Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources


April 2019 Human Resources Updates

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Human Resources is pleased to provide updates and announce new programs and services for our Loyola University Chicago community. Please review the information below to learn more about accessing your 2018 Total Rewards Statement; about an opportunity to participate in an upcoming personal and professional development EMERGE course at the Lake Shore or Water Tower campuses; and about a helpful real estate purchasing seminar for benefits-eligible faculty and staff.

2018 Total Rewards Statements—Now Available
Your personalized 2018 Total Rewards Statement is now available online. The statement highlights the total value of your compensation, including your pay and valuable benefits offerings (i.e., health and welfare benefits, paid time off, and retirement benefits) provided by Loyola as of December 31, 2018. Please visit the Benefit Express website and log in with your Loyola username and password to view your current statement, which is located at the bottom of the portal.

Virtual Visits: Activate Your MDLIVE Account
If you're one of 50 million Americans who struggle with allergy symptoms, Virtual Visits is a new way to get a doctor’s advice on the topic. Virtual Visits is a benefit provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and powered by MDLIVE; available 24/7, it connects people enrolled in Loyola’s Medical Plan with a board-certified MDLIVE doctor via mobile app, secure video, or telephone. The benefit is a great alternative when your medicine isn’t working or if you suffer from another health condition. In addition, you can use the service if your only other options are the doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center. There are a number of ways to activate your MDLIVE account:

     • Call MDLIVE at (888) 676-4204
     • Visit Blue Access for Members
     • Visit MDLIVE.com/bcbsil
     • Text BCBSIL to 635-483

Employee Assistance Program ... in Your Pocket
Online resources provided by Perspectives’ Employee Assistance Program are now available at the tip of your fingers via your iPhone or Android smartphone through the Spark mobile app. Once you download the app, enter Loyola’s credentials:

     • Username: LOY500
     • Password: perspectives

In addition, you will receive a prompt to enter your demographic group (e.g., employee, spouse, family member, etc.) in order to access the resources. 

University Assisted Housing Program
Human Resources and Community Relations are excited to announce several upcoming University Assisted Housing seminars in April. The sessions are designed to help benefits-eligible faculty and staff members learn more about buying and owning property near the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. Learn more about the benefit online, including how you can sign up to attend one of these upcoming sessions: 

    • April 24: 1–2 p.m. | Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge (Lake Shore Campus)
    • April 25: 12–1 p.m. | Schreiber Center, Room 908 (Water Tower Campus) 

EMERGE—Personal and Professional Development
The EMERGE program offers personal, professional, and wellness seminars. Whether you are in a leadership role or are a member of a team, you will find a program that helps you increase your knowledge and strengthen your skills. Visit the EMERGE website to register for classes scheduled to take place in April, including:

  • April 8—Supervisor Basics (Lake Shore Campus)
    Supervisor Basics is a workshop designed to provide managers with the resources needed to navigate human resources processes, procedures, and policies. This foundation will be helpful both for new managers or as a refresher for existing managers. Topics include recruitment, onboarding new employees, setting expectations, regulatory requirements, respectful workplace, time off, managing performance, disciplinary concerns, and rewards and recognition. This foundation will assist you in managing and motivating your team.

  • April 17—Embracing Change (Water Tower Campus) 
    Demonstrates the contrast between change (event) and transition (individual reaction).
    Discusses the relationship between change and stress.
    Identifies coping strategies toward acceptance.

  • April 25—Money Matters (Water Tower Campus)
    Learn how to manage money by preparing a personal spending plan and identifying ways to decrease spending and help increase income, track financial habits, and build a budget. Learn how to create a plan to help achieve your financial goals.

Listening Sessions
The Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion thanks the University community for sharing diversity-related feedback regarding the University’s campus climate. Listening Sessions, which included faculty, staff, and students on all Loyola campuses, concluded in March. Feedback from the sessions will enable University leadership to learn more about faculty, staff, and students’ collaborative experiences taking place in the classroom and in the workplace. The rich feedback will be analyzed to determine the strategic focus areas in our efforts to create and foster exemplary diversity, inclusion, and equity relations, processes, and resources at Loyola.
If you have questions regarding any of these updates, please visit LUC.edu/hr


Winifred L. Williams, PhD
Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer