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October 10, 2016

Feel Good! Register to Participate in Refresh from Stress

Throughout the month of November, take some time to Refresh From Stress!  This 30-Day Inspiration is an exciting opportunity for you to engage in 30 simple steps to enhance your emotional health.

Registration Period: October 10 – October 28, 2016. Program Dates: November 1 -30, 2016. Learn more.

Annual Enrollment is Coming Soon!
Benefits annual enrollment will take place Oct. 24 - Nov. 7, 2016 for the upcoming plan year. Your benefits newsletter will be mailed to your home address in October and will include important information about this year’s enrollment. Be sure to look for it!

The annual enrollment website is now live and contains all of the information you need including the 2017 Benefits Guide, rates, meeting dates and more. Take advantage of the General Annual Enrollment Meetings in a location close to you.  There will be giveaways at each meeting and you may also enter a raffle for prizes that will be awarded at the end of Annual Enrollment.

Faculty/Staff Campus Climate Survey Report
Last fall Emory University reported the findings from its first comprehensive campus climate survey on student experience and attitudes regarding sexual violence. Under the auspices of the University Senate Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Violence, a similar survey was undertaken last summer to explore faculty and staff members' perspectives of workplace climate and knowledge of sex discrimination policies. Results from the faculty-staff survey -- the first of its kind at Emory -- combined with findings from the student survey, have provided us with data to develop comprehensive, evidence-based strategies to greatly reduce sexual violence within our community. Read more.

Learning and Organizational Development Holds Graduation
On September 23, 2016, the Learning and Organizational Development Department held a graduation ceremony for graduates of the following programs:  The Essentials of Leadership at Emory, Aspiring Leaders at Emory, Administrative Professionals Program, the HR Rep Certification Program, and Mentor Emory. Read more.

Changes Coming for Processing I-9s and E-Verfiy for New Hires
In November, Emory University will transition to using Equifax Workforce Solutions, also known as TALX Corporation, to complete I-9 forms and the E-verify process for all new hires. Using this new service will increase both efficiency and compliance. Emory University is already using Equifax for W2 processing and Employment Verifications. All new hires will continue to be Prestarted and there will be no significant changes to the employee experience when signing Section 1 during online Orientation, but the process for completing section 2 and Section 3 of the I-9 form will change. HR Data Services will be offering online and in-person training in the coming weeks for all HR Reps. 

Sparkfly Perks Has Deals That Won’t Frighten Your Wallet!
Save on Insurance, Fall Getaway’s, Amusement Park Halloween Tickets, Shipping, Cookie Deliveries, and Fitness

Find offers for these and more by visiting this month’s Sparkwire at: 

BPI Scholars Program Applications Available
The office of Business Practice Improvement (BPI) University Consulting will enroll its fourth class of BPI Scholars in January 2017. Applications for the January 2017 BPI Scholars cohort are available now and are due November 4, 2016.  BPI Scholars is a one-year professional development program in which high-performing, early and mid-career Emory staff learn and develop project management, communication, analytical, and leadership skills. The program runs from January 2017 to December 2017. Read more.

2nd Annual Summit on Race at Emory University
College and university staff, faculty, and administrators: Please join us for the 2nd annual Summit on Race at Emory University, facilitated by three nationally recognized educators:

  • Dr. Gregory Ellison, II – Author of Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men.
  • Ed Lee – Award-winning debate coach and a regular CNN commentator for U.S. Presidential Debates.
  • James Roland – One of the nation’s most sought-after debate coaches and debate advisor to the U.S. State Department and multiple Urban Debate Leagues.

During this presidential election season, volatile topics like race, class, and gender are amplified on university and college campuses. The Emory Institute of Higher Education presents an interactive day-long workshop to equip faculty and staff campus leaders in developing just responses that counter hostility and injustice with strategic practices that build community. This workshop will draw upon the collective wisdom of participants and utilize full-sensory training modules developed by two grassroots organizations -- Contested Conversations and Fearless Dialogues -- that specialize in creating unique spaces for unlikely partners to discuss difficult issues and taboo subjects. Learn more.

