June 2020
Message from the
Chief Human Resources Officer

Once again, the summer months are upon us, and it is time to wrap up one fiscal year and begin planning for the next. However, this year also comes with a whole new set of challenges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this edition of the HR Newsletter, you will find information on what the University is doing to safely return faculty, staff and students to campus, new systems that will be rolling out this fiscal year, and the 2019-20 Harriet Montgomery Customer Service Award recipients. We appreciate the patience and understanding of every member of our campus community as we work through these uncertain times. Thank you for your flexibility and dedication to our campus and community. Go Tigers! 
Maria Alam 

Return to Work Information
As President Rudd stated in his return to campus update, we have a steering committee and multiple groups actively working on plans for our return to campus in the fall. The University is currently in Phase I of reopening. Phase I guidelines include the following:
  • The majority of staff will continue to work remotely unless required to be on campus at the explicit request of their supervisor.
  • Faculty will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future unless authorized to be on campus by their dean and the provost.
  • A limited number of students with explicit approval are currently residing on campus.
  • Buildings are open only to University of Memphis community members with appropriate access.
  • Physical distancing of at least six feet between individuals remains in place in all campus spaces. This includes the interior of buildings and outside.
  • Face masks are required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.
  • All those on campus must abide by University social distancing and mask protocols, including any contractors or visitors.
  • No events or gatherings may be held on campus.
  • The Phase I protocols in place across the various divisions include specific density limits in all workspaces and building areas, monitoring and reporting symptoms of illness, and related safety precautions.

We will move forward with Phases II, III and IV during the months of July and August, allowing for a return to campus for the fall semester. When possible, employees will receive at least one week of notice prior to implementation of each phase and/or re-implementation of the mitigation measures. No one should return to campus without authorization.
New Faculty Orientation

All new faculty appointed for at least one year must attend a Faculty UMboarding session hosted by Human Resources. This session will cover important information, including benefits programs. New faculty members will be receiving invitations to attend soon. We know the start of a new semester is a demanding time. For this reason, during the week of Aug. 10 we are offering five virtual UMboarding sessions:

Monday, Aug. 10   9-11 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 3-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 13 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 14 8:30-10:30 a.m.
WorkforUM Faculty Offer Letters

Starting Aug. 1, all faculty offer letters will be handled electronically within WorkforUM and hiring departments will no longer need to send a paper letter via mail. A new Offer Letter tab will appear on the candidate’s hiring proposal. The department level, the dean level and the provost level can all edit this letter and all parties will be notified when a response from the candidate has been received. 

Chrome River Announcement

Beginning July 1, the University will be implementing the Travel & Expense system. The Chrome River system will be replacing the current paper process for submitting and processing cash reimbursements or travel claims all faculty and staff employees. If you missed the June 25 Chrome River Training and would like to know more about the system, be on the lookout for future training sessions that will be available soon.

LinkedIn Learning

If you haven’t already done so, head over to your myMemphis portal to activate LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning offers thousands of professionally developed courses to boost your knowledge and enhance your career.

Simply log into the myMemphis portal using your UUID and password. Next, click the Employee tab located at the top. Scroll down and look to the right-hand side of the screen for Training Opportunities to locate LinkedIn Learning.

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Harriet R. Montgomery Service Excellence Award Recipients
The Harriet R. Montgomery Service Excellence Award was established through the University of Memphis Foundation with contributions provided by the generosity of the University community upon Harriet R. Montgomery's retirement in recognition for her many years of service to the UofM. This award recognizes University staff members who consistently demonstrate a commitment to the highest levels of service excellence. Each month, the University community has an opportunity to nominate colleagues from a specific division/area of the University. The monthly recipients receive a certificate of recognition, a $100 payment, a reserved parking space for the month and are featured on a University-wide announcement and the recognition website. The recipients are also recognized at a celebratory event during the following fiscal year. 

2019-20 Recipients
July 2019
Bobbie Griffin
Physical Plant
(Operations & Facilities)

August 2019
Courtney Brafford
UofM Global
(Academic Affairs/Student Success Services)

September 2019
Rachael Cottam
ITS Desktop Support
(Information Technology Services)

October 2019
Bridgette Decent
Institutional Research
(Academic Affairs/Student Success Services)

November 2019
Courtney Dickinson
Campus Planning & Design (Business & Finance)

December 2019
Victoria Tardugno
College of Arts & Sciences
(Academic Affairs/Student
Success Services)
January 2020
Melissa Ramage
Business & Finance Support
(Business & Finance)

February 2020
Shahin Samiei
Center for Excellence M2DK
(Academic Affairs/Student Success Services)

March 2020
Jazmine Phillips
Marketing & Communications
(External Relations)

April 2020
Dr. Rebecca Scott
Campus School
(Academic Affairs/Student Success Services)

May 2020
Tammy DeGroff
Athletics Media

June 2020
Alison Brown
Office of the Dean of Students
(Academic Affairs/Student Success Services)
2020 Awards Ceremony
Due to COVID-19, the ceremony has been deferred until a more appropriate time.  Thank you for your continued dedication and service to the University.
HR on Instagram
HR Mascot S.T.R.I.P.E.S.
Please follow the new Human Resources Instagram account @uofmhr for updates, tips and to see what our HR mascot S.T.R.I.P.E.S. is up to!
Tiger Spotlight Winners

We extend our warmest congratulations to the recent recipients of the Tiger Spotlight Award. It’s always a great pleasure to be recognized for the work you do! Keep it up...others notice and so do we!

Check out the Latest Recipients
Recognize a Fellow Employee
COVID-19 Safety Tips
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth at all times. 
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  • Stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) away from other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with an appropriate face covering at all times while on campus and especially when around others.
  • Continue to keep a minimum of six feet between yourself and others. The face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes and then immediately wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Monitor your temperature if symptoms develop.
  • Follow CDC guidance and contact a healthcare provider if symptoms develop.
Below are some useful resources and training opportunities related to COVID-19 and the state of racial unrest in the United States. We encourage all of our faculty and staff to continue educating themselves on best practices as it relates to these topics.

Diversity and Inclusion
Communicating about Culturally Sensitive Issues
Tips for Working Remotely
How to Properly Wear a Face Covering
How to Properly Wash Hands
What does it mean to social distance?

Employees can also sign up for the follow sessions offered through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) via Learning Curve and receive a Zoom link for access to the training.  
Tuesday, July 28
Coping with Traumatic Events
2-3 p.m.
Thursday, August 6
Building Resilience
10-11 a.m.

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