations
  • holiday cards
  • coat donations
  • toys
  • advertising to community churches, newspaper, etc

If you are interested in volunteering and/or chairing a committee, email Ellen Judge at Check out last year's event at Community Christmas Day Breakfast.

Essential Training for New Staff

The Office of Equity and Diversity invites all staff hired within the last two years to attend essential Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Training sessions have been scheduled for the following dates:
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15
  • Thursday, Nov. 17
  • Thursday, Dec. 1
  • Thursday, Dec. 8
All sessions are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Brennan Hall, room 500. A light lunch will be served. Managers are urged to remind their staff to schedule to attend. Separate sessions will be held for managers and supervisors. To schedule your session, email

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