A more perfect union

By on February 2, 2016

reitz_interiorThe J. Wayne Reitz Union’s 2 1/2-year renovation and expansion opened on Feb. 1 to the UF community. Students, faculty and staff can now access most of the spaces, as construction crews put the finishing touches on the interior.

The new primary entrance for the facility will be right off of the Reitz Union North Lawn. As people learn to navigate the new space, student employees, Reitz Union professional staff, Reitz Union Board of Managers and RUB Entertainment members in bright blue t-shirts will be ready to help answer any questions during the first week of operation.

The renovated and expanded Reitz Union offers a multitude of opportunities for learning, growth and discovery with new lounges, study spaces, meeting rooms, game room, dance studios, reflection room and more.  According to Vice President for Student Affairs Dave Kratzer, the new entrance also helps to better define the space, giving it a new “presence” on campus.

“In the past, if I told you, let’s meet at the Union, where was that? Well, now there’s no question,” said Kratzer.  “And while before there really was not much lounge space or place for students to just be, now there’s a place where you can get a cup of coffee from Starbucks and sit in a very nice lounge area to do whatever you’re going to do, or to work on that project with other people.”
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Board of Trustees votes to implement merit increase for in-unit faculty

By on February 2, 2016

On Jan. 28, the University Board of Trustees held a special session to resolve the impasse between the University of Florida and the United Faculty of Florida (UFF). Following presentations by the university and UFF, the trustees voted to implement a 2.5 percent merit increase effective Jan. 1, 2016, for in-unit faculty.

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New IRS Form 1095 to be distributed to employees

By on February 2, 2016

Beginning this year, employees will receive a new IRS form to assist in preparing their income tax returns—the 1095-C, Employer Provided Insurance Offer and Coverage.


Multi-year effort underway to modernize, unify student services systems

By on February 2, 2016

On Feb. 2, Vice Presidents Zina Evans and Elias Eldayrie announced the launch of a multi-year effort to modernize and unify the University of Florida's student services systems. The Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services—or COMPASS—will be implemented in a series of releases over the next five years.

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UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey update

By on February 2, 2016

The UF Faculty & Staff Climate Survey, designed to help determine how well the university fosters a sense of belonging for its faculty and staff, opened on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and closed on Friday, Nov. 27, with an overall response rate from faculty and staff of approximately 36 percent.

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UF On Target project team to implement new TEAMS titles in stages

By on February 2, 2016

In November, UF supervisors and HR representatives mapped the university’s filled TEAMS positions to titles developed under the auspices of the UF On Target project.

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New procedures for workers’ compensation injury reporting

By on February 2, 2016

The process for reporting a non-life threatening on-the-job injury under the University of Florida Workers’ Compensation Program is changing effective March 1.

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UF introduces new GatorSafe mobile safety app

By on February 2, 2016

The University of Florida Police Department, in coordination with University of Florida Student Government, released “GatorSafe” in 2015, replacing TapShield.

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Flex spending account grace period available through March 15

By on February 2, 2016

If you have not used all the money in your 2015 flexible spending account (FSA), there is still time. The state’s FSAs feature an annual grace period that enables participants to continue to use medical and dependent care accounts for eligible expenses from Jan. 1 through March 15.

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FRS pension plan annual statements’ distribution linked to date of birth

By on February 2, 2016

Beginning this year, the Florida Retirement System (FRS) Pension Plan Member Annual Statements (MASs) are being distributed to active FRS pension plan members during their month of birth.

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Florida Prepaid open enrollment runs through February 29

By on February 2, 2016

Open enrollment for the Florida Prepaid College Plan ends Feb. 29. Both the Florida Prepaid Plan and the Florida Investment Plan (a 529 plan) offer affordable ways to save for your children’s future college expenses.

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Double deductions for state plans begin

By on February 2, 2016

To ensure coverage for state health, life and supplemental insurance continues during the summer without a break in service, double deductions will be collected from nine-month and ten-month employees’ paychecks beginning with the Feb. 5 paycheck and continuing through May 13.

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Tenure, Permanent Status and Promotion Workshops for Faculty

By on February 2, 2016

Workshops have been scheduled to discuss the preparation of tenure and promotion packets and the University evaluation process for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Share your story as a human book in UF’s Human Library

By on February 2, 2016

Human Libraries are held throughout the world, often on college campuses, where human “books” and “readers” engage in personal dialogue about their experiences in order to foster understanding, reduce prejudice and celebrate diversity within our communities.


Dave Kratzer—A lifetime of service, a legacy of lives touched

By on February 2, 2016

As the doors open to the J. Wayne Reitz Union this week, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief and sense an undercurrent of excitement rippling through campus. For Dave Kratzer, UF vice president for student affairs, it’s the culmination of a dream that began 30 years ago as he sat in a hotel room after interviewing for the position of the director of UF’s student union, sketching how the building might one day look.


Baby Gator “Building the Love” annual fundraiser is Feb. 6

By on February 2, 2016

Baby Gator’s 4th Annual Building the Love Fundraiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the University House.

