Living with arthritis and related conditions…

Walk DogAre you or a loved one living with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout or fibromyalgia? Visit the Arthritis Foundation for the latest news on medications and research, valuable information about pain relief, exercise routines, and much more.

Posted in Health & Wellness, HR General | Tagged , | Comments Off

Wellpower: What’s Next?

AmazingchallengePosterheadersmallWellpower’s Fall Reward Period Ends January 31

Wellpower will wrap up it’s Fall Reward Period at the end of the month. Current participants should make sure they have all their January activities logged by January 25, 2014. The Wellpower Team will begin tallying up badges and sending out award emails in February.

Wellpower Begins Spring Reward Period February 1

Take the Amazing Challenge this spring and enjoy improving your overall health as we traverse the nation on our wellness journey! Each month we will visit an exciting new location and participants will be asked to try different activities to support their health in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and stress reduction. Join us for wellness seminars, live or online, throughout the spring to learn more about these 3 areas as well.

The Spring Reward Period will run for 5 months – from February through June, 2014. To be eligible to receive an award, participants must complete a biometric screening and then earn 2 or 3 additional badges to be awarded the Silver or Gold level. Participants who completed a screening in the fall of 2013 meet the screening requirement for the Spring Reward Period. To learn more, use the appropriate links below:

Note: Current participants who registered in the fall of 2013 do not need to register for the Spring Reward Period. Only new participants will need to complete the registration process.

Choice_Apple_doughnutWeigh-In/Weigh-Out Challenge

Participants interested in maintaining their weight or working toward a healthy weight may choose to take the Weigh-In/Weigh-Out Challenge. Participants must Weigh-In at the beginning of the reward period and then Weigh-Out near the end of the reward period. Those who successfully maintain their weight (within a +/- 2 pound range) or who make progress toward a healthy weight will earn a badge for this challenge. Click the link below for information about the challenge along with Weigh-In opportunities on campus.

Weigh-In/Weigh-Out Challenge Details


Wellpower Orientation

Wellpower will offer an orientation webinar on Monday, January 27 from 12-1pm.  Click the link below to sign up or to watch our pre-recorded orientation videos.

Wellpower Orientation

facebook-like-iconsmallFollow us on Facebook!

Questions? Email us at


Posted in Health & Wellness, HR General, Resources | Tagged | Comments Off

SMU’s Tuition Benefit Request Has a New Look…

We have created an easier to use form that also helps with academic program information.   Here are some of the new features:

  • tuitionRequest by Academic Year – no longer have to choose each term!
  • Dependents and Spouses name will automatically show on your request – no longer have to find their SMU ID numbers!
  • Academic calendars dates are now visible
  • One click to see past years tuition benefit requests


Once you have been accepted into an academic program, request your tuition benefits and choose the academic year.   HR will follow your account for the entire academic year, and award the benefit.  Remember the academic year starts with fall term and ends with summer summer one or two or combined.

The tuition benefits request page will also allow you to see if there are any holds on your account.  In addition, we will email with you each term about the status of your tuition benefits award.

Go to Access.SMU>Self Service>Benefits>Tuition Benefits

Posted in HR General, Learning and Development, Working at SMU | Tagged | Comments Off

CVS & Walgreen Pharmacies Are Out-of-Network Effective January 1, 2014!

As a reminder, effective January 1, 2014, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies will no longer be in the SMU Health & Wellness Plan pharmacy network administered by Express Scripts. If you currently use CVS or Walgreens to fill your prescription medications, it is time to select a new pharmacy for 2014!

Why is SMU Making This Change?
By removing the CVS and Walgreens pharmacies from the network, other pharmacies have agreed to lower discounted rates. As a result of this change, the University and SMU faculty and staff will save over $1M in prescription costs over the next 3 years.

Which Pharmacies Will Remain in the Network?
There are over 450 in-network retail pharmacies in DFW, including (but not limited to) chains like Costco, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Target, Tom Thumb, and Wal-Mart. In addition, many locally owned independent pharmacies throughout DFW are also included in the network.

How Will You Move Your Prescriptions to a Network Pharmacy?
If you recently used a CVS or Walgreens pharmacy to fill a prescription, you will receive a letter from Express Scripts by early next week, identifying three in-network pharmacies closest to the pharmacy you last used. If you prefer to search for a pharmacy on your own, click here for detailed instructions.

Posted in Health & Wellness, HR General | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

FallDiabetes… if you don’t live with it yourself, then it’s likely you have a family member or friend who does.  This November during National Diabetes Month, ask yourself if you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes and take steps to prevent it.  Diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed.  Plus, an estimated 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the disease.

Click here for more information about diabetes from the Centers for Disease Control.

Click here to access a workbook to assist with managing diabetes.

Posted in Health & Wellness | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Apply for the Spring Naturally Slim Class Now!

Man on scaleInterested in losing weight and improving your overall health? Consider applying for our free Naturally Slim class! The online application is open until November 26.

