Call for Proposals

University Theme

The University Theme Committee will continue the topic “Seize the Opportunity: Create, Innovate, Engage” for 2013-2014. This recurring, annual theme will serve as a focus for campus lectures, events and activities to promote collaboration, investigation and conversation across the disciplines within the University and our community. This is your invitation to submit proposals for theme-related events and activities.

New theme event and activity proposals as well as proposals in support of these existing key events are encouraged: One Book, One Campus common reading; Brossman Lecture (Science); Christie Lecture (Economics); Kenderdine Lecture (woman speaker on international political issues); Anna Funk Lockey Lecture (Education); Carter G. Woodson Lecture (distinguished scholar or public citizen who had made a significant contribution to African-American culture); Hazel I. Jackson Lecture (Literature related to African-Americans); Annual Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide; Humanities Film Series.

Submit proposals electronically to by Monday, February 18, 2013 at noon (late applications will not be considered). For additional information, contact Dr. Jeff Adams, chair, University Theme Committee, at 717-872-3703.

NOTE: Proposal application form attached to University Community email RE: University Theme 2013-2014 Call for Proposals – Due February 18 at 12 noon, sent Friday, 1/1/13.

President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion

The President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion is committed to supporting and facilitating programs that help create, sustain or promote a climate that fosters cultural diversity on campus and within the broader community. The President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion also welcomes proposals that contribute to policy developments that impact and enrich the educational experience of students. This round of applications is intended to support events from the spring 2013 through June 2013.

To apply, review the attached information*, complete the attached funding application form* and return it electronically to the Office of the Social Equity & Diversity via by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Funding decisions will be made at the PCCDI General Meeting in March.

*NOTE: Funding guidelines and application form attached to University Community email RE: Important-Call for Funding Proposals for spring 2013, sent Wednesday, 1/2/2013.

Payroll Tax Changes for 2013

Listed below are the changes to payroll taxes, which will touch a majority of employees within the State System. All of these changes will be in effect for the pay date of 1/11/2013.

  • The payroll tax cut that reduced the employee share of social security tax from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent in 2011 and 2012 expired on December 31, 2012. Therefore, social security tax will be withheld at the rate of 6.2 percent from employees’ wages paid on or after January 1, 2013.
  • The federal income tax rate on supplemental payments will remain at 25 percent. Examples of supplemental payments would be dual employment payments, continuing education, independent studies, individualized instructions, leave payout amounts upon separation from the University, etc. The tax was scheduled to increase on December 31, 2012, but was extended into 2013 at the 25 percent rate.
  • The employee’s share of Pa. unemployment tax decreases from .08 percent to .07 percent.

For questions or concerns, contact the payroll office at ext. 3018.

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