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Spotlight on Leadership: The Multitasking Mirage

By on February 2, 2016

Are you doing more than one thing right now? Are you reading this article while also checking your email, texting a colleague, surfing the web on your phone, working on a report or playing a computer game? Do you pride yourself on being “a great multitasker?” Be warned. A growing body of research shows that multitasking actually decreases productivity, impairs your cognitive ability, increases your stress and diminishes your creativity.

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Engineering Leadership Institute teams up with C200 for annual summit

By on February 2, 2016

The Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Florida hosts an annual summit to connect UF’s engineering alumni, faculty and students with world-renowned thought leaders—inspiring new ways of approaching and solving problems.

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CFO Update

By on February 2, 2016

This month's updates include: IRS IP PIN Program, PrintSmart toner scam and PCard Chip N Pin.

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Recent rulings impact application of veterans’ preference

By on February 2, 2016

The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) recently made some rulings that may have some impact on the way veteran preference is applied by public employers. PERC is instituted by Florida statute to resolve employment disputes on behalf of public employees. This includes veteran preference.

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New Form I-9 and E-Verify Resource Guide

By on February 2, 2016

UF Recruitment and Staffing has developed a new Form I-9 Resource Guide to serve as a resource for current and new HR department administrators when completing Form I-9 and E-Verify.

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Upcoming RAFT Forum to address cost sharing

By on February 2, 2016

The next RAFT Forum, scheduled for Feb. 12, will focus on how to effectively propose and manage cost sharing for sponsored projects. The session will be held from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in HPNP G-114, located on the ground floor of the Health Professions, Pharmacy and Nursing Complex. Representatives from UF core offices will be on hand to answer questions.

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February is American Heart Month

By on February 2, 2016

Throughout the month of February, you can help raise your own and others’ awareness of heart health by participating in a variety of activities on campus and online.

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Windows to Wellness event inspired employees to start 2016 off right

By on February 2, 2016

On Friday, Jan. 22, UF Human Resource Services hosted its first “Windows to Wellness” health and wellness fair at Emerson Alumni Hall. Approximately 350 employees attended the event.

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Community-wide celebration of creativity and health scheduled for Feb. 26

By on February 2, 2016

More than two dozen community partners will host a daylong celebration on Feb. 26 at venues throughout the county focused on the intersection of creativity and wellness in the 352 area.


UF Mindfulness introduces “Mindfulness Wave,” meditations on the Plaza

By on February 2, 2016

Beginning this month, the UF Mindfulness Initiative will introduce a series of mindfulness teachings on how faculty can integrate mindfulness into their classrooms and/or online teachings. The “Mindfulness Wave” will feature one- to two-hour teachings on a rotational basis in UF’s 16 colleges throughout 2016.

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Stomp the Swamp Saturday, Feb. 6

By on February 2, 2016

UF's Stomp the Swamp for Autism is an annual fitness event organized by IMPACT Autism to benefit UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

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If you’re under constant stress and can’t lose weight, there might be a protein to blame

By on February 2, 2016

In cell and mouse model experiments, University of Florida Health researchers have discovered that chronic stress stimulates production of betatrophin, a protein that then goes on to inhibit an enzyme involved in fat metabolism. Those findings were published recently in the journal BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids.

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UF Health Integrative Medicine Conference to explore nutrition and culinary medicine

By on February 2, 2016

Nutrition and culinary medicine is the focus of the 3rd Annual UF Integrative Medicine Conference. Featuring David Katz, M.D., and Anne VanBeber, PhD., the conference provides an excellent opportunity for the healthcare practitioner and general public to acquire current information on nutritional science and research.

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February fun at the Florida Museum includes Valentine’s eve trivia, Caribbean Nights

By on February 2, 2016

Fun events in the month of February include: A Valentine’s Night at the Museum Feb. 13 and "Passport to Caribbean Nights” Feb. 19.

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Two-day symposium on Obama presidency and more at Bob Graham Center this month

By on February 2, 2016

The Bob Graham Center presents a number of engaging, thought-provoking events this February, including: Mayoral Debate Forum, "An Assessment of the Obama Presidency," and more.

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Celebrate UF’s entrepreneurial spirit at the Gator100

By on February 2, 2016

The Warrington College of Business and its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center will host the second annual Gator100 Awards Luncheon at noon on Feb. 19 at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.


Suburbia, meaningful objects on exhibit at University Galleries

By on February 2, 2016

University Galleries present two exhibitions in February: "Videos from a Twilight Suburb: Carl Knickerbocker” featuring the range and breadth of Carl Knickerbocker's works in a variety of media, and "Meaningful Object," featuring works by Jiha Moon.


Jazz concert features alumni, students and special guests

By on February 2, 2016

UF alumni from throughout the country will return to campus on Saturday, Feb. 20, to perform in and attend a special concert, “Bobby Shew Live,” featuring the UF Jazz Band and Gary Langford.