The tuition fee waiver for an undergraduate taking courses is not taxable for employees or their dependents. Once a student has received a bachelor’s degree, any classes paid for by an employee tuition fee waiver must be taxed per the IRS regulations. Current regulations state that any university employee who has at least a bachelor’s degree is exempt from tax on the first $5,250 of the tuition fee waiver value each year. Amounts exceeding $5,250 annually are taxable.

The guest speaker for this year’s Veterans Day ceremony is Kevin Lacz, a decorated former U.S. Navy SEAL and author of The New York Times best-selling memoir The Last Punisher. He also is the co-star of the blockbuster movie American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper.

The ceremony will take place Thursday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Kent Student Center Kiva. A flag-raising ritual will commence outside the Kiva at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

Kent State University's holiday closure schedule for 2017 will begin Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at 10:30 p.m. All offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

In response to numerous requests from within the university community, the Division of Human Resources is sponsoring the Kent State University and Community Partners Hurricane Relief Supply Drive from Oct. 1-20

You can donate much-needed supplies to provide comfort and support to communities across the south affected by recent hurricanes and subsequent floodwaters.

Your contributions will go a long way toward making sure individuals and families get back on the road to recovery. Please donate only the items listed below.

Open Enrollment dates begin Oct. 15, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. and ends Nov. 7, 2017, at 4:59 p.m. Beginning Sept. 28, you can review important information regarding your 2018 benefit plan options at www.kent.edu/hr/benefits/2018-open-enrollment.

Kent State University faculty and staff can receive a 10 percent discount on adult tickets to the Akron Symphony by using the promo code KSU17 at www.akronsymphony.org. The discount also is available the night of the performance by showing your employee ID at the box office.

To access the Title IX online application, log in to your FlashLine account. Click on the Employee dropdown box, select Resources, Training and Development. Under the “Training and Development” header, select Law Room

Employees of Kent State University may qualify for participation in the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Under this program, full-time employees can apply for forgiveness from certain types of student loans, possibly reducing or eliminating their debt. For additional information and forms, please access the loan forgiveness website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.

Employees and their families and friends are eligible for two free tickets to each of the events below. Simply visit www.kentstatesports.com/employee.

The Employee Wellness office is pleased to present its first-ever, fall employee wellness speaker series, Reigniting Your Light. This speaker series features topics imperative to supporting your personal well-being. Topics and guest speakers include the following: