e-Veritas Archive | December, 2017

Preregister for SPEAK Test on January 12

The SPEAK test, which is required for all International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) to demonstrate ability in spoken English, will be given on Friday, January 12, at 5 p.m. in Allen Hall, room 102. To take the test, students must preregister by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 11.  A photo ID will be required for admission to the test.

For more information and to register for the test, contact Karen Charris from the Intensive English Program at iep@miami.edu or call 305-284-2752.


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New Ways to Share News in the New Year

Help University Communications rethink how and what news about and from the University it shares with faculty and staff by attending a focus group session on the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses after classes resume on Tuesday, January 16.

Currently, University Communications keeps faculty and staff informed through two primary e-newsletters, the weekly Veritas, which is automatically emailed to employees every Monday, and UM in the News, which is delivered every weekday morning to all subscribers.

In the new year, however, University Communications will explore new, better, and more exciting and convenient vehicles to share both the news you need to know and want to know. Your input is, of course, essential to the process, so please plan to join the conversation after the winter break.

Stay tuned for more information on the locations, times, and dates of the focus group sessions.

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Review Your Tax Withholding Status for 2018

Please remember to review and make any necessary changes to your W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate) for the 2018 tax year. This review will help you determine if your filing status and/or number of withholding allowances will need to change for the new tax year.

You may review and make changes to your W-4 in Workday via the Pay worklet -> Actions -> Withholding Elections.

Exempt W-4 Expires on February 15, 2018

If you are currently claiming “exempt” from withholding tax status and wish to continue this exemption for 2018, you must complete a new Form W-4 by February 15, 2018. An exemption is only good for one year. If a new W-4 is not received, the university must begin withholding federal income tax as single, with zero withholding allowances.

You may review and make changes to your W-4 in Workday via the Pay worklet -> Actions -> Withholding Elections.

2018 Social Security Changes

The Social Security Administration has announced that the 2018 social security wage base increases to $128,400 (from $127,200 in 2017). The maximum social security tax that employees and employers will each pay in 2018 increases to $7,960.80 (from $7,886.40 in 2017).  There is no limit on the wages subject to Medicare tax; covered wages are subject to the 1.45 percent. Taxable wages in excess of $200,000 are subject to an additional Medicare tax rate of 0.9 percent.

International Employees

Non-Resident Alien employees who currently hold a J-1 or F-1 Visa should complete and submit a 2018 Foreign National Information Form along with copies of the following documents to the Payroll Office by December 31, 2017.

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Visas ( all Visas within the last 3 years)
  • Copy of I-20, DS-2019
  • Copy of I-94

Ways to submit your form and documents:

  • Email to etk.payroll@miami.edu
  • Fax to 305-284-5395
  • Hand deliver to University of Miami Payroll Office ( Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) 1320 South Dixie Highway, Suite 760, Gables One Tower

Go Paperless for Free Parking

Faculty and staff who elect to receive their W-2 year-end tax documents electronically by December 31, 2017, will not only help protect their sensitive information but be entered to win a year of free parking or Metropass cards.

If you have any questions, please call the Total Rewards Payroll Office at 305-284-3004, Option 2 or e-mail at etk.payroll@miami.edu.



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Knight Foundation Champions Bring Art to Life

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Frost School Dean Shelly Berg, at the piano, performed with outstanding Frost School students at the December 4 awards gala.

The University’s MusicReach program, Lowe Art Museum, and Flaming Classics film series are all beneficiaries of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 2017 challenge grants and arts champions—thanks to Frost School Dean Shelly Berg, Miami-based artist Sebastian Spreng, and the manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema, Trae DeLellis.

Berg and Spreng are among the 25 arts and civic leaders the Knight Foundation honored as Knights Arts Champions this month for their vision, courage and tenacity in building Miami’s cultural community. As part of the recognition, each champion receives $10,000 to contribute to an artist or organization of their choice. Berg chose the Frost School’s Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program, which pairs underprivileged school children and teens with music mentors, while Spreng chose the Lowe, which is planning to exhibit his Sebastian Spreng: The Dresden Files next year.

DeLellis and Flaming Classics co-creator Juan Barquin, a film critic and co-editor of Dim the House Lights, were awarded a $25,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant for their curated film series that pairs classic films from the queer canon with live performances from local drag artists. Under the requirements of the grant, they must find matching funds to continue building community, entertaining, and educating with their project.

The Knight Foundation established the Knight Arts Challenge Miami 10 years ago to enable Miamians to bring their artistic ideas to life. This year’s 43 winners, who hail from an array of backgrounds and disciplines across South Florida, will share a total of $2.5 million for projects aimed at making art general in Miami—allowing it to be seen, felt and heard throughout the city’s many neighborhoods.

DeLellis, who is a graduate student in the School of Communication, said he and Barquin are ecstatic that such a prestigious organization identified drag as a legitimate art form worthy of its investment.

“Over the last 10 years, the Knight Arts Challenge has palpably changed the cultural landscape of the city, and it’s an immense honor to now be a part of that narrative,” DeLellis said.

Berg, who performed with a combination of outstanding Frost School jazz students at the December 4 event where the awards were announced, called the Knight Foundation the true arts champion. “Over the last decade they have identified, nurtured and helped to sustain the viability of a great many deserving artists and arts organizations in Miami and elsewhere. During that time, the Frost School’s success has been substantially fueled by the generosity of the Knight Foundation,” he said.

A longtime admirer of Spreng’s, Jill Deupi, director of the Lowe, said she looks forward to featuring the Argentine-born visual artist and music journalist’s haunting mediations on the destruction of the iconic German city of Dresden during World War II next year.

“Created using cutting-edge digital technology, these evocative and captivating images bridge the present and past, and remind us of humanity’s power to both create and destroy,” she said.

And building bridges, Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen said, is what the winners of the 10th anniversary Knight Arts Challenge are all about. “They embody what the arts do: they inspire and create common experiences that connect us to each other and to home, Miami,” he said.

View a full list of the winning ideas and the arts champions.

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Compliance Corner: Holiday Reminders

With the holidays upon us, the Office of Athletics Compliance would like to remind faculty and staff of a few rules and regulations that affect them during this season of giving.

Extra Benefits: According to NCAA rules, an extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee, or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, to provide a student-athlete, or a prospective student-athlete, or their friend or family member, a benefit not also available to the general student population, or a particular segment of the student body. Here are a few examples:

  • Holiday presents/gifts
  • Money, loans, bonds, or co-signing of loans
  • Free transportation (use of a car, boat, airline tickets, bus tickets, etc.)
  • Free storage
  • Free merchandise (clothes, video games, etc.)
  • Free entertainment (sporting events, movies, concerts, nightclubs, etc.)
  • Free lodging (hotel rooms, staying at apartment/house)
  • Free meals
  • Discounted merchandise because of status
  • Free use of a credit card, calling card, etc.

Recruiting: Fans are not permitted to use social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to contact or otherwise attempt to correspond with prospects. This includes, but is not limited to, posting on a wall, using the inbox/email feature, instant messaging, “@replies,” “mentions,” or direct messaging. As electronic communication technology continues to advance, the opportunities for supporters of an athletics program to have impermissible contact with a prospect, or the family of a prospect, greatly increases; however, the institution’s responsibility for that contact remains the same.

As always, your efforts to help the University of Miami maintain a culture of compliance are greatly appreciated. For more compliance information, follow the UM Athletics Department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UCompliance), or contact them via email, athleticscompliance@miami.edu.


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