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Gretchen Fricke Receives March Employee Recognition Award

Gretchen Fricke, Director of Student Services in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, is the recipient of the March Employee Recognition Award. 

You can send Gretchen a congratulatory email at gfricke@siue.edu

“Thank you to everyone involved with the Employee of the Month program!  Thanks also to Dr. Curt Lox for taking the time to write up a nomination and for his incredibly kind word.  I consider myself incredibly lucky to work with such great students and colleagues.”
-Gretchen Fricke

“In sports, we talk about the qualities of a true “superstar” and how this generally involves the following factors: natural talent, work ethic, persistence, attitude/motivation (desire to be great), and leadership.  As such, I would absolutely describe Gretchen as a superstar-level leader in my school.”
-Dr. Curt Lox, Dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior

Questions or comments should be directed to Jen Oates-Blair, joatesb@siue.edu or ext. 2127.

Lisa Landers Receives February Employee Recognition Award

Lisa Landers, Account Technician III, is the recipient of the February Employee Recognition Award. Lesa Wing, Account Technician II at the School of Dental Medicine, nominated Lisa.  Please join us in congratulating Lisa as the Employee of the Month:

You can send Lisa a congratulatory email at llander@siue.edu

“It is a nice honor to be SIUE’s February Employee of the Month and would like to thank Lesa Wing for nominating me.  I enjoy working at the Dental School.   I have a great working environment and the people in my department
are like my extended family.”
-Lisa Landers

“I have watched Lisa work with and deal with students, co-workers, and people that have come in with various questions.  No matter how the day has been going or how she is feeling, Lisa always greets them professionally, enthusiastically, and with a smile.  She listens to their request and then does her best to help them.  If she does not know the answer, then she usually knows who does or will do what she can to find out who can help them.  When a student comes in with a question about the school or a procedure, she is right there to walk them through every step of the way.  Lisa takes the time to thoroughly explain what needs to be done and makes sure that they understand everything before they leave.”
-Lesa Wing

Questions or comments should be directed to Jen Oates-Blair, joatesb@siue.edu or ext. 2127.

Stephanie Stookey Receives January Employee Recognition Award

Stephanie Stookey, Human Resources Associate in the Office of Human Resources, is the recipient of the January Employee Recognition Award. Stephanie was nominated by Deb Talbot, Human Resources Manager.  

You can send Stephanie a congratulatory email at stschro@siue.edu

“WOW! I am so honored to be January’s SIUE Employee of the Month! SIUE is an amazing community and has been my “home” since undergrad. It was my dream to work here, and with a nickname like Disney, I always follow the Walt Disney motto “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I have met so many wonderful people and cherish the friendships I have made at SIUE. I truly love my job! I want to thank Deb Talbot and Team Employment for the nomination and my entire Human Resources family for the love and support. I am looking forward to many more years here at SIUE! What a great day to be a Cougar!” -Stephanie Stookey

“As both an alum and a SIUE employee, Stephanie demonstrates all of the fundamental values of SIUE and she really cares about the University.  Stephanie can frequently be heard saying, ‘I love working at SIUE!’ and it is a pleasure having someone so hard working, positive and dependable, who also possesses a high degree of integrity on my team.” -Deb Talbot, HR Manager, Office of Human Resources

Questions or comments should be directed to Jen Oates-Blair, joatesb@siue.edu or ext. 2127.

The Office of Human Resources' Life To GO Series Presents: “Dealing with Holiday Stresses” 
Lisa Thompson-Gibson, Counselor through SIUe Counseling Services, will address common holiday stressors and tips on how to prevent and reduce them. 

Please register, bring your lunch, and join us: 
Friday,  December 9, 2016  from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Meeting Room A - Morris University Center
Seating is limited so please RSVP by registering at : summurp@siue.edu

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 618-650-2190.

"Holiday Eating - Foolproof your Thanksgiving Dinner" presented by Dining Services
Turn off the oven and step away from the frozen turkey!  Don’t wait until the week of Thanksgiving to think about your menu and how to store the leftovers. Let the experts of SIUE’s Dining Service staff teach you how to entertain your guests with a good meal for Thanksgiving and safely preserve the goods for days to come.

Register, bring your lunch, and join us as we learn to take the stress out of Thanksgiving dinner.

Thursday,  November 3, 2016  from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
in the Missouri Room - Morris University Center
Seating is limited so please RSVP by registering at: rajohns@siue.edu

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 618-650-2190.

