Retirement Readiness

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No matter what stage of your career you are in, planning for retirement is important. Syracuse University faculty and staff are invited to join the following free lunchtime sessions: one will describe the benefits and services available to retirees, and two, presented by TIAA, will describe the steps you can take to plan for a financially secure future.


Overview of the Syracuse University Retiree Benefits

Considering retirement in the next few years? Wondering where to start, what to plan for? Please join us for an overview of the University’s retiree benefits, presented by Kristen Otter, human resources senior benefits specialist. This session will focus on topics such as the University’s retiree medical and prescription drug plan, when to apply for Medicare, options under COBRA, educational benefits, and other benefits and services available to retirees.

Tuesday, September 12
Noon—1 p.m.
Hall of Languages, Room 500

Register now!

If you require accommodations, please contact the Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or wellness@syr.edu.


Saving for your Ideal Retirement

In the midst of a busy life and career, it’s easy to forget that retirement is closer than you think. Join us for a presentation with TIAA on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to learn about the University’s retirement plans, advantages of participating, and how to update your account with TIAA. After covering these basics, you’ll learn how to create an effective plan to help you pursue your long-term retirement goals.

Presented by: Molly Amos and Joe Silino, TIAA financial consultants
Molly will be facilitating the session and Joe is one of our local dedicated University representatives.

Tuesday, September 19
Noon—1 p.m.
Hall of Languages, Room 500

Register now!

If you require accommodations, please contact the Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or wellness@syr.edu.


Understanding the University’s Retirement Plan Investment Options

What’s the formula for successful investing? You plus knowledge. That may mean learning what you need to know to make your own investment decisions or discovering the tools and resources to help you along the way. Join us for a presentation with TIAA on Monday, Sept. 25 to learn about the investment options within the University’s retirement plan, how they work, how to determine your risk tolerance and the tools and resources available to help you make your decision.

Presented by: Molly Amos and Joe Silino, TIAA financial consultants
Molly will be facilitating the session and Joe is one of our local dedicated University representatives.

Monday, September 25
Noon—1 p.m.
Hall of Languages, Room 500

Register now!

If you require accommodations, please contact the Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or wellness@syr.edu.


Don’t forget! TIAA offers personalized financial planning services to help you reach your retirement goals. TIAA consultants are available to meet one-on-one with you, on campus or at their Syracuse office. You can also receive advice online and by phone. To speak with a TIAA Financial Consultant, or to schedule an on-campus retirement planning session, call 855.842.CUSE (2873), or visit TIAA today. As part of your SU benefits package, this service is available at no cost to you.

Carebridge On Campus Visits

Mary Dougherty-Hunt, a senior vice president at Carebridge, will be on campus September 7 and October 17 to promote awareness and information about the Carebridge benefit offered to all those eligible to participate in the University’s medical plan, including benefits-eligible faculty and staff, graduate assistants and retirees, as well as their dependents.

Mary will host three types of sessions to address several interests:

  • Supervisor Resource Sessions (registration required)
    • An overview of EAP services will be provided
    • Common supervisor questions on issues such as: eligibility; confidentiality; and assisting employees in distress will be addressed
    • Mary will demonstrate how to communicate the benefit to faculty and staff members, with role playing opportunities
    • Register here
  • General Orientation (no registration needed)
    • Learn how this benefit can help you with the everyday challenges of raising children, caring for elders, personal money management and more.
    • Learn also about services that assist with emotional well-being and personal resilience.
    • This benefit is confidential and provided free of cost to eligible members*
  • Meet and Greet (no registration needed)
    • Learn more about the valuable, confidential services provided to eligible members*
    • Casual one-on-one chat about the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
    • Promotional table will be set up and include education materials to support emotional well-being and work life balance

September 7 Onsite Visit Schedule

SessionTimeLocationRegistration Info
Supervisor Resources Session9:30-10:30 a.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Registration required
General Orientation11-11:45 a.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Open session, walk-ins welcome
Meet and Greet12:15-1 p.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Open session, casual drop-ins
Supervisor Resources Session2:30-3:30 p.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Registration required

October 17 Onsite Visit Schedule

SessionTimeLocationRegistration Info
Supervisor Resources Session9-10 a.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Registration required
General Orientation10:30-11:15 a.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Open session, walk-ins welcome
Meet and GreetNoon-12:45 p.m.South Campus
Goldstein Room 201ABC
Open session, casual drop-ins
Supervisor Resources Session2:30-3:30 p.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Registration required

 

*Eligible members: all those eligible to participate in the University’s medical plan, including benefits-eligible faculty and staff, graduate assistants and retirees, as well as their dependents.

Webinar: Influencing Resiliency and Personal Stress Management

We all experience personal stress as well as variable levels of stress at work. In order to be our best self on the job, it is important to recognize the role of resiliency in the workplace.

This webinar presented by Carebridge will focus on making the connection between personal stress management and productivity and how to incorporate stress management strategies into personal routines. Whether you are confronted with needing to adapt to circumstances or be persistent in managing obstacles, this webinar will provide you with practical tips and tools to become more resilient and productive at work.

The objectives of this webinar:

  • Recognize the role of resiliency in the workplace
  • Make the connection between personal stress management and productivity
  • Incorporate stress management strategies into personal routines
  • Commit to self-management practices

Self Management: Influencing Resiliency and Personal Stress Management
Thursday, September 21
Noon-1 p.m.

