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Mind and Matter, FSAP’s Spring Edition eNewsletter, Now Available

The spring edition of Mind and Matter offers insight on how an internal paradigm shift can lead to an abundant life. Mind and Matter is the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program’s quarterly newsletter and features articles on health and well-being, helpful tips on maintaining work-life balance, and other valuable resources such as free wellness seminars for faculty and staff. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, or seminar announcements via email, please visit the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program website or contact Caliope Bootle at cbootle@miami.edu.



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UMindfulness Presents Noah Levine on ‘Against the Stream: Applying Contemplative Practices to Addiction and Recovery’

The UMindfulness Research and Practice Initiative is hosting a lecture by and conversation with meditation teacher and best-selling author Noah Levine on Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Newman Alumni Center. The son of American Buddhist author Stephen Levine, Noah Levine, who was trained by noted Buddhist practitioner and author Jack Kornfield, has been a pioneer in offering contemplative practices to those in recovery. Tickets are $10 for current UM students; $20 general admission. To RSVP and purchase tickets, please visit the website.

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Free Sway Training is Available on February 1 or February 23

Looking for a creative way to develop compelling presentations? Meet Microsoft’s Sway – the brand new presentation tool that joins Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote all in one. Sway helps you easily create and share an interactive web-based canvas of your ideas. Learn how to transform your photos, video, charts, tweets, and more into a polished presentation design.

Interested? This course is offered on Wednesday, February 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Gables One Tower, 1320 South Dixie Highway, Room 1100J, in Coral Gables, or Thursday, February 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Miller School of Medicine 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 by searching for the keyword “Sway.”

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

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Learn about New ‘TALK for Success’ Performance Evaluations Effective February 1

The performance management process is changing February 1. TALK for Success focuses on ongoing conversations between supervisors and their direct reports. To learn more, sign up for a webinar or read frequently asked questions at www.miami.edu/talk.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Performance evaluations will be conducted in Workday from February 1 through March 31, 2017.
  • The Workday process includes brief questions that allow managers and their direct reports to effectively evaluate employee performance as related to the University of Miami’s DIRECCT values and service standards.
  • Beginning in FY18, performance feedback discussions will take place at least three times per fiscal year (June through May).
  • For the Miller School of Medicine, clinical competencies will not be tied to the performance review process and can be evaluated in Halogen at any time throughout the year.
  • Performance assessments will directly affect merit increase planning. Documented performance at the Performance Expectations Met/Meets Standards level or above is required for merit increase eligibility.
  • Employees may review past performance appraisals through March 13 here.


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Compliance Corner: Student-Athletes and Agents Do Not Mix

There have been numerous national media reports regarding agents having impermissible encounters with collegiate student-athletes. The actions of an agent are governed by the professional players’ associations (NFLPA, MLBPA, etc.), so NCAA rules primarily outline what a student-athlete may do in relation to an agent. Below are some frequently asked questions about this topic so you may gain a basic understanding regarding NCAA rules in this area.

Q: Would prospective or enrolled student-athletes jeopardize their amateur status and become ineligible for intercollegiate athletics if they retain an agent?

A: YES. The basic rule is that student-athletes are ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if they have ever agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing their athletic ability or reputation in that sport.

Q: How would the NCAA find out if a student-athlete did sign with an agent?

A: Information comes to the NCAA from a variety of sources. For example, it may come from the student-athlete or the institution, the student-athlete’s ex-girlfriend or boyfriend, a disgruntled teammate, or a competing agent, or runner. If the NCAA receives credible information that suggests that a violation may have occurred, it will follow up.

Q: What benefits can agents provide to enrolled or prospective student-athletes without jeopardizing their amateur status?

A: NONE. Any benefits (i.e., cash or other gifts or services) that agents or their firm or agency provide to student-athletes would constitute compensation for their athletic talent and abilities, regardless of the value of the benefit or whether the benefit is used.

Q: Can an agent send a gift to a student-athlete’s mother or girlfriend?

A: NO. A student-athlete’s friends or relatives cannot receive any benefit that would be an impermissible benefit if received by the student-athlete, without jeopardizing the student-athlete’s amateur status.

Below are additional guidelines for athletics department staff members:

  • No athletics department staff member of a member institution may serve as an agent or represent, directly or indirectly, any individual in the marketing of athletic ability or reputation to a professional sports team or a professional sports organization, unless that staff member is acting in his or her capacity as a member of the institution’s professional sports counseling panel.
  • An athletics department staff member may not receive benefits for facilitating or arranging a meeting between a student-athlete and an agent, financial advisor, or a representative of an agent or advisor.

Maintaining compliance is essential to the success of the University’s athletics programs. The UM Athletics Department asks for your help in making sure the U is operating within the rules. As always, your efforts to help the University maintain a culture of compliance are greatly appreciated. For more compliance information, follow the UM Athletics Department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UCompliance), or contact them via email, athleticscompliance@miami.edu.


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