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UHR|Connect May 2017 UHR Senior Leadership Team behind the scenes at Milkboy

Thank You to Our Interns!

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Strengthening Your CORE

Makaela Jackson - HRIS and Compensation Units

Many of us are interested in enhancing our career and looking for opportunities to contribute to our campus. Page 2

Jun Li - Learning & Talent Development Unit

Taking Stock

As we approach the end of the semester, University Human Resources wants to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our three undergraduate interns:

Karlyn Warzinski - Staff Relations Unit Your work is greatly appreciated and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

You can open your own personal my Social Security account within a matter of minutes. Page 3

Master Facilitator Workshop Are you a current facilitator, aspiring facilitator or simply have an interest or passion in learning and talent development? Page 4

Custom L&TD Sessions Get a glimpse of a custom professional development session. Page 5

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STRENGTHENING YOUR C.O.R.E With the arrival of Spring, we’ve all begun to focus more intentionally on exercising and becoming more active. Fitness plans are all the rage, as evidenced by a rise in gadget purchases (Fitbits and kettle bells) and even gym memberships. As we think about ways to improve our physical fitness, do not forget to consider how we might improve our career fitness (or preparedness) for future opportunities at the University! By using an analogy from fitness, let us explore the notion of improving one’s career preparedness. A stronger core (or midsection) helps us maintain good posture, aligns all of our vital organs and helps us lift objects. What if it were possible to prepare for future opportunities at UMD by strengthening one’s core? UMD is a great place to work (check out job postings at and many of us are interested in enhancing our career and looking for opportunities to contribute to our campus. Let us take a closer look at how your CORE can help you navigate your career.

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According to UHR Learning & Talent Development Specialist, Angela Jackson, the acronym CORE stands for:


ompetencies: what skills have you developed as a result of your current position? How might you take advantage of opportunities present in your work to broaden your skill set? Are there additional tasks/responsibilities you can take on to hone your skills and/or develop new ones? Are you articulating these skills on your resume and your cover letter? Have you updated your resume lately? Which skill sets are needed for the type of opportunity that you would like to pursue in the future?


pportunities: what opportunities exist to work on projects that align with your specific interests and aspirations? How do people articulate their interests in taking on additional assignments or becoming a part of committee work and/or initiatives within your Unit, Department, Division? Do not forget to visit to find out about training opportunities offered by University Human Resources. Taking LDI I, LDI II, EDI or some of our other custom training provides solid professional development!


eadiness: How much research have you done about the types of opportunities you want to pursue? How are your skills an asset to the work associated with your desired position? What skills and/or certifications are in high demand for your current/desired position? How do you reflect your value in your resume, cover letter, conversations, networking opportunities, etc.?


fficacy: In what ways are your aspirations in alignment with your Unit’s philosophy and practices? How do you add value to your Unit, Department and/or Division? How can you showcase your skills in a more meaningful way? Are you making the kind of impact that leads to other opportunities? Be sure to measure your effectiveness in communicating your value by helping others understand how you contribute to your Unit, Department and/or Division. Take some time to reflect on your CORE and have a conversation with another person (a supervisor, colleague and/or mentor) about your thoughts. This will allow you to share your aspirations and be more intentional about looking for opportunities to develop your career at UMD.

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Lunch & Learn


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Learn about a whole food, plant-based diet.

Dr. James Loomis, Medical Director of the Barnard Medical Center, will talk about how to reach and maintain optimal health with a whole food, plant-based diet. The Lunch & Learn will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 in 1101U Chesapeake Building from 12:00 – 1:00. Please register at


May’s Lunch & Learn will focus on Healthy Lunches: It’s in the Bag! You will learn simple tips for packing a healthy lunch and ideas for eating out on a limited budget and limited lunch time. The Lunch & Learn will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 in 1101U Chesapeake Building from 12:00 – 1:00. Please register at

Taking Stock Social Security Administration, Washington, DC It is a perfect time to take stock of your retirement savings. Social Security is there to help secure your future, but savings should be the foundation of a bigger retirement plan. Have you ever done business online? The convenience and safety of doing business online is one way we are meeting the changing needs and lifestyles of our customers. You can open your own personal my Social Security account within a matter of minutes and have access to your information at any time of the day, from the comfort of your home or office.

If you live in the District of Columbia and Maryland among other states, you may be able to replace your Social Security card online using my Social Security. It’s an easy, convenient, and secure way to request a replacement card online. To take advantage of this new service option, you must: • •

Have or create a my Social Security account; Have a valid driver’s license in a participating state or the District of Columbia or Maryland (or a state-issued identification card in some states); Be age 18 or older and a United States citizen with a domestic U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses); and Not request a name change or any other changes to your card.

