September 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 how to claim free tickets to upcoming athletic events; about the Tenured Faculty Voluntary Transition Incentive Program; how you can participate in a free professional development program at Loyola; and what key health care information to consider as we prepare for Open Enrollment 2019.
Join Loyola Athletics for Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night
Loyola Athletics is excited to invite you to reserve two free tickets to upcoming athletic events on campus. Faculty & Staff Appreciation Nights are taking place for the following games in September and November. Use promo code Loyola to confirm your seats:
- Thursday, September 12: Women’s Soccer vs. DePaul
- Tuesday, October 15: Men’s Soccer vs. UIC
- Saturday, November 2: Women’s Volleyball vs. Indiana State
Learn More about the 2020 Tenured Faculty Voluntary Transition Incentive Program
Loyola recently announced the 2020 Tenured Faculty Voluntary Transition Incentive Program (TF-VTIP) as a one-time program for eligible tenured faculty members. The program provides an opportunity for individuals who would like to pursue early retirement, or a life or career change, with the support to do so. Participation in the program is completely voluntary—no one will be required to participate. Eligible tenured faculty members were notified by email on August 20 and are encouraged to give careful consideration to this offering. Please visit the TF-VTIP website to learn more about this program.
Sign Up for EMERGE—Professional Development
Space is available for free EMERGE classes scheduled to take place in September. EMERGE 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 the following courses:
- Friday, September 13: Safe Space Training (Water Tower Campus)
- Wednesday, September 18: Share the Dream: Undocumented Student Ally Training (Lake Shore Campus)
- Tuesday, September 24: I’m Here For You (Water Tower Campus)
- Wednesday, September 25: Appreciating Diversity (Lake Shore Campus)
Meet One-on-One with a Transamerica Representative
Whether you are in the early stages of your career or getting ready to retire, it’s a good idea to review your 403(b) plan account from time to time. During the fall semester, a Transamerica retirement planning consultant will be on site at each campus to host 30-minute personal retirement planning sessions. These sessions can help you improve your retirement readiness, understand your investment options, and consolidate previous employer plans into your Loyola Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (DCRP) account.
If you are interested in attending a session, register via the Transamerica website. Appointments are available now through December 18.
On-Campus Biometric Screenings
To receive a $50 monthly wellness reduction premium on your Loyola medical plan, you and your covered spouse or legally domiciled adult (LDA) are required to participate in a biometric screening and complete the Health Power Assessment annually. Starting in September, onsite biometric screenings will be available at select dates and times throughout this fall. These screenings are by appointment only, so visit the Health Maintenance Institute (HMI) website* to sign up. Alternatively, you can visit your doctor or a Quest Lab and submit the appropriate form to HMI.
New this year, and at no cost, is an option to add preventive blood tests for complete blood count (CBC), thyroid (TSH), Vitamin D, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) for males only to your biometric screening. These tests are considered preventive services under your medical plan, and you must present your Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance card for these additional screening options to be covered.
*Note: New users can register with site code L773 on the HMI website.
Take Advantage of Free Flu Shots
During biometric screenings at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses, all faculty and staff members are invited to walk in and receive flu shots; no appointment is necessary. Each fall, flu shots at the Health Sciences Campus are mandatory, and details are forthcoming.
If you are an enrolled member in our Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance and are unable to be on campus for your flu shot, flu shots are available at no out-of-pocket cost at any in-network provider office or in-network clinic. Be sure to confirm that the pharmacy accepts your Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage before you get your vaccination.
Important Note: Flu shots are covered under your medical plan, not your pharmacy benefit. You must present your Blue Cross Blue Shield medical card to receive this benefit.
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