Career/Life Digest

Programming that benefits you at home and at work

Nominations for Employee Excellence Awards open today, May 15! Do you know of a colleague who goes above and beyond expectations? Help recognize and celebrate Cornell's extraordinary staff members! There are three award categories: Individual Excellence, Management Awards, and the President's Award for Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, the President's Award, "Far Above Cayuga's Waters," is selected from Individual Excellence and Management Award nominees. Get all the details here. Don't delay -- nominations close June 30!

Community and Culture

Save the Date! Staff Development Day: July 12th, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Physical Sciences Building. Set aside some time to take advantage of FREE informative workshops and resources to invest in personal and professional growth and wellbeing!

NYC Bus Trips are back! Spend a Saturday in New York City for just $54 per person, round trip (for Cornell employees and up to 4 guests).  Trips are scheduled for September, November, December, and possibly July if there is interest. More details here.



National Bike To Work/School Day: May 19. Help to spread awareness of shared road usage and win prizes (total value $1500!). Six food stops available on Cornell's central campus between 7am-10am. Each stop has its own unique theme: "Crunchy Granola", "Carb Loading", "Vegan Friendly", "Allergy Friendly", "Dairy Surprise", and "Agava's Favorite Picks" stops. Additional information will continually be posted on Cornell Transportation Services Facebook page and Big Red Rec Facebook page.

Mindfulness and Meditation: Cornell is offering faculty and staff three ways to explore mindfulness and meditation, whether you are a beginner or already involved in a practice.



Aging and Driving: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 12-1:00 p.m., 221 Weill HallRegister  Many families are familiar with the worry when their aging parent shows some of the warning signs for older drivers. How do we support these aging drivers? The session will discuss best practices for supporting older adults that are “retiring from driving” and review some resources that caregivers can use during this process.

Caregiver Support & Education Network Meetings: June 15, July 20, August 17: 12:00-1:00 pm at 221 Weill Hall. Caregivers come together to share the challenges, joys and resources of caregiving as well as to listen to occasional speakers presenting on topics of interest specifically to caregivers. Facilitators will share strategies, tools, and resources for coping with stress, caregiver guilt, and burnout as well as information on local/national resources that may assist you. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Questions? Contact Eileen McCoy Whang,

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Staff Graduate Reception: If you will be graduating this spring through either the Employee Degree Program or Tuition Aid, please email Maureen Brull with the degree you will receive and the college that will confer the degree, so that you will receive a formal invitation to the reception which will be attended by President-elect Pollack and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Opperman. (no email necessary if you've already responded)

SUNY Empire State College Information Session: Wednesday, May 17, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, 163 Day Hall. Find out about deferring part of your tuition bill (Cornell Tuition Aid), SUNY Empire’s mentoring advantage, an overview of the application process, areas of study offered, and potential ways to accelerate Associate/Bachelor degree completion. Please contact for more information. 


Medicare Webcast - Choose June 1 or June 2 at 1:00 pm, presented by Fidelity.  Planning for health care expenses is a key consideration with any retirement plan. That’s why understanding Medicare and the benefits it offers is so important. This webcast covers eligibility requirements, how and when to sign up and types of coverage and costs to expect. This webcast is geared to participants over 50.  To register:  Medicare: Your Questions Answered

Career Development

BUILDING BRIDGES: HOW TO TURN IMPASSES INTO OPPORTUNITYMonday, June 12, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; 102 Mann Library   $295. Learn how to break through blocks and foster mutual trust, respect, and goodwill, through four basic steps you can practice in many situations with colleagues, supervisors and clients--and even at home.

GETTING THINGS DONE: HOW TO GET RESULTS WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE AND SITUATIONSJune 12 – 13; 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; 102 Mann Library   $475. Learn how to navigate challenging conversations in a game-changing way to get immediate clarity, empowerment and results while restoring long-term confidence and trust. 

DO YOU HEAR ME? HOW TO KNOW YOU’RE HEARDTuesday, June 13, 8:30 AM – 12 PM; 102 Mann Library  $185. Get on the same page with others, know that you’ve conveyed your point(s), and move issues and projects forward more easily, quickly and effectively.

GET WHAT YOU WANT – EASIER AND FASTERTuesday, June 13, 1 – 4:30 PM; 102 Mann Library $185. Learn 3 simple steps you can take to ensure that any request or directive you make is far more likely to get acted on in the time frame and way you envision and want. This 2-day immersion is a combination of the above three consecutive programs - all at a reduced cost:  1) Building Bridges - How to Turn Impasses Into Opportunity; 2) Do You Hear Me? How to Know You're Heard; 3) Get What You Want - Easier and Faster.

WORKJOY: Monday, June 19, 8:30 AM – 4 PM; EHP 345 Training Room $350. WorkJoy is a call to reduce stress, burnout, and to bring joy, meaning and satisfaction into day-to-day work. The program is uniquely designed for Cornell employees who want to learn about mindfulness and meditation and how to apply this knowledge and practice wisdom at work. A one-day workshop is followed by 90 days of support and learning.


