If you've resolved to make changes in the new year, check out some of the University's offerings for employees, including fitness and recreation facilities, new places to eat and shop, concerts, speakers and other benefits. Here's a rundown of some options for you in 2007:
Exercise Your Rights
Faculty and staff members can sign up for annual memberships to use campus recreation facilities including the fitness center, the FAU Arena, the pool and outdoor recreation facilities, as well as access to all group fitness classes and intramural sports activities at no additional charge. Annual faculty or staff membership is $125/year, but if you choose payroll deduction, the cost will be only $108/year or $9 per month. More info: www.fau.edu/student/camprec or ext. 7-3795.
The Davie student wellness center allows faculty and staff access to its facilities for $50/year. More details at www.fau.edu/student/broward/wellnessbroward.
Eat Right...or Just Eat
Business Services is pleased to announce the opening of three new dining establishments on the Boca Raton campus: Einstein Bros. Bagels, Coyote Jack's Grill and The Hub.
Grand Opening of
Owl Wear Logo Shop and Coyote Jack's on Jan. 17 and 18—Part of UC's Open House
Owl Wear Logo Shop
See the newest on-campus store dedicated to selling Owl gear. The den will host an autograph session and rally with FAU's dance team, cheer team and Owlsey, the FAU mascot. Free refreshments and prizes.
Wednesday, Jan. 17,
UC First Floor Shops
A new restaurant offering a fresh mix of Southwest-inspired specialties along with casual dining favorites and 12 flat screens with Direct TV. For the grand opening there will be live entertainment and free food and drinks.
Thursday, Jan. 18,
UC First Floor (location of former Wackadoo's)
More information on the Open House go to www.fau.edu/yourspace
Anything but routine, Einstein Bros. Bagels serves breakfast lunch and dinner, premium bagels, hot and cold sandwiches, salads and, of course, coffee. Located at the west Breezeway entrance next to the Wimberly Library, Einstein's will be open each weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Coyote Jack was a legendary drifter who roamed the prairies producing culinary marvels on a simple campfire grill. Join the hungry pack daily in the University Center to savor the bold tastes of the Southwest. Weekdays: 10:30 a.m. - midnight. Weekends: 11 a.m. - midnight. Be sure to check out Coyote Jack's Grand Opening Event later this month.
The Hub is on the ground floor of the Hillel Center in the new wing of the Wimberly Library. Serving a variety of beverages, sandwiches, salads, muffins and wraps, The Hub will uniquely offer quick kosher cuisine. Open at 7:30 a.m. each weekday, The Hub will close at 4 p.m. daily with the exception of Friday, when closing time will be 2 p.m.
For information on the operating hours of all University food service locations, go to www.fau.edu/dining/hours.html
Owl Cards, Owl Bucks and Discounts
As an employee, you are eligible for a number of discounts and special services. First, make sure you have an Owl Card, available at the Owl Card Center in the University Center. It serves as your ticket to more than one million volumes in the FAU Libraries and is your official University ID.
Through the Owl Bucks program, you can add money to the card to pay for purchases at Starbucks, the Breezeway Food Court, the Centre Marketplace, Outtakes, Coyote Jacks, The Hub, the FAU Pharmacy and the bookstore. You can even set up a payroll deduction to add money to the card.
It can also be your BankAtlantic banking card, if you have an account. A BankAtlantic branch is located just off the Breezeway on the Boca Raton campus; ATMs are available on the Boca Raton, Davie, MacArthur and Treasure Coast campuses. Click here for details.
You can turn your Owl Card into an on-campus debit card by putting up to $100 on it for use at campus copy shops, the mail center and select snack/beverage vending machines.
Be sure to check out Business Services for additional details on the mail center. (Two-cent stamps are available; remember, first class mail now costs 39 cents.) And remember, you are eligible for discounts when purchasing personal supplies from Office Depot and Corporate Express.
Learn about Your World through Lectures and Events
The Division of Research offers another topic in the "Lunch and Learn" series this month: "Innovations in Green City Development and Climate Change Best Practices" featuring Allan Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the London Climate Change Agency (LCCA), a municipal company owned by the London Development Agency. Mr. Jones has more than 30 years' experience in the housing, building services, energy, water, waste, transport and climate change sectors. Space is limited; RSVPs are required. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Gisele Galoustian, firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 7-2010.
Click here for details about a number of events being presented by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
The men's and women's basketball teams and the swimming and diving team are in mid-season; baseball, golf, softball, tennis and track and field start competition in the next few weeks. Details here.
The Charles E Schmidt College of Science's Frontiers in Science lecture series returns this semester on Jan. 11 with a lecture exploring "How and Why We Age." Other topics range from cutting-edge cancer research to the Everglades to evolution. Click here for details.
Remember to check the University's Calendar of Events, which provides details on the public events going on at all FAU campuses. Access it anytime by clicking on the "Calendar of Events" link on the FAU homepage.
The FAU Community has a long and giving history in helping the community. Fundraising walks, gift collections and food drives are always in need of support. The 2007 "Have a Heart" Food Drive, to run Jan. 8 through Feb. 16, will benefit the Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, the Poverello Center in Broward County and the Project Response AIDS Center on the Treasure Coast. Preferred donations include canned meats, vegetables, fruits and soups as well as pasta, rice and other staple items. Click here for more information.
Also, although FAU's United Way campaign ended on Dec. 15, you can still make a contribution by visiting www.fau.edu/unitedway. It's never too late to give your valued support to the United Way and the many human service organizations that are under the United Way umbrella.
Beef up Those Computer Skills
Visit ecs.fau.edu/training to find out what computer training courses are offered free to faculty and staff. Online courses are also available.
Benefits and Services
Employees with spouses who work for any state government agency (including FAU) are eligible to enroll in the health insurance spouse program in which the state matches each member’s insurance premium effectively providing insurance at no cost to these employees as long as both employees are full-time and benefits-eligible. Contact Benefits and Retirement at ext. 7-3073 for more information.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides employees and their families with free, short-term counseling for personal or work-related issues. Total confidentiality and anonymity are assured. Licensed counselors are available 24 hours a day at 1-800-492-0253.
The Employee Educational Scholarship Program (EESP) provides employees the opportunity to enhance their job skills and further their education by attending classes at FAU. Eligible full-time employees may enroll for up to six credit hours of graduate or undergraduate instruction per term (fall, spring and summer).
HR Weekly and HR Benefits
Be sure to read the HR Weekly, which is sent to all employees every Tuesday, for benefits available to you. Recent additions include membership in the IBM Southeast Employees' Federal Credit Union and the Florida Prepaid College Program and Tri-Rail discounts. Details about more benefits can be found here.
Weight Watchers "At Work"
A new session of the Weight Watchers "At Work" program will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Room 116 of the Nursing Building. Meetings will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. each Tuesday for 10 weeks. FAU faculty, staff and students are invited to participate at the reduced price of $99 ($94 for persons 62+ and current and lifetime Weight Watchers members who are not at goal). If you are interested in signing up, you will need to reserve a space prior to the first meeting by e-mailing Weight Watchers representative Nicole Jablonski. Payment for the 10-week session must be made at the first meeting.
On the Jupiter campus, a new session of the Weight Watchers "At Work" program will begin on Monday, Jan. 22, in Room 108 of the SR Building. Meetings will be held from 12:30 pm to 1:30pm each Monday for 10 weeks. If you are interested in signing up, you will need to reserve a space prior to the first meeting by e-mailing the Weight Watchers representative Natalie Belenky at email@example.com.