Previous 'Hidden' Benefits Articles

February 25, 2014

Baylor's Hidden Human Resources Benefits

Notary Public

Human Resources (HR) staffs two Notary Publics. The service is typically available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am - 5pm, at no cost to faculty and staff. If you find that you have an item needing to be notarized, please feel free to call our AskHR Customer Service Center at ext. 2000 to schedule an appointment for the most efficient service. You may also email HR at to schedule an appointment or for further questions.

Access to Answers

The askHR customer service center is fully staffed Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am - 5pm with Customer Service Representatives who can answer nearly any question or they can refer you to someone who can assist. Contact askHR by phone, email, or an in-person visit. There is also a self-service option available 24/7 on the HR web page. For more information about askHR or to access the self-service option, please click here.

Coaching Through Difficult Work Situations

HR, through the Client Relationship Managers (CRMs), offers confidential coaching and counseling except in limited circumstances where legal or ethical issues require further review. For more information about the CRMs or to contact a CRM, click here.

Job Description Database

You can review your job description to be sure it accurately represents your position responsibilities. We encourage you to discuss your job description with your supervisor in the event you feel it should be updated to include or to remove job functions. You can find your job description by using the database tool which can be found here.

For more information, contact the askHR Customer Service Center: email us at, call (254)710-2000, or visit Robinson Tower, Suite 200.

January 28, 2014

Baylor's Hidden Miscellaneous Benefits

Baylor Bookstore

The Baylor Bookstore is a treasure trove of BU fan gear. But in addition to everything green and gold, they also have items such as software, computers, tablets, smart phone accessories, and much, much more! These items can be purchased through payroll deduct (if elected through the payroll office), with a 10% discount on most merchandise. Be sure to check out their web page for a larger selection, and for items which can only be purchased online! For more information on the bookstore, click here.

Cashier's Office

The cashier�s office offers check cashing for faculty and staff. Here are the highlights:

  • Baylor payroll checks
  • Guaranteed checks
  • Personal checks - $300.00 limit
  • Two party checks - $300.00 limit (2nd party responsible for returned checks and returned check fees)
  • No third party checks
  • Check cashing privileges may be revoked for returned checks

For more information, including hours of operation and location, click here.

University Libraries

The University Libraries have so much to offer faculty and staff. In addition to books, journals, and electronic resources, they also offer free check-out of over 1,000 feature films on DVD! For a listing of all the libraries on campus, as well as hours of operation, instructions for check-out, to search the catalog and more, click here.

Information Technology Services

Our Information Technology Services group is well known around campus for assisting with the set up and operations of our computers and systems. However, did you know that they also offer courses on how to use software programs and other systems? Or that they provide some anti-virus and other software programs at no charge to faculty and staff for business and home use? For a complete listing of training classes offered, please check the Training & Development Planner HERE. For information regarding software downloads, including a full listing of available software programs (home and business use programs), please click here.

Stay tuned next month for part 4 in the series Baylor�s �Hidden� Benefits!

December 3, 2013

Baylor's Hidden Entertainment Benefits

Mayborn Museum Complex

Just on the edge of campus, you will find the Mayborn Museum complex. The Mayborn offers many different exhibits, shows, and demonstrations throughout the year. Additionally, the museum offers a monthly �Free Sunday�. Below are just a few of the interesting and exciting items awaiting faculty and staff members:

  • The Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village
  • A replica of Waco�s famous mammoth site
  • A replica Comanche tipi
  • 16 other themed Discovery rooms
  • Faculty and Staff receive a 20% discount off of yearly memberships. Membership levels vary.
  • Regular admission prices are:

    • Adults - $6.00
    • Children (18 months - 12 years) $4.00
    • Senior Citizens (65 and older) $5.00

  • Birthday Party Packages available ($100 for members and $125 for non-members)

Pricing is subject to change, so please call or visit the museum�s web page for current details. For more information on the museum, including hours of operation, ticket information and contact information, click here.

