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Same-sex Marriage Benefits Beginning July 1

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Friday, June 26, 2015 regarding same-sex marriage, all benefits eligible UT Austin employees and retired employees will be able to enroll their same-sex spouses, as well as dependent children of these spouses, in health and dental coverages. The plan amendment will take effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. That day, under policies related to mid-year enrollments due to a change in status event, UT Austin will begin enrolling same-sex spouses of benefits eligible employees and retired employees who submit the required application and presentation of a valid marriage certificate. Employees will have 31 days to enroll from this status change event. Benefits eligible employees and retirees who submit the required application and a marriage certificate after July 1 may enroll within 31 days of the marriage. If you are an employee interested in making changes to your benefits options, please contact our HR Service Center at 512-471-HRSC (4772) or by email at HRSC@austin.utexas.edu.

UT Austin’s Student Employee of the Year Wins National Award

Congratulations to Coleman Tharpe, recipient of the university’s 2014-2015 President’s Student Employee of the Year Award and the 2015 National Student Employee of the Year! On April 13, the president of the National Student Employment Association, Desiree Noah, surprised Coleman with his national award at the annual Student Employee Recognition Luncheon hosted by Human Resources and the Division of Student Affairs. At the event, Coleman also received a Student Employee of the Year Award from the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators. Coleman is a senior majoring in Anthropology and Radio, Television and Film, and he was honored for his work as a Senior Student Associate for the Webber Energy Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering. Take a couple of minutes today to watch a video about Coleman’s incredible accomplishments.

Transforming UT

Stay current on a variety of business productivity initiatives by visiting the Transforming UT webpage. There is information about the university’s Administrative Systems Modernization Program (ASMP 2.0) and its progress in modernizing the University’s business processes, data management, and information systems. You can also read more about shared services and other initiatives, including improvements in technology commercialization and a reevaluation of our parking strategies. To learn more plus sign up for email updates, visit Transforming UT.

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