Thrive Every Day, February 2024

Feb. 14, 2024
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February Events

The Impact of Stress on Your Heart, offered by Carebridge, February 15, noon–12:30 p.m.

Grief and Loss Check-in, offered by Carebridge, February 20, 12:30–1:00 p.m.

Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Your Heart, presented by TrestleTree Health Coaches, February 22, 11:00 a.m.–noon

Preventing Burnout Check-in, offered by Carebridge, February 27, 4:00–4:30 p.m.

Heart Disease Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options, presented by 2nd.MD cardiologist, February 15, 1:00 p.m.

Individual Financial Advice Counseling Sessions, with CAPTRUST, Employee Wellness Center, February 27

Gaining Insight: Navigating Debt Consolidation and Understanding the Mortgage Process, with TIAA, February 21, 1:00 p.m.

She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing, with TIAA, February 15, 2:00 p.m.

The Starting Line: Beginning to Save for Retirement, with TIAA, March 6, 12:00 p.m.

What You Need to Know This Month

February is American Heart Month

Make your heart health a priority and raise your awareness about heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. That’s why it’s so important to monitor your blood pressure regularly. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, reducing stress, knowing your cholesterol levels, understanding your risk factors, and getting a good night’s sleep can all help to keep your heart healthy.

It is also important to know the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke. If you or someone else is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 for help.

Campus Recreation: Updates and Special Offer

Exercise is crucial to keep your heart healthy and strong. Campus Rec is excited to announce that Phase One of the Class of 1986 Fitness & Wellness Center opened on January 29. The main fitness area has more space and new equipment that can help you meet your wellness goals. Phase Two of the project, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2024, will include a new lobby/entrance, new fitness pavilion with additional fitness equipment, and new studios. A membership is required for access to our facility for faculty and staff. As a member, you can also purchase a Flex Pass to participate in any of the Group Fitness Classes. From March 9–17, access to the Fitness Center is free for faculty and staff! 

Summer will be here before you know it, so plan ahead to reduce your stress. Registration for Summer Day Camp began on February 5 for faculty and staff only; registration will open to the public on March 4. Join us on March 2, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. for an open house in the lobby of Dillon Gym.

Financial Planning

Announcement: 2024 Annual IRS Contribution Limits for the Retirement Savings Plan 403(b)

The annual 403(b) contribution limits for 2024 have changed from 2023. If you are under age 50, the annual contribution limit is $23,000. If you are age 50 or older in the calendar year, you may contribute an extra $7,500 “catch-up” contribution, for a total annual contribution limit of $30,500.

  • TIAA offers individual retirement plan advice, either by phone, virtually, or in person. To schedule an advice session with TIAA, call 800-842-2252 or make an appointment online. For a Spanish Speaking Advisor, call (800) 414-5180.
  • CAPTRUST is an independent investment advisory firm that provides free, confidential investment and financial advice to retirement plan participants. For information, including articles, videos and other valuable resources, visit their website. To speak to a counselor about the University’s retirement plan and/or other financial issues, call the Retirement Advice Line at (800) 967-9948.
  • Isles is dedicated to helping people manage everyday money issues such as budgeting, saving, and reducing debt. Contact Isles at (609) 341-4714. Counseling is available in English and Spanish.

Benefits Office Hours on Campus

Meet with a benefits specialist to get answers to all your benefits questions!
First and Third Friday of Every Month

9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
B level, New South Building, Room B03
Walk-ins welcome or schedule an appointment:
Call: (609) 258-3302 | Email: [email protected]

Wellness Support at Anytime!

Professional help is available 24/7 through Carebridge. Call (800) 437-0911, visit their website (use code TW8AE to register), or download their App from Apple or Google Play.

Employee Wellness Center with its three pillars: physical, mental, and financial

The Employee Wellness Center @ 350 Alexander Street is your place for in-person consultations. 

Schedule a free, confidential appointment with one of these resources:


For questions about physical or mental wellness resources, contact Lynn Herbine. For financial wellness inquiries, contact Jane Edgar. The Benefits Team is available to assist at (609) 258-3302 or [email protected]. For complete details on all wellness resources and programs, visit the HR website.