The "Hidden" Benefits of Working at Macalester College
While all staff are usually very aware of the more traditional benefits
offered at Macalester - such as health insurance through
HealthPartners, vacation and sick leave, the retirement plan,
etc.- there are many additional, lesser-known benefits that
staff are eligible to receive and which are frequently
overlooked or not as readily taken advantage of. Some of these
are made available through Employment Services, others are available through campus departments or
offices or from local businesses. SAC is working to compile a
list of these benefits.
Check out the list below, if there is a "hidden" benefit that
we've overlooked, let us know
so that we can add it to our list!
Access to Full-Service
Have you ever waited in the long line at the post
office? Of course, hasn't everyone? Did you know that
Macalester has a full-service postal station that is able
to handle almost all things that a normal U.S. Post Office
can do with the exception of a few international mailings?
Did you know that this convenient service is available to staff to
use? The benefit of having a USPS Contract Station is one only
a handful of business's have. Make sure that you take advantage of
this convenient "hidden benefit."
Use of Athletic
There's no need to join an athletic club when you can
use all Macalester's athletic facilities for free!
Facilities include exercise equipment, running track,
weights, pool, tennis courts (indoors and outdoors),
racquetball courts, and gyms. Many organized special activities
ranging from "aqua aerobics" to weight-training and yoga
classes are frequently offered over the lunch hour. For more
information, contact Athletics x6267
Free & Easy Parking
The ability to find easy parking close to our work is something that
most of us take advantage of daily and don't think about it as a "benefit". If you don't think it's a benefit, talk to
someone who works downtown and has to pay someone more to
babysit their car all day than they do to have someone
take care of their kids! All the College asks is that you
register your car with physical plant/security office and
Discounted Movie Tickets
Do you and your family like to check out the newest blockbuster at
the local cineplex? Then make sure that you take advantage of the
discount movie passes that are available through Campus Programs.
Discount admission coupons are available for United Artists, AMC,
and Mann Theatres and can save you up to $2.50 off the regular ticket
price. Contact Campus Programs at x6297 or stop by the Campus Center
Info Desk for more information.
Access to a Library with
If you haven't visited Macalester's library recently, you're missing
out on a great resource for staff. It's Harmon Collection includes
all of the newest bestsellers. In it's sound recordings collection
you'll find everything from rock to jazz to Robert Frost reading his
own poetry. And if you've got kids, you should definitely visit the
children's collection on the library's second floor. The hundreds
of electronic databases and journals available through the library
make doing research (or just browsing) easy to do from the library,
your office or from home. And if they do got what you're looking for,
they can probably get it from another library across the country
through their interlibrary loan service. Stop in and see
Save On Metro Transit Bus
Do you ride the bus? Then you should stop by the Campus Center Info
Desk to find out more about the discounted Metro Transit bus passes.
You can as much as 50% off the regular cost of these passes. A
Macalester ID is needed to purchase, so don't forget to
bring yours along.
Need a passport photo?
Thinking of travelling out of the country in the near future? Media
Services will take passport photos for you. There is a small charge
for this service. Contact Media
Services at x6377 for more information.
A Great Neighborhood!
Another "benefit" that we might easily take for granted is
the safe and friendly residential neighborhood in which Macalester
College is located. With many Grand Avenue shops and businesses just
a few minutes away, it makes getting away from campus to do some quick
shopping over lunch a delight! Or maybe you'd rather stretch your
legs with a walk down historic Summit Avenue. They're just a few steps
ITS provides software resources ranging from virus protection to email
that can not only be used at work, but also on your computer at home.
You can download many of these software titles from the ITS
software web page. It is important to remember that ITS doesn't offer
support for all the titles they make available for download. If you
have questions, contact the Helpdesk at x6525.
A. Johnson & Son's Florist
A Johnson & Sons Florist offers discounts to MAC employees, students and
alums using the ACTC contract. AND, the College receives a 20% rebate
when they mention Macalester College. Business orders receive a 20% discount and personal orders receive a 5% discount. Discount & contact info.
ACTC Hotel Discounts
Macalester belongs to the Minnesota Employee Recreation and Services Council (MERSC). There are many discounts available through MERSC.
Vanguard Travel for all travel needs
(airfare, hotel, car rental, group travel). This contract is also open
for employees to book for personal use. It is one stop shopping, AND
the college earns Bizperks (frequent flyer) miles in addition to the
employee earning their personal frequent flyer miles.
Last Updated: 22 May 2008