Vivian Rodgers Receives November Employee Recognition Award

Vivian Rodgers, Office Support Associate in the Kimmel Student Involvement Center, is the recipient of the November Employee Recognition Award. Vivian was nominated by Sarah Laux, with support from Kelly Jo Karnes, Michelle Welter and Tyler Manning.  You can send Vivian a congratulatory email at vrodger@siue.edu

“The two and a half years that I have been employed here at SIUE have been great! I work in the best department ever (Go Kimmel!) and our office is our family. The employee tuition waiver program has allowed me to get back on the path towards finishing my degree, thanks SIUE!  The best part about my job is that I get to interact with some great people and some terrific students.  Being recognized for doing a job that I’m paid to do almost seems wrong.  However, I am thankful for the honor and truly appreciate my supervisor, Sarah Laux, for nominating me.  One of my favorite quotes is, “We are not here merely to make a living. We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselves if we forget this errand.” ~Woodrow Wilson.  I believe SIUE is moving towards a great and positive direction and I look forward to witnessing the growth.  Go, Cougars!”
-Vivian Rodgers

“Vivian is a true asset to SIUE.  Since she began working in the Kimmel Student Involvement Center in June 2014, she has approached everyone and everything with a smile, excellent work ethic, and positive attitude.  She genuinely cares about the well-being of our students and goes above and beyond to encourage them, never stopping short of providing them with motivational quotes, cards, and even snacks of means, just to show that she is thinking of them. Vivian lives and breathes SIUE’s values and exemplifies them in such a way that encourages others to do the same.” 
-Sarah Laux, Assistant Director
Kimmel Student Involvement Center

Questions or comments should be directed to Jen Oates-Blair, joatesb@siue.edu or ext. 2127.

Cheryl Hanvey Receives October Employee Recognition Award

Cheryl Hanvey, Assistant to the Provost, is the recipient of the October Employee Recognition Award. Cheryl was nominated by Dr. Denise Cobb, with support from Dr. Tom Jordan and Dr. Erin Behnen.  You can send Cheryl a congratulatory email to chanvey@siue.edu

“From the moment I joined the Office of the Provost, I recognized Cheryl is the “go to” person in the office, keeping everything and everyone moving and organized.  She knows what needs to be done, is extremely efficient at her work, goes beyond expectations to make sure things are done on time and well, and is always very positive and helpful.”  -Dr. Denise Cobb, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

“Wow, what an honor to be chosen not once but twice as Employee of the Month.  The e is a fabulous place to work and the people in the Provost’s Office are the BEST!  Bar none.  We have a very special team—a family—who all work together for the good of our students and the University and each other.  While I’m thrilled to receive the award, I’m renaming it “Office of the Month” as the entire office is deserving.  We truly care. “  -Cheryl Hanvey, Assistant to the Provost

Questions or comments should be directed to Jen Oates-Blair, joatesb@siue.edu or ext. 2127.

The Office of Human Resources' Life To GO Series Presents: “Benefits of Being a Cougar” presented by Benefits
Register Today!

Summer Murphy, Benefits Manager, will be presenting on the upcoming benefits changes for 2016/2017.  Summer will answer general benefits question as well as address the online conversion through Morneau Shepell and other related benefits issues. Please bring your questions so that they may be discussed during this time.   Please understand that time is limited to 1 hour for this session.  We anticipate this session to fill quickly and seats are limited so please register at the link below.
Register, bring your lunch, and join us as we learn the benefits of being a Cougar!
Thursday,  October 27, 2016  from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
in the Mississippi-Illinois Room - Morris University Center
Seating is limited so please RSVP by registering at :
rajohns@siue.edu

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 618-650-2190.

Vickie Sumner Receives June Employee Recognition Award

Vickie Sumner, Accounts Technician for the Kimmel Student Involvement Center, is the recipient of the June Employee Recognition Award. Vickie was nominated by Vivian Rodgers, with support from Kelly Jo Karnes and Adana Robinson.

You can send Vickie a congratulatory email to vsumner@siue.edu

“Mrs. Sumner is in charge of everything monetary in our department. She is very kind and patient. Being a member of the SIUE Union, she is always offering her assistance and checking in on her peers. Making SIUE the best environment to work in seems to be one of her top priorities. I have noticed that whenever there is a need for extra help, Mrs. Sumner is never too busy to lend a hand or an ear. If she doesn’t know something, she will do her best to hunt down the answer for you. I appreciate working with an employee like Mrs. Sumner, and I’m sure students appreciate her as well.” -Vivian Rodgers, Office Support Associate, Kimmel Student Involvement Center

“I have had the wonderful opportunity to know Vickie over the past three years, as I have served as the supervisor to her at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I have been amazed by Vickie’s financial skills, as well as her organizational and student-focused mindset, as she works daily with our staff and students. Vickie works as the Account Technician for the Kimmel Student Involvement Center, as well as manages the finances and budget process for Student Government and the 270 plus student organizations at SIUE. Vickie truly has the best interest at heart for the students that she works with. She is a great voice of reason as we have had to navigate the loss of state monies and ever decreasing staff and budgets.”   -Kelly Jo Karnes, Director, Kimmel Student Involvement Center

