Benefits will provide 1095-C forms for 2015 by March 31

For the first time and as part of the Affordable Care Act, the University is required to provide full-time, health-care-eligible employees with information needed for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax filing purposes via a 1095-C form.

Your calendar year 2015 1095-C form (Form) will be mailed by March 31. For calendar year 2015 filings, it is permissible to file your tax return absent your 1095-C. You will simply need to recall the months that you received coverage in order to answer the filing questions or you may review your benefits confirmation (located in My Akron), insurance cards, or explanation of benefits statements to determine your covered months. For 2015, you should maintain a copy of the original form, depending on whether you filed your return prior to, or after, receiving your 1095-C from the University.

If you do not receive a 2015 1095-C by April 10, please contact Benefits at ext. 7090 and also check your address in my Akron to ensure it is accurately recorded. In future years, the 1095-Cs will be mailed by Jan. 31.

Consult with your tax preparer or tax advisor with specific questions as the University is unable to provide tax advice.

Williams Honors College dean among guests on ‘UA to Z’ this week

This week on “UA to Z,” Larry Burns, vice president for advancement, and Willy Kollman, director of alumni relations, will be joined by:

  • radio show logoDr. Lakeesha Ransom, dean of the Williams Honors College, will discuss how the transformational gift received this week from Dr. Gary and Pamela Williams will impact generations of honors students to come.
  • Dr. Brad Maguth, associate professor and acting director, H.K. Barker Center for Economic Education, will talk about his role on campus and in lives of education students.

“UA to Z” airs on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on 1590 WAKR-AM. To learn more about the show, the hosts, or to listen to previous broadcasts, visit “UA to Z” online. You can also follow the show on Twitter at @UAtoZ.

University of Washington professor to deliver polymer lecture

Andrew BoydstonThe Department of Polymer Science will host a Polymer and Advanced Materials lecture with Dr. Andrew Boydston on Friday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. in Goodyear Polymer Center 229. The title for his talk is “New Strategies for Making and Breaking Polymers.” Read the abstract.

Boydston, who joined the University of Washington in 2010, is an assistant professor of chemistry. His research group currently focuses on developments in the areas of electro-organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, mechanochemical transduction and triggered depolymerization.

His research and teaching efforts have been recognized through the U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, Cottrell Scholar Award, University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, and National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

For further information, please contact Jacqui Clark at or ext. 7542.

Correction: Census figures for spring

Editor's note: Yesterday's announcement about spring Census misstated the enrollment total for this term. The correct number is 23,178.

The full, corrected announcement follows…

The official spring enrollment Census has been completed. Spring 2016 total student enrollment was 23,178, a 3.2 percent decrease from spring 2015. Student Credit Hours (SCH) showed a 2.7 percent decrease, compared to spring 2015.

Both total student enrollment and SCH figures represented the smallest spring-to-spring decrease in at least four years. These numbers are in keeping with the projections that were used in compiling the FY 2016 budget.

Summer study abroad opportunity in France

Please announce to your students that the Department of History and the Department of Modern Languages, in conjunction with UA’s partner institution, the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France, is pleased to offer an opportunity for students to travel and study abroad in France during Summer I. Students need to sign-up by March 1.

  • Who can go? Anyone is eligible to apply! Knowledge of the French language is not required (classes are primarily taught in English or translation is offered).
  • What is it? An opportunity to travel to Le Mans, France, take classes for credit, explore major sites like Versailles, and experience French culture. Courses offered include: Humanities 3400:210 or 221; History 3400:340 or French 3520:311; “Special Topics: History of France;” Elementary French I 3520:101; or Internship in France 3520:308.
  • When? The trip is scheduled June 6 through July 7.
  • Where? Université du Maine, Le Mans, France (an hour from Paris by train).
  • How much? The $2,000 cost includes tuition, course fees, excursion travel (Versailles, the beaches at Normandy and a Castle in the Loire Valley), and a private room with cooking facilities on campus. Students are responsible for their own airfare and meals. Extra opportunities for weekend travel may also be offered.

For more information contact Jana Russ at, or visit UA Travel in France online.

Have your hearing tested during February for American Heart Month

A growing body of evidence indicates that your cardiovascular health has an effect on your hearing. Maintaining a healthy heart, veins and arteries can help lead to healthy hearing. Our hearing systems are sensitive to changes in blood flow and therefore a compromised cardiovascular system can negatively impact your hearing.

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) recommends that individuals 40 and older should have their hearing tested as part of their routine medical care. The Audiology and Speech Center on campus can bill the University’s provider, Apex, for the cost of the evaluation. For University employees who have a different insurance carrier, we offer a 50 percent discount on services provided in the center. We also offer up to a $300 discount on hearing aids when needed. Additionally, parents, spouses and children of faculty and staff members receive a 25 percent discount on all services.

Take the next step to manage your hearing health. Call the Audiology and Speech Center at ext. 6035 today to schedule your hearing evaluation. The center is located in Polsky Building 181 and offers appointments Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Women's soccer earns All-Ohio Selections

Annabelle HegemanThe Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association has announced that junior goalkeeper Annabelle Hegeman, right, and senior defender Katie George, lower right, earned All-Ohio team selections. Four Zips were tabbed as Academic All-Ohio selections as well.

Hegeman, a first year goalie for the Zips, was selected to the women's soccer first team All-Ohio. After transferring from Slippery Rock, Hegeman made 20 starts, recording 85 saves, and posted a .714 save percentage. Her 85 saves in a single season ranks second in program history.

Katie GeorgeGeorge, a captain of the 2015 season and a four-year Zip, earned women's soccer second team All-Ohio honors. George started all 75 games in her career with the Zips. Mainly a defender, George made the transition to midfield this past year, setting her up to score her five career goals. Story continues online.

Zips hosting 12th annual Akron Invitational

Track runners

UA’s nationally ranked track and field teams return to competition this weekend as the Zips welcome more than 20 teams to the Stile Athletics Field House for the 12th annual Akron Invitational today and Saturday, Feb. 5-6. Competition gets under way at 3 p.m. today. On Saturday, action will be split between morning and afternoon sessions, beginning at 10 a.m.

Teams scheduled to compete include UA, Ashland, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Dayton, Florida Atlantic, IPFW, IUPUI, Kent State, Louisville, Marshall, Michigan, Mount St. Mary’s, Ohio, Ohio Wesleyan, Saint Francis (Pa.), Towson, VCU, West Virginia and Xavier.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 (cash only). Akron students with valid ID will be admitted free of charge. Full story online.

Guest composer Philip Giffin will talk about careers in music

Emmy-nominated composer Philip Giffin will present a lecture to School of Music students about careers in music on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 1:10 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall.

Philip GiffinGiffin has collaborated on music for numerous movies and television shows, including “Die Hard I” and “Die Hard II,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Darkwing Duck” and “Lethal Weapon I” and “Lethal Weapon II.”

A Wooster native, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the NBC television show, “Boomtown,” and is music director for Cirque du Soliel live stage performances.

For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail

Intramural Hot Shots Competition

Join us for the free Intramural Hot Shots Competition and test out your basketball shooting skills on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

Registration will take place on-site from 7 to 9:30 pm. All faculty, staff and students with a SRWC membership are eligible to participate. Just bring your Zip Card for a chance to win your very own Intramural Sports Championship T-shirt!

Please contact the OASIS Office with any questions at 330-972-6956 or email us at editing Body]


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