Now that open enrollment is over, I thought that it would be good to reiterate to the campus community some new benefits that we have added to our already outstanding benefits package.

The Child and Elder Care program under New England Nanny provides back-up child and elder care services during emergencies for $3 per hour. New England Nanny is extending to our faculty and staff temporary and full-time quality childcare, nannies and babysitters, housekeepers, senior care providers, mother’s helpers, and personal assistants, at 50 percent off on your membership fee. A New England Nanny can be contacted at (518) 348-0400 or by email.

Ticket Monster Perks is our newest employee benefit that offers you exclusive discounts on ALL sports, concerts, theme parks, and movie tickets (AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and many more nationwide). Take advantage of discount tickets that will be delivered to your door, then enter the Rensselaer company identifier: rpitickets. You then can begin searching for a wide array of discounted events nationwide.

Looking to purchase a new BMW? Rensselaer has teamed up with BMW of North America to offer “Best Pricing Available” for any new BMW/MINI model. You may utilize either the BMW Lease or BMW Loan Program to purchase your new vehicle or you may use other sources of funds for your purchase. Through our partnership with BMW, this program is offered nationwide. To receive the employee discount certificate, click here and print the certificate. Visit the BMW website to see what models and discounts are available.

The Robert C. Parker School offers a $3,000 scholarship to dependent children of faculty and staff who are entering kindergarten through 8th grade. The Parker School offers a progressive approach to education, recognizing that the joy of personal accomplishment is more motivating than a test score. The curriculum is designed around thematic project-based learning, blending basic skills with high motivation. It allows a student’s natural curiosity and problem-solving abilities to emerge. Email Laura Mandelson, admissions director, to set up a personal tour or call (518) 286-3449 ext. 102. To learn more about the Parker School, visit the website.

AIG EyeMed Vision has transferred our Vision Plan to The Standard as our new vision carrier. Although AIG has decided to transition the vision coverage to The Standard, you will continue to enjoy the same vision coverage through the EyeMed network with no disruptions. The change in carriers from AIG to The Standard will be effective May 1, 2016. For more details regarding the vision products and coverage under The Standard, visit the website.

During the next weeks, you will receive more information regarding these exciting new benefits.


Curtis Powell, SPHR
Vice President for Human Resources