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January 2020

January - TIAA Live Webinars

Register for live webinars sponsored by TIAA. These webinars can help you learn how to spend within your means, save for life’s milestones, invest in your future, and much more!

Click here for a list of available webinars.

Improve your financial knowledge by reserving your spot today! Register at www.tiaa.org/webinars

January 15 - Wellness Webinar: Setting Goals to Change Habits

The Human Resources Department would like to invite you to register for a wellness webinar presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ.

This month’s topic is:
Setting Goals to Change Habits

Wednesday, January 15
12-1pm Eastern time

During this webinar, you’ll learn:
> The process of goal setting
> How to continue to move through your journey of change
> How to overcome obstacles

Register for this webinar.

You do not need to be enrolled in a Horizon medical plan to participate, but you must use your Centenary email address to register.

For more information on this topic, click here.

January 21 - Everyday Ableism: Challenging What We Think We Know About Disability

Presentation by noted expert on Disability Studies will challenge listeners to rethink “what we think we know about disability.”

Renowned authority on access and design for the disabled Amanda Kraus, Ph.D., will present “Everyday Ableism: Challenging What We Think We Know About Disability” on Tuesday, January 21, as part of Centenary University’s Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lecture series. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the University’s Sitnik Theater. This lecture is free and open to the public.

A well-known speaker in the United States and abroad, Dr. Kraus was recently invited to join a delegation convened by the U.S. Department of State to engage in dialogue on disability access in education and employment in Beijing, China. She is president-elect of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Board of Directors, and previously chaired its standing committee for diversity.

A resident of Tucson, Dr. Kraus is assistant vice president for campus life and executive director for disability resources and housing & residential life at the University of Arizona (UA). One of the largest in the nation, UA’s Disability Resource Center is an international model of progressive service delivery. Dr. Kraus is also assistant professor of practice in higher education, coordinating the master’s program and teaching courses on student services, student development, and disability in higher education. She earned an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education from UA.

Outside of work, Dr. Kraus is an avid wheelchair tennis player. As past president of the United States Tennis Association Southern Arizona District Board, she works to grow opportunities for disabled players and increase the national visibility of wheelchair tennis.

Contact: Michelle Meyer or Robert Battistini

January 22 - Inclusivity & Making Campus Welcoming for Students with Disabilities

Session for Faculty and Staff: Inclusivity & Making Campus Welcoming for Students with Disabilities

January 22 in the President's Circle Room (PCR) from 10:30-11:30am

Contact: Michelle Meyer or Robert Battistini

January 22 - Universal Design, Best Practices, and Implications for Academic Settings

Session for Faculty and Staff: Universal Design, Best Practices, and Implications for Academic Settings

January 22 in the President's Circle Room (PCR) from 1:30-2:30pm

Contact: Michelle Meyer or Robert Battistini

January 22 - Centenary Success in 60: Preparing Budgets

Join us at the first faculty/staff Centenary Success in 60 program this semester! Pete Mandell will discuss purchasing and preparing budgets on Wednesday, January 22nd from 2-3PM in Ferry 23.

Register for this session.

Contact: Maryanne Fegan

January 23 - Moodle Gradebook Workshop

Workshop - Moodle Gradebook

January 23
2-3pm
Taylor Memorial Library Instruction Room

January 29 - What's Going On In Iran?

Centenary University History Club

Dr. Noah Haiduc-Dale is offering a short talk about the situation in Iran on Wednesday, January 29 at 2pm in the Library. He will explain some of the background to the killing of General Soleimani and what the potential fallout may still be from that decision.

Please encourage your students to attend.

Contact: kimberly.ervey@centenaryuniversity.edu

January 29 - Moodle Basics Workshop

Workshop - Moodle Basics

January 29
5:30-6:30pm
Taylor Memorial Library Instruction Room

February 2020

February - TIAA Live Webinars

Register for live webinars sponsored by TIAA. These webinars can help you learn how to spend within your means, save for life’s milestones, invest in your future, and much more!

Click here for a list of available webinars.

Improve your financial knowledge by reserving your spot today! Register at www.tiaa.org/webinars

February 5 - Centenary Success in 60: Service Learning

Dr. Noah Haiduc-Dale will speak about Service Learning at the next Centenary Success in 60 series.

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend on Wednesday, February 5th at 2pm in the PCR.

Register for this session.

Contact: Maryanne Fegan

February 6 - Moodle Gradebook Workshop

Workshop - Moodle Gradebook

February 6
5:30-6:30pm
Taylor Memorial Library Instruction Room

February 12 - Lunchtime Book Discussion

Our first read this semester is Christina Baker Kline’s A Piece of the World, a novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World.

