Sign Your High Schooler Up Now to Earn College Credit Next Summer and Apply Your Tuition Remission Benefit

The University’s three-week Summer Scholars Program offers talented high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to earn college credit in one of 16 academic specialties, learn from renowned UM professors, and experience college life—all before graduation. Students attend classes with their peers, learn time management skills, and explore South Florida on weekend excursions. Residential and commuter options are available.

The Summer Scholars Program runs July 1, 2017 through July 21, 2017. Students are encouraged to apply early to reserve space in their preferred program—the early action deadline is December 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until April 25, 2017 or until the program has reached capacity.

Employees may be eligible to apply their tuition remission benefit. For more information, please visit http://www.miami.edu/SSP or call 305-284-4000.​


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Herbert Wellness Center Staffers Step Up to Keep UM Safe

Three professional staff members become certified CPR and first aid instructors.

From left, Christina WooChing, Elena Fajardo, and Nikki Reifschneider display mannequins and a training AED used used in a CPR certification class.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 19, 2016) – When the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center found itself in need of CPR and First Aid instructors, it took some creative brainstorming to find the appropriate solution: three Herbert Wellness Center professional staff members stepped up to the plate and became certified instructors. Elena Fajardo, customer service manager, Nikki Reifschneider, assistant director of fitness and personal training, and Christina WooChing, assistant director of wellness programs, knew that by becoming certified instructors, the University of Miami would immediately become a safer community.

CPR and First Aid classes are free for Herbert Wellness Center student employees, and all emergency care courses are available to the public regardless of membership at the Herbert Wellness Center.
“As a fitness professional, I feel I am always in a position where patrons around me could potentially need CPR/AED or First Aid,” says Reifschneider. “I realized that not only is it necessary that I be certified, but that my fitness room staff and personal trainers be certified as well.”
Two eight-hour days of off-campus training tested the three women’s knowledge of what they thought they knew about CPR and First Aid, and taught them ways to organize fun and engaging classes.
“The best part about the training was the team-bonding experience I had with Elena and Nikki,” says WooChing, the newest member of the Herbert Wellness Center team. “We can now support each other in our staff positions and in teaching. We are already planning to co-facilitate some sessions.”
As professional staff members, and now as instructors, Fajardo, Reifschneider, and WooChing are working to create a safer community for UM students, faculty and staff. The women are also excited to give back to the students under their own roof. Every Herbert Wellness Center student employee has access to free CPR and First Aid training. With additional instructors, more student employees will learn how to quickly and appropriately respond during emergency situations, both on duty and in their everyday life.
“I want to make our facility and the UM campus as safe as it can be,” explains Fajardo. “It is important that our student staff is highly trained and prepared to expertly react to any emergency.”
The Herbert Wellness Center is one of the Coral Gables campus’s busiest facilities. Almost everything within its walls involves some level of physical activity. Thinking fast and feeling confident when responding to an emergency is imperative. CPR and First Aid classes equip participants with the preparation and skills to handle high-pressure situations. The Herbert Wellness Center operates under a high service standard of safety, and with three new emergency care instructors, that standard was just raised to new heights.
“The fact that we can potentially save a life or help in a crisis—who wouldn’t want the ability to do that?” adds Reifschneider. “I know if something were to happen to me, I would want a certified individual to step in and help.”
All emergency care courses are open to both members and non-members of the Herbert Wellness Center and are offered several times throughout the semester. For more information about emergency care courses or to register, click here.
Learn proper CPR technique, AED use and relief of choking in adults, children and infants. Upon completion of the course, those enrolled receive a two-year certification from the American Red Cross.
• Wednesday, October 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
• Monday, November 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Learn how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.
• Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, November 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“UM is an active and dynamic campus,” says WooChing. “There are some situations you cannot plan for, so you never know when these simple, easy-to-learn skills could save someone’s life.”

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University’s 403(b) Investment Structure to Change in January

The University of Miami’s 403(b) investment structure for the Retirement Savings Plan, Retirement Savings Plan II, Faculty Retirement Plan, and Supplemental Retirement Annuity is changing, effective January 2017. Over time, market performance, fund fees, and fund management are prone to change. The UM 403(b) Investment Committee, with assistance from independent investment advisors, has the fiduciary responsibility to oversee the investment options in Tiers 1, 2, and 3 of the 403(b) investment structure. The committee monitors the performance of funds, reviews fees and investment managers, and retains or replaces funds and/or investment managers as needed.

The following changes will occur in January:

  • There will be a new, lower cost share class suite of target date funds.
  • Six new mutual funds will be added, while four of the existing funds will be removed.
  • Six TIAA variable annuities will be frozen to new contributions, with four remaining open.
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Fidelity Investments will continue to serve as the Master Administrator of the University’s 403(b) retirement plans, with TIAA remaining as the annuities vendor. There will be no change to Tier 4, Brokerage Link, through which any mutual fund may be purchased.

Current 403(b) participants will receive communications via email and U.S. mail from Fidelity Investments and TIAA regarding the changes. Representatives from Fidelity Investments and TIAA also will be onsite throughout the next several months to answer your questions through one-on-one consultations and at the ’Canes Total Rewards Benefits Fairs in October.

If you have any questions regarding the changes to the investment structure, please contact Fidelity Investments at 1-800-642-7131 or TIAA at 1-800-842-2252. One-on-one consultations may be scheduled online at netbenefits.com/um.


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Employees’ Retirement Plan Annual Funding Notice

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires the University of Miami to provide an Annual Funding Notice to all participants of the Employees’ Retirement Plan (ERP). The Annual Funding Notice reports the funded status of the ERP for plan years 2015 and 2016, describes how the plan assets are invested, and outlines the benefits that are guaranteed by an agency of the federal government called the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). This notice is provided for informational purposes only. No action is required on your part.

If you have any questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a Glossary of Terms or email the HR-Benefits team by completing the online form.

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Staying Sane in an Insane World

Multiple work, family, and social demands can take their toll on one’s emotional well-being, often leading us to feel vulnerable and wondering how we will cope and manage it all. So much of our time and energy are spent tending to the needs of others that we forget to care for ourselves. This seminar is offered for those interested in exploring positive, proactive strategies to reclaim, cultivate, and nourish their sanity. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program consultant.

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, October 5, 12-1 p.m., Library Media room

Coral Gables campus: Thursday, October 6, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Miller School campus: Friday, October 7, 12-1 p.m., Clinical Research Building, room 1381A

FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered 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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