Human Resources Newsletter

Stonehill College Human Resources Newsletter

Winter 2014/2015


Inside this Issue:

  • Message from the HR Director
  • Upcoming Holidays
  • 2015 Retirement Contribution Limits
  • Payroll Newsletter
  • Mid-Year Evaluations
  • TIAA- Cref Reminder
  • Address Change Reminder
  • EAP Benefit Tip - Keeping Holiday Stress at Bay
  • Holiday Gifts
  • College Closings
  • College Christmas Party
  • Touch of Kindness
  • Welcome/ Changes/ Farewell

Message from HR Director

On behalf of the entire Human Resources Office, I want to wish all employees Happy Holidays. Warm wishes for a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness.

Maryann Biedak

Upcoming Holidays

The College will observe the following holidays/days off in 2015. "2015 Holidays/Floating Holidays/Days off Listing"

2015 Retirement Contribution Limits

The maximum amount you can contribute (your "elective deferrals") to a 403 (b) plan has increased for 2015. The limit for 2015 will be $18,000. Participants age 50 or older (at any time during the calendar year) may contribute an additional $6000.

Payroll Newsletter

If you have not already, be sure to check out the Payroll Newsletter which has very important information about: Our new Electronic W-2, a W-4 reminder, Massachusetts minimum wage increase, and 27 pays in 2015. Click Here to read more.

Performance Management Documents - Mid-Year Evaluations

As a reminder, Mid-year evaluations are due by Friday, January 16, 2015. Evaluations may be sent either electronically or as a hard copy to Shayla Jordan

The forms and details associated with the process are located on the HR website via this link: Performance Management.

We are happy to meet one-on-one with employees or departments to review the evaluation process. If you’d like to arrange for a meeting please contact Maryann Biedak or Shayla Jordan.

TIAA-CREF Reminder

Have you reached or soon will reach your one-year anniversary with Stonehill College? If so, please make sure you sign up with Human Resources for the retirement benefit offered to eligible employees. For more information, please click the link below: Retirement Benefits

Please note, all employees have to initiate enrollment and sign a Salary Reduction Agreement with Human Resources in order to begin this benefit.

If you have questions about your eligibility or the program itself, please contact Lisa Conroy, Assistant Director of HR, ext. 1336.

Address Change Reminder

Please let this serve as a reminder that all employees are encouraged to update their address, on and off campus (as applicable), provide up to date contact information as well as provide emergency contact information via the Employee Self-Service portal via myhill. If you have questions about this process, please contact the Office of Human Resources, at ext. 1105

EAP Benefit Tip – Keeping Holiday Stress at Bay

Some people look forward to the holidays all year, while others see the holiday season approaching and are overcome by a sense of dread. Will life become so hectic that I can't enjoy the holidays? How will I buy what I need to buy and not overspend again this year? How will I ever get everything done that I need to do? How many pounds will I gain this year? Will the family get along? The list could go on and on, but all these questions, if left unaddressed, lead to the same thing…stress! Try these tips for managing the stress that seems to be built into the holiday season.

Set priorities.
People tend to get wrapped up in trying to create perfection at this time of the year. Set reasonable goals for what you will do to celebrate. Decide in advance what is most important to you and your family, and focus your celebrations around those things. Try to avoid replicating everything your parents did when you were young. Hang on to meaningful traditions, but avoid doing something solely because it is what your mom or dad did.

Don't over-schedule! Both you and your kids need downtime to enjoy this special time of the year. Be careful to choose activities based on what you want to do rather than what you think you must do.
Make a plan.

Once you have decided what your priorities are for holiday celebrations, plan how you will organize yourself to get the important work done. Make a calendar and include all important dates on it (the school play, the neighbor's open house, the drive through the neighborhood to enjoy the holiday decorations, and so on). You may even want to schedule time for any shopping, decorating, baking, writing cards, or other holiday traditions that you have decided will be part of your holiday. Carefully plan your menus and do your shopping in an organized fashion, with a list. You will be much less likely to forget important ingredients and eliminate the last minute running that leaves you exhausted and frazzled.

