National Retirement Security Week (NRSW), a national event focused on the importance of financial security, begins Oct. 18. The event raises awareness about the importance of planning toward retirement to ensure a secure financial future.
Planning for retirement is important at all ages and stages. Haven’t started yet? Now’s a great time. It’s never too late, and every dollar counts. Here are some ideas for starting, or progressing, on this important financial journey:
Why? You can save toward retirement to supplement your retirement plan income (and other benefits) by contributing to investments of your choice -- via paycheck deduction monthly. It’s easy, and it adds up.
You can start now by setting aside just $25 a month. It can grow significantly on your journey to retirement. Here’s a helpful calculator to check out how much you could stash away to retire on later by saving just a little bit monthly now.
Watch a helpful video or join a webinar: You can find excellent virtual offerings to choose from all week on the In the Green Well-being Calendar.
To build whole-self wellness, include your finances in your personal well-being plan. Even when things are outside of your control, you can continue to set and work toward goals, no matter how small, that will help you achieve financial health and overall well-being for yourself.
Nakia Douglas has dedicated his career to mentoring youth and shaping future leaders in his hometown of Dallas. At UNT Dallas, Nakia designs and implements "holistic, nontraditional educational experiences for first-generation and historically disenfranchised students." Before starting at the southern Dallas campus three years ago, Nakia was the founding principal of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, which opened in southern Dallas in 2011. He has received many professional honors including the 2015 Dallas Independent
School District Magnet Principal of the Year, KERA American Graduate Champion and DISD Exemplary Principal. In June, Nakia delivered this impassioned interview for WFAA's moving video series, "While I have your attention."
How long have you worked in UNT World and what do you do?
October officially marks my third year as a member of UNT World. In my role as executive director of TRIO and Pre-Collegiate Programs, I have the privilege of working with a diverse, innovative team. Our departmental mission is the “development of students’ academic, emotional, ethical, physical and social skills for transformational impact in life, school and leadership” – this is the North Star of our efforts with our participants.
What is your favorite aspect of your job ?
The strategic process of design, creation and implementation of programs for students, families and communities is exciting. The greatest joy is witnessing our participants' enjoyment of a new educational experience and/or students reflecting on the impact of their learning within our programs. These moments are the ultimate evaluation of the effectiveness of our work.
What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
Employee academic scholarships.
What is your proudest work moment?
Building and developing our TRIO & Pre-Collegiate professional team, then witnessing their impact with the students within their individual programs at the university and our local community.
What is your proudest non-work moment?
The strengthening of my relationship with my family during the pandemic. While the reasons for our time together are not enjoyable, the conversations, walks, meals and newly created family memories have been most enjoyable and heartwarming.
What fact about you might surprise your colleagues?
I own a PS4 and play Madden, NBA 2K, FIFA and The Incredibles with my kids, I have opened two new schools for Dallas ISD (Maynard H. Jackson Middle School and Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy) and I began my educational career as a kindergarten teacher.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE...
Book?: Uncommon by Tony Dungy
Movie?: Black Panther, Love Jones, Invictus, Remember the Titans and Waiting for Superman
Place to Visit?: West Africa, North Carolina and/or Caribbean Islands
Song?: "Love and Happiness" by Al Green
Charitable cause?: Friends of Barack Obama Men's Leadership Academy, Mayor's Star Council, City Square, For Oak Cliff, 826 Literary Project
Suicide prevention is important all year round, and together we all play a role in saving lives.
What is Suicide?
Nationally, the suicide rate increased 25.4% from 1999 to 2016, with increases occurring in almost every state. Suicide claimed the lives of 48,000 people in the US resulting one death every 11 minutes by 2018. It is the second leading cause of death by age group from 10 to 34, according to the CDC.
There is a multitude of approaches when it comes to preventing suicide and you play an important role because prevention is a comprehensive approach when it comes to decreasing the risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Suicide is preventable and a large growing health problem with lasting effects on individuals, families and communities. Usually family and friends that are the first ones to see the warning signs and these changes in behavior may or may not include health issues related to mental illness. These behavior changes could stem from a death of a loved one, been bullied or from abuse over time or as a child that comes out years later.
The associated risk factors like depression, anxiety, relationships or financial problems affect everyone regardless of age, gender or background with no single determining causes and have some common warning signs:
Knowing the signs and taking action with five steps to help someone who is emotionally distressed could save a life.
1. ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
We care about your well-being and it is our hope that you take advantage of all the free resources available in managing your family’s health.
BlueCross BlueShield of Texas will begin managing your mental health and substance use benefits for HealthSelect participants, replacing Magellan Healthcare. With this transition, your benefit deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance will not change. If you have any questions about these services or need assistance finding a provider, reach out to your BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant at 800-252-8039, Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., CT.
Too sick to drive? Get quick medical and mental health services on the web or download the app
With DrOnDemand, you have 24/7 access to a health care provider for non-emergency care with no cost for HealthSelect participants.
Visit MDLive for a virtual visit with a Mental Health professional for a low cost of $25 copay for HealthSelect members.
Employees enrolled in the Consumer Directed Health plan, you are subjected to deductible and coinsurance cost.
