Campus News: time for Benefit Choice

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Time for Benefit Choice

UIC employees can make changes to health and life insurance coverage during Benefit Choice enrollment through June 2.

Next year’s coverage includes changes in health plan co-payments, deductibles, co-insurance and out-of-pocket maximums; prescription and dental plan deductibles; and vision co-payments and the replacement schedule for lenses and contacts. The changes, which take effect July 1, must be made online at the NESSIE human resources website.

During Benefit Choice period employees can also enroll in Flexible Spending Accounts and change dependent coverage. Employees who are not changing coverage do not need to re-enroll.

Information will be available online and mailed to employees’ home addresses. For more information, contact or 312-996-6471.


Women’s Leadership Symposium

Broadcaster and activist Merri Dee and author Judith Wright will be the speakers at this year’s UIC Women’s Leadership Symposium, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5 in Student Center East.

The annual symposium focuses on leadership development and other issues related to women on campus.

Merri Dee, long-time Chicago broadcaster and a member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, will give the luncheon address. Dee’s 2013 memoir, Life Lessons on Faith, Forgiveness & Grace, details how she survived child abuse, domestic violence and a murder attempt.

Keynote speaker is Judith Wright, author and corporate consultant. Wright has appeared on ABC’s “20/20,” “Good Morning America,” “Today” and “Fox & Friends.” Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers including Marie ClaireFitnessHealth,  Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News.

The symposium, which includes morning and afternoon workshops and a luncheon, is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Advance registration is $55  for UIC employees, $20 UIC students and $60 community members; onsite registration is $65. Campus units paying registration costs for employees can use the university purchase system.

Register and view the complete schedule online.

Woman of the Year

Nominations will be accepted through July 1 for UIC’s Woman of the Year Award.

The award is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women. Nominations should include a CV or résumé and at least three supporting letters describing the nominee’s service to UIC women as part of her job. Send nominations by email to


APAC news

The latest issue of APAC News, published by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee, is online. The e-newsletter includes articles about pension legislation and the search for a new chancellor at UIC.

For more information, email


What’s the latest WoRD?

The WoRD (Women’s Reading and Discussion) book club meets July 23 to discuss its latest selection The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS, by Elizabeth Pisani.

The group, which is open to all employees and students, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. in 507 Disability, Health and Social Policy building, 1640 W. Roosevelt Road.

The book is available for purchase at a 20 percent discount at the UIC Bookstores or for check-out from the UIC Library.

The book club was started by members of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women and meetings are approved as official events for employee participation. For more information, contact Kris Zimmermann at

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