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.

Parking zone color restrictions lifted at Coral Gables Campus.
Now through Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.
All Coral Gables Campus parking zone color restrictions—including the purple zone—will be lifted for winter break. A parking permit is still required to park on campus between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week. During the winter break, the University shuttles have ceased operations, but plan to resume at 7 a.m., Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at the start of the spring semester. The Mahoney-Pearson, Pavia, and Merrick garages will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. All garages will reopen at 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. For questions, contact the parking and transportation department at 305-284-3096, option 2, or email parking.gables@miami.edu. Learn more.

Learn to manage holiday stress—with progressive muscle relaxation techniques. 
Tuesday, Nov. 24, at noon and 6 p.m.
An evidence-based technique used to manage physical and mental stress, progressive muscle relaxation has been found to reduce levels of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress. Regular use of this technique may help you gain a greater sense of control over your body’s stress response and get a better night’s sleep. During a 30-minute session on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at noon and 6 p.m., participants will be guided through a progressive muscle relaxation exercise to release tension and stress. Employees enrolled in UM’s Well ’Canes Incentives program can earn points by attending this session. Find more opportunities to unwind and rebalance, including a session on Tuesday, Dec. 1, aimed at teaching stress management strategies, offered by the University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

Register for the Distance Learning Institute online course development series.
Multiple dates through January 2021.
To help University faculty members create online courses that engage learners, the Division of Continuing and International Education's Distance Learning Institute and Academic Technologies have launched the Online Course Development Series, which offers open forums that focus on transitioning to a successful online learning model. The program’s instructional designers are available to answer questions and give insight regarding the best ways to use various educational tools in your online classrooms. Learn more and register for an upcoming session, available now through January 2021.

Get your flu shot now! 
Compliance deadline is Friday, Dec. 11.
As part of the University of Miami’s COVID-19 response, students, faculty, staff, and supporting team members on all campuses are required to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. The shots are currently available for students, faculty, and staff by appointment at multiple locations on and off campus. Visit coronavirus.miami.edu/flushot for details on compliance deadlines, to find out where and when you can schedule your appointment, and to get answers to frequently asked questions.

Who are you thankful for?
Let them know now!
Is there a member of the ’Canes family you want to bestow with gratitude? Now is a great time to acknowledge a colleague or student by using Thank a ’Cane, a tool that allows you to send a note of gratefulness to any University employee or student. Show your appreciation by sending someone an eCard today.

Bonus: 2020 Holiday Schedule
Available online.
Review the University’s holiday schedule  to know which days will be observed at each campus as well as the end-of-year pay schedules for faculty, staff, and students.