April 2013

Online Promotion and Tenure system now available for 2013-14 cycle

OPTAfter two years of development and piloting, the Office of the Provost has introduced a new workflow and opened a new online system for its annual promotion and tenure process.  Online Promotion & Tenure—or “OPT”—employs the myUFL system for uploading, reviewing, tracking and signing-off on all promotion, tenure and/or permanent status packets produced by faculty candidates.

Online training courses designed for both department and college administrators will be available beginning April 5, and several larger colleges and units will be hosting equivalent classroom training during the month of April. Administrators must complete either the classroom or online training in order to request new security roles that will grant them access to the OPT system.

Apply for 2013-14 Leadership Development programs
by April 30

A call for applications for 2013-14 Leadership Development programs sponsored by UF Training and Organizational Development is now underway, with an application deadline of April 30. Apply today for the UF Academy—the university’s emerging leader program—or the Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals program. Participants are selected via a competitive application process for both programs, which begin in the fall of 2013.

Higher Education Opportunity drawing rewards 50 TEAMS employees

The annual drawing for the University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) program held on March 11 resulted in 50 eligible applicants being selected to receive the HEO benefit.

Baby Gator Summer Camp available to VPK participants and kindergarteners

Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers is offering a summer camp for children who attended voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) or kindergarten this year. Campers do not have to be enrolled in a Baby Gator center to participate.

Online discussions held in anticipation of university symposium

The University of Florida is holding a series of online discussions in preparation for its upcoming April 11 symposium, “Bricks and Mortar in a Digital Age.” Faculty, staff and students—as well as others who care about the future of public higher education—are encouraged to participate.

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"Ah-Choo!" is back
Pollen allergy season gets an early start

For many of us, the sneezing and sniffling may have come as an unwelcome surprise as allergy season kicked off earlier than usual this year.

Tree pollen season often starts in late January or early February, but this year’s warmer January weather caused plants to bud earlier than normal and create pollen. Combine the tree pollen with grass pollen that began spreading in March, and patients who suffer from allergies are likely feeling the harsh effects.

Join Living Well for its second annual Olympics Fitness Challenge!
On April 13, Living Well--the University of Florida’s on-campus health facility for faculty, staff and alumni—will once again host its Olympics Fitness Challenge on the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Lawn at 12 noon.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery division offers UF employee discount on nonsurgical procedures
UF’s Department of Surgery offers 20 percent off select nonsurgical procedures at the Florida Center for Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics located at the Millennium Center in Gainesville.

Register today for summer training
UF Training and Organizational Development’s summer catalog is now online.

File 2012 flex spending account claims by April 15
Employees who enrolled in a reimbursement account for 2012 must file their claims by April 15.

EEP accepting applications for summer
The Employee Education Program (EEP) is a popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff.

Free File assistance for those who qualify
The IRS and partners have made Free File available to those who made $57,000 or less in 2012.

Deduction schedule for 403(b) contributions changes
Payroll deductions for 403(b) plan contributions will now be taken each pay period.

Leave cashout in June
The fiscal year-end overtime and special compensatory leave cashout will occur in June.

Earth Day Celebration
Join the Office of Sustainability on April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donate your used items
Close out the Under One Umbrella campaign by helping those in need AND going green!

“One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy” at Phillips Center
Six performances will be held at the Philips Center's Squitieri Studio Theatre April 16-20.

Do you coordinate UF meetings or events?
Don't miss the Event Resource Expo on April 8 from 3 to 5 p.m.

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