September 2012

Open Enrollment runs October 8 through November 2
stethoscopeEach year, UF’s benefits Open Enrollment period provides a window of time for employees to make changes to their insurance plans. This year’s Open Enrollment begins October 8 at 8 a.m. and ends November 2 at 6 p.m. (EST). During Open Enrollment, all state- and UF-sponsored plans will be available for elections and changes.

UF expands its voluntary benefits options with UF Select
This year, the University of Florida will introduce UF Select, an employee-paid, after-tax, optional voluntary benefits program designed to provide employees with choices to round out their financial protection. Available plans include new options for dental, vision, critical illness with cancer, accident, universal life with long-term care, hospital indemnity protection, legal and pet insurance, as well as a cash-back retail program.

myUFL HR and Payroll Upgrade “goes live” September 18
The myUFL HR and Payroll Upgrade will “go live” on September 18 at 8 a.m. All employees who use the myUFL system, including faculty and OPS staff, will notice some changes as a result of this upgrade and are, therefore, reminded to clear their cache and cookies before using the system for the first time that morning.

Superior Accomplishment Awards nomination period kicks off September 12
The University of Florida’s 2013 Superior Accomplishment Awards program nomination period begins September 12 and runs through October 31, 2012. Now in its 24th 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 August 1, 2011, to July 31, 2012.

Davis Productivity Award nominations due September 21
Nomination forms for the 2013 Davis Productivity Awards program are now available online. The awards program annually honors state government employees throughout Florida.

Sick Leave Pool open enrollment to be held in October
Qualifying University of Florida employees may apply for membership in the Sick Leave Pool during its open enrollment period from October 1 to 31. All applications must be received by the Sick Leave Pool administrator in Leave Administration by 5 p.m. on October 31.

Deadline for Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) scholarship applications is November 1
The 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. In March 2013, Human Resource Services will select, at random from a pool of eligible HEO applicants, 50 TEAMS employees to participate in this program.

Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program offers possibility of a 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) to attend a participating Tuition Exchange college or university at a significant tuition reduction rate.

Nominations for UF Information Technology awards due October 5
Each fall, information technology groups who have served with distinction are honored at the Fall IT Assembly.

Be sure to report all work/life-event changes
UF employees are responsible for reporting any qualifying status events to University Benefits or their Human Resource Services satellite office for benefits purposes. Currently People First (the state plan administrator) allows 31 days to report a change.  However by the end of September, the timeframe will be extended from 31 days to a 60-day window.

Spaces still available at PK Yonge School—now open to children of Shands employees
Baby Gator at PK Yonge offers one three- and four-year-old class and one Voluntary Pre-K class. Children whose parents are students, staff or faculty at UF, PK Yonge School or Shands are eligible to attend.

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UF Pain and Spine Center offers quick, nonsurgical treatment for persistent low back pain
UF experts advise screening, personalized treatment options
Persistent or chronic pain can degrade a person’s quality of life. Among the most common forms of pain is low back pain.

Back-to-school physicals are more than just checkups
The yearly chore of back-to-school physicals can at first seem cumbersome and nothing more than an annoyance that parents and guardians are expected to fit in between work, vacations, school and the million other things they are asked to do.

Free flu shots offered to employees with a UF ID during September and October
Want to get your flu shot early this year? UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, is making it easier than ever by offering free flu shots to employees. Beginning this month, the UF Student Health Care Center (SHCC) will offer free flu shots in various locations in and around the Shands at UF North Tower. Just bring your UF ID (employees or students).

Employee Assistance Program provides free and confidential counseling
Employee  Assistance Program (EAP) services are available to all UF faculty, TEAMS/USPS and OPS employees and are free of charge. Counseling sessions are confidential and address a range of situations.








Benefits Fair slated for October 23
This year’s Benefits Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Touchdown Terrace.

Stakeholders’ input gathered as Presidential Search gets underway
In August, the Presidential Search Committee reached out to nearly 250,000 key UF stakeholders. 

Drug-free workplace statement summarizes policy
The Drug-Free Workplace Act requires UF to maintain a drug-free workplace.

Do you access UF’s wireless network?
UF’s wireless networks were recently enhanced with improved security.

Gator CSA returns
UF Sustainability’s popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program returns for the 2012-2013 growing season.

Alternative Transportation Fair slated for September 12
Learn about your options at the Alternative Transportation Fair on September 12. 

Constitution Day event to examine Affordable Care Act
The Levin College of Law will examine healthcare reform with a discussion, “The Affordable Care Act: The U.S. Constitution Meets Health Care Reform.”

UF partners with online service to get vote out
The Bob Graham Center has partnered with an innovative digital platform to enable employees and students to efficiently register to vote or request absentee ballots.

Graham Center event tackles civility in politics
Jonathan Haidt will discuss how to recover civility in American politics on Wednesday, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. in Pugh Hall. 

Sister Hazel kicks off UFPA’s  2012-13 Season
Gainesville’s own Sister Hazel returns to the Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21.

Rascal Flatts performs September 29
Rascal Flatts will be coming to the O’Connell Center on Saturday, September 29, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Gator Growl 2012 on sale now
Gator Growl 2012 will be held at 7 p.m. on November 9 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium’s Florida Field.

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