June 2014

Budget announced for FY 2014-15

Facilities enhancements top list of major appropriations

Photo courtesy of Pam Marlin UF Then and Now

On Monday, June 2, Gov. Rick Scott approved the state of Florida’s budget for the coming fiscal year, which includes more than $100 million in new funding for the University of Florida. In a June 5 letter to faculty and staff, President Bernie Machen expressed his gratitude to the Legislature and the governor for their partnership with UF’s goal of becoming a top-10 public research university.

Leadership Development participants announced for 2014-15

The following UF faculty and staff have been selected for the university’s Leadership Development programs for the 2014-15 academic year. Please join us in congratulating these employees for being selected via a competitive application process.

Shared UF-UF Health employee training management system coming this fall

The University of Florida and UF Health Shands are developing a new integrated training management system for faculty and staff. The shared “myTraining” portal will launch this fall.

Along with managing the training records of employees of both organizations, the “one-stop” portal will enable faculty and staff to view training schedules, register for professional and required classes, and complete online training. 

Proposed fringe benefit pool rates for 2014-15 revised

The University has calculated revised proposed rates for the pooled fringe rates for fiscal year 2014-15 and submitted them to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Three employee groups—graduate assistants, housestaff and postdocs—are impacted by the revisions since the initial communication distributed on April 8. 

HSP Training

On July 14, UF’s new Human Subject Payment (HSP) system will go live—providing a new "one-stop shop" experience for departments, improving turnaround time and reducing the overall administrative burden of paying human subject participants in UF research studies. All new requests for human subject payments will use the new processes, which will affect how payments are coordinated, disbursed and tracked in the myUFL system.

EEP accepting applications for Summer B

During the summer, a combined total of six credits taken during semesters A, B and C may be covered by the Employee Education Program (EEP). Employees interested in participating in the EEP during Summer B must register and complete their applications by the following deadlines:

Business Affairs seeking department contact updates for small businesses and vendors

Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations is currently making departmental updates to the Vendor Resource Guide, which provides small vendors with information and guidelines for effectively engaging with UF departments. Due to staff changes, the guide must be updated regularly. UF employees involved with the handling of purchasing, vendor or procurement needs, or procurement decisions for their areas should ensure their contact information is up-to-date.

For Your health

UF, UF Health seeking “wellness partners”

Do you have an interest in health and wellness? Are you an advocate for a healthy lifestyle or working toward one? UF and UF Health are seeking “wellness partners” to help spread the word about UF and UF Health employee wellness initiatives and to serve as liaisons between the employee population and the wellness program. 

Aspiring wellness partners can download the application form here.

UF mobile app now features RecSports info

UF mobile app users now have instant access to RecSports hours and can register for RecSports classes.   

Receive 20 percent off select cosmetic procedures

In June, UF Health Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics Center is offering a 20 percent discount on select nonsurgical procedures, including laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, laser therapy for acne and spider veins, and more.  



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Save the dates for fall Open Enrollment and Benefits Fair

This year's benefits Open Enrollment period is scheduled to run Oct. 20 through Nov. 7. The Benefits Fair, which hosts all of UF’s benefits and retirement vendors, will be held on Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Touchdown Terrace in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

New enrollment portal introduced for UFSelect and GatorCare insurance plans

Last month, University Benefits introduced a new self-service portal through which new employees may enroll in and employees with qualifying status changes may make changes to their UFSelect and GatorCare insurance plans. 

Enhanced UF Directory features new look, improved search feature

The new UF Directory features a revised “look and feel,” providing a friendlier user experience. The new design is responsive—meaning it will load correctly on a desktop, laptop or mobile device—and is cleaner and less cluttered.

APA welcomes its incoming board of directors

The University of Florida Academic and Professional Assembly (APA) recently announced its incoming board of directors: Whitney Smith, president; Andy Howard, president elect; Heather Voet, secretary/treasurer; Michelle Ocepek, program chair; Holly O’Ferrell, publicity chair; Marjorie Pither, online communications chair; Debra Krawczykiewicz, membership chair; and Melissa Orth, past president.

UF International Piano Festival features free recitals

The University of Florida International Piano Festival (UFIPF)—sponsored by the University of Florida, UF School of Music, UF Office of Research, UF Health, Visit Gainesville and Hoggtowne Music—will be held June 14-21 in the Music Building, Room 101.

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark runs June 12-15 and July 9-12 

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, a recent comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, chronicles 70 years in the life of Vera Stark, a determined African-American maid and would-be Hollywood actress. The comedy is being presented June 12-15 and July 9-12 in the Black Box Theatre of the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion. Tickets are $13 for UF students, UF faculty/staff and senior citizens, and are $17 for the general public. For more information, visit

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