EAP Frontline Employee – March Newsletter

Featured in this month’s edition:

Workplace Cubicles: Civility and Courtesy Tips – “Do you practice common courtesies with cubicle coworkers? Rules to consider…”

Nationwide Teen Cyberbullying Survey Reveals Insights – “A new study on teen bullying surveyed 5,600 children between ages 12 and 17 to address various forms of bullying and cyberbullying, “sexting,” and dating violence…”

Stop the Bickering! – “Bickering… with another person, especially a loved one like a spouse, partner, or best friend… sabotages the pleasures of a relationship you both value…”

Other topics in this edition:

  • Soft Skills to Know: Being Cooperative
  • Using Your Breath to Manage Stress
  • Don’t Sit On Your Talents
  • Got a Staircase (and 30 minutes a Week?)
  • Study: Ace a Test

For the full March 2017 edition of “Frontline Employee”, or to learn more about UConn EAP visit our webpage: http://hr.uconn.edu/employee-assistance-program/

Your EAP provides professional, brief counseling – on campus, plus 27 locations statewide – to help identify and resolve personal, family or work related concerns. Employee Assistance is:

  • Confidential! Copy & paste the link for a clear, 3-minute video explanation: youtube.com/watch?v=2kUF4rrRFc4
  • Free!
  • Household Members too!

MANAGERS – Just So You Know… EAP is also available by invitation to meet with departments, programs or other groups to discuss and process areas of common concern.

To schedule a private appointment, call:

(860) 486-1307 Storrs

(800) 852-4392 Statewide – 24 hours (Toll-free in CT)

For more information, contact: Gary Alger at gary.alger@uconnledu

Resident Assistant Award Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2017 Resident Assistant Awards are now open.  During Residential Life’s Annual RA Banquet in April, we will celebrate the successes of our staff over the past year. We have four awards that recognize outstanding achievement from staff:

Nominations may be submitted by any member of the UConn Community who is aware of and can speak to the accomplishments of the RAs involved, including other RAs, LC or Honors Staff, residents, supervisors, advisors, and Student Affairs Staff.

All nominations are due on March 24, 2016.

The award nomination process is not only important for those who ultimately win, but for everyone nominated. Although only four campus-wide awards will be given out at the banquet, each staff member who is nominated will receive a certificate and they will be recognized at the banquet. Winning the awards is very exciting for individual RAs and their staffs, but being nominated and having that recognition is also impactful!

Thank you in advance for taking the time to recognize the hard work of our RAs. We look forward to celebrating them!

For more information, contact: Ashley Robinson at ashley.robinson@uconn.edu

New! Assessment Award

You can now nominate your colleagues for the Assessment Award.

The Assessment Award will be presented to an individual  or group that demonstrates a commitment to utilizing assessment to inform practice, improve services, or enhance the student experience. The award strives to celebrate assessment in its broadest sense; recognizing all aspects and types of assessment, affirming that assessment is a learning process, and valuing the entire continuum of knowledge and experience that make up that process.

Please visit our website to view all of the award categories and nominate a colleague today!

3/8 Core-CT Phase 2 – Town Hall Meetings

Core-CT Phase 2 – eBenefits and Leave Module – Town Hall Meetings @ Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, Storrs Campus

Town Hall Meetings will be offered to provide an overview of the new functionality in Core-CT that will go live in the upcoming months.

For those that are unable to attend in person, both sessions will be livestreamed.

March 8, 2017 from 1:30 – 2:30pm

Livestream Link:



March 9, 2017 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Livestream Link:


For more information, contact: HCM Data Mart Project Team at hcm.datamart@uconn.edu

3/24 Interested in Becoming a Green Office?

The Office of Environmental Policy is holding a Green Office breakfast meeting on Friday, March 24th from 8:00am-9:30am.  We will be discussing how offices and departments can become Green Office certified, in addition to recognizing the offices that became certified in the fall.  Please join us in the Student Union room 304A for an engaging and relaxing breakfast, and to learn more about other sustainability initiatives on campus!  Help us achieve our goal of 100 Green Certified offices by 2020.  Free coffee and pastries will be provided.

You can RSVP by clicking here, and can direct any questions to adrianna.antigiovanni@uconn.edu.  Thank you and we hope to see you there!

For more information, contact: Office of Environmental Policy at 860-486-5773

3/2 Are you a UConn Alum? Come to Networking Night

Are you a UConn Alum? We invite you to the Student & Alumni Networking Night! The event is hosted by the Student Alumni Association.

Why? Come help UConn students practice their networking skills while making valuable connections within the UConn community! It’s also FREE and catered!

Who? ALL alumni and ALL students are welcome- undergraduates and graduates!

Where? Great Hall, Alumni Center, Storrs Campus

When? Thursday, March 2! Come early for FREE professional headshots between 5:45-6:30! The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is catered!

Dress? Business Casual

To register: http://saa.rso.uconn.edu/

For more information, contact: Riley Doherty at riley.doherty@uconn.edu.

Protections for Transgender Students & Employees

As many of you are aware, on Wednesday, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice rescinded guidance documents that provided certain protections for transgender students, including the right to use restrooms that match the gender with which they identify.

We want the university community to know that this action does not change UConn’s longstanding commitment to ensure a safe and nondiscriminatory learning and working environment for all members of our community, including those who are transgender.

UConn’s Policy against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. In addition, the University’s Transgender Guidelines assist the UConn community in supporting individuals undergoing a gender transition.

UConn students and employees have the right to safely express their gender identity, to be judged based on merit and ability, and to be free from discrimination and harassment. This includes using restrooms and locker rooms that match the gender with which they identify.

Nothing in the federal action requires us to alter or diminish these UConn protections.

In 2011, Connecticut state law established comprehensive transgender protections, and we at UConn remain committed to enforcing these protections on our campus. In addition, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Thursday reemphasizing the state’s commitment to protecting transgender students in all public schools and universities.

For more information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact UConn’s Rainbow Center, Office for Diversity and Inclusion and/or Office of Institutional Equity.


Joelle Murchison, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer – Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Elizabeth Conklin, Associate Vice President, Title IX Coordinator & ADA Coordinator – Office of Institutional Equity

For more information, contact: Elizabeth Conklin at 860-486-2943

CSD Staff Attend LDA Conference

Lorri Comeau, Disability Specialist, and Lindsay Morales, UConn Graduate Student in the NEAG School of Education studying School Psychology and Postsecondary Disability Services and Beyond Access Learning Strategist, attended the 54th Annual Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) International Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Lorri presented on College Transition: The 6 Success Attributes of Individuals with Learning Differences.

LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations through advocacy (www.ldaamerica.org).