Friday, May 22, 2020
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COVID-19 Update
· Purchasing of PPE and Cleaning/Sanitizing Supplies and Equipment for Campus
Official News/General Announcements
· Telemedicine with Univera
· HR Tip of the Month
· Online Tai Chi Class via Zoom
· Years of Service Recognition
· Online Delivery Trainings Available
· Provost Candidate Presentation Tuesday, May 26 at 2 pm
What's Happening? More Events...
2:00 Fiat Lux!
· #SaxonFriday

Purchasing of PPE and Cleaning/Sanitizing Supplies and Equipment for Campus

We understand that we will need PPE and cleaning/sanitizing supplies available when we return to campus. The Procurement Services Office is actively working to find sources of supply that:

* Meet/exceed necessary health and safety requirements
* Offer consistency across campus
* Are available and in stock when you need replenishment
* Provide the best value to the University

Based on that, all purchase of such products must be completed through the Procurement Services Office from this point forward. Use of personal credit cards with the expectation of reimbursement is not authorized and these items will not be reimbursed.

Melissa Badeau, the Director of Procurement, is a member of the Logistics and Operations Committee on the University Re-Opening Task Force and is working on a plan with that team to ensure that campus is equipped for our students, faculty, and staff to return to a safe and healthy environment. The Procurement Office is always here to help, and will work to get the best products at the best value to ensure that this process is successful.

As always, please feel free to reach out to the team via email at if you have any questions or need additional information.

Attachment: Requisition Form

Submitted by: Melissa Badeau

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Telemedicine with Univera

For any employee with active Univera coverage you can take advantage of Telemedicine at no cost to you as the subscriber.

Please see the attached flyer for how to sign up for Telemedicine so you can still visit the doctor without having to actually visit the office.

Attachment: Telemed Flyer

Submitted by: Kayleigh Jones

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HR Tip of the Month

Are you an employee who has a medical flexible spending account with the University? There have been some changes to eligible expenses with Flex Spending plans.

The CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020 allows OTC Drugs and Medicines to be purchased from health accounts without a prescription.

What to know:

OTC Drugs and Medicines purchased on 1/1/2020 or later are eligible for reimbursement from FSAs. View Sample List of Eligible OTC Items in the link below.

Initially, you will need to submit a claim to be reimbursed for these expenses. Claims can be submitted online or through the BRiMobile app.

Within 1-3 months, merchants will begin to update their systems to identify these additional OTC items. Once that has occurred, you will be able to use your Beniversal Prepaid Mastercard for purchases directly.

For directions on how to set up an online account, please visit the AU HR webpage for Flexible Spending

Link: OTC Eligible Items

Submitted by: Kayleigh Jones

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Online Tai Chi Class via Zoom

Join our online Tai Chi Class every Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 am - 10:30 am via Zoom. The Alfred Tai Chi Group's daily practice was suspended temporarily due to the coronavirus. We have now set up a new way for people to exercise together on Zoom!

Specifically, we will be practicing Qigong, 24-form Tai Chi and Taiyi Swimming Dragon under the instruction of a Confucius Institute teacher and videos. No experience is needed, we welcome beginners! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jialin Fang at

Here is the Zoom meeting link and ID below:

Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 6250338420


Submitted by: Confucius Institute at Alfred University

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Years of Service Recognition

The Employee Recognition Committee would like to announce Years of Service dates for the month of May 2020. The Committee will be observing years 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50.

At Alfred University, we realize that our employees are our greatest asset, and we are delighted to honor your dedicated service and commitment to this organization. It is our employees who uphold our principles, demonstrate our vision of working for a better future for our University, deliver on our customer promise and make us the passionate organization we are today.

The success of our organization is a direct result of your efforts and dedication. Your commitment to quality and personal and professional integrity is the differentiating factor that sets us apart from our competition.

On behalf of Alfred University, it is with great pride and admiration that we congratulate you on this service anniversary milestone.

Celebrating 5 Years of Service:
May 7- Patty Barber- Payroll Associate- HR/Payroll
May 18- Brian Newman- Shipping & Receiving Clerk- Mail Room

Celebrating 15 Years of Service:
May 23- Marty Fuller- Bookkeeper- Business Office

Celebrating 20 Years of Service:
May 22- Janine Mosher- Associate Director- Financial Aid

Celebrating 30 Years of Service:
May 14- Swavek Zdzieszynski- X-Ray Specialist- Inamori School of Engineering

Submitted by: Kayleigh Jones

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Online Delivery Trainings Available

Online Course Delivery Training is available to all faculty. This training is intended to provide guidance for standard (non-emergency) online course development and best practices.

The following sessions are available:

Tuesday 5/26, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday 5/28, 11:30am - 1:00 pm

If you are available to participate in one of these sessions, please contact Meghanne Freivald to request the meeting link. All faculty are welcome to participate. If you are unavailable during the scheduled times but would like to participate, additional times can be arranged by appointment.

Submitted by: Meghanne Freivald

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Provost Candidate Presentation Tuesday, May 26 at 2 pm

Our first virtual Provost candidate visitor is James Spiller on Tuesday May 26. You are invited to his 2 pm presentation on "Managing Change in Higher Education While Maintaining our Values." This presentation is open to anyone interested in hearing from the candidate. Links to the Zoom presentation and feedback form for the candidate are provided at

Following his brief presentation, there will be a Q&A period. You may email questions in advance to Fred Beaudry or Mark Lewis

Submitted by: Mark Lewis

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