Faculty and Staff Climate Survey results to be released in June

By on June 1, 2016

faculty and staff climateDesigned to help determine how well the university fosters an overall sense of belonging for its faculty and staff, the UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey was available for completion from Oct. 27 through Nov. 27 of 2015.

The overall response rate for the survey was 36 percent.  In June, a representative from Rankin & Associates — the consulting firm engaged to coordinate the survey — will be on campus to discuss high-level summaries of the findings from a university-wide perspective.  A report of these findings also will be available on the survey website once it is provided to UF in June.

Town hall meetings with Rankin & Associates will be held first in June and then again in September for those who are not on campus over the summer.  No registration is needed to attend.

  • June 14, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Deweese Auditorium, McKnight Brain Institute
  • June 14, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Pugh Hall Ocora

To tune in online to watch this meeting live, please visit the following link on the day of the event:

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

Starting in late June through early fall, faculty and staff forums moderated by members of UF’s Climate Study Work Group and the President’s Council on Diversity will also provide the campus community with opportunities to review and discuss the results, 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:

June 20 9 to 11 a.m. Straughn Professional Development Center Reserve Now
August 11 9 to 11 a.m. JWRU Rion Ballroom Reserve Now
August 16 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Room 120, HRS Building (video-streamed with an opportunity to participate electronically) Reserve Now
September 13 10 a.m. to noon JWRU Rion Ballroom Reserve Now
October 10 3 to 5 p.m. JWRU Rion Ballroom Reserve Now

Based on the survey results and these discussions, the UF Climate Study Work Group expects to identify specific action items that can be accomplished in the next year. To learn more, please visit the Climate Survey section of the Office of the President’s website.

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Work is underway on multi-year student systems initiative

By on June 1, 2016

Earlier this year, the University of Florida announced a multi-year effort to unify and modernize its student systems. Over the next five years, the Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services — or COMPASS — will be implemented in a series of releases that began with the migration of self-service functions to ONE.UF in February.

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UFIRST Awards implementation goes live July 5

By on June 1, 2016

On July 5, the final phase of the UFIRST implementation will be complete when the awards module of the system is launched. Register now to attend one of the many scheduled sessions of RSH282, the UFIRST Awards training course, that begin June 2.


Department of Labor announces final rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act

By on June 1, 2016

On May 18, President Obama and Department of Labor (DOL) Sectary Thomas Perez announced the publication of the DOL’s final rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL expects that the changes to the FLSA will extend overtime pay protections to more than 4 million workers.

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Use your 2015-2016 personal days by June 30

By on June 1, 2016

If you have unused TEAMS or faculty personal leave days or a USPS personal holiday, now is the time to use those days. USPS personal holidays and TEAMS/faculty personal leave days will expire if they are not used by the end of the pay period in which June 30 occurs.


GatorPerks has a new look!

By on June 1, 2016

UF employees searching for great deals on products and services can check out the new and improved GatorPerks employee discount program. GatorPerks now features expanded categories and new vendors offering exclusive discounts for UF staff and faculty.


Employee Education Program accepting applications for Summer B semester

By on June 1, 2016

A popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff, the Employee Education Program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester. During the summer, a combined total of six credits taken during semesters A, B, and C may be covered by the EEP.


Sick leave cashout program to discontinue after June 2016

By on June 1, 2016

Beginning July 1, 2016, no payments for sick leave will be made for any type of separation from employment for TEAMS, USPS and faculty who are not part of the collective bargaining unit. In 2011, the University Board of Trustees

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New lynda.com login process provides free 24/7 access

By on June 1, 2016

The login page for lynda.com — the company with which UF partners to provide students and employees with access to online software and technology courses — has changed, resulting in a slightly different process for using the free service at UF.

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Reminder: Be sure to report all work/life-event changes

By on June 1, 2016

UF employees should report qualifying status events to University Benefits or their Human Resource Services satellite office within 60 days of the event date.


Jennifer Alonso: Fostering connection and healing through group therapy

By on June 1, 2016

Under Jennifer Alonso's leadership, the UF Counseling and Wellness Center's group therapy program has blossomed to become one of the leading college programs in the country.