“I am proud and very pleased to be selected SIUE June 2016 Employee of the Month.  Thank you to Vivian Rodgers for nominating me and to Adana Robinson and Kelly Jo Karnes for supporting the nomination.  The Kimmel Student Involvement Center staff is like a second family and I truly enjoy working with this incredible group of people.  I have come to know so many talented and fantastic people in my time here, it is small wonder that SIUE is an excellent place to work and learn.  Plus, I have the good fortune to get to know and work with students from all over this wonderful campus.  They may be the students, but the education I receive from them is priceless! Thank you for this honor.”    -Vickie Sumner, Kimmel Student Involvement Center

Questions or comments should be directed to Annette Eversole at anevers@siue.edu or ext. 2297.

Benefits Choice Open Enrollment

For benefits eligible employees, it is FY17 Benefits Choice Open Enrollment!

Benefits Choice is from May 1-31, 2016 for changes that will begin July 1, 2016.  If you do not need to make any changes to your insurance plans for the current Benefits Choice period, you do not need to submit new documents.  However, enrollment in the Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP) and/or the Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP) is optional and requires re-enrollment each year.

Per CMS and beginning this year, anyone that has a remaining MCAP balance must re-enroll in the MCAP flexible spending for FY 17 to keep the balance.  Please note the following:

 There is no longer a carryover grace period.

  • The rollover benefit amount is limited to $500.00
  • If you do not re-enroll, you will forfeit any unclaimed amount remaining in your account.
  • The minimum amount to re-enroll is $240.00 over the year. This means, if you have a balance from FY 16, you want to use in FY 17, you must sign up again.
  • All claims for FY 16 must be incurred prior to June 30, 2016 and submitted for reimbursement by September 30, 2016.
  • Employees must be in active status to re-enroll and roll their balance.  If an employee is retiring during FY 16, the entire MCAP balance must be exhausted by their retirement date to avoid losing money.
  • In the event that a doctor’s office will not accept payment until the state has paid, CMS can assist.  If anyone is still waiting on an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) form for services rendered prior to June 30, 2016 and no EOB has been received before September 2016, employees need to call CMS (1-800-442-1300) to request an extension for additional time to get the EOB they need regardless of whether the provider has been paid or not.  Per CMS, as long as you have an EOB showing the amount you will owe, that can be submitted to flexible spending for reimbursement. 

Per CMS, for DCAP accounts, you have until September 30, 2016, to submit claims for services incurred from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016; otherwise, any money left in your account will be forfeited. All dependent care expenses must be incurred prior to July 1, 2016, in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

For detailed information on the FY17 Benefits Choice period, please visit the CMS Benefits Choice Page: http://www.illinois.gov/cms/Employees/benefits/StateEmployee/Pages/State_BenefitChoicePeriodFY2017.aspx

To view the FY17 Benefits Choice Booklet, please click on the link and select the FY17 booklet:

http://www.illinois.gov/cms/Employees/benefits/StateEmployee/Documents/FY2017_State_BC_Book.pdf

To download the Benefits Choice Election form, please click on the following link:

http://www.illinois.gov/cms/Employees/benefits/StateEmployee/Documents/FY2017_State_Benefits_Choice_Form.pdf

To download the MCAP Enrollment form, please click on the following link:

http://www.illinois.gov/cms/Employees/benefits/StateEmployee/Documents/FY2017_MCAP_Enrollment.pdf

To download the DCAP Enrollment form, please click on the following link:

http://www.illinois.gov/cms/Employees/benefits/StateEmployee/Documents/FY2017_DCAP_Enrollment.pdf

Please contact Benefits staff for more information at 618-650-2190 or email us at benefitshr@siue.edu.

We ask that you please provide this information to those who may have limited access to email.  If you have any questions, contact Summer Murphy at summurp@siue.edu or 618-650-2190.   

Richard Hampton Receives May Employee Recognition Award

Richard Hampton, Director of Finance for University Advancement, is the recipient of the May Employee Recognition Award. Rich was nominated by Rachel Stack, with support from Joan Cummings, Pat Mesnard, and Patti Makler.  You send Rich a congratulatory email to rihampt@siue.edu

