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January 18, 2012

In Brief

New year, healthy you: get screened and get $125

For the third year, the University invites faculty and staff to stay healthy and fit with the help of the annual Personal Health Assessment. Available to all regular full-time and part-time faculty and staff, non-Medicare-eligible retirees enrolled in a University Health Care Plan, as well as spouses enrolled in a University Health Care Plan, the online survey tool gauges your current level of health and wellness via a series of lifestyle questions. Prior to completing the survey, employees, retirees, and their spouses eligible for the assessment should receive a free biometric screening, which provides blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol level readings. A clinic schedule is available on the Well-U website, The University offers $125 to those who complete the assessment by March 31.

2012 employee discount cards now available

The Regional Area Recreation and Employee Services Association (RARES) offers University employees a chance to save on hundreds of area and national products and services, including amusement parks, car washes, movie tickets, online shopping, car rental and hotel discounts, and more. The 2012 cards are now available at several locations. Learn more at

Deadline approaching for Visiting Scholars Fund

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity reminds those interested in applying for the long-term visiting scholars mechanism of the Special Opportunities Fund that the deadline is Feb. 17. The fund was created to assist deans and department chairs in increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of the faculty. Find out more at

Healthy Living Center seeks research participants

The Healthy Living Center is recruiting participants for a research study investigating whether or not health outcomes improve from using an online interactive cholesterol advisory tool to exchange health information and educate patients about managing their cholesterol. Participants will be paid up to $150 for completing all study activities over a nine-month period. Call 530-2020 to learn more.

Moving allowance mileage rate update

The University is adjusting its moving allowance mileage rate to reflect the new IRS rate. Effective Jan. 1, the business mileage reimbursement rate remains unchanged at 55.5¢ per mile. The standard mileage rate of moving expenses is 23¢ per mile.

Certificate course teaches patient safety

The faculty of the Division of Healthcare Management in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine is offering a free “mini” certificate course for health care professionals, trainees, and students. The 11-session program offers information on how to improve safety as well as the latest thinking on patient safety. Sessions begin Thursday, Feb. 2. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 27. Contact Judy Hughes at 275-7712 or for more information. Registration materials also are available on the Medical Center’s intranet,

Variety of courses offered this summer

It’s not too early to think about the University’s Summer Sessions. The schedule of College courses is available at Classes can help students get ahead, catch up, or just try something different. Learn about the tuition benefits plan for University employees and get employee tuition waiver and tuition reimbursement applications at Registration opens April 9. For more information, visit

Lose weight and win money

The Medical Center’s Fitness and Wellness Center presents the first New Year edition of the Amazing Weight Loss Race. The eight-week program will include personal training, weekly weigh-ins and health sessions, and use of the Fitness Center for $40 ($25 for members). Those who lose the most weight will win cash prizes. Registration ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Call 275-2437 or visit

Community Health Award nominations due Jan. 20

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 2012 Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards. The third annual awards will recognize Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice, or outreach programs. The nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 20. Learn more at

Winter issue of The Clarion now available

The winter issue of The Clarion, a new quarterly newsletter published by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, is now available at Full of tips to help answer students’ questions on internships and networking resources, issues profile faculty member going above and beyond to help students succeed and students working towards their goals through an internships.

Workshops cover ‘Power, Privilege, and Difference’

Allan Johnson, a sociologist and writer who has worked on issues of gender inequality and patriarchy, will give several presentations at the University on Thursday, Jan. 19. Johnson’s visit is sponsored by the Office of Mental Health Promotion. The full schedule is available at