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Meals on Wheels benefits deliverers and recipients

Barry De Libero delivers Meals on Wheels

As a lunch and dinner door checker, scanning Cornell ID cards at North Star Dining for nearly a decade, Ai-Ling Chen cannot go home to check on and make dinner for her parents, who have lived with her since November.

She counts on FoodNet Meals on Wheels to do that.

Team RWB Ithaca announces new social director

Jessica Waldman with Big Red Bear

Jessica Waldman, engagement director for Cornell Hillel, also has been named social director for Ithaca’s chapter of Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), a national veteran’s nonprofit organization. Waldman grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before spending seven years in Charlotte, N.C. Most recently, she earned her master’s degree in criminal justice at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte before coming to Cornell in July 2014.

Preparing for Baby Series

Baby photo

The Preparing for Baby workshop series will help you sort through all of the information available for new parents and guide you in making the best decisions for your family. Register for one or more of the programs at https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3UHv8yUzqhf1XeJ. All classes are held 4-5:30 p.m., at 140 East Hill Office Building, unless otherwise indicated.

New HR Service Center opens in East Hill

EHOB map

To provide a “one-stop shop” of services for Cornell faculty, staff and retirees to ease into various life transitions – starting a new job, welcoming a new baby, changing benefit status or caring for an elderly relative, for instance – the Division of Human Resources and Safety Services opened a new HR Service Center in the East Hill Office Building. Below are some frequently asked questions.

Lessons learned

Ella Diaz at Soup and Hope

At the Feb. 26 Soup and Hope in Sage Chapel, Ella Diaz, assistant professor of English and Latino Studies at Cornell, spoke of the lessons her struggles have taught her: 1) Live on life’s terms. “I am not the ruler of the universe and learning to breathe and accept life on life’s terms actually can be a relief … I am not in charge, it’s not all about me.” 2) Thine will, not mine. “I don’t think one has to be a religious person to trust in the idea of a power greater than one’s self … More than humility, this is about feeling connected to the world and its people.” 3) Be of service.

Celebrate 150 great years at Charter Day Weekend, April 24-27

Registration for Charter Day Weekend in Ithaca opened Feb. 24. Celebrations, commemorations and a festival of ideas and imagination will be held for four days, April 24-27. Events will be open to the public and require advance registration at http://150.cornell.edu/events/charterday/registration/. Live streaming will be available for certain events.

Procurement Services exceeds $30 million savings goal

By analyzing expenses, standardizing supplies, consolidating vendors and negotiating discounts, Cornell Procurement Services is saving Cornell more than $30 million annually.
Joanne DeStefano, vice president for finance and chief financial officer, recently announced that the Procurement Initiative has saved the university $30.1 million in annual non-salary budget dollars. These savings exceed the goal established during the Reimagining Cornell strategic planning initiative that began in 2009.

Upcoming financial workshops

Two workshops for pre-retirees (ages 50 and older) will be held in March:

• For contract college faculty and staff: March 4, noon-1:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1 (Murray Lecture Hall), Vet Research Tower
• For endowed faculty and staff: March 12, noon-1:15 p.m., G01 Biotechnology Building

Learn about your Cornell University and New York State retiree benefits. Also: download the Retirement and Beyond booklet and listen to the following webcasts:

Soup and Hope begins Jan. 15

Soup and Hope, the eighth annual winter series of stories to nourish a spirit of hope, kicks off Jan. 15, 2015, with Mayor Svante Myrick speaking at Sage Chapel at noon. As in the past, Cornell Dining will provide soup and bread for those who attend. All are welcome. Free and open to the public.

Staff and faculty can get physical therapy services on campus

Dealing with back pain or carpal tunnel symptoms? Recovering from an injury or surgery?

You may be interested to learn about one of Cornell’s best-kept secrets: physical therapy services for staff and faculty, available right here on campus.

Cornell community members can self-refer, making an appointment without having to be referred by their primary care provider. Better still – most PT fees are covered by Cornell employee (contract college and endowed) insurance plans.

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