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  • 15 Feb 2013 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)
    The MCFF Spring Fundraiser for 2013 will be held at the Zelma Basha Salmeri Art Gallery on Friday, April 12. The Basha Gallery is an exclusive collection of Western and Native American Art and represents one of the largest private collections of such art in the world.

    Janice Reilly, Chair fo the MCFF Board, said, “We wanted to do something a little different this year as our fundraiser.” The evening promises not to disappoint with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6pm and the program beginning at 7. 

    The MCFF raises money for Maricopa Community College students in need. While the foundation awards academic scholarships each semester, the largest share of support is provided in the form of emergency grants for students in dire situations. “The goal is to help students in an emergency who might otherwise have to drop out of college,” said Reilly. Most emergency grants total less than $300. “It’s amazing how such a small amount of money can keep a student from dropping out of school,” Reilly commented.

    Tickets for the Spring 2013 Fundraiser are $50 each and all proceeds go to the MCFF general fund for emergency grants and academic scholarships. 

    For tickets call Janice Reilly at 480.461.7186, or send an email to saundra.minckley@gmail.com
  • 06 Dec 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    As of today, only 240 members have not yet moved over to the FA’s new membership management system. The last payroll deduction through MCCCD HR will be on December 28, 2012. Members wishing to maintain active status in the association will need set up on-line bill pay on the “Join US” page, or arrange to pay their outstanding 2012-2013 membership dues via check. If you would like to set up recurring monthly installments to divide the payment of your dues over 12 months and would like assistance, please email finance@mccfa.org or contact Carrie Taylor at 480.894.8700 ext. 0. 


    July 24, 2012 - As of today 531 faculty have renewed their membership using the FA’s new membership management system. That represents 47% of faculty who were members in 2011-2012. “Were pleased that so many have already renewed their membership even though the new academic year hasn’t started,” said Janice Reilly, chair of the Membership Committee. “We’ll have a big push in August as folks who may have been gone over the summer come back to work.”

    June 12, 2012 - FEC voted at today’s meeting to clarify the the terms of the membership year as stated in the FEC Constitution. It was decided to make the membership year parallel to the FA fiscal year which begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 annually. It was also decided to end all payroll deduction through the MCCCD HR Office on the last pay cycle of December, 2012. This will allow more time to migrate any FA members who have missed the migration drive over the Spring and Summer so as not to lose there benefits.

    February 28, 2012 - Payroll deduction for FA dues will be discontinued beginning July 1, 2012. At today’s meeting, the Faculty Executive Council voted to discontinue payroll deduction for its membership dues. The decision was propelled by the anti-union legislation introduced in the Arizona State Legislature. “Even if the current bills do not pass this session, we’ve learned our lesson,” said Eddie Genna, FA President. The revenue of the FA comes from its members’ dues, and the vast majority use payroll deduction to pay. Cutting off payroll deduction in the middle of the fiscal year would paralyze the organization.

    The FEC decided to circumvent the threat by moving all membership payment to a secure on-line process that is part of the new FA website that is being rolled out in April. “It doesn’t matter if they pass it this year, or bring it back next year, we won’t be affected by this legislative maneuver,” concluded Genna. 2012 Academic 
  • 01 Dec 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    As the year nears an end, here are some tax tips for Faculty Association members – especially for those who contributed to the Faculty Foundation.


    Charitable contributions to the Faculty Foundation through payroll deduction are easily substantiated through your year-end paystub.  IRS accepts this as proof.  (See http://www.irs.gov/publications/p526/ar02.html#en_US_2010_publink1000229833 ) To get your year-end paystub, you will need to login to HRMS after December 28 to download your last paystub.  IMPORTANT: You must do this before the first pay period of 2012 because HR resets the year-to-date information.  DO THIS BEFORE JANUARY 11, 2013!


