BCM Family NewsLink, Nov. 5, 2010

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Awards and Recognitions

PA educator Stephanie DeSandro awarded for professional excellence

Stephanie DeSandro, MS, PA-CStephanie DeSandro, MS, PA-C, instructor, physical diagnosis course coordinator, and coordinator of the Children's Health Track for BCM's Physician Assistant Program, was honored with the 2010 New Faculty Award for Professional Excellence by the Physician Assistant Education Association. The award, presented at PAEA's recent Annual Education Forum in Baltimore, recognizes a program faculty or staff member with three or fewer years of service who has made noteworthy contributions to PA education in teaching, administration, scholarship or professional service.

McNairs named outstanding philanthropists

Bob and Janice McNairRobert McNair, a member of the BCM Board of Trustees, and his wife, Janice, received the Maurice Hirsch Award for Philanthropy, which recognizes Houston's most outstanding individual or family who have shown exemplary leadership in charitable giving. They were recognized at the 25th annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon Nov. 3, at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston.

The McNairs, who own the Houston Texans NFL team, were selected for their longstanding commitment to supporting education, the arts, medicine, health and fitness and civic programs, which includes substantial gifts to Baylor College of Medicine.

Events

TMC Orchestra performance

The Texas Medical Center OrchestraThe Texas Medical Center Orchestra will perform its opening concert for the 2010-2011 season Sunday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. at the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater. Tickets are priced at $15 and $25 and can be purchased online at TMCorchestra.org. Children and families are encouraged to attend. The orchestra will perform "Night on Bald Mountain," "March of the Gypsy Fiddler" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4."

College News

Electronic W2 forms

W2 tax forms can now be obtained online through BCM's Employee Self Service. Forms for years 2009 and prior are already available online. When 2010 W2s are processed, BCM employees will receive an e-mail announcing their availability. They will be available up to two weeks before they are normally received in the mail.

In order to access W2s electronically, employees are required by law to give consent electronically (via ESS). Everyone giving consent for an electronic W2 via ESS by Monday, Nov. 15, will be eligible for a drawing for $50 cash, so sign on immediately.

To sign up, log into Employee Self Service, then go to the payroll services area. Electronic W2s will eliminate the paper, envelope, processing, printing and mailing costs associated with paper W2s, and are convenient since they can be easily accessed and downloaded to many tax software packages.

Faculty in the News

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