Cornell provost Kent Fuchs named UF’s 12th president

By on November 4, 2014

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On Oct. 15, the UF Board of Trustees named W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”), provost of Cornell University, the 12th president of the University of Florida. Fuchs’ appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015, pending ratification by the Florida Board of Governors.

Dr. Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”) brings 20 years of leadership in higher education at institutions such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University. For the past 12 years, he served as a dean, then provost at Cornell, which, like UF, is a land-grant institution with a wide range of colleges and professional schools.

To learn more about Dr. Fuchs, please visit

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Benefits Open Enrollment ends Nov. 7

By on November 4, 2014

This year’s Benefits Open Enrollment periods ends on Friday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. EST. If you have made changes during Open Enrollment to any state-sponsored plans, be sure to carefully review your People First confirmation statement during the correction period that runs from Nov. 10 through 21.

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Review December and January paychecks for insurance deductions

By on November 4, 2014

Each payday, especially following Open Enrollment, it’s important to confirm that your insurance premiums are being deducted correctly.


UF’s first Faculty Ombuds Announced

By on November 4, 2014

Dr. Kenneth J. Gerhardt, professor emeritus, was appointed the University’s first Ombuds for Faculty, in September.


UF hosts Title IX Conference to discuss effective responses to sexual assaults on campus

By on November 4, 2014

Over the past three years, colleges and universities have increased their focus on ensuring institutional responsiveness to sexual assaults on campus. Federal mandates have reinforced these efforts and ensured compliance with uniform standards throughout the country.

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December Leave Cash-out Period is Nov. 7-18

By on November 4, 2014

TEAMS employees are eligible to cash out up to 16 hours of vacation leave—regardless of FTE—during the pay period of Nov. 7 to 20, provided 40 hours of vacation leave remain on balance after the end of that pay period.

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Individuals with disabilities invited to “self-identify”

By on November 4, 2014

Employees may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form now, or at any time, even if they have not previously disclosed a disability.


Free subscription to New York Times online available to UF employees

By on November 4, 2014

Beginning this month, all UF students, faculty and staff have been provided one year of free access to The New York Times online, thanks to a partnership between the Office of the Provost and Student Government.

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Contribution limits for retirement plans to increase in 2015

By on November 4, 2014

The IRS has announced that some 2015 retirement plan contribution limits will increase from the 2014 limits.


TIAA-CREF now offers Roth investment option

By on November 4, 2014

TIAA-CREF now offers a Roth investment option under the UF 403(b) Voluntary Savings Plan.

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Spaces now available at Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers

By on November 4, 2014

The Baby Gator center at PK Yonge is currently enrolling children for its three-year-old class.


Employee Education Program accepting applications for spring semester

By on November 4, 2014

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.


Leonardo Villalón: Finding opportunities for collaboration in a world without borders

By on November 4, 2014

This year’s International Education Week has adopted its theme from UF’s new five-year Quality Enhancement Plan, Learning without Borders: Internationalizing the Gator Nation, which represents UF’s commitment to further internationalize its undergraduate curriculum. Leading the way in both efforts is Leonardo Villalón, professor and dean of UF’s International Center (UFIC), who helped craft and will direct the plan’s implementation.


Enter the “Elegance of Science Contest” art competition by Dec. 20

By on November 4, 2014

The Marston Science Library and Florida Museum of Natural History have resurrected the “Elegance of Science Contest” art competition, which emphasizes and facilitates the link between artistic and scientific perceptions of reality.

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UF’s Tobacco-Free Task Force wants to hear from you!

By on November 4, 2014

The UF Tobacco-Free Task Force is inviting UF and UF Health employees to participate in a short survey about UF’s Tobacco-Free Policy. By participating, you can help the task force assess the level of awareness about the policy and share your observations of policy violations as well exposure to secondhand smoke.


Gators Go Blue on Nov. 14 to help fight diabetes

By on November 4, 2014

You can help bring awareness to the fight against diabetes by wearing blue to work on Nov. 14.

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RecSports offers free trial and invites faculty and staff to “Live in Motion”

By on November 4, 2014

Interested in exploring the services and programs at the Southwest Recreation Center and Student Recreation & Fitness Center? UF faculty and staff can try the benefits of RecSports membership for free, Dec. 15-19.

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

By on November 4, 2014

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and the statistics are grim. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. This year, it is estimated that more than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 90 percent will die, primarily because most cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage after the cancer has spread.


New allergy, asthma, sinus and immunology program at UF Health Medical Plaza

By on November 4, 2014

Dr. Juan Guarderas, board-certified allergist and immunologist, leads the new program and is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment and management of allergic diseases.

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UF Health offers three after-hours practices

By on November 4, 2014

Need medical assistance after your primary physician’s office has closed and not sure where to go? UF Health offers three options to meet your and your family’s needs.

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UFIC celebrates International Education Week with reception, gallery opening

By on November 4, 2014

The UF International Center (UFIC) will host an array of events throughout UF’s International Education Week, Nov. 17-21.

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Graham Center to host 2014 Election Wrap-Up

By on November 4, 2014

Two of Florida's most prominent political commentators—Susan MacManus and Dan Smith—will discuss the results and implications of the 2014 elections for Florida at the Bob Graham Center on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall.

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Free community discussion on race and diversity at the Straughn Center Nov. 13

By on November 4, 2014

On Thursday, Nov. 13, several prominent community leaders will come together for a seminar/think tank event to focus on diversity, unity and support of the African-American and underrepresented citizens of Gainesville.

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Scientists, “trashformations” and holiday delights this month at the FLMNH

By on November 4, 2014

There’s never a dull moment at the Florida Museum of Natural History! Check out this month’s flurry of activities.


UF School of Music Hosts Saxophone Festival Nov. 6-8

By on November 4, 2014

Musicians and students from around the world will gather at UF's School of Music Nov. 6-8 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax.

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Florida minimum wage increases Jan. 1

By on November 4, 2014

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the Florida minimum wage will increase from $7.93 to $8.05 per hour, a 1.51 percent increase.

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Significant updates made to Veterans’ Preference guidelines

By on November 4, 2014

Effective July 1, substantial changes were made to Veterans’ Preference due to recent legislation.


GatorGradCare opens Spring/Summer enrollment

By on November 4, 2014

The enrollment period for spring/summer coverage under GatorGradCare health insurance is now open for the following students: