Please make an effort to read all HR News releases. It’s our way of communicating with the Drew Community and will often include vital information for faculty and staff regarding benefits and deadlines. Spread the word!!


Mark your calendar for the Benefits Fair – Thursday, November 7th between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Ehinger Center, Room 152 (Crawford Hall) . Vendors will be available to go over any of the benefits we offer and to answer any questions you may have.


We will be having our annual open enrollment for all benefits beginning November 1 through November 22 for any changes or if you’d like to add/remove any benefits. Enrollment will be done via an online portal. Additional information will be coming next week with keep an eye on your email for more detailed information coming soon! Here are some highlights:

United Health Care – Through negotiations, we were able to maintain our current rates for 2014!

Delta Dental – The following changes will be made for Dental

  • We will be removing the buy-up option for Dental ~ If you are currently enrolled in the Buy-Up option, you will need to either select the Base Dental plan or Premier Dental plan. If no choice is made by the end of the Open Enrollment period, you will be defaulted into the Premier Dental plan. Please contact Fredi Cox on ext. 3795 if you have any questions.

Spectera Vision

  • There will be a slight rate reduction for vision in 2014.


It is important to review your information on a regular basis. Please take a moment to check that these records are up-to-date and have accurate information.


Please take a few minutes to update your Emergency Contact Information via Treehouse. You can follow these instructions to update your information: go to On the left side of the screen you will see the heading Emergency Notification System. Click on Sign-Up/Modify Information.


Please verify that your beneficiary and dependent information is correct in Your medical and dental benefits coverage is dependent on your records being accurate and populated in Treehouse. Without this, your data will not be accurately reflected in the vendor database and you run the risk of being denied benefits.


Please join me in welcoming the members of our community who recently started.


Joseph Mercadante – Resident Director

Mary Tamburro – Associate Director, CLA Admissions


Kimberly Garcia – Gatehouse Monitor/Communication Officer

Donna Bird – Enrollment Operations Officer

Christine Feil – Resident Director

Christine Ngo – Assistant Professor, Economics

Terri Demarest – Director of Human Resources

Eric Doropan – Assistant Coach, Men’s/Women’s Tennis

Colleen O’Brien – Assistant Coach, Cross Country

Tracy Andrews – Research Associate, Civic Engagement

Michael Doyle – Public Safety Officer

Casey Schuckers – Assistant Coach, Women’s Soccer

Leslie Sutton-Smith – University Registrar

Kathleen Bundschuh – Assistant Teacher


Brianne Barker – Assistant Professor of Biology

Edmond Chang – Assistant Professor of English

Summer Harrison – Assistant Professor of English/Environment Studies

Christopher Heckert – United Methodist Liaison

Lawrence Kramer – Assistant Professor, Biology

Christopher Medvecky – Professor of Psychology

Dena Tauriello – Assistant Coach, Softball

Charles Miller – Director, Academic Services

Kathleen Keane – Executive Director, Acorn Academy

Julie McGurn – Admission Assistant

Jennifer East – Administrative Assistant, Graduate Admission


Tracy Leifer – Admission Assistant

Sarah Brand – Methodist Library/Archivist Associate


We are offering Long Term Care benefits through Genworth to all full-time faculty and staff. To find out more about this benefit, please come to one of the on campus meetings to meet the Genworth Representative. Meetings will be held:

Tuesday, October 22 at 9:30, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, or 3:00 in Mead Hall, Wendel Room

Wedensday, October 23 at 9:30, 11:00, 1:00, or 2:00 in Ehinger Center Room 145.


Drew University is now participating in both the Tuition Exchange Program and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Tuition Exchange Program. Each of these programs are reciprocal scholarship programs for the children of faculty and staff at over 600 private and public not-for-profit colleges and universities in the USA and abroad. The Tuition Exchange programs provide the opportunity for eligible dependent children to receive undergraduate scholarships at one of the participating institutions. Important note: Eligibility for the Tuition Exchange program does not guarantee acceptance at a TE member institution or ensure a TE scholarship. TE scholarships are very competitive — there is no guarantee of a scholarship offer.

Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange

We are pleased to announce that Drew University will now participate in the Council of Independent (CIC) Tuition Exchange Program commencing with the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Drew Faculty and Staff with one (1) or more years of full-time service are eligible to apply for participation in the CIC TE program. Please visit the Council of Independent College Tuition Exchange website for more information:

Tuition Exchange Program

Drew faculty and staff with five (5) or more years of full-time service are eligible to apply for participation in the TE program. For more information about TE, log onto

If your child is interested in participating in either of the TE programs during the 2014-15 academic year and/or if your child is currently receiving a TE scholarship, please go to the HR Intranet site, click on HR Forms, scroll down to Tuition Programs, and click on the appropriate form for the program you wish to apply. Print and complete the application form and return to HR no later than October 31, 2013.


All performance evaluations should have been completed and were due to Human Resources by June 30th. If you haven’t already completed and sent them to Human Resources, please do so today!


The Sibson Total Compensation study is continuing to move forward. To date, all preliminary job matches (benchmarks) have been verified and discussed with department heads and the President’s direct reports as needed. Sibson is now working to develop a salary structure and job grading system. We will continue to report on major milestones.

Human Resources is still reviewing all job descriptions. In the future, any new positions in your organizations or major adjustments to existing positions will have to be documented using the Job Description Questionnaire. Please contact HR for guidance when needed.


TIAA-CREF will have their Drew Representative on campus during the following days:

November 21

December 16

Please contact TIAA-CREF to schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-732-8353 if you would like to see them on either of these days.

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