Preeminence through people

By on September 6, 2016

preeminence-jodiIf you were away from campus for any length of time this summer, you may have returned to a different landscape than the one you left. There are a lot of changes on campus and in our community, and as Chimay Anumba, UF’s newly appointed dean of the College of Design, Planning and Construction, illustrates for us in this month’s Campus Spotlight, the quality of our built environment is a critical factor in the creation of a sustainable community and one that reflects our culture.

The changes to campus and the city of Gainesville being discussed in the creation of our Strategic Development Plan are symbolic of the change we are all experiencing in the culture of the university as well as our growing sense of urgency to take our place among the top public institutions of higher education in the country.

HR is changing too.

Over the summer, as I stepped into my new role as vice president for Human Resource Services, I undertook a series of meetings with administrators throughout UF to learn more about each unit’s unique needs as well as to uncover the common themes that underpin our drive toward fully occupying our role as a preeminent university. Of course, of interest to me as an HR administrator were the people who do the business of the university—and their ability to do their very best work.

One of the ways we can facilitate good work is by encouraging a more inclusive climate for everyone who works here. Throughout the summer and continuing into the fall, along with members of the President’s Council on Diversity, we are hosting faculty and staff forums and providing opportunities for employees to engage with us online to share their ideas of how we can work together to create a more inclusive climate. We hope you will find some way to get involved to help shape a better UF.

This new incarnation of the former InfoGator — UF at Work — aims to reflect our faculty and staff’s efforts and to support us all in our common mission of fulfilling the vision of preeminence through people. We want to hear from you. If you have stories to share about the good work going on in your college or unit, please email or complete our online Campus Spotlight submission form.

In the years to come, I look forward to our organization working in partnership with the university community on these and other shared efforts to elevate UF’s stature to be recognized for the truly outstanding university it is and for the people who make it so. It’s about preeminence through people and it’s …

For the Gator Good,

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Jodi D. Gentry
Vice President for Human Resource Services


Chimay Anumba: Seeking even greater heights for DCP through collaboration and innovation

By on September 6, 2016

Chimay Anumba first visited the University of Florida in the fall of 2006 to undertake a nine-month sabbatical with the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management. Ten years later, his colleagues in the Rinker School recruited the internationally recognized scholar back to UF, this time to serve as dean of the College of Design, Planning and Construction. Having served for eight years as professor and chair of the department of architectural engineering at Penn State, he joined UF in August to assume his new role.

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Strategic Development Plan symposium offers expert perspectives, next meeting Sept. 28

By on September 6, 2016

National and international experts discussed the University of Florida’s Strategic Development Plan at an August 31 symposium, noting successes and challenges they faced in their own institutions’ and companies’ development projects. UF is entering the third and final planning phase in developing the plan, which will provide a roadmap for UF and the surrounding community's success in coming decades.

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Ensure you’re ready for 2017 benefits Open Enrollment

By on September 6, 2016

It’s almost time to make your benefits selections for 2017. UF’s employee benefits Open Enrollment period will be held Oct. 17 through Nov. 4. During Open Enrollment, employees can make changes and elections to state and UF benefit plans through the appropriate online portals. Elections made during Open Enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2017.


New leadership for Privacy, Title IX offices as well as Physical Plant Division

By on September 6, 2016

Welcome UF’s newest leaders, who filled several key roles on campus over the summer.

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Your Voice. Your UF. Your Ideas.

By on September 6, 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. Throughout September and October, faculty and staff are invited to join the conversation about


Business Affairs units provide a range of services designed to meet faculty and staff needs

By on September 6, 2016

Although their work is not always visible, Business Affairs units are constantly operating in the background to make sure everyone’s experience at UF runs as smoothly as possible. Read more for several important announcements from UF's Business Affairs units.


Is your UF online content accessible?

By on September 6, 2016

Do you create Word docs and PDFs that end up online? You may think of ADA and accessibility laws as relating to only physical spaces—ensuring that those who utilize devices for mobility can access buildings. But federal ADA compliance covers much more, including the ability to read all online documentation needed for university success.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy shows highly effective results in treating OCD

By on September 6, 2016

Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects more than 2 million individuals in the United States. The UF Health Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program offers intensive treatment for those looking for relief from their symptoms.


