October 25, 2016 Issue

Posted On October 25, 2016
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Georgia State Implemented Federal Labor Standards Act Changes Oct. 23

About 370 Georgia State University employees became eligible for overtime pay or compensatory time on Oct. 23 when the university implemented changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Under the new rules, which the U.S. Department of Labor announced in May, employees must be classified as non-exempt and eligible for overtime if their salary is less than $47,476 per year.

“Human Resources’ number one goal is to make sure Georgia State is in compliance with the law by making appropriate adjustments and bringing awareness regarding the new FLSA guidelines,” said Linda Nelson, associate vice president of the Office of Human Resources Administration. “The change may only affect approximately 370 employees at Georgia State, but it is affecting millions of people around the United States.”

Human Resources (HR) has been meeting with leadership across the university to prepare for the change that will require some employees to be reclassified from exempt/salaried and not eligible for overtime to non-exempt status, eligible for overtime based on federal provisions for salary thresholds and job classifications. Employees who will be affected by the FLSA changes have been notified through a personal letter.

Employees who transition to a non-exempt position will move from a monthly pay cycle to a biweekly pay cycle and become eligible for overtime pay (time + one-half) or compensatory time for all hours worked over 40 in a work week. Non-exempt employees will be allowed to accumulate up to 240 hours of compensatory time per fiscal year.

“With any new implementation, we expect it will take time to adjust to these processes and procedures,” Nelson said. “However, as we continue to move forward, the changes will be less and less of an impact to everyday work.”

The new regulation requires that all non-exempt employees record their working hours. Employees affected by the regulation will have to enter time worked daily using the ADP portal. Training is being provided.

Human Resource Advisory Council representatives for each college and department are participating in the implementation process. HR is conducting six “Change Management” sessions for non-exempt employees, as well as more than 15 training sessions for supervisors. Staff Council is also hosting FLSA forums.

The presentations highlight the important changes to the FLSA guidelines and emphasize what is not changing, including employee yearly earnings, benefits, retirement options and professionalism standards.

“It’s important that every employee understands that regardless of your exemption classification, each employee is an integral and important part of making Georgia State the university that it is,” Nelson said. “Whether an employee is exempt or non-exempt, the career opportunities at Georgia State do not change.”

For more information about the FLSA changes, click here.


Football Team Wins Homecoming Game


The Georgia State football team’s defensive scoring led to a 31-6 Homecoming win over UT Martin on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Georgia Dome.

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Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 31

The University System of Georgia will hold Open Enrollment for 2017 benefits beginning Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 11. Georgia State’s Human Resource Benefits Office will be hosting a Benefits and Employee Information Fair on Friday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Decatur Campus, Building SF, Room 2100, and on Monday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atlanta Campus, Student Center East Ballroom.


Georgia State Names Chief Of University Police
Joseph P. Spillane, deputy chief of the Atlanta Police Department (APD), has been appointed chief of the Georgia State University Police Department. He will join the university on November 28. “Joe Spillane’s vast experience in law enforcement makes him the ideal chief to head Georgia State’s Police Department,” said Mark Becker, president of Georgia State. “His distinguished 28-year career in the Atlanta Police Department has given him an in-depth knowledge of our city, its communities and the role of technology in promoting safety and security. I know he will use the working relationships he has developed over his career to build and strengthen collaboration between Atlanta police and our department, a partnership that is fundamental to our deep commitment to campus safety.”



Tuition Assistance Deadline Is Nov 15
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application submission deadline for spring 2017 is Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5:15 p.m. This program is available to full-time benefits-eligible employees who have completed at least the first six-month employment probationary period. TAP pays for a maximum of nine credit hours per semester based upon the undergraduate or graduate rate of the University System of Georgia institution a student is attending. Employees must follow the regular admissions process applicable to each institution.


College Of The Arts Moves To 55 Park Place

The administration and staff of the College of the Arts recently began moving to its new dean’s office at 55 Park Place. The college, which has welcomed a new associate dean and several new staff members, is made up of the School of Music, the Welch School of Art & Design, the Center for Collaborative and International Arts, and the Center for Music Education Partnerships. Under the leadership of Dr. Wade Weast, The College of the Arts began in July 2016 as the newest of 11 colleges and schools at Georgia State. In summer 2017 the College of the Arts will add the Department of Film, Media and Theatre. Weast said when the college is fully formed he expects to enroll about 2,000 students in baccalaureate, masters, doctoral and certificate programs in art and design, music, film, media and theatre.


Live Healthy At Georgia State
Faculty, staff and retirees can earn reward points for attending wellness activities and events sponsored by Employee Development and Wellness Services (EDWS). To start earning points join the new Panther PERQs Plus Program sponsored by EDWS by creating a free account on the Live Healthy GSU Community Cooleaf vendor Web or mobile platform. The points will be redeemable for prizes for a limited time only. Employees who register on or before Dec. 1 are eligible for a monthly raffle drawing to win a Misfit Tracker. For more information, call 404-413-3342. Download the Cooleaf app or sign up online here.