Keep expectations realistic.
It is not your responsibility to be sure that everybody has a perfect holiday, so don't put that demand on yourself. Holiday joy is something that comes from within a person—you cannot create something that is not there.

Make a budget and keep it.
If gift buying is part of your holiday celebration, decide in advance what you can afford to spend this year. Create a list of all the people you will shop for and allocate a portion of your total holiday budget to each person. That is the easy part—the hard part is sticking to the budget you create! Try to think of less expensive gift options—a baking mix, a nicely framed photograph of a shared memory, or the gift of your time. Overspending during the holidays is a major source of stress, so be careful. Remember that all the gifts in the world cannot buy happiness.

Care for yourself and your family.
During the holidays, when stress can really take its toll, people tend to neglect doing those things that reduce stress. You may overindulge in food and drink, and leave such things as rest, relaxation, and exercise out of your daily life. Make it a goal to change that this holiday season. Be realistic about the types and amounts of foods you choose. Avoid sugary and fat laden snacks that may give you a quick boost, but will be followed by a drop in energy. Get outside for a brisk walk and take the kids. Think about what is causing your stress, and make a plan to change the pressures you may be putting on yourself. Rest, relax, and reflect on the meaning of the season—peace!
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Holiday Gifts

At this time of year, it is not uncommon for some vendors to be generous and present employees and/or departments with gifts. Please remember it is the policy of Stonehill College that gifts be disclosed to the respective Division Head. Please review the attached policy F1.10 Business & Expense Reimbursement for the proper handling of gifts – especially those with an estimated value of $100 or greater.

College Closings

The Hill Alert system will be used to announce College closings. If you wish to receive notification via text please update and/or verify your data is on file. To do so, visit the Employee Services Tab in myHill and click on the ‘Update Address and Phones’ link under the Personal Information channel.

Decisions to close the College will be made via telephone recording by 6:30 a.m. on (508) 565-5000.  In the event the line is busy, please try again.

You will also find closing announcements on WBZ AM Radio 1030; WBZ TV Channel 4 Boston; WCVB TV Channel 5 Boston, WHDH TV Channel 7 Boston, WXFT TV Channel 25 Boston, and Stonehill Channel 70.

Stonehill’s Employee Recognition Program

A Touch of Kindness, is a program where members of our community recognize each other for their random act of kindness, caring or support.

In October and November, a few colleagues were nominated for their act of kindness. The following colleagues have been recognized for their kindness: Lisa Conroy, Tim McCombe, Deb Walsh, Rena Fitzgerald, David Tobias, and Abby Meachem.

Have you recently observed an act of kindness and caring? Recognize it today at Employee Recognition.

Welcome New Hires

9/01/2014– 11/30/2014

Academic Affairs Division

Daniel Fogel,

GRE Instructor

So Young Kwon,

Adjunct Professor of Visual & Performing Arts

Emily Salema,

Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Lee Farrow,

Fellow of Interdisciplinary Studies/ Community Scholar

Eileen Bellemore,

Director of Disability Services

Amy Francis,

Circulation Assistant

Finance Division

Steven Muniz,

Mechanic III

Daniel Dos Santos,


Amanda Wong,

Campus Police Officer


Farewell to Employees

9/01/2014– 11/30/2014

Academic Division

Elizabeth Orlando,

Director of Disability Services and Academic Achievement


Enrollment Management & Marketing

George Hart,

Regional Admission Representative

Sara Ladds,

Senior Graphic Designer

Patricia Parker,

Senior Admission Coordinator/ Receptionist


Finance Division

William Griffiths,

Community Service Officer


Mission Division

Sarah Fontaine-Lipke,

Campus Minister for Community Service & Partnerships


Student Affairs Division

Michael Jasper,

Assistant Men's Tennis Coach

Kelly Treseler,

Assistant Director of Residence Life


Changes/Promotions on Campus

9/01/2014– 11/30/2014

Academic Division

Lee Farrow,

Fellow of Interdisciplinary Studies/ Community Scholar


Executive Division

Lisa Conroy,

Associate Director of Human Resources


Finance Division

Robert Reilly,

Assistant Director of Building Services


Mission Division

Kristin Silva,

Director of Service Corps/ Service & Nationally Prestigious Awards Advisor


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