January 2013

Governor, Board of Trustees ask President Machen to healthcareextend his UF contract

Recognizing the opportunity for the University of Florida to become one of the nation’s premier institutions, Gov. Rick Scott and UF Board of Trustees Chairman David Brown have asked UF President Bernie Machen to continue his leadership over Florida’s most highly ranked university.

“We have committed today to undertake this ambitious goal and fulfill a bold vision for higher education in the state of Florida,” Scott said. “President Machen has earned a reputation for visionary thinking and has a record as a change agent.  I have asked him to continue his service as president, and I look forward to working with him, the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees on this effort to realize a new vision for higher education in Florida.”

Verify your benefits deductions for 2013

Whether or not you made changes during the fall benefits Open Enrollment period, the new year is a good time to review your paycheck to ensure your coverage selections are accurate.

Social Security changes take effect this month, Medicare tax to increase for some

In addition to changes in your paycheck resulting from elections you may have made during the Open Enrollment period, other changes to your net pay will also take effect this pay period.

Flex spending account grace period available through March 15

If you have not used all the money in your 2012 Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you still have time. The state’s FSAs feature a grace period that enables participants to continue to use medical and dependent care accounts for eligible expenses from January 1 through March 15. This annual grace period provides more time to use your 2012 FSA pre-tax funds for qualified expenses.

Florida Prepaid open enrollment runs through Jan. 31

Open enrollment for the Florida Prepaid College Plan is underway and runs through January 31. Both the Florida Prepaid Plan and the Florida Investment Plan (a 529 plan) offer affordable ways to save for your children’s future college expenses. Sign up by visiting the Florida Prepaid website or call (800) 552-GRAD (4723) to request an enrollment kit and application.

Money available to improve IT at UF

Do you have an idea for a service or facility enhancement that would improve information technology at UF?  Each year, “tech fees”—state-mandated fees assessed to all students enrolled at public universities in Florida—are used to enhance technology on campus.  This year, nearly $1 million is available to be awarded for Technology Fee proposals. 

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Ask the doctor: Offsetting holiday weight gain and leading a healthy lifestyle

What are good strategies for losing weight after all the holiday festivities and indulgences?

Have a New Year’s resolution to stop tobacco use?
Many people resolve to quit using tobacco at this time of year, and the UF Area Health Education centers (AHEC) program is here to help! 

Need support for a relapse?
The UF’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also offering a Relapse Support Group for those who have participated in any of the EAP's previous smoking cessation groups since the inception of the Smoking Cessation Program.

Did you know?
UF has 4,215 faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service—including 40 Eminent Scholar chairs and 28 faculty elections to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine or the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Year-end vacation conversion slated to occur after Jan. 17
Vacation-accruing employees, please note that any accrued vacation time that exceeds the annual maximum will convert to sick leave after the Jan. 17 pay period ends.

Resolved to become fiscally fit in 2013?
University Retirement is offering some upcoming opportunities to hone your financial planning skills. 

Bob Graham Center events highlight education
The Bob Graham Center for Public Service turns its eye to education in January, hosting two events.

Dance company MOMIX performs Jan. 24 at the Phillips Center
Modern dance company MOMIX will present “Botanica” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Phillips Center. Tickets start at $25 ($10 for UF students).


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