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HR Fall 2015 - Employee Newsletter

November 23, 2015

Message from Mary Harper Hagan

As we set our sights on Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it is my pleasure to deliver the fall issue of EmployeeNews. In this issue, Human Resources introduces an exciting new initiative called PROGRESS, which is a personalized approach to employee career mobility. PROGRESS supports the University’s strategic priority to recruit, recognize and retain the best faculty, staff and administrators. Read more on the SJU Action Plan.

Also in this issue, we share with you two wonderful stories of the work our employees are doing both on and off campus for our students and our communities to enrich their lives. As always, the Office of Human Resources appreciates your feedback and ideas for upcoming topics to feature.

Meet Scott Lemperle

Within the realm of St. John’s priorities, if we’re looking for examples of high-impact educational practices to ensure student success, we will find Scott Lemperle’s restaurant management course, taught by our very own executive director of auxiliary and conference services. Read the full story »

PROGRESS at SJU: Your Path to Career Mobility

The Office of Human Resources introduces PROGRESS (PROfessional Growth and Enrichment System), a systematic process where you will follow a self-exploratory path to help you gain insight into your next career step at St. John’s. Read the full story »

An Attitude of Gratitude: Recognizing Long-time IT Employee and Volunteer Stan Jurgielewicz

Before many of you were even born, Stanley Jurgielewicz ’81 SVC,’84 CBA, was already hurrying from class to work at St. John’s University. Enrolled as an undergraduate student in 1977, he began his career in information technology as a student worker the following year. Now, nearly four decades later, Jurgielewicz is still at it. Read the full story »

Fall is here. The leaves have turned… The clocks have turned… Now it’s your turn. Won’t you fall back into training with us?

Introducing the Training and Development department’s new Continuing Education Certificate for employees who have already earned their Management or Professional Development Certificate and are looking for additional professional development. The new program consists of a series of eight required workshops, some of which we currently offer (Communication Skills Parts I and II, Influence without Authority, and Social Styles) and others that we are developing (Problem Solving and Decision Making, Adapting to Change, Conflict Resolution, etc.) to roll out over the next year. Certificate recipients also will complete six elective courses. Don’t wait until next year to begin working toward the Continuing Education Certificate; spend this autumn falling back into training! 

Now is the Time to Make your Benefits Elections for 2016 – Open Enrollment period is Nov. 2-Dec. 4

Learn about changes you can make to your benefits, upcoming changes to the Oxford medical plan, and how to use the new online enrollment portal called bswift. Benefits Open Enrollment Information Sessions are filling up quickly, so register today by following the link to View and register for Workshops on the Employee tab on MySJU.

Staten Island and Manhattan employees – Benefits representatives will be available to meet with you individually on the following dates: Staten Island Campus:

  • November 23: l 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rosatti Hall, Room 105
  • Manhattan Campus: November 24:| 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Room 229

Fourth Annual, On-Campus Career Fair “Shines” Despite the Weather

Local business participation in the Fourth Annual On-Campus Career Fair doubled over last year, with 14 companies taking part in the event on September 10.

In spite of the stormy weather prediction, the fair was a tremendous success. The event, organized by Human Resources Student Employment, Career Services, and the Office of Community Relations, was moved indoors to the Carnesecca Arena lobby, where 778 students participated. A record 49 departments were on hand providing information to students about work opportunities on campus. Read the full story »

Department Showcase Series – Veterans’ Success Center

If you missed the Veterans’ Success Center showcase on October 13, you’ll find a link to the presentation on the Office of Human Resources (HR) website. As a way of connecting employees and departments across the University, HR invites you to attend showcases throughout the year that highlight a campus department and share its functions, programs and services. You can view PowerPoint presentations from past showcases, including the most recent Veterans' Success Center showcase, on the Department Showcase Series webpage.

Get the Support You Need Through the EAP

Have you visited the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) website? If not, you are missing out on a wealth of services that can simplify your life and support you and your family in your time of need. Did you know that the EAP can help you find a pet sitter or party planner in your area? Do you need a legal or financial consultation? Call the 24-hour helpline at 1-888-777-0052 or visit the website: LifeScope where there’s more to life! (log on with user name: SJU and password: member)


Ban-the-Box: It’s Illegal to be Denied a Job because you have a Criminal Record

The Fair Chance Act became the law in New York City on October 27, 2015. This new legislation prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record until after a conditional job offer has been made.

The act comes as a growing number of states and cities have begun to enact laws to remove felony check boxes from job applications—essentially “banning the box” on applications. Supporters view the ordinance as ending discrimination against applicants with low-level arrests and providing assurance that applicants will be considered solely based on their qualifications. Read the full story »

Upcoming Events

Balancing Work and Personal Life
December 1
Staten Island Campus

Balancing Work and Personal Life
December 2
Queens Campus

December 15
Queens Campus

New Medical Plan and  Benefits Open Enrollment Sessions

View a complete list of upcoming employee trainings.

For registration assistance, please contact [email protected] or call 718-990-2330.

Policy Highlight

HR Policy #507 Blood and Bone Marrow Donation Leave

At its October 7 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a revised University Mission Statement that highlights the international component of a St. John’s education, preparing ethical leaders for today’s global workforce. Read the mission statement here.

Employee Snapshot

Employee SpotlightKerri Scianna, Financial Aid Advisor
With student intern, Bernard Edwards, ‘15CPS, at the Fourth Annual On-Campus Career Fair

Snap your own selfie on campus! Send your photo to [email protected], tell us who you are, where on campus you took the photo, and you may appear in an upcoming issue of employeEnews.


Let us know what topics you would like to see covered in a future issue of employeEnews.

Send us your suggestions at [email protected].