All staff, faculty and students are welcome to join us on Wednesday, February 12th at 12 noon in the Library for a lively discussion.

Bring your lunch – drinks and dessert provided!

Copies of the book are available in the Library.

Contact: Maryanne Fegan

February 12 - Wellness Webinar: At the Heart of Health

The Human Resources Department would like to invite you to register for a wellness webinar presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ.

This month’s topic is:
At the Heart of Health

Wednesday, February 12
12-1pm Eastern time

During this webinar, you’ll learn how to reduce your risk of coronary artery disease with diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices. You'll also learn how to identify the symptoms of a heart attack and what to do if you think you or a loved one is having one.

Click here to register for this webinar.

You do not need to be enrolled in a Horizon medical plan to participate, but you must use your Centenary email address to register.

Please click here for a wellness message related to this topic.

February 15 - Cent Event: Women's & Men's Basketball

Women’s and Men’s Basketball
Saturday, February 15th
12pm - 5pm

Women’s Game 1:00pm
Men’s Game 3:00pm

John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center

*Free Admission
*Affordable Concessions
*National Anthem sung by Cyc-tones
*Halftime Knock-out for each game
*In-game entertainment by Cent Groups and Orgs

Join us for this all inclusive Cyclone Event. Show pride by wearing Cent gear and have an opportunity to win prizes. Participate in fun halftime games!

Tell your family! Tell your friends!

Come support the Cent community!

Contact: Devon.Vialva@CentenaryUniversity.edu

February 19 - Purchasing/Accounts Payable Training

The Purchasing/AP Departments will be offering refresher training sessions for WebAdvisor and Perceptive users on the following dates/times:

February 19, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Seay 302
February 26, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Seay 302

We will be covering the following material:

> Submitting requests
> Difference between a Voucher and a Requisition (PO)
> Purchasing Policy review
> Tracking payments in WebAdvisor
> How purchases impact your budget and what you see in WebAdvisor

Contact: Michele Duffany

February 19 - Centenary Success in 60: Outlook Part 2

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the next Centenary Success in 60 session - Outlook Part 2 - on Wednesday, February 19th from 2:00-3:00pm in the PCR.

Building upon last semester’s Outlook presentation, Nancy Frueholz and Catherine Wood will discuss more ways to optimize use of this versatile communication tool.

Register for this session.

Upcoming Centenary Success in 60 sessions:
March 4: Learning Outcomes
March 18: Advising
April 8: SharePoint

Contact: Maryanne Fegan

February 20 - TIAA Counseling Session

The Human Resources Department is pleased to offer individual counseling sessions with a TIAA representative at no cost to you.

Make your appointment today to discuss your retirement plans with our TIAA Financial Consultant, Tatiana Novozhilova.

Your individual counseling session will help you answer these questions:
> Are my investments properly allocated?
> Am I on track to meet my retirement goals?
> Am I saving enough?
> How and from where do I draw retirement income?

Session Dates
9:00 – 4:00 in Smith Hall 110
Thursday, February 20
Wednesday, April 8 - by phone
Wednesday, June 24

Book your appointment today www.tiaa.org/schedulenow or call 1.800.732.8353 (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm).

February 26 - Purchasing/Accounts Payable Training

The Purchasing/AP Departments will be offering refresher training sessions for WebAdvisor and Perceptive users on the following dates/times:

February 19, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Seay 302
February 26, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Seay 302

We will be covering the following material:

> Submitting requests
> Difference between a Voucher and a Requisition (PO)
> Purchasing Policy review
> Tracking payments in WebAdvisor
> How purchases impact your budget and what you see in WebAdvisor

Contact: Michele Duffany

March 2020

March - TIAA Live Webinars

Register for live webinars sponsored by TIAA. These webinars can help you learn how to spend within your means, save for life’s milestones, invest in your future, and much more!

Click here for a list of available webinars.

Improve your financial knowledge by reserving your spot today! Register at www.tiaa.org/webinars

March 4 - Centenary Success in 60: Student Learning Outcomes

Please join us on Wednesday, March 4 at 2pm in the PCR for the next faculty/staff Centenary Success in 60 presentation.

Dana Benbow will discuss Writing Intended Student Learning Outcomes Using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a Foundation.

