Hello JMU Faculty and Staff,
Welcome to another exciting year at James Madison University! The university is growing by leaps and bounds as we welcome a new class of first-year students to campus. Each of us plays an important role in ensuring that our students are able to learn and thrive in a supportive and inclusive educational environment.
As I begin my seventh year at JMU I am impressed daily by you, the employees of JMU, who make this a truly special place. Every year the campus looks a little different and this year there are again new buildings being constructed, but the people are what truly make JMU home for so many. I appreciate your hard work and dedication as we begin the 2018-19 academic year, and I wish you all the best. Thank you for all you do for JMU and for our students.
With gratitude and warm regards,
Are you looking to save money and want to support the local economy? If so, the 2018 Member2Member (M2M) discount card is perfect for you. The M2M Discount Program through the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce offers more than 100 member discounts at local shops, restaurants, attractions, business services, and more! See a participating members list at http://chamber.hrchamber.org/membertomember. Stop by Human Resources or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your MSC to receive your M2M Card.
Connections Day for New Hires
The next Connections Day will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, E-Dining Hall. New JMU employees hired between July 2018 and October 2018 are invited to attend the event. We ask your assistance in encouraging your new employees to attend this event designed specifically for them. Please share this information with those in your department who are involved with recruitment and selection of new employees.
Pre-registration is required to attend. Additional details and the links for employees to register can be found at www.jmu.edu/humanresources/connections. Questions? Contact Jennifer Dodson, Onboard Specialist, email@example.com, 540-568-4473.
Handshake replaces Recruit-A-Duke
Career & Academic Planning (CAP) is proud to announce that this summer, Handshake replaced Recruit-A-Duke as JMU students’ comprehensive career management platform!
What is Handshake?
Handshake gives JMU students access to:
• internships and job opportunities
• career fairs, CAP workshops, and other events
• employer events and information sessions, and
• appointments with career and academic advisors in CAP
Who can use it?
• Students from any JMU program of study can find plenty of opportunities, with over 250,000 unique employers from every industry and region.
• Alumni have access to all of Handshake for 1 year, and many features for a lifetime.
• Faculty can contact their CAP liaison for information about using Handshake in the classroom.
• Employers can visit our Post Jobs and Internships page for information on advertising positions
Handshake currently serves 500+ other universities with a user-friendly system that offers jobs and internships tailored to each student’s unique needs and interests, as well as access to Career & Academic Planning events, workshops, and individual appointments.
The Handshake mission is to level the playing field of opportunities for students, regardless of their school, location, or people they know.
We recommend faculty reach out to their CAP Career Liaison for questions about Handshake, including gaining access to generic student accounts that your college can use to see the student view in Handshake.
Visit the Handshake page for more information.
JMU Talent Development
• NEW! Community: Where Do U Fit? (TD2402)
• Pre-Retirement Planning II (TD1604)
• Be Your Customer’s Hero (TD2179)
• Customer Service When the Customer ISN’T Right (TD1065)
• Carpe Diem for Career Growth (TD1678)
• LGBTQ 101: Understanding Gender and Sexual Diversity (TD2056)
• Game of 25 Things a Presenter Needs to Know (TD2243)
• NEW! I’m a Search Committee Member - Now What? (TD2338)
• Estate Planning (TD1924)
• 12 Tips to Retool Your Time Management (TD2236)
• Retirement 101: Understanding Your VRS Retirement (TD1212)
• Student Employment Essentials (TD1465)
• Time Challenged (TD1608)
• Grant Proposal: Building a Budget (TD2355)
• Little Red Corvette (TD2288) - For VRS Plan 1 and 2 Members Only
• Little Red Corvette 2.0 (TD2289) - For VRS Hybrid Members Only
• How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Event (TD2100)
• Using Emotional Intelligence to Manage Workplace Disappointment (TD2189)
• Infusing Fun Into the Workday (TD2176)
• NEW! The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead in the New World of Work (TD2254) - Wishful Reading Workshop
Visit Talent Development’s webpage for a listing of all they have to offer!
Election Day Work Routine
Election Day for the next general election is Tuesday, November 6. The polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Voters are required to show a photo ID at the polls. As employees exercise their right to vote, there are a few rules to keep in mind:
Election Day Attendance
Election Day can present staffing challenges resulting from employees wanting to arrive late or to leave early. It’s important to ensure that employees have a reasonable opportunity to vote, to maintain sufficient staffing coverage throughout the day, and to employ an approach that is equitably applied to all staff.
• Encourage employees to vote before work, after work, or during their lunch breaks, and to coordinate their schedules with supervisors and co-workers.
• Advise employees that late arrivals and requests for early departures or extended lunch breaks will require the use of personal leave. Annual, family/personal, overtime, or compensatory leave may be used for this purpose. Community Service Leave cannot to be used to vote.
• Consider adjusting the schedules of non-exempt employees as an alternative to using leave.
Election Day Volunteers
Employees are encouraged to volunteer to be Officers of Election. Those who serve as Officers of Election shall be allowed to use up to 8 hours of Civil and Work-Related Leave on Election Day. As with all leave, supervisory approval is required.
Employees who serve as Officers of Election shall be allowed to use Civil and Work-Related Leave to attend the required Officer of Election certification training only when the employee's locality does not offer the training during non-work hours. Training schedules are available from local registrars and are typically posted on the localities’ websites. Contact Meghan Schaeffer, Leave Specialist, if you plan to serve in this capacity.
If an employee uses Civil and Work-Related Leave to work as an Officer of Election and receives payment for duties and/or training, (s)he must submit the payment to the Commonwealth. Contact Payroll Services to arrange the return of payment.
• If the employee wishes to retain the payment, (s)he must use annual, family/personal, personal day, overtime, or compensatory leave.
• Employees who are reimbursed for expenses only (travel, parking, etc.) are permitted to keep such payments.
• Neither Civil and Work-Related Leave nor Community Service Leave may be used by employees who wish to volunteer on Election Day in another capacity (e.g., poll workers not certified as Officers of Election, political workers, etc.) These activities are considered political activities, not community services as defined in the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) Policy 4.05-Civil and Work-Related Leave.
Virginia Department of Elections: http://elections.virginia.gov/