Your Voice. Your UF. Your Ideas.

By on August 2, 2016

Your voice and your ideas can help encourage an inclusive climate that allows all of us to do our best work and together shape a better UF. During the month of August and into the fall semester, faculty and staff are invited to join the conversation about how the university can better foster an overall sense of belonging while leveraging the uniqueness of the people who work here.

Moderated by members of UF’s Climate Study Work Group and the President’s Council on Diversity, the forums provide the campus community with opportunities to review and discuss the results of last fall’s Faculty & Staff Climate Survey, to share their thoughts on the results most salient to them, and to begin to brainstorm action items and next steps.

Faculty and staff may save a spot to attend one of these sessions by clicking on the registration link in the table below, or they are welcome to stop by to participate:

Date Time Location Save Your Spot
Aug. 11 9 to 11 a.m. JWRU Rion Ballroom Reserve Now
Aug. 16 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Room 120, HRS Building (video-streamed with an opportunity to participate electronically) Reserve Now
Sept. 13 10 a.m. to noon JWRU Rion Ballroom Reserve Now
Oct. 10 3 to 5 p.m. JWRU Rion Ballroom Reserve Now

Town hall meetings with Rankin & Associates, the consulting firm that conducted the survey on behalf of UF, were held in June and will be held again in September for those who were not on campus over the summer. No registration is needed to attend. Sessions will be held on:

  •         Sept. 29, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., J. Wayne Reitz Union Chamber
  •         Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon, J. Wayne Reitz Union Chamber

In addition to the high-level survey report now available online, college-level information will be available beginning Jan. 2.

To learn more, please visit the Climate Survey section of the Office of the President’s website.

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August symposium to offer case studies and continue conversation about UF’s Strategic Development Plan

By on August 2, 2016

On Aug. 31, the University of Florida will host a symposium to explore how cities and universities across the country have worked together to implement plans similar to UF’s Strategic Development Plan. “One Gainesville: Re-centering, Uniting and Sustaining the University and the City” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Presidents Ballroom at Emerson Alumni Hall. The event is free and open to the public.


University-wide COMPASS information gathering sessions slated for September

By on August 2, 2016

In mid-September, the Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services — or COMPASS — will conduct a series of university-wide sessions. These “interactive design and prototyping,” or “IDP,” meetings will gather more focused input on topics specific to colleges and business units directly affected by changes to the student system.

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New Faculty Orientation scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18

By on August 2, 2016

This year’s New Faculty Orientation, scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18 at Emerson Alumni Hall, will feature an optional pre-session, "The Big Picture: Positioning Yourself and the University for the National Stage."


Registration open for UF Training & Organizational Development’s fall roster of courses

By on August 2, 2016

UF Training & Organizational Development provides a range of personal and professional development opportunities to help faculty and staff improve their effectiveness, achieve their goals and make a positive impact. Faculty and staff can take courses to earn certifications in several areas of professional development through the Managing at UF, Business Communications or Pro3 certifications.


Participation in 2015-16 training programs reflects university’s commitment to professional development

By on August 2, 2016

The University of Florida is committed to providing UF faculty and staff with the professional development opportunities they need to continue and elevate their excellence. In the past fiscal year alone, a total of 136,057 training completions were recorded for UF T&OD-sponsored workshops.

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Save the date for this year’s Benefits Fair and Open Enrollment period

By on August 2, 2016

The Open Enrollment period for 2017 is scheduled for Oct. 17 through Nov. 4. During Open Enrollment, employees may make elections or change state and UF benefits plans through the appropriate online portals. Changes made during this fall’s Open Enrollment period are effective Jan. 1, 2017.


Employee Education Program accepting applications for the fall semester

By on August 2, 2016

The Employee Education Program (EEP) is a popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff. The program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.

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Voluntary Savings Plans help you meet your retirement goals

By on August 2, 2016

Whether beginning your working career or preparing to retire, it’s never too early or too late to save for retirement. The University of Florida 403(b) and 457 Deferred Compensation voluntary plans provide great opportunities for reaching your retirement financial goals through tax-deferred and/or Roth accounts.


Payroll deductions for nine- and ten-month employees resume in September

By on August 2, 2016

Normal payroll deductions for health, life, optional and supplemental insurance for state and UF plans will resume on the Sept. 2 paycheck to align with the nine- and ten- month appointment pay cycle.


Eleventh Annual Equity & Diversity Conference to be held Nov. 3

By on August 2, 2016

The 11th annual Equity & Diversity Conference will begin addressing some relevant issues identified in the recent Campus Climate Survey including: intimidation and bullying, recognizing unconscious biases, and how to have open discussions about differences.


