Register for the 2017 Corporate Run/Walk by February 27 to Save and Win

Corporate-RunLace up your running shoes and show that you’ve got this, again! Register for Team UM at the 2017 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk by Monday, February 27, and receive $15 off the registration fee and 300 Well ’Canes points. Those who register early will also have the chance to win free event registrations, four 4-day Disney Parks tickets, and an additional 500 Well ‘Canes points.

One of the nation’s largest 5K (3.1 miles) races, the Corporate Run/Walk will take place at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Thursday, April 27. Last year, Team UM took the crown of the largest team out of the 860 companies participating. Let’s be the team to beat again at the city’s largest office party while enjoying a night of exercise, food, entertainment, and prizes. Visit miami.edu/corporaterun for more details.

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Meditation, Mindfulness, and U at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February, 15, 2017) – Immerse yourself in a state of reflection, relaxation, and rumination this spring at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. In association with Sri Chinmoy Centres International and UMindfulness, the Herbert Wellness Center offers free meditation and mindfulness classes open to members and non-members.

Find your inner peace and quiet your mind at a free meditation class presented by the Department of Wellness and Recreation and Sri Chinmoy Centres International. Led by longtime meditation instructor Lunthita Duthely, each class encourages mental clarity and discipline as well as creativity and inner peace in your pursuit of personal satisfaction. The next two classes are on Monday, February 27 at 7:45 p.m. and Friday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m.

“Lunthita is a remarkable instructor,” says Christina WooChing, wellness program administrator at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Her dedication and passion for meditation is reflected in every session she shares with participants.”

In a partnership between the Herbert Wellness Center and UMindfulness, “Sound of the Bell” gives participants a safe space to explore mindfulness practice using sound. Participants will discover their innate capacity to focus, pay attention, and expand their awareness to fully embrace life. The free class, taught by Timothy Conner of the Frost School of Music and longtime practitioner of mindfulness, begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 and is open to all UM students, faculty, and staff.

Mindfulness and Compassion Workshop” introduces participants to practicing compassion and mindfulness in every day activities. Led by Scott Rogers, co-founder of the UMindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, this new workshop is on Thursday, April 20 at noon.

“University life can often become stressful for students and employees alike,” says WooChing. “We have forged an incredible partnership with UMindfulness, which has resulted in advantageous programs for the UM community, helping students, faculty, and staff relax and relieve stress.”

Reserve your spot in all sessions by contacting the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433 or registering online.

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Sign Up for Free Planner Training on March 2

Trying to take the chaos out of project planning and add more structure to team collaboration? If so, Microsoft Planner is a useful tool for your work life. Planner helps workgroups create shared plans (projects), assign tasks, and set deadlines. It also provides ways to visually organize and track your team’s progress with tools such as charts and visual dashboards. Plus, Microsoft Office works with Planner to assist in communication among team members and scheduling important events.

Interested? This course is offered on Thursday, March 2, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., on the Miller School campus (Dominion Tower, room 1003A). Sign up for this free, two-hour, instructor-led training offered by University of Miami Information Technology (UMIT) in ULearn (ulearn.miami.eduby searching for the keyword “Planner.”

Additional courses are currently available featuring a number of applications. To view the entire course catalog, visit the UMIT training website.



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Are You Ready to Retire?

If you are considering retirement, the “Ready to Retire?” seminar series, which will be offered on all three campuses, will guide you through every step of the process. Experts will discuss your retirement fund distribution options, health care benefits, important Medicare deadlines, and the emotional and psychological factors that contribute to a healthy and happy retirement. The seminar schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 27
12–1:30 p.m.
Rosenstiel Campus, SLAB Seminar Room

3–4:30 p.m.
Miller School Campus, Mailman Center Auditorium

Wednesday, March 1
12–1:30 p.m.
Coral Gables Campus, Storer Auditorium

For more questions or concerns regarding these sessions, contact HR-Total Rewards at miami.edu/benefits/ask or 305-284-3004, option 1.


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Summer Scholars Program Gives High Schoolers Taste of College—and Employees Possible Tuition Remission

Open to highly motivated high school juniors and seniors who can live on campus or commute from home, Summer Scholars offers six college credits in a dozen academic specialties—from marine science and digital media production to forensic investigation and filmmaking. As in past years, this year’s program, which will run from July 1 through July 21, will enable high school students to take college-level classes with their peers, learn time management skills, and explore South Florida on weekend excursions—while experiencing college life and learning from renowned UM professors.

Employees and alumni may be able to enjoy another bonus. Employees may be eligible to apply for partial tuition remission for the program, and alumni can receive a $500 tuition grant.

“The Summer Scholars Program offers employees and alumni an unparalleled opportunity to share their legacy,” said Rebecca MacMillan Fox, dean of the Division of Continuing and International Education. “And Summer Scholars have an unparalleled opportunity to experience college life and grow both academically and socially.”

Applications for this year’s Summer Scholars Program will be accepted until April 25, or until the program has reached capacity. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to reserve space in their preferred program.

To learn more about tuition remission, employees should visit Education Benefits. For more information about the program, visit www.miami.edu/SSP or call 305-284-4000.

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