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2016 Flexible Spending Account Reminder

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You have until December 31st, 2016 to incur expenses that can be applied to your 2016 Flexible Spending Account. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan and the Benefits Card. For additional information please see the FSA website at

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/flex.

Q:  How do I access the funds in my 2016 Flexible Spending Account?

There are two ways to access your FSA funds:

  1. You may pay for eligible expenses using cash or check and then submit for reimbursement by completing a FSA claim form with a itemized receipt or explanation of benefits (you have until March 15, 2017 to submit claims on your 2016 FSA); or
  2. You may pay for eligible expenses, by December 31st, using your Benefits Card.  After December 31st, 2016 you will not be able to utilize your Benefits Card to access your 2016 FSA account.

Q:  How do I know how much is in my account?

FSA plan participants can find out current account balances anytime online by logging into their account at http://select.cbabluevt.com/middlebury/ or by calling Blue’s Customer Service Department at 1-888-222-9206.

Q:  Can I rollover any unused money for the next plan year?

Yes. The IRS allows up to $500 to roll from one plan year to the next in the Health Care FSA only. Please refer to the Health Care FSA Rollover Q&A form:http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/486763/original/fsa_rollover_qa_final.pdf.

Q:  Will I be able to use my Benefits Card in 2017 to access my 2016 FSA account balances?

No, the Benefits Card can only access the available balance in your CURRENT FSA plan year. This means if you want to use your Benefits Card to pay for expenses from your 2016 FSA you must pay for them by December 31, 2016.  

 Q:  Do I have to use the Benefits Card?

 No, you do not have to use the Benefits card. The Benefits Card is provided for your convenience. If you choose not to use the Benefits Card, you may send in a paper claim form with the proper documentation for reimbursement to CBA Blue (via fax or mail).  The paper claim form is available at http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/170601/original/CBA_Blue_Flex_Claim_Form.pdf

 

Christal Brown receives grant from the New England Dance Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts

Christal Brown (Dance) received a grant from the New England Dance Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts that provides support for the New England tour of her show The Opulence of Integrity, a multimedia ensemble work inspired by the public life and inner searching of boxing’s outspoken superstar, Muhammad Ali.

Michelle McCauley receives funding from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in support of her leave

Michelle McCauley (Psychology) has received funding from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad for her 2017-18 leave . She will be teaching one course, Environmental Problems and Human Behavior, and conducting research on understanding the psychological corollaries of environmental behavior. The award covers a stipend as well as housing and round trip travel.

Eilat Glikman receives a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute

grant-clipartEilat Glikman (Physics) has been awarded a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to lead a research project titled Testing the Triggering Mechanism for Luminous, Radio-Quiet Red Quasars in the Clearing Phase: A Comparison to Radio-Loud Red Quasars. This three year project, involving collaborators from Yale University, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the University of California San Diego, and the Leibniz Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam, Germany, is based on observations of radio-quiet dust-reddened quasars and involves a study of the relationship between radio emission and host galaxy morphology. Evidence for mergers would support a picture in which luminous quasars and galaxies co-evolve independent of their radio properties; whereas the absence of mergers would link radio emission to mergers and require an alternate explanation for the extreme properties of these radio-quiet dust-reddened quasars. If mergers do not dominate the evolution of radio-quiet quasars, then a new paradigm for black hole and galaxy growth will need to be established.

Call for Workshop Proposals: Vermont Women in Higher Education 2017 Spring Conference

vwheThe Vermont Women in Higher Education 2017 Spring Conference  will take place March 23-24, 2017, at Killington Grand Resort. The theme for this year’s conference is “Strong Women, Strong World!”

The Board is currently seeking potential presenters for workshop sessions on Friday, March 24th. Proposals are due no later than December 1, 2016, and acceptance notices will be sent on or around December 21, 2016.

There are many ways to interpret this theme, but submissions
that address the following will receive the highest consideration
1. Professional Development: the use of power in the workplace, advocating for oneself, forging career pathways
2. Leadership Development: finding/being a mentor, embracing power in a good way, conflict resolution
3. Personal Finance: financial literacy, planning for retirement, understanding earning power
4. Well-being, Inspiration & Aspiration: work/life balance, how powerful women have succeeded, personal/professional sustainability
5. Skillset Toolbox: a skill or technique useful in the workplace–e.g., Excel, InDesign, Outlook; social media tools (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or perhaps building a social media engagement plan); event planning (how to pull off an event/meeting/conference of any size).

Seeking Community Friends Mentee Referrals

comm-friendsCommunity Friends, now in its 56th year, pairs Addison County kids ages 6-12 with Middlebury College students in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Pairs are matched based on factors like interests, age, and transportation availability. Then, they meet weekly during the academic year to spend time on campus, do arts and crafts, play sports, and more!

The student organization also sponsors monthly events that pairs can attend together, like a pool party and “Skate with the Panthers.” If you think your child might enjoy having a big brother or big sister, you can talk to their school guidance counselor about being referred, or complete the form yourself available at go/cf. Please note: it may take a month or two to find the right match.

Please contact Megan Brakeley, Center for Community Engagement Assistant Director for more information or with your completed referral form.