“I would like to nominate Richard Hampton for the Employee Recognition Program. He demonstrates excellence in overall work performance. His knowledge of acceptable standard accounting practices is exemplary. His attention to detail is highly regarded by our team. I know that Rich’s team feels that he is a strong leader. He is always easy-going and positive. He is a voice of reason during stressful times and a valued advisor to me and the rest of the team. Rich takes advantage of every professional development opportunity, and also encourages his staff to do so. He creates a team atmosphere of excellence which includes his student workers. Efficiency comes second nature to Rich. He and his team are always looking for new ways to make things more streamlined. He quickly and effectively assesses work issues and addresses them in a timely manner. There are numerous committees here at SIUE that Rich serves on. I feel very strongly that Richard Hampton Exemplifies the SIUE values of Citizenship, Excellence, Integrity, Openness and Wisdom. He deserves this recognition because of his hard work, skills and thoughtful leadership, here and in the community.” -Rachel Stack, Vice Chancellor, University Advancement

It is an honor to receive this very nice recognition. My success would not exist without the support of an excellent team and many other colleagues here at SIUE, as well as a group of volunteers who generously give their time and expertise to the SIUE Foundation and Alumni Association boards.  I want to thank Vice Chancellor Rachel Stack for her vision and support, my awesome Financial Affairs staff, and all of my other friends, co-workers and board members that I work with closely - you know who you are.  I look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of SIUE for many years. -Richard Hampton, University Advancement

Questions or comments should be directed to Annette Eversole at anevers@siue.edu or ext. 2297.

Salary Deferral Program FY15-16

To: Employees who work 9, 10, or 11 months

As a reminder, to begin salary deferral for the FY2015-16 academic year, a Salary Deferral Authorization Form has to be on file in Payroll. The Salary Deferral Authorization Form is only effective if submitted to Payroll before your new academic contract begins. If you participated in salary deferral last year you do NOT need to submit another form to continue.   

NOTE: To be in compliance with the IRS guidelines, the salary deferral program is irrevocable during the 12-month period and changes cannot be made until the next contract year.

Term Academic Employees:  If a term contract is not renewed before the end of the academic year, any defer pay balance will be paid out in a lump sum along with your final paycheck at the end of the term contract.

The guidelines and forms are available on the Human Resources website at http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/forms/index.shtml under Salary Deferral.  We also encourage you to take advantage of the new Salary Deferral FAQs and Salary Deferral Calculator.  The Salary Deferral Calculator is used to provide an estimate of gross pay.  

Again, the Salary Deferral Authorization Form must be received by Payroll prior to your first day of employment for FY2015-16, preferably no later than July 1st.   All employees choosing to defer for FY 2015-16 may begin submitting forms ASAP. 

Also, if you participated in the salary deferral program in FY 2014-15 and choose not to continue, a Revocation Form must be received by Payroll no later than July 1st.  The Authorization Form and Revocation Forms are fillable and may be saved and then e-mailed as an attachment from your e-mail address to Payroll Officers Rasheda King at rajohns@siue.edu or Robyn Courtway at rcourtw@siue.edu.  After July 1st 2015 confirmations will be sent to the e-mail address you provide on the form.

If you have any questions, please contact Rasheda King or Robyn Courtway in Payroll at ext 2190.

Annual Performance Reviews

Completion of the Annual Performance Reviews for Civil Service and Administrative/Professional Staff Employees

In June 2014 information was provided regarding the revised Employee Excellence Program (EEP).  The following briefly identifies the important revisions to the EEP process for FY15:

  • One form for each classification of employee, which includes probationary employees.  This will allow all employees to be evaluated using the same format, thereby eliminating confusion.
  • Same form and performance evaluation criteria used for performance improvement plans.  This will help align performance expectations used for annual evaluations with performance deficiencies.
  • To correct performance deficiencies, 2 consecutive 60-day performance improvement plans will be used in lieu of 3.
  • The EEP Supervisor’s Guide has been converted to a PDF.
  • The Employee Excellence Program has been relocated on the Office of Human Resources website http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/employment/adm_prostaff_emp_exc_supervisor_guide.shtml , you are encouraged to review its contents for information regarding the revised program.

If you recall, in order to close-out the FY14 performance year, it was necessary to conduct the annual performance appraisals on Civil Service and Professional Staff employees using that existing process. Also, beginning July 1, 2014 you were encouraged to use Phase I of the revised EEP process for performance goal setting expectations.

It is now time to conduct the annual performance appraisals on Civil Service and Professional Staff employees.  The revised performance evaluation process offers a valuable opportunity to provide feedback on work activities and goals, to identify and correct existing problems, and to encourage and improve future performance.  The forms may be downloaded from the new and enhanced website of the Office of Human Resources at http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/forms/index.shtml. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2015.

Newly hired Civil Service employees, or those who have recently been upgraded or reclassified, and are serving a probationary period do not have to be evaluated at this time.  These employees will be evaluated using the probationary procedures/evaluation schedule.  Similarly, Professional Staff hired within six months of the appraisal period will be exempt from the annual process this year.  Supervisors are reminded that both the annual and probationary reviews are to be returned to the Office of Human Resources, Campus Box 1040, for inclusion in the employee’s personnel file.

