Labor Day – Sept. 1, 2014 (Monday)
Thanksgiving – Nov. 27-28, 2014 (Thursday - Friday)
Christmas – Dec. 22-31, 2013 (Monday - Wednesday)
New Year's Day - Jan. 1, 2015 (Thursday)
Energy Conservation Day - Jan. 2, 2015 (Friday)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Jan. 19, 2015 (Monday)
Spring Break – March 13, 2015 (Friday)
Memorial Day – May 25, 2015 (Monday)
Independence Day – July 3, 2015 (Friday)
The following days may be observed in lieu of any holiday on which the University is required to be open and staffed to conduct the public business.
Rosh Hashanah – Sept. 25, 2014 (Thursday)
Rosh Hashanah - Sept. 26, 2014 (Friday)
Cesar Chavez Day - March 31, 2015 (Tuesday)
Good Friday – April 3, 2015 (Friday)
Summer Semester - May 1
Fall Semester - July 1
Spring Semester - November 1
Applications for the “President’s Employee Scholarship Program” for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters are due on the above listed dates. Forms should be submitted to the Human Resources Department, Box 2356, College of Humanities & Social Sciences Building (CHSS), Suite 410, Fax 936.294.3611. The scholarship application form can be accessed at the following website:
This scholarship is for fulltime (1.0 FTE) benefits eligible staff and faculty (non-student workers), through the rank of Professor, who desire to take one class or one class and a lab at SHSU (4 semester credit hours maximum).
The following selection criteria have been established:
1. Applicants must have a minimum of one year fulltime (1.0 FTE) continuous employment (non-student workers) at SHSU by the first class day, and at the time application is made, have earned at least 3 semester hours at SHSU with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
2. Undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or greater will be given 1st priority.
3. Graduate students with a 3.5 GPA or greater will be given 2nd priority.
4. Employee’s GPA, length of employment, and student classification level are primary consideration factors.
5. The President’s Employee Scholarship award is for tuition and designated tuition.
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New Employee Benefits Orientation Schedule
The Human Resources Department is interested in ensuring that all new employees have a successful orientation process. The New Employee Benefits Orientation Schedule is available on the Human Resources Department Web site.
• Benefits eligibility is defined as all regular staff and faculty employees that are employed by the university at least .50 FTE (half-time) for a definite period of 4 1/2 months or a full semester of more than 4 months.
• Insurance eligible graduate student employees, as a condition of employment, must be enrolled in graduate level courses at the university, and employed by the university at least .50 FTE (half-time) for a definite period of 4 1/2 months or a full semester of more than 4 months.
Graduate student employees are not eligible for participation in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), supplemental retirement programs, or ERS TexaSaver. Additional information is also available concerning Graduate Student Insurance Eligibility and Enrollment on the HR Web site.
Please encourage all new benefit-eligible faculty, staff, and graduate student employees in your department to attend a group orientation session on or before their first active duty date. This would also apply to any employees who were not previously benefit-eligible, and are now returning to a benefit-eligible status. The paperwork completed at orientation includes the documents necessary to initiate an employee's payroll setup. In addition to the benefit documents, the employee’s approved Payroll Action Form (PAF) must be received by the Human Resources Department before the appropriate payroll deadline. A list of the Payroll deadlines is available on the Payroll Department Web site.
Please make sure that each benefit-eligible faculty and graduate student employee is aware of his/her eligibility status. If these employees have not received a benefits packet, they should obtain a packet from the Human Resources Department (College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Suite 410). In addition to the other documents necessary for payroll setup, insurance enrollment forms must be completed during the employee's initial period of eligibility.
Under current state legislation, there is a 90 day waiting period before part-time faculty, staff, and graduate student new hires are eligible to participate in the health insurance plans. Following the initial insurance enrollment period, the next opportunity to apply for insurance coverage (without a qualifying life event) would be during the next Summer Enrollment period.
If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 936.294.1070.
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