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Spring 2014 | Volume 1

Trading School Days for Work Days Inside Week of Well-Being A Flexible Workweek: Is It For You? Lace Up For A Stronger U InsideUM Profiles We Reached the $1M Mark


INSIDE THIS ISSUE Trading School Days for Work Days


Inside Week of Well-Being


A Flexible Workweek: Is It For You?


Lace Up For A Stronger U


InsideUM Profiles


We Reached the $1M Mark


ABOUT INSIDE UM InsideUM is a quarterly online publication brought to you by the University of Miami’s Department of Human Resources to provide news and information to faculty and staff written from the employee’s point of view. Content includes topics on all wellness dimensions—physical, psychological, financial, interpersonal, communal, and occupational.

Trading School Days

Take Our Daughter

Youngsters will trade in their school books to experience the world of work as the University hosts another Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. As another opportunity to help young minds discover the power and possibilities of a good education nears, let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at past years’ events. Lisi Carreno, Executive Director for Talent Acquisition for Human Resources, has served as the program’s coordinator at UM for the past five years.

Every edition will feature employee profiles, upcoming events, benefits, wellness videos, and more.

IU What is the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day IU: program?

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LC This program is designed to expose children to a typical workday LC: through a hands-on interactive environment. It focuses on showing them the value of their education and provides them an opportunity to clearly outline the necessary steps to reach their career goals and achieve success.

Charisse Lopez-Mason, Director, HR Communications Melissa Cabezas, Manager, HR Communications Geisha Garcia, Communications Specialist, HR Communications Steve Pierre, Communications Specialist, HR Communications

IU How did you become involved in coordinating the event? What is IU: your role?

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LC: LC I have organized the event for the last five years, however, I have participated as a volunteer since 2001.

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rs and Sons to Work Day Returns IU: IU What criteria do you consider when developing the activities offered to the children?

LC We plan activities that are interactive, fun and representative of different areas of study and career paths. LC: IU: IU Which activities have the children enjoyed most?

LC Past activities have involved participation from different schools and departments. Children have created LC: resumes at the Toppel Career Center, participated in wellness activities at the Wellness Center, learned about visual and graphic arts at the School of Communication, and acted as doctors and nurses at the School of Nursing. I recall the latter being one of their favorites. IU: IU Describe the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in three words.

LC Fun, educational, and eye-opening. LC: IU Tell us one fun fact about this day that we may not know. IU: LC We always invite a special guest such as University President Shalala, Provost LeBlanc, or Sebastian the Ibis. LC: Our featured guest speaker last year was Jackie Nespral, UM alumna and anchorwoman for WTVJ-Miami. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day takes place on May 15, 2014 on the Coral Gables, Miller School of Medicine, and RSMAS campuses.

Mark Your Calendar

Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day is May 15, 2014


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Inside Week of Well-Being A Letter From a Past Attendee

My name is Melanie Watkins and I am a senior cytogenics technologist in the Department of Pathology at the Miller School of Medicine. I first heard about the Week of Well-Being in 2013 from eVeritas, the online newsletter for faculty and staff. The event sparked my interest because it was the first time the University was offering such an exciting and varied schedule of activities and presentations related to wellness. I worked with my supervisor, who was very accommodating, to ensure that I could attend the events of my choice.

The week truly made a difference in my life. In my insatiable quest to learn new recipes and find healthier ways to cook meals for my family, I attended the live cooking demonstration led by Chef Michelle Bernstein, which was worth the trip through the rain. I also benefited from the sleep presentation led by Dr. Ashwin Mehta. He provided four ideas to help us get a better night’s rest. That same night, I shared the tips with my night-owl daughter and restless husband, and as result, we are all sleeping better. The yoga class was amazing. I have practiced yoga for quite some time now, so the mid-day yoga session provided me with an ideal opportunity to incorporate the practice into my workday. And lastly, attending a financial workshop from Fidelity has made the greatest long-term impact in my life. The representative was friendly and knowledgeable and met with each of us individually. With her help, I increased my voluntary contributions to my retirement account, and my colleagues, who had never contributed through the University’s retirement savings plan, signed up to begin building their nest eggs. The University’s inaugural Week of Well-Being truly changed my life for the better. I can’t wait to see the event lineup for 2014. Sincerely,

Melanie Watkins Visit the 2014 Week of Well Being Website

Get a sneak peak into this year’s Week of Well-Being! UM alumna, master trainer, author, and fitness enthusiast Nicole Chaplin will lead interactive exercise sessions at different locations during the 2014 Week of Well-Being. Nicole’s philosophy on wellness starts from the inside. She believes that proper nutrition and regular exercise will make you feel better about yourself, therefore improving your overall well-being.


Click play to watch Nicole’s video and see more about what you can learn from attending one of her exercise sessions.