If you have completed a PDQ within the last year, and there are no changes, you may attach the form to a new cover page, obtain the appropriate signatures, and forward with the annual review and updated organizational chart.  Please note page two of the PDQ (Summary of Changes in Duties and Responsibilities) should not be completed for the annual review process.

A completed annual performance evaluation packet for each employee evaluated that is submitted to the Office of Human Resources will include the following:

  1. The original performance review with the signature of both the supervisor and employee.
  2. You must insure that you include an updated position description questionnaire using the position description cover sheet signed and dated by the employee, supervisor, and appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  3. An updated organizational chart.

In closing, should you have any questions regarding the EEP process, the correct form to use, the proper use of the form, or problems downloading or accessing the forms, please don’t hesitate to call Bill Misiak at extension 2190 or contact him via email at wmisiak@siue.edu.

Medical Care Assistance Plan - Updates for FY16

As a reminder to all employees who participate in the Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Central Management Services (CMS) has shared the following with us:  

MCAP no longer has a grace period but will have a new rollover feature.

Participant MCAP accounts no longer have a grace period for which to use remaining MCAP funds.  The grace period was the additional 75-day period after the end of the plan year (i.e., September 15th) that allowed MCAP participants to incur expenses and utilize their remaining MCAP funds.  For the current plan year FY15, participants will only be reimbursed eligible expenses incurred through June 30th.  Claims for reimbursement of remaining FY15 MCAP funds may be submitted through the end of the run-out period, September 30, 2015, but expenses must have been incurred by June 30, 2015.

Eligible MCAP participants (you must still be an active employee on July 1, 2015) who have a balance remaining in their MCAP account after September 30th will have up to $500 of that account balance automatically rolled over to the FY16 plan year.  The rollover funds will be available on or about October 7, 2015.  Any additional unused amounts above $500 remaining in the account after the run-out period ends will be forfeited. 

Note:  This rollover will occur and be available for use even if the employee does not re-enroll for the FY16 plan year.  However, if the employee does not re-enroll, the debit card will not be active and claims will need to be filed through the website, paper or mobile app.  In the event the employee is a dependent of an individual with an HSA, any amount rolled over must be waived in order to be in compliance with IRS rules.

MCAP ROLLOVER FAQ’S

Can I use my MCAP account for FY15 expenses incurred after June 30th?

No, only expenses incurred from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 are eligible for reimbursement out of your FY15 MCAP account since the new rollover option has replaced the previous grace period.

Does the rollover amount count against the $2,550 maximum contribution limit?

No. Participants can still choose to contribute as much as $2,550 even if they roll over $500 from the previous plan year.

How much can I roll over to the next plan year for my MCAP account?

You can roll over up to $500 to the next plan year and still enroll for up to the maximum election of $2,550 for FY16. The rollover from the current plan year will be added to your FY16 election on or about October 7, 2015, and can be used for services rendered between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

What happens if I don’t re‐enroll for FY16 but have money left over from FY15?

As long as you are an eligible employee (i.e., not terminated or retired) on July 1, 2015, the rollover will occur regardless of whether you re‐enroll in MCAP for FY16.

Will my MCAP payment card work in FY16 if I do not re‐enroll but have money that rolled over from FY15?

No. The payment card will not work if you do not re‐enroll for FY16. You will only be able to submit manual claims, meaning you must pay for your healthcare expenses using personal funds and request reimbursement.

What happens if I have $700 in my FY15 MCAP on June 30th?

You may turn in FY15 receipts during the run‐out period of July 1 through September 30, 2015, for expenses incurred through June 30, 2015. After September 30, up to $500 of the FY15 money remaining in the account will be rolled over on or around October 7, 2015. Any additional unused amounts above $500 will be forfeited.

What are the rules to be eligible for the $500 rollover?

On July 1, 2015, you must be working full‐time or part‐time not less than 50% and be eligible to participate in one of the State’s health plans.

What happens if I terminate employment on August 15, 2015, and had a rollover amount?

Your rollover funds will be available on or around October 7, 2015. If you enrolled for FY16 and elect MCAP COBRA, your card will be reactivated for use and the rollover funds can be accessed when they become available using the card.  If you terminate or retire on August 15, 2015, and do not choose MCAP COBRA, the FY15 rollover funds, in addition to any available FY16 account balance, may only be used for services rendered between July 1 and your MCAP termination date.

If you have questions regarding the grace period or rollover, please contact the FSA/CSP Unit at (217) 558-4509, or contact Benefits at 650-2190.

Office of Human Resources

Kay Weis – SIUE April 2016 Employee of the Month 

Kay Weis, Office Administrator for Enrollment Management, is the recipient of the April Employee Recognition Award. Kay was nominated by Sally Boutelle, with support from Scott Belobrajdic and Kara Shustrin.

