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April 19 | Emerson Suites | 10am - 2:15pm

There will be 3 sets of concurrent education seminars available for you to choose from depending on what interests you and where you are at in the retirement planning process. Register for one of our 10am sessions at

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Submitted on behalf of Brian Dickens, Vice President for Human Resources

As a follow-up to the previous Intercom announcement on February 10, 2017, I am pleased to share that Ithaca College is beginning work on a revised staff compensation program (non-faculty positions). The development of this program is one of the College’s top priorities. Our ability to recruit and retain professional talent requires a competitive and equitable compensation program that reflects our culture and work environment.  This program will also meet the mission and goals of the College and should be externally competitive, internally equitable, regularly updated, easily understood, and financially responsible.

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The Office of Human Resources invites you to attend the IC My Future Retirement Planning Event on April 19. The event will be held 10am to 2:15pm in the Emerson Suites. There will be 3 sets of concurrent education seminars available for you to choose from depending on what interests you and where you are at in the retirement planning process. Please feel free to attend just one of the seminars, or three!

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 On April 11, 2017, the Office of Student Employment will be hosting a luncheon in Emerson Suites to thank Ithaca College’s outstanding student employees for their dedicated work. All current student employees will receive a personal invitation to come, and we encourage supervisors to attend with their student employees.

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Free Parenting Class in Dryden

Contributed by Katie Sack on 03/20/2017 

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Parenting the Hardest Job in the World: An 8 week series for parents/caregivers.   

Parenting Skills Workshop Series  -- PS: It Works! Communication Skills for All

  • A class for every parent
  • Every parent comes out with something new
  • Share your strengths and learn new strategies
  • You are the most important teacher in your child’s life

Learn to talk with your children using the skills: Encouragement, Can Do, Choices, Self-Control and Respecting Feelings.

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You're invited to the fifth annual IC My Future Retirement Planning Event! Regardless of whether you’ve already begun arranging for your retirement years or even if you haven’t started yet, please join the Office of Human Resources as we bring together organizations skilled at helping employees plan for retirement.  

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PayFlex Coach can help you get more out of your Health Savings Account (HSA)

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The Town of Ithaca has a fundamental commitment to protect and enhance economic, community, and environmental resources. Currently, the Town is focusing primarily on environmental sustainability, working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Town operations and community-wide.       

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Do you have money left in your FSA? Find out what expenses are eligible by visiting the PayFlex member website or use the PayFlex Mobile® app. 

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Check this out! PayFlex Coach can help you get more out of your health care Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

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Check out the March edition of the Employee Benefits & Work/Life Newsletter.

 eni is pleased to bring you their monthly newsletter. This month, their experts bring you information and tips on yoga.

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For those of you who participated in a healthcare or dependent care FSA (Flexible Spending Account) in 2016, this is a reminder that any claims to those funds must be made by March 31, 2017. Spending account funds are "use it or lose it" according to IRS regulations.  Any unused funds will be forfeited.  

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Have you ever been told by a health care professional that you:

  • Are at risk for getting diabetes?
  • Have prediabetes?
  • Have high blood sugar or glucose?
  • Had gestational diabetes?

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Habitat’s Women Build program invites all females to learn and practice construction skills in a welcoming, friendly, positive environment.  Training sessions are hands-on and last approximately one hour, enough time to test the tools and ask lots of questions without taking up your entire evening.  Girls ages 14 and up are also welcome to join in!  Habitat for Humanity hopes participants will put their skills to good use by volunteering on a Habitat job site, making a difference by helping them construct decent, affordable homes right here in our community.   

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Teladoc is Here for You!

Contributed by Katie Sack on 02/21/2017 

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Ithaca College is committed to offering out employees quality health care options. We are proud to bring you Teladoc!

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Be aware that con artists will use video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Don’t become a victim. Deaf and hard of hearing taxpayers should avoid giving out personal and financial information to anyone they do not know. Always confirm that the person requesting personal information is who they say they are. Read the entire IRS warning by clicking here

Do you wish you had more time for yourself and for spending time with your loved ones? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can make that happen.  Your EAP through eni, BalanceWorks, is available 24/7 to help YOU and your eligible family members balance work/life demands.

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Flu Season is at Its Peak!

Contributed by Katie Sack on 02/16/2017 

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While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected year-round, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

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If you are interested in buying a home but don’t know where to start, the Homebuyer Class at Ithaca NHS can help. Participants get a free copy of their credit report and everyone has access to free one-on-one support during the purchase process. ALSO, INHS offers down payment and closing cost assistance to first-time buyers in Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties!  The March class starts Thursday, March 9 and runs weekly until March 30. Email for more information or visit

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