July 2024 OBO Newsletter

The July 2024 OBO Newsletter is now available. 

Own Your Benefits: Verifying Your Dependents

Effective July 1, 2024, due to a recent audit, all employees having a qualified life event and making any changes to their family health and/or dental coverage must verify all dependent relationships by providing corresponding legal documentation. Examples of documentation: 

  • Spouse - marriage certificate, common law spouse affidavit 
  • Domestic Partner - notarized domestic partner affidavit 
  • Child - birth certificate which includes parents names, court order, or guardianship paperwork. 

Since this impacts all life events, including open enrollment, we are notifying employees now so documentation can be easily provided when required. At the time of your life event, you can securely upload to UNI Works or bring into the Human Resource Services office in Gilchrist 025. All documentation needs to be viewed by HRS staff, but no documentation will be retained after it’s reviewed (i.e., if provided electronically, it will be purged). Do not send any personal documents through email as this is not secure. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

NEH Summer Stipend Program Competition

RSP is soliciting abstracts for the NEH Summer Stipends program. The Office of the Provost will nominate the two highest scored abstracts. To be considered, please email a one-page abstract to by 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 24.

Security Awareness - Phishing, Vishing and Smishing

Those are three made-up words that refer to the way bad actors may try to trick you and steal your information. Phishing uses email as the primary hook, vishing uses voice phone calls to do the same and smishing uses text messages (SMS) to interact. The latter two are growing in popularity because they remove the traditional Information Security buffer between the bad guys and the potential victim. More information on smishing can be found at

Driver's License Reminder

Time to update your driver’s license info. This must be done prior to driving any university vehicle/equipment, rental vehicle or your personal vehicle on university business. Call and provide your information to 319-273-2610 or stop into the Facilities Management building. 

Lori Seawel - Retirement Reception

After 24 years of dedicated excellence and service to the University of Northern Iowa, Lori Seawel has made the decision to retire on Tuesday, July 23. There will be a reception to honor Lori on July 23 at the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall. Doors will open at 1 p.m. with a presentation to begin at 1:15 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to share with others that you think may be interested in celebrating this special occasion with Lori. Please take a moment to congratulate Lori for her 24 years of service.

Final Accounting - RSP Training Series - Mon, July 8 | 2-3 pm

Part of the RSP Training series, final accounting is the financial reconciliation of your sponsored project, which helps you take a "final look" at your project and all the expenses related to your project. This Zoom session will guide you through the final accounting process for sponsored projects at UNI. Please register in advance

Human Resource Services Newsletter

The Human Resource Services July newsletter is now available. See what you need to do in UNI Works and employees retiring this month.