Life Strategies for Managing Stress

This seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), provides participants with an understanding of stress and the ways it can be managed to optimize health. Stressors are hard at work in many facets of our lives. Learn to develop proactive responses that can help to lower stress, shift mindsets, and eliminate unhealthy habits. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, April 18, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, April 19, 12-1 p.m., Library Media room

Miller School campus: Thursday, April 20, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

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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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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UM Enhances Well-Being Through Laughter and Meditation

WOW-2017Between free massages, yoga sessions, and even a lesson on using humor to be healthier, faculty, staff, and students took the time to zen out during the University’s fifth annual Week of Well-Being. This year’s events, held April 3-7, encouraged the UM community across campuses and satellite locations to find their best selves through a number of activities designed to change the way they think about psychological health.

Isaac Prilleltensky, vice provost for institutional culture and dean of the School of Education and Human Development, led sessions sharing insight from his book, ‘The Laughing Guide to Well-Being,’ to show how humor and science can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program helped participants explore the principles of mindfulness for everyday life. Other returning WOW favorites included yoga sessions led by the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, and Wellness Fairs featuring giveaways, snacks, and a large ‘U’ installation presented by Fidelity Investments, inspiring employees to take steps towards their financial well-being.

View the slideshow below and take a survey to provide your feedback and improve next year’s WOW.

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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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