The wait is over

By on September 1, 2015

Whether you were among those who hunkered down for a soggy summer to keep the wheels of the university in motion, your travels or work took you far and wide, or you are brand new to campus (and still trying to identify the sweet spot on your thermostat), the infectious energy of the beginning of a new school year bears a sense of “return” for all of us at UF.

In case you’ve missed anything along the way, here are a few highlights of what’s new or just ahead for the start of 2015-16:

  • A pre-convocation video featuring a brilliant President Fuchs dream sequence will have you rolling with laughter.
  • New buildings and new faces abound this year. Check out this “6 new things this fall” video for a glimpse of what’s different.
  • Provost Glover and an array of UF administrators greeted more than 100 UF faculty for the 2015 New Faculty Orientation. Presentations from the program are available on the New Faculty Orientation section of Human Resource Services’ website.
  • In August, President Fuchs announced 2016 salary increases for eligible UF faculty and staff, based on funding for the new fiscal year. Watch for eligibility criteria and implementation information in a future issue of the InfoGator.
  • The University Task Force on Goal-Setting announced six key university goals and has begun drafting associated objectives and metrics. President Fuchs will elaborate on these goals and outline his vision in his annual “State of the University” address to the Faculty Senate on Thursday, Sept. 24.
  • The UF On Target Classification Project team held a series of town hall meetings to share information about the project and solicit campus feedback. A new TEAMS job classification website — with job families, series, titles, and descriptions — is now available online and will continue to develop as the project unfolds.
  • A new “Field and Fork” campus food pantry to support students, faculty, and staff in need opened in August and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 1. Find out more in our Campus Spotlight.

As always, UF’s Office of Human Resource Services is here to support our faculty and staff as we all work together for the Gator Good. Welcome back!

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UF On Target announces new TEAMS class specifications and workshop

By on September 1, 2015

To more fully support UF supervisors, administrators, and staff through the implementation of the UF On Target Classification Project, a new TEAMS job classification website — with job families, series, titles, and descriptions — has been established and will continue to be developed as the project unfolds. In addition, recordings from the seven town hall meetings held over the summer are now available online.


Superior Accomplishment Awards nomination period kicks off Sept. 7

By on September 1, 2015

The University of Florida’s 2016 Superior Accomplishment Awards program nomination period kicks off Sept. 7 and runs through Oct. 30, 2015. Now in its 27th year, the awards program will recognize TEAMS, USPS, and Academic Personnel employees who have contributed outstanding service in their fields during the academic year of Aug. 1, 2014, through July 31, 2015.

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Benefits Open Enrollment period will run Oct. 19 through Nov. 6

By on September 1, 2015

Benefits Open Enrollment, scheduled this year for Oct. 19 through Nov. 6, provides UF employees with the opportunity to make changes to their state and UF insurance plans for the upcoming calendar year. Due to the university holiday closing for Homecoming on Nov. 6, UF employees are encouraged to submit their enrollment selections prior to Nov. 6 in case assistance is needed from UF Benefits staff.

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Sick Leave Pool open enrollment coming in October

By on September 1, 2015

Qualifying University of Florida employees may apply for membership in the Sick Leave Pool during its open enrollment period from Oct. 1-31. All applications must be received by the Sick Leave Pool administrator in Leave Administration by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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Complete Preventing Harassment training biannually

By on September 1, 2015

The University of Florida is committed to creating a safe environment to work and study. All faculty and staff are expected to complete the Preventing Harassment training (course code GET802) every two years.


Storms brewing? Stay connected

By on September 1, 2015

While the recent threat of a tropical storm has passed, it was an important reminder to stay alert and prepared throughout hurricane season.

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Deductions for nine- and ten-month employees resume Sept. 4

By on September 1, 2015

Nine- and ten-month employees’ payroll deductions for health, life, optional, and supplemental insurance for state and UF plans will resume with the Sept. 4 paycheck.

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Prudential Productivity Awards nominations due Sept. 18

By on September 1, 2015

The online nomination system for the 2016 Prudential Productivity Awards program, which annually honors state employees throughout Florida, is now open.

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Deadline for Higher Education Opportunity scholarship applications is Nov. 1

By on September 1, 2015

The University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) program provides children of full-time TEAMS employees with the opportunity of tuition assistance for an undergraduate education at the University of Florida.

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Fall workshop will provide UF business administrators opportunity to innovate, share best practices

By on September 1, 2015

The UF Gator Business Administration Services (GBAS) program will host a fall workshop on Sept. 22 designed to provide UF business administrators the opportunity to explore several UF-based scenarios related to their work processes. Members will participate in a “think tank” using shared wisdom to produce innovative solutions to the challenges facing UF business administrators.

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Limited spaces, drop-in care available at Baby Gator

By on September 1, 2015

Baby Gator has limited spaces available for two-and-a-half and three-year-olds at its Newell Drive and Diamond Village locations. Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers offer high quality care and education to children ages six weeks to five years.

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Guide to Information Security provides information on protecting your personal information

By on September 1, 2015

UF’s Information Security Office recently released the 2015 Employee Guide to Information Security. The brochure details how staff can protect their personal information and identity online as well as help safeguard UF’s data and network environment.

