Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources


August 2018 Human Resources Updates

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Human Resources is pleased to provide updates and announce new programs and services for our Loyola community. Please review the information below to learn more about Loyola University Chicago’s upcoming Form I-9 review webinar for hiring managers; November’s Benefits Open Enrollment season; and how you can help foster a more respectful campus community and enable the University’s compliance with federal regulations as we prepare for Loyola’s annual mandatory Harassment Prevention Training.

Form I-9 Review for Hiring Managers
As we prepare to enter a new academic year, new student workers will need to complete new hire paperwork, including Form I-9. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requires employers to accurately complete and submit Form I-9 as part of the identity and employment eligibility verification process. Human Resources encourages hiring managers to attend an upcoming Form I-9 review webinar taking place August 7–9. Learn more about Form I-9.

Open Enrollment 2018
The open enrollment period for 2019 benefits will take place November 1–21. This is your annual opportunity to review and make changes to your benefits. During Benefits Open Enrollment, you can:
  • Enroll in or change your medical, dental, or vision plans;
  • Enroll or disenroll dependents;
  • Enroll or re-enroll in the health or dependent care flexible spending account (FSA); re-enrollment is required annually.
Alex—Your Benefits Counselor
As you consider your benefit elections during the 2018 Benefits Open Enrollment season, utilize Alex, the University’s online benefits communication and decision-making tool. Alex is designed to help you better understand Loyola’s benefit offerings. Beginning January 2019, Loyola will implement a new PPO medical plan option that includes access to a health savings account. Learn more.

Harassment Prevention Training
If you are a staff member, you can complete the University’s Harassment Prevention Training from August 6–31. Faculty will receive an invitation to complete the training in September. As a friendly reminder, all staff and faculty are required to complete this compliance training, which is central to our efforts to ensure that faculty and staff can work and support our mission in a safe, respectful, and inclusive campus community.

Skillsoft’s Business Skills Course Offerings
In the spirit of continual personal and professional development, faculty and staff can access robust and engaging courses through Skillsoft’s Business Skills suite of offerings. Beginning August 6, advance your knowledge, skills, and abilities by accessing any of the approximately 200 online courses—provided at no cost to you. A variety of course topics include administrative support, finance, onboarding, team dynamics, and leadership. Learn more.

EMERGE—Professional and Personal Development
Seats are still open in EMERGE classes taking place this month. The program offers personal, professional, and wellness seminars. Whether you are in a leadership role or a member of a team, you will find a program in which you can increase your knowledge and strengthen your skills. Visit the EMERGE site for details on the following courses:
  • August 7–Form I-9 Review Webinar for Hiring Managers
  • August 7–I’m Here for You (Lake Shore Campus)
  • August 8–Form I-9 Review Webinar for Hiring Managers
  • August 9–Form I-9 Review Webinar for Hiring Managers
  • August 15–Emotional Intelligence (Water Tower Campus)
  • August 16–Achieving Your Goals (Lake Shore Campus)
Bike Commuter Challenge—Congratulations, Loyola!
Loyola was one of the winning organizations in the education category in this year's Bike to Work Challenge. Thirty-six University participants biked more than 1,600 miles and earned 4,685 points during the two-week challenge. Elizabeth Shermer (Department of History) and Patrick Decker (School of Education) won awards for biking the farthest. Kudos to Kirsten Lawrence (Academic Advising and Support Services), who won a raffle prize. Thank you for participating in the challenge, and we look forward to the University community joining again next year.
Thank You for Participating in the Feast of Saint Ignatius Picnic
Human Resources and University Staff Council appreciate the benevolent contributions that faculty and staff made in support of the Loyola Employee Emergency Fund during the Feast of Saint Ignatius Picnic. Your contributions helped raise approximately $500. A heartfelt congratulations to our special fundraiser winners:
  • Men’s basketball season tickets–Rosann Loren (Payroll Services)
  • Sister Jean bobblehead dolls–Jim Connon (School of Business) and Kelsie Diaz (Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management)
  • Loyola scarf–Jennifer Fernandez (School of Business)
Thank you for contributing to our “Rambler Proud” theme as we cheered on the men’s basketball team’s winning 2017–2018 season. On behalf of Athletics, we are excited to announce that Loyola faculty and staff members can receive 25 percent off of 2018–19 Loyola men’s basketball season tickets. Season ticket holders receive priority seating, free admission to all Loyola sports, and invitations to exclusive events. Learn more.

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