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Vacation Donation For Peggy Page

Peggy Page will exhaust all of her earned paid time due to a personal catastrophic illness.

If you are an employee of the Office of Physical Plant and are interested in donating vacation time to Peggy, please send an email to absence@psu.edu and to your supervisor by 4:00pm on January 25, 2018.

You may donate either 8 or 16 hours of accumulated vacation. All employee’s donations will remain anonymous. If the time and attendance system allows, the employee donating vacation time must deduct the donated time from her/his balance and place an explanation in the time and attendance system (e.g., 8 hours vacation donated). 

Thank you for your generosity and support. Our thoughts are with Peggy during her leave.

Impacts Employee Parking Fees

The tax overhaul recently signed into law will have a minor impact on parking fees for Penn State employees.

Under the previous law, payroll deductions for parking fees were on a pre-tax basis, meaning that employees were not taxed on money used to pay for parking. Beginning with employees' January 2018 paychecks, parking fees will be a post-tax item.

Payroll deductions for the RIDEpass program will also move from a pre-tax basis to a post-tax item.

Lawrence Friedken, director of payroll and tax services, said the change would be minimal for employees. For example, an employee who pays $37 per month in parking fees might see a $4- to $5 reduction in net income per month. Friedken said the impact would vary, depending on an individual's tax bracket and the amount paid for parking.

The changes do not affect students who pay to park on campus or graduate students enrolled in the RIDEpass program.

EBA Membership

It’s not too late to renew or sign up for EBA for 2018. Please fill out the attached membership application (along with $15.00 dues/cash or checks made payable to EBA) and return it to Kirstin Steele in room 128A or Kelly Gilham in room 127.

John Bechtel was the lucky winner of the free 2018 membership during the membership drive in October!

We also have Sheetz coupon books left ~ They only cost $10.00 each. Please see Kirstin Steele or Kelly Gilham to purchase. These make great stocking stuffers.

Participate in a Research Study

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a freeze dried strawberry powder on LDL cholesterol and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. We are seeking participants 35 - 65 years of age with a BMI of 25-39kg/m2.  Subjects must be healthy and not taking medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, or inflammatory conditions.  Participants will be provided with two different amounts of freeze dried strawberry powder and a placebo powder for 4-6 weeks each, with a 2 week break between test periods (total time for study is 16-22 weeks).  At the completion of the study participants will receive lab results and compensation of $350. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please call 814-863-8622 or email psustrawberry@gmail.com, mention the Strawberry Supplementation Study and leave your name and a contact number. This study is being conducted by Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, Department of Nutritional Sciences, at The Penn State University.

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a cranberry juice beverage on blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. We are seeking participants 30 - 65 years of age with a BMI of 18-39kg/m2.  Subjects must be healthy and not taking medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, or inflammatory conditions.  Participants will be provided with a cranberry juice beverage and placebo beverage for 8-12 weeks each, with an 8 week break between test periods (total time for study is 24-32 weeks).  At the completion of the study participants will receive lab results and compensation of $200. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please call 814-863-8622 or email psucranberry@gmail.com, mention the Cranberry Study and leave your name and a contact number. This study is being conducted by Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, Department of Nutritional Sciences, at The Penn State University.