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W2s are on the way

All W2s will be mailed to faculty and staff members' homes by January 31. Direct any questions to Payroll at x5-2040.

McGruder talk canceled

The February 9 talk by cartoonist Aaron McGruder, creator of "The Boondocks" comic strip, has been canceled and no new date has been set. Refund information is forthcoming and will be available by contacting the Wilson Commons Information Center at x5-5911.

Nominate a student

The Office of the Dean of Students in the College is seeking nominations for the annual Student Life Awards. Faculty and staff can nominate students for Individual Leadership Awards and groups for the Student Organization and Programming Awards.

The deadline for submissions of names from faculty and staff is Friday, February 11. Nominated individuals and groups will then be sent application packets. Recipients will be announced in April.

Nomination forms can be found on the web at dos/awards.html. For more information, contact the Dean of Students office at x5-4085.

Wanted: Student art

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies is seeking submissions for an upcoming exhibition exploring the intersection of gender, identity, and the visual arts.

The juried show, which will run from February 21 through March 25 in the Gallery at the Art and Music Library in Rush Rhees Library, is open to all current undergraduate students and 2004 graduates of the University.

Submissions for (En)Gendered: Identity, Gender, and Art can be done in all visual media, including video, site-specific installations, painting, photography, and drawing. Works to be considered should be placed in Sage Art Center from Monday, February 7, until 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 9.

For more information, contact the Anthony Institute at x5-8318.

Give the gift of life

A blood drive for the American Red Cross will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, and Thursday, February 10, in the Friel Lounge of Susan B. Anthony Hall. This is a change in location from the previous two drives.

The drive is organized by the D'Lions, a student service organization that sponsors programs in residence halls and on campus, and by the Office of the Dean of Students in the College.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the drive. Appointments are preferred and can be made by contacting Jason Smith in the Dean of Students office at x5-4085 or by visiting

Friends host wine tasting

More than 300 domestic and imported wines and champagnes will be on hand for tasting and sampling at the Friends of Strong 14th Annual Gala Wine Tasting.

Scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 11, at the Downtown Hyatt Regency, the informal event also will feature a variety of cheeses, breads, warm hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. A silent auction and raffle of donated items will take place during the evening, and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters will perform after the tasting.

Tickets for this year's event are $40 and can be ordered by calling x5-2420. A special Valentine's Day overnight package also is available.

Sign up for fun and fitness

Fun Fitness Camp at the Fitness & Wellness Center will run from February 21 to 25, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is open to children ages 7 to 12 years. Activities will include swimming, ice skating, and a field trip as well as daily crafts and group activities. The cost is $143 a week or $32 a day, with a registration fee of $5. Call Heather at x5-2706 for details.

How much snow will we get?

Guess the answer correctly and win a prize. The Department of Horticulture and Grounds is sponsoring its Annual Snow Contest. The winner must predict the winter snowfall for this season (through April 15) to the nearest inch. Send contest entries to Dan Schied via e-mail at or call x3-5815. Include the snowfall amount in inches, name, department, and phone number. All entries must be received by February 15.

Class focuses on childhood obesity

The School of Nursing if offering a new course addressing ways health care professionals can respond to childhood obesity. The course offers the latest adolescent weight management strategies and includes information on screening, assessment, and the use of a multidisciplinary curriculum.

To register, contact Andrea Chamberlain at x5-8832. For more information, contact Nellie Wixom at x5-4761 or visit

New mileage rates listed

Effective January 1, the University's business mileage reimbursement rate will be 40.5 cents per mile. This change is due to the IRS rate increase of 3 cents per mile over the 2004 rate of 37.5 cents.

Also effective January 1, the University's standard mileage rate for moving expenses is 15 cents a mile. This coincides with the recently announced federal rate increase for the 2005 calendar year.

IRS: Treat gifts as income

Monetary prizes, awards, and gift certificates are considered cash equivalents and when presented to employees, including students, are considered income according to the IRS. Noncash gifts to employees, including student employees, may also be considered income. For additional information, visit

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