SPC President Carl M. Kuttler Jr. has received two prestigious awards in the past few weeks including:
Carl M. Kuttler Jr. received this award Nov. 18 at the 60th annual Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) Convention in Orlando.
Established by the FACC in 2001, the award is named for James L. Wattenbarger, considered the father of Florida’s community college system, a system that began with the founding of St. Petersburg Junior College in 1927. It is given annually to the person who best exemplifies Wattenbarger’s love of the state’s community college system.
A University of Florida professor from 1968-1972, Wattenbarger was named Division Director of the new state Division of Community Colleges in 1957, where he served until 1967.
Dr. Kuttler received this award Nov. 5 at the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and Arts Awards Gala at the Florida Aquairum.
One of nine individual nominees, Kuttler's knack for facilitating collaborative partnerships between art, education, business, philanthropy and government earned him the prestigious award.
The mission of the Tampa Bay Business for Culture and the Arts is to help build a stronger arts and cultural community with the support of area businesses.
Employee insurance claims exceeding $1-million per month
Wellness lifestyle can curb the cost
First in a monthly series reporting to the college family on ongoing insurance expenses.
Health insurance. It's one of the most important benefits an employer can provide and, of course, one of the most expensive.
In recent years, SPC has done its best to cushion employees from the rising costs by limiting monthly premiums and reducing many co-pays. This does not mean costs weren't increasing.
Employee health insurance claims (the costs to the college of each medical/dental visit, procedure or prescription drug) have been steadily and significantly rising. Because SPC is self-insured, these costs are directly borne by the college.
"SPC is not immune to the market forces driving up health care costs nationwide," said Patty Jones, vice president of Human Resources and Public Affairs.
One way to help curb these rising costs is to address some of their causes, choices people make that affect their health. Poor eating habits, excess weight and little exercise can be a lethal combination, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
"Those are things that many of us can control," Jones said. "At the same time, SPC understands there are some health-related issues that are unavoidable and devastating. That's why we are so committed to doing whatever we can to contain costs."
A cornerstone of SPC's cost-containment efforts: A strong wellness program, led by Wellness Coordinator Steve Malla.
Please note the following changes regarding pay checks during the upcoming holidays:
Early Web Time deadlines Thanksgiving week
Early Web Time deadlines before winter break
Jan. 1 pay issued Dec. 31
The Dec. 31 pay day is the third of the month and therefore won’t have any deductions. So what does this mean?
The new Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) program officially opened its recording studio on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus with a ceremony Nov. 5. Students from the music production program performed outside the studio, the former site of Word Processing. The MIRA program began about a year ago and now has 120 students as declared MIRA majors, on their way to earning Associate in Science degrees.
Sign up and save money with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) in 2010. FSA enrollment ends Dec. 4.
All budgeted employees qualify to establish accounts, whether you are enrolled in the college’s Aetna health insurance or not. With an FSA, you can set aside – little by little – money to help you pay for a variety of things, including:
How does it work?
You set aside money in 24 of your 26 yearly paychecks. Your annual contribution can total up to $5,000 per household ($2,500 if filing taxes separately). Because the money is set aside before taxes, you reduce your taxable income. The medical expenses and child/adult care expenses can be set up as separate accounts.
New debit card option
New this year, all employees with FSAs have the option of using a debit card rather than having to track purchases and submit recepits (though receipts always should be kept).
The total amount you plan to set aside during a year would be placed on your debit card up front. Then when you have a covered expense, pay the expense with the card and your FSA account will be debited. (In some cases, supporting documentation will be required.)
Visit the EzFlexPlan Web site for an FSA overview.
How to sign up
If you already have an FSA in 2009, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access your information online and enroll for 2010. All online enrollments must be completed by Friday, Dec. 4, at 11 p.m.
If you do not have an FSA, download the FSA enrollment form, print it out and send it to:
By redirecting a portion of your salary to your FSA, you bank your money in a tax-free account from which you can get reimbursed throughout the year.
The reimbursement form can be found on the Human Resources Web site under “Benefits;” click on “Flexible Spending Account,” then “Claim Form.” Refunds are typically received in about two weeks.
You have until March 15, 2010, to use money in your 2009 funds. All reimbursement requests for the 2009 FSA must be postmarked by April 30, 2010.
In need of some holiday decorations or inexpensive gifts? The Dollars for Scholars of St. Petersburg thrift next to HEC has some holiday bargains worth checking out.
For a nickel each, you’ll find ornaments to deck your tree. If it’s the tree you’re after, you’ll find great deals on the artificial kind at the store’s tent sale Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8300 Ulmerton Road, Unit 102. This location is a newly opened outlet of the thrift store featuring furniture and clothing, and is available for group shopping by appointment only.
“I have so many artificial Christmas trees, I can’t fit them in the store,” said Michelle Piccione, the driving force behind the thrift store. To schedule a visit to the Ulmerton Road store, call Piccione at 727-341-3620.
Open since June, the store is raising money for scholarships, thanks to Piccione and numerous volunteers. The store is a chapter affiliate of Scholarship America, a nationally recognized non-profit student aid service organization.
“We’ve had an unbelievable amount of donations and people coming into the store,” said Piccione, a member of the SPC Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. “It has been a great community effort and the college staff has done a great job setting us up.”
If someone on your list adores angels, you will find a bevy of them in a display case near the front of the store. From ceramic to cloth, the angels vary in size and price, but all are less than $5.
“People have a real affection for angels, so I figured Christmas was the best time to bring out this special collection,” Piccione said. Nestled next to them in the display case is a set of pre-WWII china in white and blue.
Other gift ideas in the store include bowling balls, motorcycle helmets, hats and plenty of ties.
Kitty Workman, a “regular” at the store, came away with a tambourine for her 2-year-old grandson and a Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas necktie to add to her collection of animated character ties.
“That’s what I come to thrift stores for: the ties,” said Workman, who estimates she has close to 250 in her collection.
Among other holiday necessities at the thrift store are wrapping paper, holiday candles and figurines, mugs, stockings, towels, nativity scenes, snow globes, metal trees, wreaths, ribbons, holiday music on CD and cassette, table settings and serving dishes.
WEDU's Be More People's Choice Poll is open. Described as the Emmy Awards of the non-profit world, this online poll gives you the opportunity to help us spread the word about the Dollars for Scholars of St. Petersburg thrift store.
The new thrift store has raised more than $30,000 for student scholarships from the sale of donated items since it opened in June. In January, $25,000 will be awarded to needy students at St. Petersburg College.
Get the details of how to cast your votes at WEDU.org and vote until Dec. 18 for Dollars for Scholars for the People's Choice Award, and Michelle Piccione for the Volunteer Award. Invite your friends and family to cast their vote too.
For more information about the Dollars for Scholars Thrift Store, read the recent article in the St. Petersburg Times:
Thrift shop at SPC generates jobs, scholarships
Microsoft Office 2007
You may recently have made the change or will be making the change to using Microsoft 2007, instead of Microsoft 2003. There is a new look and feel, expanded capability and new user options.
Some of the new features of Microsoft Office 2007 include:
How can you improve your use of the Microsoft Office 2007 products? Consider any of these online video modules available from the Video Streaming Library:
Interested in enrolling? First, make sure it relates to your work and that you have your supervisor’s approval. Then, fill out the Video Streaming Library Application and indicate which course(s) you would like to enroll in. Wait for an e-mail response and then you are on your way. It’s that simple.
For more information, contact Matthew Stewart in Staff and Professional Development (Human Resources) at Ext. 3116.