Brian Jose: Aiming to take UF’s storied performing arts program to even greater heights

By on August 2, 2016

Having grown up an athlete who was on his way to a career in finance or another “left-brained” field, Brian Jose’s trajectory made a sudden shift when he heard Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for the first time while on hold on the phone one day. In his early 20s at the time, Jose’s life took a distinct turn into the right-brained world of the arts that day, and he never looked back.

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Spotlight on Leadership: Mindbugs

By on August 2, 2016

In the “Outsmarting Mindbugs” podcast episode, you will learn about sneaky critters that lurk in our subconscious called “mindbugs.” These are hidden biases that can impact the organizations we lead.


For UF Genetics Institute, summer brings awards, research breakthroughs

By on August 2, 2016

The UF Genetics Institute has had a busy summer, with many faculty accomplishments worth noting. These include advances in research on the sorghum genome, plant growth during space flight, and microRNA binding elements.


UF Small Animal Veterinary Dermatology Service is recruiting dogs with allergic skin disease for clinical trials

By on August 2, 2016

The UF Small Animal Veterinary Dermatology Service has an active research group working towards a greater understanding of the pathophysiology of canine atopic dermatitis and developing novel treatments for allergic skin diseases in dogs.


Applications to participate in UF’s Research Administration & Financials Training (RAFT) Level One Cohort due Aug. 19

By on August 2, 2016

UF’s Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts & Grants will once again offer a professional development series that provides research administrators throughout the university with “a lifeline” to the research community. Designed for research administrators with one year or less


New requirements for job data correction requests

By on August 2, 2016

Human Resource Services has recently updated the job data correction request form, available on the forms page of the HRS website. Administrators should be sure to read carefully as they complete the form, as there are new requirements.


Misrouted Health Insurance Marketplace notices should be forwarded to the UF Benefits Office

By on August 2, 2016

Employees are asked to provide their employer’s address when they apply for health insurance coverage from the Healthcare Marketplace. UF employees should use the correct UF mailing address to avoid delays with their application. The correct address to use is: University Benefits, University of Florida, 903 W. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601.

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Does your department sell goods or advertising, provide services, or rent equipment/space to customers?

By on August 2, 2016

If so, you may be generating unrelated business income (UBI) and be subject to an annual reporting requirement and potential taxes. This year’s Unrelated Business Income Training will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, in the L. Vernon Voyles Room, 201 Criser Hall.


PrintSmart reminds users to be wary of toner scams

By on August 2, 2016

UF departments continue to be victimized by telemarketers presenting themselves as Xerox representatives selling toner for their PrintSmart device. Please note that this is a scam. Xerox will never call and solicit information in order to send supplies.


Procure2Pay Workshop illuminates UF purchase order and invoice processes

By on August 2, 2016

Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about how purchase orders in myUF Market and invoices in myUF Payments work together. Presented by core office staff from both UF Procurement Services and Disbursement Services,


GatorGradCare open enrollment underway for 2016-2017 academic year

By on August 2, 2016

Graduate assistants, teaching assistants and research assistants who will meet the eligibility requirements for GatorGradCare Health Insurance and would like to participate for the 2016-2017 academic year must enroll online.


Wellness Wednesdays can help you find wellness at work and beyond

By on August 2, 2016

Last month, Dr. Gizem Toska once again joined the Wellness Wednesday program, this time to speak about how to find a work-life balance that works for each of us. Read on to learn five suggestions she recommended to explore.


Need a boost while you’re at work?

By on August 2, 2016

Give your next break a “boost” and learn how to maximize your work breaks to improve focus, increase productivity and get an instant boost of energy. Sign up to participate in UF-UF Health Wellness’ upcoming program, Boost: A Program to Re-energize Your Workday, and receive four weeks of daily boosts between Aug. 22 and Sept. 16.


UF HealthStreet is happy to announce its inaugural Night of Dance at Bo Diddley Plaza

By on August 2, 2016

UF HealthStreet encourages you to get your dancing shoes ready for the inaugural Night of Dance on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville.

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UF Employee Assistance Program provides free and confidential counseling

By on August 2, 2016

The EAP provides a wide range of services to employees, including individual employee evaluations and referrals. Counseling sessions are confidential.


Upcoming Graham Center events will explore sea level rise, struggle for marriage equality

By on August 2, 2016

UF faculty explore the sea level rise past, present and future and Washington Post journalist Debbie Cenziper shares her book on the legalization of same-sex marriage at the Graham Center this month.


Beat the summer doldrums with the arts in August

By on August 2, 2016

Events this month include: a performance by the Gator Summer Orchestra, a carillon recital, and Stage Kiss at the Hippodrome.