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Digest: Employee benefits beyond open enrollment

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Are we there yet? Maybe this isn’t exactly our new normal, but we’ve been thankful to see students fill the streets and hallways of campus once again.  

November is traditionally a season of gratitude and open enrollment. While you’re updating your insurance benefit selections, let’s make sure we’re all getting the most out of working for UC Davis. This edition of the Digest includes open enrollment pointers, other timely reminders and some tips for lesser-known employee benefits.
Please make time to reap the rewards of your hard work here! We hope you find some new things to be thankful for and have a chance to step away for a break as the leaves turn.

We expect to send three more campuswide Digest emails this school year, so tell us how you feel about this edition and how we might better serve your needs next time.


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  • Prepare for detours on Hutchison Drive overpass: Both on-ramps to Highway 113 on the north side of Hutchison Drive will be closed November through March, so westbound drivers trying to connect to the highway will be rerouted to the first West Village roundabout to access on-ramps on the south side of the overpass. See maps and future improvements for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Check and report phishing emails: Get timely information on whether a questionable email is legitimate or phishing — which is the top vector for security breaches globally and at UC Davis — at IT’s new and wittily named Phish Bowl website. Log in to double-check potential scam emails.
  • Be aware of travel restrictions to 18 states: Ohio was recently added to the list of states where California prohibits state-funded travel, which also means that UC employees cannot be required to travel to these states as part of their job (no matter how their trip would be funded). Check the updated list of states on the prohibited travel list.


  • Honor our community’s veterans: Volunteer to help tie yellow ribbons around trees in the Quad on Nov. 8, or register to attend the virtual UC Davis Veterans Celebration on Nov. 9. RSVP for Zoom login and other event details.
  • Help students by donating food and supplies: Donate goods to the ASUCD Pantry by leaving non-perishable foods with your outgoing campus mail until Nov. 19 or by coordinating a box in your office for donations of toiletries, laundry supplies and more. Find suggested food donations and how to participate.
  • Facilitate student connections: Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to sign up by Nov. 12 to be facilitators for First-Year Aggie Connections in the winter quarter. Find out details about submitting a proposal.



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