    If you contributed $250 or more, you will receive a letter from the Faculty Foundation that stipulates you received no tangible benefit in exchange for your contribution.  Keep this letter with your tax records!  IRS requires this for donations of $250 or more.  For faculty members who donated textbooks, you are only entitled to a deduction if you paid for the books you donated.

    Many members wonder if their Faculty Association dues are deductible.  The answer is a qualified “yes”.  The qualification is, you must itemize deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040, and you must have miscellaneous itemized deductions that exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income.  Deductions subject to the 2% include:


    1.     Unreimbursed employee expenses (Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21 or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 9).
    2.     Tax preparation fees(Schedule A (Form 1040), line 22 or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 10).
    3.     Other expenses (Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23 or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 11).
    • You may be able to deduct the following items as unreimbursed employee expenses.
    • Business liability insurance premiums.
    • Damages paid to a former employer for breach of an employment contract.
    • Depreciation on a computer your employer requires you to use in your work.
    • Dues to a chamber of commerce if membership helps you do your job.
    • Dues to professional societies.
    • Educator expenses.
    • Home office or part of your home used regularly and exclusively in your work.
    • Job search expenses in your present occupation.
    • Laboratory breakage fees.
    • Legal fees related to your job.
    • Licenses and regulatory fees.
    • Malpractice insurance premiums.
    • Medical examinations required by an employer.
    • Occupational taxes.
    • Passport for a business trip.
    • Research expenses of a college professor.
    • Subscriptions to professional journals and trade magazines related to your work.
    • Tools and supplies used in your work.
    • Travel, transportation, meals, entertainment, gifts, and local lodging related to your work.
    • Union dues and expenses.
    • Work clothes and uniforms if required and not suitable for everyday use.
    • Work-related education.

    Source: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p529/index.html


    Every person’s tax liability is different, so be sure to consult your tax advisor before applying this general advice.

  • 24 Sep 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    September 24, 2012 - The first four winners of academic scholarships from the Faculty Foundation were announced today. Two scholarships of $250 were awarded to Diana Monell of SMCC and Wendy Resparado of GCC. Two $500 academic scholarships were awarded to Tina Brechbiel of EMCC and Minh HA Truong of GWCC.

    “The Faculty Foundation is proud to assist these students who’s record of academic excellence and public service are outstanding,” said Janice Reilly, Foundation President. “Thank you to all the faculty who support the foundation and make this possible,” concluded Reilly.

    The Faculty Foundation will make Academic Scholarship awards of up to $1500 each semester based on the merit of the applicants. “As the foundation grows, we expect that more will be given to support outstanding young scholars,” said Eufemia Amabisca, Vice President and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

    Visit the Scholarship Page of this website to find out more about the Faculty Foundation Academic Scholarship program.

  • 24 Jul 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    July 24, 2012 - Retired Residential Faculty are now eligible to join the FA as Associate Members. The dues for retirees are only $.07 per day or $25 per year. Saundra Minckley PhD, MCC Life Sciences (Ret.), is the first former professor to take advantage of the new FA membership level. 

  • 24 Jul 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    July 24, 2012 - The Executive Council of the FA has approved the Membership Committee’s recommendation to partner with Aflac to offer supplemental insurance for FA Members. This new benefit will offer FA members a 30%-50% discount off Aflac’s cancer and accident policies. The reduction in rate was achieved by the FA’s Membership Committee administering the paperwork for Aflac. There is no financial benefit to the Association, but there is a benefit to individual members who take advantage of this special offer.

    “The hope,” said Jim Simpson of the Membership Committee, “is that this will help support our Fall membership drive.”

    Tom Trollen, Financial Officer for the FA and member of the Membership Committee said, “We’re well on our way in transitioning our members to the new ‘WildApricot’ management system; we’ve already transferred 50% of our members and we’re not even to the Fall semester yet.”

    Trollen said that the Membership Committee is looking at other supplemental benefits the FA can offer its members in the months to come. 

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