March 2018 Newsletter

Human Resources is on Facebook!

We are excited to announce the new Human Resources Facebook page! Be sure to go to our page and follow us @RadfordUHR so you can see upcoming HR events in your news feed.

Probationary Plan and Review Program

The Probationary Plan and Review Program is now live.  For those supervisors who were unable to do a performance plan for their probationary employees, it can now be accessed and completed in PeopleAdmin SelectSuite. The performance plan is completed exactly as the classified performance plans were completed earlier in the year.  Any actions that need to be completed will appear as actions in your employee portal. The form for the probationary reviews contain the same content except in an electronic form and will follow the electronic approval/acknowledgement route. If you have any questions, please call or email Theresa Slaughter or Jenene Lewis.

HR Training Sessions

Electronic Personnel Action Form (EPAF) training is an overview of the EPAF online system. EPAFs are used to submit personnel actions electronically in Banner. Many of the transactions previously submitted to Human Resources via PR40 (Personnel Action) and PR4 (Separation/Transfer Notice) forms can be electronically submitted, routed through an approval chain, and applied in Banner. EPAFs are another step in achieving a paperless personnel action process. Registration is required. Please contact Nishy Mathew at to register. A session will be held in the HR Conference Room on the following date:

  • Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

PeopleAdmin SelectSuite training is recommended for all employees who work in the SelectSuite system. The PeopleAdmin SelectSuite system is designed to allow users to track the applicant and recruitment process. The Applicant Tracking module streamlines the recruitment process with transparent communication and consistent hiring processes. The Position Management module allows users to modify and manage position descriptions. The training sessions will be hands on and in a computer lab. The locations of each class may vary. Please see the HR Training website for specific locations of each class. You MUST pre-register for the class. They will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To register for training, please visit the Virginia Learning Center (VLC).

Retiring This Summer?

Summer is just around the corner and this time of the year employee’s thoughts often turn to retirement. If you fit that mind-set and haven’t already scheduled a session with the Benefits Team, please contact Larry Ashby at 540-831-5583 or Pam Smallwood at 540-831-6110, to schedule a meeting. Retirement dates are always the 1st day of the month. Employees planning to retire need to contact HR within 90 days of your anticipated retirement date to ensure timeliness of your first retirement check. Also, make plans to come to a Retirement Planning Session.

Retirement Planning & Information sessions are for employees who are nearing retirement or those just wanting to learn more about the process. Each session covers topics ranging from the Virginia Retirement System and the Optional Retirement Plans, life insurance, retiree health insurance options. Additional topics discussed are Social Security, Medicare, and supplemental retirement plans as well as general information of interest for anyone contemplating retirement. Pre-registration is not required and spouses are welcome to attend. The next sessions will be held in Hurlburt 248 on the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Retirement sessions are held on a quarterly basis. If you have questions regarding future sessions, please contact your Benefits Team at 540-831-5008 or email us at

America SAVES Week: Time to Plan Your Future

If, after the holiday spending spree, you’ve decided you need to focus on financial planning and saving for retirement. America SAVES Week (February 26, 2018 through March 3, 2018) provides the perfect opportunity to set a savings goal, make a savings plan and save automatically. Let us show you how to get started by attending our America SAVES Week-Let’s get Saving session scheduled on March 1, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Heth 022.

If you prefer to schedule a meeting with your Benefits Team to talk about saving options, please call 540-831-5008 or e-mail us at

Social Security 101

Social Security 101 will be presented on March 21, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Hurlburt Combo room. If you have questions regarding Social Security, this session is for you! Jaqueline Weisgarber, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, will present this session to answer questions such as:

  • When am I eligible to receive retirement benefits?
  • How does early retirement affect my benefits?
  • What is the future of Social Security?
  • When should I file for Medicare?

Be sure to set aside time for this informational session. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Benefits Team at 540-831-5008 or email us at benefits@radford.eduRegistration is not required.

What is my Total Compensation?

Total compensation includes your base salary plus the cost of funded benefits such as group life insurance, health insurance, employer social security contributions, retirement contributions, etc.

Your total compensation is available through DHRM’s Employee Direct. Please follow these instructions to view your compensation package…You may be very surprised!

  • Log into Employee Direct
  • If you are not already registered click “Register Now”
  • Once logged in select the  “My Employment Profile” tab
  • Then select the “Total Compensation Statement” tab

Please contact your Benefits Team at 540-831-5008 or email us at if you need additional assistance.

Highlander Wellness

Are you ready for your best night’s sleep? Need some help getting your ZZZ’s? Sign up for the CommonHealth Sleep Better Challenge 2018.

THE CHALLENGE: Commit to ONE helpful habit below and stick with it EVERYDAY from March 5, 2018 through March 25, 2018.

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
  • Exercise for at least 20 minutes each day
  • Meditate or do breathing exercise before bed
  • Don’t drink caffeine after lunch
  • Turn off screens an hour before bed

Register for the challenge to join. Your Agency Coordinator is Pamela Smallwood and your Regional Coordinator is Sue Perry. The first 1000 participants who complete the challenge and final survey will receive a commemorative lapel pin and a certificate.

Attention Golfers!

Join Radford Child Development's second "Swing for Scholarships" Captain's Choice golf tournament on April 9, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and help keep early childhood education in the NRV affordable for all. Registration is $300/foursome. Prizes include:

  • Harvey's "Hole in One" prize of a 2018 Chevrolet
  • A first place team prize of a foursome at the Pete Dye River Course
  • Other prizes include second through fourth place team prizes, closest to the pin, raffle, mulligans, as well as an awards dinner and refreshments.

Help a great cause and have a wonderful golfing experience! Register for the tournament before March 19, 2018 by calling or texting 540-808-8668, emailing, or messaging on Facebook. Not a golfer and want to donate to RCD, visit the Radford Child Development website. Special thanks to the lead event sponsor, Carilion NRV Medical Center.  

Staff Senate Meeting

The Staff Senate meeting will be held in the Bonnie Combo room at 9:00 a.m. on March 15, 2018. Any changes will be communicated.

Need HR Support?

To help answer any questions you may have, visit the Meet our Staff page on the HR website so we can better assist your specific needs.

Feb 28, 2018