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March 2016

Madison Week

Join students, faculty and staff as we celebrate James Madison’s 265th birthday with great activities and events! The Madison Week celebration begins Monday, March 14 and ends Saturday, March 20. Activities and events will be held on and off campus throughout the week including a Madison themed meal (Colonial Dinner), guest lectures, community service projects, sporting events, planetarium shows and more! Round out the week with a PURPLE OUT day on Friday, March 18. To view the entire weeks schedule visit the Madison Week webpage at http://www.jmu.edu/madisonweek/.

Summer Schedule

President Alger and the senior leaders are pleased to implement a modified summer work schedule beginning Monday, May 9 and ending Friday, August 19, 2016. Information is available on HR’s website at http://www.jmu.edu/humanresources/benefits/closings-holidays/modified-summer-schedule.shtml.

2016 - 2017 Time and Attendance Record for Non-exempt Classified Employees

The 2016-2017 Time and Attendance Record that was send to non-exempt classified staff in January was missing the code for hours worked related to Overtime Pay. A corrected form is now posted on the HR Forms page. We apologize for this omission.

Easy Scheduling Option

Employees can now self-schedule appointments with HR’s benefits team with a simple click. 

See the new button on their webpage at http://www.jmu.edu/humanresources/benefits/index.shtml.

Avoiding Online Tax Scams

Taxes are due soon, which means it’s also the season for tax scams. Both federal and state tax agencies are already seeing problems. Tax scams can occur when fraudulent tax returns are filed in your name, when malicious actors call pretending to be Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents, or in other ways. So, stay alert. 

Visit the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) site below to learn more about what to watch out for and what to do if you believe you are an identity theft or tax fraud victim.

Read Information Security Tips

How to Recognize Malicious Links and Emails
~Information Technology 

JMU Information Technology has implemented Proofpoint URL Defense within our Exchange email system. This product helps protect JMU employees by scanning the links within email messages we receive from off-campus. Proofpoint checks the links against a database of known malicious sites and blocks the user from accessing the site if it is in the database. Proofpoint does not guarantee all malicious sites will be blocked, but we have had great success with the product so far. We have updated our “IsItReal” etraining to explain more about Proofpoint and how it works.

If you are not sure a link is legitimate, don’t click on it! You can forward the email to abuse@jmu.edu for guidance. For additional information, see http://www.jmu.edu/computing/security.

Dial it Down and Stress Less

Are you looking for tips and tricks to help you slow down and enjoy your day more?

If so, sign up for Wellness Wednesdays to receive a short email message each week from now through June with ideas about how to dial your stress level down a notch.  These messages will help put the stress resilience techniques from our latest Dial It Down campaign into practice in your life.

Visit www.commonhealth.virginia.gov to sign up or click the Wellness Wednesday link here to join the community of state employees who want to be their (chill) best!

Questions? Please contact Tara Roe, JMU’s CommonHealth Coordinator, roetb@jmu.edu, 540/568-5533.

Great Colleges to Work For Study

During the week of March 21, all university employees will receive an invitation to participate in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For program, a study designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces.

When you receive your invitation, please complete the survey. This will only take you a few moments. The results of the survey will be factored into the overall scoring process that will ultimately determine the institutions recognized as Great Colleges to Work For.

This is a confidential survey that measures the strength of certain organizational competencies and relationships that most directly impact and influence an institution’s culture. Your participation and honest feedback are critical to the assessment process.

We encourage everyone’s participation! A high response rate helps ensure accurate results and demonstrates the commitment of our employees to share their opinions.

Thank you, in advance, for your participation. Please contact Rick Larson (larsonrd@jmu.edu) or visit www.ChronicleGreatColleges.com, if you have any questions.

The President's Purple Star Awards

JMU asks you to provide nominations for the President’s Purple Star Awards (formerly the Madison Awards).  Nominations will be accepted in the areas of customer service, innovation, teamwork, community service, and career achievement.  The President’s Purple Star Awards will mirror the state public service awards. 

Each year the Governor’s Office solicits nominations for state agency public service awards to outstanding state employees in corresponding categories.  

Employees who receive a President’s Purple Star Award will automatically be nominated for a Governor’s Award for Public Service in the corresponding category. 

These awards are an opportunity to demonstrate the outstanding contributions that our JMU employees add to the state workforce. 

We are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • Agency “Star”
  • Career Achievement Award
  • Community Service and Volunteerism Award
  • Customer Service Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Teamwork Award
  • Workplace Health, Wellness and Safety Award

Nominations should be submitted through the President’s Purple Star Award Website.  Please direct any questions regarding the nomination process to Jenny Toth in Human Resources.

Thank you for taking time to recognize the outstanding contributions of the stars that we call our colleagues!

Employee Appreciation Event May 12

JMU’s annual Employee Appreciation event will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. All JMU faculty and staff are invited to participate in the fun! 

Activities for Employee Appreciation include:

  • Lunch served at the Festival Ballroom from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (no pre-registration is required for this complementary meal)
  • Community Service Fair outside the Festival Ballroom
  • Two Bingo Sessions
  • Two Movies
  • Workshops

Visit the Employee Appreciation website at http://www.jmu.edu/thankstoyou/ for more details on the day’s activities and lunch menu. If you have any questions you can email jmuad@jmu.edu.

Temporary Summer Positions with JMU Facilities Management Department

Temporary Summer Landscape Workers (0407205)

Positions work 40 hours per week and start as early as April 25 and go through August 26. Work schedule is Monday – Friday, with shifts starting at 6:00 a.m. Duties may include

weed-eating, watering, weeding, planting, mulching, trimming and possibly turf maintenance. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Hourly rate is $7.50.

Temporary Summer Painters (0407206)

These are weekday, day shift positions working 40 hours per week. Positions start May 9 and go through August 26. Considerable knowledge in the application and use of paints, lacquers, polyurethane, stains, spray equipment, and surface preparation is desired. Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years old and willing and able to climb an eight-foot extension ladder. Hourly rate is $7.50 - $12.00 depending on experience.

Temporary Summer Boiler Maintenance Workers (0407207)

Positions work 40 hours per week for the Oil Burner Shop and Power Plant and start May 9 through August 26. Shift is Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Duties include assisting with the disassembly, inspection, cleaning and reassembly of boilers, convectors, hot water heaters, and heat exchangers, as well as taking care of miscellaneous pipe work, insulation, valve replacements, etc. Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years old. Hourly rate is $10.00.

To apply to these positions, go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting numbers 0407205, 0407206 and 0407207. Please contact Deanna Glass, glassdl@jmu.edu, 540/568-6422 for additional information about these temporary, non-benefited summer positions in FM.

A Snapshot of Upcoming Workshops Offered by JMU Training and Development

Working with You is Killing Me (TD1965)

Meetings, Bloody Meetings (TD1740)

Stop the Crickets: Engaging Your Audience (TD1967)

Professional Book Club: “Blind Spots” (TD2055)

Pre-Retirement Planning II (TD1604)

Hiring @ JMU (TD1002)

I Can’t Work, Now What? Understanding the VSDP (TD1204)

Optional Retirement Participants, What to Expect When Retiring (TD1352)

For additional information or to arrange customized sessions for your department, please contact Suzanne Vance, Training Coordinator at vancesn@jmu.edu, or 540/568-4101

 
Human Resources is dedicated to customer service, a positive approach to change and the pursuit of excellence that promotes university and individual success.

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