The University of Florida, with support from the Gainesville community, has launched a project that will affect the university for many decades.
The UF Strategic Development Plan will identify ways to create a physical environment conducive to preeminence by determining what makes a great university town, including housing, transportation and overall infrastructure.
As a first step, the university is inviting all UF students, faculty, staff and the greater Gainesville community to complete a “CoMap” survey* found at ufmapgainesville.com. This interactive map of the greater Gainesville area enables survey participants to place icons where they live, work and socialize as well as to indicate their typical transportation routes and leave comments.
This mapping exercise will help to create a rich picture that will enable UF leaders to see how the university functions today and what the strategic development plan should include for the future.
The survey, which will be open through Thursday, April 21, should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is designed to work on most mobile devices. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to forward this information to others.
Click here to begin the survey.
For more details and to keep up with the initiative’s progress, please visit the UF Strategic Development Plan website at uf.dumontjanks.com.
* This survey was submitted to the Institutional Review Board, which determined that, given the non-research purpose of the survey (for UF planning and development), IRB review was not needed.
In June, the University of Florida will receive a report outlining high-level summaries of the findings from the UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey conducted last fall by the independent consulting firm of Rankin & Associates. The report will be provided on the Climate Survey section of the Office of the President’s website.
A call for applications for the 2016-17 UF Leadership Development programs sponsored by UF Training and Organizational Development and the Office of Human Resource Services is now underway, with an application deadline of April 30.
In March, the UF On Target project team completed its review of position information submitted to the UF On Target file last December. As of March 31, more than 5,000 positions have been approved for implementation in myUFL.
Make time this summer to invest in your own professional development. Take advantage of opportunities to improve your communication, leadership or knowledge of UF business systems and processes. You can also earn certifications in these areas through our Managing at UF, Business Communications or Pro3 certifications.
On March 18, the University of Florida Board of Trustees (UBOT), following ratification of the collective bargaining agreement by the union membership, approved the agreement between UF and the United Faculty of Florida (UFF). This action cleared the way for the implementation of in-unit salary increases.
Beginning July 1, 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.
Did you have a 2015 medical reimbursement and/or daycare reimbursement account? The IRS “use-it-or-lose-it” rule will apply to unused money remaining in your 2015 flexible spending account (FSA), so be sure to submit claims for 2015 expenses before the final filing date of April 14.
Making a transition this summer? Employees should ensure their Local Home Data and Permanent Home Data addresses are updated in myUFL system by logging in and navigating to Self Service > My Account > Update My Directory Profile.
Employees on 9- and 10-month appointments will not have deductions taken over the summer months for UFSelect, GatorCare and/or state plans if enrolled.
Beginning this year, the University of Florida was required to furnish each full-time employee and each full- or part-time employee who was enrolled in the State of Florida’s Group Health Insurance with a new IRS Form 1095.
The Employee Education Program (EEP) is a popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff. The program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.
The annual drawing for the University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) program was held on March 11 and resulted in 50 eligible applicants being selected to receive the HEO benefit.
On March 23, the University of Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center arena and most support spaces were closed for renovations. The building is expected to be closed until December 2016.
The newly redesigned UFIT Training website provides a completely reorganized view of technology training at UF, with many new resources for faculty and staff. All of UFIT’s training materials and workshop information is now housed in one place, rather than
Did you know hackers can lock you out of your computer or even encrypt it, and then hold your computer and its files for ransom? This type of malware is called Ransomware, and it forces victims to make an online payment to end the attack.
As part of the Beyond the Podium series, the UF Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence will present an online question-and-answer session with ProctorU on Friday, April 8, from 3 to 4 p.m.
In a UF Administrative Memo dated March 16, Provost Joe Glover and Leonardo Villalon, dean of the UF International Center, clarified some of the recent changes in policy regarding travel to Cuba.
You may have driven past UF’s farmland dozens of times in your commute across campus without giving it a second thought. But over the course of the past few years, a vision of how this space could be optimized for the benefit of faculty, staff and students—and indeed for the Gator Good—has been slowly germinating.
A faculty member from the University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is among 106 researchers President Obama recently named as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
This podcast episode highlights some of the benefits and pitfalls of e-communication and provides guidance on how make the most of technologies that enable us to connect efficiently and at a distance without compromising effectiveness in our communications.
Congratulations to our Superior Accomplishment Award winners We’re very proud of the five CFO division employees who were recently recognized with Superior Accomplishment awards. Reserve your place for the Payroll and Tax Services Forum The first University Payroll and Tax
Collaborate with your GBAS tribe members in the highly anticipated GBAS Jungle “SURVIVOR” Quest and discover your natural critical thinking tendency. This event will be held on April 28 from 8:30am to 3:30 p.m. at the Reitz Union.
The Office of the Provost and Human Resource Services have launched an updated version of the Faculty Search Tutorial (PVO800) course. The purpose of this course is to provide guidelines and resources for committee members when participating in the search process for new faculty members.
Effective March 21, UF applicants and employees can schedule fingerprinting appointments for FBI or 435 Livescans with Human Resource Services online, using the Appointment Plus system.
The enrollment period for GatorGradCare summer-only coverage will begin during March.
Make time for your future self during the first week of May. Throughout the week, speakers will present on a variety of topics to help you better prepare for retirement and maintain well-being as you age.
Each quarter of 2016, the UF-UF Health Shands Wellness Committee, along with GatorCare, focuses on a different wellness topic. This quarter, titled Thrive, focuses on emotional wellness including managing stress and depression, sleep hygiene, positive psychology, happiness and more!
The University of Florida and UF Health were recently recognized for having the highest participation in the Building Healthy Academic Communities Million Hearts National Wellness Challenge.
A 17-week session of Weight Watchers at Work is scheduled to begin Thursday, May 19. The meetings will be held Thursdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Wellman Classroom 271, Yon Hall (east side of the stadium).
You can join in a local 5K run or a bike ride while benefiting great causes this month.
Less than one-quarter of patients who met the criteria for prediabetes received drug or lifestyle modification treatment from their primary care physician, according to University of Florida researchers, who say the findings indicate physicians are missing opportunities for diabetes prevention.
In the event of an emergency, have you designated a person to make health-related decisions on your behalf? Everyone 18 and older is encouraged to complete an advance directive, also called a living will, and designate a health care surrogate to speak on his or her behalf if the need arises.
Join UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, Kohl’s and the University of Florida Police Department to learn how to help keep your child safe and healthy this summer. Kids can participate in interactive games, summer activities and a bicycle obstacle course. Remember to bring your children’s bicycles!
UF employees enjoy a variety of benefits, but there is one that many employees may not realize is available at the touch of their fingertips. For those who smoke, dip or use e-cigarettes or any other form of tobacco/nicotine, UF offers free, convenient help to quit.
UF Field and Fork presents a celebration of local produce and music at Fresh Off the Farm on Friday, April 8, at the Student Gardens (by the bat houses).
The museum will host a large plant sale with more than 150 species of difficult-to-find and pollinator-friendly plants April 15-17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, celebrate Earth Day on April 16.
This month, The Bob Graham Center presents: Saba Mahmood: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject, and China and Africa: A Growing Relationship.
The APA will host Dave Kratzer, UF vice president for student affairs, on Wednesday, April 13, at 3:30 p.m., at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. The event is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the general public.
The UF Genetics Institute will host DNA Day on April 20 on the Reitz Union North Lawn. This event is celebrated nationally by various scientific organizations, and commemorates the discovery of DNA's structure and the completion of the Human Genome Project.
On April 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy animal and educational activities at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.