Monthly Archive: November 2009

Canisius Care Flexible Spending Accounts Open Enrollment

Starting January 1, 2010, Independent Health will administer the college’s flexible spending accounts. Those enrolled in Canisius Care accounts will receive a preloaded MasterCard Debit Card that allows you to pay for eligible expenses at your point of service. You will not have to wait for reimbursement of your claims. However, you will need to retain documentation for items or services that are purchased in case additional information is required to process your claim.

Participants who prefer to file paper claims or to file at the end of the plan year, will mail claims to Independent Health instead of the Controller’s office.

Another feature is direct deposit. If you prefer to file paper claims or if your physician’s office does not accept credit cards, you may file a paper claim and funds can be direct deposited into your account when the claim is processed or you can elect to receive a check in the mail.

This is your opportunity to take advantage of this tax saving benefit for 2010. Canisius Care accounts allow you to defer part of your own salary on a before-tax basis so you can reimburse yourself for eligible expenses you would normally pay with after-tax income for health and dependent care. Contributions are currently free from Federal income tax, New York State income tax and Social Security taxes which can mean savings for you.

The Health Care Spending Account can be used for prescription co-pays, contact lenses, contact lens solution, and more. In addition to these items, the IRS allows you to claim expenses for over the counter drugs. Vitamins are not covered unless they are used to treat a medical condition.

The Dependent Care Spending Account helps pay the cost of day care or home services for eligible dependents.

When calculating your election amount, make sure to under-estimate because any unused funds are forfeited. If you choose to enroll, deductions cannot be stopped or changed unless a life event occurs. Examples of life events are marriage, divorce, death of a spouse or child, birth of a child, etc.

All full-time faculty and staff who wish to participate in Canisius Care must complete an enrollment for 2010. Forms must be returned to Human Resources by Friday, December 11, 2009.

Open enrollment meetings with Independent Health will be held on:

Tuesday, December 1
10 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.
Lyons Hall, Room 118

Thursday, December 3
10 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.
Regis North

To download an enrollment form, click here.
For additional information on flexible spending accounts, click here.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, associate, human resources

Reminder STEPS Committee Brown Bag Lunch

Get into the holiday spirit by attending the STEPS Committee’s brown bag lunch and holiday wreath demonstration this Thursday, December 3 in Regis South.

Enjoy sounds of the season while Claudia Hojnacki, campus event scheduler, demonstrates how to make and decorate a holiday wreath with decorative bow. Those who wish to participate should bring their own pair of scissors.

Bring your own lunch and beverage. Mushroom soup using Father Demske’s recipe will be provided by Hojnacki. Holiday cookies would be a great treat for all….if you would like, please bring a dozen cookies to share.

Please RSVP to Pat Brawn at Ext. 2131 by today (November 30) if you are interested in participating and whether you will attend the noon or 1:15 p.m. wreath decorating demonstration.

Submitted by: Pat Brawn, executive associate to the vice president, student affairs; co-chair STEPS Committee

Oh, Deer!

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Here’s a white-tailed buck who didn’t get the memo that deer hunting season opened this past weekend. As recently reported in The Buffalo News, deer have been spotted in neighboring Forest Lawn cemetery and this one decided Monday morning to check out the southeast side of the cemetery that faces Canisius. A doe was also recently spotted outside of 23 Agassiz Circle which is home to members of the college relations division. While not a hazard to the campus, it is advised that members of the campus community not provide the deer or other wildlife with any food (including Timbits….no matter how delicious they may be) and to not disturb the wildlife.

Submitted by: Chuck Pustelnik, director, Web services

Holiday Doubleheader at KAC

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Senior guard Frank Turner

The men’s and women’s basketball teams host a Thanksgiving weekend doubleheader on Saturday, November 28 that will be stuffed with holiday hoop action. The women tip things off with a 1 p.m. clash against Binghamton. At 3:15 p.m., the men’s team opens their home schedule against Howard. For tickets, call Ext. 2885 or click on www.gogriffs.com for more info.

Also, season tickets and family passes are still available. Get yours today (they make great gifts) and save money.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

Ninth Annual Public Safety Holiday Needy Drive

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The donation pile is growing in the public safety briefing room. Pictured from left to right are Lt. Kim Lavigne; public safety work study student Ellen Barr ‘11; and Gary Everett, director of public safety.

For the ninth year in a row, Public Safety officers will collect toys, clothing, canned goods and cash for donation to the Ladies Of Charity Christmas program. Donations are being accepted at the Office of Public Safety. Two to three shuttle busses will be loaded with the donations and all items will be delivered on Wednesday, December 2.

Submitted by: Gary M. Everett, director, public safety

Giving Tree To Help Families

The College Student Personnel Graduate Association (CSPGA) is organizing a giving tree in the Offices of Disability Support Services (Old Main 004), Campus Programming and Leadership Development (Student Center Lower Level), and Residence Life (Dugan Hall Lower Level).

A group of CSPGA students will be traveling to New Orleans in December to participate in a service project. The trip will include work with St. Mary’s Academy and the Sisters of the Holy Family Nursing Home as well as helping with the Neighborhood Rebuild Project. They will also spend time with colleges and universities in the area in hopes of gaining an understanding and appreciation for what they did in the days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina.

