2016 SMU HR Fair focuses on ‘Healthy Choices – Healthy U’

Stock photo of 'Good Health This Way' highway signLearn more about your 2017 open enrollment options and a variety of other SMU benefits at the University’s 2016 Human Resources Fair Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Representatives for SMU’s retirement programs and health and savings plans will be on site from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level.

This year’s HR Fair feature the following vendors, campus departments and programs:


  • BenefitWallet – Health Savings Accounts
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas – Medical/Dental Plans
  • Compass Health Services – Health Pros
  • LegalGUARD/PrivacyArmor – Group Legal/Identity Protection
  • Magellan – Employee Assistance Program
  • Prime Therapeutics
  • The Standard – Life Insurance/Disability Plans
  • Transamerica – 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • VSP – Vision Plan


  • Continuing and Professional Education
  • Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Office of Institutional Access and Equity
  • Parking and ID Card Services
  • Payroll Department
  • SMU Faculty Club
  • SMU Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign
  • SMU Staff Association
  • SMU United Way
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Wellpower

Other vendors

  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
  • North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA)
  • Zipcar

Chair massages will be available from the SMU Department of Recreational Sports’ licensed massage therapists.

In addition, free flu vaccinations are available at the HR Fair for all benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and retiree spouses. Bring your SMU ID card and visit the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center website for information on how to shorten your wait.

> Visit SMU Human Resources online: smu.edu/hr

Special notice on changes to SMU’s 403(b) retirement plan

BenefitsU logoSMU’s Department of Human Resources, working with a committee of faculty and staff representatives, has confirmed a slate of new investment and retirement planning services to take effect next year, according to this message dated April 19, 2011:

Exciting changes to SMU’s 403(b) Retirement Plan are coming next year!

The SMU Department of Human Resources and an SMU faculty/staff committee (the Retirement Plan Advisory Council) have explored for the past two years ways to improve the investment education and retirement planning services available to SMU faculty and staff. As a result, a new investment services provider, Diversified Investment Advisors Inc., will come to campus next year.

What this means for you:

  1. An array of investment funds that meet established standards for quality and performance
  2. A full-time on-campus retirement planning and investment advisor to help you determine how much income you will need during your retirement years and to develop an effective savings and investment strategy
  3. Objective and independent (nonproprietary) financial planning services
  4. A powerful and effective educational model that will enable you to improve your asset allocation and investment strategies throughout your active years with SMU and during your retirement years
  5. One-stop shopping to simplify and better support your retirement plan transactions through one SMU website portal

What’s next?
A number of decisions have yet to be made regarding various aspects of this change. During the next eight months, you will have many opportunities to learn more through participation in town hall meetings, individual one-on-one meetings, written materials, and BenefitsU.

Questions? Direct them to BenefitsU@smu.edu.

HR offers SMU a Financial Health Day April 6

Financial Health Day 2009If uncertain financial markets have gotten you down, SMU Human Resources offers a potential pick-me-up. Financial Health Day 2009, scheduled for April 6 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, is designed for “anyone who wants to explore their financial goals and learn more about how the SMU benefits plans can help achieve them,” says Amy Mittelstet Sample, senior human resources manager, Compensation and Records Management.

One presentation will address faculty and staff concerns about the volatile market and give options for investing retirement savings. Those who are nearing retirement can learn about the Emeriti Retiree Health Accounts and how Medicare coordinates with the program.

In addition, “we will have a presentation on Social Security that clarifies the appropriate age for each person to start receiving benefits, depending on individual factors,” Sample says. “We will also discuss the benefits of long-term care insurance and why someone would need and want to purchase it.”

Those who are nearing retirement may have particular interest in the program, Sample adds, “but we encourage anyone who has considered or started saving for retirement to attend, no matter how long they have until they retire.”

The best financial advice is tailored to the individual, so Human Resources has made it easy to contact SMU benefits vendors directly for one-on-one appointments. CNA, Fidelity, Reliance Standard, TIAA-CREF and Vanguard will also take questions at their Financial Health Day booths from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Human Resources encourages attendees to bring their lunch, as well as to talk directly with the vendors at their booths. No RSVP is necessary, and participants may attend any or all of the sessions.

Learn more, including vendor contact information, at the SMU HR website