30 min. info sessions | food studies in italy | summer 2021

join zoom meeting

wednesday, december 9, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m. est
thursday, december 10, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m. est

come learn about the food studies in italy summer program 2021! "bioregions and food cultures of italy": food studies classes, active-learning moments, field trips, and several great italian destinations!

taught in english, fdst250 “bioregions and food cultures of italy” will run from july 6 to july 31, 2021. the group will be based in bologna but will travel to other locations, like sorrento, on the amalfi coast. this fdst250, 1 credit, is an elective course for the food studies certificate, it has a sustainability investigations attribute, and it can count as a topics course for italian studies majors.

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end-of-semester transcript printing

students may request transcripts until noon on tuesday, december 15, 2020. at that time, transcript printing will be unavailable until after fall 2020 grades have posted. transcript printing will resume on thursday, january 14, 2021. note: all transcript holds must be cleared by the student before a transcript can be produced.

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deadline for major curricular changes

the deadline for major curricular changes for 2021-22, including changes to majors, new majors, minors, and new programs is january 15, 2020. please complete the online form on the apsc webpage for submitting curriculum requests at: // the form should be submitted to

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library services december 14-18

during the first week of the campus holiday closure (december 14-18), limited library services will be available.

reference and research support will be available. please use the ask a librarian link from the library’s website or //

contact-free pickup of library owned items and ill items will continue to be available (in the library’s main entrance vestibule) from 9am -noon, m-f. requests can be placed through jumpstart. for pickup at other times, we will arrange for your items to be held at dps (please email to make arrangements.)
on january 4, library remote services will resume. requests for items needed in january (for purchase, for digitizing, or via ill ) can be submitted at any time using these forms:
new book request form: //
film streaming request form: //
ill request and scanning of print material form: //

faculty can also reach out to their department liaison with other questions.

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college farm and sustainability

dickinson college farm at farmers market

did you know the dickinson college farm sells fresh produce and take home pizzas at the carlisle farmers on the square market every week? come visit us on wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. at the corner of high and hanover st in town. please wear a mask and social distance while at market. you can also order online and do curbside pick up which is available until 5:30 p.m. on wednesdays.

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dickinson college farm gift boxes

give a gift from the land from the dickinson college farm! as the season of giving gets under way, we hope you will consider unique gift boxes from the college farm. farm-made gift boxes are a great way to share a taste of the farm with others! our products are made with certified organic vegetables and other wholesome ingredients. our gift boxes offer a variety of combinations that promise to satisfy a range of appetites for seasonal goodness in a jar plus boost supplies for fellow fiber artists! this year, the college farm offers a wide range of pre-packaged options that aim to please. options for farm pick-up or shipping are available. to order, please visit //
email with any questions.

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general announcements

don't miss buyback-sell your textbooks

the dickinson college bookstore has partnered with mbs textbook exchange, the nation's largest textbook wholesaler, to offer you the best prices for your used books. get your online quote, mail books for free and get paid. just visit the bookstore website, click the textbook buyback icon on the front page, and sell your textbooks with free shipping!

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employee holiday gift from president ensign

although we are unable to gather in person for our traditional end of semester and holiday celebrations, i want to give each employee a small token of gratitude for your continued strength, perseverance and dedication to dickinson. please stop by the social hall of the holland union building (wearing your mask)
at your convenience during the following days and times:

monday, dec. 7, 1-4 p.m.
tuesday, dec. 8, 1-4 p.m.
wednesday, dec. 9, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
thursday, dec. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
friday, dec. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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vitality december issue - employee newsletter

as a convenience to all employees, the december 2020 issue of vitality is now available via the human resource services homepage through the vitality icon in the left sidebar area, where there is also an access link for archived issues.

december brings many celebrations and gatherings with family and friends as the year comes to a close. this year challenges us all to find ways to stay connected while maintaining the recommended social/physical distancing, wearing masks and still enjoying the closeness and community gathering with our loved ones. for december, we focus on community support and resources to support these challenging times in several ways – through the annual campaign united way of carlisle and cumberland county, our benefits providers, as well as some of our shared virtual programs and events in teams. the random acts of kindness activities continue in teams, and is another way to lift our spirits and pay it forward for the holiday season. see this issue for ways to have a bit of fun while staying connected virtually! see below for on-demand options available to nurture our minds and bodies holistically:

