A Gator Nation welcome for new faculty

By on September 2, 2014


More than 100 new UF faculty gathered at Emerson Alumni Hall on Aug. 18 and 19 for the 2014 New Faculty Orientation. Provost Joseph Glover kicked off the event, which featured a range of UF administrators covering such topics as teaching excellence, opportunities and resources, research and grants, information technology, benefits and retirement, and more. A reception at the Keene Faculty Center gave the new faculty a unique opportunity to mingle with their new colleagues.

More than 40 of this year’s new faculty represent those hired as part of the university’s preeminence initiative. To learn more about some of UF’s newest additions, visit the UF Rising website.

Presentations from this year’s event are now available on the New Faculty Orientation section of Human Resource Services’ website. If you have questions or would like more information about this annual event, please contact Lizette Classen at (352) 392-1075.

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Introducing a new and expanded InfoGator

By on September 2, 2014

If you thought our September issue looked a little different, you’re right! The new InfoGator features expanded content as well as responsive design. We hope you find the new format more readable and helpful to you in your work and life.

Interested in making benefits changes this fall? Open Enrollment is around the corner

By on September 2, 2014

The fall benefits Open Enrollment period is scheduled for Oct. 20 – Nov. 7. During this period, employees may make changes to their State of Florida and UF plans for the 2015 calendar year.


UF launches “For the Gator Good” campaign

By on September 2, 2014

UF just launched a new national campaign, “For the Gator Good,” developed from its recent university re-branding effort and which highlights many of the incredible things happening here on campus.

Have you recently received an underpayment notice on your optional life plan?

By on September 2, 2014

Employees enrolled in the State of Florida’s optional life plan who also received a recent pay increase, may receive underpayment letters from People First.


Reduced rates for UFSelect Term Life and Long Term Disability plans

By on September 2, 2014

Effective Sept. 1, the university has negotiated with the Standard Insurance Company to reduce rates for the UF Term Life and UF Long Term Disability, which are both available through the UFSelect benefits package.

Payroll deductions resume for nine- and ten-month employees

By on September 2, 2014

Normal payroll deductions for health, life, optional and supplemental insurance for state and UF plans will resume with the Sept. 5 paycheck to align with the nine- and ten- month appointment pay cycle.


TIAA-CREF 403(b) investment lineup revamped

By on September 2, 2014

Effective Aug. 25, participants in TIAA-CREF’s UF Voluntary and Health Center 403(b) savings plans have new investment options—including funds from Vanguard, T. Rowe Price, Oppenheimer and American Funds as well as the addition of lifecycle funds, many of which have reduced fees.


TEAMS employees may apply for HEO scholarship by Nov. 1

By on September 2, 2014

University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) provides children of full-time TEAMS employees with the opportunity of tuition assistance for an undergraduate education at the University of Florida.


UF Computing Help Desk support now available 24/7

By on September 2, 2014

The UF Computing Help Desk now offers 24/7 email and phone support.


Sick Leave Pool Open Enrollment runs throughout October

By on September 2, 2014

Qualifying University of Florida employees may apply for membership in the Sick Leave Pool during its Open Enrollment period from Oct. 1-31.


UF Campaign for Charities kicks off Oct. 6

By on September 2, 2014

The 2014 UF Campaign for Charities (UFCC) begins on Oct. 6 with the goal of making this the 10th year to raise more than $1 million for area charities.


Shari Robinson: Servant leader with a heart for social justice

By on September 2, 2014

This month, for the tenth consecutive year, Shari Robinson will attend the Black Student Assembly’s evening reception welcoming students to campus. She is both honored and energized by the idea of entering their space as an invited guest—and for fulfilling the role she has established for herself at UF as a “servant leader.”


Prudential Productivity Awards nominations due Sept. 8

By on September 2, 2014

The online nomination system for the 2015 Prudential Productivity Awards program, which annually honors state government employees throughout Florida, is now open. In addition to honoring “innovation, creativity, and smart work,” the awards program recognizes the measurable contributions, increased productivity and added value of individuals and teams.


