Mark Your Calendar—Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 30

Open Enrollment, the annual period when University faculty, staff and other eligible individuals make their benefit choices for the coming year, begins Monday, Oct. 30, and continues through Friday, Nov. 10, through MySlice. This is the only time of year when you may elect or change your coverage for many benefits, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

The Attitude of Gratitude Challenge for Faculty and Staff

Did you know that gratitude makes your life more meaningful and joyful? Well, it does!

Through a practice of gratitude we can transform our lives, our minds and our bodies. Practicing gratitude can help soothe stress and give you a more positive outlook. This challenge will help to enhance your overall wellness and remind you of all there is to be grateful for.

Faculty and staff are invited to take the Attitude of Gratitude Challenge. It is a three-week, self-paced challenge designed to help you learn simple ways to add gratitude and feelings of thankfulness into your daily life.

Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win one of five gratitude gift baskets. Participants who complete the challenge will have a bonus opportunity to receive a gratitude gift from us to you!

Learn more and register

Questions? Email or call 315.443.5472

Brought to you by the Syracuse University Wellness Initiative

Skills-Focused Professional Development Opportunities Available

Continuous learning is a hallmark of higher education. The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer two upcoming professional development opportunities that will help build a skills portfolio vital to career advancement and personal growth.

Dependent Tuition Presentation Is Oct. 19

Benefits-eligible employees with children approaching college age can learn more about Syracuse University’s dependent tuition benefit at a presentation Thursday, Oct. 19, at noon in 304 Schine Student Center.

The presentation will provide an overview of the University’s three dependent tuition programs: SU Tuition Waiver, Cash Grant and Tuition Exchange. The brief presentation will be followed by time for questions and answers.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for each event. If you have requests for accessibility and accommodations, please contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office at 315.443.4018.

There is no need to register, but those attending are encouraged to review the Dependent Tuition Benefits online. Employees also may want to review the University’s Dependent Tuition Benefit Policy. The deadline to apply for the dependent tuition benefit is Nov. 15, 2017.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 or

Get a Flu Shot Wednesday and Help Health Services Stay Prepared

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On Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Flanagan Gym, a flu clinic will be set up to administer flu vaccinations. This is free for all SU students, staff, faculty and temporary employees with SU ID.  No appointments are necessary.

Open Enrollment and 2018 Benefits Plan Design Information Now Available

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Open Enrollment, the annual period when University faculty, staff and other eligible individuals make their benefit choices for the coming year, begins Monday, Oct. 30, and continues through Friday, Nov. 10. This is the only time of year when participants may elect or change coverage for many benefits, unless they experience a qualifying life event.

As previously announced, 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 was selected as part of a comprehensive benefits review process to ensure employees and retirees have access to an excellent set of options from the highest quality plans.

In an Oct. 2 email to the campus community, Andrew R. Gordon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, shared information and updates about the Syracuse University benefits package for 2018. Some important highlights include the following:

  • There will be no increase in employee per-paycheck contributions for any University benefit plans for 2018.
  • Members enrolled in SUBlue and SUOrange will not be required to obtain referrals to see in-network providers.
  • Copays for certain medical services will increase by $10. This is the first such increase in four years. An annual in-network deductible will be applied to SUBlue and SUOrange.
  • All copays and deductibles are listed on the University’s Open Enrollment website, including detailed information provided in our frequently asked questions resource guide.
  • There will be no changes to existing deductibles or coinsurance for SUPro. SUPro has no referral requirement.
  • OptumRx will continue to provide prescription drug coverage.
  • The University’s dental and vision plans will have no copayment, coinsurance or contribution increases. In these plans, 2018 is the second year of a two-year commitment, so the only change participants can make is to enroll or remove dependents from the plan, unless they experience a qualifying life event.

Employee contributions for dependent life, supplemental life and AD&D, and voluntary long-term disability insurance will have no rate increases or plan changes. Free will preparation services are included when employees enroll in supplemental life insurance.

Information sessions and office hours are available during Open Enrollment and can be found here. In addition, on-campus office hours will be held twice per week this fall and into 2018 by an experienced representative from Excellus to assist members with any personal transition questions. All of the relevant information will be posted online at as it becomes available.

Employees who have any immediate questions about Syracuse University benefits can contact the HR Service Center by phone at 315.443.4042 or by email at

Options for Faculty, Staff Vaccination Coverage Expanded; Campus Flu Vaccine Clinic Dates Announced

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Annual vaccination is an important step people can take to protect themselves and others from the flu. The Office of Human Resources has announced that University health plan participants may now get flu shots and other covered vaccines at more than 68,000 pharmacies with $0 copay. In addition, several convenient and free on-campus flu clinics for 2017 have been announced.

