Hawk Hill This Week is an online newsletter for the faculty and professional staff of Saint Joseph's University. This weekly email digest is delivered to you each Monday morning. It includes news about your peers and new hires, key deadline reminders, policy updates, tips on community resources and more.

In the spirit of community, all faculty and staff are encouraged to share their news and notes through this newsletter by emailing us at sjunews@sju.edu

Week of January 21, 2019

SJU employees with dependents enrolled in college that are currently receiving a Tuition Exchange (TE) or FACHEX Scholarship at another institution must complete a TE/FACHEX renewal application for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. The renewal application must be completed if their student is seeking to receive the TE/FACHEX Scholarship again next year. The deadline to submit renewals is Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

To find the renewal form, go to the “Employee” tab of the Nest, and under the “Employee Resources” box, click “Employee Tuition Benefits & Resources,” then “Employee Records Account.” Log in if prompted, then click “Tuition Benefit for Family-Exchange & FACHEX form.”

Details of all tuition benefits are referenced in the employee handbook.

Faculty with questions about the process and first-time faculty leaders are encouraged to contact Daniel Krautheim, human resource specialist.

The John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons and Francis A. Drexel Library is pleased to announce the availability of an all-gender restroom. Anyone can utilize this restroom regardless of gender identity or expression. The new restroom is located on the first floor of the Drexel Library building. Single-gender restrooms are still located throughout the Drexel Library and the Post Learning Commons. The Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library strives to create an environment that is respectful, safe and conducive to study.

For more information or questions, please contact Anne Krakow, library director.

If you prefer to see a daily digest of University events, you may subscribe to the University Events Calendar. As before, members of our community are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible when submitting calendar requests.

Saint Joseph’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Athletics invites all faculty, staff and administrators to attend our 5th Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Game Night on Tuesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Michael J.Hagan ’85 Arena.

This year we will cheer on SJU’s Men’s Basketball vs. Saint Bonaventure. Jeannine Shantz, manager, academic computer services, is coordinating a staff and faculty chorus to sing the national anthem at the game. Staff and faculty interested in participating in the chorus are encouraged to email her.

Two complimentary tickets are offered to each employee on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a ticket, please click here. The deadline to reserve a ticket is Monday, February 4. Tickets will be sent out via intercampus mail on Thursday, February 7, unless you specify on your registration form that you will pick them up in the Office of Human Resources.

Special thanks to Kuranda Mortgage for sponsoring this event. We hope you’ll be able to join us to enjoy time with your colleagues and support our student athletes!

The Center for International Programs (CIP) is now accepting Fall/Year 2019 study abroad applications. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 15 for the Marquette South Africa Service Learning Program and Friday, March 1 for all other semester abroad programs.

All study abroad applicants are required to obtain two (at minimum) faculty recommendations and are encouraged to request recommendations via the online application. An automated email (from cip@sju.edu) will be sent to faculty that have been asked to submit a recommendation for a study abroad applicant. The email will include instructions.

Please note that a limited number of completed applications will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis and students are being encouraged to work on their applications in a timely manner.

Faculty or students with questions about the process or issues with the online recommendation application are encouraged to email studyabroad@sju.edu.

Week of January 14, 2019

The SJU community will celebrate the lives and careers of Charles Currie S.J. and Matthew Quinn, Ph.D. Former Executive Academic Vice President (1984-1989) on Tuesday January 22 at 12:20 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Joseph – Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial.

Fr. Currie (obituary), who served as Rector of the Jesuit Community from 1991-1997 and on the College of Arts and Sciences advisory board for the last decade, passed away on January 4 and was buried in Washington, D.C. on January 12. Fr. Currie also served as the president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities from 1997-2011.

Quinn (obituary), who served as executive academic vice president from 1984-1989, passed away on January 5. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive Ellicott City, Maryland. A fitting tribute to Quinn's work can be seen on the website of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation , of which Quinn was founding executive director.

The Center for International Programs is now accepting faculty proposals for 2020 study tours and summer program courses. The deadline to submit a faculty proposal is Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 126 students (78 undergraduate & 48 graduate) traveled abroad through study tours and summer programs. Faculty contributions and leadership make these vital, global experiences possible for SJU students.

Summer, Spring, Fall 2020 Study Tour Proposal Application

SJU 2020 Summer Program (Greece, Rome, China, South Africa) Proposal Application

Faculty will be notified of decisions by early May, pending department chair, dean and Provost’s Council review.

Faculty with questions about the process and first-time faculty leaders are encouraged to contact Sara Haines in the Center for International Programs.

Each year, the IRS releases a standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating a vehicle for business, medical, moving or charitable purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for vehicle use will be:

  • 58 cents for every mile of business travel driven, (increased 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018)
  • 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 2 cents from the rate for 2018
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

The University's Business Expense Reimbursement Form has been updated to reflect these changes and is available on the Nest under Document Repository for Financial Affairs (Forms).