As the Office Administrator for Enrollment Management, Kay Seamlessly works with nearly all departments on campus in some capacity and always maintains true professionalism. Through her excellent organizational skills and thoroughness she is always representing Enrollment Management in a positive way. One of the best examples of Kay’s numerous skills is her involvement with Meridian Scholar’s Day. This event includes over 500 individuals and requires a diversely disciplined committee to contribute to this amazing day. Kay would be the first to recognize everyone’s contribution to the day, but she is the torch that leads the charge. This humble leadership is one of the reasons she is well respected by her colleagues and myself. Between planning and running the committee meetings, to every last detail accounted for during the day, Kay ensures success. She also never forgets what is truly important on that day, the prospective student experience, and all her hard work is seen in the eyes of each potential scholar as they realize SIUE is an impressive option for their future. On Scholar’s Day and all others, Kay is always providing support to her colleagues and displays a mutual respect for everyone. She does not have to imitate SIUE’s values because they are who she is. Her continuous positive morale and amazing work ethic are why I believe she should receive the Employee Recognition Award. -Sally Boutelle, IT/Data Analyst, Enrollment Management

Kay Weis is an outstanding member of the SIUE community. She treats everyone she encounters with kindness and respect. She has mastered the art of problem solving at SIUE, and she routinely goes above and beyond the expected to make sure the buck stops in this office. Each year Kay masterfully coordinates all logistics related to Meridian Scholarship interview day. She demonstrates her outstanding organizational skills, her ability to relate to the needs of students, and her ability to perform under pressure. Finally, I am nominating Kay for this award because she is a great colleague to work with every single day. She is always positive, and her understanding and kindness never waiver. -Scott Belobrajdic, Asc. Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management

In the time I have known Kay, I have come to appreciate her dedicated work ethic and her commitment to serving Enrollment Management, SIUE, and our students with the highest level of professionalism. For the last eight years, I have had the privilege of working with Kay to coordinate Meridian Scholars Day. Her energy, interpersonal skills, ethic of care, and ability to collaborate with numerous colleagues to put together a seamless event are critical to the success of this initiative every year. Kay is compassionate, thoughtful, and able to see the big picture. She is responsible, resourceful, easygoing, dependable, reasoned, and committed to excellence. -Kara Shustrin, Program Specialist, Student Affairs

I am truly honored to be nominated for SIUE’s Employee of the Month by Sally Boutelle, Scott Belobrajdic and Kara Shustrin.  The members of the Enrollment Management unit have always been supportive of me and regularly express their appreciation for my work.  This frequent encouragement is a wonderful motivator.  SIUE is a wonderful place to work and I am proud to be an employee of SIUE.  Thank you for this award!   -Kay Weis, Enrollment Management

You can also send Kay a congratulatory email at kweis@siue.edu

Questions or comments should be directed to Annette Eversole at anevers@siue.edu or ext. 2297

Lori Anderson – SIUE March Employee of the Month

Lori Anderson, Departmental Info Supervisor for the Office of Admissions, is the recipient of the March Employee Recognition Award.  Lori was nominated by Todd Burrell with support from Jeff Chitwood and Ryan Downey. 

Lori is an extremely dedicated employee. She goes out of her way to do her job and then some! Lori has seen growth in new students at SIUE, but has also seen growth within the Office of Admissions. She has been part of 3 physical moves in helping the office expand to better accommodate our visitors and guests. She even has utilized her architecture background to oversee our moves to the various locations and her expertise has helped us to have a space that looks extremely nice, but also meets all that we need to better accommodate our visitors. She has helped with the re-structuring of staff on more than one occasion to better help meet the demands from staffing and the new recruitment efforts. One of her biggest strengths is her handling of our office budget. This challenging task, especially in light of the many issues over the years with budget changes, has been handled with such ease. I highly recommend Lori Anderson for the honor of Employee of the Month. She is extremely deserving and her passion and commitment to SIUE and the Office of Admissions over the more than 20 years she has been on campus has been so impactful. -  Todd Burell, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

It is my pleasure to write this letter of support for Lori Anderson’s nomination as employee of the month! Many great organizations have a certain staff member that is integral to their success. Oftentimes that person flies beneath the radar of public recognition or accolades-not from being undeserving- but simply because he or she is concerned more about doing great work than being rewarded. Lori is certainly that person within the Office of Admissions, and her great work has contributed to much of our continued success.             -Jeff Chitwood, Interim Director of Graduate and International Admissions

Lori has the “can do” attitude that pushes all in the Office of Admissions to do their best even when we are given less and less. SIUE has been able to continue to grow due to overall enrollment and the reputation that we as an institution represents, excellence.               -Ryan Downey, Assistant Director of Admissions

Thank you for selecting me as SIUE’s March Employee of the Month! I am honored and surprised by the selection. I would like to thank Todd Burrell for nominating me along with Jeff Chitwood, Ryan Downey, and everyone else that supported the nomination.

