he J. Wayne Reitz Union’s $70.7 million, 2 1/2-year renovation and expansion opened on Feb. 1 to the UF community. Students, faculty and staff can now access most of the spaces, as construction crews put the finishing touches on the interior.
On Jan. 28, the University Board of Trustees held a special session to resolve the impasse between the University of Florida and the United Faculty of Florida (UFF). Following presentations by the university and UFF, the trustees voted to implement a 2.5 percent merit increase effective Jan. 1, 2016, for in-unit faculty.
Beginning this year, employees will receive a new IRS form to assist in preparing their income tax returns—the 1095-C, Employer Provided Insurance Offer and Coverage.
On Feb. 2, Vice Presidents Zina Evans and Elias Eldayrie announced the launch of a multi-year effort to modernize and unify the University of Florida's student services systems. The Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services—or COMPASS—will be implemented in a series of releases over the next five years.
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 approximately 36 percent.
In November, UF supervisors and HR representatives mapped the university’s filled TEAMS positions to titles developed under the auspices of the UF On Target project.
The process for reporting a non-life threatening on-the-job injury under the University of Florida Workers’ Compensation Program is changing effective March 1.
The University of Florida Police Department, in coordination with University of Florida Student Government, released “GatorSafe” in 2015, replacing TapShield.
If you have not used all the money in your 2015 flexible spending account (FSA), there is still time. The state’s FSAs feature an annual grace period that enables participants to continue to use medical and dependent care accounts for eligible expenses from Jan. 1 through March 15.
Beginning this year, the Florida Retirement System (FRS) Pension Plan Member Annual Statements (MASs) are being distributed to active FRS pension plan members during their month of birth.
Open enrollment for the Florida Prepaid College Plan ends Feb. 29. 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.
To ensure coverage for state health, life and supplemental insurance continues during the summer without a break in service, double deductions will be collected from nine-month and ten-month employees’ paychecks beginning with the Feb. 5 paycheck and continuing through May 13.
Workshops have been scheduled to discuss the preparation of tenure and promotion packets and the University evaluation process for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Human Libraries are held throughout the world, often on college campuses, where human “books” and “readers” engage in personal dialogue about their experiences in order to foster understanding, reduce prejudice and celebrate diversity within our communities.
As the doors open to the J. Wayne Reitz Union this week, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief and sense an undercurrent of excitement rippling through campus. For Dave Kratzer, UF vice president for student affairs, it’s the culmination of a dream that began 30 years ago as he sat in a hotel room after interviewing for the position of the director of UF’s student union, sketching how the building might one day look.
Baby Gator’s 4th Annual Building the Love Fundraiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the University House.
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