Staff Service Recognition Luncheon

Tomorrow, May 19th, the University will recognize 58 staff members for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years of service!  Together, these individuals have given Drew 675 years of service!

The HR Committee of US/A, which is hosting the event, has arranged for the awards component of the event to be streamed online.  Anyone interested in watching can go to www.drew.edu/live and see the live presentation of the awards and speeches by the supervisors of those celebrating 20 or more years of service.  Due to scheduling conflicts, the presentations will occur in two segments.  Our 40 year recipient will be recognized at approximately 12:15 and the remaining presentations and speeches will resume at approximately 1:00 p.m.  Hope you can watch the festivities online!

Chronicle Great Colleges Comments and Results

The university has purchased the complete data set from last year’s Chronicle of Higher Education Great Colleges to Work For survey. This information, which includes the results for each question in the survey and all of the individual comments, has been shared with the president and his cabinet. Any member of the community wishing to review these documents is welcome to do so. Copies may be found in my office in Madison House and Dave Muha’s office in Mead Hall. Please contact either of us to arrange a convenient time.

Retiree Health

Last October we announced that retiree health benefits for faculty and staff (not including those in the voluntary retirement program) were being suspended pending further review.  HR, working with a consultant, a small group of Cabinet members and the Compensation Monitoring Committee, examined a number of options for managing the skyrocketing costs associated with our plans.  After considerable review, the recommendation made to the Board at its meeting earlier this month was that we implement an interim post-retirement health plan until 2014 when government changes to health care will be implemented.

The proposed changes were guided by several principles; the current plan is financially untenable and changes are required; we wanted to encourage dependents to use alternatives to the Drew health plan when possible; and we wanted to maintain benefits for the Drew retiree, where possible, even if it came at the expense of the dependents.  The changes below were approved by the Board of Trustees and are effective retroactive to January 1, 2011,

Component Current Plan Interim Plan
Age and years of service qualifications  needed for eligibility 55 years old and 10 years of service (with graduated benefits for employees with fewer years of service.) 60 years old and 15 years of service (with no graduated benefits for fewer years of service.)
Cost sharing split for Drew/dependent or spouse 70/30 30/70
Cap on the portion of the premium that Drew will pay $533 per employee per month $533 per employee per month
Cost sharing split for Drew/retiree 70/30 70/30
Dependent and surviving spouse coverage available Yes Yes

New to Drew!

Please join me in welcoming the newest members of our community!  Faculty and staff listed below came on board between April 16 and May 16, 2011:

Jill  Anderson  Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Parent Relations

    Tiffany Bazewicz  Massage Therapist, Health Services
    William Brown           Director of Legal Affairs
    Dianne Jackson           Accountant, Finance

Frank Riker                Gatehouse Monitor/Communications Officer, Public Safety

***Payroll Deadlines***

To ensure that monthly paid faculty and staff are paid correctly, all paperwork, including benefit enrollment and stipend forms, must be received in HR or Payroll no later than the dates shown below:

June 20 for the June 30 paycheck

    July 20 for the July 31 paycheck
    August 19 for the August 31 paycheck

Hold the Date

The Annual US/A sponsored Staff Picnic will be held on Thursday, June 9th.  Details to follow.

Summer Hours Reminder

Summer hours are in effect from Friday, May 27 through Friday, July 29.  The hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Offices will close at 12:30 p.m. on Fridays except in those areas where operational needs require that they remain open.
  • Staff are expected to work their normal 35-hour schedule in four and one-half (4½) days through a combination of working a longer day, taking a shorter lunch hour, and/or with supervisory approval, using unused accrued vacation time.
  • In some instances, staff may not be able to work additional hours or because of a long commute may prefer to not work a half-day.   Supervisors are encouraged to allow staff to use vacation time in lieu of longer workdays or to combine vacation time and the compressed workweek schedule to take off Fridays (or Mondays) where feasible.
  • Signs, voice mail greetings and email messages should advise the public of the change in hours.
  • Fridays are designated as “business casual” during the summer months.  Business casual attire appropriate to a college campus is permitted.  Please – no cutoffs, halter-tops, jeans, spaghetti straps, or tee shirts with messages!  For safety reasons, flip-flops and thong-type sandals are not permitted.

Please contact Deborah Raikes-Colbert at extension 3515 with any questions or concerns.

Calendar of Events

  • New Faculty and Staff Orientation:
    • Monday, May 23 9:00 am – 11:30 am      Madison House, Room 104
    • Monday, June 13 9:00 am – 11:30 am      Madison House, Room 104
    • Tuesday, July 5  9:00 am – 11:30 am     Madison House, Room 104
  • Service Anniversary Luncheon (by invitation only) – Thursday, May 19  12:00 – 2:00  Founders Room, Mead Hall

Staff Performance Appraisals

  • Staff position content questionnaire due to supervisors by April 25
  • Staff self-evaluation due to supervisors by April 25
  • Supervisors review and finalize evaluations with staff by May 17
  • Supervisors meet with vice president to review evaluations by May 21
  • Evaluations, position content questionnaires or certificates and title changes and/or promotion requests due in HR by May 31

Summer Hours Begin

Friday, May 27th is the first Friday when designated offices will close at 12:30 p.m.

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