2017 Prudential Productivity Award winners announced

By on June 7, 2017

The Prudential Productivity Awards, an annual event honoring state employees throughout Florida, has announced its winners for 2017, including the following winners from the University of Florida.

This year, cash and plaque awards will be presented to 203 individuals and teams from across the state for their innovation and productivity improvements. Since 1989, award winners have produced more than $9 billion in cost savings/avoidance or efficiency gains for Florida taxpayers and businesses.

The individual and team awardees from UF who have been identified as 2017 winners are:

Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center Team, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Front row (L-R): Karen Hancock, Mike Boyette, Patrick Troy, Wanda Laughlin. Back row: Charles Barrett, Ben Broughton, Kevin Athearn, Joel Love. Not pictured: Robert Hochmuth

Cash Award

The modernization and technical transformation over the last two years at the University of Florida’s Extension farm in Live Oak, FL has resulted in increased efficiencies and savings in labor and farm inputs, and the conservation of natural resources.

Cost Savings Estimate: $185,950 per year or $371,900 over the past two years


Family, Youth and Community Sciences Team, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Back Row (L-R) Michael Gutter, Samara Deary, Heidi Copeland. Front Row: Heather Janney, Carree Musgrove, Taylor Spangler, Diann Douglas. Not pictured: Jorge Ruiz-Menjivar

Cash Award

After the IRS consultants approached agents in rural counties to become involved with preparing federal income taxes through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a plan was formulated to incorporate communication technologies such as SKYPE as a method of providing no cost tax return preparation and assistance to multiple counties in Florida and Georgia (eight counties in Florida: Bradford, Columbia, Gadsden, Hamilton, Leon, Okaloosa, Union, and Walton; four counties in Georgia: Early, Lanier, Sumter, and Tift).

Cost Savings Estimate: $50,000 – $99,999

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Lisa Deal: Taking UF Procurement from tactical to strategic

By on June 7, 2017

As an undergraduate political science major who immersed herself in the performing arts at a small liberal arts college, UF Procurement director Lisa Deal never imagined herself leading the purchasing department of one of the largest universities in the country.

New online training explores multicultural identities and allyship

By on June 7, 2017

UF’s Counseling and Wellness Center recently released an online training aimed at expanding understanding of multicultural identities and how to act as an ally for traditionally underrepresented or oppressed groups.

Spotlight on Leadership: Transparency

By on June 7, 2017

This episode of Reflections on Leadership explores the influence effective and ineffective transparency can have on working relationships. It also presents seven strategies leaders can use to create a culture of transparency.

Zika Health Advisory

By on June 7, 2017

The Florida Department of Health recently issued a reminder about the ongoing presence of Zika virus, which is known to cause severe birth defects. Recent tropical rains mean the entire University of Florida community must remain vigilant in preventing the Zika virus.

New features coming to ONE.UF June 10

By on June 7, 2017

On June 10, ONE.UF will launch a new public landing page, student workspace and staff workspace, along with other features.

SunPass, vehicle titles reminders from Asset Management

By on June 7, 2017

You can help your department save money and processing time for toll charges by providing an active SunPass for faculty and staff driving state vehicles on toll roads.

Be sure to respond to dependent documentation requests from state

By on June 7, 2017

Effective May 15, the Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI) began requesting documents as part of a monthly quality assurance review to confirm that an employee’s dependents—newly added and existing—are eligible for insurance coverage.

Procurement process demystified

By on June 7, 2017

What do cadavers, an equine treadmill and a telescope that now lives in the Canary Islands have in common? UF Procurement Services played a large part in acquiring all of the above items for the university—but its role and the benefits it provides to the community go beyond purchasing.

Fresh Wagon brings fresh fruits and veggies to an area near you

By on June 7, 2017

Do you wish you had farm-fresh food available near you? Well, HealthStreet and Fresh Wagon have partnered to increase food security in the community.

Disability Resource Center working to reframe disability

By on June 7, 2017

This past year, the Disability Resource Center took proactive steps to reframe disability at the University of Florida.

Did You Know? Enhanced UF Dropbox for Education Service is FREE!

By on June 7, 2017

UF faculty and staff can get a free Dropbox for Education account.

Raise Your Hand for Florida 4-H

By on June 7, 2017

Currently, National 4-H Council is sponsoring a Grow True Leaders campaign, asking 4-H friends and alumni to participate in a “Raise Your Hand” for 4-H campaign.

Physical Plant to host town hall meeting June 21

By on June 7, 2017

The Physical Plant Division of UF Business Affairs will host a Town Hall Meeting on June 21, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Norman Hall, Room 260.

UF Health presents free seminar and dinner for expecting parents June 15

By on June 7, 2017

UF Health invites expectant parents to a FREE dinner and a chance to learn from the experts and ask questions. It’s never too early to prepare for parenthood.

Employee Education Program accepting applications for the summer semester

By on June 7, 2017

The Employee Education Program provides eligible faculty and staff with tuition assistance.

Use your 2016-2017 personal days by June 30

By on June 7, 2017

If you have unused TEAMS or faculty personal leave days or a USPS personal holiday, now is the time to use those days.