Monday, January 5, 2009


IRS decreases mileage rate effective Jan. 1, 2009

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Columbus State’s travel procedure, 9-06(A) ties mileage reimbursement rates to the IRS guidelines. The Internal Revenue Service recently announced a decrease to the mileage rates because gas prices have dropped. The rate will decrease from 58.5 cents to 55 cents a mile for all business miles driven beginning January 1, 2009.

Travel forms are available on the Intranet and will be updated to reflect the new rates. Reimbursement forms that are in-transit will have the mileage rate adjusted by the Travel Office for travel that occurs on or after January 1, 2009.  Questions regarding the new rates should be addressed to Betty Sugar in the Travel Office at extension 2421. 

Time to verify your W-2 addressAll Columbus State employees are asked to verify the address on their most current pay stub. If there is a change or correction to be made, please fill out a change of address form located on the intranet and submit it to Human Resources as soon as possible so that the college will have correct addresses on file for W-2 forms.

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Librarian to work in TL starting Winter QuarterBeginning Winter Quarter 2009, a librarian will be scheduled to work in the computer commons in TL 116 Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Two new librarians have been hired, as well as current librarians in the ERC who will work on a rotating schedule to staff the TL. A full-time librarian was needed in the Commons because so much reference work is done online and computers in the ERC are often busy. The librarians working in the Computer Commons will be able to help students with their research questions, recommend resources, and help with citations and with focusing topics.

Autumn Quarter Wellness Challenge winners namedResults are in for last quarter’s Wellness Challenge, and The Determinators, led by Julie VanWynseberghe and Amy Burns, is the winning team with 12,864 points. Members of the team are: Terri Miller, Carmelita Boyer, Tim Wagner, Linda Shinn, Sandra Kellam, Stephanie Demers, Vickie Hunter, and April Alexander. A close second was the DX Warriors, led by Mike Walsdorf, with 12,312 points. The DX Team included: Tony Belleau, Marlon Dixon, Charles Braithwaite, Sherita Golden, Max Senvisky, Phil Sanders, Gary Sheppard, Gabrielle Davis, and Mitchell Thompson. Stay tuned for an announcement about the next challenge—participating in the Wellness Challenge can earn you Wellness Incentive points for 2009! For more information please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext. 3989.

Matrix MonitorJanuary Matrix Monitor now onlineClick on the image at right to read January’s issue of “Matrix Monitor” the health and wellness newsletter from the college’s employee assistance provider. Inside are articles about eating your way to happiness, helping your teen earn better grades, and keeping your own brain “fit.”