Viewing: February, 2016

A more perfect union

By on February 2, 2016

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.

Board of Trustees votes to implement merit increase for in-unit faculty

By on February 2, 2016

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.

New IRS Form 1095 to be distributed to employees

By on February 2, 2016

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.

Multi-year effort underway to modernize, unify student services systems

By on February 2, 2016

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.

UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey update

By on February 2, 2016

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.

UF On Target project team to implement new TEAMS titles in stages

By on February 2, 2016

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.

New procedures for workers’ compensation injury reporting

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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.

UF introduces new GatorSafe mobile safety app

By on February 2, 2016

The University of Florida Police Department, in coordination with University of Florida Student Government, released “GatorSafe” in 2015, replacing TapShield.

Flex spending account grace period available through March 15

By on February 2, 2016

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.

FRS pension plan annual statements’ distribution linked to date of birth

By on February 2, 2016

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.

Florida Prepaid open enrollment runs through February 29

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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.

Double deductions for state plans begin

By on February 2, 2016

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.

Tenure, Permanent Status and Promotion Workshops for Faculty

By on February 2, 2016

Workshops have been scheduled to discuss the preparation of tenure and promotion packets and the University evaluation process for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Share your story as a human book in UF’s Human Library

By on February 2, 2016

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.

Dave Kratzer—A lifetime of service, a legacy of lives touched

By on February 2, 2016

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 “Building the Love” annual fundraiser is Feb. 6

By on February 2, 2016

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.

Spotlight on Leadership: The Multitasking Mirage

By on February 2, 2016

Are you doing more than one thing right now? Are you reading this article while also checking your email, texting a colleague, surfing the web on your phone, working on a report or playing a computer game? Do you pride yourself on being “a great multitasker?” Be warned. A growing body of research shows that multitasking actually decreases productivity, impairs your cognitive ability, increases your stress and diminishes your creativity.