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  • April 2022

April 2022

Employee Benefits & Well-Being

Human Resource Services


In This Issue

  • UNI’s Dental Plan - Two Networks

  • TIAA’s Secure Mobile App

  • Student Loan Forgiveness

  • Celebrate Money Smart Week

  • Mindset Matters
  • EAP Financial Consultations

  • Ukraine Crisis Resources
  • Upcoming Sessions and Webinars You Don't Want to Miss

  • Who’s Retiring This Month?

Contact Us

If you still have a question after reading this newsletter or visiting our website, please contact us.

Own Your Benefits

UNI Dental Plan – One Plan, Two Networks

UNI offers one dental insurance plan, administered by Delta Dental, and it covers services from two participating networks. This means you pay one monthly premium for your dental insurance, but can use two networks. Having two networks provides more choices for your dental care.

  • Delta Dental PPOSM

The Delta Dental PPOSM network provides you with the lowest out-of-pocket costs. Dentists in the Delta Dental PPOSM network will charge you and our self-insured plan less, which helps keep your out-of-pocket expenses low and our monthly premiums low.

  • Delta Dental Premier®

The Delta Dental Premier® network is the largest dental network in the nation. Dentists in the Delta Dental Premier® network will charge you and the self-insured plan more for services.

A list of participating providers may be found at You may also ask providers whether they have a participating agreement with Delta Dental or contact Delta Dental at 800-544-0718 to ask about specific providers. A breakdown of services is provided on the Summary of Benefits Coverage.

TIAA's Secure Mobile App

TIAA offers customers the ease of managing their TIAA accounts with TIAA’s secure mobile app. View and monitor your account balances, contributions and much more from your phone. To learn more about how TIAA protects your information and accounts, visit the TIAA Security Center.

Financial Wellness

Student Loan Forgiveness Workshops

Through the partnership with TIAA and SAVI, UNI employees can register to participate in Student Loan Forgiveness workshops. Learn more about how working for a Public Sector Employer like UNI helps faculty and staff meet some eligibility requirements toward Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness. To register for an upcoming workshop visit the registration web page.

Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week is April 9-16. There are free live webinars offered all week through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, including: 

To learn more about this week and register for events, visit

My Well-being

Health and Wellness Starts with Mindset

Our inner thoughts may be our most powerful tool for shaping our days, weeks, months. Do you control your mindset or does your mindset control you? Cultivating a positive mindset can positively impact our lives. Practicing gratitude, incorporating mindfulness, and cultivating purpose are all proven methods to increase a positive mindset. 

While our mind impacts what we eat, our food is the fuel our body needs. Eating foods like berries, fatty fish, and leafy greens have been proven to improve brain health. Also, “eating the rainbow” or a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to ensure your body is getting the nourishment it needs. 

UNI employee well-being provides one tool that can assist with mindset through Free WW. The Free WW program provides tools that encourage eating more brain healthy foods, drinking more water, moving more, and improving mindset. The program provides this with a focus on balance and moderation so this can all work with any lifestyle. The best part is they take little time commitment and you don’t have to purchase anything. Eligible employees can sign-up at any time. Learn more on our web page

Employee Assistance Program

Free Financial Consulting

April is Financial Literacy Month. Check-out the Financial Wellness Digital Toolkit provided by GuidanceResources. This month is a good reminder to use your EAP benefit that provides free financial consultation. The EAP provides unlimited telephonic financial counseling for eligible employees. Get help with budgeting, tax questions, credit concerns, and more. To get started call 855-784-2057. For more information please visit our web page

Crisis Resource Center

The current conflict in Ukraine is affecting people everywhere. Uncertain situations can cause high levels of grief, anxiety, and stress. In addition, these situations can be difficult to understand and make sense to children as well. Check out the Ukraine Crisis Resource Center for resources for employees and family members that can help. To learn more about and access EAP resources visit our web page.

