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Community Connections: News and Notes from Human Resources

Community Connections: News and Notes from Human Resources.

Healthy "U" September Newsletter

Life Planning Fair
by Sharon K. Smith, M.A.'09, C'05, M.A.C.T., Benefits Manager

Americans are planners. We like to be organized and in control. We plan schedules, education, vacations, family, and careers. What most of us avoid planning are those times in our lives that we know can be challenging.

Life continues to change. Family, and the concept of family, continues to evolve. There can be added stresses. Work is different than in the past. It can be more consuming and, certainly, more stressful. Each generation has its unique needs but there are common needs among them. We want and need family time, work time, social time, recreational time, etc. We need to be living now and providing for now. At the same time, we need to be aware of likely future needs and planning and providing for them. How we do that prepares us to better cope with these future needs when they become present ones. It is an ongoing challenge to live the lives we need to in the present while looking at the distant, and not so distant, future and preparing to have the lives we hope to then.

Human Resources and Healthy "U" are sponsoring a Life Planning Fair on Monday and Tuesday, September 28th and 29th in the Whitaker Commons and Multicultural Suite. This event will provide education sessions and resources to address current and future needs relevant to the four generations in the Hood College workforce. The event will include presentations about:

Creating work-life balance
Why and how retirement savings begins now
Staying fit through the lifecycle
Social security
Managing income and debt
Effective parenting
Investing in your retirement
Legal documents for estate planning
Bridging the college communication gap
And more...

It also will include the introduction of a new voluntary whole life with long-term care rider benefit through Unum and the start of the initial enrollment period for this. In our lives, we encounter many highly trained people. We seek them out because of their specialized knowledge, education, or experience in areas that we lack. We go to them to receive help and guidance we need. No matter how expert or intelligent someone is, there is one thing that each of us knows better than anyone else in the world. We each know ourselves. We can't forget this when we're involved in the important work of making life plans and life decisions about our quality of life--the how, where, and how well we want to live and die, how we want to honor our lives, what's important to us, and the legacy we want to leave.

Investigating, planning, and making these decisions isn't just about what happens to our money or our things. It's about determining what an appropriate and acceptable quality of life is for each of us and the steps necessary to ensure that we have it to the best of our means and abilities.

Watch for emails with more detailed information and scheduling this week. We hope you will plan to attend.

Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation
Meditation is held Monday and Thursday afternoons 12:15-12:45 pm in the Chapel Meditation and Prayer Room, Chapel basement.

Weekly Chapel Services
All are welcome, Wednesday afternoons, 12:30-12:55 pm.

Hood College Celebrates - 5th Annual Food Day - "a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food"
Join us for a night of FREE FOOD on Monday, October 5th at 6:30 pm in Whitaker Commons. *Doors open to the larger community at 7:15 pm for the featured lecture on* "Food Deserts in America". Seats to the FREE dinner go to the first 75 people to register, so hurry! Hood faculty/staff/students and community members invited! To RSVP for the dinner, contact April Boulton at boulton@hood.edu. This event is co-sponsored by the Healthy U Committee, the Center for Global Studies, and Office of the Dean of the Chapel.

Yoga Classes
Free yoga classes sponsored by Sol Yoga will be offered Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15 pm in the Dance Studio, Gambril Gymnasium. First class begins October 7 and goes through December 9.

Hood Walking Group - Still Walking on Tuesdays
Hood's walking group leaves at noon from the fountain at Gearey Alumni Plaza (between Alumnae Hall and Hodson). The group walks for approximately 30 minutes rain or shine.


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