Monthly Archives: June 2014

Student Health Insurance, 2014-15

Dear Student Employment Forum and GCN members,

As you know, HR does not administer the student health insurance plan (SHIP) offered by Academic Health Plans (AHP). However, I’ve received information about the premium rates and plan changes for 2014-15, and since the changes are significant, I want to share them with you. AHP expects to have the updated information on their webpage ( ) on July 1.

The following information was  provided by UT System, which is responsible for contracting with the student health insurance vendor:

We realize the Student Health Insurance Plan is realizing a fairly large increase, we did everything we could to keep it as low as possible.  It could have been much higher.  The increase reflects medical trend, required ACA plan benefit changes and a few other plan benefit changes to help keep costs down, ACA taxes and fees, and Plan Utilization.  These rates include the $12.00 per student per year for Academic Emergency Services Global emergency package including repatriation, medical evaluation and an accidental death benefit. 

Required ACA Changes and Modifications for the 2014-2015 Policy Year:

·         The Maximum benefit has been increased from $500,000 to “unlimited” per policy year,

·         The pre-existing condition limitation has been removed from the policy,

·         Pediatric dental and vision benefits have been added to the plan,

·         The Individual deductible has been changed from $300 to: $500 (in network) / $1,000 (out of network),

·         A family deductible has been added for $1,500 (in network) / $3,000 (out of network),

·         An individual out of pocket maximum has been added for $6,250 (in network) / $12,500 (out of network),

·         A family out of pocket maximum has been added for $12,700 (in network) / $37,500 (out of network),

·         The office visit benefit has been changed from 80/60 to: $20 co-pay (in network) then 100% and the deductible is waived, out of network will be paid at 60% and subject to the deductible,

  • The specialist visit benefit has been changed from 80/60 to: $40 co-pay (in network) then 100% and the deductible is waived, out of network will be paid at 60% and subject to the deductible,
  • The ER co-pay has been changed from $75 to: $100 then payable at 80% in and out of network, (The deductible is waived if admitted to the hospital)
  • The Prescription Drug benefit has been changed from $10 / $15 co-pays to: $15 / $30 / $50 co-pays,
  • The waiver requirement for International Students will be modified per the UT System new health insurance requirements for International Students,
  • Texas required benchmark changes / essential benefit changes have been added to the plan including organ transplants.

Below are the new rates for the domestic Student Health Insurance Plan for the 2014-2015 Academic year.

  • Student                                                $1,859.00
  • Additional to cover spouse          $5,266.00
  • Additional to cover children         $2,894.00



Starting this year, students must enroll during open enrollment or they will have to wait until the next open enrollment period (unless they have a qualified change of status).  This means students can enroll in the SHIP only during the open enrollment dates, much like you do as an employee with your employee insurance.  There will be open enrollment dates for each semester.

Fall – Students must enroll no later than October 15th, coverage will be effective the day after they enroll

Spring – no later than March 15th  

Summer – no later than June 15th

The policy year for domestic students is 8/15/14 -8/14/15. The annual rates are the same for international students, but the policy year for them now runs 9/1/14 to 8/31/15.   International students will also be charged $155.00 for August insurance this fall, since the current policy year runs only until 7/31/14. More information about changes in the waiver requirement for international students is forthcoming from the International Office.

Ivan Kopecky is the Academic Health Plans representative for UT Austin, and he’s the best person to contact with questions about the plan. He can be reached by email at or by cell phone at 512-461-4735.  I’ve scheduled a Student Employment Forum for Thursday, August 7, 10 – 11:30 am, and Ivan’s on the agenda to do a presentation about the SHIP plan changes.

Again, HR does not administer SHIP, so I’d ask that you not direct questions about SHIP to the HR Service Center. The Service Center is happy to assist you with questions about UT Select and COBRA.

Best regards,


Amy L. Greenspan I Student Employment Coordinator | Human Resource Services | UT Austin || 512.475.8015 |HR Service Center, 512.471.HRSC |

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Global Fusion 2014: Extending the Boundaries of Global Media and International Communication

A Global Media and Communication Conference

October 24-26, 2014

Hosted by the Radio-Television-Film Department and the Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin

The purpose of the Global Fusion Conference series, which began in 2000, is to promote academic excellence in global media and international communication studies. The conference is sponsored by a consortium of Universities: The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Ohio University, Southern Illinois University and Temple University. We invite original, non-published research submissions on any aspect of global media and international aspects of mediated communication. Any theoretical and methodological approaches appropriate to communication research are acceptable and encouraged. The call is open to panels and papers on the widest possible range of topics, as well as proposals for workshop sessions.

Conference begins Friday evening October 24, and ends at 4 p.m. on Sunday October 26.

The Global Fusion Conference 2014 will additionally include a preconference focusing on ethnographic global media research methods. The preconference will include a series of mentorship workshops with prominent global media scholars designed to provide graduate students and professors with skills and insight into the field of global media research. Qualified applicants for the preconference are not limited to ethnographic or qualitative research backgrounds, and multidisciplinary interests are encouraged.

The preconference will be held in the morning and afternoon on Friday, October 24, prior to the conference reception and plenary.