Fall and Winter Break Camps for Kids
Many employees enjoy taking some quality time off during the holidays and others work right on through. This can be a kind of tricky time of year to manage if you are a working parent. Most schools hold some form of fall and winter breaks leaving parents to either choose to use vacation time to manage their care or devise alternative care plans for anywhere from one to three weeks - or sporadic days that fall here and there. Read more.

Workshop: Understanding the Cost and Value of Paying for Long Term Care: The Importance of Being Prepared
The options for paying for long-term care are limited. Did you know that Medicare will not pay for home care or assisted living facility care? Do you know what Medicaid provides? Most families do not realize their limited options until they are in a crisis — usually when their loved one is about to be discharged from a hospital.  This workshop is intended to provide information prior to a crisis. Miles Hurley, Elder Law Attorney, will lead a discussion centered on the importance of legal documents and will help individuals learn how to best locate and pay for good long-term care. October 27, 2016, 12:00 pm -1:30 pm, Emory University Hospital, Main Lobby Auditorium. To register, click here.

Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney
How to Plan Your Estate for Yourself and Your Family: Gain a better Understanding of Wills, Trust, Guardianship, Powers of Attorney and Estate Planning. Planning for the future can be daunting with or without a family to consider.  Do I need a will? What if someone I am caring for does not have a will?  How can financial and medical decisions be made if I become unable to make decisions for myself? What is Guardianship and is it necessary for my loved one?  Do I need a trust? Should probate be avoided? If I am caring for an adult loved one how can planning help? The answers to these and many more questions will be addressed in this important planning panel discussion. November 4, 2016, 12:00PM-1:30PM, School of Public Health, Room CNR 100. Learn more.

Caregiver Connection
As we head into the holiday season, we often visit with adult loved ones and learn about what new challenges they might be facing or what help they may need.  The Emory Caregiver Support Program is hosting a Caregiver Open House on Friday November 18th from 11am- 2:00pm.  Representatives from all of your caregiver focused benefits will be in one location.  Please stop by to gather information and ask questions about services and benefits that can help your family member locally or anywhere in the U.S.   November 18, 2016, 11AM-2:00PM, 1599 Clifton Road Building, Room 1.432. Learn more.

Recognizing Bumps in the Road: Early Intervention Strategies for Young Children
Children develop at varying ages and stages. Early recognition of challenges in physical growth, temperament, attachment, social skills or a child’s ability to control emotion can be extremely helpful.

Kari Saxton, Early Intervention Specialist at The Clifton Schools will facilitate a discussion about typical early childhood development. She will review key milestones of social, emotional, and physical development in children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Ms. Saxton will provide insight to help parents recognize possible developmental delays or learning and attention issues. She will point out resources in our community to help families with evaluation and treatment. December 9, 2016, 12:00PM-1:30PM, James B. Williams Medical Education Building, Room 190P. Learn more.

Emory Executive Education: Data-Driven Decision Making and Corporate Finance Programs!
Executive Education is Goizueta Business School’s program for non-degree education for individuals and organizations.  Our upcoming 2-day programs are quickly approaching!

Data-Driven Decision Making will take place October 18th – 19th, and Corporate Finance will take place November 2nd – 3rd at the Goizueta Business School.  
In the Data-Driven Decision Making program, you will learn how to comfortably use an array of data sources and analysis techniques in a practical and applied manner to drive business decisions.

Corporate Finance will teach you to understand key financial concepts and financial statements to gauge and analyze firm performance. You’ll also learn how to make solid investment decisions in order to create value for the firm.
All faculty, staff, and alumni receive a 15% discount on Executive Education programs!

Visit to register for the Data Decisions program, and to register for the Corporate Finance program.

Contact Information: Maleah O’Neal, Marketing Manager, Executive Education | Goizueta Business School, 404.727.9137,

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