The Game Room

The Game Room is located in the basement of the Bill Daniel Student Union Building. The Game Room has many different types of entertainment, including bowling, game tables, and pool tables available for individual and family use. Parties may also be booked. The Game Room is available at a reduced rate to faculty and staff, and guests may be admitted as well. Current pricing:

  • Bowling - $5.00/hr for BU faculty, staff and students; price includes shoe rental
  • Game Room - $1.80/hr for BU faculty, staff and students
  • Parties - $85.00/hr for BU affiliated groups

Pricing is subject to change, so please call or visit The Game Room�s web page for current details. For more information, including hours of operation, how to reserve The Game Room and more, please click here.

School of Music - Recitals and Special Events

Throughout the year, the School of Music offers many different options for music lovers to hear recitals, special guest composers, and special guest musicians. They offer approximately 300 concerts per year which all faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Most concerts are free and those that are not are reasonably priced. Below are just a few of the many different options the School of Music offers:

  • Distinguished Artist Series
  • Lyceum Series
  • Baylor Opera Theater
  • Choral Concerts
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • And MANY more!

For an events calendar, a look at the performance halls, and ticket information, please click here.

Martin Museum of Art

Located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, the Martin Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of approximately 1150 objects. These represent a wide variety of art that has been donated to or purchased by Baylor University. The collection contains artwork by such well-known artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Kathe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya, and Edouard-Leon Cortes. Included in the collection are approximately 300 paintings representing famous watercolor artists such as George Post, Phil Dike, Edgar Whitney, and John Marin. Additionally, the Martin Museum of Art also brings in traveling exhibits, such as the Ansel Adams collection which was here in Fall 2013. Most of the exhibits are free to the public.

Exhibits are posted on a yearly basis. For more information about the exhibits, hours of operation, and more click here.

Stay tuned next month for part 3 in the series Baylor�s �Hidden� Benefits!

October 29, 2013

Baylor's Hidden Wellness Benefits

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

At no cost to the employee, Baylor provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to help out with life�s challenges for the employee and their family members. Baylor�s EAP is not just for counseling needs, though they are included. Some unique services our EAP provides include:

  • Legal - Financial matters (bankruptcy), Will preparation, Estate planning, Identity Theft assistance and more
  • Elder Care - Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Medical Equipment, Assisted Living Facilities, and more
  • Child Care Services - Nanny agencies, babysitters, before and after school care, and more
  • Wellness Programs - Women�s health, Men�s health, Smoking Cessation programs and more

Additionally, every family member in the household is eligible for up to 3 face-to-face counseling consultations per occurrence (for things like depression, teen challenges, marital issues, etc), and through a private, third party, employees and/or their family members have access to a wide array of services. For more information on what is covered, as well as contact information, click here.

Student Life Center

The Student Life Center is a free onsite fitness center for Baylor faculty and staff members and their families. The SLC provides access to the many programs and equipment, some of which require a reasonable fee. Also faculty and staff members have free access to Russell Gym, Baylor Marina , and Bear Trail. Some highlights of the SLC include:

  • Access to the pool for a Pool Party @ the SLC
  • Rock climbing lessons
  • Indoor track
  • Racquetball and basketball courts
  • Faculty/staff only aerobics classes
  • Guest passes for a nominal fee

For more information including hours of operation, class schedules, rules, and more, please click here.

Health Center in the SLC

Located in the Student Life Center, select services are rendered to faculty and staff at a minimum fee based on costs to the center. These are limited to:

  • Flu vaccines
  • TB skin test
  • Vaccinations and inoculations for overseas travel
  • Pharmacy prescriptions filled

For hours of operation as well as announcements about current reported illnesses, please click here.

Faculty/Staff Fitness Programs

We offer an array of classes around campus to meet the needs of our faculty and staff. Classes are offered at a minimal cost to the faculty and staff, and can be paid for with a payroll deduction. If you prefer to do fitness activities on your own, you can also join �My OSO Fit�, keep track of your fitness activities and receive an incentive at the end of the program each semester. Some classes provided by the Student Life Center include:

  • Cycling
  • Zumba
  • Yoga
  • Bootcamp

Classes are held at varying times and places around campus, and are even held on nights and weekends. For more information on how to register, class times and days, and more, please click here.

Stay tuned next month for part 2 in the series, Baylor's 'Hidden' Benefits!

October 29, 2013
Hidden Wellness Benefits

December 3, 2013
Hidden Entertainment Benefits

January 28, 2014
Hidden Miscellaneous Benefits

February 25, 2014
Hidden Human Resource Benefits