Order your 2016 SMU holiday cards by Friday, Nov. 11

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Order your 2016 SMU holiday cards by Friday, Nov. 11

SMU holiday card 2016, frontThe official 2016 SMU holiday card is on sale now – but, like a Black Friday deal, they’ll be gone soon. Quantities are limited, so place your order by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. If you are paying by personal check, your payment must be received by this deadline.

This year’s card features an image of Dallas Hall taken during the University’s Celebration of Lights, with “May Your Days Be Merry and Bright” on the front and the greeting “Warm Wishes” on the inside. Cards can be ordered with a blank signature line or with “Southern Methodist University” preprinted.

The cost is $1.50 per card, sold in packages of 25, with envelopes. You can place orders in quantities of up to 300. Cards are scheduled to arrive Monday, Nov. 22, and can be collected in Perkins Administration Building. You will receive an e-mail notifying you when your cards are ready for pick-up.

For more information, contact Karen Hart in SMU Public Affairs.

> Find details, more views and an online order form at the SMU Development and External Affairs website

November 10, 2016|News, Save the Date|

SMU’s 2016 United Way campaign seeks to raise awareness, involvement along with cash

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas logoOrganizers of SMU’s 2016 United Way Campaign are seeking to raise awareness of how a little money can go a long way for the agencies and programs it supports. This year’s campaign takes place from Nov. 1-30.

Individuals can make their donations either directly to the United Way or to a partner agency of their choice through their personalized United eWay login, which will be sent each week in November via e-mail.

> Visit the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas online

Toys for Tickets 2016This year, the SMU campaign’s Day of Impact volunteer opportunity will take place at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), according to SMU co-chairs Paul Krueger and Tim Norris. DCAC provides investigation, intervention and treatment services, free of charge, for more than 4,000 of Dallas’ most severely abused children and non-offending family members.

The 2016 campaign also includes a return of the popular Toys for Tickets program from Nov. 1-30, presented by the SMU Staff Association and SMU Parking and ID Card Services. Faculty, staff and students can redeem their unpaid parking tickets in exchange for new, nonviolent, unwrapped toys of equal or greater value. All donations will go to DCAC.

> Find a list of requested toys at smu.edu/smusa

For more information on how to make a United Way gift, contact Mary Tays. More information on this year’s campaign will appear in e-mail from SMU United Way and in future Forum posts.

November 2, 2016|News, Save the Date|

SMU Homecoming 2016 football tickets available for pick-up through Friday, Nov. 4

SMU-Memphis graphic, SMU Homecoming 2016

SMU faculty, staff and graduate students can claim four free tickets to the SMU-Memphis 2016 Homecoming game all this week at the Main Ticket Office, Loyd All-Sports Center.

Present your SMU ID at the window to claim your tickets. Main Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

#WearBlueSaturday is in effect for the Nov. 5 game.

> Find more information at SMU’s Homecoming page: smu.edu/homecoming

November 1, 2016|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Set your clocks to fall back Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

Stock photo of a clock with sweep handsEarly sunsets are here again: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.

Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour earlier in observance of Standard Time. In addition, check your home and office computers and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.

For help with your office computer clock, contact SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT).

October 31, 2016|News, Save the Date|

Changes ahead as SMU rolls out 2017 Open Enrollment, Oct. 14-31, 2016

Benefits U logoMedical premiums will increase by two percent as SMU prepares for its 2017 Open Enrollment period. University faculty and staff members will be able to make benefits changes for 2017 from Friday, Oct. 14 to Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.

SMU Human Resources will hold several information sessions at Expressway Tower and SMU-in-Plano. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend and become more familiar with the University’s health plans. You may review your options online before your session.

> RSVP online for an “Understanding the SMU Health Plans” session

Notable among this year’s changes is the discontinuation of the University’s $1,000 deductible plan effective Jan. 1, 2017, originally announced in 2015. Benefits-eligible employees will have the opportunity to choose a new plan at the $2,000, $2,600 or $5,000 deductible levels.

All copays will remain the same for all plans in 2017, including Primary Care Physician (PCP) and specialist office visits as well as emergency room and Urgent Care Center (UCC) visits.

Get your flu shot for free during SMU’s Fall 2016 clinics

Prime Therapeutics, the University’s pharmacy benefits manager, is integrated with BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. Plan members have one customer service number and one online portal (BCBSTX) for all medical and pharmacy information. SMU’s DFW-area network of retail pharmacies include, but are not limited to, chains such as Costco, CVS, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Target, Tom Thumb, Walmart and Walgreens. In addition, many locally owned, independent pharmacies throughout the area, including compounding pharmacies, are included in the network.

The open enrollment period is the only opportunity for SMU employees to make changes to benefits elections for the coming year, unless you have a qualified life event such as marriage or the birth of a child.

For 2017 open enrollment, you must take action if:

  • You are currently enrolled in the $1,000 deductible medical plan. If you are, and don’t make a new election, you will be enrolled in the $2,000 deductible medical option.
  • You want to make other changes to your current coverage, including adding or dropping dependents (eligible dependents include legal spouses and children).

  • You want to participate in one or both of the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or the Health Savings Account (HSA) in 2016. You must re-enroll in the FSAs or the HSA even if you participated in 2016.

In order to comply with the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a Social Security number (SSN) is required for every individual enrolled in the SMU Medical Plan. If you have a spouse or dependent child enrolled in the plan, it is important that you enter a SSN for each.

> Find more information in SMU’s 2017 Benefits Guide

SMU uses a secure online open-enrollment application available through My.SMU.edu. To make your benefits elections for 2017:

  • Enter your My.SMU.edu user ID and password as you normally would to review your pay statement.
  • Click Benefits in the Employee Self-Service navigation on the right, then choose Benefits Enrollment to access your personalized Open Enrollment record.
  • Be sure to read all instructions carefully before making elections for 2017.

You will receive a confirmation statement summarizing your 2017 benefits elections in early December 2016.

> Learn more from the SMU Human Resources homepage: smu.edu/hr

October 12, 2016|News, Save the Date|
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