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TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY UHealth Free Orthopaedics Screenings 12:00pm to 5:30pm


Financial Planning One-on-One Sessions (all campuses)

By appointment. Story Book Readings (Carver Elementary School)

Urban Farming Meryl Starr: Let’s with Will Allen Get Organized 10:00am 10:00am

Dr. Allespach: Stress Management Model 10:00am

Dr. Mehta: From Surviving to Thriving 10:30am Within Reach (presented by Marine Breezeway

WELLNESS FAIR 11am-2pm University Foote Green Medical Campus



Dr. Kava: Men’s Health Guide 11:00am Kathy Murphy: Focus on Women & Finance Luncheon with UM President Donna E. Shalala 12:00pm

Dr. Kava: Men’s Health Guide 12:00pm Special Guest Meryl Starr: Let’s Get Organized Speaker 1:00pm 1:00pm FSAP: Mindful Living 1:00pm Bending the Age Dr. Mehta: From Curve1:30pm Surviving to Thriving 2:00pm

Bending the Age Curve 11:00am Nicole Chaplin Fitness @The Green 12:00pm Within Reach (presented by TIAA-CREF)

12:00pm FSAP: Mindful Living 1:00pm


Dr. Abreu: Sleep Disorders 10:00am Dr. Allespach: Stress Management Model 10:00am

Nicole Chaplin Fitness @The Quad 12:00pm Within Reach (presented by TIAA-CREF)

12:00pm Dr. Mehta: From Surviving Story Book Readings (Carver Elementary School) to Thriving 1:00pm 12:00pm FSAP: Mindful Living 1:00pm

Dr. Abreu: Sleep Disorders 2:00pm

Dr. Allespach: Stress Management Model 2:00pm

Urban Farming with Will Allen 3:00pm

Meditation for Busy People with Buddhist Monk Gen Kelsang Norbu 4:00pm

Meditation for Busy People with Buddhist Monk Gen Kelsang Norbu 4:00pm

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UM offers an exclusive Employee Discount Program that can help you make significant savings on different purchases. Below are just a few of the examples of where you can save.


Discount offered at FTD’s employee website on flower orders when using UM’s promo code.


Is It Right For You?

The Return of the Flexible Summer Workweek Program A day off every week. We all wish we could have one, but what are we willing to trade for it? With the return of the University’s Flexible Summer Workweek Program, it’s time to decide if a compressed workweek is the right choice for you. You must carefully consider the pros and cons of working a modified schedule.

Discount offered to UM employees off their purchases at Simply Unique Baby Gifts when using UM’s promo code.


Discount offered to UM employees at select Pearl Vision locations.


Consider the pros • A modified schedule, while preserving full-time income • More time to conduct activities that are normally done within business hours • A less stressful commute since it may fall outside of usual rush hour traffic times • Savings in gas and wear-and-tear on your car Consider the cons • An ongoing schedule of longer days may be physically and mentally draining • Less after-work time to complete daily activities • Work-family scheduling conflicts • Child or elder care may be more challenging on extended work days

UM employees receive free admission at the Lowe Art Museum when they present their UM ID.


Discount offered to UM employees on eligible gift certificates at when using UM’s promo code.

Movie ticket price for UM employees at Cosford Cinema when they present their UM ID.

If the downside issues are not a concern in your personal circumstances, then flexible workweeks could be a great addition to your work-life management strategy. Learn more about UM’s Flexible Summer Workweek Program




As a former U.S. Marine, but a first time marathon participant, Siqueiros used the opportunity to familiarize himself with fellow employees he would not have met otherwise and to push the notion of balancing a physical lifestyle and a full-time job. “It’s a small community, so I walk around to different departments with the trophy and try to encourage everyone, even those who’d rather walk, to join as well. It’s all about self-improvement and it is a good way to dust off the cobwebs and get going.” He also believes that the added benefit of gaining points toward the Well ’Canes Incentives Program will entice new participants to join. Faculty and staff who register for the run and are enrolled in the incentives program receive 250 points toward their incentives goal.

Lace Up for a Stronger U Confessions of a Corporate Runner

David Siqueiros had only been a UM employee for a little over a year as a maintenance mechanic when he was given an opportunity that would enhance his experience at the University. “It ended up becoming a personal goal. I told myself ‘I want to run a 5K this year.’” Siqueiros became a team recruiter for the University of Miami Corporate Run Team in 2012.

Every year, more than 20,000 participants from local corporations, government agencies, and financial institutions take part in the race in Downtown Miami. “It’s like a concert,” Siqueiros explains, “There is just a very vibrant, electric energy. It’s definitely a great team builder and fun way to network with your colleagues.” Learn more about the Corporate Run

The Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run is an annual 5K race/walk coordinated by Team FootWorks, a non-profit organization promoting the goal of lifelong fitness.

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This wellness program is designed to help you learn about your personal health, motivate you to maintain or improve your overall well-being, and earn up to $300 by completing wellness-related activities. All faculty and staff enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan as primary policy holders are eligible to participate.

Learn more about Well ’Canes Incentives Program



$300 Club

We asked employees participating in the Well ’Canes Incentives Program to tell us what benefits, besides the $300 cash reward, they have received from the program. “Saving on my health care always peaks my interest, so I signed up to participate. As a working mother, it’s challenging to find the time to care for myself and this program motivated me to keep my health in check by watching my food intake and remembering to move throughout the day.” – Sidney L.S.

