March 2011

New health insurance plan introduced for grad assistants and post docsfor your health link
UF Human Resource Services is pleased to announce a new health insurance plan through BlueCross BlueShield of Florida for the GatorGradCare and PostDocCare programs.  The new plan will be available to postdoctoral associates beginning July 1, 2011, and to graduate assistants and pre-doc fellows beginning August 16, 2011.

UF Paid Parental Leave Program requires new time reporting codes
On December 10, the Board of Trustees approved changes to the UF Regulations to include a paid parental leave program for faculty (those not covered by the UFF collective bargaining contract), TEAMS, and USPS employees in leave-accruing positions. Such employees may now request up to six weeks of advanced sick or vacation leave for the birth or adoption of a child or the initial placement of a child in the foster care of the employee.

Deadlines approaching to file 2010 flexible spending account claims
Employees enrolled in a medical or dependent-care reimbursement account for the 2010 plan year should note the following deadlines:

  • March 15, 2011, marks the end of the annual grace period.
  • April 15, 2011, is the deadline for filing medical and/or dependent care claims for your 2010 account.

Annual performance appraisals for TEAMS and USPS employees due March 31
Performance appraisals for all TEAMS and USPS employees for March 1, 2010, through February 28, 2011, must be completed and signed by March 31, 2011. Annual performance appraisals are designed to document and summarize feedback that employees have received throughout the year.

Complete myUFL Financial Systems Upgrade training and you could win an iPod
In an effort to encourage employees to complete training necessary to prepare for “go-live” of the upgraded myUFL Financial Systems, the university will be giving away a total of 20 multi-touch iPod Nanos (16 GB) to employees who successfully complete their required training.

EEP accepting applications for summer semesters
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.

Fifty TEAMS employees will receive tuition assistance for their children
The drawing for the University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) program for the 2011-12 academic year will be held on Friday, March 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 120 of the Human Resource Services Building. 

Baby Gator to host conference for parents of
young children

On Saturday, April 2, Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center and the Harn Museum of Art will host its second annual conference for parents of young children. The daylong conference will be held at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and will feature presenters from the Colleges of Education and Medicine, as well as numerous organizations and agencies that support and educate parents.

UF introduces new living community for faculty, staff, and graduate students
The University of Florida has entered into a student housing agreement with Provident Resources Group and Capstone Management Company to increase its housing options. With plans to build just northeast of UF’s new Innovation Square, located between the UF campus and midtown Gainesville, “The Continuum” will be a premier community specifically developed for UF graduate and professional students as well as faculty and staff.

Summer training registration opens April 4pencil graphic
Mark your calendar now for April 4 when registration for UF Training and Organizational Development’s summer workshops begins. 
Visit the HRS web site for the latest retirement forms
As policies and plans change, it’s important to ensure you are using the latest version of HRS’s forms when completing transactions.
Self Service Direct Deposit option available
Did you know you can use UF’s portal to make updates to an active and existing direct deposit? 
UF Earth Day Celebration slated for April 1
The UF Office of Sustainability will host its Campus Earth Day Celebration on April 1 at the Plaza of the Americas.
Complete a Gator Dining survey for a chance to win a gift card
Gator Dining is conducting a survey to better understand employees’ campus lifestyle and preferences.
Free Windows 7 training available in April
UF Information Technology will host “Deployment Done Right,” a free three-day class by Microsoft Windows® deployment expert Rhonda Layfield, April 20 to 22, in Smathers 1-A.
Sustainable Products Trade Show slated for April 19
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the University of Florida's Sixth Annual Sustainable Products Trade Show, to be held on April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
TerraCycle founder to give REThink keynote
Tom Szaky, co-founder and CEO of TerraCycle and star of National Geographic’s Garbage Moguls, will present “REthinking Waste: Eco-Capitalism in Challenged Economic Times” on March 22 at 7 p.m.
Orange, Blue and You campaign seeks faculty and staff support
The Orange, Blue and You (OB&Y) faculty and staff campaign kicks off on Monday, March 14.
Network with local businesses at the Small Business Conference and Trade Fair
On March 24, UF will host its 20th Annual Small Business Conference & Trade Fair at the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Faculty and staff invited to Undergraduate Research Symposium
Each year, students participating in the University Scholars Program present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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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.