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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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Security Awareness Tip for February: Beware Tech Support Pop-Up Scams

Cyber-crime is proving to generate huge profits for criminals everywhere, so it’s no secret that hackers are getting more sophisticated with their attacks. A new type of cyber-attack, which mimics the telephone support scams we’ve seen in the past, uses intimidation and scare tactics to induce panic and gain access to your computer. Imagine you are browsing the internet when all of a sudden a window pops up with an alarming message: “Your identity has been compromised! Call now for immediate assistance!” If you  call this number, a person will request your username and password to login to your computer and “remotely assist” you. Once connected, they have unlimited access to all of the data on your computer and they may then prompt you for your credit card information to pay for their services.

Don’t become a victim to this type of cyber-attack! Contact UMIT at 305-243-5999 immediately if you receive one of these pop-up messages or believe  your computer may already be compromised. The best way to protect yourself is to understand what caused your computer to become “infected” in the first place. Read more about pop-up scams to learn about essential steps and precautions to take while browsing the web, clicking links, and even checking your email.




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