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TIAA July Webinars

June’s live webinar topics are listed below. Please note: Registration can be accessed for all webinars through this single direct link, or this one for the Spanish webinars.

  1. Looking to turn your retirement savings into a “paycheck” for life?
    July 12 at 12 p.m. (ET)
  2. Start to Finish: The early career woman’s guide to financial wisdom
    July 12 at 3 p.m. (ET)
  3. Quarterly economic and market update with TIAA’s Chief Investment Strategist
    July 13 at 12 p.m. (ET)
  4. Beneficiary considerations
    July 13 at 3 p.m. (ET)
  5. Within Reach: Transitioning from career to retirement
    July 19 at 3 p.m. (ET)

MSA Live! | July Webinars

MSA Live! | Balancing Your Financial and Emotional Wellbeing    

July 12, 2022 | Register Here: 9:00 am (PT) – Register Here: 12:00 pm (PT)

Stress is something we all experience. Financial AND emotional strains are both common, routinely appear together, and can significantly influence our lives. Successfully reducing these stressors is key to overall wellness. In this presentation we will walk through several financial and emotional challenges and offer tips on how to manage them. We’ll also talk about how working with professionals can help.

MSA Live! | Investing: Education for Beginners

July 28, 2022 | Register Here: 9:00 am (PT) – Register Here: 12:00 pm (PT)

Learn more about why investing can be a critical factor in achieving long-term goals. We will explain how different types of personal goals work and how timeframes and types of investment accounts can play a key role in helping you reach your savings targets. Then, build your knowledge as we explain how mutual funds, stocks, bonds, and other types of investments work. We’ll conclude with some action steps attendees can take to apply what they have learned.

Register even if you cannot attend to receive a recording of the webinar | Want to learn more about these topics? Connect with MSA at middlebury.mysecureadvantage.com or call 888-724-2326.

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MSA Money Coaching – Just a Call Away

Middlebury College has partnered with My Secure Advantage (MSA) to provide a complete financial wellness benefit to you! When it comes to money, searching for answers can feel overwhelming. By connecting with a personal Money Coach, you can build a stronger and more secure future no matter where you are in your financial journey.

3 Important Things to Know

❶ No two stories are alike and your financial strategies shouldn’t be either

With MSA, you have access to a dedicated Money Coach for 90 days each year to talk about any financial topic. It could be about creating a budget, increasing your credit score, paying down debt or all three! Maybe you’ve got questions about planning for retirement, buying a home, or creating an investment plan. You get the idea. Whatever your financial focus or challenge, MSA has credentialed, skilled Coaches who can help.

Confidentiality and a real person to guide and support your goals

Think of your Coach as a personal financial guide, accountability partner, and chief motivator. Together you’ll create a plan that embodies your values, priorities, and goals – one that reflects and works with your life. MSA encourages your spouse/partner to join in the conversations too. All sessions are confidential, over the phone and a half hour long.

No out-of-pocket cost, hidden fees or charges

Middlebury College has paid for this benefit, full stop. MSA’s coaches don’t work on commission or sell any products. When you talk with a Money Coach, you can be sure that you’re getting unbiased, judgment-free guidance.

So what are you waiting for? Get started today! 

Questions?  Learn more about MSA here. Connect with MSA at middlebury.mysecureadvantage.com or call 888-724-2326.

What’s on Tap for Well-Being… Weeks of June 20th and 27th

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

– John Lubbock

Summer has officially started so it’s time to get outside and enjoy it.  Why not grab your friends and family and head out to the Essex Food Truck Festival? Friday, June 24th 4-7 pm. 37 Old Stage Rd. in Essex. Looking for some healthier fare, how about a farmers market?

Want to make your home a little greener? Why not adopt a houseplant? Paint a pot and then choose a houseplant to live in it. Take it home for your very own spot of household green! Free. Wednesday, June 22nd 4:30-6:00 pm. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Registration required by Tuesday, June 21.

Interested in exploring the trails of our beautiful state? Hike, bike, or paddle…. There is something for everyone and Trailfinder can help you find it. Check it out here.

Mahana Magic Foundation Community Cancer Conference:  Families impacted by cancer are invited to meet with social workers, child psychologists, nonprofit aid workers and other health and wellness experts at this event. Saturday, June 25th, 8:30-1:30.  Mahana Magic Foundation 2517 Shelburne Road, Shelburne. Free. Click here for more information or to register. 

Tri-Valley Transit Announces Return of Rutland Commuter Run

Tri-Valley Transit is excited to announce that we are bringing back our 4:15pm weekday commuter run (southbound from Middlebury to Rutland) on Monday, June 13th! This may be welcome news to employees who live in Salisbury, Leicester, Brandon, Pittsford and Rutland.  Consumer gas prices continue to rise and the state has committed to keeping all rural buses fare-free until June 2023.

Please see the updated Rutland Connector Schedule.

Please note that the TVT-operated weekday midday and Saturday portions of the schedule are still suspended.

What’s on Tap for Well-Being… Weeks of June 6th and 13th

Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself

– Mahatma Gandhi

Each year in June we recognize Men’s Health Month to raise awareness of the diseases and illness that affect American men. Men continue to live an average of five years less than women do and this may be due in part to the fact that men are less likely than women to receive the recommended preventive screenings. For our Cigna members, most of these health screenings are offered at no charge when provided by an in-network provider. Check out the list of recommended health screenings here

For questions about your benefits, contact Cigna One Guide at 888-806-5042 or your GMHEC benefits team at 802-443-5485 or benefits@gmhec.org.  For our Norwich folks, contact your HR department for questions about your benefits.

If you’re looking for resources to support your mental and emotional well-being, check out the programs offered through Cigna or through your Employee Assistance Program.  In addition to staying up to date with health screenings, staying connected, nurturing your relationships, and spending time outdoors are great ways to support your health. Grab your friends and family and check out some live music at the annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, June 3rd through 10th, grab your bike and head down to Killington on June 12th for the second annual Vermont Mountain Bike Association Day, celebrate National Pollinator Week on June 24th with a youth nature hike in Montpelier or get out an enjoy the early bounty at one of Vermont’s wonderful farmers markets.

Oracle HCM Responsive User Interface (RUI) Upgrades

May 23rd was the release date for some upgrades that will make using the HCM application on your mobile device or tablet easier with Responsive User Interface (RUI). This change will also reduce the number of clicks to complete transactions in Manager Self Service.

Some of the transactions you are currently using in HCM, such as time and absence entry and approval, are already available through the Responsive User Interface (RUI), and now, more of the Employee Self Service (ESS) and Manager Self Service (MSS) will offer the RUI to replace our current Classic User Interface (CUI) display.

The biggest change you will see is in navigation. Currently, HCM instructions point towards the tile icons on the HCM desktop. With RUI, access to the transactions in HCM will be available through the Quick Actions on the left-hand side of the HCM desktop. Quick Actions cut down on the number of clicks required to access information in HCM on your desktop, and mobile devices respond with better visual options. Classic User Interface (CUI) tiles will begin to be phased out over the next few months, but most will still be available with the immediate transition. Time Approvals will be available in Team Time Cards and managers will no longer need to navigate to My Client Groups. We hope you find these upgrades useful!

Resources:

For managers, we have a quick reference guide for Time Management in RUI: RUI Changes to Time Approval

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Any additional questions please contact Human Resources: hr@middlebury.edu or (802) 443-5465