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If you don't yet have a budget, or if your current budget is constantly out of whack, take heart in knowing that you're not alone. In fact, 70% of all Americans don't have a working budget.

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Submitted on behalf of Mark Coldren, AVP for Human Resources

The Online Performance Review process for 2014-15 will be available for staff beginning April 1.  All staff members can access the self-assessment form through Employee Self-Service in Parnassus.  The main enhancement to the process will be the addition of 11 core competency areas for comments and feedback.  Staff will be able to provide examples of how they demonstrate mastery of these core areas.  Supervisors will be able to provide feedback and overall ratings by initiating the performance review through Manager Self-Service for the following competencies:

  • Adaptable
  • Collaborative
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Demonstrate Leadership
  • Engage in the Organization
  • Exhibit Professional Integrity and Ethics
  • Inclusive
  • Respectful
  • Responsive
  • Results Driven
  • Sustainable
  • Take Initiative
  • Value Personal and Professional Development

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National Financial Literacy Month is recognized in April as an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach individuals how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

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Last week we 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 6 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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Join us on April 2 in Emerson Suites B & C to plan your future! Retirement may be as close as tomorrow or as far away as 30 years, but it's never too early to start planning or to review the plans you've already made. 

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Take one simple step right now to make the most of your social security!  Register today for your personal My Social Security account at

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On April 16, 2015, 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.

Here is where we need your help - Since it was such a huge success last year, we would like to again put together a video to be played during the event with pictures of your awesome students and/or any kind words of appreciation you would like to share with those students. Please email the information you would like included in the video to before April 3rd.

When it comes to retirement planning, it’s never too early to start! By starting to plan earlier, you are able to increase the likelihood of a successful retirement. Not sure where to start? Start here:

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The sooner you start saving, the more time your money has to grow! Make saving for retirement a priority. Devise a plan, stick to it, and set goals. Remember, it's never too early or too late to start saving.

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The Spring 2015 All Supervisor’s Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 9:00 – 11:00 am in the Emerson Suites. The main topic for the meeting will be enhancements to the Performance Review form and process as they connect to building staff individual development plans. More information to follow. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Coldren at 274-3853 or


It’s never too early to start planning for your retirement. In fact, the earlier you start, the better positioned you are to make decisions and adjustments later on. In the early stages of your career and life, the most important action for retirement planning is just to start saving.

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March is Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month! 

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Staff Council, in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources, would like to remind benefit-eligible staff to review Paid Time Away (PTA) balances in Parnassus Employee Self-Service. Reviewing balances now will allow ample time to plan the use of vacation before new annual grants are applied on June 1st. To see balances, go to Parnassus:

Self Service Time> Create Timecard and click on "Show PTA Balances”

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Let’s face it, we all make bad food choices when we’re stressed out! Come learn about what causes stress, how nutrition plays a role in stress, and ways to manage stress in a healthy and nutritious way. 

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March is Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month! 

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Retirement is a big milestone in everyone's life, and with an ever-changing economy the idea of retiring means different things to different people. It is more important than ever to consider your personal definition of what retirement means and plan for the future with those goals in mind. With everything you want to accomplish in retirement, making sure you've thought through all the issues before you get there is an important part of planning.

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BalanceWorks March Newsletter

Contributed by Katie Sack on 03/12/2015 

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Everyone needs a little motivation now and again! 

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We all get stressed out at one point or another in our lives. The majority of people turn to eating as a method for relieving stress. However, the real challenge is managing stress that is sustainable for the future. 

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From the beginning of your career, one priority is to accumulate the assets you’ll need to provide income for the future, knowing how and where to invest, and what you need to start planning.  

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Counseling services help to assist and guide individuals in resolving problems and difficulties they might have in their lives. The main benefit of counseling is to help you have a life which you can entirely enjoy and appreciate and to also help you more deeply enjoy your important relationships.

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