The Internal Revenue Service has released the 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, and it is significantly different from previous versions. The IRS is not requiring all employees to complete the revised form and has designed the withholding tables to work with both the new 2020 and prior year forms. However, certain employees will be required to use the new form:
Those hired in 2020
Anyone who makes withholding changes during 2020
Even though a revised form may not be required, it is recommended that all employees perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if any adjustments to current withholdings are warranted.
To conduct the checkup, you can use the IRS’s Tax Withholding Estimator. To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most recent pay stub and tax return. If you do not submit a new Form W-4, withholding will continue based on your previously submitted form.
Employees choosing to complete the new 2020 Form W-4 should carefully read the form instructions.
You MUST complete Steps 1 and 5.
Steps 2, 3 and 4 are optional, but completing them may help ensure that your federal income tax withholding will more accurately match your tax liability.
The IRS has also published Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful as you complete the form. Please note: University of Montevallo Human Resources and Payroll staff are not tax advisors and may not assist employees in completing the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator or the 2020 Form W-4. If you require assistance in either of these areas, contact a personal tax advisor.
Annual Staff Performance Evaluation Training
*This message applies only to staff employees and their supervisors.
If you are a new staff employee (including part-time employees, but excluding temporary and student employees) or if you are new to supervising staff employees and you did not attend a training session last year, you must attend a training session this year. If you attended a performance evaluation training session last year, you are not required to attend one this year. However, we strongly encourage all employees, especially if you serve in a supervisory capacity, to attend one of these sessions.
All training sessions will be held in the Master Classroom located in Wills 200. Please email email@example.com to register. Space is limited and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to ensure you can attend at your preferred time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
The Staff Survey will be distributed to all staff on Monday, Feb. 3. Please make sure to submit your responses.
Training Opportunity: Teaching Effectively Online
Do you plan to teach online? Would you like to learn how to better utilize Canvas for your courses? Please join Online Instructional Designer Audra White for the training series “Teaching Effectively Online.” Completion of the three-part training certifies instructors to teach online or hybrid courses at the University. The training phases are sequential and must be completed in order. However, all phases do not have to be completed within a single semester or academic year.
The training phases and dates for this semester are:
Canvas Basics (face-to-face)
Friday, Feb. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m., or Tuesday, March 17, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Pedagogy and Policy (online)
Feb. 21-27 or March 26-April 16
Building your Course (online)
To find out more about the individual phases of training and to register, please visit the Malone Center webpage and scroll to Teaching Effectively Online Training.
Swim Program Gets Its First Win in Program History
In its inaugural season, the University of Montevallo women’s swim team got its first victory in program history on Jan. 11. The Falcons beat Iowa Central Community College, 120-78, to cap a two-day meet.
The historic moment for the Montevallo women’s swim team came after dropping a 126-78 contest against Henderson State University.
The men’s team fell short to Iowa Central CC and Henderson State, but showed promise as Thom Naccarato set a new personal record in the 100 yard freestyle among several others who were close to setting new records. Read more.
Falcon Success Center Offering Class Visits
The Falcon Success Center (FSC) aspires to support every University of Montevallo student as they achieve academic and personal success at UM and beyond. If you are interested in having a representative from the FSC speak to your classes about the services we provide — such as free tutoring, study away opportunities or scholarship management — please contact the FSC with your class information, including the location and the days and times you would like a representative to visit. The visit should take no longer than 10 minutes. We are also available for class presentations on a number of different topics, such as having a successful first semester, active reading and note-taking skills, preparing for advising and much more.
Please visit the Falcon Success Center webpage for more information. Thank you for your time and support.
Nominations Open for Student Employee of the Year
The Office of Student Employment is accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 Student Employee of the Year. The winner will receive a $500 award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Saturday, Feb. 15. Nominations may be submitted at the Student Employee of the Year webpage.
Vessel Coffee Co. Food Truck on Campus
Vessel Coffee Co. will be set up outside Anna Irvin Dining Hall every Tuesday and Thursday this spring semester from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Montevallo Today Winter 2020
The latest edition of Montevallo Today is out now. Learn about current students, alumni and stakeholders making an impact on the bricks and around the world. You can find an accessible version of Montevallo Today at montevallo.edu/montevallo-today.
College Night Tickets
College Night ticket information is now available online. Please be sure to note the specifics for each on sale date listed.
On behalf of the College Night Committee, all faculty and staff are invited to the Wednesday evening performances of the productions, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. Email Kathy Adams to reserve your free ticket. If you do not already have an account on University Tickets, you will need to sign up for one. Once your email is received, tickets will be processed within three days and assigned to you in University Tickets. You will receive a confirmation email when this is completed. Complimentary tickets must be reserved by Monday, Feb. 3.
Online Registration for Undergraduate Research Day 2020 Now Open
To register online for Undergraduate Research Day 2020, please visit this link. UR Day registration will close on Friday, Feb. 7. Undergraduate Research Day 2020 will be held Wednesday, March 18, in Harman Hall. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Questions can be emailed to Dr. Cindy Tidwell or Tonja Battle at URProgram@montevallo.edu.