‘Canes Emergency Response Team Hosts Active Shooter Training on February 16

Presented by the Office of Emergency Management, the ‘Canes Emergency Response Team will host Active Shooter Response Training (ASRT) from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16 in the Senate Room on the third floor of the Shalala Student Center. The hour-long presentation will incorporate the latest Department of Homeland Security guidance on best practice responses for those who encounter active shooter situations. As an extra incentive, attendees who are enrolled in the Well ‘Canes program will receive 150 points.

The class covers awareness, avoidance, and appropriate actions. Expert instructors will discuss how to respond, what to look for, and how to prepare to survive dangerous situations, such as an active shooter event. They will also discuss both law enforcement’s and the University’s response to various potentially dangerous situations. Topics include the Emergency Notification Network (ENN) Alerts, interacting with first responders, personal preparedness, and other initiatives of the University designed to keep our students, staff, and faculty as safe as possible.

To receive Well ‘Canes points, attendees must sign a Well ‘Canes attendance roster with their C number at the end of the class. Attendance is limited to the first 65 people who sign up for the class on ULearn. Participants can feel free to bring their own lunch.


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Take a Survey to Help Redesign UM’s Performance Appraisal Process

Performance appraisals are undergoing a metamorphosis not imagined several years ago. Fortune 500 companies are getting rid of traditional performance appraisals and performance rankings. They are focusing more on goals and documented dialogue throughout the year.

In light of current trends, best practices, and our culture transformation, the University is asking employees to take a short survey about the current appraisal process, which is now underway, and to help the Performance Management Committee (PMC) design the next-generation performance appraisal.

Assembled by Human Resources, the PMC is a group of 30 UM employees who represent a cross section of the University’s faculty and staff from all campuses and satellite offices. Members are charged with completely revamping the University’s performance management process and the evaluation form.

Created by the PMC, the anonymous survey is the best way for employees to participate in the redesign and provide candid feedback about the overall performance process and evaluation form. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey now.

The PMC also will be conducting Evaluation Transformation Focus Groups across all UM campuses, which will enable employees to provide more valuable information about what our new performance management process should look like.

Thank you for providing your feedback.

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Using a UM Facility for a Camp Program? Be Sure to Complete Essential Paperwork

The University of Miami hosts a variety of camps and programs on its Coral Gables campus. As per University Policy BSF-090 Camps Policy, all camps and programs that use a University facility, whether they are organized by University departments or users external to the institution, must complete:

     1. Camps Facility Use Agreement

     2. Camp Registration Form

     3. Annual Online Emergency Preparedness Training

     4. Any additional forms as may be required by the facility coordinator

Completed forms must be sent by the facility coordinator to the Business Services Office, (Roxana Velazquez, 305-284-9793, contracts@miami.edu ) for University approval.

Camps that do not complete the required forms will not be permitted to utilize any University facility.

PLEASE NOTE: Background checks are required on all camp employees, volunteers, or affiliates working at the University of Miami. This requirement is a material term of the Camp Facilities Use Agreement. The background screening must include a Level 2 background screening as defined by the State of Florida, which includes fingerprint checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the immediate termination of the Camp Facilities Use Agreement.

Please visit www.miami.edu/summercamps for more information.

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Surviving a Breakup

Overcoming the breakup of a relationship can be among the more challenging experiences and potentially the most emotionally painful process we encounter in our lives. Commonly felt emotions include anger, sadness, denial, and/or anxiety. All of these are normal reactions to difficult situations. However, this type of loss is unique and may compound the intensity or convolute the true source of such feelings. Join us to discover practical strategies for helping anyone (yourself or someone you love) who is moving through such a challenging period, and review holistic approaches that address four core areas (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) on the road to recovery.

Miller School campus: Tuesday, February 16, 12 to 1 p.m., Dominion Tower, room 301C

Coral Gables campus: Wednesday, February 17, 12 to 1 p.m., Whitten University Center, room 2300H

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, February 18, 12 to 1 p.m., Library, Rare Book Room

Health and wellness seminars are offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program. Register through ulearn.miami.edu. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements of upcoming seminars, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.

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Be Smoke Free in February 2016

BSF - HorizontalQuitting smoking can be a challenging process, but with the aid of group classes led by a certified tobacco treatment specialist, individuals can get the support and tools necessary to become tobacco free. The University of Miami’s award-winning BeSmokeFree program is offering group classes for people interested in quitting smoking.

Classes are offered in six-week intervals throughout the year, with upcoming sessions beginning on Wednesday, February 24, at the Coral Gables campus, and Tuesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 25, at the Miller School of Medicine campus. For more information, view the class schedule. This free benefit is available to UM employees, students, and members of the community. It is sponsored by the AHEC Tobacco Program of the University of Miami, the Florida Department of Health and Tobacco Free Florida.

For more information or to register, call 305-243-7606 or email Mohammad Asad at MAsad@med.miami.edu.

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