The class will meet in person for the kick-off session the first week of February, but the remainder of the program will be provided online. Participants can watch the weekly video at their convenience and receive support via email from our Naturally Slim counselor.

This program is open to benefit-eligible employees. Recent lab results are required to apply. If you need to get a screening, Human Resources has added two days of screenings on November 20 and 21, 2013. Previous participants are not eligible to apply. The program will be provided for free if participants complete the program requirements.

Applicants will be informed about the status of their application the week of December 10, 2013. The 10-week program will run from February to April.

Why should you do any of this? Read on….

The Health Scare in America

  • Approximately 4% of the U.S. population incurs 60% of the country’s medical claims.
  • The United States spends a higher percentage of its GDP on health care than any other industrialized nation on the planet.
  • The United States has the highest overweight and obesity rates of any other industrialized nation on the planet.
  • The increase in weight is linked to an increase in the production of diseases of affluence such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other lifestyle-related maladies.

Take Control and Manage Your Health Getting a health screening is the first step in monitoring and managing your health. If you do have significant risk factors such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and/or obesity, then we encourage you to talk with your medical provider and consider applying for the spring Naturally Slim class or using other wellness resources including joining Wellpower, getting confidential health coaching from our Baylor health coach, or engaging a personal trainer through Dedman Center. SMU has many resources to help you reach your wellness goals, so get started today!

Healthy U HRContact us at if you have questions.

Posted in Health & Wellness, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Welcome to Our Newest Employees Who Attended SMU & You on Sept. 25

The following employees attended SMU & YOU, an element of the Total Orientation Process at SMU.  During this workshop, they learned about the culture, mission, and values of the University community.  Please welcome them to the University!


From left to right:

Back Row:  James Kessenides, Ben Lippe, Susan Harris, Bobby Williams, Skyler Johnson, Katherine Glunt, Jon Horton,Lindsay Koch, Karen Milligan, Catherine Winnie, Junjie Ma
Middle Row: Colleen Durkin, Jennifer Bradford, Gentry Beck, Irma Skaggs, Beatriz Rios- McKee, Susan McAllister,
Front Row: Amy Hultquist, Katherine Woods, Beth McKnight, Desiree LaPointe, Briget Murphy
Not pictured: Kristin Fant

Posted in HR General, Learning and Development, Total Orientation Process for New Employees | Comments Off

Choosing Healthy Tour of RFoC at Umphrey Lee

Lauren Hickman, RD/LD, is the new dietitian for SMU Dining Services and is currently offering free tours of the dining hall, highlighting healthy options. It is called the “Choosing Healthy Tour.” During this tour, Lauren will go into depth behind each food station, explaining how you can get the most out of the offerings in “Umph”.


Lauren hopes to help you make informed decisions about what you are eating and help you understand how many healthy offerings can be found in your very own dining hall! Email to register for one of these sessions:


  • Sept. 25th at 10:00a and 3:00p,
  • Sept. 30th at 10:30a and 2:30p, or
  • Oct. 1st at 10:30a and 2:30p

For questions regarding the tours or anything nutrition-related, you can email Lauren or call her at 214-768-4349.

Wellpower Credit SMU-WellPower-Logo
Participants in Wellpower’s Amazing Challenge can award themselves credit for a wellness seminar by attending one of these sessions. Because these sessions mostly fall in the fourth week of September when we’ve already submitted our activities for the month, participants may log the seminar in October if needed. To log the seminar, go to and login to the website. Click on the myProgress tab and scroll to the bottom bonus points section. Find the wellness seminar item and click the radial button to award yourself the points. That’s it! Be sure to log your month’s activities by the 25th of each month.

Questions about Wellpower? Email .


Stay up to date on the latest events by following us on Facebook.

Posted in Health & Wellness | Tagged , , | Comments Off

Welcome to Our Newest Employees Who Attended SMU & YOU

The following employees attended SMU & YOU, an element of the Total Orientation Process at SMU.  During this workshop, they learned about the culture, mission, and values of the University community.


From left to right:

Front Row:  Kathy Silva, Yanet Castillo, Dawn Levy, Kim Mckissick
Middle Row:  Topeka Small, Steve Curitore, Devon Skerritt, Cassie DuBay, Hollie Gardner, Bailey Guthrie, Megan Schaedel, Daniela Balderas, Sarah Crookston
Back Row: Scott Baker, Kyle Noesen, Patrick Coleman, Lilly Cates, Skylar Kempel, Rebecca Sherman, Alex  Munoz,  Jill Witt, Chris Gaut, Claire Piepenburg, Julius Jenkins




Posted in HR General, Total Orientation Process for New Employees, Working at SMU | Comments Off

Update Your Business Information for the 2013-2014 Directory

The 2013-2014 Directory of Students, Staff, and Faculty will be published soon.  Please ensure that your business address and telephone number are correct in Access.SMU by Friday, September 6, 2013.  Visit the Department of Human Resources website for information on how to update your contact information, including your business address, phone number, and preferred name.

Posted in HR General | Tagged , | Comments Off