As announced last week, the National Policy Institute will be renting the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for a speaking event with the institute’s president, white nationalist Richard Spencer.
In its announcement of the decision, the university emphasized that no one at UF had invited Spencer or is sponsoring the event and that the racist ideas espoused by the speaker conflict with the values of our institution. A new UF website, freespeech.ufl.edu, was launched to provide information about free speech and controversial speakers as well as answers to questions about decisions to allow the event and campus security measures being taken.
“I encourage everyone to visit freespeech.ufl.edu and review the information about the Spencer event,” said UF President Kent Fuchs. “Messages of hate and racism on our campus, while protected by the First Amendment, are not welcome. My hope is that we will set a national example for overcoming these messages through demonstrating our true values — including respect for one another, celebration of our differences, recognition of our shared humanity and love for one another.”
During Open Enrollment, employees can make changes and elections to state and UF benefit plans that will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Here’s how you can get ready for this year’s Open Enrollment, which runs Oct. 16-Nov. 3.
In the days leading up to, during and after Hurricane Irma, many faculty, staff and students rallied to support one another by giving their time, efforts and financial support.
After many meetings and much deliberation, the Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @FloridaMuseum exhibit was conceived. Spearheading the project was exhibit developer Julie Waters.
As part of its strategic commitment to improve the effectiveness of performance management, UF Human Resources is conducting a survey of TEAMS employees to gauge their thoughts about the current staff evaluation process.
Qualifying University of Florida employees may apply for membership in the Sick Leave Pool during its open enrollment period, Oct. 1-31. Applications must be received by UFHR Benefits by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The recent Equifax data breach as well as the rise in phishing targeting UF email accounts remind us all of the need to be extra careful when updating, sharing or accessing protected information. Employees are encouraged to be especially vigilant during Open Enrollment for phishing attempts by email and by telephone.
UF’s Strategic Development Plan to create a national model for “town-and-gown” relationships — guided by Chief Operating Officer Charles Lane — earned the 2017 “Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus” award.
This fall, UFHR’s Wellness Wednesday presentations focus on ways to improve your nutritional habits for better overall health.
Help a fellow Gator by donating non-perishable proteins and grains or other food and toiletries to the Alan & Cathy Hitchcock Pantry during the month of October. Departments can compete by collecting the most food and funds. The winning department will receive a delivery of party snacks to celebrate their efforts.
UF’s annual Sustainable Transportation Fair will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the northeast corner of the Reitz Union lawn, behind the Hub and Marston Science Library. The fair provides UF employees and students with opportunities to learn more about sustainable transportation, commuting options and more.
Don’t miss this one-day event filled with information, activities and resources designed with UF employees in mind. The Fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Champions Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The University of Florida came in at No. 9 in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
Self-awareness is a crucial piece of conflict management. In those moments when stakes are high, opinions differ and emotions are at full play, being aware of and knowing yourself can make the difference between resolution and escalation.
The Student Health Care Center is offering flu shots for faculty and staff at outreach events on campus throughout the months of September and October.
Faculty and staff have until Oct. 31 to nominate someone for a University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Award, while nominations for the statewide Prudential Productivity Awards are due Nov. 10.
The University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) provides children of full-time TEAMS employees with the opportunity of tuition assistance for an undergraduate education at the University of Florida.
Per IRS regulations, only the first $5,250 of the tuition waiver provided by the Employee Education Program benefit is non-taxable. Any amount in excess of $5,250 is taxable income to the employee and must be taxed and included on the employee’s W-2 for the year.
UF faculty and staff are invited to meet at the north end zone inside the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium beginning Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m. for an outdoor fitness adventure class. The class will be piloted for four weeks in October with a regular schedule to be announced in 2018.
The Gator Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and HealthStreet/Fresh Wagon provide two opportunities to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables right on campus.