This session will focus on the development of course-level learning outcomes that tie to course objectives. The objective will be to assist instructors in thinking through how to craft outcomes as action-oriented statements of what students should be able to do or demonstrate as a result of the learning generated in a specific class.

The structure of the session will be a short overview of the concepts of learning outcomes and establishment of context followed by a working session where instructors apply the concepts to a course syllabus. We will use the general concepts established by the International Accreditation Council for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the Business Department’s outside accreditor, as a framework, but the discussion will be sufficiently general as to apply to any discipline. Please bring sample syllabus(i) for the working session.

If you are planning to attend and/or would like to receive materials from this presentation, please register here.

Contact: Maryanne Fegan at maryanne.fegan@centenaryuniversity.edu

March 6 - Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid
Get certified and gain skills to help others!

The Counseling Center is excited to offer certification in Mental Health First Aid to Centenary staff and faculty.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to help students, fellow faculty/staff, and the loved ones in your life.

Friday, March 6, 2020
9am - 5pm
Ferry 12

To register, email Andrea Bayer at andrea.bayer@centenaryuniversity.edu or call x2209.

For more information, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.

March 6 - Blood Drive

Centenary University and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today.

Drive Details:
Site: Centenary University John M. Reeves Student Rec Center
Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Blood Program Leader: Meghan Spears

Book your appointment here.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program.

Please direct questions to Rachel Danitz at rachel.danitz@centenaryuniversity.edu

March 11 - Professional Development Day

Below please find the workshop presentations that Staff Senate has scheduled for its next Staff Development Day on Wednesday, March 11th , which is during the week of spring break. The Senate has put together another full day of sessions by utilizing excellent in-house resources. We hope to see you on the 11th for some continuing professional development!

Register here by March 9th.

Staff Development Day Schedule for Wednesday, March 11

9-10:30am: Intermediate & Advanced Excel – Littel 102
Expand your knowledge of Excel with Patrick Douglas & Jill Gerlach.
This session will cover formulas, pivot tables, VLOOKUP, and more. Bring your questions.
Bring your laptop if you have one.

10:30-11:30am: Financial Planning – Littel 104
"Your Life and Your Money" with Frank Longo
This session will consider the role of money in a purposeful, thoughtful and happy life. The topics include retirement planning for Centenary employees, debt and impact of the coronavirus on savings and investment. Specific financial actions and planning ideas will be presented that are designed for Centenary employees and their families.

11:30-12:30pm: Conversational Spanish – Littel 104
Know English? You already have a head start! Come try an easy, fast and fun way to learn conversational Spanish with Liz Vega! Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn for English speakers because much of its vocabulary is similar to English and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic. For many people, Spanish offers the most rewards with the least effort of any foreign language. It's never too late to begin learning!

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch Break & Staff Senate Meeting

1:30-3pm: Presentations & Public Speaking – Littel 102
“Speak the Speech”
No matter what the profession you will have to present your ideas to an individual or a group of people at some point in your career. Speak the Speech is intended to work with the spoken word of a planned speech to give confidence to any public speaking engagement. With the use of punctuation, power words, and endowing language with personal meaning and point of view, Speak the speech is intended to give the speaker the guide posts to make the most of any presentation. Using the tools that were utilized in the theatre and for the Enactus team, Professor Stephen Davis will actively engage all participants through activities and skills that will take your spoken word to the next level. Participants are encouraged to bring one of their favorite poems, scriptures, or written pieces to work on, but examples will be provided.

3-4pm: LinkedIn – Littel 102
Please have your account created and Josh Walker will walk through the capabilities of LinkedIn and how to utilize it to develop professionally, enlarge your network, and share ideas with colleagues!
Bring your laptop if you have one.

Please reach out to your Senators with any questions.

March 17, 18, 26 - Long-Term Care Insurance

Please join us for an educational webinar on Long-Term Care Insurance which will be presented by our long-term care insurance partner, Genworth.

Click on a link below to register for the online session that you would like to attend.

Tuesday, March 17
3:00-4:00 - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6774232280930882571

Wednesday, March 18
10:00-11:00 - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1568707728924404749

Thursday, March 26
3:30-4:30 - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9037673723732367117

The phrase "long-term care" refers to the help that people with chronic illnesses, disabilities or other conditions need on a daily basis over an extended period of time. The type of help needed can range from assistance with simple activities (such as bathing, dressing and eating) to skilled care that is provided by nurses, therapists or other professionals.

