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Cornell team returns with silver honors from Skidmore Culinary Competition

When students are away from campus, Cornell Dining’s culinary staff doesn’t just relax — they take the opportunity to learn, or experiment or even compete! Over winter break, Chef Bryan Roberts, a familiar face for many who regularly enjoy his work at North Star Dining Room, led a team of Cornell chefs for a three-day event at Skidmore College that culminated in a culinary competition.

What’s happening with the garage?

The parking garage on Hoy Road is in the final phase of planned renovations to the facility, built in 1987, and, according to Facilities Services staff, “the end results are guaranteed to shine.”

Renovations began last spring with work to repair and seal the expansion joints on each level and to fix delaminated concrete. Then the north stairwell was replaced and minor repairs made to the south stairwell.

Men of Color colleague group reaches out to community

Group of men and women of color.

For the second year, Cornell’s Men of Color Colleague Network Group (CNG) participated in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family initiative to brighten the holidays for families in need. The Men of Color CNG collaborated this past December with the Women of Color CNG; their combined efforts covered the boots, clothing, toys and other items requested by two families, with an additional $100 gift certificate for each. The groups contributed an estimated $800 in money and gifts.

Nominations for employee awards accepted through Feb. 27

Nominations by any faculty or staff members are being accepted, through Feb. 27, for two employee awards – an individual excellence award and a management award. In addition, nominations for a new award, the President’s Award for Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion, will be solicited from and submitted by college and unit diversity council leads. All these awards were created by the Employee Recognition Team in response to feedback from the Employee Survey to develop programs that give Cornell staff members greater recognition for their good work.

Ithaca mayor to launch 8th annual Soup and Hope series

The eighth annual Soup and Hope series kicks off with Mayor Svante Myrick ’09, speaking Jan. 15 at Sage Chapel at noon. Cornell Dining will provide soup and bread for those who attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Myrick was sworn into office in January 2012 and became, at age 24, the City of Ithaca’s youngest mayor and first mayor of color. He had been first elected to the Common Council at the age of 20 while still a junior at Cornell.

Upcoming estate planning workshops

Register for the following workshops by MetLife at https://www.metlifeplansmart.com/login.asp (use Cornell University as your company name) or call 1-866-801-3547.

Estate planning for mid-career employees (ages 35-50) – This workshop will be held Jan. 21, noon-1 p.m., G10 Biotechnology Building. Learn how to set and prioritize your goals, set up wills and trusts, address the potential impact of federal estate taxes, and use strategies to help ensure the care of your heirs. Lunch will be provided.

Last day for tickets Jan. 9 for Employee Celebration Jan. 17

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Reminder: Discounted $5 meal/game tickets for Employee Celebration are on sale through January 9 at the Athletic Department Ticket Office, Bartels Hall (Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or call 255-4247.

The dinner, featuring chicken parmesan and baked ziti with Italian cheeses (vegan option available), will be held Jan. 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Ramin Room, Bartels Hall.

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Seven energizing career resolutions for the new year

Did you resolve to eat healthier and spend more time at the gym this year? We all know how important fitness is to health. But think about this: you spend about a third of your life at your job. Couldn’t your career benefit from a fitness plan of its own?

Check out these fitness-inspired resolutions to help you revitalize your career and set a course for success in 2015:

Human Ecology smacks down energy use

Smackdown chart

For the last six weeks of 2014, the College of Human Ecology ran an energy smackdown, pitting its five buildings against one another to see which could save the most energy by closing lab fume hoods when not in use, turning off lights, shutting down computers and implementing other measures.

Occupants saved a total of 123,744 kilowatt-hours of electricity during those six weeks, equivalent to eliminating 1,237,440 100-watt incandescent light bulbs or 6,874,667 18-watt LED light bulbs.

Grow Your Career!

Mark your calendars now for upcoming brown bag lunch trainings in January.
Performance Management
Choose one of two convenient sessions:
January 7*
Noon – 1 p.m.
G10 Biotech Building
January 8*
Noon – 1 p.m.
Rm. 345 East Hill Office Building
Bring your lunch and learn about Cornell’s free tools available to help you proactively advance your career. Develop a career roadmap and work with your supervisor to make it a reality.

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