“The program is not just about diet and exercise, the Aetna Healthy Lifestyle Coaching Program has really helped me deal with work-related stress and improve my work-life balance.” – Anthony Garand, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Palm Beach Gardens

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Entering the University of Miami during the summer of 2000, John Square began his journey at UM as a student athlete. As a defensive end for the Miami Hurricanes, Square recorded 29 tackles during the 2001 football season and helped the ’Canes secure that year’s national championship. Since his days on the field, Square has continued to help his fellow ’Canes win big.


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From 2004 to 2012, Square worked for the Department of Medical Education supporting the local community with free health clinics, summer programs, and college preparation. John assisted 20 minority students to successfully enter medical schools at universities across the country, including the University of Miami, the University of Florida, and Tulane. His hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed. In 2010, Square earned the highest honor attainable at UM when he was inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society for embodying love of alma mater, good character, leadership, scholarship, and humility. Today, John serves more than 800 UM faculty and staff at the Miller School of Medicine as an HR manager, providing subject-matter expertise in talent management, leadership development, performance management, and more. He lives in Miami with his wife, Shavon, B.S. Biology ’06, and son, John, Jr. In his free time, Square enjoys coaching high school football, high school basketball, and his son’s 7th grade travel basketball team at Westminster Christian School

We Reached The $1M Mark

TeamUM Hosts Another Succesful Campaign to Benefit the United Way

The University of Miami’s annual United Way Campaign is one of the ways in which we demonstrate our deep commitment to the Miami-Dade community. Service to our community is a central part of our mission, and our partnership with the United Way is an opportunity for our faculty, staff, and students to get involved. Our 2013 campaign was exciting, fun, innovative, and productive; from Sebastian the Ibis being bailed out by generous donations to University leaders being dunked into a tank of water to benefit the United Way. With more than 4,500 faculty and staff generously contributing, we reached our campaign goal and rose over $1 million across all campuses, with the Coral Gables and Marine School campuses raising $549,000 and the Miller School of Medicine, headed by our campaign Co-Chair Dr. Steven F. Falcone, raising $584,400. UM has supported the United Way for almost 40 years, and our contributions will continue to further the efforts of many community agencies as they impact lives through programs focused on improving education, financial stability, and health. We look forward to the 2014 TeamUM United Way campaign, chaired by Larry Marbert, the University’s Vice President for Real Estate and Facilities. Pictured above: Top—TeamUM United Way at Miami Heat Day. Center—Miller School of Medicine Employees at Dunk & Dine event. Bottom—UM President Donna E. Shalala at the TeamUM Ambassadors Lunch.

Learn more about the United Way


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Workplace Engagement and Development offers free leadership courses to UM faculty and staff. We interviewed Kumarie Hayes, Director of Patient Access at UHealth Connect, about her experience after completing the Developing a Performance Based Culture course. Kumarie reinforced her knowledge on how to effectively communicate with, train, and coach new employees while learning the concepts of alignment and reward and recognition. This course is designed to assist existing leaders in validating and identifying opportunities for improvement, while providing new leaders with basic skills to develop their team in a performance-based culture. “You are able to network with other leaders and hear about innovative things that they have implemented in their departments,� said Kumarie, who described the sharing of ideas as the most powerful tool she took away from the course.

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WEALTH Saving 1% more can help boost retirement income and make all the difference down the road.

Age 25 A 1% deferral increase for someone making $40,000 would be $33 per month initially,* and could potentially yield a lot more in monthly retirement income.

Faculty & Staff Assistance Program


The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) offers monthly seminars to help employees cultivate their innate capacity for mindful living. This month’s seminar will focus on a loving-kindness practice. This meditation cultivates love, compassion, and empathy. Mindful Living will be offered April 22–24 from 12–1 PM at the Gables, Miller School of Medicine, and Rosenstiel campuses.

Visit the FSAP website for a complete schedule.


BITES Ta b b o u l e h

By UM President Donna E. Shalala Starting retirement savings at age 25 can have a big impact on an individual’s long-term retirement paycheck. Increasing employee deferrals by 1%, starting at age 25, can yield more in estimated monthly retirement income than increasing by 1% at age 35.

Age 35

A 1% deferral increase for someone making $60,000 would be $50 per month initially,* and could potentially yield a lot more in monthly retirement income.

Ingredients: 4 cups of parsley, finely chopped and de-stemmed 2 cups of mint, finely chopped 1/2 cup of scallions, coarsley chopped 1 cup of lemon juice 2 cups of chopped ripe tomatoes 1/2 cup of cracked wheat, fine or medium bulgur salt and pepper 1/8 cup of virgin olive oil Soak the cracked wheat for three hours in water and lemon juice to cover. Wash, dry, and chop parsley and mint finely. Chop mint separately (preferably by hand, not food processor). Chop scallions. Cut tomatoes into small pieces. Drain cracked wheat and squeeze out all the juice. Combine wheat with other ingredients and mix well. Season to taste with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil. Allow two hours for flavors to set. Enjoy with lettuce leaves, young grape leaves, or thin Lebanese bread. 11

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