Instead of traditional gift giving, CSPGA is asking for gift certificate donations in any amount to various nationally-recognized stores to be given to needy families or will be used to buy gifts for children and families. Please stop by any of these offices to select gift card suggestions. The trees will be up from Monday, November 30 thru Friday, December 11. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Leet at Ext. 3748.

CSPGA is an on-campus organization for graduate students in the college student personnel administration program. The organization works to promote personal and professional development, student publications and service projects in the community.

Submitted by: Annie Dobies, associate dean of students

Under the Dome Takes Wednesday Off

Please note that there will not be an issue of Under the Dome published on Wednesday, November 25. After today’s issue, we will resume on Monday, November 30. Please plan your submissions accordingly.

Submitted by: Chuck Pustelnik, director, Web services

Canisius Care Flexible Spending Accounts Open Enrollment

Starting January 1, 2010, Independent Health will administer the college’s flexible spending accounts. Those enrolled in Canisius Care accounts will receive a preloaded MasterCard Debit Card that allows you to pay for eligible expenses at your point of service. You will not have to wait for reimbursement of your claims. However, you will need to retain documentation for items or services that are purchased in case additional information is required to process your claim.

Participants who prefer to file paper claims or to file at the end of the plan year, will mail claims to Independent Health instead of the Controller’s office.

Another feature is direct deposit. If you prefer to file paper claims or if your physician’s office does not accept credit cards, you may file a paper claim and funds can be direct deposited into your account when the claim is processed or you can elect to receive a check in the mail.

This is your opportunity to take advantage of this tax saving benefit for 2010. Canisius Care accounts allow you to defer part of your own salary on a before-tax basis so you can reimburse yourself for eligible expenses you would normally pay with after-tax income for health and dependent care. Contributions are currently free from Federal income tax, New York State income tax and Social Security taxes which can mean savings for you.

The Health Care Spending Account can be used for prescription co-pays, contact lenses, contact lens solution, and more. In addition to these items, the IRS allows you to claim expenses for over the counter drugs. Vitamins are not covered unless they are used to treat a medical condition.

The Dependent Care Spending Account helps pay the cost of day care or home services for eligible dependents.

When calculating your election amount, make sure to under-estimate because any unused funds are forfeited. If you choose to enroll, deductions cannot be stopped or changed unless a life event occurs. Examples of life events are marriage, divorce, death of a spouse or child, birth of a child, etc.

All full-time faculty and staff who wish to participate in Canisius Care must complete an enrollment for 2010. Forms must be returned to Human Resources by Friday, December 11, 2009.

Open enrollment meetings with Independent Health will be held on:

Tuesday, December 1
10 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.
Lyons Hall, Room 118

Thursday, December 3
10 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.
Regis North

To download an enrollment form, click here.
For additional information on flexible spending accounts, click here.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, associate, human resources

Demonstrations Of Microsoft Exchange, Outlook Scheduled

All faculty and staff are invited to view introductory demonstrations of Microsoft Exchange and Outlook in the coming weeks. The demonstrations will introduce E-mail, calendaring, and Web access using Microsoft Outlook. Reference material will also be introduced for additional support on the most commonly used functions in Outlook. These demos are scheduled as follows:

Monday, November 30 – 2 p.m in OM 320
Tuesday, December 1 – 8:45 a.m. in OM 400
Thursday, December 3 – 8:45 a.m. in OM 400
Friday, December 4 – 10:30 a.m. in OM 418

Joel Cohen, PhD, associate vice president for library & information services, recently described the rationale and the benefits that can be derived by moving from GriffMail and the Oracle calendar system to Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. That message can be viewed here.

Questions about this may be directed to Joe Rizzo, academic technology specialist, at Ext. 2455.

ESPN Coming To Koessler For Volleyball Championship

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Canisius College Athletics will host the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Volleyball Championship on Sunday, November 22 and Monday, November 23. Sunday’s semifinal games feature top-seeded Fairfield against fourth seeded Marist at 1 p.m., and second seeded Niagara versus third seeded Siena at 4 p.m. The championship game Monday night will start at 7:30 p.m. and be shown live nationally on ESPNU. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The MAAC championship winner advances to the NCAA volleyball tournament.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

Canisius College Chorale To Perform Sunday in St. Pius X Church

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The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2009 “Sacred Spaces” concert series with a program on Sunday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Church, 1700 North French Road in Getzville, NY.

Sunday’s concert will feature works by Mendelssohn, Hovland, Lauridson, Lotti, Hogan, Dawson and others. All are welcome to attend.

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

STEPS Committee Holiday Brown Bag Lunch

Get into the holiday spirit by attending the STEPS Committee’s brown bag lunch and holiday wreath demonstration on Thursday, December 3 in Regis South.

Enjoy sounds of the season while Claudia Hojnacki, campus event scheduler, demonstrates how to make and decorate a holiday wreath with decorative bow. Those who wish to participate should bring their own pair of scissors.

Bring your own lunch and beverage, and mushroom soup using Fr. Demske’s recipe will be provided by Hojnacki. Holiday cookies would be a great treat for all….if you would like, please bring a dozen cookies to share. We will be accepting donations for supplies which will be donated to a charitable organization yet to be determined.

Please RSVP to Pat Brawn at Ext. 2131 before November 30 if you are interested in participating and whether you will attend the noon or 1:15 p.m. wreath decorating demonstration.

Submitted by: Diane Wolfe, administrative associate, career center; chair, STEPS Committee

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