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Choosing when to retire is one of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. There are many considerations you need to take into account when choosing a retirement timeframe. One question you may be asking yourself is…

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1. Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: “his enthusiasm inspired them.”
2. Create (a feeling, esp. a positive one) in a person: “inspire confidence.”

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The annual Recognition of Service celebration is a presidential event honoring Ithaca College's dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators who have completed 10 to 50+ years of service at the College, with individual recognition taking place in five-year intervals.

This year's event will be held on Thursday, May 1, in the Emerson Suites and will honor employees with anniversary dates of hire that fall between June 1, 2013, and May 31, 2014.  Employees who have retired or will retire during the 2013-2014 fiscal year will be especially honored at the celebration.

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The Mind, Body, Me Spring Activity Facebook Challenge is in full swing and I'm sure with the weekend like we just had, you were able to enjoy your favorite Spring activity!

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April 2014 launched the start of the annual performance review season.  The annual staff evaluation is a key component of the College's performance management process and provides a valuable opportunity for managers and their staff to review and discuss past performance, clarify job duties, set goals and establish expectations for the coming year.  The review process will continue to follow the same overall approach and forms consistent with last year, and it is an expectation that all staff participate in the process.

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Ithaca College’s EAP Administrator, eni, is pleased to introduce a great new tool for you to use in your wellness adventure… BalanceGo is an extension of the personal assistant, counseling, and wellness services all seamlessly integrated into one easy to use app! Features of our mobile app include an EAP component to virtually “ask-a-counselor” any non-emergency behavioral health questions and a work/life component enabling members to make Personal Assistant requests. For more information on downloading and using this app for either iPhone or Android, please click here.

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The Office of Human Resources would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful faculty members who have given presentations as part of our Work/Life Distinguished Faculty Series:

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IC My Future
April 23, 2014 | 9:00am – 3:00pm | Emerson Suite B

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Spring is here and we want to see how you enjoy the warmer weather!

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Dependent Tuition Remission applications for returning students should be submitted no later than May 1st for the upcoming academic year.

Employee Tuition Remission applications should be submitted  one month prior to the start of the semester. If you are considering taking courses during the summer session please see the Educational Benefit Policy pertaining to Summer Sessions.

Dependent Cash Awards applications should be submitted by June 1st for fall and December 1st for spring along with a copy of a tuition bill for the semester you are applying for the benefit.

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Do you have questions about how Flexible Work Arrangements work for your department? Have you received a request from an employee that you have questions about? Are you considering all options when you review a Flexible Work Arrangement? Let us help you! 

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Effective communication builds strong business and personal relationships. Read the BalanceWorks April Newsletter to learn simple principles that can be applied immediately and will make you a more effective communicator.

  • Are you setting realistic goals for key life events and retirement?
  • Can you better balance your spending priorities to help you save more for your financial goals?
  • What investment mix and strategy is best for you to increase your portfolio's potential?
  • How do I get started contributing to the College's retirement plan?

Sign up today as space is limited. For an appointment please call 866-843-5640 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET)

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What if you had a Personal Assistant available 24/7 to help you with those to-do list items you just don’t seem to have time for? 

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The Work/Life Mission Series presents our Eating On Campus Tour Two! At this Eating on Campus Tour, we will start at Towers Dining Hall where we will explore options such as Asian Cuisine, In the Bag to-go meals, and the Fresh Food Market’s organic, local, and natural foods. We will also visit Sub Connection, which offers fresh subs made to order, coffee, and various snacks, as well as the new Library Café and its coffee and pastry options.  

EATING ON CAMPUS TOUR TWO
WHEN: April 9, 2014 from 11:30am - 12:30pm
WHERE: Meet at Towers Dining Hall
RSVP to benefits@ithaca.edu 
CLICK HERE to visit the Events Calendar

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What better way to Spring into action for your health and wellness than attending a great workshop! Below you will find a list of upcoming, on-campus events geared toward a healthier you. Click on the title of each event for more detailed information or visit the Events Calendar by clicking here

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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 wellness goals and encourages celebration of your success. Mind, Body, Me promotes a culture of wellness at IC, and in doing so, supports a healthier you!

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Join us on April 3, 2014 at 2:00pm for an informational session on Flexible Work Arrangements in the HR Conference Room (PRWC, GL52).

Do you know that Flexible Work Arrangements offer staff options to help manage the demands of work and life outside of work? Learn more about the options a Flexible Work Arrangement can offer you, such as: 

  • Flex Time: Work start, end times, and lunch periods may differ from the standard; however, the same number of hours/week worked are retained and schedules are consistent.
     
  • Compressed Work Week: Alternative schedule that compresses a normal week into fewer than five days. The same number of hours/week worked are retained and schedules are consistent.
     
  • Job Sharing: Full-time position is shared between two employees, each working part-time hours.
     
  • Telecommuting: Work from a remote location one or more days/week. The same number of hours/week worked are retained and schedules are consistent.

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Spring is coming! What is your favorite Spring activity? Is it running, walking the dog, barbequing? Whatever it is, share it with us for a chance to win!

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Have you heard of MyFitnessPal? If not, it’s a great resource that you can use every day to help achieve your health goals! MyFitnessPal is a smartphone app and website that can help you track your daily physical activity, nutrition, and nutrient intake. It’s easy to use, free, and includes many helpful ways to make healthy choices:

  • Easily keep track of food and nutrition intake by either searching for foods you’ve eaten or scanning its barcode into the app
  • Track exercise progress and calories burned by simply entering the activity and exertion level
  • Create fitness goals and easily track progress
  • Using MyFitnessPal is easy even when you eat on campus – its food database includes Sodexo products!

For more information about using MyFitnessPal or to create an account, use the following link: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/logout

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