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Career/Life Digest – February 17, 2014

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What’s New:

  • Speaking of Sex: Cornell Library’s Human Sexuality Collection 25th anniversary exhibition, “Speaking of Sex,” runs through Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Samuel L. Hirshland Gallery, Kroch Library.
  • Cornell Cinema Winter Party: The event features a 9 p.m. screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Champagne” (1928), the last repertory cinema’s “Selections from the Hitchcock 9” silent film series, with live piano accompaniment by Philip Carli. The evening begins with a reception, including a complimentary glass of champagne, jazz piano, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a cash bar and drawings for door prizes. Click here to purchase tickets.

Save the Dates:

  • Fidelity is hosting a variety of online workshops during “America Saves Week” from February 24 – March 1. America Saves Week is a national campaign involving thousands of nonprofit, government, and corporate groups that encourage individuals to save money and build personal wealth.
  • Undergraduate Employee Degree Program: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m., 140 EHOB Did you know that you can work at Cornell and also study towards completing an undergraduate degree at the same time? Did you know that your tuition is completely waived under this program?  This workshop will address how to begin the process, what forms to complete and what credits may or may not transfer to a Cornell degree.  Reba McCutcheon, from Undergraduate Admissions, and Aubrey Lang from Benefit Services will facilitate this workshop.  Registration is not required.
  • Cornell Children’s Tuition Scholarship (CCTS) Program: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 9 – 10:30 a.m., 140 EHOB, or Thursday, March 20, 2014, 9 – 10:30 a.m., 140 EHOB If you have a senior in high school, this is a great workshop to attend to find out how the Cornell Children’s Tuition Scholarship Program can help to partially fund your student’s undergraduate degree.  Brian Carroll, from Financial Aid, will discuss financial aid and how it can differ from institution to institution as well as how the CCTS award can be viewed.  Aubrey Lang, from Benefit Services, will share the guidelines for eligibility, completing the CCTS application and how the approval process works. Registration is required.  Please email
  • Tuition Aid/Extramural Programs: Monday, March 24, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m., 140 EHOB Aubrey Lang, from Benefit Services, and Lisa Schutt, from the School of Continuing Education, will review the eligibility criteria and process for applying  for these two benefits.  Registration is not required.

Workshops and Courses

Wellbeing Programs
Wellbeing programs are open to Cornell community members (faculty, staff, students, post-docs, retirees, and spouses/partners). They assist individuals with tools and strategies related to life transitions, caregiving, physical and emotional health, and flexible work practices.  For more information, contact

  • Caregiver Support & Education Network Meeting: General discussion and sharing –12:15 - 1:15 p.m. February 20 in Weill Hall’s room 221 – details and registratio
  •  How to Have an Easier Pregnancy: Complementary Care for Comfort – 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. February 21 in Day Hall’s room 163 – details and registration
  • Downsizing and Decluttering – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. February 26 in Mann Library’s room 102 – details and registration
  • Cornell Wellness Program Celebrating 25 Years – Get Your Wellness Socks On campaign and Celebratory Event – details
  • Diabetes Nutrition: Tips And Tricks – 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. February 25 in Biotech room G01 – details and registration
  • Walk With A Doc – 12:00-1:00 p.m. Tuesdays, February 25 – April 22 on Barton Hall track – details and registration
  • Stress Reduction Workshop – Focus on Meditation 4wk Series – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tuesdays, March 4-March 25 in Plantations Visitors Center Ten-Eyck room – details and registration
  • Walk to Run Class – 12:00-1:00 p.m. April 7 - June 11 in Kane Track – details and registration

Training and Development Opportunities
The following courses are offered to staff and faculty. Questions can be directed to Organizational Development for Faculty & Staff (ODFS) at (607) 254-6400.

  • NSOCP: Organizational Development for Faculty & Staff welcomes you to attend the upcoming "New Supervisor Orientation Certificate Program": this 6-session program begins Thursday, February 27, 2014, and occurs each Thursday until April 3, 2014, from 9:00am - 4:30pm at 20 Thornwood Drive, Suite 101. The cost of the program is $300.  Click here to register and select this option: “nominating an employee for a leadership development program.”  Note: you will need to supply an account number when you register.
  • SDCP: Organizational Development for Faculty & Staff welcomes you to attend the upcoming "Supervisor Development Certificate Program": this 4-session program, which is a follow-up to the New Supervisor Orientation Certificate Program, begins Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and occurs each Wednesday until April 30, 2014, from 8:30am - 4:30pm at 345 East Hill Plaza.   The cost of the program is $0.  Click here to register, select: “nominating an employee for a leadership development program.”  (Note: even though the cost to attend is $0, you will need to supply an account number when you register: please see the cancellation policy when you register for more details.)

SkillSoft Online Courses
To access one or more of the 2000 online SkillSoft technical or business courses, books, or videos, at no cost to your department, you can log into the  SkillSoft e-learning site (using your Cornell net id and password. (Note: Not all of these publications have been reviewed and endorsed by the university)

  • Featured Course: Giving Feedback to Coworkers (id: _pc_ch_pach006)
  • Featured Book: Feedback in Performance Reviews by E. Wayne Hart
  • Featured SkillSoft Diversity Resource is a course: The Art of Global Communication (id: ID: COMM0022). Communication is too important to be left to chance. The subtleties of language, expressions, and gestures all enrich the content of what you are saying. Of course, when you're communicating on a global scale, you need to be sure that what you're saying--and the way you say it--will not cause offense to your cross-cultural audience. In this course, you'll find out more about the cross-cultural communication process, and consider body language, gestures, and active listening. You will also examine different methods of communication--finding out how best to write, present to, and communicate orally with your global audience.

Technical Training 
For current IT Training classes: click here. To see a complete listing of technical training resources, go to The current versions of office productivity training are Office 2010 (Access, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher & Word) and Adobe CS6 (Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop). Other versions are possible to have scheduled based upon unit need. To receive training announcements, send an email with the subject: join to Have a question?  Contact

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