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.

Time to TALK
Open now!
Talk for Success, UM's performance management program, focuses on frequent conversations between employees and managers about performance. This year, cycle three opened on Friday, March 1, and closes in May 2019. TALK, which stands for transform, align, listen, and know, is the framework that employees and managers will use during their performance conversations. Details are coming soon as you prepare to check-in and summarize the year’s accomplishments with your supervisor or team(s). Learn more.

’Canes Day of Service
Saturday, April 13 at 8 a.m.
UM will partner with Miami-Dade County for the annual Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day event, called Baynanza. University faculty, staff, and students can volunteer for the family-friendly event, which coincides with the University’s annual ’Canes Day of Service and takes place on Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Baynanza is a celebration of Biscayne Bay and its significance as one the most important ecological systems in South Florida. The University will have a designated cleanup site on Rickenbacker Causeway, near the University’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Learn more and register now.

Social security benefits seminar
Monday, March 11–Tuesday, March 12
Learn valuable updated information regarding Social Security benefits during a presentation by Maria Ortega, public affairs specialist with Miami-Dade Social Security Administration Office. Participants will gain a better understanding about who is eligible to receive benefits, when a person qualifies, and the steps eligible participants need to take to apply for Social Security benefits. A UM benefits representative will be in attendance to answer UM benefits-related questions. 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.

Conversations with Coral Gables candidates
Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m.
Meet the candidates for Coral Gables city commission and mayor, hear their thoughts on critical issues, and ask your most pressing questions. The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Candidate Forum at the Watsco Center Fieldhouse on March 7 at 6 p.m. Four commission candidates and two mayoral candidates will participate in the forum moderated by UM political science professor Jennifer Connolly. Register now to attend.


TED-like talks
Thursday, March 7 at 12 p.m.
Inquisitive minds will come together on March 7, at the Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables campus for UM’s first Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium. The half-day research symposium will highlight scholarly research from more than 70 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on a variety of topics across disciplines. Mary Woolley, President of Research!America, will headline the program that includes poster, oral, and TED-like talk presentations focused on “The Art of Communicating Across Disciplinary Lines.” Learn more.