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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 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

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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 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.

Planning for an inclusive holiday season

colored trees

The following guidelines are meant to assist Cornell community members in celebrating the winter holiday season safely and in accordance with the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

First, when displaying holiday decorations, employees are expected to be sensitive to the rights and views of others and of the university’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment. The visibility of decorations to other employees and their resulting impact upon the workplace should be considered by employees who place them in the workplace.

Prepare now for inclement weather (it’s already here)

snow plow

As the days grow shorter and the weather turns colder, it’s time for faculty and staff to review their units’ inclement weather staffing plans.

Cornell University offices generally remain in operation, classes continue and regular services are provided despite adverse weather conditions. Even in times of inclement weather, university employees are asked to continue meeting the academic, research and student support needs of our community.


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