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Tickets on sale and volunteers needed

Employee Day football fans.

Tickets are now on sale through Oct. 24 for Cornell’s Fall Employee Celebration for staff, faculty, retirees and their families, to be held Nov. 1. Your $5 per person ticket, which includes the dinner and several athletics events, can be purchased at the Athletic Ticket Office in Bartels Hall (M-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or call 255-4247.

The ticket price also includes the following athletic events:

Celebrating fitness on campus

 Laurie Conlon, Jamie Washburn and Amy Parmley

Cornell celebrated its second annual “Run @ Work Day,” Sept. 19. More than 150 people joined in the festivities, and chose from a variety of marked, pre-set routes all over campus or designated their own course. All fitness levels enjoyed the day, from seasoned runners to casual walkers. Once finished, participants completed a prize entry form to be eligible for a variety of prizes supplied by Cornell Dairy, Cornell Wellness Program and T2 Systems.

Ombudsman office celebrates 45th anniversary

From left to right: Charles Walcott, Linda Falkson and Helen Lang

Nearly half a century old, the Office of the University Ombudsman, 118 Stimson Hall, quietly goes about its business: serving as a confidential sounding board for staff, faculty and students.

But, come Oct. 3, 9-11 a.m., Charles Walcott, university ombudsman, Linda Falkson, associate ombudsman, and Helen Lang, ombudsman office coordinator, hope to make some noise.

Day of Caring Sept. 30

Day of caring volunteers sorting boxes.

Sept. 30 is the annual United Way Day of Caring at Stewart Park. See https://www.uwtc.org/dayofcaring.

More background:

Backpack program exceeds past records

Backpacks

At the start of this school year, donations to the Backpack Program provided for a record 823 backpacks distributed to 26 area schools for children in need, beating last year’s record of 817.

This year’s backpacks and donations for backpacks came from Cornell employees from all across campus, including the Law School and the Vet College; employees’ family members; community members; and such businesses as the Cornell Federal Credit Union and Walmart, through its grant project.

Invest in yourself: Take the Financial Fitness Challenge

Piggy bank with hand weights.

Enroll in the online Financial Fitness Challenge, at www.FFCprogram.com, beginning September 15: free, five-course online personal financial education programs are available to the first 500 employees who enroll. This program is provided by Benefit Services, sponsored by TIAA-CREF, and supported by Fidelity, MetLife and ING/VOYA. Learn at your own pace over a 10-week period, and complete courses by November 21 to be eligible for prizes.

Employees can take five courses in any one of the following six areas:

New! Financial education for all stages of your career

Benefit Services is offering a suite of financial education and planning seminars that address topics targeted to specific stages in the careers of Cornell staff and faculty. Below are the ones for the fall semester, 2014; additional seminars will be offered in 2015.

Cascadilla Gorge reopens

Gorge

A celebration of the opening of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail will be held Sept. 15, 4:30-5 p.m., at Treman Triangle Park at the base of the trail off of Linn St., with a self-guided tour of the gorge following the ceremony. All are welcome.

Remarks will be made by Christopher Dunn, E.N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations; KyuJung Whang, vice president for facilities services, Cornell University; Carolyn Peterson, former mayor of the City of Ithaca; Mayor Svante Myrick, mayor of the City of Ithaca and Todd Bittner, director of Natural Areas for Cornell Plantations.  

Be recognized as a leader through the Green Office and Green Lab Certification programs

The department of Energy and Sustainability is launching the Green Office and Green Lab certification programs and needs your workgroup’s participation.

The Cornell Green Office and Green Lab Certifications are point-based self-assessments that offices and labs use to assess their current practices and set sustainability goals. 

The Green Office certification focuses on community engagement, energy, green events, purchasing, recycling, transportation and waste management.  

Procurement Services receives national award

Cornell Procurement Services won the 19th annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award for 2014 from the National Procurement Institute (NPI). The award is earned by organizations that demonstrate excellence in innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership. NPI is a national network of purchasing and supply management professionals.

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