HR Update JULY 2019

Enjoy a Picnic and Outdoor Games with President Alger Next Week

This event is part of our “OnTheSquareVA – Anywhere” series. OnTheSquareVA is a CommonWealth-wide initiative encouraging state employees to get out and engage with their coworkers.

D-Hall will be open with several lunch options for purchase, or feel free to bring your packed lunch. Weather permitting; we will be eating outside on the lower level outdoor seating at D-Hall. If your schedule allows, stick around for some outdoor games like corn hole, ladder golf and can jam (courtesy of UREC).

Performance Evaluations and Training

It is time to begin the process for non-probationary classified and A&P faculty performance evaluations.


Non-probationary classified employees: October 25 to October 24

A&P faculty: July 1 to June 30

Performance evaluations may be submitted to Human Resources as early as July 1 but are due no later than the last workday in September

Interested in learning more about annual performance evaluations for classified employees and/or the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP)?

HR Consulting Services will provide the following training opportunities:

Performance Management Information Session TD1181

August 26 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Individual Professional Development Plan Workshop TD1152

August 15 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Contact your HR Consultant with questions you may have regarding performance management and JMU’s evaluation process or visit the HR website for more information.

Introducing Ellen Friedman, HR Consultant

Ellen Friedman joins HR’s Consulting Services team with over 10 years of Human Resources experience in both the public and private sector. Most recently, she served as a Human Resources Specialist with the City of Springfield, Missouri. In the Specialist role, she was responsible for a variety of Human Resource functions including employee relations, labor relations, compensation, classification, FMLA and recruitment initiatives. Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Augustana College. Ellen also holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification since 2006.

Paycheck Modeler

Payroll Services

The Paycheck Modeler is now available in MyMadison. Employees may now use this tool to make changes in their earnings, deductions and/or taxes to get an estimate on how those changes will impact their paycheck. The Paycheck Modeler will be unavailable each year from June 21 through July 11 for fiscal year end maintenance. More information on this new tool is found on the Paycheck Modeler webpage.

Scam Emails to JMU Faculty and Staff

Information Technology

We continue to see numerous scam emails sent to JMU faculty and staff accounts. The scammers leverage the university’s management structure, most likely found on the JMU web site, to target direct reports or peers to increase the success of the scam. The email messages generally start with “Are you available” or “Quick Request”. Using these phrases, the scammer tries to create a sense of urgency.

Please do not reply to the scammer via email or text message. However, if you were to respond, the scammer will eventually ask you to buy gift cards – and that is the scam.

The sender’s “From” email address is not reliable and can easily be spoofed. Any time you feel an email is questionable, and it appears to be from someone you know, consider calling the sender directly to verify the message is legitimate.

If you are unsure an email is legitimate, please contact IT Security at abuse@jmu.edu.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk at 568-3555 or helpdesk@jmu.edu.

Upgrade Your Windows 7 Computer to Windows 10 before August 1

Information Technology

As communicated in the May HR Newsletter, JMU Information Technology (IT) will end support for Windows 7 on August 1, 2019. All JMU-owned Windows computers need to be on Windows 10 prior to this date.

• Option 1 – Purchase a replacement computer now

• Option 2 - Inform IT that you wish to have the current computer upgraded to Windows 10, and we will schedule the work to be done. Please submit your request ASAP for scheduling (can be done now for a future date) by filling out the computer setup request form: https://remedy.jmu.edu/DTSServiceRequest.asp

• Option 3 – Utilize a self-service upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 via ‘Software Center’. This is an in-place upgrade, however IT strongly recommends you backup any data stored on your computer prior to performing the upgrade.

Remaining Windows 7 computers will automatically be upgraded to Windows 10 beginning August 5th, 2019. This will be the same installation currently available in ‘Software Center’, but without your choice of when it will occur.

If you have questions, please contact the JMU IT Help Desk at 568-3555 or email helpdesk@jmu.edu

We Will Come to Your Table

Benefits can be a daunting subject matter; therefore, the Benefits Team would like to extend an offer for a subject-matter expert to speak on a specific area of interest at your departmental meeting, informational session, etc. If you are interested in having a member of the Benefits Team address a specific topic during one of your scheduled meetings, please see the Benefits page to schedule.

