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.

Take an online course in mindfulness.
Spring sessions begin Saturday, March 20.
Over the course of four weeks, participants will receive guided instruction in mindfulness meditation techniques to reduce anxiety, manage stress, become better able to cope with challenges, and enhance self-care routines. Offered by the Miller School of Medicine’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and taught by Debra Annane, the introductory mindfulness course kicks off with a complimentary open house/orientation session. Registration is required and a discount is available for patients of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Learn more about the online course. Call 786-546-3223 or email kydra.thompson@miami.edu for questions.

Explore tuition remission benefits for University employees. 
Monday, March 22, at 11:30 a.m.
Complete your undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of General Studies or continue your education with a Master of Arts—no GRE or thesis required. University employees can register to attend an online information session hosted by the Office of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies and the Division for Continuing and International Education. Attendees will be able to learn about tuition remission and our participating academic programs with the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Registration is required to attend this event. Contact ipsoffice@miami.edu for more information about the event.

Let’s celebrate our class of 2021 employee-graduates.
Share your story.
Commencement ceremonies, which begin Wednesday, May 12, and conclude Friday, May 14, will recognize hundreds of University of Miami students for achieving a major milestone in their academic career. In particular, we want to laud University employees who are part of the class of 2021. If you are among them, we want to learn about your experience as an employee-student and the journey that led to this great accomplishment. Send an email to lifeattheU@miami.edu and share your story. Get more information about commencement. P.S. The deadline to apply for graduation is Tuesday, March 16.

What has helped you get through the past year? 
Tell us now.
It’s officially been a year since our workday and lifestyles were forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Life@TheU is wondering what has made your days a little brighter or more manageable. Is there an activity, a ritual, or someone in your life who has become vital to your support system? Share your experience and any tips you can offer to colleagues, whether it’s recommending a work-from-home essential or a creative project worth trying. Let us know on social media @LifeAtTheU or by completing this form. We’ll be curating a list to share with the University community.

Learn more about University email security improvements. 
Legacy email protocols will be disabled on May 15.
The University will disable certain features in Office 365 in response to an announcement from Microsoft that it will no longer support them. The features affected include Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), Post Office Protocol (POP), and Basic Authentication. University community members, as well as systems and applications managers, can find more details about this change.