Jodi Gentry named vice president for Human Resources

By on June 1, 2016

Following a national search, Jodi Gentry was recently selected as the vice president for Human Resources, effective June 1. She succeeds Paula Varnes Fussell, who retired from the University of Florida on May 31.


David W. Parrott appointed vice president for Student Affairs

By on June 1, 2016

In March, Dr. David W. Parrott was announced as UF’s new vice president for Student Affairs, effective June 1. Parrott comes to UF from Texas A&M University, where served as executive associate vice president and chief of staff in the Division of Student Affairs since 2008.


Pam Soltis elected to National Academy of Sciences

By on June 1, 2016

Earlier this month, Distinguished Professor and Florida Museum of Natural History Curator Pam Soltis was elected into one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the world — the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

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Spotlight on Leadership: Team Goals

By on June 1, 2016

Most leaders acknowledge that setting and achieving goals are fundamental to team success. Yet only a small percentage of teams actually set, focus on, and achieve their goals.

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Probationary periods introduced for exempt employees

By on June 1, 2016

All employees hired after April 1, 2016 — now including exempt employees — will serve an initial six-month probationary period, with the exception of sworn law enforcement employees who serve a 12-month probationary period. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, the hiring department will issue a one-year letter of appointment, which will continue to be renewable on an annual basis.


New 2016-17 Fringe Benefit Pool numbers announced

By on June 1, 2016

In a May 11 UF Administrative Memo, Alan M. West, assistant vice president and university controller, announced the pooled fringe rates for the 2016-17 fiscal year.


GBAS event to address leadership, power and influence, gender differences, and organizational behavior

By on June 1, 2016

Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS) will host a leadership development event on June 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. Elias Eldayrie, vice president and chief information officer for the University of Florida, will present his perspectives on leadership.

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RAFT certificate now available to all UF research administrators

By on June 1, 2016

The Office of Research has announced the creation of the new RAFT (Research Administration and Financials Training) certificate of completion. The RAFT certificate sequence includes five online courses and nine instructor-led courses.


Improved system for acquiring employment references coming June 6

By on June 1, 2016

Effective June 6, hiring departments can take advantage of a new tool within Careers at UF — Reference Collections. Rather than requiring applicants to upload references during the application process, the new system will enable hiring departments to directly request


GatorGradCare enrollment open for 2016-17 academic year

By on June 1, 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 2016-17 academic year may enroll online.


Get Your Zzz’s On: A seven-day sleep challenge

By on June 1, 2016

Watch June’s Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Jessica Payne-Murphy to learn how to improve your sleep quality, then participate in a seven-day sleep challenge to transform your sleep behaviors and “get your zzz’s on!”

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Upcoming Wellness Wednesdays focus on supporting your wellness at work

By on June 1, 2016

Bring your lunch to the UF HR Building or join us online the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. for presentations on a range of wellness topics provided by UF and UF Health experts.

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Register now for a summer session of Weight Watchers at Work

By on June 1, 2016

This short session of eight weeks (compared to the usual 17 weeks) is a great way to see if the new Weight Watchers program is right for you.


Yoga and Pilates class changes for summer

By on June 1, 2016

Yoga classes will continue to be offered throughout the summer on Tuesdays from 12:15 – 1:00 p.m., but the location will change for June and July. The last scheduled Pilates session until next fall will be held Saturday, June 4.


Faculty and staff football tickets available now

By on June 1, 2016

Faculty and staff may enjoy the benefit of purchasing Gator football season tickets without a per-seat donation. Currently, the Gator ticket office has seats available in the faculty/staff section that can save employees $200 per seat!

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This month at the FLMNH: Sea Turtle and Father’s Day festivities

By on June 1, 2016

Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day on June 4 and Father's Day weekend June 18-19 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.


UF Theatre & Dance presents Potter parody June 2-5

By on June 1, 2016

The University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance will present “Puffs; or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” a new play currently in development by a team of award-winning artists and producers.