July 2011

piggy bank graphicMandatory retirement contributions begin with
July 15 paycheck

All retirement-eligible employees—except employees enrolled in DROP or classified as reemployed retirees without renewed membership—are now required to contribute 3% of their gross eligible earnings to their respective retirement plans. This includes those employees in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) pension plan and investment plan as well as the Optional Retirement Program (ORP).


Employee Education Program accepting applications for fall semesters
A popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff, the Employee Education Program (EEP) provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.

Applications for Managers’ Cohort to be accepted in August
UF managers now have the unique opportunity to complete the “Managing at UF: The Supervisory Challenge” certificate with a cohort of peers.  Participating in the cohort can provide managers with a forum in which to discuss issues related to leadership and management with like-minded leaders on campus.

Is your department ready for a hurricane?
With the start of hurricane season, each UF department should prepare for potential storms. Here are a few key facts to keep in mind regarding your hurricane response: 

Going on a leave of absence?
If you are planning to go on leave (medical, parental, or personal) in the near future, be sure to contact the University Benefits and Retirement at (352) 392-2477 as soon as possible to find out how it will affect your insurances. 

RecSports offers fitness memberships to UF Faculty and Staff
RecSports memberships are now available to faculty, staff, and their spouses/partners in a variety of options—for 2-week, 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month time periods. An additional weekend-only membership is also available for individuals who have difficulty squeezing in a workout during the week. 

USPS personal holiday awarded for 2011-12
The 2011-12 USPS Personal Holiday was awarded after payroll closed on July 7.  However, employees will not be able to view the hours in their balance or enter the hours for use until July 25. 

Get relief from low back pain
UF pain medicine experts can devise a treatment plan just for you

In the United States, 76 million people suffer from chronic pain. A substantial number of them have low back pain. This month's InfoGator For Your Health newsletter addresses treatment strategies to reduce pain.

Need help quitting smoking?
UF’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) continues to offer its group smoking cessation program as well as individual coaching sessions. Find out more in this month's InfoGator For Your Health newsletter.


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Register for fall training in August
Mark your calendars— registration for UF Training and Organizational Development’s fall semester of professional development workshops will open on August 1. Pro3 fiscal management certification changing in September 2011
Starting September 6, the requirements of the Pro3 certification in the fiscal management track will change.
Save the Date! Open Enrollment slated for fall 2011

Be sure to mark your calendar with some very important dates coming up this fall.  The annual benefits Open Enrollment period runs September 26 through October 21. 
Going on vacation this summer? Don’t forget your Gator Perks!

UF’s Gator Perks Program keeps growing!  Nearly 200 vendors now offer discounts to UF employees on cruises, hotels, vacation homes, rental cars, restaurants, theme parks, outdoor activities, and other services and products.
Free summer meals available for kids in need
During the summer months, many parents have difficulty providing additional food resources to replace the meal their children may have been getting at school for free.
Gator Growl tickets on sale August 22
Tickets for Gator Growl 2011 will go on sale starting Monday, August 22, on gatorzone.com.
Gator CSA program offers local produce
Members of the Gator Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program may choose from one of four area farms and pick up fresh produce on campus throughout the calendar year.
Discounted care for furry Gators
The University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals now offer a 10% discount to all UF faculty, staff, and students as well as Shands employees.

©2011 University of Florida Office of Human Resource Services
The InfoGator is a monthly e-publication produced by the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resource Services. It is distributed electronically to UF faculty and staff and is available online. Please direct questions or comments to its editor, Angela Gould; Human Resource Services; P.O. Box 115006; (352) 392-4626; TDD 800-955-8771. The InfoGator is available in an alternative format upon request.
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