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PURA Officers, 2014-2015

President, Dan Collins
Vice President, Olivia Bennett Wood
Secretary-Treasurer, Melinda Bain
Historian, Carolyn Jones
Past President, Robert Bain

PURA Campus and Community Committee Sponsors Three Fall Activities

What is MatchBOX? You've heard about it, so come see it for yourself! The Campus and Community Activities Committee has planned a tour of this Lafayette facility September 24 at 3:00 p.m.

MatchBOX houses a combination of interesting people who don't have a place to work! It's a location to start a new business or to grow an existing small business. It's for the hobbyist with a new idea, the moonlighting entrepreneur, or the office nomad. So, it's for developers, designers, strategists, artisans, writers, makers, and change-makers.

And who knows? You may see an office space just right for your interests! MatchBOX is located in the former garage near the corner of Columbia and 6th streets, and 2-hour street parking is readily available around the facility.

CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

RESERVATION FORM for September 24, 3 PM tour of MatchBOX

PRINT INFORMATION AND SEND FORM TO:
Michele Salla, Purdue Human Resources, 401 Grant St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2024 OR email reservation to Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779

Reservations should be submitted by one week prior to the date of the tour. Guests are welcome.

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TOUR OF CSEL

The Campus and Community Activities Committee is also pleased to announce a tour for PURA members and guests of CSEL, the brand-new Purdue Center for Student Excellence and Leadership. The tour will occur on October 22 at 4:30.

CSEL has been designed to provide a transformative environment to support collaboration among student organizations and programs and supply much-needed meeting and collaborative space for the hundreds of recognized student organizations. The goal is to create innovative leadership engagement programs that will impact the entire student body. CSEL is located directly across Martin Jischke Drive from the main entrance of Co-Rec. At that late afternoon hour parking will be clearing from the residence halls and the University Street parking garage.

In order to determine how many tour guides are needed, please email Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779, and provide names of PURA members and guests who will join the tour. Be sure to specify that you are reserving for the CSEL tour on October 22.

PRINT INFORMATION AND SEND FORM TO:
Michele Salla, Purdue Human Resources, 401 Grant St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2024 OR email reservation to Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779

RESERVATION for CSEL Tour, October 22, 2014

Reservations should be submitted by one week prior to the date of the tour. Guests are welcome.

Print all names________________________________

Address_____________________________________

Telephone number_______________________

Email_______________________________________

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BAILEY HALL — NEW HOME OF PMO

Purdue Musical Organizations have long worked in cramped quarters in the basement of Elliott Hall of Music, but they have been relocated to Bailey Hall at the south point of the intersection of Grant Street and Northwestern. PURA's Campus and Community Activities Committee is pleased to announce a tour of Bailey on Thursday, November 6, at 11:15 AM, so we will be able to watch rehearsals at 11:30. Parking may be available at either the Grant Street or Northwestern Garage for those with Purdue parking passes (or for a modest charge at the Grant Street Garage). Come see PMO's new practice facilities!

PRINT INFORMATION AND SEND FORM TO:
Michele Salla, Purdue Human Resources, 401 Grant St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2024 OR email reservation to Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779

RESERVATION for Bailey Hall Tour, November 6, 2014

Reservations should be submitted by one week prior to the date of the tour. Guests are welcome.

Print all names________________________________

Address_____________________________________

Telephone number_______________________

Email_______________________________________

PURA Benefits Committee Begins Process for Health Insurance Plans Renewal for 2015

At their May meeting, the PURA Benefits Committee started the process of renewing Health Insurance plan options for 2015. Three steps were taken: the committee reviewed utilization data for 2013 and the data trends from 2011-2012-2013; the committee reviewed the current benefits of each of our current plans and set some priorities for consideration during the negotiations; and reviewed the guidelines utilized by the PURA Benefits Committee in the past few years in selecting Health Insurance plan options and providers. The Committee decided to continue with United Healthcare as the provider.

During the July meeting the committee will be discussing proposed rates by United Healthcare that will determine the premium for each plan starting January 1, 2015. The largest factor determining premiums is the utilization costs of healthcare for our plan membership.

The Benefits Committee working with a health insurance consultant funded by Human Resources of Purdue University will be negotiating the very best plans for the premiums paid during July, August and September. Once an agreement has been reached, all plan members will receive a letter outlining any changes in coverage and the premium rates for 2015. Our goal is to finalize the negotiations to provide for an October 1 mailing to the plan members.

Guidelines utilized by the Benefits Committee in selecting Health Insurance plans and providers are available here, or please go to the Purdue Retirees Association web-page and click on Benefits/Health Insurance.

Submitted by Don Gentry, Chair of PURA Benefits Committee

PURA August 4, 2014 Luncheon

All Purdue retirees are invited to join former colleagues and bring their friends to the monthly PURA luncheon, held at the MCL Cafeteria on Sagamore Parkway West in West Lafayette. Members and their guests should arrive by 11 a.m., go through the line to purchase lunch, and then join other PURA members in the MCL meeting room. The meeting and presentation start at 11:45 a.m. The August 4th speaker will be Purdue University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Morgan Burke who will give us an update on Purdue athletics. We hope you plan to attend!

Cordova Recreational Sports Center Open For Silversneakers

The wait is over! All PURA Health Insurance participants are now eligible to use the Cordova Recreational Sports Center at no charge.

To use the Cordova Recreational Sports Center either take your current Silversneakers card plus your Purdue ID, or, if you do not have a Silversneaker card, take you PURA United Healthcare medical card and your Purdue ID to the registration desk to get instructions on using the facility. If you do not have a Purdue ID, take a photo ID with you and the registration desk will put you in the system.

PURA and its over 2500 Health Insurance members participants are most appreciative to Purdue University and particularly thank Howard Taylor, Director of the CRSC for making this benefit available to our members.

Kickoff Luncheon Set for September 8

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All Purdue retirees are invited to join former colleagues and friends at the PURA Annual Kickoff Luncheon at Four Points by Sheraton on Monday, September 8, 2014. The cost this year is only $15, a reduction from the past three years. President Daniels will be the featured speaker and will bring us an update on campus initiatives and events.

Doors to the Grand Ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will begin at 12:00 noon. Attendees will be eligible to win door prizes given by local merchants. Drawing for door prizes will start at 11:45 a.m.

In additon, PURA will begin a new exciting program at this luncheon, a “common read” of a Purdue University Press book that can be purchased at a reduced price immediately after the luncheon and will be discussed by PURA readers at a later date. The first book selected for this momentous occasion is Angie Klink's The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality. Copies will be available to PURA attendees and their guests at the fall luncheon for $20.00, a 1/3 reduction of the book's regular price.

Registration for the Kickoff Luncheon will be handled through the Division of Conferences and can be paid with credit card through the online web site www.conf.purdue.edu/pura. All reservations must be received no later than Friday, August 22, 2014.

See you at the Kickoff!

Good News!
Printing Cost for the PURA Newsletter Is Down!

As a result of Xerox's new pricing with local
vendors, the cost to print the PURA Newsletter
has decreased over $500


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Health Insurance Plans Renewed for 2014 with Great News!

For the Third Year PURcare Health Insurance (Senior Supplement plan) Premiums Are Lower

The Benefits Committee of the Purdue University Retirees Association has renewed the PURcare and Medicare Advantage PPO Health Insurance plans with UnitedHealthcare (UHC) for 2014 and has negotiated an overall lower premium for the PURcare plan and a very market competitive rate increase in the premium for the Medicare Advantage or PPO plan, overcoming some major price increases resulting from the Affordable Care Act of 2010. More information can be found here.