Upcoming Events


The Psychology Behind Saving Money and Other Good Financial Habits

Human Resource Services will host an informational session on saving money, other financial habits, and how they are impacted by the way we think. Learn strategies to save more and increase better financial habits. This session will be led by Guidance Resources, and take place on April 13 at 3 p.m., via Webcast. Please register in advance. 


Retire from UNI

Human Resource Services will host an informational session on retiring from UNI, for faculty and staff planning to retire soon or in the foreseeable future. Participants will learn guidelines and benefits available at retirement from UNI. This hour-long session will be presented by Therese Callaghan, Employee Well-being Coordinator, via Zoom on April 19 at 10 a.m. Please register in advance.


Bridging the Gap - Healthcare in Retirement Before 65

Human Resource Services will host an informational session on bridging the gap from your employer health plan to Medicare. Learn how to use the Marketplace or to price Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant plans, and options such as COBRA, Short Term Health Plans, Sharing Programs and Group Plans. This session will be led by Todd Cooper with Veridian Insurance and will take place on April 21 at 3 p.m., via Zoom. Please register in advance.


Confidential Biometric Screening

Human Resource Services will host a confidential biometric screening on April 22 from 7 to 9 a.m. in Gilchrist Hall, Room 009. All benefit eligible employees may participate in one free biometric screening per academic year. For more information, and to register, visit the confidential biometric screening webpage.


Mental Health Awareness

Human Resource Services will host an informational session on mental health awareness. Learn more on signs to watch for, getting help, and reducing the stigma. Learn strategies to take care of your own mental health. This session will be led by Guidance Resources, and take place on April 27 at 3 p.m., via Webcast. Please register in advance.

Participation in events that occur during scheduled working hours must be approved by your supervisor. Employees on a university-approved leave should contact for approval. Stay up-to-date with the status of this session by visiting If the status of this session changes you will also be notified by UNI email or campus phone. Individuals needing an accommodation in order to participate in an event, please contact a HRS team member at 319-273-2954, or, at least one week prior to the event.


TIAA April Financial Wellness Webinars

  • April 12  |  11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST
    Money at Work 2: Sharpening Investment Skills
  • April 12  |  2 to 3 p.m. CST
    Looking to Turn Your Retirement Savings Into a Paycheck for Life?
  • April 13  |  11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST
    Quarterly Economic and Market Update with TIAA’s Chief Investment Strategist
  • April 14  |  11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST
    Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt
  • April 14  |  2 to 3 p.m. CST
    Retirement Income Diversification - What, Why and How
  • April 20  |  11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST
    An Introduction to Alternative Investment: Real Estate

TIAA webinars are open to all employees. To register:

Times through the webinar link will be shown in Eastern Standard Time.


IPERS April Retirement Webinars

  • April 14 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST
    Ready Set Retire
  • April 20 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST
    Creating a Secure Retirement

IPERS webinars are for state of Iowa employees within five years of retirement and their spouses. To register:

Recognizing Our Retirees

We are thankful for the service of all of UNI's retirees! With their consent we are able to celebrate their years of service and share their information with the entire campus community.

Sam Barr

Senior Information Technology Specialist, IT-Client Services

37 Years of Service, Retiring in April

Jan Cornelius

Secretary III, Psychology

21 Years of Service, Retiring in April

Linda Nielsen

Lead Auditor, Internal Audit

14 Years of Service, Retiring in April


Retirement Readiness

Retirement Benefit Questions? The HRS Benefits Team is Here to Assist!

The Human Resource Services Benefits Team is continuing to help employees with retirement benefit questions. If you plan to retire in 2021 please email or call 319-273-2423. For additional information on retirement visit Retire from UNI: Next Steps.

Coming In May

May 2022 Calendar
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Plan on attending an upcoming Human Resource Services (HRS) sponsored event? Please visit the HRS event status web page to view if the event is on-time, postponed, rescheduled, or canceled. Registered participants will also receive an email from HRS notifying that an event status has changed.

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