New challenge encourages employees to give their breaks a “boost”

By on September 6, 2016

Join the “Booster Break” Challenge and commit to doing something good for yourself while creating a support network among you and your coworkers.


Want fresh, healthy, local, food? Consider the Gator Community Supported Agriculture program

By on September 6, 2016

Join one of three local farms, and get a share coming fresh from their fields to campus each week!


UF football game day road closure on portions of University Avenue

By on September 6, 2016

The Gainesville Police Department recently announced that portions of West University Avenue will be closed on UF Football game days.


Superior Accomplishment Awards nomination period kicks off Sept. 12

By on September 6, 2016

The University of Florida’s 2017 Superior Accomplishment Awards program nomination period kicks off Sept. 12 and runs through Oct. 31. Now in its 28th year, the awards program will recognize TEAMS, USPS and Academic Personnel employees who have contributed outstanding service in their fields during the 2015-16 academic year.


Stop zika before it starts

By on September 6, 2016

The University of Florida continues to monitor the spread of the Zika virus, working closely with local and state Department of Health officials.

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Spotlight on Leadership: WRAPping Your Decisions

By on September 6, 2016

While collecting reliable data is an important part of decision-making, a leader’s judgment is evaluated just as much by the way s/he approaches decisions and follows a process for considering the elements at play. Listen to this month's featured podcast to learn more.


Do you know when to use the 435 Livescan Criminal Background Check?

By on September 6, 2016

The 435 Livescan is one of UF’s options for conducting a criminal background check on an employee. Livescan searches for criminal records in both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) databases. It’s important to note that this type of Livescan is only to be used for certain employees.


UF successfully implements Coalition application for first-time college students

By on September 6, 2016

When the University of Florida opened its undergraduate application cycle to prospective freshmen in August 2016, it premiered a new consortium application through the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success (


Are you familiar with UF’s policy on political activity?

By on September 6, 2016

During this intense political season, you are encouraged to review the policy and share with others, as appropriate.


UF Procurement Services honored for third consecutive year

By on September 6, 2016

UF Procurement Services has been awarded the prestigious 21st annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) for 2016 from the National Procurement Institute (NPI). This is the third consecutive win for Procurement Services.


Weekly yoga, Pilates classes for faculty and staff

By on September 6, 2016

Weekly yoga classes will be held in Ustler Hall’s Atrium (second floor) from 12:15 to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. View Ustler Hall on the campus map. This free class is open to all UF and UF Health faculty and staff and is appropriate for all levels of experience.


UFIRST to host Open Lab Tuesdays

By on September 6, 2016

UFIRST Open Labs provide an opportunity to get one-on-one help and answers to your questions about the UF Integrated Research Support Tool. In order to best meet the needs of the campus community, UFIRST open labs will now be offered at a variety of locations and times. No registration is required. Review the schedule to find a session that’s convenient for you!


Recently enacted bill changes travel cost maximums for certain travel

By on September 6, 2016

The 2016 Florida Legislature recently enacted House Bill 5003, which mandates that costs for lodging associated with a meeting, conference, or convention organized or sponsored in whole or in part by a state agency or the judicial branch may not exceed $150 per day.


Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program offers possibility of more affordable higher education

By on September 6, 2016

The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program (TEP) provides the opportunity for dependent children of the University of Florida’s full-time employees (excluding OPS employees) to attend a participating Tuition Exchange college or university at a significantly reduced tuition rate.


Building Emergency Coordinator system reintroduced

By on September 6, 2016

Faculty and staff are encouraged to check out the Department of Emergency Management’s completely revised and improved Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC) system at


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

By on September 6, 2016

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


GatorGradCare (GA Health Insurance) enrollment deadline is Sept. 14

By on September 6, 2016

Graduate Assistants, Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants appointed .25 FTE or greater who would like to participate for the 2016-2017 academic year must enroll online at

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Deadline for 2017-18 Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) scholarship applications is Nov. 1

By on September 6, 2016

A new online application process takes effect this fall.