UF expands lactation room offerings for nursing mothers

By on April 5, 2017

In an effort to better accommodate nursing mothers at UF, the university is expanding its current offering of lactation rooms around campus by adding three new facilities. The new rooms are in the Marston Science Library, the Reitz Union and the UF Law School, and will be open to all UF students, faculty and staff. The new rooms are a partnership between UF Human Resources, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Business Affairs and various colleges and units around campus.

“We would periodically get requests from faculty and staff for a space like this,” said Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs Angel Kwolek-Folland. “Or we would hear anecdotal stories of people talking about having to use a bathroom or having to borrow an office, things like that.”

Kwolek-Folland said they began talks with UF’s Division of Planning, Design and Construction to identify locations where it would possible to create a lactation room with accommodations specific to the needs of nursing mothers.

There were already some departments on campus that had created their own lactation rooms, said Director of Minor Projects and Architecture Services Harold Barrand, but the hope for the future is to strategically place lactation rooms around campus and to unify standards for the rooms throughout the university.

“The new rooms are geared specifically for this use – primary concerns in planning were privacy and convenience,” Barrand said. The new rooms follow current guidelines for lactation facilities and are furnished with comfortable chairs and feature soft lighting, sound proofing and locking doors.

The rooms will be included on UF’s interactive map in the near future, with instructions on how to reserve or access each facility.

“The folks in Planning, Design and Construction were incredibly supportive in this effort,” said Kwolek-Folland. “They helped us identify spaces that would be big enough and were in appropriate areas, and put up some money to do the renovations that need to be done.”

The new lactation room locations are in the Marston Science Library, room 307 and in the Reitz Union, room R294E and are estimated to open in May. The law school lactation room will be open in the fall and is located at HOL204.

Existing or newly renovated lactation rooms on campus are located in Library West, Dickinson Hall, the Veterinarian School, and IFAS Animal Sciences.

Visit the new WorkLife at UF website for the latest information regarding current and upcoming lactation rooms on campus and more.

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Additional UF Faculty and Staff Climate Initiative action items announced

By on April 6, 2017

In February, the UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey Working Group announced three areas on which it would focus to begin to address responses to the Fall 2015 Faculty-Staff Climate Survey and subsequent discussions held throughout 2016. The action items fell under the categories of Inclusiveness, Professional Advancement and Respect. This spring, a second wave of action items are being introduced to address issues of work-life integration and to provide the university community with examples of best practices to create a more inclusive environment.

UF Professor’s exploration of racist and anti-racist ideas wins National Book Award

By on April 5, 2017

His self-effacing laugh makes it clear that he has accepted his recent accolades with grace, but the professor of African-American history’s most recent book has catapulted him to new levels of notoriety in academia and beyond. The book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction, became a New York Times bestseller, and was called the most ambitious book of 2016 by the Washington Post.

UF Training and Organizational Development summer registration open!

By on April 5, 2017

Make time this summer to invest in your own professional development. Take advantage of opportunities to improve your leadership, knowledge of UF business systems and processes, or communication skills. You can also earn certifications in these areas through our Managing at UF, Business Communications, or Pro3 certifications. As always, UF T&OD’s full range of online courses is available anytime.

Apply for 2017-18 UF Leadership Development programs by May 1

By on April 5, 2017

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Brook Mercier appointed to lead Employee Relations

By on April 5, 2017

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COMPASS: Progress Update on UF’s New Student Information System

By on April 5, 2017

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2016 Flex Spending Claims Deadline is April 18

By on April 5, 2017

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Spring wellness programs focus on mental and emotional well-being

By on April 5, 2017

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Florida Museum to host science speed dating event April 12

By on April 5, 2017

Speed date a science subject! Join the Florida Museum for an evening of science and snacks April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. At “Speed Science: Night at the Museum,” guests may ask scientists their most burning questions, one-on-one.

PrintSmart Convenience Fee Reduction for Xerox 8900

By on April 5, 2017

In response to your feedback regarding the cost of the convenience fee for the 8900, UF Procurement and Xerox have mutually agreed to amend the convenience fee on the model 8900 to match that of the 6605.

Lapse in summer deductions for 9- and 10-month employees does not affect coverage

By on April 5, 2017

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State Employee Adoption Benefit Program

By on April 5, 2017

State employees adopting a child previously in permanent custody of the Florida’s child welfare system may be eligible for a monetary adoption benefit. To be considered for benefits, applicants must apply by April 28.

GatorGradCare Summer Enrollment Deadline is May 16

By on April 5, 2017

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Student Employee Appreciation Week April 9-15

By on April 5, 2017

Student employees play a key role in UF's educational, research and operational excellence. Student Employee Appreciation Week is a great time to express appreciation for your student employee's hard work and contributions.

MetLife Insurance renamed Brighthouse Financial

By on April 5, 2017

Effective March 6, MetLife Insurance Company USA is Brighthouse Life Insurance Company.

Spring courses and workshops offer self-care, resilience, and holistic living programs

By on April 5, 2017

Several self-care opportunities are available this spring, including long-term courses and short workshops.

PPD town hall meeting at the Florida Gym April 27

By on April 5, 2017

The Physical Plant Division of UF Business Affairs will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Florida Gym on 1864 Stadium Road in Room 235.

Faculty and staff parking decals expire May 1

By on April 5, 2017

All University of Florida and UF Health Shands faculty and staff parking decals will expire on May 1, 2017. Please order your new decal by April 15 to assure receiving it on time and avoid parking citations. There are three ways to order.

Faculty Senate approves 2017 Homecoming date

By on April 5, 2017

At their meeting on February 16, the Faculty Senate approved the date of Homecoming 2017— October 6, 2017.