To help cover potential long-term care expenses, some people choose to buy long-term care insurance. Policies offer many different coverage options. Depending on the policy options you select, long-term care insurance can help you pay for the care you need, whether you are living at home or in an assisted living facility or nursing home. The insurance might also pay expenses for adult day care, care coordination and other services. Some policies will even help pay costs associated with modifying your home so you can keep living in it safely.

For more information on long-term care insurance, please attend one of the webinars listed above or contact a Genworth Program Expert at 1.800.416.3624.

March 24 - Virtual Coffee Meet-up for Employees

Pastor Timothy Nicinski is inviting you to a Zoom meeting.
Administration, faculty and staff are invited to a Zoom coffee meet up. Come casual, come as you are.

Topic: Professional Community Connection
Time: Mar 24, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:
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Meeting ID: 571 390 254
Password: 665829

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Join for as long as you feel comfortable, but come and see the faces of your friends and family at Centenary University.

April 2020

April 8 - TIAA Counseling Session

The Human Resources Department is pleased to offer individual counseling sessions with a TIAA representative at no cost to you.

Make your appointment today to discuss your retirement plans with our TIAA Financial Consultant, Tatiana Novozhilova.

Your individual counseling session will help you answer these questions:
> Are my investments properly allocated?
> Am I on track to meet my retirement goals?
> Am I saving enough?
> How and from where do I draw retirement income?

Session Dates
9:00 – 4:00 in Smith Hall 110
Thursday, February 20
Wednesday, April 8 - by phone
Wednesday, June 24

Book your appointment today www.tiaa.org/schedulenow or call 1.800.732.8353 (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm).

April 18 - Relay for Life

Hello Colleagues!

Centenary is thrilled to participate in Relay for Life again this year, and I am writing to ask you to join the Centenary Faculty and Staff Team.

The event will be a bit different this time, given social distancing and all, so while there will be live-streamed opening and closing ceremonies, the rest of the day is up to you to decide how you want to participate in walking and other challenges. There will be plenty of opportunities to engage through social media as well.

Last year, Centenary University participated for the first time and raised $4,000 to support the American Cancer Society. Let’s see if we can support the Centenary community in our goal to raise even more this year. It’s also a great way to connect with your colleagues and students from afar.

Please join the Centenary Faculty and Staff team to help out!

Thanks for your support,
Noah Haiduc-Dale

And here is a message from Rachel Danitz with more information:

You are invited to participate in Centenary’s 2nd annual Relay for Life on April 18th! In light of recent challenges, our event will be moved to a virtual format this year. We will be utilizing Facebook and Instagram (@cu.relayforlife) for virtual event activities as well as online fundraising.

What Will Virtual Relay Look Like
• Live streaming of opening and closing ceremonies
• Social media challenges
• Online “laps”: Share pictures of you walking at home to support Relay for Life!
• Online fundraising possible through the app, Facebook, email etc.
• Memorializing loved ones and honoring survivors and caregivers – Virtually
• Staying connected with the Centenary Community when it matters most!

Here’s How to Sign- Up
Step 1. Visit the link the Centenary Staff/Faculty Team page!
Step 2. Click Join Our Team
Step 3. Click on Create an Account in the upper right and fill out your info
Step 4. Start fundraising! You can do this through your online portal, Facebook, or by downloading the ACS Fundraising App

THANK YOU for being part of Centenary’s fight against cancer! Now that you are signed up, we will stay in touch keep you updated on the schedule!

Please direct questions to Rachel Danitz at rachel.danitz@centenaryuniversity.edu

About Relay for Life:
Relay For Life is a team fundraising cancer walk event where team members take turns walking a designated path or distance. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither do we! Note: Centenary University RFL is under Warren County Relay for Life. While Warren County RFL takes place on May 30th, we are a separate event taking place on Saturday, April 18th.

April 23 - Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day - postponed

April 23 - Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

As a precautionary measure, the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation is postponing the 2020 event until a later date, due to COVID-19 virus concerns.

June 2020

June 24 - TIAA Counseling Session

The Human Resources Department is pleased to offer individual counseling sessions with a TIAA representative at no cost to you.

Make your appointment today to discuss your retirement plans with our TIAA Financial Consultant, Tatiana Novozhilova.

Your individual counseling session will help you answer these questions:
> Are my investments properly allocated?
> Am I on track to meet my retirement goals?
> Am I saving enough?
> How and from where do I draw retirement income?

Session Dates
9:00 – 4:00 in Smith Hall 110
Thursday, February 20
Wednesday, April 8 - by phone
Wednesday, June 24

Book your appointment today www.tiaa.org/schedulenow or call 1.800.732.8353 (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm).