May 2012

retirement piggy bankFlorida Legislature reduces
state employee retirement contributions beginning July 1: UF offers options for voluntary retirement savings

During the past two years, the State of Florida has made significant changes to its contribution rates for the FRS Pension Plan, FRS Investment Plan and SUS Optional Retirement Program (SUSORP). This year’s reductions will be effective July 1, 2012; please see the enclosed tables for further details.

GatorCare proposal vetoed, but some employees will still be included
On April 20, Governor Scott vetoed the legislation that would have enabled UF to offer GatorCare to faculty and staff currently included in the state’s health insurance plans. Although GatorCare will not be available to the majority of UF employees, a significant number of UF&Shands employees are excluded from the state insurance programs.

President Machen announces FY 2012-13 budget
On April 25, UF President Machen announced the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget to faculty and staff and asked the campus community to work in partnership to identify savings. After five years of budget cuts, the university has lost nearly 25 percent of its state support and campus is currently engaged in identifying more than $38.2 million in spending reductions to meet the FY 2012-13 budget.

Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony honors UF staff and faculty
Almost 400 employees attended the 2012 Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony held on April 19 to celebrate the 129 divisional award winners and 16 university award recipients.  The annual program recognizes staff and faculty members who contribute outstanding and meritorious service, efficiency, and/or economy to the quality of life for students and employees.

Use your 2012 personal days by July 5
If you have unused USPS personal holidays or TEAMS/FACULTY personal leave days, now is the time to use them. Any unused USPS personal holidays and TEAMS/faculty personal leave days not used by the end of the fiscal year will expire.

Employee Education Program 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. In the summer, a combined total of six credits taken during semesters A, B, and C may be covered by the EEP.

This month's InfoGator For Your Health articles:Umatter tip of the month

UF specialists diagnose and treat sports and recreational injuries
Recreational sports activities are fun and healthy, but they also can be dangerous and risky. It’s not uncommon for recreational players to injure their knees, ankles or feet.

Work or personal concerns? Talking with someone can help
Individual counseling, assessment and referrals are available at no cost to employees through the Employee Assistance Program. UF employees may contact the EAP for concerns.

The UF Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program
is proud to host a Tobacco Education Symposium
for clinicians

Individual counseling, assessment and referrals are available at no cost to employees through the Employee Assistance Program. UF employees may contact the EAP for concerns.



for your health
Employees must report 2011-12 compensatory leave use by May 10

All non-exempt TEAMS and USPS employees as well as exempt USPS employees may use overtime and/or special compensatory leave through the end of the fiscal year—June 30—but the leave must be entered into the Weekly Elapsed Screen in the myUFL system no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
Straight No Chaser performs May 13 at the Phillips Center
Known for unforgettable live performances, Straight No Chaser—a 10-member male a cappella group—is coming to the Phillips Center May 13 for a special Mother’s Day performance.
New Baby Gator location opens at PK Yonge Developmental Research School
Baby Gator has partnered with PK Yonge Developmental Research School to open a Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center on the PKY campus. 
READ program poster features Baby Gator
VPK students

Baby Gators are now READ poster children! The READ program hosted by UF Libraries recently invited children in the VPK classes at Baby Gator to pose for their poster campaign.

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