HR News 2 September 2011

Administration and University Relations
Calendar of Events

Labor Day Monday, September 5 University Holiday
New Staff Orientation:
Tuesday, Sept 6  9:00 am – 11:30 am Carriage House, Room C
Monday, Sept 19  9:00 am – 11:30 am Madison House, Room 104
Monday, Oct 10  9:00 am – 11:30 am Madison House, Room 104
TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions (by appointment only*)
Wednesday, Sept 28  9:00 am – 5:00 pm Commons, President’s Dining Room
Thursday, Oct 27  9:00 am – 5:00 pm Commons, Room 207
Tuesday, Nov 29  9:00 am – 5:00 pm Commons, Room 207

*To schedule an appointment with TIAA-CREF please call 1-800-732-8353

New to Drew!

Please join me in welcoming the newest members of our community! Staff listed below came on board between July 16 and August 31, 2011:

Sarah Blackburn Admission Counselor
Sharon Curley Nurse Practitioner
Jo DuCharme Employer Relations Coordinator, Center for Career Development
Katherine Eggleston Administrative Assistant for English, Pan-African Studies, Spanish, Religious Studies
and Women’s and Gender Studies
Brian Hirschberg Head Baseball Coach
Dustin Hunter Admission Counselor
Diane Kirsh Assistant Teacher, Acorn Academy
Robert Lucid Director of Public Safety
James Mandala Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
Mary Neer Laboratory Technician
Nyla Nicholson Admission/Financial Aid Counselor
Kathryn Olszewski Assistant Teacher, Acorn Academy
Nicole Pinto Instructional Technology Services Coordinator
Suzanne Ritter Roving Teacher, Acorn Academy
Brian Tipton Manager of Office Systems

***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:

  • September 20 for the September 30 paycheck
  • October 20 for the October 31 paycheck

Hurricane Irene

Many families in the Tri-State area are struggling to get their lives back to normal in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Please share this information to any family or friends who may need assistance.President Obama issued a Major Disaster Declaration for damage resulting from Hurricane Irene which makes many New Jersey residents eligible for a number of Federal disaster relief programs. These programs offer grants and loans to individuals and loans to businesses.

The Federal Government has set up a website that allows people to apply online for assistance: http://www.disasterassistance.gov. This website consolidates the application process across several Federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration. The website also reduces the number of forms you will ultimately have to fill out, shortens the time it takes to apply and allows you to check the progress of your applications online.

If you prefer to apply by phone, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).

TIAA-CREF

It’s been a time of tremendous market uncertainty and TIAA-CREF has created a

special website page on tiaa-cref.org, with the latest market assessment, answers to frequently asked questions, and other guidance for participants. New this week is a video, “Navigating uncertain territory: What investors should do in times of significant market fluctuation.” They are constantly adding new information to the website in an effort to keep us current with the economic changes that are taking place and how they may impact your pension.

Banner Changes

Benefits. As part of Banner implementation, we are auditing every benefit faculty and staff are currently enrolled in and have identified individuals who are enrolled in benefits they are not eligible for (usually as the result of changing from full-time to part time status). We will contact all affected individuals to advise of their ineligibility once the audit is completed.

Monthly Time Reporting. Monthly paid staff will be required to report time used in one month no later than the end of the following month (e.g., time taken in September must be reported before October 31). You will no longer be able to report time used later in the year. Now would be a good time to review your monthly time reports to ensure that you are up to date. Once we move to Banner, you will not be able to go back to correct and/or update time taken before December 31, 2011.

Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination Training

On-line Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination Training is mandatory for all full and part-time faculty — including adjuncts — and staff. Designed to help us understand, respond to and prevent employment discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, the online training takes less than one hour of your time and you can take it at anytime and anywhere you have access to a computer. If you have not already done so, please fulfill your responsibility by going to http://training.newmedialearning.com/psh/drew to take the sexual harassment training and http://training.newmedialearning.com/ped/drewu for employment discrimination training. If you have difficulty with either of the links, they can be found on HR’s webpage. If you are not certain whether you have taken the training, call Fredi Cox at 3795.

Did you know…?

There will be a Transportation Fair on September 20th from 11am-2pm at Brothers College Courtyard. The fair will highlight the various alternative transportation options for the campus to reduce its carbon footprint. TranOptions will be there along with a MAD (Madison Avenue Direct) shuttle rep.

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Holiday!

Posted in HR News