HR Newsletter
December 2014

Auburn University Human Resources
332 James E. Foy Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849


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Human Resources moving to new location the week of Dec. 8-12

Auburn University Human Resources will be relocating to the East Glenn Administrative Support Facility at 1550 East Glenn Avenue the week of Dec. 8-12.

The department will continue to operate on a limited basis, but delays in response time may occur. Anyone needing assistance will be able to contact Human Resources at 844-4145, the main departmental telephone number.

Payroll and Employee Benefits will relocate to the new Human Resources location on East Glenn the week of Jan. 5. Additional information about Payroll and Employee Benefits operations for that week will be forthcoming. 


HRD Schedule for Spring Semester 2015

Human Resource Development will post the Spring Semester 2015 “Schedule of Courses” online at   during the week of December 8-12, and distribute the paper edition via campus mail during the week of January 5-9, 2015.


Seasonal Holidays

Christmas holidays will be observed from Monday, December 22 through Friday, December 26, 2014.

New Years holidays will be observed from Monday, December 29 through Friday, January 2, 2015.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Employees who are not scheduled to work on those dates, but who are eligible for holidays (i.e. Regular nonstudent employees), should be afforded equivalent time off as close to the holiday date as is practical. The 2014 Holiday schedule is summarized here.



Human Resources and Payroll & Benefits to combine in new location Jan. 1

By: Roy Summerford

Auburn University will combine the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Payroll and Benefits and move them to the new Auburn University Administrative Complex at the East Glenn Adminstrative Center, effective Jan. 1.

The combined department will carry the name Office of Human Resources and will be led by Karla McCormick, currently executive director of payroll and benefits. McCormick, who holds bachelor's and master of public administration degrees from Auburn, has been in her current position since 2011 and has more than 21 years of experience in human resources fields.

Before joining the university, McCormick served as vice president for human resources – benefits for a large national corporation. Noting her leadership experience, Auburn University Executive Vice President Don Large said McCormick is exceptionally qualified to lead all aspects of the combined unit.

Human Resources responsibilities at Auburn are currently led by Associate Vice President Lynne Hammond, who has announced her retirement, effective Jan. 1, after 39 years of service to Auburn University.

"Auburn University has been very fortunate to have Lynne serve successfully in various leadership roles during her tenure here," said Large. "Her leadership as associate vice president serving as Auburn's chief human resources officer in the last half of her career has been transformative and allowed us to serve the university at ever higher-quality levels."

Large said the consolidation will not only provide a "one-stop shop" for employees, retirees and persons seeking employeement with Auburn University, but will also provide coordinated services to campus departments, enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of existing services. "Emerging benefit legislation is increasingly tied to employment factors so that the merging of departments will provide for more effective service and better management of compliance," he added.


Annual Leave Carryover

Biweekly employees must report all leave they wish to have charged against 2014 prior to Monday, Dec. 15. Monthly employees must report all leave they wish to have charged against 2014 prior to Wednesday, Dec. 17. All leave requests received after these dates will be charged against calendar year 2015. Special note for biweekly employees: leave taken on Dec. 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19 will be counted on your 2015 BW-1 payroll. Questions may be directed to Mary Turner or Michael Hill in Human Resources at (334) 844-4145.


Requirements of Alabama Child Labor Law

During the summer months, a number of our local youth start looking for jobs with the University. The state of Alabama requires employers to purchase Certificates to allow us to hire minors ages 14-17. These Certificates are purchased under the auspices of Temporary Employment Services; therefore, employees in these age groups can only be hired thru TES.

For any department wishing to place a minor under the age of 16, an additional form is required to be completed by the student's school. This is the Alabama Child Labor Eligibility Form, and it can be found on our Forms web site at:

Minors under the age of 18 are restricted as to the type of work they can perform; minors under 16 have even stricter restrictions. You may access the State's brochure covering the Alabama Child Labor Law at the following link:


Nominations Sought for Spirit of Excellence Award

The Department of Human Resources is seeking nominations for the Spirit of Excellence Award. Each month the award is given to an employee from each of the following employment groups: Service and Maintenance, Secretarial and Clerical, Technical and Paraprofessional, and Administrative and Professional. To nominate an employee, a form must be completed and sent to the Spirit of Excellence Award, Department of Human Resources, 332 Foy Hall. To print a form, go to this link. For more information, contact Sonya Dixon at 844-7612 or


Spirit of Excellence Winners

Each month AU presents Spirit of Excellence awards to four employees for outstanding service.

Recipients for June 2014 are:    
Category Name Unit
Office Admin Ginger Vedder Risk Management & Safety
Admin Professional Cassandra Calloway McWhorter School of Business Science
Technical Michael Chesnutt OIT


Do you know a fellow AU employee whose performance is consistently beyond what is expected? One who exemplifies professionalism and routinely puts forth extra effort? One whose contribution to the department's or university's mission is significant? If so, that person would be a perfect nominee for AU's monthly Spirit of Excellence award. You can link to the nomination form at


Moving? Want to Continue your Career In Higher Education?

The Department of Human Resources routinely receives position announcements from other colleges and universities. These are maintained in notebooks in the lobby of our department in 332 James E. Foy Hall. Please feel free to come by to review these during our lobby hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m, Monday through Friday.


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Last Updated: December 4, 2014

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