March 2019 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’s efforts to help local real estate buyers through the University Assisted Housing Program; a discounted gym membership via Blue Access for Members; and how you can help shape the diversity-related experience at Loyola by participating in an upcoming Listening Session.
Go Move Challenge
Human Resources is proud to announce that Loyola University Chicago finished strong in the 2019 Go Move Challenge: We came in fourth place for total minutes logged, with nearly 274,000 minutes entered; and third place for average minutes per participant logged, with 1,054 minutes per person. Throughout February, 260 Loyola participants signed up, logging purpose-driven movement including ice skating, snow shoveling, walking, marathon training, yoga, and walking to the train.
Information Technology Services finished first among participating departments, logging more than 37,000 total minutes! Our top-five leaderboard Loyola participants were: Joseph Harvey (10,380 total minutes); Latonya Allen (10,346 minutes); Regina Smith (10,251 minutes); Daniel Hyppolite (7,736 minutes); and Christopher McGuire (6,451 minutes). Congratulations to each of our participants!
We are extremely proud to have such active participants during one of the coldest months of the year, and we look forward to remaining active throughout the rest of 2019.
University Assisted Housing Program
If you are interested in purchasing real estate or have questions about property ownership, we encourage you to explore Loyola’s University Assisted Housing (UAH) Program. This benefit is designed to encourage home ownership near the Lake Shore and Health Sciences campuses by assisting eligible Loyola faculty and staff members with closing costs and down payments for the purchase of a primary residence.
Employees do not have to be first-time buyers to take advantage of this great benefit. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff members are invited to attend a property ownership seminar in April at the Lake Shore or Health Sciences campuses. Look for more information this month on the Human Resources and Community Relations websites.
During the month of March, Loyola Medical Plan participants can join the Blue Vision fitness program without paying an enrollment fee or signing a long-term contract. Members can access more than 10,000 different fitness facilities and can earn and redeem points for apparel, books, electronics, health and personal care items, music, and sporting goods. To enroll, please log in to Blue Access for Members before March 31, and enter the code SPRINGSAVE25 in order to have the enrollment fee waived. If you have questions, please contact 888.762.BLUE (2583) Monday thru Friday between 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
In addition, if you are participating in the 2019 Wellness Program’s Health Maintenance Institute points program, remember to log in and update your wellness activities online by March 31. Participants must earn 125 points to receive a taxable $75 reward in your paycheck.
The IRS requires employers to provide employees with Form 1095-C, which may accompany W-2s for tax purposes. This form provides proof of any employer-based health insurance coverage that you had or were offered in 2018. The 2018 statement was distributed to employees on February 28, either via e-mail or U.S. mail (if faculty and staff members did not opt in to receive the form electronically). To access your 1095-C form, please visit Employee Self-Service while on campus or via Loyola Secure Access.
EMERGE—Personal and Professional Development
Space is still available for EMERGE classes scheduled in March. The 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. We encourage you to visit the EMERGE website to register for the following courses:
• March 12—Conflict Management: Supervisors (Lake Shore)
• March 20—Appreciating Diversity (Health Sciences)
• March 25—I’m Here for You (Lake Shore)
The Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion is excited to offer upcoming Listening Sessions as part of the University’s commitment to better understanding Loyola’s campus climate. The sessions are designed to dive deeply into the diversity, inclusion, and equity experiences of our community members. Participants’ feedback can help shape the diversity-related campus experience for everyone.
Please note: The sessions conclude in March, so we encourage you to participate if you have yet to do so. Additional information regarding how faculty, staff, and students can sign up to participate in an on-campus or remote Listening Session is available online.
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