The Office of Admissions has been my home at SIUE since I began 22 years ago. I have never considered another office on campus because I enjoy coming to work and meeting the ever changing challenges of higher education admission, especially assisting prospective freshman and their parents with the task of narrowing the choices. SIUE and the Office of Admissions continues to thrive thanks to dedicated, caring, and supportive team members and I am happy to call that office and SIUE my home away from home.
Lori Anderson, Office of Admissions

Questions or comments should be directed to Maria Marmolejo at mmarmol@siue.edu or ext. 2127

Summer Camp Showcase

Summer is approaching, and SIUE’s Office of Human Resources wants to help you get ready! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SIUE Morris University Center in the Meridian Ballroom
At the Summer Camp Showcase, you can meet and greet with a variety of summer camps and programs.  This is an opportunity for you to talk directly with camp staff and explore the options available for your children this summer!  Check out the following SIUE departments and businesses that will be present:

Brickz 4 Kidz - St. Louis

Camp Manitowa

Camp Ondessonk

City of Edwardsville Parks and Recreation

Climb So Ill

College for Kids at Lewis and Clark

Collinsville Area Recreation District

Edwardsville Children's Museum

Elite Fitness Training

Fairview Heights Parks and Recreation

Gateway Region YMCA

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Grogan's Academy of Martial Arts

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (I.M.S.A.)

Mad Science of St. Louis

Odyssey Summer Camp

SIUE Early Childhood Center

SIUE Foreign Languages and Literature (Spanish Summer Camp)

SIUE Men's Basketball

SIUE Men's Soccer

SIUE Office of Educational Outreach

SIUE Presents Kindermusik

SIUE School of Engineering

SIUE Softball

SIUE Summer STRING Institute

SIUE Summer Writing Camp

SIUE Theatre and Dance

SIUE Volleyball

SIUE Women's Basketball

SIUE Women's Soccer

St. Louis Science Center

Tbeats Studio - Summer Sound Camp

Together We Learn

Vetta Sports

YMCA of Edwardsville

The Summer Camp Showcase is the perfect time to begin your summer plans!  If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at 650-2190 or email Bonnie Brueggemann at bbruegg@siue.edu.  We hope to see you on Wednesday, March 30!

Supplemental Retirement Seminar

The Office of Human Resources is hosting a Supplemental Retirement seminar for SIUE employees.  This seminar will overview the voluntary supplemental retirement plan options.  Information about the SIUE Supplemental Retirement Plan (403b) and the State Deferred Compensation Plan (457) will be presented. The following will be discussed during the information session:

  • What are these plans? 
  • How are they different?  How are they similar? 
  • How can they help me?

 Representatives from the three approved vendors participating in the Supplemental Retirement Plan (403b) will present information about their company’s investment choices and discuss the benefits of participating in a Supplemental Retirement Plan.  Each vendor will speak for a 30-minute period beginning at the times below.  When they are not presenting, the vendors will be at tables on the sides of the room for your questions.  Deferred Compensation Plan (457) information will be presented by Benefits staff.

Please feel free to bring your lunch and attend the sessions that interest you.  You may also visit the SIUE Benefits website for direct links to both the SIUE Supplemental Retirement Plan (403b) and the State Deferred Compensation Plan (457). http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/benefits/

Where:     Meeting Room A (former Art Gallery) - Morris University Center - 2nd Floor

When:      Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Time:        11:00 a.m. – Welcome

SIUE Supplemental Retirement Plan (403B)

11:10 –    AXA, Ryan Brown, CFP

               Retirement Planning Specialist

11:40 –    Mass Mutual, Peggy L. Elliott, CLU, ChFC Silver Creek Financial

12:10 –    TIAA-CREF, Eugene Korolyov for Melvin Ballenger

               Financial Consultant | Field Consulting Group

 Deferred Compensation Plan (457)

12:40 –    T.Rowe Price, Plan Administrator

   Information presented by Kirk Greek, SIUE Benefits Counselor

Employee of the Month February 2016

Anna Pavlik, Department Supervisor for The Cougar Store, MUC, is the recipient of the February Employee Recognition Award.  Anna was nominated by Jamie Matthews with support from Emily Colton, Ryann Heap, and Karen Swanner. 

