Events and Workshops

Health Benefits Workshop

This workshop is for employees who are interested in learning more about their benefit options—medical, dental, life insurance, disability benefits, and pre-tax flexible spending accounts—and would like assistance before completing their enrollment online. This workshop complements New Employee Orientation by providing detailed benefits information. New employees should plan to attend the earliest session following their start date at the University.

Registration is required, and you can register online. If you have questions, call 612-624-8647 to reach Employee Benefits.

Date Time Location
Friday, October 14 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 210 Donhowe, East Bank of the Minneapolis campus
Thursday, November 10 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 210 Donhowe, East Bank of the Minneapolis campus
Wednesday, December 7 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 210 Donhowe, East Bank of the Minneapolis campus

Online Presentation

If you are not able to attend a scheduled workshop, you can view the slides for the Health Benefits Workshop presentation.

Slides with notes: (PDF)

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Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS)

This online presentation is for eligible civil service and labor represented staff who want to learn more about their mandatory retirement plan. Eligible staff are covered under the General Plan in the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS)

Narrated presentation: (Desktop) (Mobile for iOS 6+, Android Browser 4.4.2+)
Slides with notes: (PDF)

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Voluntary Retirement Program

If you are a faculty or staff member paid on a continuing basis, you're eligible to save through the Optional Retirement Plan and the Section 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. These two voluntary retirement plans allow you to contribute through payroll withdrawal automatically. Learn more about these two plans and your investment options.

If you want to learn more about your voluntary retirement options, check back or send an email to benefits@umn.edu. Registration is required via ULearn.

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Online Presentation

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled workshops, choose a link below to view an online presentation about the Voluntary Retirement Programs.

Narrated presentation: (Desktop) (Mobile for iOS 6+, Android Browser 4.4.2+)
Slides with notes: (PDF)

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National Retirement Security Week Webinars 2016

Free webinars on a range of personal finance topicswere held during National Retirement Security Week (October 18-20) for all employees. Recordings of three sessions are available to view anytime:

  • Retirement Basics: Taking the Right StepsRetirement saving and investing doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, there are some basic concepts that, if applied, will help increase your odds for a successful, and comfortable retirement. In this presentation, we will explore the basic strategies you can use for saving and investing for your retirement. Specifically, when to start saving and understanding the role of time; how much to save and understanding the need to save a reasonable amount; and, investing smart by understanding the need to balance risk and return. This recorded presentation is provided by Securian Retirement Services. 
  • Retirement Roadmap: Keeping Your Dreams on CourseWhile retirement is unique for everyone, there are some key steps you can take to help map out your ideal retirement. Whether you have many years until retirement or it’s just on the horizon, understanding your goals and how to fund your retirement is an important step. This presentation will help you begin to create your retirement roadmap by defining your destination and how you want to spend your retirement; understanding the various phases of retirement you will experience and how you may fund these phases; and, identifying financial roadblocks and hazardous detours on your retirement journey. This recorded presentation is provided by Securian Retirement Services. 
  • Your Retirement and Social Security: Exploring Your Best Options. Understanding your potential sources of income for your retirement years is an important step in building a comfortable retirement. In fact, deciding when and how to claim Social Security is one of the biggest decision pre-retirees have to make. This presentation will help you understand the role Social Security may play during your retirement years. You will also learn about risks faced by retirees; the basics of Social Security—what it provides, who is eligible to receive it, and when benefits begin; claiming strategies that you can use to maximize your Social Security benefits; and, resources you can use to help you explore your options. This recorded presentation is provided by Securian Retirement Services. 

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Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars

The University of Minnesota's annual Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars help you and your spouse prepare for retirement. Watch recent sessions by clicking the links below. You can see links to the presentation handouts when you open the online presentation window.

View the presentation online (video)

View the presentation online (video)

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