Need help managing a work life balance, which may affect your personal well-being? Contact your Employee Assistance Program for help services related to: Stress Management or Grief and Bereavement counseling and Managing Depression and Anxiety.
Check out what is happening In the Green for the latest webinar or information session for your physical, interpersonal and financial wellbeing needs. Want to learn more about Suicide Prevention join the October 20, webinar led by UNT Assistant Director and Counselor Arlene Rivero-Carr, to learn how to recognize the signs and learn what to do or say to someone who might be at risk for suicide.
To learn more about the strategies of Suicide Prevention check out these English or Spanish videos and the CDC’s Comprehensive Public Health video approach including how to stay safe and find treatment.
The Warm Place – provides year round grief support for children ages 3 ½ to 18 and their families, as well as young adults who have experienced the death of a loved one FREE of charge in the FW area.
Denton County MHMR /Psychiatric Triage Center
(800) 762-0157 (940) 381-9965
MetroCare Services (Dallas County)
Crisis Text Line: Please text HOME to 741741 from your mobile device
Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas: 214-828-1000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
24/7/365 Crisis Hotline: Call 775-784-8090 or Text ANSWER to 839863
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line call (833) 251-7544 or visit NTBHA.org
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line call (833) 986-1919
text LOVEIS to 22522
National Resources: (Identity Based)
Call: 1-800-273-8255 then Press 1
VA Hotline 855-948-2311
Text: any message to 838-255
Trans Lifeline www.translifeline.org (877) 565-8860 (24/7)
The Trevor Project Phone Lifeline (866)488-7386 (24/7)
Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200 (Thurs & Fri 3pm-7pm)
Trevor Chat www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/ (2pm-8pm)
Many employees are receiving emails from companies with names like “relaxedretirements.com,” “yourretiring.com” and “appreciationnetwork.com.” These emails indicate that it is time to set up an appointment to discuss your retirement benefits, or that they are available to help “public” employees understand their retirement plans or benefits. IT Compliance has blocked several of these sending companies, yet the emails keep coming with “new” company names (same content).
Beware of attempts to gain financial information via unsolicited emails, texts and phone calls from outside “companies” who offer to meet with you to advise on your retirement plans, accounts or benefits.
Your HR Benefits team is here to help you with your employee benefits, including your retirement plan. Legitimate email regarding your benefits will come from HRBenefits@untsystem.edu or an HR professional with an untsystem.edu email address (that you can verify in Outlook). We are your trustworthy support for help with insurance, retirement and anything employee-benefit related, including voluntary retirement savings plans that are part of your benefit options.
More information can be found here:
If you are in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and/or participating in a voluntary retirement savings plan, you will often receive email communications from the vendor with whom you have an account and business relationship due to that account. These include AIG, Fidelity, TIAA, Voya and, for the Texa$aver 457 plan, Texaemail@example.com.
The recent phishing emails indicate that employees can schedule “one free meeting a year” to discuss:
Please know that:
Ready to retire, or wanting to meet to plan for a future retirement? We’ll be glad to setup a video meeting with you. We are here to help you with all of your employee benefits, including health insurance, optional insurances like dental and vision; your retirement plan, and your voluntary savings plans. Reach out to us for help, and we’ll be glad to meet with you, answer questions, and provide assistance so that you can enjoy your employee benefits. And, we won’t try to sell you anything! We’re your trusted resource – let us help you plan for your future and make the most of your benefits today.
September 29, 2020
UNT World Faculty & Staff:
Thank you for your continued focus on our missions and service to students during the COVID-19 threat. Despite the many challenges the pandemic has posed to our universities, we are fulfilling our important missions to a record number of students this fall and maintaining financial stability.
Communications with UNT World employees has never been more important than today, as we find ourselves working remotely and interacting virtually due to the COVID-19 threat. With that in mind, UNT System Vice Chancellor & Chief Financial Officer Dan Tenney will launch a new virtual event series for faculty and staff across UNT World titled “Ask Me Anything” on October 22 at 2 p.m. The series is intended to cover a variety of financial and other related topics.
The first “Ask Me Anything” discussion will include several panelists with expertise in topics of interest that impact employees across the UNT System.
Full details for this virtual panel discussion are as follows:
WHAT: Ask Me Anything: COVID-19 Safety, Finance, Procurement, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
WHEN: Thursday, October 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
PANELISTS: Dan Tenney, UNT System Vice Chancellor for Finance and CFO (HOST) Steve Maruszewski, UNT System Vice Chancellor for Facilities (TOPIC: COVID-19 Safety) Bob Brown, UNT Executive Vice President & CFO (TOPIC: Finance) Ron Brade, UNT System Chief Procurement Officer (TOPIC: Procurement) Wanda Boyd, UNT System Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (TOPIC: EDI)
PARTICIPATE: A link to participate and watch the discussion live will be shared in the near future. Work- related questions on COVID-19 Safety, Finance, Procurement and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the virtual event. Questions will also be accepted in the chat function during the event.
Check out fall seasonal offers and other opportunities to save through the Beneplace Discount Program:
There are many conditions and treatments that can compromise your immune system. Learn more with these tips on how to keep your body moving with diet, exercise and eating right to improve your overall well-being.