It is with great excitement that I nominate Anna for the Employee of the Month Recognition Award. Anna exceeds all expectations put forth by her supervisor and other parts of the MUC Staff. Since Anna began in the Cougar Store, there has been a new feeling to the store. This is largely due to the initiative and creativity that Anna brings to her work. She thrives to make the Cougar Store a place that meets the varied needs, interests, and price points of all individuals of the SIUE community. Anna has helped enhance the image of the Cougar Store and the MUC, she has put the Cougar Store on the map in terms of social media. -  Jamie Matthews, Assistant Director, Morris University Center.


Anna has excellent organizational skills and is creative, responsible, trustworthy, and cooperative. She pitches in wherever she is needed. She is well-liked and gets along well with managers, coworkers and students. She has an excellent rapport with student staff. She is quick to respond to communications from myself and others. She is a very good buyer and has brought in a wide variety of new SIUE clothing and gifts items which have increased our sales.  -Emily Beth Colton, Assistant Director for the Cougar Store & Textbook Service

Thank you so much for selecting me as SIUE’s February Employee of the Month.  I would like to thank Jamie Matthews for the nomination and all of my wonderful co-workers and student workers. It is a joy to work in the Morris University Center, and I feel extremely lucky to be a part of such a great team serving the faculty, students and staff of SIUE. Thanks again! -  Anna Pavlik, Department Supervisor, The Cougar Store, MUC.

Questions or comments should be directed to Maria Marmolejo at mmarmol@siue.edu or ext. 2127

Central Management Services (CMS) provided additional information regarding the change in the Prescription Benefit Manager (PBM) to CVS/caremark.

Part of the transition process will be communication to all membership in the self-insured health plans prior to July 1, 2015. Members should expect their welcome kits, including their new CVS/caremark cards, around the last week in June.

Network

A misnomer that needs to be made clear is that CVS/caremark is the name of our new PBM. This does not mean that all prescriptions need to be purchased at a CVS pharmacy. The CVS/caremark network is very extensive and includes most of the large pharmacy chains, including but not limited to Walgreens, WalMart, CVS, etc. The network also includes roughly 26,000 independent pharmacies across the country.

Formulary

Any time a formulary list changes, there is a chance that a specific drug will no longer be covered or will be covered at a higher copayment. Changing to a new PBM brings along a new formulary list of drugs. The 90-day grandfathering that was mentioned in the previous GI Notice prevents individuals who are currently taking a maintenance drug that is not covered under CVS/caremark’s formulary from experiencing a disruption of coverage through September 30, 2015. During the first 90 days of the new plan year, affected members will be notified by CVS/caremark to contact their prescribing physician to look for an alternate drug that is covered under the CVS/caremark formulary.

If you have any questions, please contact us in Benefits at 650-2190 or through email at benefitshr@siue.edu.

Central Management Services (CMS) announced:

This includes previous updates and applicable amendments that were effective July 1, 2014. We thank you for your patience as we haven’t been able to keep the handbooks as current as they should be these last two years. However, with a new Administrative Services Manager on staff, we hope to keep current and post updates on a more timely basis.

Please note that the revisions effective July 1, 2015 have not yet been updated but we anticipate their posting on or before July 1, 2015.

Salary Deferral Program FY15-16

To: Employees who work 9, 10, or 11 months

As a reminder, to begin salary deferral for the FY2015-16 academic year, a Salary Deferral Authorization Form has to be on file in Payroll. The Salary Deferral Authorization Form is only effective if submitted to Payroll before your new academic contract begins. If you participated in salary deferral last year you do NOT need to submit another form to continue.

NOTE: To be in compliance with the IRS guidelines, the salary deferral program is irrevocable during the 12-month period and changes cannot be made until the next contract year.

Term Academic Employees: If a term contract is not renewed before the end of the academic year, any defer pay balance will be paid out in a lump sum along with your final paycheck at the end of the term contract.

The guidelines and forms are available on the Human Resources website at http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/forms/index.shtml under Salary Deferral. We also encourage you to take advantage of the new Salary Deferral FAQs and Salary Deferral Calculator. The Salary Deferral Calculator is used to provide an estimate of gross pay.

Again, the Salary Deferral Authorization Form must be received by Payroll prior to your first day of employment for FY2015-16, preferably no later than July 1st. All employees choosing to defer for FY 2015-16 may begin submitting forms ASAP.

Also, if you participated in the salary deferral program in FY 2014-15 and choose not to continue, a Revocation Form must be received by Payroll no later than July 1st. The Authorization Form and Revocation Forms are fillable and may be saved and then e-mailed as an attachment from your e-mail address to Payroll Officers Rasheda King at rajohns@siue.edu or Robyn Courtway at rcourtw@siue.edu. After July 1st 2015 confirmations will be sent to the e-mail address you provide on the form.

If you have any questions, please contact Rasheda King or Robyn Courtway in Payroll at ext 2190.

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