December 20, 2012
Fiscal cliff could mean tax changes
As you are probably aware from the news coverage of the fiscal cliff, unless action is taken by December 31, 2012, many provisions of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 will expire. Among many payroll-related provisions set to expire, the current lowest tax bracket will be eliminated, the top four tax brackets will each increase, and the exclusion from tax for non-job-related educational assistance will expire, so that amounts paid after December 31, 2012 will be taxable at the new supplemental wage rate of 28%. These provisions may or may not apply to you, but it’s important for you to be aware of them and prepared for any possibilities. The college will keep you updated of any changes that will have to be implemented by the Payroll Department, perhaps as early as the January 15, 2013 pay date.
President Harrison chats with some of the members of the team that launched the new Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center, in a remodeled wing of Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus. Everyone who had a part in opening the new center was invited to a reception Dec. 20 in the Board Room. From left are Dr. Jan Rogers, Mark French, Terry Rockwell, Norman Jones and President Harrison. The Southeast Regional Learning Center has closed, and the new Reynoldsburg site will open for Spring Semester classes.
After more than 30 years of service to Columbus State, Sheila Butler, coordinator in Academic Affairs, is retiring. Everyone is invited to a retirement reception for Sheila tomorrow, Friday, December 21, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Eibling Hall, Rooms 03-05!
Psychology Department partners with elementary school for reading project
Check out this latest edition of Real Community web videos, where you can see how some Columbus State childhood development classes have helped elementary school children with their reading and writing http://cstv.cscc.edu/book-buddies/.
Hope Taft, former First Lady of Ohio, attended last Friday’s graduation ceremony to congratulate an acquaintance who was earning a degree in Sport and Exercise Studies. Since her husband left the Statehouse, Ms. Taft has remained active in various causes. For example, she works to help prevent alcohol and drug addiction in the greater Cincinnati area. She also serves on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board with Dianne Fidelibus, faculty member and program coordinator in MH/AS/DD.
The office of Human Resources wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday! There is a lot of very useful information, concerning the topics listed below, in the latest edition of The Partner, so be sure to take a look.
New Pension Reform Laws affecting STRS and SERS
Picking up checks during Holiday Cost Savings Week
Submitting leave during Holiday Cost Savings Week for exempt and non-exempt employees
Upcoming Professional Development classes for 2013
The top New Year's resolutions for 2013 are to get fit, lose weight, and enjoy life by minimizing stress. The Columbus State Fitness Center can help you with all three! The Fitness Center will be open bright and early (7:00 a.m.) on January 2 to welcome you to 2013 and get you started on those health-related resolutions.
Stacy Leeman, adjunct faculty in the Humanities, will exhibit three paintings from April 2-28 at Expo 32, a national juried exhibition at the BJ Spoke Gallery in Huntington, NY.
Dianne Fidelibus, assistant professor in MH/AS/DD, traveled to the Dallas area December 15 with her daughter Gloria McCallum and her grandson Max to meet Max’s great-great grandmother, Barbara Duke, 96. “We got here Saturday night, the two met, and she was quite pleased to meet her only great-great grandchild,” said Fidelibus. “Sadly, she died at 7:00 a.m. the next morning. It was very bittersweet, but I am so glad we made it here in time for her to have this moment with him,” Fidelibus added.