August 2012

The University of Florida begins presidential search

President Machen at a Superior Accomplishment Award Ceremony
Following nearly a decade of service, President Machen announced in June his tenure as president will end next year and that he and Board of Trustees Chairman David Brown would agree on a date for his departure after a successor is appointed.

Verify your address with People First by September 20 to ensure you receive Open Enrollment mailings
Next time you log into the People First system, you will be prompted to complete an address verification process activated on the insurance home page.  In order to ensure you receive a 2013 Plan Year Open Enrollment Benefits Statement, you must complete the process no later than September 20.

Affordable health insurance for children available for state employees who qualify
State employees with a family income less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, but above the amount that qualifies for Medicaid, can now qualify for health insurance for their children for less than $20 per month through KidCare. The Florida Legislature recently passed this legislation, and the law went into effective July 1.

Do you use the myUFL system to approve other employees’ time reporting?
An upgrade of the myUFL human resources and payroll systems is scheduled to occur on September 18.  Employees who currently maintain a security role that enables them to approve time for other employees are required to request new roles and complete associated training in order to maintain access to this function in the upgraded system. 

Maximize your potential! Registration for fall training currently underway
Fall training registration is now open for UF Training and Organizational Development’s professional development opportunities—designed for UF faculty and staff. Highlights include the “managers only” cohort of the Supervisory Challenge and myUFL HR and Payroll Upgrade training:

Do you know of someone deserving of recognition?
2013 Prudential-Davis Productivity Award nominations due September 21

The online nomination system for the 2013 Davis Productivity Awards program, which annually honors state government employees throughout Florida, will launch Friday, August 31. In addition to honoring “innovation, creativity, and smart work,” the awards program recognizes the measurable contributions, increased productivity and added value of individuals, teams and work units.

Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program offers possibility of more affordable higher education
The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program (TEP) provides the opportunity for dependent children of the University of Florida’s full-time employees (excluding OPS employees) to attend a participating Tuition Exchange college or university at a significant tuition reduction rate. 

Employee Education Program accepting applications for the fall semester
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.

Applications for the 2012-13 GBAS Mentoring Program due September 14
Gator Business Administrator Services, or GBAS—a professional development program that targets business administrators on campus— is accepting applications now through September 14 for the 2012-13 mentoring program.  Participants are selected via a competitive application process, and the program begins in November 2012.

Training and support available to assist with spring term effort certification
The effort certification window for the spring term is now open, and training and support are available to provide assistance. The following training courses are available for enrollment in myUFL:

This month's InfoGator For Your Health article:

The controversy behind prostate cancer screening
UF experts advise screening, personalized treatment options
controversy arose over the importance of routine prostate cancer screenings in May after the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommended men not undergo the screenings. Many urologists and oncologists disagree with the task force’s findings.


GatorFacts: Did you know?
UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.
Save the dates: Open Enrollment and Benefits Fair are just around the corner
This year’s Benefits Open Enrollment is scheduled to run October 8 through November 2.
The controversy behind postate cancer screening








Baby Gator at PK Yonge adjusts rates to offset meal expense 

Baby Gator has always strived to provide nutritious, healthy meals and snacks to children at no additional cost, so Baby Gator’s new center at PK Yonge Developmental School has reduced its weekly enrollment rates by $15 per week to offset a meal expense.
Remember to update direct deposit information in the myUFL system
UF employees who make a change to their financial institution are required update their direct deposit account information in the myUFL system.
Do you sell goods or provide services or rentals to customers?
If your department sells goods or provides services or rentals to customers, you may be generating unrelated business income (UBI) and have an annual reporting requirement. 
Reitz Union leisure courses available to UF faculty and staff
Registration opens on August 27 at 10 a.m. for leisure courses offered at the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
One out of ten laptops is lost or stolen; register for free protection service
A laptop protection service is now available to UF faculty and staff for free through Front Door software.
UF Performing Arts’ 2012-13 season tickets on sale now
This season’s artists include Sister Hazel, Capitol Steps, West Side Story, MOMIX, Hooray for Hollywood, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Kodo, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, HAIR, Monterey Jazz Festival and more!
Tell the APA what you think and get entered to win UF football tickets

A core mission of the Academic and Professional Assembly (APA) is to serve as a conduit of information between staff and administration at the University of Florida. 

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