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New perks, health and wellness events unveiled. Rockefeller students and employees are now eligible for a discount on Verizon FiOS service, special banking deals from Apple Bank and on mortgage rates at Chase, and car rental deals with Enterprise CarShare. For more information on perks, visit Human resources will also offer stress reduction meditation sessions starting in September, along with health and wellness lectures, fitness classes, nutritional counseling, and individual financial counseling sessions with TIAA-CREF. Check the university calendar for details and times.

Crazy sock contest gets off on the right foot. The first university-wide “Crazy Sock Friday” competition was held on July 10th on the Peggy Rockefeller Plaza, where an esteemed panel of judges scored dozens of fancy feet and awarded the CBC’s Craig Hunter first prize (and a pair of movie tickets) for his kale-themed socks. The next Crazy Sock Friday will be held on October 2nd, and the contest’s theme will be Halloween. More details on how to participate will be distributed by e-mail in September.

VPN access to require two-factor authentication. The university’s virtual private network (VPN), which allows access to restricted computing resources from off campus, is being hardened to better protect against threats posed by hackers. Beginning this fall, the system will no longer be accessible with the same username and passphrase you use for e-mail and other IT services. Instead, VPN users will need a 6-
to 8-digit PIN number as well as a temporary, dynamically generated passcode sent via smartphone or key fob. Known as two-factor authentication, the system is similar to those that many people already use with gmail, Facebook, and other internet services. Check your e-mail for more details about how the new system will be unrolled.

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