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CUMC Town Hall Meeting
To accommodate the schedules of faculty, staff and students, the fall Town Hall meeting led by Dr. Gerald Fischbach will be held on Monday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. and repeated on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 a.m. in the P&S Alumni Auditorium.


P&S Students Donate Gym Equipment to FDNY

When the members of the P&S Free Weight Club decided to upgrade their equipment in Bard Hall, Han Jo Kim, P&S'06, co-president of the club, called Jean Armitage, Medical Center Neighborhood Fund director, to inquire about donating the used gear to a group that serves the community. Ms. Armitage in turn contacted the Fire Department's Lieutenant John Gormley. She found that Engine Company 84/Ladder Company 34 of Washington Heights was happy to add weight-lifting machines, including workout benches, to their station house gym run by firefighter Eric Torres. Pictured are some of the local firefighters who came to receive the equipment and, center, Ms. Armitage and Mr. Kim. Call Ms. Armitage, at 212-304-7201 if you have used computers and other equipment to donate.

White Coat Ceremonies Kick Off Year

CUMC welcomed the incoming classes with white coat and convocation ceremonies last month at P&S, the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, and the Mailman School. In 1993, P&S was the first medical school to conduct the white coat rite, which conveys a contract of trust between society and the wearer of the coat. The ceremony has since become a tradition at more than 130 schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States and internationally. Featured speakers at the ceremonies included Antonia C. Novello, M.D., New York State Commissioner of Health; Dennis Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H., assistant dean for diversity and multicultural affairs, at SDOS; and Robert Fullilove, Ed.D., associate dean of community and minority affairs and professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at Mailman. Pictured above are P&S students receiving their white coats before family, friends and faculty.

CUMC Neurosurgeons Win Softball Trophy

The P&S Department of Neurological Surgery won the annual New York City Neurosurgery Softball Tournament, which took place last month in Central Park. The competition, sponsored by DePuy Spine, a manufacturer of orthopedic devices and supplies, featured teams from New York University, Weill Cornell, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in addition to CUMC. The team is pictured above, showing off the distinctive trophy.

Honors and Appointments

Wayne A. Hendrickson, Ph.D., University Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, has received one of the two 2004 Harvey prizes from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, in recognition of his scientific and technological accomplishments that have revolutionized the field of structural biology. His achievements continue to shed light on the pathological processes of devastating diseases such as cystic fibrosis and AIDS.

Fredi Kronenberg, Ph.D., professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at P&S and director of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, has received the 2004 North American Menopause Society/GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health Care Botanicals Research Award for her research contributions toward understanding the role of botanical therapies in the health of peri- and postmenopausal women.

Mitchell Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine and pathology, has been appointed vice chair of the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Committee of the Children's Oncology Group, a National Cancer Institute-supported pediatric cancer cooperative group that includes 95 percent of the pediatric cancer centers in North America and Australia.

Andrea Califano, Ph.D., chief of the Division of Bioinformatics in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, co-director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and director of bioinformatics for the Columbia Genome Center, has been appointed interim director of Columbia's Genome Center. T. Conrad Gilliam, Ph.D., has stepped down as director of the Center, a post he has held since July 2000, to take a position at the University of Chicago.

Mitchell Benson, M.D., George F. Cahill Professor of Urology at P&S and attending physician and director of urologic oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/CUMC, will serve as interim chairman of the Department of Urology. Dr. Benson also continues to serve as interim director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. After nearly 25 years of service,

Carl Olsson, M.D., an internationally renowned urological surgeon and scientist, has stepped down as chairman of urology. Under his leadership, the department has excelled in research and clinical care and is currently ranked among the very best departments of urology in the country. Dr. Olsson will continue his clinical work and will remain the John K. Lattimer Professor of Urology at Columbia.

People@Columbia NEWS

New Services for Faculty and Staff

A new, large-scale undertaking by Columbia University called People@Columbia (PAC) aims to improve faculty and staff services for you and for those who support you at the university by integrating human resource, benefits and payroll information using PeopleSoft software.

Beginning this Fall 2004: Employee Pay Statement – On the Web

  • All faculty and staff will be able to view and print their pay stubs via the web at least two days before their pay date.
  • The pay statements are available to view and print on-line. Monthly paid employees who use direct deposit will no longer receive a paper pay stub.
  • The privacy of your pay information will be improved through a secured, password-protected system.
  • At the end of September, you will receive information on how to access the Employee Pay Statement and other online services.

Is Your University Network ID (UNI) Active?

To obtain access to the new faculty and staff online services, you must activate your University Network ID (UNI) before October 2004. If you have not already done so, you can activate your UNI on the web at www.columbia.edu/acis/accounts/create/current.html.

After activating your UNI you will have a new Columbia University email account to which all official Columbia emails will be sent.

However, if you have a departmental or other preferred email account, you can forward emails from your official Columbia account. To forward your emails go to www.columbia.edu/acis/email/delivery and follow the instructions.

UNI Password Safety

With your pay statement available online and in the interest of your own privacy and security, please be sure to keep your password as safe as possible.

  • Never share your UNI password with anyone; do not send it in an email. University policies prohibit the sharing of University account passwords.
  • Set a strong password by using some combination of letters, numbers, upper and lowercase characters.
  • Memorize your password, do not write it down.
  • Do not use your same password for any systems outside of Columbia University.
  • Do not save your UNI password in web browsers or email programs.
  • Change your password if you suspect someone else may know it, or if you have typed it on a computer you do not fully trust.
  • For more information on Password Safety visit www.columbia.edu/acis/security/

If you would like more information
Web: www.columbia.edu/cu/pac
Email: pac@columbia.edu
Phone: 212-851-2915

Important Points

You can change your personal information (address, phone), tax with
holdings, and bank account information via on-line access.

To help ensure confidentiality of your personal information your Social Security number is no longer used for your Employee ID. Instead, a new Employee ID will be generated for you and used exclusively by the PeopleSoft PAC system. Your Employee ID does not replace your University Network ID (UNI).

Before- and After-Tax Deductions separated to better segregate your pre– and post– tax deductions to arrive at your Net Pay Amount.

Employer-Paid Benefit contributions appear on the Pay Statement.
   Medical Waiver and University contributions to Medical USA will be provided over two pay periods per month for weekly and biweekly paid staff.

Employer Paid Benefits for Medical, Dental, Life, and Long Term Disability (LTD) Year-to-Date (YTD) amount will only reflect amounts accumulated beginning in 10/2004 through 12/2004. YTD Amounts will begin accumulating in January for the calendar year 2005.