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Benefits enrollment reminder

The Office of Human Resources reminds faculty and staff that the deadline to enroll during the open enrollment period is Monday, Nov. 24. The open enrollment information session recording includes details about medical expense scenarios to help employees select the best option for them. All employees must take action even to decline to health coverage or voluntary/specialty insurance. Employees who neither elect nor decline will be defaulted to their 2014 plan type, and their FSA and HSA elections will not roll over to 2015. To enroll, log in to 2015 Online Enrollment. If you have questions, please contact benefits@xavier.edu or extension 3638.

Sr. Rose Ann interview

Sr. Rose Ann Fleming's interview on Local 12 originally scheduled for today has been rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 24, during the 7:00 a.m. half-hour. Sister's recent interview on WVXU about her new book, Out of Habit, is available here.

St. Francis Xavier Day

President Michael J. Graham, S.J., William Verbryke, S.J., and the Xavier Jesuit Community invite administrators, faculty, staff and students to the St. Francis Xavier Day celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The celebration begins with Mass at noon in Bellarmine Chapel. An Open House luncheon follows from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Jesuit Residence. For more information, contact Laura Keitel at keitell@xavier.edu or 4228.

Holiday health tips

Dr. Kim Miller, staff physician for Xavier Wellness Services, offers a list of tips to help faculty, students and staff stay safe and healthy while traveling over the holidays.

Payroll deadlines

Refer to the attached document for accelerated payroll deadlines for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays. This document is also posted on the payroll website for future reference. For questions regarding support staff or student payroll, call Kerry Brown at 3436. For questions regarding faculty or administrative staff payroll, call LaVerne Baker at 1978.

OpenHire update

There have been recent changes and updates to the Silkroad OpenHire system process. Silkroad has updated the branding of all its modules in an effort to make each module clearly identified by its main function. Read more about the changes at Silkroad.

Online course evaluations

Course evaluations using Xavier's new online system, EvaluationKIT, are open on Monday, Dec. 1, for most courses and remain open for two weeks, closing before the first day of exams. See the attached letter for more information regarding the process.

Provost blog

The Provost has posted a new entry to Campus Updates from the Provost within the Nexus site. Read the blog about X-perience Day and other accomplishments in the Xavier community. To have a copy of the blog emailed to you each time a post is added, click here to set up an alert. The site is designed to be informational and collaborative, including the opportunity to provide feedback. For help or technical feedback, contact nexus@xavier.edu.

Faculty Collegium

Faculty interested in attending “Collegium – A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life” at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., from June 19-26 should contact Leslie Prosak Beres, director of Faculty Programs in the Center for Mission and Identity, at Prosak-B@xavier.edu. The Conway Institute is providing all expenses. Read the flier to learn more.

"Orange is the New Black"

Limited tickets are available for faculty and staff members for “An Evening with Piper Kerman,” author of Orange is the New Black, the inspiration for the Netflix original series of the same name. Kerman is speaking about her time in a women's prison in upstate New York while offering insights about her experiences in the justice system. The event is at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Cintas Center banquet rooms. Limit one ticket per faculty or staff member. Contact Dustin Lewis in the Office of Student Involvement at lewisd6@xavier.edu to reserve a ticket.

Kleptocracy

Karen Dawisha, professor of political science and director of the Havighurst Center at Miami University, discusses her research into the origins and basis of the kleptocratic systems in Russia, the people who own the country's vast wealth, the structure of political power in Russia and its future. The dinner and dialogue are at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, in the Schiff Family Conference Center at the Cintas Center. For pricing, reservations and more information, see the attached flier. The RSVP deadline is Friday, Nov. 21.

University Communications

The Office of University Communications hosts a marketing open house on Monday, Nov. 18, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Surkamp Conference Room in the Alumni Center for those who need assistance with small projects, web updates and social media inquiries. All are welcome and no registration is required. Learn more about the open house and additional learning sessions at University Communications.

International fashion show

Join Xavier's international students this Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the atrium of the Williams College of Business for our annual International Dinner and Fashion Show being held as part of International Education Week. The students are modeling clothes from their home countries and providing food for all to try. Bring a dish to share or pay $5 at the door.