We plan to add more states, so you are encouraged to check throughout the year. It is important that you check your Social Security Statement every year since your future benefits are based on your earnings record. Your Statement can help you plan for your financial future. We encourage you to go online to my Social Security to access your Statement whenever you wish to verify your earnings history or check your estimated future benefits. One sure way to stay on top of your financial future: you can join the millions of workers who have opened their own my Social Security account at

With a my Social Security account, you can: •

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Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year, which is important because your earnings are used, along with other information, to help determine your benefit amount and eligibility; Get an estimate of your future benefits, if you are still working; Get a letter with proof of your benefits, if you currently receive them; and Manage your benefits: o Change your address; o Start or change your direct deposit; o Get a replacement Medicare card; and o Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

700 employees took advantage of the financial workshops offered during the month of April (National Financial Literacy Month)

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Medicare Is the Best Care if You Are Age 65 or Older Social Security Administration, Washington, DC Medicare is health insurance for people receiving Social Security who are age 65 or older, or those who have received Social Security disability benefits for more than two years. Since understanding Medicare can save you money, here are a few facts. Medicare parts A and B: •

Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care, hospice care, and home health care. Most people get Medicare Part A premium-free since it was earned by working and paying Social Security taxes. Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover services from doctors and other outpatient health care providers, outpatient care, home health care, durable medical equipment, and some preventive services. Most people pay a premium for Part B.

Most people first become eligible for Medicare at age 65, and there is a monthly premium for Medicare Part B. In 2017, the premium for most people is $134.00. Some high-income individuals pay more than the standard premium. Your Medicare Part B premium also can be higher if you do not enroll when you are first eligible, also known as your initial enrollment period. There also is a Medicare Part B deductible of $183 per year in 2017. You can delay your Medicare Part B enrollment without having to pay higher premiums if you are covered under a group health plan based on your own current employment or the current employment of any family member. You can sign up for Medicare Part B without paying higher premiums: •

In any month you are covered under a group health plan based on your own current employment or the current employment of any family member; or Within eight months after your employment or group health plan coverage ends, whichever comes first

If you are disabled and working (or you have coverage from a working family member), the same rules apply.

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For more information about Medicare visit Or read our publication on Medicare at

The Master Facilitator Workshop Are you a current facilitator, aspiring facilitator or simply have an interest or passion in learning and talent development? Have you ever had difficulty keeping participants excited or engaged with the session? Have you ever struggled with challenging participants or other problems that have prevented you from achieving your learning goals? If you answered yes to any of the above then The Master Facilitator workshop might be for you. The intensive, two-day workshop topics such as: • • • • •

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Adult learning theory and why it matters Proven, tested techniques for “flipping the classroom” Experiential learning exercises that involve and excite learners How to write an effective learning objective How to create a learning environment that helps participants feel valued, appreciated and connected to the training experience The essential skills needed to be an effective facilitator The value of the “5 second rule” How to turn difficult or challenging participants into engaged learners Techniques for solving your own facilitation challenges Methods for quickly and effectively designing a learning program using PSA and ROPES The “Do’s and Don’ts” for public speaking

Current workshop offerings are booked full but if you are interested in this program, contact Lauren Pazornick in the Learning & Talent Development office x55651 or

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Learning & Talent Development heads to the Eastern Shore

In April, University of Maryland Extension - Lower Eastern Shore Cluster hosted a professional development session for its faculty and staff. Angela Jackson, Learning & Talent Development Specialist, facilitated Building Balance into Your Life for 25 participants. This session, created by Angela Jackson and Laura Tan, Associate Director for Resident Life underscored the importance of personal wellbeing and offered strategies for maintaining a healthy sense of balance amidst pressing obligations and responsibilities.

Kathy Decker, Administrative Assistant II for the Worcester County Office and Karen Reddersen, Area Extension Director for Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties organized the event. The session focused on Gallup’s research on Wellbeing and how it relates to becoming our best selves at home and in the workplace.

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Congratulations! Maria Knox for completing her Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation from WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals.

LDI & EDI Graduate Two More of Our Team Congratulations to both Ruth Yun and Teika Robinson!

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New Employee Orientation & Welcome

Leadership Development Initiatives LDI 1.6



UHR Benefits: New Employee Benefits Enrollment and Q&A

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New Employee Orientation & Welcome





Employee Development Initiatives EDI 1.6

BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) Brown Bag Seminars



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BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) Brown Bag Seminars

PRD Performance Improvement Plan FMLA Training Managing Time & Attendance The Disciplinary Process






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Encouraging an Inclusive Culture

Workplace Safety






Memorial Day

I-9 Complete (Refresher Training)

UHR: The Master Facilitator (Multi-Day Event)

UHR Benefits: New Employee Benefits Enrollment and Q&A

**Dates and Times Subject to Change. Please visit the training calendar for up-to-date course listings** Registration graphic Designed by Freepik

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