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Office of the Controller Fiscal Year-End Survival Kit Training for Coral Gables Campus

The Office of the Controller will host five sessions in the months of April and May for Gables Campus employees who have access to the DMAS system and will be involved with the 2017 fiscal year-end close. All sessions will be held in the Gables One Tower 6th-floor training room 639 on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, April 18,  from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 2, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 9, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Register through ULearn.  For additional information, email Martha Arocha at m.arocha@miami.edu.

 

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Free Skin Cancer Screenings and Well ’Canes Points

The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, in partnership with ’Well Canes, offers free full-body skin examinations for University of Miami faculty and staff enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan. Skin cancer screenings are recommended for everyone, regardless of personal or family medical history.

Skin cancer is prevalent in South Florida with more than one out of five people developing skin cancer in their lifetime. There are three major forms of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, often present on the face, particularly the nose, and may appear as a translucent area, which can easily break down and bleed. Squamous cell carcinoma generally develops in heavily sun damaged areas on the face and arms and appears as a firm scaly area, which may be somewhat tender when picked.

The most deadly major form of skin cancer in melanoma. Melanoma can be tricky to identify early as it often appears similar to a mole; however, it tends to not match the other moles on the body. As it grows, it becomes progressively more non-uniform. In a recent study in Germany, deaths from melanoma decreased by 47 percent in men and 49 percent in women, suggesting skin cancer screenings save lives. Early detection also results in simpler and smaller cancer treatments, resulting in less scarring if treatment is necessary.

UM offers free skin cancer screenings to all it employees on an annual basis. These screenings are designed to be quick to allow you to return to work right away. Most patients can be in and out of the office within 15 minutes. If biopsies or other advanced care, such as use of total body photos or confocal imaging, are required, then a formal appointment will be required. If a lesion poses concern, patients may choose to follow up with a physician of their choice and UM dermatology will expedite the appointment if a UM physician is chosen. Ultimately, it is the patient’s responsibility to follow up on a lesion.

Please call 305-243-6704 to schedule your appointment with our dermatologists. Remember to bring your Aetna medical insurance card to your appointment.

 

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Limited Free Tickets to Andrés Oppenheimer’s Conversation with Julio Borges

The University of Miami has a limited number of free tickets to the next event in the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald’s Americas Conference Series with Andrés Oppenheimer, which will feature the award-winning columnist interviewing Julio Borges, president of Venezuela’s National Congress, on Friday, April 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the UM Fieldhouse at the Watsco Center.

To reserve a free ticket, register for the conference, which will be conducted in Spanish, at http://conversatorios.bpt.me and enter UMguest in the blue link that says “Enter a Password or Discount.”  When the cost of the ticket displays as $0.00, select ticket and proceed to complete registration. Once the complimentary tickets run out, members of the UM community can purchase tickets for $15 by entering GoCanes.

After the interview, Borges, who heads Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Congress during a critical period in the nation’s history, will answer questions from the audience.

 

 

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Trainers Transform Lives

Personal trainer Naeem Bacchus, left, with Kladius Maynard after an early-morning session

Personal trainer Naeem Bacchus, left, with Kladius Maynard after an early-morning session

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 29, 2017) – Just one year after beginning personal training at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, senior Kladius Maynard is celebrating his physical and personal transformation. After making the courageous decision to start training and living a healthier lifestyle, Maynard is now a Herbert Wellness Center regular, working out at least five days a week. The international studies and economics major attributes his health and fitness success to the personal training program and his personal trainer, UM graduate student Naeem Bacchus.

Looking back on his life one year ago, Maynard can see how personal training has positively influenced his health, fitness aptitude, and personal growth. He lost more than 100 pounds and 62.5 inches, and improved his cardiovascular fitness by 30 percent.

“I wanted to feel better about myself,” says Maynard. “I knew that incorporating a healthier lifestyle would boost my confidence, improve my interactions with other people, and help me be an all-around better person.”

Personal trainers are not just for those looking to lose weight. Individuals at any fitness level can benefit from working with a personal trainer, who tailors the training to help each client reach his or her optimal goals. Whether you are looking to enhance strength, endurance, or quality of life, Herbert Wellness Center trainers are equipped to customize programming to fit your needs.

Maynard was ready to take control of his health, but like many who try personal training, the Stanford Residential College resident assistant knew he needed outside motivation to help get him to the gym at 7 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In order to cement long-term success, he wanted someone who encouraged him, pushed him, and motivated him to do the best he could. Enter Bacchus.

An exercise physiology graduate student and certified personal trainer, Bacchus became a trainer at the Herbert Wellness Center in summer 2014. With specialties in strength and conditioning, stability and mobility, he trains about eight to ten clients each week, an average number for trainers at the Herbert Wellness Center.
“I enjoy working with people and enabling them to improve their quality of life simply by sharing my knowledge and guiding them through a detailed process we plan together,” says Bacchus. “I try my best to find a way for us to accomplish their goals through specific programs.”

Nikki Reifschneider, assistant director of fitness and personal training, explains that personal trainers at the Herbert Wellness Center are UM students, typically earning degrees in an exercise- related field, such as exercise physiology, sports medicine, or physical therapy. Not only are trainers certified through a nationally recognized organization, they exhibit practical and intellectual competency and leadership in fitness while also learning the newest and most up-to-date information in their respective education fields on a day-to-day basis.

While teaching physical movement is a large part of the personal trainer’s work, there is also a lesser-known responsibility to connect with clients on a psycho-emotional level. After a year of training together, Maynard views Bacchus as more than a personal trainer; he is also a friend.

“I feel we developed a friendship outside the professional trainer-trainee relationship, and that’s what makes it easier,” Maynard says with reverence. “Because Naeem connects with me on other aspects of life outside health and wellness, it is like I am working out with a friend more so than someone I am paying.”

Personal training is built on a foundation of trust and respect. Maynard attributes his success to feeling completely comfortable and at ease with his trainer. He knows Bacchus is there to support him, teach him, and guide him.

Since embarking on his personal training journey with Bacchus, Maynard can confidently say his life has changed for the better. In addition to improvements in his fitness abilities, flexibility, and overall strength, Maynard notices exponential enhancements in his quality of life, self-image and confidence. Not only is Maynard healthier physically, he is also healthier mentally.

“Working with Klad is very inspiring and beyond anything I could have ever imagined,” says Bacchus. “Kladius puts in all the work, but knowing I was able to help him change his life permanently in just over a year is absolutely incredible.”

The Herbert Wellness Center currently employs 17 personal trainers from a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties. Personal training is ideal for someone looking for a structured exercise program, movement assessments, proper technique instruction, motivation, accountability, and a mentor or friend.

“Beginning this process is bound to be scary and that is a natural feeling to have,” adds Maynard. “But starting to work out is the hardest decision to make and from there on out, everything else is easier.”

To learn more about the personal training program and start your personal training experience, click here.

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Benefit Summary Plan Descriptions Now Available Online

Now available online, the 2017 benefit summary plan descriptions and summaries of benefits and coverage provide information on UM benefit plans, including when faculty and staff may begin participating and how to file a claim. To request a printed copy, please contact HR-Benefits by completing the online form or calling 305-284-3004, option 1.

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