The University of Alabama

Dialog Extra for Dec. 20, 2012

Crimson Calendar

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FREE FLU VACCINES — Before going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this holiday, UA faculty and staff and their spouses can visit the Faculty-Staff Clinic for free flu vaccines. The clinic is located on campus in the University Medical Center at 850 Fifth Ave. E. The clinic will be open today and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. before closing for the holiday break. For more information, call the clinic at 348-4696. For more information about the importance of getting the flu vaccine, click here.

HOLIDAY BREAK — UA will observe the following holiday period: Dec. 22, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013. For guidelines on how to compensate employees who are required to work on or during the holiday break, call Human Resources at 348-6690.

FERGUSON CENTER HOLIDAY HOURS — The Ferguson Center will operate under the following schedule during the holiday break: Dec. 20-21, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013, closed.

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PROJECT — UA employees can register to participate in two projects that will have a positive impact on both the communities of Miami, Fla., and Tuscaloosa prior to the Discover BCS National Championship football game between UA and Notre Dame. Faculty, staff, students and alumni from the two universities will work together with Roots in the City on an urban gardening project to promote community development and beautification in inner-city areas of Miami. The service project will be Sunday, Jan. 6, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with check-in and lunch beginning at noon.

In addition, UA students who will be in Tuscaloosa on Monday, Jan. 7, can participate in a local National Championship Service Project from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Check-in will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Ferguson Center Plaza. Volunteers will work with Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority and the Tuscaloosa Volunteer Reception Center. For more information, contact Wahnee Sherman at 348-5722 or wsherman@sa.ua.edu.

The football game begins at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, with ESPN televising. For traffic updates, travelers can call 511 toll free, visit http://www.fl511.com, download the 511 application on iTunes or follow 511 on Twitter.

END OF E-LEARNING AVAILABILTY — The current e-learning system will not be accessible after Dec. 31. Blackboard Learn will be the only learning management system used after Dec. 31. Faculty and staff can learn more about the transition to Blackboard Learn, including how to save data out of e-learning, by visiting the Faculty Resource Center’s website at http://frc.ua.edu or by contacting blackboard.learn@ua.edu.

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX RATE — The Social Security portion of FICA is expected to return to the normal rate of 6.2 percent on Jan. 1, 2013. Legislation temporarily reduced the rate to 4.2 percent for the 2011 and 2012 tax years. Visit the official Social Security website at http://www.ssa.gov for information on the final legislation. This tax appears on UA paycheck stubs as FICA OA. Also, the new Social Security wage base limit for 2013 is $113,700. Earnings in excess of this amount will not be subject to the Social Security portion of FICA.

ADDITIONAL MEDICARE TAX — An additional Medicare tax of 0.9 percent will become effective Jan. 1, 2013. The additional tax will apply to an individual’s wages and compensation paid in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. An employer is required to begin withholding additional Medicare tax in the pay period in which it pays wages and compensation in excess of $200,000 to an employee. There is no employer match for the additional Medicare tax. The tax will appear on UA paycheck stubs as FIMA.

HOLIDAY RECYCLING OPTIONS — Campus community members looking for a place to drop off their pre- and post-Christmas recyclables have the option of using The University of Alabama recycling center during the UA holiday break. Located at 1115 14th St., UA’s Ancillary Services Building will accept recyclables from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays (Dec. 24-28, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1). On Saturdays (Dec. 22 and Dec. 29), the center will be open from 8 a.m. until noon. The building will be closed on Sundays (Dec. 23 and Dec. 30).

The facility accepts cardboard; all types of paper, including Christmas wrapping paper; all types of plastic; and various other recyclables, including aluminum cans. No glass will be accepted. For more information on UA recycling, click here.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

FRIDAY, DEC. 21
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location TBD
Women’s basketball vs. Virginia, 2 p.m., Foster Auditorium

SATURDAY, DEC. 22
UA Faculty and Staff Day at Moundville Archaeological Park, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Men’s basketball vs. Mercer, 1 p.m., Coleman Coliseum

UPCOMING

Men’s basketball vs. Tulane, Dec. 30, 5 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
VALIC individual retirement counseling, Jan. 4, 7 and 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location TBD
Men’s basketball vs. Oakland, Jan. 5, 3 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Women’s basketball vs. Kentucky, Jan. 6, 2 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Orientation for new staff, Jan. 7, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Extended hours at University Supply Store, Jan. 8-15
Benefits orientation for new staff, Jan. 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Travel 101: Best Practices for Paying Travel Expenses, Jan. 8, 10-11 a.m., 1093 Shelby Hall
How to Submit an IRB HSP, Jan. 8, 2-3 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Orientation for new managers, Jan. 9, 8:30-11 a.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
TIAA-CREF individual retirement counseling, Jan. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, 326 Rose Administration Building
P-Card Policies and Procedures, Jan. 10, 9 a.m.-noon, 3000 South Lawn Office Building
P-Card Works software training, Jan. 10, 1:30-4 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Women’s basketball vs. Georgia, Jan. 10, 8 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Men’s tennis, Jan. 11-13, Baumgardner Indoor Tennis Facility
Convocation, Jan. 11, noon, Moody Music Building Concert Hall

WORTH QUOTING — “On the criminal side we’re done, but in terms of BP paying out more, there’s the civil issue. This could go on for years still to come.” Montré Carodine, associate professor of law at UA, as quoted in the Alaska Dispatch in an article titled “BP to pay $4.5 billion in fines for Gulf oil spill. Is legal saga over?”