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Merry Christmas from Xavier

Xavier shares best wishes for the holidays with a University holiday video card. Also, view a New Year's video recap of 2014.

Faculty may study Just Mercy

The Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice and the Eigel Center are looking for five to six professors interested in integrating a common reading and engagement of community partners for fall 2015 in conjunction with the visit of Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Faculty teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses are welcome to participate. For more information, please contact Gillian Ahlgren at ahlgren@xavier.edu or Sean Rhiney at rhineys@xavier.edu by Jan. 15. Read about Stevenson's book in the New York Times.

Women's basketball

Xavier Athletics celebrates the Blue Blob's birthday and Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day on Sunday, Jan. 18, when the women's basketball team faces Villanova at noon at the Cintas Center arena. Pre-game festivities in the auxiliary gym include inflatables, kids zone activities and pizza. Admission is free for Xavier employees. Request your tickets at the employee ticketing website.

Extended IT maintenance

Information Technologies is extending its normal system maintenance window over the holiday break, from 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, through 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29. Extensive system upgrades will impact connectivity to most major systems at particular times during this maintenance window. IT will check systems functionality after maintenance operations are completed. If you continue to experience issues after the above maintenance window closes, please contact the Helpdesk.

Additional TIAA-CREF times

Because of a high volume of requests for early next year, TIAA-CREF is offering on-campus appointments on Thursday, Jan. 29. There is no availability on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Register at tiaa-cref.org or call 800-732-8353 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Download the attached schedule for February and beyond.

Today publication

Because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, Today at Xavier is not being published on Thursday, Dec. 25, Monday, Dec. 29, Thursday, Jan. 1, or Monday, Jan 5. Regular publication resumes on Thursday, Jan. 8.