Administrative Academy

View the complete Administrative Academy course catalog in CULearn.

ETHICS AT CORNELL: HOW DO I CONTRIBUTE Elective: Tuesday, May 16, 1 – 4 PM; EHP 345 Training Room  $35.  Learn what resources are available at the university to ensure ethical actions.

BUILDING RELATIONS THAT LAST – LEARNING FROM CUSTOMER SERVICE Elective: Wednesday, May 17, 9 AM – 4:30 PM; EHP 345 Training Room  $250. You have heard the term Customer Service, but you are not really sure how that relates to your job? This hands-on skills workshop helps you build lasting relations with colleagues, students and faculty while learning from customer service insights.

DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING AN OUTWARD MINDSET  Elective: 2-day program,  June 6-7, 2017;  8:00 am – 4:30 PM; EHP 345 Training Room $175.  This 2-day workshop explores how it is that we can end up in an inward mindset, the implications of that in our work and the impact on others, and leverages a framework that will guide us to work in an outward mindset.  

Management Academy

View the complete Management Academy course catalog and register at CULearn.

VALUING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Core: Thursday, June 8, 9AM - 4 PM; EHP 345 Training Room    $75. Understand the role of manager in making others aware of opportunities to demonstrate valuing diversity and inclusion.

Inclusive Excellence Academy

Cornell University’s Inclusive Excellence Academy offers programs designed to advance an inclusive educational environment and workplace. 


Executive Leadership: Becoming an executive leader requires a broad skill set, ensuring you’re ready to handle any challenge. Whether you work at a small company or a global organization, this certificate gives you the perspective needed to develop a broader understanding of effective decision making, managing across cultures, and identifying the impact of financial performance on your business. Visit your eCornell portal to enroll:

Franklin Covey Courses

FranklinCovey Courses: Cornell is licensed to offer several FranklinCovey courses for faculty and staff, focusing on personal and organizational leadership, execution, productivity, and trust.  These courses specialize in performance improvement and help organizations achieve results that require a change in human behavior.  These award-winning training programs are offered at a substantial discount from the public/retail price. Click here for a list of course offerings, detailed course information and outlines, dates and registration.

Presentation Advantage: This course helps participants discover how to craft presentations around essential objectives, present key concepts and ideas with power and enthusiasm, design and present effective visuals, and employ techniques for polishing and mastering presentation delivery. This session is from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on May 24-25, 2017 at the ILR Conference Center.

5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity: This course features a hands-on technology teach, showing participants how to use the productivity concepts within Microsoft Outlook.  This session is from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on June 19-20, 2017 at the ILR Conference Center.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Signature Edition 4.0: Based on the proven principles in Dr. Covey's best-selling business book, this training helps you and your organization gain hands-on experience by applying timeless principles that yield greater productivity, improved communication, strengthened relationships, increased influence, and laser-like focus on critical priorities.  Recently updated in Feb 2014! This session is from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on July 5-7, 2017 at the ILR Conference Center.

Project Management Essentials for the Unofficial Project Manager: This course provides the mind-set, skill set, and toolset that consistently deliver successful projects to completion. Participants learn to implement a disciplined process to execute projects and to master “informal authority”. This session is from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on July 17-18, 2017 at the ILR Conference Center. Training Courses

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Technical Training

For current IT Training classes:  To see a complete listing of technical training resources, go to The current versions of office productivity training are Office 2016 (Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, & Word), SharePoint Online, and Adobe CC (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

InDesign CC Getting Started   May 16; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $99 

Photoshop CC Getting Started   May 16; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $99 

Remedy Smart IT  May 24; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; 112 Mann; No Fee 

Remedy Incident Management: Training for Remedy Local Administrators  June 14; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee 

Excel 2016 Basic  June 15; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $105

Web Accessibility Testing Workshop  June 20; 12:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m.; 120 Maple; No Fee

Drupal 8 Introduction June 21; 8:30am–4:30pm; 120 Maple; $225

Remedy MyIT/Work Order Management: Basic Training   June 28; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee 

Remedy Incident Management: Basic Training  July 12; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee  

Excel 2016 Managing Data  July 13; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $105 

Access 2016 Basic  July 13; 12:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m.; 120 Maple; $105 

Remedy Problem Management: Basic Training  July 26; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee  

Administering Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Intune - Custom for Cornell CIT Aug. 2-4; 8:30am–4:30pm, each day; 120 Maple; $1375

Excel 2016 Charts, Pivot Tables, Formulas & Functions  Aug. 8; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $105 

Word 2016 Basic  Aug. 8; 12:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m.; 120 Maple; $105 

Remedy Incident Management: Advanced Training  Aug. 9; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee 


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