Submission instructions:
Individual papers: Proposals may be submitted in the form of completed papers or abstracts of 300-400 words. (Only full papers will be considered for best paper awards.) Please include a cover sheet with the paper title, the names of all authors, and contact information for the submitter (affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address). No identifying information should appear on the paper or on the abstract page for blind review.
Panels: Please submit a panel abstract of 200-300 words, and 50-100 word abstracts for each included paper. The names of all authors along with their paper titles, as well as contact information for the submitter, should appear on a cover sheet. Proposals for workshop session panels are welcome. No identifying information should appear on the panel proposal page for blind review.

Preconference: Interested applicants can submit a brief biography (limited to 100 words) and a 200-400 word statement of interest. The statement of interest should include current research interests and/or projects, as well as topics and issues the applicant hopes to engage in during the workshops. Although the workshops are focused on ethnographic methods, the preconference will be open to suggestions from various methodological backgrounds. The preconference will be limited to 25 participants.

Submission format should be WORD. PDF format will NOT be accepted.

The abstract/paper/panel proposal page should: (1) Be separate from the cover page; (2) Contain the 
title of the proposed paper; (3) Include a total word count; (4) NOT contain any identifying 
information about the submitter (including contact information).

At least one author of an accepted faculty paper must attend the conference to present the paper. If student authors cannot be present, they must make arrangements for the paper to be presented by someone else.  Submit to

Awards: The Global Fusion conference offers a graduate student competition. To be considered for an award, a full paper must be submitted by July 30, and must be marked on the title page as being a submission for the competition. Papers submitted with both faculty and student authors will be considered faculty papers and are not eligible for graduate student competitions.

Location: Austin, TX
Dates: October 24-26, 2014
Deadline: 11:59 P.M. (EST) Thursday, July 15, 2014

For additional information, visit

Teaching Assistant Position-First Year Hindi

Teaching Assistant Position-First Year Hindi

Hindi Urdu Flagship Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Hindi Urdu Flagship is an undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu while majoring in a wide variety of programs, including Business, Communications, Engineering, and Liberal Arts.

The first and only Hindi Urdu program of its kind, HUF combines an intensive four-five year curriculum, which includes a study abroad component, with individual attention and mentoring by Flagship instructors and native-speaker teaching assistants.

The purpose of this position is to provide instructional assistance to an instructor of Hindi 506/507 First Year Hindi under the guidance of the instructor and reporting to Hindi Urdu Flagship Director Dr. Rupert Snell.

 Assist the instructor with various duties associated with teaching first year Hindi Assist with lesson planning and coordination of in-class activities Assist with grading of assignments and exams Hold regular office hours to provide additional pedagogical support to students. Other duties as assigned

 Must be an enrolled student in a Masters program taking at least 9 hours during the semesters employed by the HUF program. Must possess very high level of proficiency in Hindi language. Professional demeanor. Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills. Reliable, punctual, and have some flexibility in schedule for events including occasional evening and weekend events.

 Experience working with undergraduate students
 Experience in teaching, preferably in language pedagogy. Background in language pedagogy, applied linguistics, and/or education. Experience working with a diverse college student population Self-directed, requiring minimal supervision

Fall 2014 appointment: August 27, 2014- December 31, 2014
 Spring 2015 appointment may be available depending on performance. Part-time position (20 hours) Salary according to College of Liberal Arts TA rates.

Flexibility around your courses and course-work schedule Insurance benefits package
Tuition Reduction Benefit Hands-on work with students and program

Selina Keilani, Assistant Director,  Hindi Urdu Flagship Program,

Applications received by August 15, 2014 will receive priority consideration. Competitive candidates will be contacted for an interview soon after.

For more information regarding the program, please visit


Graduate Students,

The UT Libraries is in the process of planning learning spaces and services for PCL and we want to know what you need.  Please consider participating in a focus group on the topic.  Lunch will be served.

When:  Wednesday, June 25, noon – 1pm

Where:  PCL 

If you would like to participate in the focus group, please fill out this form to indicate your interest.  We have space for 6 graduate students, and we will select participants to ensure representation from a range of departments.  We will be in touch at least a week in advance of the focus group date to confirm,  provide details and get your lunch order.

If you have questions or comments, please let me know.


Michele Ostrow

Head, Teaching & Learning Services

University of Texas Libraries

Austin, TX 78713


ph: 512.495.4534 | fax: 512.495.4296

PCL 1.342G | mail code: S5475

Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region

14th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region
Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA
February 12-14, 2015

The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world to submit papers for the 14th Annual International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) on the Asia Pacific region, taking place in Honolulu,  Hawai‘i, USA from February 12-14, 2015.

The Conference will provide an opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectives formally, through presenting papers and attending other panel presentations, and informally in the warm and encouraging environment of the East-West Center in Hawai‘i. Participation in the 2014 conference had broad representation with 85 graduate students from 34 universities and 25 countries and territories worldwide. We look forward to continued representation from across the U.S. and Asia Pacific region in 2015.

We are now accepting abstracts until August 29, 2014.

Abstracts up to a maximum of 500 words in length of proposed papers are invited from intending participants at this time. Submissions are encouraged from the array of disciplines focusing on the region.

A limited number of merit-based travel grants, generally $100 to $200 (up to a maximum of $500), will be available.