5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU

5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU
A weekly series designed to highlight events, benefits, perks, and items of interest for University of Miami faculty and staff.

Tell us what you think
With the launch of Life@TheU—UM's employee news site—just a few short months ago and publication of more than 90 issues of the daily News@TheU email to date, we’re asking you, our readers, what kind of content you want to see more (or less) of in 2019. Which Life@TheU stories caught your eye and made you stop to read? What’s missing or what didn’t work so well? Shoot us an email at lifeattheu@miami.edu with your comments and suggestions. We want to hear from you.

Take advantage of those flexible spending bucks
If you enrolled in a flexible spending account (FSA) for 2019, there are a number of FSA-eligible items available online at FSAstore.com. The site is chock-full of tools and resources to help you search for eligible products, estimate annual expenses, and find ways to save on items you already use that can qualify as an FSA expense by using your WageWorks card. Got a bundle of joy on the way? Find products for baby and mom, including prenatal vitamins, breast pumps, and baby sunscreen.

Beaux Arts Festival of Art
Saturday, Jan. 12–Sunday, Jan. 13
This weekend the 68th annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art will take place in the heart of UM’s Coral Gables campus. Held every winter, the festival attracts thousands of patrons to this two-day juried show that is consistently ranked as one of the top 200 Fine Arts shows in the U.S. Enjoy live music and other free entertainment, dining options, and family fun throughout the weekend with free admission. Learn more at https://beauxartsmiami.org/festival-of-art/

Thinking of buying your first home?
Monday, Jan. 14–Thursday, Jan. 17
Buying your first home can be both an exciting and intimidating process. Take advantage of an upcoming lunchtime seminar to acquaint yourself with the essentials, including how to qualify and shop for a mortgage, and find valuable tools and resources that will help you figure out your next steps. UM employees can register to attend a session, which is facilitated by a Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) consultant. Employees enrolled in UM’s Well ’Canes program can earn Pure Wellness points by attending this session. Learn more about FSAP by reading the latest newsletter.

Ready to be part of something big?
Imagine the day your doctor can prescribe the most effective medication for your high blood pressure based on your genes, your lifestyle, and your environment. With your help, it may not be a far-fetched idea. As shared by President Julio Frenk, the All of Us campaign will create a diverse medical database that builds upon our expertise in genetics health care. To do this, the research program is looking to recruit more than one million volunteers to participate in the study. Find out how you can be part of the All of Us journey.