NYSHIP Dependent Eligibility Project
June 20, 2016
Employees must read this if you are enrolled in a family NYSHIP health insurance plan (including GSEU-SEHP) through Binghamton University.
The New York State Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division is conducting a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit (DEVA). The contracted company that will contact enrollees is Health Management Systems, Inc. (HMS).
Family health plan enrollees will receive dependent audit instructions directly from HMS. During the period of July 5 to Aug. 19, 2016, you will be required to submit documentation verifying the eligibility of each of your dependents covered under the NYSHIP plan as of Jan. 1, 2016. Failure to provide sufficient proof of eligibility in a timely manner will result in the retroactive removal of the dependent back to Jan. 1, 2016.
If you successfully verified your dependent CHILD during the 2009 audit, you will not be required to provide proof for them again.
Initial notices were mailed to enrollees’ homes in December 2015. Additional notices with detailed instructions will be mailed directly to your home in early summer. Watch for these notices and be prepared to respond in a timely fashion.
Samples of enrollee communications and detailed information can be found on the NYSHIP website
under the “Current Topics” section.
Pedestrian safety and circulation and Traffic Circle Project will now begin Monday
June 17, 2016
Work on the pedestrian safety and circulation upgrades project as well as the main entrance circle renovations will begin Monday, June 20. The pedestrian safety and circulation upgrades work is taking place on West Drive between the Academic Complex and Visitors Parking Lot. Initial activity will focus on drainage work, curbs and sidewalks. Portions of West Drive will be reduced to one-lane traffic during the next three weeks. Beginning around July 5, there will be a two-week period where West Drive will be closed between the Lecture Hall and the Visitors Parking Lot while speed tables are installed. Traffic will be rerouted using the Connector Road during this closure and this part of the project should be complete by the end of July.
Work at the entrance circle is not expected to significantly affect traffic patterns. However, there may be occasional delays as materials or equipment are delivered. The projects are anticipated to wrap by the middle of August. Contact project coordinator Gary Bendert with any questions via e-mail
or at 607-777-4715.
Toastmasters club on campus
June 16, 2016
The Binghamton University Leaders and Learners Toastmasters Club will meet from noon-1 p.m. tomorrow in UUW-B08, beneath The MarketPlace. All are welcome!
University Union/Engineering Building pedestrian circulation improvements
June 14, 2016
Work to improve pedestrian circulation and safety in the area between the University Union and the Engineering Building is underway with fencing of the project area. University Union doors exiting to this area will be for emergency exit only during the project to install new sidewalks and some landscaping. The UU dock will remain open during the work; however, access is only via the Library/TechnologyHub/Engineering Building loading dock area. Following completion of the project, access for the UU loading dock through this point will be restricted to large tractor trailers only. A gate will be installed to control access. All other vehicles will have access to the UU loading dock through the Library/Technology Hub/Engineering Building loading dock area. Work is expected to wrap up around Aug. 17.
Fidelity retirement representative on campus
June 13, 2016
Natalia DiGiovanni from Fidelity will be on campus Wednesday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 29. To schedule your confidential retirement planning consultation, call 800.642.7131 or register online
BinghamtonU Blog: A look back at 2015-2016 in Daily Photos
June 10, 2016
The 2015-2016 school year was a busy one for Binghamton. The University came together to take on world issues and used supported everyone to get through finals week. Our research teams continued to excel, and our sports teams never failed to make us proud. Check out what made this year such a great time to be a Bearcat!
No small-package delivery this afternoon
June 10, 2016
There will be no small package delivery this afternoon, June 10. If you need a package and wish to retrieve it yourself, call Central Receiving at 777-4004 to make arrangements for pick up and be sure to bring University ID.
June 8, 2016
Now that barbecue season has arrived, here are some BBQ safety tips:
• Make sure your grill is in good working order and there are no leaks in your propane hoses and connections.
• Position your grill away from decks and siding and don’t place it under eaves.
• Do not grill indoors or under a tent due to potential for carbon monoxide build up.
• Keep children and pets away from the hot grill.
• If using charcoal, do not use lighter fluid on already hot or lit coals. This can cause a flash fire and serious burns. Light the charcoal using a long match or mechanical device used for lighting grills.
• When done using charcoal, let ash and remaining charcoal cool. Do not put ash or used charcoal into a garbage can or any combustible container.
• For gas grills, keep lid open when lighting. When done, turn off gas at the cylinder.
• Avoid storing gas cylinders indoors.
• Never leave a grill of any kind unattended.
• Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
For more safe BBQ practices, go online
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion takes on the Campus Pride Index
June 7, 2016
In 2007, the national nonprofit Campus Pride developed the Campus Pride Index, a benchmarking tool offered to colleges and universities to assess their efforts at creating LGBTQ-friendly campuses. Campuses can score up to five stars and have their scores published in the national online database that allows prospective students and families to search for campuses who have "come out" in support of LGBTQ student success.
Binghamton University’s assessment, which has 10 assessment areas including residence life, health and counseling services, human resources and personnel policies, and campus security, will be led over the summer by Kelly Clark, director of the new LGBTQ Center in the Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Clark will call on different campus departments over the summer to answer questions and supply evidence to support the assessment. “While it will be great to be listed in the database alongside other institutions like Cornell University, more importantly, the index will provide us with an important benchmark from which to assess the success of the Center’s efforts over the next few years,” she said.
June EAP newsletter available online
June 6, 2016
As you enjoy the warm sun, enjoy your monthly EAP newsletter
which includes tips on:
• Understanding Your Productivity Peaks
• Health benefits of Dog Ownership
• Awareness of Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction
Also join EAP at one of our summer programs (Color Your Way to Calm June 15, 22, and 29, and EAP Supervisory Training – July 13). Details to follow on Dateline and UCTD.
June 6, 2016
Research Foundation vacancy
June 6, 2016
Watson School offers professional engineering continuing education
June 6, 2016
The Watson School Office of Industrial Outreach will offer Human Factors and Ergonomics in Design Operations and Production Operations with Brian J. Galli ‘07, assistant professor of computer science and management engineering at Long Island Engineering, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Innovative Technologies Complex. This course is geared for engineers (mechanical, electrical, civil, computer, manufacturing and industrial), design and operation managers, and executives and is approved for continuing education credits and six professional development hours. Participants will be given a certificate of completion at its conclusion. Discounted fees are available for Binghamton University students and members of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). Register by July 21 to avoid late fees. For more information and to register, go online
College-in-the-Woods site lighting project begins June 6
June 3, 2016
A project to install new lighting along both service drives in College-in-the-Woods will begin Monday, June 6. The drives will remain open during the work and there will be a mini excavator and some other machinery on site. The drives will not have lighting at night during this work. The project should wrap up at the end of June, weather permitting. Contact Tom Seidel with any questions via e-mail
or at 607-777-4468.
Research Foundation vacancy
June 2, 2016
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