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HR Spring 2016 - Employee Newsletter

June 13, 2016

From the Office of Human Resources

Last month we said goodbye to our Senior Vice President, Mary Harper Hagan, who left St. John’s after serving 17 years. Mary has left an indelible mark on our office and the University, and we are committed to continue to serve our employees, faculty, and students in the same manner of professionalism as we did under her leadership. Thanks to Mary’s strategic vision over the years, today the St. John’s Human Resources Department offers programs and services to rival any of our peers. We will miss Mary and wish her all the best in her future. Associate Vice President Thomas Galard has been appointed department head on an interim basis, and our function now reports to General Counsel.

Second Annual SHinE Luncheon and Award Ceremony Recognizes Student Employment Excellence

Sixty invited guests—including student-worker honorees, their supervisors and managers, and University leaders—attended the University’s second annual Students Honored in Employment (SHinE) awards luncheon and ceremony hosted by the Office of Human Resources on April 13. The event marked the culmination of an intensive nomination and selection process to recognize excellence in student employment. Read more.

Students, Students Everywhere—Are You Connected?

As employees in the St. John’s University community, there are countless ways that we can engage our students every day, from a quick chat on the sidewalk to organized events and sponsored activities, from sharing a meal in the dining hall to sharing a pew at church. The opportunities are endless. Any way we choose to connect with a student will make a difference in how he or she experiences St. John’s. The key is to make the connection, and to repeat it every chance we get. Find out how.

Free Travel Assistance

The Employee Benefits Department is happy to announce the availability of Travel Assistance to all full-time SJU faculty, staff, and administrators. Travel Assistance is a comprehensive program of information, referral assistance, transportation, and evacuation services designed to help you respond to medical care situations and many other emergencies that may arise during travel nationally and abroad. Full-time employees, regardless of whether they enroll in the SJU medical plan, are automatically covered. Family members, including spouses and children (through age 25) are also covered. Covered services include pre-trip assistance, medical assistance services, emergency transportation services, trip assistance, and personal security services. Access a helpful wallet card to print and keep with you when you travel. This card contains necessary national and international telephone numbers.

IRS Warns of Latest Scam Involving Bogus “Federal Student Tax”

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a nonexistent tax, the “Federal Student Tax.” These scam artists may demand immediate payment for a tax supposedly owed and use threats and intimidation to get personal and credit card information and immediate payment from the individual. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, hang up and notify the Treasury Inspector General’s office immediately at TIGTA.

For more information on this tax scam online.

Employee Recognition Convocation 2016

The employee recognition convocation honors employees for outstanding achievement and years of service in employment. This year’s ceremony was held on May 24th in Taffner Field House. See the list of honorees.

HR Training and Development Certificate Graduation

Are you ready to graduate in 2016? Have you satisfied, or are you close to satisfying, the requirements for the Training and Development Certificate? Follow the three simple steps outlined below to find out if you are eligible to graduate at the upcoming June 29th ceremony.

Step 1: Click on the link to view the requirements for the Management and Professional Development Certificates: Training Certificate Requirements

Step 2: Access your Training Profile from the Employee Training Homepage on UIS.

Step 3: Compare your completion record to the requirements listed for the Management or Professional Development Certificate. As you review your Training Profile, check to see if you completed the requirements and what workshops, if any, you are missing.

Questions: E-mail Training and Development at [email protected].

Department Showcase Series

Did you miss the recent showcases focusing on St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of University Mission? You can view the slideshows online!

Each program in the Department Showcase Series features a different department on campus, and highlights its programs and 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.

Please contact Human Resources Services if there is a department that you would like to see featured. Upcoming showcases will be listed on the Training and Development calendar.

Upcoming Events

PROGRESS: Module I–Getting to Know You | June 14

EAP Workshop: Challenge of Being a Working Parent and a Professional | June 15

Title IX: Reporting and Responding to Sexual Assault on Campus | June 16

Emergency Readiness Training for Managers and Employees | June 20

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention for Nonsupervisory Administrators and Staff | June 29

EAP Workshop: Taking Care of Your Skin | June 29

EAP Workshop: Process Addiction (Understanding, Behavior, Habits, and Addictions) | July 20

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

Policy Highlight

Campus mail services are provided for the University community for the purpose of conducting University business. Read more in Policy 1036–Mail Services.

Research misconduct is a serious offense. Review the University’s Policy and Administrative Procedures Governing Research Misconduct.

Employee Snapshot

Tara Sanon ’10C (left), Phone Program Assistant, Annual Campaigns, with student workers Victoria Boodram and Saima Khanom at Spring Fling 2016 on the Great Lawn.

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].