Benefits Broadcast

Our goal with the Benefits Broadcast is to feature a specific benefit each month. This month’s featured benefit is…

Premium Rewards

Are you interested in getting more in your paycheck and paying less for health insurance? If you answered yes to this question, then save money every month with a Premium Reward, while helping you on the road to better health! Premium Rewards are available to all employees and their covered spouses who are enrolled in the COVA Care or COVA HealthAware Plan. Premium Rewards offer a $17/month reduction in your health insurance premium for you and/or your enrolled spouse. If both of you participate in Premium Rewards, you then receive a $34/month reduction. Annually the Department of Human Resource Management provides the requirements to receive Premium Rewards. For the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 plan year, the requirement is to complete an online Health Assessment. Once the health assessment is complete, you and/or your enrolled spouse will begin receiving the Premium Reward in 6-8 weeks. To complete your online health assessment, please follow these steps:

For COVA Care participants:

  • Log into Anthem to create a log-in account for you and/or your enrolled spouse

For COVA HealthAware participants

  • Log into Aetna to create a log-in account for you and/or your enrolled spouse

Your ID number is the Member ID, which can be found on your insurance card, not your JACard number.

If you have any questions on the necessary steps to begin saving money while getting healthy, please contact benefits@jmu.edu or 540-568-3593

Need to Talk with an Expert?

Did you know that every month, company representatives for your benefits are here on campus in the Wine-Price Building? Below is a list of upcoming dates where you could talk with an expert:

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Member2Member Cards

The Benefits Office has just received the 2019 Member2Member (M2M) discount cards. The M2M Discount Program offers more than 100 member discounts at local shops, restaurants, attractions, business services, and more. If you are interested in receiving the 2019 M2M card, please stop by Human Resources.

Social Security Information at your Fingertips

Check out articles in the July 2019 issue of the Social Security Column for important reminders and information from the Social Security Administration.

JMU Talent Development


  • Advancing Your Workplace Etiquette (TD2151)
  • Student Employment Essentials (TD1463)
  • Make Your Own: Custom Grocery Tote (TD2353)
  • Workplace Substance Abuse Management for Supervisors (TD1398)
  • Team Excellence #6: Restore Unity (TD2344)
  • Individual Professional Development Plan Workshop (TD1152)
  • Performance Management Information Session (TD1181)

Visit Talent Development’s webpage for a listing of all they have to offer!

Risk Management

July’s Safety Tip - Ending Distracted Driving is Everyone's Responsibility

Couch to 5K Training Program

Balanced Dukes will partner with JMU’s running affinity group for a faculty/staff Couch to 5K training program designed to prepare you to finish a 5K.

The program lasts for nine weeks. It starts the week of July 15 and will conclude on September 14, the day of our second Annual Faculty/Staff 5K. (Details about the 5K will be sent out soon!)


• Commit to completing the Couch to 5K training program by registering here:

o Once registered, you will be added to an email list to receive weekly emails with running tips, stretching ideas, nutrition suggestions and a reminder of the week’s running assignment.

• You will need to designate three days per week for this program (roughly 30-45 minutes per session).

• We will not have organized group runs this year; however, we encourage you to form a running group with your colleagues.

o Running with friends keeps it fun and holds you accountable to the program.

Please reach out to Tara Roe, roetb@jmu.edu, if you have any questions about the Couch to 5K program or the Faculty/Staff 5K.

Changes to WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers)

The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) launched a new subsidy program for WW (formerly known as Weight Watcher’s) on July 1. With this new program, there is no need to submit reimbursements! WW members will simply pay the new discounted rate.

For more information on the WW program, click button:

Sign up at wellness.weightwatchers.com and enter the Employer ID: 63569 (be sure to have your state employee ID available)

Reimbursements for June 30 or prior must be submitted by July 31, 2019.

Reach out to Tara Roe, Work Life & Engagement Specialist, with questions: roetb@jmu.edu

JMU Faculty and Staff Picnic

Tuesday, August 6th

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The JMU Faculty and Staff Picnic is held annually in recognition of the hard work and dedication employees bring to the university every day.

Please plan to join us for good food, great socializing at our picnic for faculty, staff and their families to greet the new academic year.

Please visit the Faculty and Staff Picnic website (http://www.jmu.edu/fspicnic) for up- to- date information.

Please RSVP by July 26, 2019

UREC Summer Hours

Saturday, July 20, University Recreation began adjusted summer hours.

UREC’s hours:

  • Mon-Thu: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Fri: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sat-Sun: CLOSED

University Park will close Friday, July 19 and reopen on Friday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. Remember all Summer Hours are family hours! Please visit jmu.edu/urec for our detailed hours.

2019 JMU Wellness Fair is Tuesday, October 1 at UREC

Human Resources is dedicated to customer service, a positive approach to change and the pursuit of excellence that promotes university and individual success.


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