Information about these and other benefits is available by contacting the Benefits Center, 807 S. Wright St., Suite 480; 333-3111. Free flu shots available for faculty, staff Free flu shots are being offered again this year through the State Employees Health Benefit Program. All faculty and staff members eligible for the employee health plans can receive a free shot. Current employee identification card or health coverage identification card is required. Eligibility also can be verified on site if you do not have either card. Shots will be given in 404 Levis Faculty Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 and Nov. 2. This is an approved event for civil service employees. Employees may be released from work for up to one hour, subject to departmental approval, without loss of pay. Free flu shots also are available to HMO members and their dependents through Health Alliance (formerly CarleCare) and PersonalCare. Contact your HMO's customer service office for more information: Health Alliance, 337-8000; PersonalCare, 366-1226. American Express Corporate Card available for work, play Did you know that UI employees can apply for a no-annual fee American Express Corporate charge card? This program has been available for many years and was implemented primarily for employees to use for business-travel expenses, although use is not limited to business expenses. While car-rental loss-and-damage coverage is not a benefit under the American Express Corporate Card, there are many advantages associated with the card, including: * Worldwide Customer Care - assistance at more than 1,700 American Express Travel Service locations worldwide from travel specialists who can provide travel assistance such as reconfirming airline tickets, changing airline reservations and making hotel and car-rental reservations. * Global Assist Hotline - worldwide emergency assistance such as referral to an English speaking doctor or lawyer or replacement of lost or stolen airline tickets. * Business Travel Accident Insurance - when transportation costs are charged to the corporate card, coverage up to $200,000 is provided for accidental death or dismemberment 24 hours a day from door-to-door for up to 30 days. * Baggage Insurance Plan - when transportation costs are charged to the corporate card, cardmembers are covered free of charge for lost, damaged of stolen baggage up to $1,250 for carry-on, and $500 for checked baggage. * Check-cashing privileges at American Express Travel Service Offices. * No preset spending limits. * Express Cash Option (separate application required). More information and corporate card application forms are available from the Benefits Center at 333-3111.