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HR Fall 2016 - Employee Newsletter

October 27, 2016

Building Bridges with Conversation

The Language Connection offers programs to connect these students with a host family or a conversation partner here on campus. The programs offer students opportunities to have organic experiences outside the classroom or tutoring center to develop their conversational language skills and connect with their community and US culture.
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Certificate Program Ceremony Celebrates 64 Employee Training Graduates

Certificate Program Ceremony Celebrates 64 Employee Training GraduatesReflecting St. John’s University’s commitment to professional development, the Office of Human Resources presented 64 employees with certificates of completion on June 29 during the 11th annual graduation exercises. This year’s class is truly unique.

In addition to 24 recipients of an HR Management or Professional Development Certificate, 2016 celebrated 40 graduates from the Leadership Development Certificate Program, including 26 administrative leaders and, for the first time, 13 faculty leaders.
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HR Announces Internal Career Mobility Toolkit

If you have been thinking about how to pursue additional learning and professional growth, evaluate your personal strengths and professional interests, and explore other jobs available here at St. John’s, you now have information and resources at your fingertips in a new Toolkit available on the Human Resources website.

Internal Career Mobility Toolkit
Visit the Internal Career Mobility Toolkit, follow the arrows, and take the next step in your career at St. John’s.

Also, SJU’s internal career mobility initiative was recently featured in a blog post by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.


What a Difference a Day Makes

What a Difference a Day MakesEvery year, the St. John’s community—students, staff, alumni, administrators, and faculty—join together in the name of service to kick off Founder’s Week. University Service Day occurs on the Saturday closest to the feast of St. Vincent de Paul: a very apropos day to engage in community service and honor our Vincentian tradition. Participation in Service Day has grown steadily since its inception in 2002.

In that first year, 123 participants served at 12 community locations. Last year, more than 2,000 students and employees participated in service at over 110 sites.
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Annual On-Campus Job Fair Projected to Hire 47% of Student Participants

Annual On-Campus Job Fair Projected to Hire 47% of Student ParticipantsStudents seeking employment opportunities were very excited to meet with 49 SJU departments and five local companies at the Fifth Annual On-Campus Job Fair on September 1.
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Get the Support You Need Through the EAP

Did you know that as a St. John’s employee you have access to our Work-Life programs? If you have not visited the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) website, then 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. The EAP can help you find any number of resources in your area including handymen or elder care options. Their service overview provides a breakdown of the different types of services that are offered. You may also call the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-227-2195 or visit the website E4 Health and log on with username “SJU” and password “guest.” It’s FREE and CONFIDENTIAL!


Benefits Open Enrollment

The Employee Benefits Office will communicate information and instructions about this year's open enrollment period, which will run from 11/1/2016 – 11/30/2016. As a reminder, SJU uses the BSWIFT online portal to process benefit changes and open enrollment. Log on to to review your benefits in preparation for the Open Enrollment. If you are planning to keep the benefits that you currently have, the Open Enrollment experience will be quick and easy. The only benefits that MUST be selected this year are Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA); all other benefits will remain the same if you do not desire to make a change.


Know Your Employment Rights

The University has posted updated information to its website on the federal minimum wage, as well as the Employee Polygraph Protection Act. To view these updates and other posters, visit our Employment Posters page.


Department Showcase

Several times a year, the Department Showcase Series features a different University department and highlights its programs, services, accomplishments and goals. By participating in these showcases, employees gain an improved sense of the connections that exist among St. John’s departments, colleges, and student services. You can also earn credit toward your professional development certificate!

View the slideshows for all past department showcases.

If there is a department that you would like to see featured, you may contact HR Services. Upcoming showcases will be listed on the Training and Development calendar.


Upcoming Events

Benefits Open Enrollment Information Session
Monday, October 31 | Queens | Staten Island | Manhattan

View a complete list of upcoming employee trainings. For registration assistance, please contact [email protected] or call 718-990-2330.


Remembering Two Angels

As the Resident Safety Coordinator, I was lucky enough to have had two very special student workers on my team, Tiarah Poyau and Arshell Dennis III. Sadly they lost their lives to senseless violence within three weeks of each other.
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Policy Highlight

Policy #703
Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures

Sexual Assault: You Are Not Alone

Training: Reporting and Responding to Sexual Assault on Campus


Employee Snapshot

Employee Spotlight Lillian Donovan, Resident Safety Coordinator and Resident Safety Mascot, Swiper in O’Connor Hall

We want to see your smiling face! Please send your photos to [email protected], tell us who you are, where on campus you took the photo, and you may appear in upcoming issue of employeEnews