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Taking Care of Those You Love - How to be an Executor and/or Trustee
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018
9:00-10:00 am, 140 EHOB or participate remotely
In this second part of the two-part series, we will discuss how to:
  • Help your loved ones prepare their planning documents
  • Simplify your estate plan
  • Help you and your family feel confident with your plan
  • Make life easier on your future executor and trustee
  • Be an effective executor and/or trustee

Remote option available.
Endowed Retirees – Open Enrollment is Coming!
In mid-October, Aetna will be sending information to endowed retirees’ homes regarding the 2019 health rates, any mandated plan changes and the open enrollment process for this year. There are very few changes expected for 2019, and we expect very few mandates from Medicare.
Endowed Retiree Open Enrollment will occur from Monday, October 22 – Friday, November 9, 2018. 
If you would like to attend an in-person Endowed Retiree Open Enrollment presentation, Aetna’s mailing will also include a schedule of days and times for sessions held on-campus and at Kendal.
Important: If you wish to remain enrolled in your current Aetna health plan for 2019, NO ACTION IS NEEDED.  If you have questions about your coverage or rates, please call Aetna’s Retiree Service Center at 1-800-338-4533 (TTY:711)
Retiree Reflections
Retiree Reflections is dedicated to sharing retiree experiences within our community.
Full Time RVing
by Stephanie Henkel, retiree
Administrative Manager, API
While I loved my job at Cornell, retirement was even better. As a celebration of retirement, my husband and I purchased a 29-foot motorhome and joined a 42-day caravan to Alaska. Our intention was take our trip and then come home to settle into life as retirees, but somewhere along the road we came to a decision that changed the course of our lives.
When we arrived home, instead of selling the motorhome, we sold our house and most of our belongings, and hit the road full time. For four years, we traveled with our two cats, crossing the country several times. Our adventures took us to every corner of this country, each one with it’s own allure. We spent months as beach bums along the coasts, lived off the grid in the Arizona deserts and explored National Parks across the country. The freedom and flexibility of life on wheels made it easy for us to stay for weeks in places we wanted to explore or pick up and head in a new direction when the mood struck.
Adjusting to living in a small space was not as difficult as you might think. We only carry necessities with us and have a strict policy of “bring something in, take something out.” Our souvenirs are our digital pictures. Bill laughs at me when I take another picture of a sunset or sunrise, but each one is precious. We never missed our forty-year accumulation of “stuff”.
Equipped with a generator and solar power, we followed the sun, living off-the-grid in the desert during the winter and spending summers in the cooler regions of the northern states. Untethered from the TV, house maintenance and community obligations, we were free to pursue other interests like reading, photography, off-roading, painting and writing. Computers and cell phones connected us to friends and relatives. Our community became other RV’ers who shared our interests, made their own music and helped us over rough spots. We volunteered as camp hosts at a National Seashore and developed an even greater respect for our National Park System.
Life is ever evolving. Eventually, we bought another house as a home base, but we still travel for six to eight months a year. We truly believe the saying that “Home is where you park it."

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Campus Events
Bound for Glory Fall Schedule Continues
The 52nd season of “ Bound for Glory, ” concerts in Anabel Taylor Hall’s Durland Alternatives Library, continues on with flatpicking extraordinaires Bobby Henrie and Aaron Lipp on September 23rd. Admission is free and open to all ages. Refreshments are available.

The program, hosted since 1967 by Phil Shapiro, M.A. ’69, features three sets of music starting at 8 pm and is broadcast live on WVBR-FM 93.5 and streams online at .
Mixed Media: The Interplay of Sound and Text
How do you write a sound? How do you hear a text? “Mixed Media” examines how representations of text and sound that have shaped our perceptions of the material world, tracing the technologies used to replicate and transmit them.

The exhibition features rare artifacts that illuminate 500 years of inventions that record and distribute information—from movable cast metal type to Edison’s model wax cylinder-playing gramophone.

“Mixed Media” will be on view from September 20, 2018 to March 8, 2019, in the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
This exhibition is funded through the generous support of the Stephen E. ’58 MBA ’59 and Evalyn Edwards ’60 Milman Exhibition Fund.
For more information, call 607/255-3530 or visit the events page .
Free and open to the public.
Cornell Fall Employee Celebration
Cornell Employee Celebration, happening on Saturday, October 6, 2018, is for staff, faculty, retirees and their families. The event features athletics events, a Cornell community dinner, and additional activities. The event is held twice a year, once in the fall and again in the winter.

Tickets are on sale September 12-26, 2018. Your $5 ticket includes the football game at Schoellkopf Field, followed by the Cornell Community Dinner at Barton Hall. Tickets can be purchased weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Athletic Ticket Office in Bartels Hall, online or by calling 255-4247.

The dinner, prepared by Cornell Catering, will feature barbecue chicken and pasta with grilled vegetables and marinara sauce. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

To request accommodations to participate in this event, contact .

Free parking at Hoy Garage with Cornell University ID.
Keep the Flu at Bay
The dreaded cold and flu season is right around the corner, so be sure to get vaccinated early!

New this year, Cornell Health is partnering with Wegmans Pharmacy to provide vaccinations at the Cornell clinics. As always, vaccinations are free for staff, faculty and retirees (don’t forget to bring your Cornell ID card).

Clinics will be held in Willard Straight Hall, Robert Purcell Community Center, Mann Library, the College of Veterinary Medicine, East Hill Office Building, the Lab of Ornithology and Seneca Place . See the complete clinic schedule here .

