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     November 2013

The holiday season is almost here!

starIn keeping with past practice, UF will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. While classes have been cancelled on Wednesday, Nov. 27, the university will remain open. 

In addition to the November holidays, the university will be closed for the holiday period of Dec. 25, 2013, through Jan. 1, 2014. The holiday closing period is designed to offer departments the flexibility to close or significantly reduce staffing during the holiday season.

TEAMS employees may participate in leave cash-out through Nov. 19

Each year, UF TEAMS employees are given the opportunity to cash out up to 16 hours of vacation leave, provided at least 40 hours remain on balance.  TEAMS employees wishing to take advantage of UF’s December Leave Cashout may enter the hours during the period of Nov. 8-19, using the “DLC – 280 December Vacation Leave” time-reporting code on a non-work day, such as Saturday or Sunday.

Complete any State Open Enrollment corrections by
Nov. 22

If you made changes to any State of Florida/People First plans during Open Enrollment, be sure to carefully review your People First confirmation statement. The correction period for these plans runs from Nov. 11-22.

State-sponsored supplemental plans may require additional steps

Some of the supplemental plans that were offered during Open Enrollment require medical underwriting and/or application, and enrollment is subject to approval by the supplemental insurance company.

Enrolled in a Health Investor Health Plan?

If you enrolled in a Health Investor Health Plan during Open Enrollment, don’t forget to establish your Health Savings Account (HSA). Your HSA can be used to pay out-of-pocket expenses like your deductible and co-insurance now or for qualified medical expenses in the future.

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.

Changes to FICA Alternative and Special Pay plans coming in December

On Dec. 12, VALIC will replace BENCOR as the investment provider for UF’s FICA Alternative and Special Pay plans. VALIC currently provides service to University of Florida employees through the State University System Optional Retirement Program (SUSORP), UF 403(b) Plan, Health Center 403(b) Plan and Florida Deferred Compensation Plan.

New accounts payable system will require training, new security roles

On Feb. 1, University Disbursements and the Office of the CFO will introduce myUF Payment Solutions, a new accounts payable system designed to streamline, digitize and automate the processing of invoices and vouchering. A newly designed myUFL supplier portal will enable electronic invoices to flow directly from vendors to UF Disbursements, eliminating extra steps and reducing paper in the process.

Employee Education Program accepting applications for spring semester

A popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff, the Employee Education Program (EEP) provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.

Join the IT conversation at UF

The UF community has several ways to voice ideas or concerns about information technology on campus. Do you have questions about IT services or supported products? Want to know more about what UFIT is working on?


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Raising eyebrows: The latest in plastic surgery

As the cosmetic surgery industry continues to grow, consumers often wonder which new treatments and advancements in technology are safe and which are scams.

GatorAdvantage NOW clinic provides same-day appointments for all UF and UF Health employees
The GatorAdvantage NOW clinic, located at UF Health Internal Medicine – Medical Plaza, provides faculty and staff with easy access to an on-campus location for same-day appointments.

New website features wellness resources available to UF and UF Health employees
The UF-UF Health Shands Wellness Committee recently introduced a new website designed to help employees of both groups locate wellness resources throughout campus that best meet their needs.

Free flu shots still available this month
Bring your UF ID to Founders Gallery—located at UF Health’s North Entrance near the Communicore Building—to get a free flu shot this month. Shots will be available on Nov. 14, 15 and 19 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, please visit the Student Health Care Center website.

Shake your tail feathers with Living Well on Dec. 4
Start the holiday season off right!  Living Well will host a free Turkey Buster Zumba class from 5:30 to 7:30 on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Florida Gym.  For more information, call (352) 294-1626.

UF Health Family Medicine and Internal Medicine practices now offer evening appointments
UF Health now offers adult primary care appointments two evenings a week exclusively for patients of UF Health Family Medicine and Internal Medicine practices.



Baby Gator fundraiser returns in February
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Building the Love, UF’s second annual fundraising event to benefit the Baby Gator Child Development Centers, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13. 

Register for spring training courses beginning Dec. 2
Watch for UF Training and Organizational Development’s spring 2014 schedule to open for registration on Monday, Dec. 2.

University committee nominations now being accepted
Each year,UF offers employees the opportunity to participate in its governance through various university committees, boards and councils. 

Faculty Town Hall on “UF Core” slated for Nov. 18
The next Faculty Senate-sponsored Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. in Turlington Room L011.

UAA to host Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day
As a sign of appreciation, the University Athletic Association Inc. recently announced a special ticket price for all UF faculty and staff to attend the Florida vs. Georgia Southern football game on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.  

Nov. 18-22 is International Education Week
An annual celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange, International Education Week is designed to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad.

UF Fine Arts offers an array of upcoming events
UF’s College of Fine Arts will host a wide range of performances in November and December. 

2013 Global Culture Photo Competition award-winners announced
To view the 2013 winners, visit the International Center’s website or visit the Grinter Gallery through Nov. 22. 

Participate in a survey and help UF become more veteran-friendly
The Counseling and Wellness Center and Student Veteran Services Committee invite employees to participate in a brief survey.

Save on UPF books this holiday season!
The University Press of Florida’s annual holiday sale features discounts of up to 40 percent off. 

Sustainable events workshop designed to help departments go green
Does your department host many events that you wish could be a little more sustainable?

Phillips Center welcomes Hello, Dolly! to the stage
Winner of ten Tony Awards, including best musical, Hello, Dolly! comes to the Phillips Center on Monday, Dec. 2.

New FLARE program features listserv, workshops
UF's new Financial Literacy And Retirement Education (FLARE) program provides employees with updates, workshops and information on trending topics. 

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