Register here

Carebridge Wellness and Worklife Webinars

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Our Faculty and Staff Assistance Program provider, Carebridge, presents webinars that focus on a variety of topics pertaining to wellness and worklife balance. Faculty and staff are welcome to join the webinars live for free. For questions or links, feel free to email the Wellness Team.

*Please note: you must be signed in to myliferesource.com to register for the below webinars. If you do not already have an account, you may create one using the University’s access code WY6CE.


Stress less webinar offerings for fall 2017

Photo: woman meditatingCultivating Mindfulness
Tuesday, November 14
Noon-1 p.m.

Mindfulness is a way of being fully conscious and completely present in the moment — setting aside your worries, expectations, emotions and other thoughts that take your mind away from the current moment. Be introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation and learn insights into the art, science and practice of mindfulness. The daily practice of mindfulness meditation has been linked to physical and emotional well-being.

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Photo: People's feet in holiday socks by the fireStress Management for the Holidays
Friday, December 8
Noon-1 p.m.

‘Tis the season and the whirlwind begins! With gifts to buy and wrap, visits to make, and baked goods to prepare, it may seem as if there is almost no time to enjoy the holidays. Doing too much during the holidays can add a lot of stress to your life. Instead of “bah humbug!” learn practical tips for dealing with stress that occurs around the holidays so the holidays can be a joyful and peaceful time.

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Variety of worklife webinar offerings for fall 2017

Communication Skills – Beyond Words!
Tuesday, August 15
3-4 p.m.

There is so much more to communications than the spoken word, in fact, over 60 percent of your message is communicated without words. Participants in this session will learn about non-verbal communication, communication channels through social media, and perceptions of communication through one’s appearance.

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Involvement and Engagement: Learn how small acts of kindness and a state of flow can change your life
Tuesday, September 19
Noon-1 p.m.

Do you ever ask yourself, “What can I DO today to change my life for the better?” Thankfully, research supports that there is something we can do about it, and it’s actually quite easy. In this session, we will explore two actionable concepts that you will enjoy adding to your daily/weekly routine and that will help you live a happier, positive, purposeful life!

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Surviving and Enjoying the Six Stages of Parenthood
Tuesday, October 17
3-4 p.m.

In this session we will examine, not child, but parental development from the prenatal phase through the empty nest, or departure phase, combining the human development theories of Freud and Erikson with concrete, contemporary insights from the book, “The Six Stages of Parenting”.

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Elder Law Basics
Tuesday, November 21
Noon-1 p.m.

Estate and long-term care planning are imperative to ensure a smooth transition into the later part of your life. We will discuss what Elder Law encompasses and how an Elder Law attorney can help you as you age. The discussion will focus on estate documents such as powers of attorney, healthcare directives, living wills, wills and trusts and we will discuss long-term care planning including the different programs and planning available to help with the costs of long-term care and protecting your assets for your loved ones. Join us and take an active role in planning your future.

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Emotional Composure – Remaining Unruffled & Dynamic Under Stress
Tuesday, December 19
3-4 p.m.

Emotions are a healthy part of the human experience. Acknowledging emotions and understanding your personal stress style is the first step in beginning to control them. In this session, we will discuss a selection of customary stressors as well as techniques for exercising control over them.

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Stretch and Breathe

Sometimes it’s good to take a break. Studies have shown that taking time to slow down, be mindful, breathe, stretch and meditate can help you be more productive, more effective and happier. We offer Stretch and Breathe – 20 minutes in the middle of the day to do just that! Take a break to breathe, slow down and experience the benefits. Through mindful practices, breath work, mild stretching and meditation you will return to work rejuvenated, focused and ready to be your best self!  Come as you are; bring a yoga mat or towel.

Faculty and staff are invited to join Gretchen Darrow-Crotty for the Stretch and Breathe series three days a week throughout the summer:

Mondays, June 5- August 14 (*No class June 26, July 3 or July 24)
Hall of Languages, Room 500
12:10-12:30p.m.

Wednesdays, June 7-August 16 (*No class July 5 or July 26)
Outside Skytop Office Building- on the lawn to the left side when facing the front of the building
*Indoor alternative for inclement weather- Skytop, 2nd floor Large Conference Room
12:10-12:30p.m.

Fridays, June 9-August 18 (*No class July 7, July 21 or July 28) 
Hall of Languages, Room 500
12:10-12:30p.m.

No experience with yoga, meditation, stretching or any physical activity is necessary. Any level of experience and/or need can be accommodated.
No registration or workout gear is required; come as you are!
Bring a yoga mat or towel.  Chairs will also be available as needed.

*Please note: there is no class June 26 or July 21. There are also no classes the weeks of July 3 and July 24.

 

Gretchen is an adjunct professor in the Drama Department and the full time Costume Shop manager for the Drama Department and Syracuse Stage. To find balance in a busy and stressful life she found yoga in 2006. It has been her life saver, quite literally, by lowering her blood pressure, reducing stress and helping her to find a healthy weight after being threatened with diabetes due to obesity. In 2015 she participated in the 200 hour teacher training certification program at the Dharma Yoga Center in NYC with Sri Dharma Mittra and has been teaching ever since. She is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification. Gretchen is excited to bring the Stretch and Breathe program to SU faculty and staff to bring a little quiet sanity to a busy day, and hopefully give everyone tools to use on a daily basis to reduce their own stress and blood pressure. In loving service, Om Shanti.