October 3, 2007 edition

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The University Board of Trustees on Sept. 26 unanimously approved the plan for Carolina North to develop 250 acres of the nearly 1,000-acre site during the next half-century.

The trustees’ action clears the way for the plan to be reviewed and approved by the Chapel Hill Town Council.

The plan anticipates that 2.5 million square feet of building space will be completed over the first 15 years along the eastern boundary of the property bordering Martin Luther King Boulevard. The first of those projects will be a new 85,000-square-foot Innovation Center for which the University has already requested a special-use permit to begin construction.

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When visiting San Francisco, most tourists flock to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the internationally recognized symbol of the city, considered the engineering marvel of its age when the bridge opened in 1937.

Seventy years later, the San Francisco marvel that has caught the eye of Carolina’s Mark Crowell lies on the edge of the city in Mission Bay. Crowell is associate vice chancellor for economic development and technology transfer.

Once an industrial wasteland, Mission Bay is now home to a satellite campus for the University of California at San Francisco and, next to it, the burgeoning life science complex that is being developed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities of Pasadena, Calif.

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A philosopher who has interests in metaphysics and the mathematics of logic, a geneticist who is working to develop cancer therapies, a computer scientist who specializes in bioinformatics and data mining, and a historian who studies the African-American experience in the American South have received the 2007 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.

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Seven Carolina employees were recognized for their outstanding contributions Sept. 24 at a luncheon at the Carolina Inn. Five people received the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and two received the Excellence in Management Awards.

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Campus-based tuition over the past decade has played a pivotal role in generating revenue to bolster faculty pay to keep Carolina competitive.

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2008 employee benefits: new and changing

The 2008 annual enrollment window runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2.  During this time, you’ll have an opportunity to enroll and make changes to your NCFlex and University benefit program elections.

Employees will receive enrollment packets via campus mail in early October. Review your packet for information on rates, enrollment meetings and assistance, and instructions for making your elections for 2008. Elections made during this enrollment period will be effective Jan. 1, 2008.

Paper enrollment forms will not be accepted for the NCFlex benefit program for 2008; enrollment must be completed online or by phone. The Office of Human Resources will be available throughout October to provide computer access and enrollment assistance, and to answer questions you may have about any of these benefit plans. Refer to the Enrollment Schedule enclosed in your NCFlex enrollment package for dates and times that representatives will be available on campus. Paper enrollment forms will be accepted for University benefits.

Dental Plans
United Concordia is replacing National Pacific Dental as the new dental carrier under the NCFlex benefit program. Rates are increasing at an average of 2.09 percent for the High Option and 6.43 percent for the Low Option.

The Low Option deductible is decreasing to $25 per individual and $75 per family. The High Option out-of-pocket maximum is increasing to $1,250 per calendar year, and the lifetime orthodontic treatment under this option is increasing to $1,500. If you are enrolled in either option and would like to keep your coverage, you do not need to re-enroll; your coverage will be transferred to United Concordia automatically and you will be sent new dental identification cards.

Assurant Dental is the University’s dental carrier. Rates are increasing by 8.58 percent. This plan will also increase the out-of-pocket maximum to $1,250 and the lifetime maximum for orthodontic treatment to $1,500. The University’s dental plan will now cover domestic partners. 

Group Term Life
ING is the insurance carrier for the NCFlex benefit program. If you enroll in this plan during annual enrollment, you can purchase $20,000 of coverage on a guaranteed issue basis — if you were not previously denied coverage. If you are currently enrolled in the plan, you can add $10,000 of additional coverage at each annual enrollment, up to the guaranteed issue amount ($100,000), without providing Evidence of Insurability (EOI).

MetLife is the insurance carrier for the University’s benefit program. You can elect coverage up to five times your salary, up to a maximum of $500,000. You can increase coverage levels from one to three times your salary without providing Evidence of Insurability. If you want to increase four to five times your salary, you must provide Evidence of Insurability. The University’s program provides coverage for domestic partners.

Vision
Superior Vision Services provides vision benefits under the NCFlex program. There are no changes to benefits and coverage levels for the Vision Plan.

Accidental Death, Dismemberment
UNUM is the insurance carrier for the NCFlex benefit program. There are no changes for this plan for 2008. 

Reliance Standard is the insurance carrier for the University’s benefit program. This program will now provide coverage for domestic partners. 

Supplemental Medical
Kanawha is the insurance carrier for the NCFlex program. Enrollment in this plan declined due to the SmartChoice PPO plans options offered by the State Health Plan, so the plan has been cancelled. If you are enrolled in this plan, your coverage will be terminated as of Dec. 31, and deductions will be stopped. There is no replacement plan for Supplemental Medical.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Aon Consulting is the third party administrator of the flexible spending accounts for NCFlex. If you elected either a Health Care Flexible Spending Account or a Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account in 2007 and wish to continue your coverage in 2008, you must re-enroll and designate annual contribution amounts for 2008. The plan continues to have minimum monthly amounts required to participate, but has removed the monthly maximums. Please read more about benefit waiting periods and other limitations before making a decision to enroll. You can find detailed information about flexible spending accounts in the NCFlex Enrollment Booklet on pages 6-12.

Cancer Insurance
Allstate Workplace Division (American Heritage Life Insurance Company) provides cancer insurance under NCFlex. There are no changes to benefits and coverage levels for Cancer Insurance. If you have any questions about this enrollment, contact your HR facilitator.

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