• Book Discussions for the months of January & February 2021
•central pennsylvania blood bank | donation centers in december 2020
•dig-it in teams for digital connections and ideas
• Dancing at Dickinson ONLINE & FREE!
• Financial Education Resources | Aetna, MetLife, TIAA & Fidelity
•virtual grocery store tour | re-scheduled for tuesday, february 9 from noon-1 p.m.
• Virtual Fitness Options | Ethos Fitness Free-Friday Virtual Sessions, Wellness Yoga Online,, Planet Fitness & more…

enjoy a variety of other community-based programs, events and opportunities that are also shared in the monthly issues of vitality throughout the year. for details and more information regarding events offered in the upcoming month, check out the december issue of vitality – and remember to register via totara in the gateway!

in the spirit of being sustainable, economically efficient, and allowing instant access to vitality, we provide all issues in electronic format. we will not be offering printed copies of the december 2020 issue due to the covid-19 pandemic. we hope that you enjoy the convenience of viewing vitality online!

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mail services operating hours

beginning december 14 – 18, we will be open monday, wednesday and friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. closed on tuesday and thursday. we will close on friday for winter break at 3 p.m. all mail and packages should be at the mail center no late than 2 p.m.

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tuesday/thursday toddler and preschool openings

dickinson college children's center has a few tuesday/thursday openings if you know a toddler or preschooler family that could use part-time childcare, give the center a call and ask! we can get them on the waiting list or enrolled immediately!

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year end timesheet deadlines

timesheet deadlines

timesheets for the next two pay periods are now available in self service banner (ssb) to allow employees to submit their timesheets before the holiday break begins.
due dates for these timesheets are as follows:
•timesheets for the pay period of 12/6/2020 through 12/19/2020 must be submitted and approved by 9:00 a.m. on monday, 12/21/2020
•timesheets for the pay period of 12/20/2020 through 01/02/2021 must be submitted and approved by noon on monday, 1/4/2021

please note: timesheets appear in chronological order in ssb and the most recent timesheet appears first in the queue. pay close attention to the pay period dates you are selecting when entering your hours.

other year-end items

•verify that your current address is on file with hr services.
•any final 2020 payroll changes, including stipend requests, must be submitted to hr services by 9 a.m. on thursday, 12/10/20.

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professional development and wellness

health coaching roundtable | annual well visits

thursday, december 10 | 12:30-1 p.m. | teams meeting

each year, we are reminded to schedule our annual well visit - and some simply avoid this encounter. wonder why? maybe it's fear of the unknown, maybe it's lack of open time - or maybe it just has not been a priority because you feel generally great!? in any case, and especially in these days, the annual well visit is a vip --- very important priority --- to be well and stay well. participate in this roundtable discussion to learn more - and find tips and resources to locate a primary healthcare provider if you don't already have one. enroll and sign-up for this wellness session to learn more under health coaching 101 in totara or click on the more information link below.

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retirewise - a metlife financial workshop

Spring Semester 2021 dates & times:

Thursdays - January 14, 21, 28 & February 4 | 6-7 p.m.

retirewise is a 4-part workshop series that offers a helpful, go-to resource guide with optional 1:1 consultation. register now for this 4-part virtual series:

session 1: building the foundation
Session 2: Creating & Managing Wealth
session 3: establishing your retirement income stream
session 4: making the most of what you have

click the more information link below to obtain the zoom link.

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volunteer events and fundraising

united way campaign—we need you

Dickinson will once again participate in the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County’s annual campaign. Every gift, no matter what size, matters. The generosity of the Dickinson community is truly extraordinary. Because of the generosity of several local companies, all undesignated contributions to the United Way and all contributions designated specifically to any of the United Way’s 24 partner agencies, directly benefit these agencies and their programs as 100 percent of our contributions go to the organizations. New this year, you may complete your online pledge form at // or make your gift at // indicating “dickinson college” in the employer field. If you prefer a paper pledge form, please contact Dottie Warner, Office of Conference and Events, at or 717-245-1900.

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