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Kareem Khalifa receives visiting fellowship to support his academic leave

Kareem Khalifa (Philosophy) has received a visiting fellowship from the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh in support of his 2016-17 academic leave. He will spend the fall at the Center pursuing his current research project titled Explanation, Pluralism, and Representation. Using case studies from a variety of scientific disciplines, he will examine the extent to which there are universal features of scientific explanations. ​He will devote special attention to the use of mathematical structures by economists and physicists  in certain explanations to challenge the popular philosophical claim that the fundamental role of explanation is to represent causal structures.

APPLY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL GRANT!

Apply for an Environmental Council grant!

There are two types of grants available:
·      You may apply for a grant for up to $1,500 at any time. These projects typically take place during a single semester or summer.
·      Larger grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for collaborative projects, and may take up to two years. The next deadline is:
        –February 29
go/ecgrants​ for more information and to apply. Prospective applicants are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their application any time by calling 443-2536 or emailing sustainability@middlebury.edu.

New Employee

Erin JPIn this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Erin to campus!

Erin Jones-Poppe is our new Bookstore Manager at the College Store. She started this past summer.

Erin is from a small suburb of Pittsburgh, but has spent the last 18 years in Columbus, Ohio going to school at The Ohio State University and working for the Visual Merchandising department of a well-known retail clothing company.

Erin moved here with her husband, Prof. Nicolas Poppe, who teaches in the Spanish department.

They are delighted to have 1 son and twin boys on the way!

Erin tells us that their welcome into the Middlebury College community has been wonderful so far and they cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Important Tax Form Information

As you prepare to file your 2015 income taxes, you may be asked about a form called Form 1095-C. The Affordable Care Act requires employers to furnish Form 1095-C to current and past employees who were covered in the employer sponsored medical plan for all or any portion of the tax year. Very recently, the IRS extended this year’s deadline for employers to furnish to employees the Form 1095-C from February 1 to March 31, 2016.

Please be aware that the extension to employers should not impact or delay a tax filer’s ability to file their income taxes as usual. Individual income tax-filers are not required to submit Form 1095-C when they file their taxes this year.  When the form does arrive (around March 31), be sure to keep the form with your personal tax records as documentation.

You may need to know the answers to a few basic questions when preparing your return:

  • Does Middlebury’s plan meet the minimum essential coverage criteria as mandated by the Affordable Care Act?   Yes it does.
  • Were you covered for all 12 months of the year? Each employee should know the answer to this.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Benefits Department in Human Resources at 802-443-3372.

Here are several links to the IRS website where more information on this topic can be found:

https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Individuals-and-Families/Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision

https://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/ACA-Information-Center-for-Tax-Professionals

 

From MSA- What was your most recent ‘aha’ moment?

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We’ve all had an ‘aha’ moment, when it comes to money.  Oftentimes, that moment is met with frustration and stress because it tells us that something needs to change in our lives.  And taking action can be hard.

For some, the ‘aha’ moment is more of an “oh no!” moment that comes when they stare at their bank account balances or their credit card statements.  It could be arguing with a spouse while waving an overdue bill in the air.  Or maybe it stems from the envy of seeing braggadocious social media pictures where your friends boast about how they have so much fun traveling and shopping.

It doesn’t always have to be negative.  A lot of the time, that revelation can be a great thing.  It could be something you saw on TV about the importance of creating college savings accounts for your kids or the importance of a will for your family.  It could be attending a friend’s party and seeing how amazing homeownership can be.  Or even letting out a long sigh as you sit on the beach during vacation because you did such a great job of saving for the last 12 months.  (Cheers to you!)

And if we’re lucky enough, that ‘aha’ moment happens to be a friend, a coworker, or a family member’s folly, and we are smart enough to learn from their mistakes.  Maybe it’s a friend who just lost her job and her house, and is struggling to stay afloat.  Perhaps it’s a coworker who just got stuck with a medical bill for which he has no emergency savings.  Maybe it’s an older relative who thinks he will never retire because he never put money into a 401k when he was younger.  In these instances, ‘aha’ moments are positive because we can proactively take action before the same thing happens to us.

While ‘aha’ moments can be both good and bad, long and short, stressful and reassuring – how you plan and react to them is what counts.

Hopefully, you are reading this because you have chosen the path of taking action rather than burying your head in the sand.  If you have had your ‘aha’ moment – congratulations!  We are glad you found us, and we are thrilled to help.

At MSA, we like to think of ‘aha’ moments as very positive even if they might not seem that way initially.  Our goal is to help you deal with ‘aha’ moments, plan for them, and turn them into positive experiences with one-on-one Money Coaching, accountability, and guilt-free guidance.  Together we can make the best of your ‘aha’ moments – let us show you how.  Start working with a Money Coach today at 888-724-2326.