Tips for toiling with taxes
Educate yourself. Even though UI Learning and Development courses about TIAA-CREF are not specifically related to taxes, having a solid understanding of retirement accounts and other investments can help soothe your financial frenzy. For a list of courses and times, see www.uiowa.edu/~fusstfdv and click on “Course Catalog.”
It’s a numbers game. Whether it’s a W-4, a W-2, or a 1042, it’s important come tax preparation time. Hop on the UI Employee Self Service site online to check out the number of dependents you’re claiming or find year-end tax information. Go to http://hris.uiowa.edu/portal and type in your Hawk ID and password.
You’ve got questions?Payroll’s got answers. For specifics about earned income credit, e-forms, payroll vouchers, your paycheck, and more, see www.uiowa.edu/~payroll. The site also has links to the Internal Revenue Service and the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance, and even information about using the UI payroll web site to file your Iowa taxes for free.
compiled by Amy Schoon
Tech award submissions due
Nominations are due April 15 for the President’s Instructional Technology Innovation Award, which recognizes creative use of technology in teaching and includes a $3,000 cash prize.
Any UI faculty, staff or student may nominate someone, and self-nominations are encouraged. Full instructions and criteria are available at http://at.its.uiowa.edu/atac/awards2/index.shtml.
If you have questions regarding this award, please contact Molly Langstaff at (33)5-5461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Iowa has adopted a new policy on intellectual property. You may read the new policy at www.uiowa.edu/~our/opmanual/v/30.
The new policy applies prospectively to inventions or copyright works disclosed after March 1, 2005.
The handling of inventions and copyright works made prior to this date will be governed by the former policy.
Staff Council calls for award nominations
Staff Council is accepting nominations for three staff awards: the University of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award; the Board of Regents Staff Excellence Awards; and Staff Council Awards for Staff Excellence in Service to The University of Iowa.
Instructions and forms are available at www.uiowa.edu/~stafcnsl. Nominations are due to the Staff Council office, 606 JB, by April 8.
For more information, contact Sara Nichols at (38)4-0517 or email@example.com.
13 elected to serve on UI Staff Council
University of Iowa staff members have elected 13 new members of Staff Council. Staff Council represents professional and scientific and special services staff members who are not covered by a bargaining unit. The new councilors begin their three-year terms in April.
- Michelle Wiegand, political science
- Sarah Tallman, research services administration
- Christine Anderson, grant accounting
- Ann Sopher, purchasing
- Al Young, benefits
- Nancy Davin, pediatrics
- Duncan Stewart, library administration
- Kathleen Renquist, department administration.
Special Services (merit supervisory exempt/confidential)
- Kathy Klein, Graduate College
- Mary Heath, field experiences.
- Sara Nichols, nursing—bone health study
- Yiannis Papelis, NADS and simulation center
- Jeff Wasson, hygienic laboratory/air quality.
‘Refusenik’ to be Levitt lecturer
Irshad Manji, a self-styled Muslim Refusenik and author of the book What’s the Matter with Islam Today?, will discuss how moderates can reclaim the soul of Islam in a lecture, April 21, 4 p.m., in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Admission to the lecture, the College of Law’s 2005 Levitt Lecture, is free and open to the public.
This year’s Staff Appreciation Week is May 18-25. Financial support for staff recognition projects may be available through UI WorkLife and Staff Council. Units can qualify for grants up to $200. For more information, visit www.uiowa.edu/hr/oe/worklife/RnR.
Response from UI community assists tsunami relief effort
More than 200 UI faculty and staff donated a combined total of $12,134 in aid to areas of Indonesia, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa hit by December’s tsunami. Most of the donations came from voluntary payroll deductions in February.
The University’s Office of Human Resources posted an option on its self-service web site in February to let UI employees designate a one-time deduction from their payroll checks for tsunami relief efforts. The deductions could be earmarked for one of three charitable organizations: the United Nations Association, the Red Cross/Red Crescent, or United Way International. By the end of the period, 222 individuals had made donations, which ranged from $5 to $1,000.
UI employees and students, as well as others, still have time to make donations. More information about relief organizations and tsunami-related news and activities at the University is available at www.uiowa.edu/~ournews/tsunami/index.
Mini Medical School to cover stem cell issues
A new, four-session Mini Medical School will address issues surrounding stem cell research and gene therapy, among other topics.
Sponsored by the Carver College of Medicine, the sessions will run 7-9 p.m. April 5, 12, 19, and 26 in the Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility.
The course is free of charge and open to the public, but limited to the first 250 registrants. Additional information and registration is available at www.medicine.uiowa.edu/minimedicalschool or by calling (33)5-8886.
Planning for Iowa State Fair
The Univeristy will use its booth at this summer’s Iowa State Fair (Aug. 11-21) to celebrate the upcoming Year of Public Engagement. To sponsor a booth exhibit, interested campus units should submit proposals online by April 15. For more information, visit www.uiowa.edu/statefair/exhibitors or contact Chad Ruback at (33)5-8595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.