A Message from Heidi Conway

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin the season for camaraderie and celebration, I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to lead an outstanding HR team as Johns Hopkins University's next Vice President for Human Resources. Over more than 10 years here, I have enjoyed working with talented and caring professionals in all areas of Human Resources and seeing our continuing progress as we support the people and mission of Johns Hopkins.

I am excited to look ahead at the opportunities for HR and to work with all of you to further develop our priorities. I am grateful to the HR staff for their hard work and great ideas, and I am privileged to serve our department in the new year.

I also want to thank Charlene Hayes for her 12 years of exceptional leadership in HR and wish her the very best in her new role as Senior Executive for Human Capital Strategy. Her thoughtful, dedicated, and encouraging leadership strengthened our HR functions and will now support the high-level recruitment and leadership initiatives that will help our university to thrive.

I wish everyone a healthy, happy holiday season and all the best in 2016.

Heidi Conway, Vice President for Human Resources

2016 Retirement Choice Period Extended

Your SECOND CHANCE for retirement plan enrollment is until December 10, 2015. It is important that you log into the new online portal during this time to make your retirement plan elections for 2016. If you do not complete enrollment, your contributions, as of January 1, 2016, will be automatically invested in an age-appropriate Vanguard Target Retirement Fund through the JHU Select Funds. If you have already enrolled, you do not need to do anything else.


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2016 Annual Benefits Enrollment Closed

Online annual enrollment for 2016 university benefits ended on November 11. All full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff will receive a confirmation of their elections by mail in mid-December. If you determine after receiving your confirmation that your enrollment is not correct, follow the procedure outlined here.


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2016 Contribution Limits for 403(b) Plan

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the annual 403(b) limits for 2016. The limits which are staying the same as in 2015, are summarized below:

  • Pre-tax Elective Deferral
  • Age 50 & Over Catch-up
  • Overall by Employer/Employee
  • Annual Compensation
  • $18,000
  • $6,000
  • $53,000
  • $265,000


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Prudential Offers Electronic Statements

If you participate in the Support Staff Pension Plan, you may choose to receive your annual statement electronically from Prudential Retirement. To begin receiving your annual statement electronically, follow the easy steps here.


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Help Brighten the Holidays for Families, Seniors, and Adults with Disabilities

All Hopkins faculty, staff, students, and retirees are invited to help brighten the holidays for families, seniors, and adults with disabilities facing hardships. The Office of Work, Life and Engagement partners with local nonprofit and social service agencies to provide gifts, clothing, and grocery gift cards to families and individuals who are in need of assistance during the holiday season.


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Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program Provides Food during the Holidays

You are invited to donate $25 to provide a basket of a fresh turkey and vegetables from a local and free-range farm for a family in need. St. Anthony of Padua Church will deliver the food baskets directly to families for the December holidays.

To purchase a family meal for the December holidays, donations must be received by December 7.


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United Way Campaign Ends December 11

The campaign is in full swing, working towards the goal of $520,000 in donations. You can make a pledge by visiting


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Silent Auction with Unique Gifts Benefits United Way Campaign

As the holidays approach, you may be looking for one-of-a-kind gifts. Visit to bid on one of many fantastic items such as Ravens and Orioles memorabilia, a gourmet catered barbecue at your home, a tour of the Johns Hopkins medical robotics lab, and more.


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Applications for Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund Available Mid-December

There’s no better time to b’more involved in Baltimore. The Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund provides grants that assist local nonprofits’ efforts to build stronger neighborhoods by addressing needs in the areas of community revitalization, education, employment, health, and public safety.

Visit to watch the video.


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Johns Hopkins at Eastern Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters provides an encouraging and fun environment to develop and improve your communication and leadership skills. Please come and visit. Our meetings take place each month on the first Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and the third Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at Johns Hopkins at Eastern, 1101 E. 33rd Street, room C150. Visit our website at


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34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Save the Date for the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration taking place on Friday, January 8, 2016 in the Turner Auditorium (12 – 1:30pm).


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