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
Wednesday, March 22 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 210 Donhowe, East Bank of the Minneapolis campus
Thursday, April 27 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 210 Donhowe, East Bank of the Minneapolis campus
Thursday, May 25 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 210 Donhowe, East Bank of the Minneapolis campus
Friday, June 16 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 is 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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Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars

Join us at the University of Minnesota's annual Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars. You and your spouse can learn more about how to prepare for retirement and get answers from experts from the retirement plans, University, and the community. Sessions will be on February 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and February 27, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater. Registration links will provided shortly.

Session 1: Friday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Click Here to Register

  • Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs): Diane Ellis, Securian Retirement
  • Estate Planning: Edward Tully, Gray Plant Moody

Session 2: Monday, February 27, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Click Here to Register

  • Social Security and Medicare: Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security Administration
  • Supplemental Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance: Melinda Soderberg, Total Compensation, Office of Human Resources

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