Be alert to scammers and spammersIn recent years, UAB students and employees have been targets of a phone and email scams, some of which include threats. Do not provide money or information, but instead report the contact to UAB Police or your support information technology group, AskIT or HSIS Helpdesk.UAB to raise minimum wage for its hourly employeesUAB and UAB Medicine will raise the minimum wage for employees to $11 per hour — more than 50 percent higher than the federal minimum of $7.25.UAB explores options for expanding child-care programUAB has appointed a committee to review its child-care program and provide recommendations and options for expanding facilities and services.Surplus auction to be held Feb. 22The warehouse will close Feb. 12 to prepare for the auction. It will reopen March 1.UAB produces promotional video in celebration of growing momentumThe Office of University Relations captured the essence of the momentum and excitement across the UAB campus in an institutional pride video highlighting each area of the comprehensive university’s multifaceted mission.Hoverboards prohibited on UAB campusUAB is prohibiting the use, storage and charging of all hands-free, self-balancing scooters because of safety concerns, effective immediately. Read the full notice online.Open forum set to discuss new Staff Council in new yearA working group will present an overview, describe the election process, propose timelines and provide an opportunity for employees to ask questions about the UAB Staff Council during an open forum Jan. 6, 2016, in Hill Student Center Theatre.OHS reorganizes along two unit linesOccupational Health and Safety department has a new reporting structure, but its daily operations and integration is unchanged.Nominations open for Woolfolk community service awardHelp honor faculty who have rendered outstanding service in the Birmingham community in education, economic development, health-care delivery, arts, social services, human rights and urban and public affairs. Submit a nomination by Feb. 3. Details online.Know your Alabama Ethics Law before accepting gifts from UAB vendorsBefore accepting a personal gift from a business partner, employees should determine whether it is allowed by state ethics law and the school or unit policy on receipt of gifts.Broad success, growing momentum highlight State of the University addressPresident Ray Watts shared details of the institution’s many successes and broad impact across its five mission pillars during his annual address Monday. Read the highlights online or view the video of the full presentation.Graduate School recruiting for new associate dean
Applications for associate dean for Graduate Biomedical Sciences will be accepted from UAB faculty through Nov. 2.Personal directory information to require BlazerID for access
Access to personal information in the Electronic Phonebook at uab.edu/directory will be password-protected, effective immediately. All faculty, staff and students will need to log in with a BlazerID to search or access that information. Information for units and entities will not require a login.UAB taking first steps to create staff councilUAB will host a kickoff picnic 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 20 on the Campus Green to launch this new initiative, and open forums will be scheduled to enable staff to help guide its creation.Wanted: Proposals for faculty-led field trips abroadUAB Education Abroad is seeking proposals for faculty-led travel programs for fall 2016.Four things to know about open enrollmentAll benefit-eligible UAB employees must take part in this year’s active Open Enrollment to secure their 2016 medical coverage Oct. 30-Nov. 16.Annual campus security and fire safety report is onlineThe 2015 UAB Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available at www.uab.edu/police or you can download a PDF. For a print copy of the report, call 205-934-4649.New paid parental leave is added to employee benefits
The new policy, slated to be available no later than July 2016, is a collaborative effort between the UAB administration and Faculty Senate. It aligns UAB with the rare U.S. employers that provide gender-neutral, paid parental leave.Candidates for top diversity officer to make presentations
Four finalists for the position of vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will make open presentations during this month, beginning Sept. 9.Deadline for Distinguished Faculty Lecturer nomination is Aug. 26The award recognizes faculty who advance the frontiers of science or otherwise make a significant contribution to the health of people or the academic health center through education, research or public service.