Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources


November 2017 Human Resources Updates

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Human Resources is pleased to provide information about Loyola’s trailblazing Climate Survey, upcoming EMERGE classes, and the variety of health and wellness opportunities available during Loyola’s annual Open Enrollment period.

Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey
The Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce the launch of Loyola’s first University-wide, diversity-focused Climate Survey. Faculty, staff, and students were invited to participate in the survey, which was distributed on October 31 and will remain open until November 17. In the spirit of friendly competition, a series of incentives are available for faculty and staff:

  • The first department consisting of fewer than 50 faculty and staff members to complete the survey during the first week will win a pizza party.
  • The first department made up of 51–125 faculty and staff members to complete the survey by week two will receive a pizza party.

We encourage you to participate in the survey so that together, we can foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community. Thank you in advance for your participation!

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:

  • Project Management (Advanced): November 13 at the Health Sciences Campus
  • Information Security: November 16 at the Water Tower Campus
  • Loyola Supervisor Basics: November 20 at the Health Sciences Campus
  • Achieving Your Goals: November 27 at the Health Sciences Campus
  • Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain: November 27 at the Health Sciences Campus

Sacred Heart Schools
Faculty and staff are invited to check out Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago’s oldest Catholic and independent school. Serving students in grades K–8, Sacred Heart is conveniently located near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, at 6250 N. Sheridan Road. To learn more about Sacred Heart, we invite you to attend an Admissions Coffee at the school from 9:15–11 a.m. on Friday, November 17. If you are interested in attending, please contact James Nuessen, Admissions Associate for Recruitment at Sacred Heart.

Transamerica Fee Changes
In November, participants will receive communication from Transamerica regarding fee changes in the Loyola’s Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. While there are no changes in our investment fund lineup, we will qualify for lower fees for the Vanguard age targeted funds. The notice will explain the change in fees for each fund.

Open Enrollment 2018
Open Enrollment, November 1–22, is your annual opportunity to review, change, and enroll yourself and your family in Loyola’s benefit options. Don’t forget to visit Alex, your personalized benefits counselor. The interactive decision support tool is designed to help you determine which plans are the best fit for you and your family.

In addition, Human Resources encourages you to review the 2018 Benefits Highlights Booklet to learn more about the new offerings and changes that will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Detailed information summarizing the benefit programs and FAQs are available on the Open Enrollment 2018 website.

Tobacco and Spousal Premiums
In addition, remember to complete the acknowledgements online for the spousal/legally domiciled adults (LDA) and tobacco use premiums by November 22. The acknowledgements will be presented to you on the same screen where you elect/confirm your health insurance coverage in Employee Self-Service.

Complete Your Wellness Screening
Faculty and staff who enroll in one of the University’s medical insurance plans will be eligible to receive a $50 reduction every month during the 2018 plan year. New this year, employees and covered spouses or LDA’s will be required to participate in the wellness screening and complete the Health Power Assessment to receive the reduction. To complete the Health Power Assessment, you and your spouse/LDA will need to each create your own account on the Health Maintenance Institute website using site code L773.

Biometric screenings must be completed by November 22. Faculty, staff, and covered spouses/LDA’s can complete the biometric screening requirement by either scheduling an on-campus or off-site screening or by submitting biometric screening results taken in 2017 by your own doctor or a certified facility. To do so, please visit the Biometric Screening and Health Power Assessment webpage.

For additional details on all of these updates, visit LUC.edu/hr.


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