Regular-dose flu shots will be available, as well as high dose for those age 65 and older. FluMist nasal spray will not be available at this year’s vaccine clinics.
Professional Clothing Giveaway
Gently worn professional clothing, business casual, shoes and accessories are being sought for this popular annual event. Others will benefit from your generosity. To donate, contact any of the following volunteers across campus:

Drop-off locations – October 15 and 16, 2018
Giveaway date: Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Clark Hall, Rm. 700

Gently worn professional clothing, business casual, shoes and accessories will be offered at no cost for those who are interested. Contact Amy Vonderchek for more information at 255-7259 or
Caregiver Support & Education Network
Caregivers come together to share the challenges, joys and resources of caregiving as well as listen to occasional speakers presenting on topics of interest. Facilitators share strategies, tools, and resources for coping with stress, caregiver guilt, and burnout as well as information on local/national resources that may assist you. 

Feel free to bring your lunch to any of these meetings. For questions or for more information, contact Diane Bradac, or 607-255-1917.
Group support meetings are held on campus in Weill Hall,
Room 221 on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 pm on:
October 18, 2018
November 15, 2018
December 13, 2018
Judy's Day Family Learning Festival
Plants have families too!
September 30, 2018
1:00-5:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Beginning in 1997, this one-day festival celebrates our vital connection with plants. In the scenic setting of the Cornell arboretum , we explore unique themes, bringing them alive through exhibits, activities, crafts, music, and more. 

Learn about the fascinating lineage of plant families at this educational event for all ages. Everyone will have great fun with lots of hands-on activities, tastings, storytelling, and plant exhibits.

Judy's Day is in memory of Judy Abrams (1940-1996), friend, teacher, and mentor, and a wonderful, giving person. Her family and friends have made this program possible to celebrate Judy's love of life, work, kids, and the natural world. The Saquish Foundation and the SIRUS Fund have provided generous gifts to support the program.

This unique experience is held outside under tents in the beautiful setting of the F.R. Newman Arboretum --- rain or shine. Pre-registration is not required.

Location: Parking is at Cornell’s B-Lot off Route 366, with free shuttle bus to the Arboretum
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Community Energy Conversations
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:00-7:30 pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center,
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY

FREE! Learn how your family can spend less on your energy bill, lower your energy use, and be more comfortable in your home in this informal monthly conversation. Bring your questions, ideas, thoughts, and concerns. New topics each month explore how the electric grid works and new technologies that can help us manage your energy use to save money and reduce our carbon footprint. Offered every 4th Wednesday, April through September! Questions? Contact Aislyn Colgan, , (607) 272-2292
Community Events
Science on Tap - "Vaccines: From History to Controversy"
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
7:00 pm
Cynthia Leifer , PhD, Associate Professor of Immunology
Northstar House's Casita Del Polaris (1201 North Tioga Street)

Designed to connect the Ithaca community with Cornell faculty, "Science on Tap" is aimed to appeal to all audiences where folks interact with scientists and learn about the latest and greatest research going on just up the hill and how it relates to real world issues. From physics to psychology, engage with experts in a variety of fields in the physical and social sciences to learn about interesting cutting edge research that's happening in your community and how it relates to you!

So, come grab a drink, sit back, relax, get informed and join us in talking science! Free admission!
Evening of Remembrance
Wednesday, September 26 (rain date Sept. 27)
7:00-8:00 pm at the Cancer Resource Center

Join us as we remember our loved ones lost to cancer.
A program of remembrance, live music, and sharing of memories.
We will end the evening by lighting candles in memory of our loved ones.

If you would like to share a memory, RSVP to

Cancer Resource Center 24th Annual Walkathon & 5K Run
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Ithaca’s Cass Park 701 Taughannock Blvd.
9:00 am
This annual event is a community-wide fundraiser designed to help the Cancer Resource Center provide support and assistance to families and individuals who have been affected by cancer.
One hundred percent of all funds raised remain here in our community.

The event begins at 10am. Registration opens at 9am. There will be Zumba, live entertainment, prizes and a pancake breakfast. Online registration is available at .

This is a wonderful opportunity to come out and have a fun time with family and friends, while simultaneously helping those in need. So come be a part of one of the largest and most visible fundraising events in the county!  

Registration Fee:  $40 thru noon on October 11th, $50 after that.
No registrations are accepted from noon on October 11th through 9am October 13th.
Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Temporary Service Clerk (Part-Time)—Chemistry and Chemical Biology Dept.
The Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department is looking for a Temporary employee to provide customer support in our stockroom. This appointment will be for 10 hours per week with the potential for additional hours based on business coverage needs. Will be interacting with students, faculty, staff, vendors, sales and delivery personnel, and customers throughout the day to support a welcoming service-oriented environment. Responsibilities include: maintain preset inventory levels and replenish inventory; stock and face shelving daily; dust and sweep weekly as necessary; assist in maintaining files and records; receive incoming shipments from UPS, FedEx, FedEx Ground, campus, local deliveries and common carriers; check packing slips for accuracy noting any discrepancies when matching receipts; maintain general organization of stockroom and storage areas; generate barcodes and label all incoming chemicals, tanks, and cylinders; and maintain petty cash box for all cash sales.

Please send resume and references to: Sharon Van De Mark, , 120 Baker Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.
Volunteers Needed for Fall Employee Celebration
Volunteers are needed for the Fall Employee Celebration, being held on October 6, 2018. Volunteers will be asked to select among three time slots: setup (12:30-3 p.m.), serving (3-5:30 p.m.) and cleanup (5:30-7:30 p.m.). You will only be scheduled for one shift, but please select all times during which you would be willing and available to help. All volunteers scheduled for set up, serving or clean-up will receive an Employee Celebration t-shirt and complimentary meal/game ticket for the day’s events.

Please contact  if you have questions regarding volunteering for this event.

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