Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Elimination of Requirements for RCR Continuing Education

April 30, 2014

The policy changes outlined below have been approved and posted to the Policy Library.  To be clear -

the RCR Awareness/Discussion requirement has been eliminated
the RCR Information Update requirement has been eliminated

Notifications regarding these two items no longer appear on the PRF. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Performance Rating Job Aid

April 23, 2014

The "Performance Rating Job Aid" has also been uploaded to the Human Resources section of the Forms on the intranet.  It will provide guidance on how to determine the appropriate rating options and definitions to use when completing the performance appraisal form.

US Bank Card Activation Process

April 23, 2014

To activate your new PCard:
  1. Save the paper on which the card arrived in a secure location; be sure to white out or cross out the full account number that appears on the sheet. Why save this paper? The paper includes an address you will need in the future when making certain kinds of purchases.
    • If a merchant requests a "bill to address" or a "verification address", give them the address that appears on the sheet. Merchants who request this information send it to the bank as an additional verification of the card. It is important to provide the address it in the exact format it appears (including abbreviations and order of information). For example, if the address is listed as 123 North Smith St, and the merchant is given 123 Smith Street N, it will not match and the card may be declined.
    • If the merchant requests a telephone number for verification, give them the PCard Program Administrator's telephone number: 612-626-1562.
  2. Call 1-800-344-5696.

  3. Enter the card number when prompted.

  4. Enter the last four digits of your Employee ID (EmplID) when prompted for your unique identifier. Do not use your Social Security Number.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


April 22, 2014

The CSE Performance Review Form has now been uploaded to our ME Intranet Web Site.  It is in "FORMS" section under the heading of "Human Resources."  Please use this form for conducting P/A, Post Doc, and Civil Service Represented and Non-Represented staff reviews.  The instructions for completing the form are also included.

All performance reviews are required to be completed by May 30, 2014.  For questions, please see me.

New US Bank Purchasing/Procurement Cards Arriving In Your Mailbox

April 22, 2014

The new purchasing/procurement cards from US Bank have begun arriving.   US Bank was supposed to mail all of the ME cards to my attention for processing.  This did not happen.  I have been trying to catch them as they arrive in your mailbox.  If you find a new credit card in your mailbox and the envelope has not been opened, please send the last four digits of your new account number to  We need to record the last four digits.

Please do not be alarmed if you have an open envelope in your mailbox.  That means we have all ready recorded the last four digits of your new credit card.

You can begin using the card May 1, 2014 after you activate it.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


April 16, 2014

As a reminder, the freight elevator will be down beginning April 28 through May 2.  If you need to use the freight elevator during this week, please contact me.  I will schedule the use of the freight elevator with Mortenson.  Mortenson is willing to accommodate our requests as needed.



April 16, 2014

Spring is always a good time to think about cleaning out labs and offices.  Richard and Dane are available to stock you up on recycle bins, trash bins, confidential shredding bins, etc. if you are in the mood to do some clean out of old files, equipment, furnishings, etc.  With the ongoing building project, we encourage you to clean out non-needed items.  Every little bit helps.

Please send an email to to request any assistance you may need.  Remember that all computers, electronics and any electrical items need to be brought to ENET for disposal.  This includes any electrical items including wire and power cords.  They cannot go in to the trash.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Procurement Cards Coming Replacing the Wells Fargo P Cards

April 15, 2014

The University has changed vendors for the procurement card (P-Card) program.  US Bank will be the new vendor replacing Wells Fargo.  The new P card will be a VISA; whereas they were previously Mastercard.  The new cards will be sent to me as the Designated Card Administrator (DCA) and I will put them in your mailbox.  This change is effective May 1, 2014. 

Your Wells Fargo card will be turned off as of May 1 and the US Bank card will be turned on as of May 1, 2014.  If you will be traveling over May 1 and have a need to use your P card, please contact me immediately.  We can make provisions for this.  Instructions on how to activate your new card will come with the card.  One new feature with US Bank is the Access Online tool which allows P-Card cardholders an ability to view your transactions, report disputes and fraud.  This should assist you when reconciling your charges.

Please contact me with any questions.

Monday, April 14, 2014


April 14, 2014


All Faculty, Civil Service, P/A, and Graduate Students must have a signed performance review completed by their supervisor and submitted to the ME Payroll office by May 28 so we can make copies and get them to the Dean's office by Friday, May 30.

A new review form for Civil Service and P/A staff will be available for use in the next day or two on our web site.  We need to use this form to prepare for the college wide move to merit pay next year for all employees.  For the Grad Students, we will continue to use the one page form that was previously developed.

Please continue to watch this blog or your email for updates.