University health plan participants can now utilize their OptumRx member ID card and receive a flu vaccination and other covered vaccines through OptumRx’s pharmacy network with $0 copay. For vaccines not provided through a pharmacy, members may continue to obtain covered vaccines through their doctor’s office using their POMCO member ID card through Dec. 31.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, when Excellus BlueCross BlueShield becomes the Syracuse University health care provider, University health plan participants may use either their OptumRx or their Excellus BlueCross BlueShield member ID card when receiving covered vaccines at a participating pharmacy with $0 copay. For vaccines not provided through a pharmacy, members may obtain covered vaccines through their doctor’s office using their Excellus BlueCross BlueShield ID card.

With the expansion of participating pharmacies, including most national chain pharmacies and independent local pharmacies, health plan participants can identify a participating pharmacy online by logging into or by using the mobile app.

Campus Flu Clinics

In addition, Syracuse University Health Services and the Office of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Onondaga County Health Department, will continue their partnership and offer free flu vaccines to the Syracuse University community. This year, Health Services will be immunizing with the broader quadrivalent flu vaccine to protect against four strains of influenza viruses.

There are several upcoming opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get the flu vaccine on campus. Plan to stop by to get your vaccine to maximize your protection throughout the flu season.

For faculty and staff:

  • Thursday, Sept. 14, at a Benefits Fair, 11 a.m.-2. p.m., Flanagan Gymnasium (Graduate assistants and retirees are welcome to attend the fair and receive a free flu vaccine.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Flanagan Gymnasium
  • Monday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Skytop Office Building, large conference room (second floor)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Miron Special Events Room, 303 Newhouse 1

For undergraduate and graduate students with an active SU ID:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Flanagan Gymnasium
  • Students will receive email notification about additional clinics that will be set up at Health Services, as well as various residence halls around campus.
  • Flu vaccinations are also available to students at the pharmacy at Health Services on a walk-in basis.

Individuals must present an SU ID at the clinic to receive the vaccine. Temporary employees may show an alternate picture ID. No appointments are necessary.

For general questions about the flu vaccine or if you are a student with questions, please call SU Health Services at 315.443.9005. Faculty and staff may contact the University Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or or the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 or with any questions.

Benefits Fair Sept. 14 Spotlights University Benefits and Healthy Living Information Sept. 14

As part of the total rewards for working at Syracuse University, the Office of Human Resources will offer a Benefits Fair featuring a variety of resources for being healthier at work and at home, The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Flanagan Gymnasium. It will also include free flu shots with an SU ID and is open to Syracuse University faculty, staff, graduate assistants and retirees.

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.

Supervisor Resource Sessions and Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Orientations Sept. 7 and Oct. 17

As part of the University’s ongoing effort to offer professional development opportunities, Carebridge will be on campus Thursday, Sept. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 17 to promote awareness about the benefits of the Syracuse University Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

Carebridge Senior Vice President Mary Dougherty-Hunt will welcome faculty and staff at the Hall of Languages, Room 500 on September 7 for a variety of services and support that includes:

  • Supervisor Resource Sessions, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    • This session will ensure supervisors are fully aware of the supervisor resources and tools available through Carebridge as well as how to effectively communicate this benefit to their staff. Registration required.
  • General Orientation of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, 11-11:45 a.m. (no registration required)
    • This presentation will provide an overview of the confidential resources and services provided through Carebridge that support the emotional well-being, work-life balance, and personal resilience of eligible members of the campus community. No registration required
  • Meet and Greet, 12:15-1 p.m. (no registration required)
    • Stop by for a casual conversation; bring your questions about the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program or to pick up educational materials at the promotional table.

Benefits-eligible members of the Syracuse University community are invited to attend one or more of these upcoming sessions to learn more about the integrated, accessible, confidential support services available through Carebridge.

The full suite of Carebridge’s comprehensive services including a broad network of independent, licensed counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, online and telephonic support in a variety of work-life areas, as well as online resources at; (the University’s access code is: WY6CE)  are available to all those eligible to participate in the University’s medical plan, including benefits-eligible faculty and staff, graduate assistants and retirees, as well as their dependents.

For your convenience, Carebridge will offer a similar day of programming including Supervisor Resource Sessions, General Orientations and an opportunity for Meet and Greet on Oct. 17.  For complete details visit