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MAY 31 is World No Tobacco Day!

Contributed by Katie Sack on 05/12/2015 

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World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), is an annual awareness day celebrated around the globe that draws worldwide attention to the tobacco epidemic and highlights the need for effective policies to reduce tobacco use. World No Tobacco Day is celebrated each year on May 31st!

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The transition to PayFlex for both Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts is now complete.  You can access your PayFlex accounts via Aetna Navigator at Or you can check out the PayFlex website at for a personal walk through of PayFlex. If you have additional questions about PayFlex, your spending accounts, or health saving accounts please join us for one of our PayFlex information sessions on the following dates & times.

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As our first week with PayFlex comes to a close, a few reminders for those with a Health Care Flexible Spending Account.

By now you have received a new PayFlex Debit Card that you can begin to use on or after May 8, 2015 to pay for Prescription Drug co-pays.  The FSA PayFlex card will allow participants to use the card at qualified merchants where MasterCard is accepted.  In order for the cards to work the stores must have a system that can process healthcare cards (most large chain stores have this system).  The debit card can only be used to pay for prescription copays. *Once you exhaust your Flexible Spending Account please retain your debit card if you plan to elect to have a flexible spending account in future years.  If you elected a healthcare flexible spending account in 2015 and have NOT received a debit card please contact

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Performance Review Reminder

Contributed by Jane Ray on 05/07/2015 

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The Online Performance Review process for 2014-15 is currently available to staff.  All staff members can access the self-assessment form through Employee Self-Service in Parnassus. 

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This month we are sharing some great reminders on our retirement plan, our transition to PayFlex for the administration of our Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts, as well as information about our exciting Summer Wellness Series.

Have a Great May!

May Employee Benefits & Work/Life Brief

Did you know that Ithaca College has a wellness program for benefits-eligible faculty and staff? 

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Summer shouldn’t be overwhelming, and neither should be finding the right Summer Camp! Let your Personal Assistant do the work for you!

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Join us on May 7th from 11:30 - 1:30 in Klingenstein Lounge to learn how the Mind, Body, Me wellness program can help you meet your wellness goals! 

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As part of the Work/Life Summer Wellness Series, Dr. Mike Massari will be presenting a workshop on “How to Lose 20 Pounds in 30 Days”.  The purpose of this Summer Wellness Series is to help you become a healthier and happier YOU!

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Don’t forget to check out our new Wellbeing Tracks! The Wellbeing Tracks are pathways for you to follow in your journey for better health. Each Wellbeing Track is designed to focus on a specific aspect of health and help you to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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Look no further! Join us on May 7th from 11:30 - 1:30 in Klingenstein Lounge to learn more about the Mind, Body, Me wellness program! 

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Did you miss an online workshop presented by TIAA-CREF? You can still catch up by following the on-demand version at

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Do not miss out on this Summer Wellness Series with Ithaca Chiropractor, Dr. Mike Massari, brought to you by the Office of Human Resource’s Work/Life Lunch and Learn series! Throughout the summer months of 2015 Dr. Mike will lead workshops on How to Lose 20 pounds in 30 days, Home and Body Detox, Secrets to Longevity and more! The workshops will help you become a healthier and happier YOU. The schedule of events is below:

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We recently announced that Aetna has partnered with PayFlex to administer Ithaca College Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts.  As a result of this change our Aetna Representative will be on campus several times over the next few weeks conducting informational sessions on PayFlex and to answer any questions employees may have on the change to PayFlex. The following informational sessions will be held in the Office of Human Resources, Garden Level, Peggy Ryan Williams Center. No RSVP necessary.

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TIAA-CREF Managing Director and Global Investment Strategist Dan Morris, who makes regular appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg News, will discuss economic developments that could impact your retirement savings strategy, including global market perspectives, the pace of the U.S. economic recovery, and how the Federal Reserve Bank’s actions could influence markets.

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Investment strategies can differ greatly from a rapid growth strategy to a safety strategy. The most important part of any investment strategy is that it aligns with the individual's goals and is closely monitored.

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Join the Ithaca College Active Minds Organization on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at noon in the HR Conference Room (GL52) in the Peggy Ryan Williams Center as they present "Being a Mental Health Ally." This workshop is open to all faculty, staff, and students. 

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If you are interested in learning more about Flexible Work Arrangements, The Office of Human Resources is holding informational sessions for supervisors and employees. The following sessions will be available in the HR Conference Room (PRWC, GL52).

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Discover practical strategies for taking retirement income, tax advantages of various types of distributions, and see how to manage your retirement plan account for the long term.

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