Viewing: December, 2015

Celebrating the Inauguration of President W. Kent Fuchs

By on December 2, 2015

On Friday, Dec. 4, Dr. W. Kent Fuchs will be installed as the 12th president of the University of Florida. Here’s a look back at some special moments from his first year in office.

Human Resource Services wishes you a joyous and safe holiday season!

By on December 1, 2015

UF Leave Administration encourages you to enter your time and leave early as you make preparations for time off during the holidays. All TEAMS and Academic Personnel identified by their departments as “essential employees” who will be working during the holiday closing period may now begin to use and enter December personal leave.

Raise Review File available through Dec. 18

By on December 1, 2015

The Raise Review File for 2016 merit salary and minimum wage increases effective in 2016 was made available to campus on Monday, Nov. 30. Supervisors and human resources representatives should enter merit increases into the raise review file by the end of business Friday, Dec. 18.

Climate Survey yields 36 percent response rate from faculty and staff

By on December 1, 2015

The UF Faculty & Staff Climate Survey, designed to help determine how well the university fosters a sense of belonging for its faculty and staff, opened on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and closed on Friday, Nov. 27, with an overall response rate from faculty and staff of 36.4 percent—although a few more paper surveys are expected to be received this week.

Registration for spring professional development offerings opens Dec. 7

By on December 1, 2015

UF faculty and staff power UF’s preeminence through their personal and professional excellence. UF Training and Organizational Development (T&OD) is pleased to offer a broad range of development opportunities for spring 2016 designed specifically to help UF faculty and staff learn and achieve.

Review December and January paychecks for insurance deductions

By on December 1, 2015

Each payday, especially following Open Enrollment, it’s important to confirm that your insurance premium deductions are correct. A majority of state plan premiums (with the exception of flexible spending accounts) are deducted and prepaid a month in advance.

Calendar year-end vacation leave conversion slated for January

By on December 1, 2015

The annual vacation leave conversion process will take place at the end of the pay period covering Jan. 1–14, 2016. Vacation hours exceeding the annual maximum at the end of 2015 will automatically be converted into employees’ sick leave balance.

Get your W-2 electronically

By on December 1, 2015

W-2s will be available through myUFL in January. To receive yours electronically, login to myUFL and navigate to My Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > W-2/W-2c Consent. Consent is confirmed via e-mail and provides active employees with several benefits.

Retirement plan contribution limits unchanged for 2016

By on December 1, 2015

The IRS recently announced the retirement plan contribution limits for 2016 will remain the same as the 2015 limits.

FRS changes delivery timing of annual statements

By on December 1, 2015

Beginning in 2016, participants in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) will receive member annual statements in the month they were born, based on service credit through the prior month. Statements will continue to be available from the FRS Online account thereafter.

Employee Education Program accepting applications for spring semester

By on December 1, 2015

The Employee Education Program (EEP) is a popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff that provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester. An EEP tutorial is available on the HRS

Don’t forget your Gator Perks this holiday season!

By on December 1, 2015

Through “Gator Perks,” University of Florida employees are offered discounts on products and services at businesses serving our employees’ diverse needs and interests.

Campus Spotlight: LB Hannahs

By on December 1, 2015

In LB Hannahs’ email signature block, just under LB’s name, is a line that reads: “Pronouns: Any & All.” You can’t miss it. You will probably pause. An interior monologue may even ensue that goes something like: “Wait. What do I do with that? Well, how do I address her? No—wait. That’s not right. Him. No, that’s not right either. Wait. What do I do?” And in that small teachable moment, LB Hannahs has gently and effectively disrupted your neural pathways.

President Fuchs offers words of wisdom to UF business administrators at Fall GBAS Institute

By on December 1, 2015

UF President Kent Fuchs provided an inspiring and warm welcome address to a crowd of 90 staff members representing business units throughout campus at the Fall Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS) Institute held at Emerson Alumni Hall on Nov. 18.

New GBAS director appointed

By on December 1, 2015

Barbara Mitola was recently appointed director of Gator Business Administrator Services. A UF employee since 2001, Barb is currently human resources coordinator for the College of the Arts.

Spotlight on Leadership: Resolve

By on December 1, 2015

This month’s Leadership Toolkit features information about the Resolve competency, a part of the Cultivate Talent quadrant of the UF Leadership Competency Model.

Apply to serve on a university committee, board or council by Jan. 30

By on December 1, 2015

Each year, the University of Florida offers employees the opportunity to participate in its governance through various university committees, boards and councils. Faculty, administrators and staff are encouraged to serve as a member of one or more of these entities.

Winners of 2015 International Educator Award announced

By on December 1, 2015

The University of Florida International Center recently announced the winners of the 2015 International Educator Awards.

Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award applications due March 7

By on December 1, 2015

The Office of the Provost recently announced a call for Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award applications open to all faculty not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Applications are due by March 7 for awards to be used between July 1 and Dec. 31.

Save the Date! Free “Windows to Wellness 2016” health and wellness fair for faculty and staff to be held on Jan. 22

By on December 1, 2015

Be sure to mark your calendar NOW for “Windows to Wellness 2016”—a health and wellness fair designed with UF faculty and staff in mind. Come to Emerson Alumni Hall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, to learn more about the many resources and programs available to UF employees.

“Tools for a Mindful Life” series returns in January

By on December 1, 2015

UF-UF Health Wellness and UF Mindfulness have teamed up to once again host a four-week “Tools for a Mindful Life” series led by Nancy Lasseter, Ed.S., LMHC, for faculty and staff interested in exploring mindfulness practices.

UF Mindfulness welcomes Finnish researcher on compassion in the workplace Dec. 7

By on December 1, 2015

Jenni Spännäri, PhD, of the University of Helsinki in Finland, will present her research on compassion in the workplace —Revolutionary Power of Compassion (CoPassion) & Cooperation in Care (CoCare) — on Monday, Dec. 7, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in McCarty Hall A,

Spring Wellness Wednesday series kicks off with DOWN SIZE author Ted Spiker

By on December 1, 2015

Get inspiration with a dash of humor to support you in your New Year’s resolutions when Ted Spiker, professor and chair of UF’s Department of Journalism, kicks off this spring’s Wellness Wednesday series on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Employees “pursued a healthier chew” in October

By on December 1, 2015

Nearly 100 employees participated in GatorCare and UF-UF Health Wellness’ fall nutrition challenge, “Pursue a Healthier Chew.” The month-long challenge encouraged participants to engage in healthy nutrition habits such as meal prepping, mindful eating, swapping less healthy foods for healthier options and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.