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November 5, 2012 | CUNY Matters, The University

Help Those in Need Via CUNY Campaign

With the holiday season approaching, the CUNY Campaign for Voluntary Charitable Giving is an easy way to help those in need. Currently, New York City has more people living in poverty than the rest of New York State combined, said Gloriana B. Waters, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management. “They may have lost jobs or homes and find themselves in a place they never expected to be. They need our help, and the CUNY Campaign exists to provide it.” Last year’s campaign raised more than $500,000 from nearly 2,400 donors.
For more details on how to give, go to: www.cuny.edu/campaign.

New Flex Spending Account Limits

Due to passage of President Obama’s health care reform plan, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, CUNY employees with Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s) face a new limit on how much they can set aside for medical expenses. Starting in 2013, FSA’s will have a $2,500 federal maximum annual contribution cap, down from the current $5,000. Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts are a way to pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance, such as dental, vision, and hearing expenses, with pre-tax dollars. To enroll, employees must complete the FSA Enrollment Form every year. This year, the Open Enrollment Period for 2013 ends Nov. 23, 2012. New employees may enroll within 30 days after becoming eligible to receive city health benefits. Current 2012 participants will receive 2013 re-enrollment packets, sent automatically to each participant’s address on record in October.

UPCOMING FOR FACULTY

Baruch To Host Next WC2 World University Summit

Next April 15-17, Baruch College will host the spring meeting of the WC2 University Network, a forum of universities located in major world cities that addresses health, cultural, environmental and political issues.

The WC2 network, which was established in September 2010, holds two meetings per year. In addition to CUNY, some other WC2 university members include Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico, University of Delhi and University of Sao Paulo.

Jeffrey Peck, Dean of Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Global Strategies, said the WC2 will be a major opportunity for CUNY to present itself globally, as well as showcase faculty expertise.

If you are interested in participating
in the WC2 meeting at CUNY, go to: www.city.ac.uk/international/international-partnerships/wc2-university-network and check the most recent newsletter which describes the research topics. Faculty may also attend as observers.
If you have more specific questions, email Dean Peck at jeffrey.peck@baruch.cuny.edu.

Fellowships for Faculty Writing Biographies

Faculty members who are writing biographies are encouraged to apply for a $60,000 fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center for 2013-2014. Fellows devote the year to their projects, participate in monthly seminars and attend the center’s annual lecture, conference, and public programs. Fellows may not teach or partake in other full-time employment during their academic year-in-residence. Applications are welcome from CUNY faculty until Nov. 30, 2012. Details: www.leonlevycenterforbiography.org/fellows_program.html, email biography@gc.cuny.edu, or 212-817-2008.