2-Week Annual Benefit Enrollment Period Runs Through July 31

My UT Benefits
If you need assistance at any time during the enrollment process, please email [email protected] or call one of the Employee Benefits Team members listed below.

Marita M. Yancey
Employee Benefits Director
Celeste Burnett
Leave Administrator
Kosima Ketcham
Leave Analyst
Christine Moldenhauer
Benefits Administrator
Thi Nguyen
Benefits Reporting Coordinator
Nora Pena
Benefits Administrator
Tina Sharpling
HRIS Manager
Debra York
Benefits Administrator
The UT Dallas Annual Benefits Enrollment period continues through Friday, July 31. During this time, eligible employees, retirees and surviving dependents can sign up for or change their insurance benefits for the coming fiscal year.

The UT System Office of Employee Benefits recently issued individual Annual Enrollment Coverage Option Letters. The letters list each employee’s current coverage selections, provide a login PIN and explain how to use My UT Benefits to enroll for 2015-16. Email [email protected] if you have not received your letter.

Employees who have been hired, qualified for benefits or experienced a life event change such as marriage, divorce or birth of a child between July 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2015, should contact a benefits administrator within 31 days of the event to enroll. You will not need to go through My UT Benefits, but you may have to enroll separately for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 fiscal years.

Within 24 hours of enrolling, you should receive a confirmation email. Print and keep it for your records. Evidence of Insurability forms for life and long-term care insurance are due Aug. 15. Selections for the next plan year will take effect Sept. 1 and will be reflected on your Oct. 1 paycheck for review.

If you do not wish to change your coverage, your current elections, as listed in the Coverage Option Letter, will continue except for UT FLEX. If you want to enroll or continue participation in UT FLEX, you must make the election online each year.

For more information, review the annual enrollment FAQs, or visit the UT Dallas Benefits Web page and the UT System Employee Benefits website.

Employees working 30 to 39 hours per week qualify for insurance with premiums shared by the state at the full rate. The monthly out-of-pocket costs will be the same as they are for full-time employees. For details, call Human Resources or visit the UT Dallas Benefits website.

Employee Contributions to State TRS Program to Increase Sept. 1

Retirement jar
Employee contribution rates to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) will increase over the next two years. The member contribution rate, which is now 6.7 percent, will rise to 7.2 percent on Sept. 1. The 2015 change will be reflected on Oct. 1 paychecks.

The rate rises again to 7.7 percent on Sept. 1, 2016. In 2017, if the state reduces its contribution rate to less than 6.8 percent, the employee rate will fall by an equivalent percentage. Read More

Research Office Provides Editing Service for Faculty Proposals

Research Development Office Provides Editing Service for Faculty Proposals
The Office of Research Development offers editing services to help faculty organize their proposals for maximum impact, clarity and readability. The service is designed to ensure all sections lead logically from one to the other, evaluate consistency and flow, and analyze whether there is enough information presented. Expect a turnaround of three to five business days. To have a proposal edited, email Alexandra Ferraris and include the solicitation with your draft.

Human Resources Schedules Next Forum for Aug. 5

The Office of Human Resources will host its next HR Forum on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in JSOM 2.115. Each forum offers updates from all areas of HR, including Benefits, Employment Services, Employee Relations, and Organizational Development and Training. Attendees can learn about new HR programs, network with colleagues and participate in discussions to share best practices.

Groundbreaking Set for Student Services Building Addition

The Office of Administration will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Student Services Building addition from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 29, in the Student Services Building Lobby (SSB 1.100). Hot dogs and refreshments will be served.


Sign Up for Corporate Challenge
Sign Up for Corporate Challenge

Registration is open for the 2015 Corporate Challenge, a multi-sport competition that raises money for Special Olympics Texas. Area companies compete against one another in tennis, kickball, basketball, bowling, horseshoes, darts and more. Visit the Wellness website to download the sign-up sheet and event schedule.

Volunteers Needed to Welcome Students Back for Fall

The Office of Administration needs employee volunteers to help with the annual fall Student Welcome on Aug. 24-25. Volunteers will greet students, pass out giveaway items and share their knowledge of campus. To volunteer, email the Office of Administration or call 972-883-2213 by Aug. 17.