HR Connection: Benefits info, top “Exercise Stars,” retirees & more

The following is provided by the Human Resources Office.

Wellness Program earns mayor’s recognition

The Employee Wellness Program joins some of Austin’s most well-known employers as a Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council Certified Partner. Selected organizations must offer programs addressing physical activity, nutrition, tobacco-free living, health education, and preventative services. Read details at ACC Employee Wellness Program earns city recognition.

Exercise Stars

Congratulations to the 394 participants who got moving through the “Become an Exercise Star” program. Employees logged a whopping 777,097 minutes — that’s the equivalent of one employee exercising 24/7 for almost a year and a half.

Overall top “stars” for the eight-week challenge were:

Charlee Knight | Cypress Creek | 8,615 minutes
Barry Perez | Elgin | 7,900 minutes
Madan Mohan | Cypress Creek | 7,837 minutes.

View 2017 Exercise Stars Leaders by Campus to see who posted the most minutes by campus and read what they did to get moving.  More than three-fourths of the participants reached their fitness goal.

Most Active Campus

South Austin Campus accumulated the most exercise minutes in the “Little Star” category.

Cypress Creek Campus employees posted the most exercise minutes in the “Big Star” category.








This year campuses were grouped into the two divisions based on the number of participants at each. Cypress Creek and South Austin campuses earned “Most Active Campus” honors. Cypress Creek won in the ‘Big Star’ category, with 42 participants logging an average 2,550 exercise minutes. South Austin won in the ‘Little Star’ category with 29 participants posting an average of 2,129 minutes.  View the overall campus standings.

President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes recognized the winning campuses for their ongoing dedication to health and wellness at a celebration May 5 at Highland Business Center.

Dr. Richard Rhodes recognized campus managers and wellness team leaders for their dedication to health and wellness.

Visit the ACC Employee Wellness Program website for classes, workshops, resources, and more.

Financial Wellness Fair

Financial Wellness Fair

Employees and guests learned tips for managing finances at the annual Financial Wellness Fair.

Almost 150 employees and guests participated in the annual Financial Wellness Fair April 26 at Highland Business Center. Informative presentations covered topics such as Social Security and Medicare. Employees also visited with representatives from 10 financial services companies at a vendor fair. The event is held each spring.

Recorded presentations may be viewed at Financial Wellness Fair Recordings (sign in is required).

BlueCross BlueShield of Texas replaces UnitedHealthcare

On September 1 BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas (BCBSTX) will replace UnitedHealthcare as the plan administrator for HealthSelect of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelect insurance plans. (BCBSTX was the administrator prior to 2012.)

The change in plan administrators does not directly impact rates, copays, or coinsurance – those are negotiated and set by the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) and are effective September 1.

Beginning May 23 employees will be able to visit the new BCBSTX HealthSelect website to:

  • View general information about plan benefits and what to expect.
  • Use a Provider Search Tool to see whether their current primary care provider (PCP) or other providers will be in the BCBSTX HealthSelect network.
  • Get help finding an in-network PCP or specialist if their current provider is not in the network.
  • Nominate a provider to be added to the HealthSelect network.

Employees also can contact ERS with questions toll-free at 800-252-8039 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Monday – Friday or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Benefits enrollment is July 9 – July 22

This year’s annual benefits enrollment begins July 9. Employees should verify their address information with ERS to avoid missing important communication about insurance plan changes, including details about the transition to BCBSTX, new HealthSelect ID cards, and more.

To verify contact information, log in through the ERS Access My Account webpage or call ERS at 877-275-4377.

HR will host the annual benefits enrollment fair and ERS presentation on July 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Highland Business Center Room 201. Employees can ask ERS vendors about the various plans. Additional information also will be available in June on the ERS website.

PEP evaluation system now live

 The online Performance Excellence Program (PEP) System is now available for supervisors and employees. All classified, professional-technical, and administrator employees participate in the PEP process. Evaluations must be completed by August 4.

PEP workshops for employees and supervisors will be offered May 15 through June 2 on various campuses. Register through the Workshop and Event Registration Database.

For questions, contact Cameron Keel, staff evaluation coordinator, at [email protected] or 512-223-7984.

Plan for retirement at TRS sessions

Employees who are considering retiring on or before January 31 are invited to attend information sessions hosted by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) between May and July at TRS offices (1000 Red River St.).

Sessions are 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays as well as 9 a.m. Saturdays. Each session is limited to 20 members.

View a full list of sessions on the TRS website and register online through MyTRS or by calling 800-223-8778.

Deer Oaks EAP newsletters

Find these articles and more in Deer Oaks’ May employee newsletter:

  • Online Seminar Reminder: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids
  • Positive Discipline and Your Child
  • Piggy bank Smarts
  • New You
  • Earn More: Think Outside the Box

The Deer Oaks supervisor newsletter includes:

  • Online Seminar Reminder: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids
  • Supervisor Excellence Webinar Series & Leadership Certificate Program Session Recordings
  • The 8 Key Skills for Effective Coaching
  • Ask Your EAP!

May employee discounts

Celebrate moms, dads and grads with these featured discounts:

  • Save 15 percent on flowers from
  • Save 10 percent on event tickets with Premium Seats.
  • Save with IBM certified pre-owned electronics.
  • Save 40 percent on a Raleigh performance bicycle.

Access these deals and more on the ACC Advantage Discount Program website ( or go to the HR Benefits website ( and click Employee Discounts.

ACC celebrates recent retirees

ACC celebrates the following retirees. Retirees are recognized at Board of Trustees meetings for their years of service to the college.

Name Department Years with ACC
Byron Dungan Health & Kinesiology 23.75
Daniel Grangaard Student Services/Psychology 21.75
Ruby Harris Information Technology 21
Emma Moore Student Services 41
Teresa Newby Admissions & Records 22
Benny Ridge College Operations 8
Glenda Shamburger Developmental Reading 6.75
Pamela Spooner Library Services 10.5
Sharon Quarles Student Services 9.5

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