Printing Services Named PawPrints
Copy Corner, University Printing and Perimeter College’s Printing Services have merged to form PawPrints. PawPrints is the official way to order university stationery, business cards, letterhead and envelopes. From brochures, posters and flyers, to quick copy services, no printing job is too large or small, and there is a no bid threshold. For more information, click here.

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Jeffrey K. Coleman, director of the Multicultural Center, was featured in an article in the Trinity College alumni magazine.
Kenya Kirkendoll, clinical assistant professor, was a peer collaborator for the Mandela Washington Fellow program with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Mei-Lan Chen, assistant professor of nursing, has received the Ruth P. Council research grant from Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She received the grant for her research titled, “Factors Predicting Physical Activity And Health-Related Quality Of Life In Older Chinese Adults With Hypertension In Taiwan.”

Walt Thompson, associate dean in the College of Health and Human Development, presented at the 2016 International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport in Rio, Brazil, prior to the Paralympic Games.

The College of Education & Human Development’s Sport Administration Master’s Program was ranked No. 10 in the world and No. 9 in North America by SportBusiness International, a news organization that offers insight and analysis in the business of sport.

Joseph Trahan III, public relations instructor, was inducted into The Southern Public Relations Federation Hall of Fame.

Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., selected Perry Binder’s book, “99 Motivators for College Success,” for its 2016 Book Award Program.

Georgia State researchers and their colleagues have received a two-year, $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to investigate moral injury among U.S. soldiers. Andrew I. Cohen, professor of philosophy, and Jennifer A. Samp, professor of communication studies at the University of Georgia, are leading the research project in collaboration with Kathryn McClymond, professor and chair of Georgia State’s Department of Religious Studies.

The Academy of Business in Legal Studies presented several awards to Robinson College of Business faculty during its annual conference. Assistant Professor Charlotte Alexander received the Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award, as well as the Jackson Lewis LLP Distinguished Law Employment Paper and Distinguished Proceedings Paper awards. Clinical Assistant Professor Ryan Grelecki won the Charles Hewitt Master Teacher Award, and Ramsi Woodcock was named Outstanding American Business Law Journal Reviewer.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle named Debby Cannon, director of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration, to its Who’s Who list of the top 100 leaders in the hospitality industry. Cannon is a perennial on the list.

Karen Loch, professor of international business, was voted president of the World Trade Center-Atlanta. The World Trade Center-Atlanta aids Atlanta-area organizations to overcome the hurdles of doing business internationally by bringing international business, including tourism, to the Southeast.

Dr. Betty Lai, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Public Health, and Dr. Ann-Margaret Esnard, professor of public management and policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, have received a $293,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how schools can recover and return to operations faster following natural disasters.

A team of child welfare experts from the School of Public Health and the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy have won a five-year, $2 million federal grant to provide higher quality mental health services to child victims of commercial sex trafficking. The project’s leadership includes Dr. Shannon Self-Brown, professor of health promotion and behavior, and Dr. Kelly Kinnish, clinical director at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, a private, non-profit agency focused on meeting the needs of sexually and physically abused children.

Paul A. Lombardo, the Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, has been awarded a Regents’ Professorship, the highest academic appointment in the University System of Georgia.

Kris Niedringhaus, associate dean of library and information services and associate professor, has received the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Law Libraries’(AALL) Computing Services Special Interest Section. She also was appointed editorial director and chair of the editorial board for AALL Spectrum, the professional magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries.
Eric Segall, professor of law, has signed a book contract with Cambridge University Press to write “Originalism as Faith.”
Clark Cunningham, professor of law, has been appointed to serve on the Rules Revision Committee of Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Jessica Gabel Cino, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law, has been chosen by the American Academy of Forensic Science to serve on the national standards boards for DNA and fingerprint evidence as part of a federal effort to create and improve standards and procedures in forensic laboratories across the country. 

Caren Morrison, associate professor of law, presented “Police Body Cameras and the Illusion of Truth” at the Surveillance/Society/Culture Conference at Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany.

Sally Wallace, associate dean of research and strategic initiatives, has been appointed associate editor of the journal International Tax and Public Finance.

Cathy Yang Liu, associate professor of public policy, has been appointed managing editor for the Journal of Urban Affairs, the journal of the Urban Affairs Association that focuses on urban research and policy analysis. Liu is also editing a special issue: “Urban Transformation in Asia and the Pacific Rim: Economic Transitions, Institutions, and Development Policies.”

Janelle A. Kerlin, associate professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, has received the Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Social Enterprise Journal.

Grace O and Shelby Frost are leading the Department of Economics’ participation in a $515,000 grant received by Georgia State through the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. The grant, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be used over a three-year period to personalize learning and improve undergraduate education through adoption of high-quality adaptive courseware.