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Winter Fest Dec. 7

3-5 pm, Willard Straight Hall. All are invited to warm up and get festive with music, comedy, and a chance to win great prizes, including Beats headphones and an AppleWatch! 

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25% Holiday Sale December 6-9

All locations and online! (some exclusions apply) Plus one day sale Dec. 13 for the largest discount of the year on Apple products!  Employees can use easy payroll deduction for tech purchases.

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NYC Day Trip: Dec 8

Enjoy all the sights and shopping, without the driving and parking! Tickets are just $54 per person for Cornell employees and up to 4 guests. Reserve now!

Involvement opportunities across campus and community


Staff ConversationsSpeak directly with senior administration & Employee Assembly leaders in an informal setting. 
  • December 4, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, East Hill Plaza, Room 345
  • December 7, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Klarman Hall Auditorium
  • December 13, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Morrison Hall, Room 146
  • December 19, 9:00 - 10:00 am, Hilton Garden Inn, Owego Brindley Room
Bring A Child To Work Day: Save the Date! Thursday, April 25, 2019
If you, your group, or department are interested in hosting an activity session, contact us at Please include your contact info, brief description of proposed session, number of children who can participate in a single session, and where the activity would take place, i.e. a specific location or a general room with/without tables.

Cornell Weight Loss Study: Seeking female volunteers 18-35 who are overweight or obese. Financial compensation, personal Fitbit ® device, and 6-month subscription to Nutrisystem ® D provided. Contact

Cornell Law School Estate Planning:
Clients must meet certain income guidelines (single: less than $25k annually; family: less than $50K annually) and spots are limited. Email for more details.


Cornell Yoga Study: Women over 60 with chronic pain qualify for a new study that uses restorative yoga to help reduce pain and inflammation. Participants get access to free classes and can earn up to $50. For more information contact or (607) 254-5115

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County: Here are just a few of the upcoming workshops scheduled (full schedule & details here)


Jumpstart Sustainable Purchasing Practices Dec 6, 1:30-3:00pm G01 Biotech. Advance your leadership and professional skills by covering how to purchase more sustainable products.

How to Use Remote Participation & Flex Work Tools  Dec 6, 1:30-3:00pm 221 Weill Room. Flexible and remote work arrangements can support sustainability goals by reducing unnecessary carbon emissions from travel. Learn about the existing tools available to help employees pursue flexibility in the workplace. 

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Resources to help you manage stress, parenting, caring for elders, and navigating the balance of work and life. More info

Need Help for the Holidays? Remember, Cornell employees have free membership in, where you can find help with childcare, elder care, pet care, housekeeping, and more.

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Cornell Wellness

Provides staff, faculty, retirees, and their spouses/partners with support for fitness, nutrition, and wellbeing. Visit website

Minestrone with Kale and Quinoa - Watch video - Print recipe Check out this tasty recipe for a hearty vegan, gluten-free soup that will warm you up right!

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Contract College Option Transfer Period will be announced soon! This is the annual opportunity for contract college employees to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account, Legal Insurance, or make certain other benefits changes.

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Professional Development


Project Management Essentials for the Unofficial Project Manager: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Dec 7 and 14, 2018 at the ILR Conference Center.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Signature Edition 4.0: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Feb 7, 14, and 21, 2019 at the ILR Conference Center.


IT Training

For current IT Training classes: To see a complete listing of technical training resources, go to If you are interested in attending a course that does not yet have a class scheduled, use the 'Request Learning' option to show your interest. To receive training announcements, send an email with the subject: join to Have a question?  Contact



Free Online Learning

Cornell offers a variety of free online learning opportunities that includes training videos, courses, books, and certifications through and Skillsoft. Check out this week’s featured topics:

Career/Life Tip:

Seeking Social Media Ambassadors: Do you enjoy Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media? Join our pilot Working@Cornell social media ambassadors program and help us get the word out about the great programs, perks, and benefits available to Cornell employees! Sign up here! 

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