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Studio Art Faculty X on Display in the Library

David Miller, Small Cross, detail

ArtsCanisius presents Studio Art Faculty X, a studio art show in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library now – March 16. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, January 27 from 5–7 p.m. in the library.

Canisius studio art faculty members, including Maria Pabico LaRotunda, David Miller, Jan Nagle, Christine Walsh and Tom Wolf, delight and instruct with their recent works.

The exhibit is open during regular library hours. For library hours, visit or call Ext. 2900.

Submitted by:  Office of Public Relations

College Phone Test Saturday (January 28)

There will be a test of the college telephone system on Saturday (January 28) from 6 – 6:30 a.m.  This test may affect incoming calls to the Public Safety Dispatch Office.

During this time, the campus community should call 911 to report any situation that requires public safety assistance.  The Central Police Services 911 dispatch center will forward the calls for service to the Public Safety supervisor.

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

Understanding W-2 Form Wage, Tax Statement

The W-2 is a wage and tax statement and must be included when filing a tax return.  To help better understand the W-2, the Office of Human Resources has prepared the following questions and answers.

What if my social security number is incorrect?
The Employee’s Social Security Number appears in Box A.  It is very important to check this since the social security number is not listed on the paychecks.  If incorrect, contact the Human Resources Office at Ext. 2240.

How are Box 1, Wages Tips and Other Compensation, calculated?
Start with the year-to-date gross wages from your last paycheck.  Deduct tax-deferred retirement deductions, pre-tax benefit deductions (i.e., health insurance premiums, dependent care reimbursement and medical reimbursement) add other taxable payment (i.e., personal use of college vehicles, graduate tuition, and other miscellaneous compensation commonly processed through Payroll).

How do Social Security recipients report income?
If you are actually drawing Social Security benefits, you report income in Box 1 when filing state and federal income tax, BUT USE THE FIGURES IN BOXES 3 & 5 when reporting annual wages to Social Security.

What are Box 5, Medicare Wages and Tips, and Box 6, Medicare Tax Withheld?
Medicare Wages and Tips and the corresponding Medicare Tax Withheld are the hospital care portion of Social Security.  Prior to 1991, Medicare was included in Social Security withholding.  They are now separated for payroll deductions and reporting purposes.

What is Box 10, Dependent Care Benefits?
This is a before-tax deduction under the Canisius Care Program.  Reminder:  Employees with dependent care accounts must include form 2441 when filing annual income tax returns.

What are the items shown in Box 12?
The Internal Revenue Service developed a coding system to report a variety of information in Box 12.  The codes are explained on the back of the W-2 form, copy C.  Canisius College uses Code E:  Retirement plan reductions-403(b).

What is Box 13, the Retirement Plan?
This box should be checked if you are eligible to participate in the retirement plan offered by the college.

The remaining boxes should be self-explanatory.  Questions regarding the W-2 form may be directed to the Payroll Office at Ext. 8532.

If your tax status has changed during the year (i.e., marital status, number of dependents, etc.), or you wish to increase or decrease withholdings, a new tax-withholding certificate (W-4 form) must be completed for 2011.  W-4 forms are available here.

Submitted by:  Office of Human Resources

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies Sunday (January 29)

The induction of five individuals and the greatest women’s team in Golden Griffin history into the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame will take place Sunday afternoon in the Koessler Athletic Center.

The 1982-83 women’s basketball team (pictured above), which went 28-5 and advanced to within one game of the Division II Final four, will be introduced at halftime of the Griffs women’s game versus Rider.  Tip-off is scheduled for Noon.  All except one player from that squad is expected back for the ceremony.

The remaining five inductees – Brian Hennessy (Baseball), Glen Gast (Golf), Jim Foley (Cross Country/Track), Kevin Rozo (Lacrosse) and Jen Silata (Softball/Soccer) – will join the Hall of Fame during halftime of the men’s contest.  That game versus Loyola, Md. tips off at 2:15 p.m.

For additional information, visit  To attend the brunch at 9:30 a.m., register online or contact Sharon Kasperczyk at Ext. 2703.

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

Annual MLK Award Nominees Requested

Each year, Canisius College honors members of the campus community who promote the ideals that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. championed in his life and work.  These ideals involve promoting racial harmony; working for social justice, civil rights, and human rights; espousing non-violence; and being an advocate for the poor.  Canisius College would like to acknowledge a student and/or a non-student (faculty, staff, or administrator) who demonstrates qualities of those ideals.

Nominations for MLK awards must be submitted by Friday, February 10, 2012.  Nomination forms are located throughout the campus, and are also available online here.  In addition to online submissions, nominations may also be submitted in hard copy to Office of Student Affairs (OM 102) or to Campus Programming & Leadership Development (SC-LL).

Also listed on the webpage are past recipients and members of the MLK Awards Committee.  Testimonials from past recipients are also on the site.

Please take a moment to consider college members whom are deserving of this recognition by honoring them with a submission of a nomination.  The MLK Awards are presented at the Spring Honors Convocation.

Submitted by:  Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor, history; chair, MLK awards committee