403(b) Retirement Plan Improvements

In the first quarter of 2015, fund choices for both Fidelity Investments and TIAA-Cref will be reorganized to include actively managed funds, low-cost index funds, target date funds, and the addition of self-directed brokerage accounts.

Brown's independent investment advisor, Captrust Financial Advisors, will conduct one-hour "Preview Meetings" this month to discuss the changes.  To learn more, please attend one of the following sessions:

October 15th, 12:00-1:00 pm - Multipurpose Room, Stephen Robert Center
October 29th, 12:00-1:00 pm - Multipurpose Room, Stephen Robert Center
October 30th, 12:00-1:00 pm - Classroom 101, School of Professional Studies

Faculty/Staff Flu Clinics Start 10/15

The seasonal flu is associated with an estimated 54,000 to 430,000 hospitalizations and approximately 3,000 to 49,000 deaths annually in the USA. The flu is a serious illness, yet fewer than half of Americans got a flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season. Don't be one of them.

Myth: I'm healthy and don't need the flu shot.
Truth: Anyone can become sick with the flu and experience serious complications. Older people, young children, pregnant women and people with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease are at especially high risk from the flu, but kids, teens and adults who are active and healthy also can get the flu and become very ill from it, says the CDC. Don't just get the flu shot for your health, but also for those around you.

Myth: I've heard I can have serious side effects as a result of getting a flu shot.
Truth: Life-threatening allergic reactions are very rare, according to the CDC. Signs of serious allergic reaction can include breathing problems, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heartbeat, or dizziness. If they do occur, it is within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot. These reactions are more likely to occur among persons with a severe allergy to eggs, because the viruses used in most influenza vaccines are grown in hens’ eggs. While severe reactions are uncommon, employees should let their doctor, nurse, clinic, or pharmacist know if they have a history of allergy or severe reaction to flu vaccine or any part of flu vaccine, including eggs.

Click here to view the flu clinic schedule and to access links to the consent form and "What You Need to Know." Consent forms will also be available at each clinic.

What's Your Financial IQ?

Test your financial know-how and you could win a mini iPad! University Human Resources has teamed up with TIAA-CREF to bring you a new What’s Your Financial IQ Challenge! 

From October 1 to October 31, take this educational challenge to learn about financial planning. Each day five new questions are added to the Challenge. Every time you play, you are automatically entered for a chance to win a mini iPad – so sign on every day! All responses are confidential.

Click here to launch the quiz to test your financial savvy and learn something new each time you play.