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Frank Winkler receives a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute

Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) for his role in a collaborative research project titled What Makes Radio-detected and Optically-detected Supernova Remnants in NGC6946 Different? The project, carried out in collaboration with colleagues from STScI, Johns Hopkins University, and Hofstra University, will use new observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, in conjunction with existing data from Hubble, from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, from optical telescopes at Kitt Peak in Arizona and Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and  from the Jansky Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico. The study will focus on understanding the remnants of exploded stars in the “Fireworks Galaxy,” so named because it has produced more supernovae (9) in the past century than any other known galaxy. The researchers hope that their work will shed new light on the cycle through which stars are born, live, die spectacularly as supernovae, and disperse matter that will eventually become the raw material for new stars.

Important Tax Information

As you prepare to file your 2016 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. In November of 2016, the IRS extended this year’s deadline for employers to furnish to employees the Form 1095-C from January 31st to March 2, 2017.

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 2nd), 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

TIAA ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING SESSIONS WITH ERIK MOREAU

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January – June, 2017

  • Wednesday January 18, Davis Library 150C
  • Wednesday February 1, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday February 15, Davis Library 150D
  • Tuesday February 28, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday March 9 , Marble Works, Suite 203
  • Wednesday March 15, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday March 30, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday April 12, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday April 20, Marble Works, Suite 203
  • Tuesday May 2, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday May 11, Marble Works, Suite 203
  • Wednesday May 24, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday June 7, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday June 21, Davis Library 150D

To schedule an appointment with Erik Moreau, please call the Field Support Team at (800) 732-8353, M-F 8am – 8pm (EST).

Envisioning Teaching and Learning – CTLR’s Winter Term Contemporary Teaching Series

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Research is pleased to present an array of sessions that will help us envision teaching and learning in the immediate and extended future. The series includes presentations and conversations to inspire, challenge, and educate Middlebury faculty, staff, and students. The sessions will be led by both outside experts and Middlebury’s faculty, staff, and students.   

Opening presentation and discussion:

Tuesday, January 10, 11 a.m. in the CTLR Suite
Evidence-Based Curricular Design: The Story of The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine (UVM) by William Jeffries, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine

The Contemporary Teaching series continues during Winter Term, and most of the plenary sessions include lunch. This year, we are offering a number of workshops that develop a practical dimension of the broader topic for that day.  For more information and to sign up for individual sessions, please visit the series website. 

ID Card Update

cignaWe anticipate that all benefits-eligible participants and their eligible dependents who enrolled in the medical plan for 2017 will receive their Cigna identification cards by the end of December, 2016. A dental ID card will be issued and sent separately.

On or after January 1st, members can register online at myCigna.com and print a temporary ID card. At myCigna.com you will be able to:

  • Learn more about your plan, and the coverage that comes with it
  • Find in-network doctors and medical services
  • View claim history and account transactions, and print claim forms.
  • Find information and estimate costs for medical procedures and treatments
  • Compare hospitals by numbers of procedures performed, patients’ average length of stay, and cost.

Click here for more information on registering for mycigna.com after January 1st.

Click here re: printing a temporary ID card after January 1st.

Cigna’s customer service representatives are available to assist you at any time.  You may reach them at: (800) 244-6224.

Student Supervisor Training

The Student Employment Office is offering another Student Employee Supervisor Training session on Wednesday, December 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in Axinn, room 232. Information will be provided on recruiting, hiring and managing student employees. There will be time after the session for those interested in walking through the EPAF process for hiring students, as well as using PeopleAdmin to post position openings. All student supervisors are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

Please email seo@middlebury.edu to sign up. Space is limited but more sessions will be offered in the future.

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

 

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