Staff Educational Achievements

May 16th, 2013

Congratulations to the following Finance Division employees for completing their degrees and certifications!

Sherilynn Allen
Masters of Social Work, School of Social Work
Leadership Development in Social Services

Magdalena Cabral
Bachelors of Art, School of Continuing & Professional Studies
Major: Management, Minor: Business Communication

Joanna Nabozna-Wasilewska
Certified Public Accountant

Kate Nelson
Masters of Education, School of Education
Higher Education

Kathleen Steinfels
Masters of Business Administration, School of Business
Information Systems & Management


We would also like to acknowledge those staff who are currently pursuing degrees. Good luck in your studies!

Kyle Cobb
Masters in Accountancy / Nov 2013

Lilia Dominquez
Masters in Business Administration / May 2015

Christopher Evans
Masters in Business Administration / August 2014

Tobyn Friar
Masters of Art, Public Administration / December 2014

Janie Johnson
Bachelors of Art / May 2017

Arlene Rodriguez
Masters in Business Administration / May 2014

Staff Updates from the Controller’s Office

May 15th, 2013
We are pleased to announce the addition of Kathleen (Kate) McGroarty as the new Payroll Coordinator in the Payroll Services Department. Kate comes to Loyola from ScienceFIST Foundation where she was a Program Manager dedicated to providing high quality after school innovation and science programming to low income Chicago students. Kate has a degree in Communications form Northwestern University. Kate started on Monday, May 13th and is located in the Payroll Services Department in suite 603 of Lewis Tower and can be reached at extension 58741 or e-mail at Welcome to Loyola, Kate!

Joanna Nabozna-Wasilewska has accepted a position as the Director of Business Operations for the Stritch School of Medicine at the Health Science Division and will report to Lauren Hagan. Joanna has been with Loyola for 10 years in various roles in Sponsored Program Accounting and General Accounting. Most recently, Joanna has served as the Director of General Accounting, playing a key role in the year-end audit, monthly close process, and ensuring the accuracy of our financial statements. Many thanks to Joanna for all her hard work and dedication over the past several years. Best wishes in your new position, Joanna!

This has created an excellent promotion opportunity for a key staff member in General Accounting, Ben Smigielski. Ben will be promoted to Director of General Accounting effective June 3rd, 2013. Ben started in the General Accounting department as in intern while studying accounting here at Loyola. He was hired as a full-time staff member over 5 years ago and is very familiar with all the key functions of the General Accounting Department. While working at Loyola, Ben also obtained his MBA from Loyola and became a licensed CPA. Most recently, Ben has served as a Senior Financial Reporting Analyst. In this role Ben has been instrumental in the production of our year-end financial statements and footnotes, has prepared the monthly variance reporting package, and is our key resource to research GAAP/FASB. Ben has also served as a great mentor for various staff accountants, new senior accountants, and our interns. Congratulations on your new role, Ben!

Accounts Payable earns Models of Efficiency award!

April 12th, 2013
Congratulations are in order for the Financial Services Division Accounts Payable Department, for its role in helping Loyola University Chicago earn the University Business magazine’s “Models of Efficiency” honors for Spring, 2013. A/P’s achievements in innovations aimed at streamlining operations and delivering superior service led to Loyola being recognized for this honor.

The University Business Article can be found here:

Keep up the great work!

Update: Workers Classification Procedure

April 1st, 2013

Workers Classification Procedure: Employee vs Independent Contractor

Please be advised that effective April 1, 2013, Loyola University has instituted a new Workers Classification Procedure. The purpose of this procedure is to formally document the proper steps for requesting and classifying a worker as an Employee or an Independent Contractor. The overlying baseline for this process is that all individuals that provide a service to Loyola University are first and foremost considered employees unless a justification can be made to the contrary.

This new procedure sets forth the documentation required to request a proper classification from Human Resources (HR) and Disbursement Services (DS). All required documentation must be completed and provided to HR and DS for review before the commencement of any engagement or before any service is provided. In addition, the procedure documents the evaluation criteria that each “worker” will undergo to determine the proper classification. This will also determine the proper tax reporting classifications and documents the tax notifications that each “worker” will receive as a result of their status.

Once each worker is satisfactorily documented and once classification is determined, the individual will be set up in the appropriate system (HR System for Employees and AP Vendor Master for Independent Contractors). Each IC will be tracked to ensure that current approved and certified documentation is on file before any payments are made.

In order to properly implement this new procedure, HR and DS will be hosting training sessions at the following locations and times.

Health Sciences Campus: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2:30-3:30 in SSOM-150

Water Tower Campus: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:30-3:30 in Corboy-Kasbeer Hall (15th floor)

Lake Shore Campus: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:30-3:30 in Simpson Living/Learning Center Multipurpose Room)

We will also be streaming the Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Lakeshore training live and will subsequently make a recording of this session available on our website. More information on how to access this stream will be made available soon.

Copies of the updated procedure and revised forms (both in Formatta and Microsoft Word formats) can be found attached and will soon be available on the Accounts Payable website:

If you should have any questions, please feel free to Contact Deborah Meister at or Brian Slavinskas at

Employee Spotlight! Vivian Xu

March 1st, 2013

Vivian Xu, Senior Financial Analyst, of Financial Planning was recently named the inaugural winner of staff Council’s Monthly Commitment to Excellence Award! Hats off to you Vivian! We are proud to have you on our team!

To view the Commitment to Excellence page click here.