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Field and Fork Food Pantry opens for students, faculty, and staff in need

By on September 1, 2015

On Sept. 1, the University of Florida officially opened the new Field and Fork Campus Food Program Pantry to support students, faculty, and staff who need a little extra help finding healthy food for themselves and their families.

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Spotlight on Leadership: A Tale of Two Cindies

By on September 1, 2015

This month’s featured podcast: A Tale of Two “Cindies”: Four Disciplines to Help You Achieve Your Most Important Goals . In this podcast, Scott Blades, M.Ed., assistant director of UF Training & Organizational Development, explores The Four Disciplines of Execution and brings the book’s lessons to life by juxtaposing the impact of two fictional leaders: Cindy Hay and Cindy Bea. Follow these two professionals to work and learn the difference the four disciplines can make in increasing a team’s ability to achieve its most important goals.

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Free yoga classes for faculty and staff throughout September

By on September 1, 2015

In recognition of National Yoga Month, UF-UF Health Wellness will offer free yoga classes for faculty and staff at various locations and times throughout September. The classes are open to all levels of experience. Participants should bring a mat and wear clothes that are comfortable for movement.

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“Tools for a Mindful Life” series offered this October

By on September 1, 2015

In October, UF-UF Health Wellness will host a special four-week “Tools for a Mindful Life” series led by Nancy Lasseter, Ed.S., LMHC, for faculty and staff interested in exploring mindfulness practices. Sponsored by UF and UF Health, the program is being made available at no cost to benefits-eligible employees. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants with applications being accepted through Friday, Sept. 18.


Flu shots available to faculty and staff beginning Sept. 9

By on September 1, 2015

The Student Health Care Center has announced it will hold flu shot outreach clinics for students, faculty, and staff throughout the months of September in October. Please note that to obtain a flu shot at no cost, UF and UF Health students, faculty and staff must bring both their UF or UF Health ID and their active insurance card.

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Looking for kindred spirits at UF? Join or start a Gator Interest Group

By on September 1, 2015

Always wanted to start a book club? Looking for a few fellow kayakers? Gator Interest Groups provide a forum for UF and UF Health employees to identify kindred spirits with similar interests.

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Choose to quit today! Get free medication and support to help you succeed

By on September 1, 2015

GatorCare and the University of Florida’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), will be holding a free six-week tobacco cessation class for all UF and UF Health employees and their families. The class covers all forms of tobacco use including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco such as “dip,” and electronic cigarettes.


Inaugural “Mindfulness Day” to kick off new UF Mindfulness initiative

By on September 1, 2015

On Monday, Sept. 28, the University of Florida will host the first-ever “UF Mindfulness Day” featuring a full day of lectures and activities designed to introduce mindfulness theory and practice to students, faculty, and staff. The day’s events, which will be held in Room 100 of UF Library East, will culminate with a keynote speech by New York Times best-selling author Michael Singer.


ButterflyFest, Latino films and more at FLMNH this month

By on September 1, 2015

ButterflyFest is a celebration of “wings, wildlife and biodiversity.” Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History and enjoy the Butterfly Plant Sale Sept. 18-20. This sale is one of the museum’s largest plant sales of the year with more than 150 species available.


Submit posters for 2015 Graduate Student Research Day by Oct. 2

By on September 1, 2015

>The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) and the Graduate School, in collaboration with the Office of Research and the Provost Office, will be hosting its Fourth Annual Celebration of Graduate Research on Oct. 27. The event is open to all graduate students, postdoctoral fellows/associates, researchers and faculty.

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Bob Graham Center kicks off fall semester with “Pants on Fire”

By on September 1, 2015

The Bob Graham Center for Public Policy is kicking off the new academic year covering a range of topics relevant to the state of Florida and beyond.

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Applications to participate in Research Administration & Financials Training Level One Cohort due Sept. 18

By on September 1, 2015

UF’s Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts & Grants are pleased to offer a new professional development series that will provide research administrators throughout the university with “a lifeline” to the research community.

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UF to host Title IX Training September 29-30

By on September 1, 2015

On Sept. 29 and 30, UF will once again host this training program at Emerson Alumni Hall, providing investigative training and helping administrators prepare to meet and exceed Title IX compliance and standards. Presenters Brandon Washington and Ande Durojaiye, who both worked for the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, will share their knowledge and experience.

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Tenth annual Equity & Diversity Conference slated for November

By on September 1, 2015

In November, UF will host the tenth annual Equity & Diversity Conference at Emerson Alumni Hall, covering relevant topics including “unconscious bias” and bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide prevention.


Careers at UF Open Lab available Sept. 15

By on September 1, 2015

Recruitment and Staffing will hold another open lab to assist university departmental originators, approvers, hiring managers, and search committee members in utilizing and leveraging the new Careers at UF applicant system for their recruitment searches.


GatorGradCare enrollment deadline is Sept. 14

By on September 1, 2015

GatorGradCare is a health insurance plan provided exclusively to graduate assistants, teaching assistants, and research assistants on appointment with the University of Florida. GatorGradCare enrollment is not automatic.