University to close at 3 p.m. today in advance of holiday

Vice President for Human Resources Leo V. Sullivan has announced that the University will close at 3 p.m. today, the day before Thanksgiving.

Boston College will be closed on Thanksgiving day and on Friday, Nov. 27. Classes will resume, and offices will re-open, on Monday, Nov. 30.

Staff holiday party, drive set for Tuesday, Dec. 15

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will sponsor the Annual Staff Support Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 15, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Conte Forum. The event will include the Staff Advisory Senate annual hat and mitten drive for children at the Shriners Burns Institute, Children's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston College Campus School.

Those who wish to donate a gift should have it wrapped or bagged and labeled by gender and age group. You also may indicate if you have a preference as to where you would like a gift sent.

For further information, call SAS Chair Maureen Eldredge at ext.2-2079.

Clothing drive for needy children now underway

Boston College is again encouraging contributions of warm clothing and other items for needy children in the care of the Italian Home and Department of Social Services.

Children living in the Italian Home are 6 to 12 years old, while those under DSS care range from infants to teenagers and live throughout the Boston area.

A list of children is available, with ages, clothing sizes and other special requests. Those persons who wish to purchase a gift for a child will be given his or her name and pertinent information. An expenditure of $20-25 per child is suggested, but any gifts are appreciated, regardless of value. Gifts for the Italian Home should not be wrapped.

All gifts must be collected by Wednesday, Dec. 16. For further information, or to volunteer to help with the collection, call Paula Forget at ext.2-8875.

Flexible Spending Account Plan enrollment

University employees may enroll between now and Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Flexible Spending Account Plan for 1999. The plan consists of a medical-dental account and a dependent care account.

The plan allows employees to save taxes on money they spend for certain uncovered medical-dental or dependent care expenses. Employees set aside money through payroll deductions throughout the year to pay for predictable expenses, and amounts are deducted from their gross pay before federal, state and Social Security taxes are withheld. Because no taxes are paid on FSA deposits, employees effectively increase their spendable income over the year.

Those eligible for the FSA plans are full-time faculty or staff members, or a part-time staff member regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. An annual salary of at least $8,000 also is required.

For more information, contact the Benefits Office in 330 More Hall at ext.2-3329.

Soprano Labelle to perform

Dominique Labelle, one of the most acclaimed sopranos in the United States, will perform in Gasson 100 on Thursday, Dec. 3 as part of the Lowell Lecture Humanities Series.

The 8 p.m. performance is free and open to the public.

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