Washington University Human Resources Newsletter
April 28, 2017

Washington University Human Resources focuses on helping you thrive both personally and professionally. Take advantage of these resources aimed at creating a valuable, engaging employee experience – an experience that emphasizes your overall well-being.

Celebrating university employees for their contributions
Washington University is approaching a season of awards and recognition as the university honors employees for their years of service and contributions. As the academic year comes to a close, WashU awards another class with degrees and celebrates their next chapter. This is also a time to celebrate the work of the employees that dedicate their time and effort to helping the university achieve success. Attend the awards and activities dedicated to honoring you for your contributions. Celebrate the season with your colleagues!

Danforth Staff Day and Service Awards 
Monday, May 22, 2017 starting at 10 a.m.

Each year, Danforth Campus staff members are invited to the Staff Day celebration, which includes the presentation of service awards and the Gloria W. White Distinguished Service Award at 10 a.m. followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. After lunch, participate in a variety of activities and end the day with Ted Drewes and a raffle drawing. New activities in 2017 include: East End Transformation celebration, exhibit and presentation, self-guided tour scavenger hunt, a civil rights exhibit tour at the Missouri History Museum, a Sustainability tour, more raffle prize opportunities and open space to gather with colleagues to play board games. Enjoy the vibrant WashU community on Staff Day. Celebrate staff achievements, connect with colleagues, meet someone new, and immerse yourself in WashU in a fun, engaging way. To sign up for activities and learn more, visit the Danforth Staff Day web page. More details, including lunch ticket information coming soon.


School of Medicine Length of Service Awards
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The annual School of Medicine Length of Service Awards ceremony honors School of Medicine recipients of the Dean's Distinguished Service Award, Research Support and Operational Staff Awards and the Guiding Star Award. These awards provide well-deserved recognition to School of Medicine staff that demonstrate exceptional performance, exceed job responsibilities and provide superior quality of service.


Washington University School of Medicine Nurses Honored

Four Washington University School of Medicine nurses received the 2017 Excellence in Nursing Award from St. Louis Magazine on Wednesday, April 19 for their compassion, care and dedication. For the eighth year in a row, this annual event honored local nurses who have made a difference in the lives of their patients and colleagues. Of the more than 200 nominations that were reviewed, sixty-four finalists were chosen. Ten Washington University School of Medicine nurses were named.

The award winners were: Cathy Scott, NR, Internal Medicine, division of medical oncology and Jenn Ledbetter, BSN, MSN, FNP-C, ONP-C, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The perfect score winners were: Karen Brown, NP, Department of Neurosurgery and Carol Recklein, RN, MHS, CDE, Internal Medicine, division of endocrinology/metabolism, research winner. 

In addition, six other School of Medicine nurses were finalists in the program, which gave awards in 16 categories. The Washington University finalists were: Dawn Busch, RN, BSN, Department of Internal Medicine, division of medical oncology; Cheryl Cress, RN, CNN, Department of Internal Medicine, division of nephrology; Jane Exler, CRNA, BSBA, Department of Anesthesiology; Ashley Fasciola, RN, BSN, Department of Neurology; Brenda Hall, RN, BSN, Department of Internal Medicine, division of medical oncology and Stephanie Hanneken, RN, BSN, ONC, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

In the photo, back row from left: Cathy Scott, Carol Recklein, Stephanie Hanneken, Jennifer Ledbetter and Cheryl Cress; Front row from left: Brenda Hall, Ashley Fasciola, Jane Exler and Dawn Busch. Not shown: Karen Brown


School of Medicine Employee Picnic 
September 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hudlin Park

The Washington University School of Medicine Employee Appreciation Picnic is sponsored by the Dean’s Office and Management Council to show appreciation for employee dedication and efforts throughout the year. The picnic features games, food, music, and a time to socialize with other employees of the Washington University School of Medicine. Look for more details closer to the event.


Washington University Human Resources recognized for national awards and honors

Washington University Retirement Savings Plan communication wins 2017 Eddy Award 
Washington University in St. Louis wins 2017 Eddy Award for retirement savings plan communication, the Washington University Retirement Savings Plan Advancing your Financial Future guide published in April 2016. The guide was developed to provide employees with clear, relevant and engaging information to help educate on the importance of saving for retirement, which is an ongoing focus for the HR benefits and communication teams.

Fifty-three recipients were honored for best practices in education and communication at the annual Eddy Awards sponsored by Pensions & Investments. The awards were presented at P&I's East Coast Defined Contribution Conference in Miami on Monday, March 20. Human Resources staff members Linda Hack, director of benefits, Donna Bequette, benefits manager, Amanda Pope, communications program manager, and Legail Chandler, vice chancellor for human resources, developed the communication guide in collaboration with TIAA. The award is based on design, content and effectiveness. 

In the photo, from left: Bequette and Hack at the 2017 Eddy Awards ceremony during the P&I conference.


Washington University receives Corporate Partner Award from National Black MBA Association 

Washington University receives 2016 St. Louis Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Corporate Partner Award for its collaboration and sponsorship of NBMBAA programming and events. Washington University is a corporate sponsor and supporter of the St. Louis Chapter of the NBMBAA. Lathon Ferguson, diversity and community outreach manager, accepted the award on behalf of the university.

Save the Date, WashU Employee Night at the Ballpark, Sept. 27 vs. Chicago Cubs
Washington University Employee Night at the Ballpark will be Wednesday, September 27 vs. the Chicago Cubs. Join your colleagues and bring your family and friends for a night at Busch Stadium.

Discounted tickets for employees go on sale in Summer 2017. Look for upcoming communications with more information.


Your professional growth
Washington University offers support, training and resources to help you with your personal and professional growth throughout your career.

Attend a skill building workshop focused on developing practical skills and knowledge. Enroll in a course. 

Featured course (for managers): Effective Performance Conversations 


Diversity and Inclusion, working together to build an inclusive university community

Attend an open session diversity and inclusion training
Employees can participate in four levels of diversity and inclusion training, including awareness, understanding, commitment and action. Register for a diversity and inclusion training session. View the School of Medicine schedule. Learn more about scheduling a training for your department.


Your path to wellness

WashU Moves Spring 2017 Challenge is Underway, Register until May 3
Learn more about WashU Moves and register today!

Upcoming Siteman Cancer Center Mammogram Van screening 
May 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at North Campus. Learn more.

New dates! Mind-Body Stress Reduction Program – Move into Mindfulness
Sessions start in June on the School of Medicine and Danforth campuses. Register for your spot now!
Yay! points - Learn how to earn rewards for wellness activities. 


Work-Life Solutions webinar, May 5

Understanding Depression
Friday, May 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sign up for webinar. 

Washington University provides a Work/Life Services and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all benefits eligible employees and their dependents. 
Learn more about Washington University Work-Life Solutions. 


Advancing your financial future 
Learning how to manage your debt is critical to your overall financial health. Find tips and resources to help you ogranize and manage your monthly expenses into a budget that works for you. Learn how to make a budget through TIAA.

Go to tiaa.org/wustl to learn more about retirement savings. 


Today is the last day to apply for a Danforth parking permit. Learn more.


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One Brookings Drive,
Campus Box 1184
St. Louis, MO 63130


School of Medicine
Human Resources Office

Mid Campus Center, Suite 1600
4590 Children's Place
Campus Box 8002
St. Louis, MO 63110


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