Nearly 400 employees gathered at the J. Wayne Reitz Union’s Grand Ballroom on April 14 for the 2016 Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony. This annual program recognizes staff and faculty members who contribute outstanding and meritorious service, efficiency and/or economy, or to the quality of life for students and employees.
The six university category winners—along with the university winners from the Community Service and Diversity & Inclusion awards—each received $2,000, a commemorative trophy, and tickets for themselves and a guest to enjoy a 2016 home football game in the President’s Box as guests of Dr. Fuchs.
The following individuals received awards at the university level, the Superior Accomplishment Awards’ highest honors:
Four individuals received the Jeffrey A. Gabor Employee Recognition Award, sponsored by the Gabor Agency. These employees were each presented with a $1,000 check and a commemorative award. The recipients were:
Recipients of The Standard Insurance Employee Recognition Awards were presented with a $1,000 check and a commemorative award. Recipients were:
UF’s Superior Accomplishment Awards program was developed to recognize deserving university employees. The program is coordinated by the Office of Human Resource Services. For more information and to view ceremony photos, visit the Superior Accomplishment Awards section of the HRS website.
This month's CFO Update features: 2015-2016 Fiscal Year End Closing, New Contract for Photocopying and Finishing Services and Procure2Pay Workshop.
At a public forum held on Monday, May 2, UF leaders and representatives of the Elkus Manfredi and Dumont Janks consulting firms shared with approximately 60 attendees the results of the CoMap survey conducted for two weeks in April. More than 2,200 faculty, staff, students and community members completed the survey, which asked participants to place icons to indicate where they live, work and socialize as well as to outline their typical transportation routes.
Designed to help determine how well the university fosters an overall sense of belonging for its faculty and staff, the UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey was available for completion from Oct. 27 through Nov. 27 of 2015.
The Prudential Productivity Awards, an annual event honoring state employees throughout Florida, has announced its winners for 2016, including four winners from the University of Florida.
During times when the university closes due to an emergency, essential personnel may still be required to work. The University of Florida recently developed a policy regarding the compensation of essential personnel during an emergency closing.
All non-exempt TEAMS and USPS employees as well as exempt USPS employees may use overtime and/or special compensatory leave through the end of the fiscal year—June 30—but the leave must be entered into the Elapsed Timesheet in the myUFL system no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 2.
If you have unused TEAMS or faculty personal leave days or a USPS personal holiday, now is the time to use those days. USPS personal holidays and TEAMS/faculty personal leave days will expire if they are not used by the end of the pay period in which June 30 (the end of the fiscal year) occurs. The last day to use your personal days for 2015-2016 is June 30.
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. Premiums for these employees’ elected coverage(s) are deducted in the fall and spring semesters in order to cover the summer months.
In an effort to significantly improve the way it administers research, the Office of Research introduced the University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool—or UFIRST—in the spring of 2015. On July 5, the final phase of the UFIRST implementation will be complete when the awards module of the system is launched.
Based on feedback received from researchers, the Office of Research has developed a tool enabling users to identify the mandatory training needed to conduct research at UF. The tool generates a list of mandatory trainings that need to be completed, in response to a brief series of questions designed to identify your research activities.
The Employee Education Program (EEP) is a valuable 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. In the summer, a combined total of six credits taken during semesters A, B, and C may be covered by the EEP.
Employee retirement actions entered in the myUFL system are reported to the State of Florida and PeopleFirst, and retirees are automatically enrolled in state retiree health coverage. This is a one-time acceptance opportunity; retiree health insurance premiums must be accepted and paid by the due date or retiree coverage is forfeited permanently.
Beginning July 1, 2016, payments for sick leave will no longer be made for any type of separation from employment for TEAMS, USPS and faculty who are not part of the collective bargaining unit.
Prior to receiving medical care, employees are encouraged to contact their health insurance provider (Florida Blue, AvMed, etc.) to ensure that the facility or physician is part of the network. Changes to provider networks occur frequently without prior notice. Services provided at non-network providers may result in higher out-of-pockets costs to participants or denial of medical claims.
Find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, or Father’s Day with University Press of Florida’s Moms, Dads, and Grads Sale! Visit www.upf.com and order before June 19 to receive 20 to 40 percent off your order as well as discount shipping.
On a sweltering late-April afternoon, a crowd of friends, family, colleagues and UF leaders packed the patio and spilled over onto the lawn at University House to celebrate the career of Paula Varnes Fussell, UF’s vice president for Human Resource
This month’s Leadership Toolkit featured job aid looks at two aspects of the Emotional Intelligence competency: Social Awareness and Relationship Management. Emotional Intelligence is a component of the Build Trust quadrant of the UF Leadership Competency Model.
Katie Prevatt and Max Williams recently received the 2016 Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS) Credentialing Award.
Partnering with the Gainesville tutoring company, Study Edge, the Bob Graham Center, and the Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida are working to create Civics Nation – a free, interactive, intensive, 24/7, online end-of-course exam preparation resource. Based on the latest research and best practices, Civics Nation will utilize social learning and technological breakthroughs to construct and stage a vibrant online learning system for middle school students and teachers. This intuitive, around-the-clock resource offers differentiated instruction through live and asynchronous tutoring, as well as a host of other tools that drive learning.
Departments must submit the completed Extended Leave of Absence application on behalf of faculty members to University Benefits for review before the applications are sent to the Provost for approval. Once University Benefits confirms the application is complete, the application will be sent back to the faculty member’s department.
The enrollment period for 2016 GatorGradCare Summer Only coverage ends May 16. GatorGradCare Summer Only enrollment is only for certain groups of students.
Do you know your numbers—blood pressure, glucose and BMI—and how they compare to recommended guidelines? A free wellness screening event to be held at various UF Health locations throughout May will provide benefits-eligible employees the opportunity to complete a free biometric screening.
UF Human Resource Services is hosting Wellness for Life Week, May 2 – 6. Throughout the week, speakers present on a variety of topics to help you better prepare for retirement and maintain well-being as you age. Sessions from earlier this week focused financial wellness—including budgeting and savings, Social Security, health care costs, and retirement readiness—as well as emotional, social, and intellectual wellness. Several sessions were recorded and are now available for viewing.
UF-UF Health Wellness will host a four-week “Tools for a Mindful Life” series led by Nancy Lasseter, Ed.S., LMHC, for faculty and staff interested in exploring mindfulness practices. The series is available at no cost to benefits-eligible employees. Enrollment is limited to 18 participants with applications being accepted through Friday, May 20.
GatorCare’s third team-based walking challenge drew 1,500 UF and UF Health employees who competed on a total of 164 teams. The walking challenge encouraged employees to get moving, especially during the work day, to increase wellness and boost employee morale with a little friendly competition.
Grab your helmet and ride to work on Friday, May 20, as part of National Bike to Work Day.
On Tuesday, May 10, UF Health will host a Community Health and Wellness Expo. The Expo will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Hilton UF Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St., in Gainesville. The event will feature opportunities to learn about: • Complementary medicine • Stress reduction techniques • Tips to healthier eating and much more.
This month's events include: Bring Your Girl Scout to the Florida Museum, Mothers Receive Free Admission to the Butterfly Rainforest, "Wicked Plants," and more.