Open Enrollment Has Ended – Don’t Forget Important Application Deadlines

Child Care Subsidy

The child care subsidy—$1,000 per child younger than age 6, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year—is available to eligible faculty and staff with gross household incomes of $100,000 or less. Applications are due to Human Resources by Friday, Dec. 8.

Reduced Medical Contributions

Depending on an employee’s household size and income, reduced medical contributions are available through Schedule B. Learn more online and apply by Friday, Dec. 8.

Supplemental Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability

If you chose to enroll or increase your supplemental life insurance, please remember to complete your statement of health. If you chose to enroll in long-term disability insurance, please remember to complete your medical history statement.


Please visit the benefits website or contact the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 or

Employee Appreciation Day is Sept. 16 at the Dome

Syracuse University celebrates Employee Appreciation Day with $5 football tickets at the Dome on Saturday, Sept. 16 when the Orange takes on Central Michigan at 3:30 p.m. Employees and their guests are invited to the Shaw Quadrangle prior to the game to enjoy the Pride of the Orange Marching Band performance and food and beverage concessions.

The first 500 faculty and staff with an SU ID to visit the pre-game Human Resources tent  on the Shaw Quadrangle will receive a game day gift and a $5 concession coupon.

Prior to the game, a drawing will be held to invite employees to enjoy the game with game day guests in a private suite at the Dome. Another drawing will be held to invite up to 20 employees and their guests to the turf at Legends Field before the game.

In addition to welcoming alumni back to campus for Coming Back Together weekend, the game day theme is ‘Medical Appreciation Day,’ which will include a celebration of all medical professionals throughout the day.


The Syracuse University employee ticket price is $5 and employees are invited to purchase up to 10 tickets at that price with an SU ID. Employees may purchase tickets online through a MyCuse Account, in-person at the Dome Box Office, or over the phone by calling 315.443.2121 (press 2). Tickets can be purchased until the day of the event. The first 1,000 tickets purchased will be on the lower level of the Dome.


A University parking permit will be honored for free game day parking at the Skytop parking lot. One complimentary Skytop parking pass for faculty and staff (for those without a University permit) will be available Sept. 13-15 at the Office of Human Resources with proof of an Employee Appreciation game ticket and SU ID.

Share Your Orange Spirit

Employees can share game day photos on social media for a chance to appear on the Dome videoboard using #CuseGameDay. For questions about Employee Appreciation Day, please call the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 or email For questions about football tickets, please call the Dome Box Office at 315.443.2121.

Student Employment Services Relocates Aug. 25 – Sept. 1

Student Employment Services will be temporarily located at the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center Friday, Aug. 25, to Friday, Sept. 1, on the second floor to assist students, faculty and staff with I-9 processing, employment and benefits questions. The 210 Steele Hall location for employment services will be closed during that time.

“This temporary move will allow HR to provide increased access and support to members of our community as they navigate the first few weeks on campus to secure their employment and help with other questions,” says Camille Donabella, senior advisor for the Office of Human Resources.

Dates                                 Hours                                                  Location

Aug. 25                              8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                   Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

Aug. 26                              10 a.m. – 3 p.m.                      Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

Aug. 27                              10 a.m. – 1 p.m.                      Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

Aug. 28                              8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                   Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

Aug. 29                              8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                   Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

Aug. 30                              8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                   Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

Aug. 31                              8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                   Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

Sept. 1                               8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                   Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 8:30 a.m. operations will resume at 210 Steele Hall. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Service Center at or call 315.443.4042.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Selected as New Administrator for Syracuse University Medical Plans

Earlier this year, Syracuse University conducted an annual review of health care benefits to ensure high-quality coverage, excellent customer service and competitive rates. As part of this exercise to foster institution-wide excellence, the Office of Human Resources began reviewing and assessing the University’s current medical plans and exploring new coverage opportunities to ensure employees and retirees have access to the highest quality plans. After receiving extensive feedback from health care experts, along with the University’s Benefits Advisory Council, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has been selected to administer the medical plans for Syracuse University, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

As an Upstate New York-based provider with offices in DeWitt, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield was selected because of its many strengths and capabilities, including:

  • Dedicated, local customer service team that will deliver superior member support;
  • Comprehensive health management programs that ensure exceptional patient care;
  • Largest nationwide provider network, with the following highlights:
    •  96 percent of hospitals and 92 percent of physicians contract with BlueCross BlueShield organizations nationwide
    • An international network that provides members with access to doctors and hospitals in 200 countries
  • 24/7 Nurse Line provides employees with free access to trained medical professionals around the clock; and
  • Comprehensive online and mobile resources.

“The selection of Excellus as the administrator of our plans is the result of a very collaborative approach involving dedicated employees who are committed to a competitive benefits package,” says Andrew R. Gordon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “The decision was based on many factors, including Excellus’ exceptional provider coverage, dedication to customer service, overall value to our employees and its local roots.”

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is committed to providing Syracuse University the highest level of customer service. To further this commitment, a seasoned and knowledgeable representative from Excellus will hold office hours on campus twice a week to assist members with any medical plan inquiries. These office hours will commence Oct. 30 – Nov. 10 during Open Enrollment, and will continue into 2018 to ensure that members are receiving the highest level of service and to ensure a seamless transition.

“The Benefits Advisory Committee explored medical coverage opportunities to make sure the University can continue to offer affordable and high quality health plans. The committee was broadly representative of the University Community and engaged in spirited discussion to understand options and make solid recommendations about the University’s medical benefits, which are so important to our employees,” says Maxwell School Professor of Practice Thomas Dennison. “Excellus’s proposal included a powerful provider network and demonstrated a clear commitment to customer service. I’m confident that this was a well-considered and good decision.”

Please see the frequently asked questions (PDF) for answers to common questions. In addition, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, as well as many other University benefits providers will be on site at the Benefits Fair on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m.-2p.m. in Flanagan Gymnasium. Employees and retirees are encouraged to attend to discover the many resources available to them as part of their comprehensive benefits package.

“We’re thrilled that Syracuse University has selected Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as its health insurance provider,” says Jim Reed, Excellus regional president, Central New York. “As a local employer, we are looking forward to partnering with the University to provide their employees and families access to high-quality, affordable health care.”

Additional transition information will be available through Open Enrollment communications that will be forthcoming during the fall semester.

Should you have any questions on this change, or any of the other University benefits, contact the HR Service Center during normal business hours at 315.443.4042 or via email at