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The Ithaca College Mind, Body, Me wellness program focuses on you: the employee. It gets you involved by helping you identify and move toward your personal health and well-being goals and encourages celebration of your successes. Mind, Body, Me promotes a culture of wellness at IC, and in doing so, supports a healthier YOU!

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The Mind, Body, Me wellness program focuses on you: the employee. It gets you involved by helping you identify and move toward your personal health and wellness goals and encourages celebration of your success.

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You have achieved the one year mark with your Mind, Body, Me wellness program and it’s only the beginning. In celebration of this achievement, we hosted a Flight Festival for you! 

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"When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others."
                                                                             ~ Dalai Lama

Each November, the "Thank You for Making a Difference" peer-to-peer appreciation program offers employees the opportunity to send "thank-you" notes to colleagues across campus.  

Handwritten notes are a simple - yet powerful - form of communication that conveys a clear message:  "You are worth my time." We invite all Ithaca College employees to take a few minutes during the months of November and December to send a note of gratitude to those who have positively affected your work/life!

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Last semester, Michael Faber hosted meditation sessions on-campus, twice a week at the noon hour. The Work/Life Initiative is looking at the possibility of bringing meditation back for the Spring 2015 Semester at the same time of day.   

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The third Thursday in November is the date of The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. They encourage smokers to use this date (NOVEMBER 20, 2014) to plan in advance to quit smoking THAT day! We want to take this time to follow The American Cancer Society’s plan within our Ithaca College community. If you are a smoker looking for motivation, use this time and start toward a healthier YOU!

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"Better learn balance. Balance is key." ~Mr. Miyagi

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With Thanksgiving on it's way, November is typically the time to give thanks, but reflecting on what you are thankful for throughout the year can boost your well-being. Read more about "Being Thankful" in the BalanceWorks November Newsletter

We do it all the time, it's automatic so we hardly ever pay attention to breath's rhythms. Attention to breathing in and breathing out is a focal point which anyone can master as a meditation exercise, no special talents are needed, nor is a particular set of beliefs a requirement for entry into the sheer delight and pure enjoyment to be had from this simple method of paying mind to our constant companion in life.  A small group doing this together for 35-45 minutes is very reinforcing and often produces a shared experience of "wow! that was good!"

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We are pleased to announce flu shots will be available at this year's Annual Employee Benefits & Work/Life Fair.  The Fair is on Tuesday, November, 4, 2014 from 10am to 3pm in Emerson Suites.  Benefit Eligible Faculty, Staff & Retirees Only please. College ID required to attend. 

We have all heard the numerous advantages of quitting smoking including the health, financial, and social benefits.  But although we hear it over and over, we cannot rid the fact that smoking cigarettes causes one of every five deaths in the United States every year. 

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November is Re-enrollment season, which means it’s time to start thinking about what insurance options you’re going to need for next year! 

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The Annual Ithaca College Employee Benefits & Work/Life Fair is less than a week away!  Join us for door prizes, games, old time photos, and gobs of information from our benefit & community vendors.  Each benefit-eligible employee who enters the fair with their College ID will be entered to win one of our swanky gift baskets.

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On Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Ithaca College will hold its first ever "POD" event to vaccinate staff and faculty against the seasonal flu!

Please dress appropriately to be able to receive a shot in the upper arm!

In order to greatly expedite the POD, all faculty and staff members who plan to receive their flu shots at this event are asked to print the Influenza Vaccine Screening and Consent form and Vaccine Information Sheet, found at the following link and bring the filled out form to the Fitness Center: 

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Be a dear, and bring a non-perishable food item to the Employee Benefits & Work/Life Fair. As the Caring & Sharing Committee kicks off its annual Thanksgiving food drive, this is a great opportunity to give back to the IC community and be entered to win an additional raffle prize.

The Ithaca College Annual Employee Benefits & Work/Life Fair will be held on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, in Emerson Suite from 10am to 3pm.  Benefit eligible faculty & staff only please. Present your College ID for admittance.


Grab your fedoras & boas and join us on Tuesday, November 4th from 10m to 3pm in Emerson Suites.  In addition to our existing benefit partners, such as Aetna, TIAA-CREF, Liberty Mutual, and eni, this will be your first opportunity to meet our new benefit vendors, The Hartford and Delta Dental.   It’s bound to be a roaring good time with games, give aways, and a feast of yummy eats provided by Sodexo Dining Services.

Benefit Eligible Faculty and Staff Only Please.  Present your College ID for admittance this fete’.


Our culture is permeated with conflicts of all kinds. In the family, workplace, government, community, schools, and the religions, the experience of conflict surrounds us. Yet we seem to have developed more skill in avoiding it or suppressing it, than in exploring it and working with it.

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Cultural competence refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Developing cultural competence results in an ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. Join us for this interactive works shop on cultural competency.

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Respectful Accommodations: ADA, Policy and Dignity

Making Ithaca College accessible to all community members will require creative and responsive accommodations. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses the need to make accommodations for persons with disabilities so that they can achieve success in their employment. This workshop provides an insight into what constitutes a “respectful accommodation.” Specific examples of accommodations for employees who have various types of disabilities are included.

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Come as a flapper or come as you are, come as a gangster or a silent screen star. It’s going to be fun no matter how you dress, just bring yourself and your College ID and we’ll do the rest. Please join us for the Annual Ithaca College Benefits & Work/Life Gala on November 4th in the Emerson Suites!

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