Superior Accomplishment Awards nomination period kicks off Sept. 8

By on September 2, 2014

The University of Florida’s 2015 Superior Accomplishment Awards program nomination period kicks off Sept. 8 and runs through Oct. 31. Now in its 26th year, the awards program will recognize Academic Personnel, TEAMS and USPS employees who have contributed outstanding service in their fields during the academic year of Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014.


Apply for 2014-15 GBAS mentoring program by Sept. 30

By on September 2, 2014

Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS)—a professional development program that targets business administrators—is accepting applications through Sept. 30 for its 2014-15 mentoring program. Participants are selected via a competitive application process, and the program begins in December.

Drug-Free Workplace Statement summarizes UF policy

By on September 2, 2014

The federal law known as the Drug-Free Workplace Act requires the University of Florida to maintain a drug-free workplace. The University of Florida is committed to providing a campus environment free from the abuse of alcohol and the illegal use of alcohol and drugs.

Does your department sell goods, provide services or rent equipment/space to customers?

By on September 2, 2014

If so, your department may be generating unrelated business income (UBI) and be subject to an annual reporting requirement and potential taxes.


Brown bag series to feature campus wellness experts

By on September 2, 2014

Want to learn more about the latest digital technologies and apps to support your fitness goals? Fed up with diets that don’t work? Curious how to fit in some exercise at your desk? This fall, UF-UF Health Wellness, in partnership with the UF Center for Digital Health and Wellness, is pleased to introduce a series of brown bag lunches to support you in your wellness goals.


Help UF Health chomp out heart disease at the Alachua County Heart Walk

By on September 2, 2014

Join UF Health in the fight against heart disease and stroke at the 2014 Alachua County Heart Walk. All registered participants get a free UF Health t-shirt! The walk will take place Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 a.m. at the North Florida Regional Medical Center Duck Pond.


Health summit seeks to empower community members, increase cancer awareness

By on September 2, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the UF Health Cancer Center will host the fifth annual Gainesville Community Health and Empowerment Summit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Paramount Hotel and Conference Center.


How can social media help UF rise to national preeminence?

By on September 2, 2014

The Academic and Professional Assembly will host a breakfast presentation on the role of social media in the UF Rising campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 8:30 a.m. UF’s leading social media experts will discuss how UF is using social media to leverage the university to top 10 status.


Graham Center kicks off its fall series of free talks

By on September 2, 2014

The Bob Graham Center for public service recently announced its fall lineup of speakers, which includes local experts as well as guests from throughout the country. To learn more about these and other scheduled events, visit the Graham Center website.


Adult volunteer orientation, ButterflyFest photo challenge this month at the Florida Museum of Natural History

By on September 2, 2014

The Florida Museum of Natural History always has an exciting array of activities and exhibits to explore. Be sure to visit our calendar of events to see what’s happening this month.


Graduate Student Research Day is Oct. 28

By on September 2, 2014

The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) will host its Third Annual Celebration of Graduate Research on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. The event is open to all graduate students, postdoctoral fellows/associates, researchers and faculty. Undergraduate students participating in research activities are encouraged to attend the event.


Inaugural Gator 100 celebrates UF alumni entrepreneurs

By on September 2, 2014

The University of Florida and The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) are introducing the inaugural Gator100 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of leading UF alumni entrepreneurs around the world. The Gator100 will rank the 100 fastest growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses each year, regardless of the school or college from which the alumnus/a graduated—recognizing the entrepreneurial spirit in all Gator alumni.

LGBT Affairs seeking feedback to enhance services for faculty and staff

By on September 2, 2014

In 2004, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Affairs office was created under the Division of Student Affairs to serve as an educational resource for the campus community on issues related to gender and sexuality. In an effort to assess its effectiveness, the office is soliciting feedback to better understand how LGBT Affairs can enhance its services for all faculty and staff. This feedback will also help as it envisions the next ten years of LGBT Affairs.

Weight Watchers @ Work meetings on campus, at UF Health

By on September 1, 2014

Weight Watchers offers members of the UF and UF Health communities two opportunities to participate in its Weight Watchers @ Work program.  Both sessions are available at a discount to UF and UF Health faculty, staff and students, and the