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Your Voice. Your UF. Your Ideas.

By on August 2, 2016

Moderated by members of UF’s Climate Study Work Group and the President’s Council on Diversity, the forums provide the campus community with opportunities to review and discuss the results of last fall’s Faculty & Staff Climate Survey, to share their thoughts on the results most salient to them, and to begin to brainstorm action items and next steps. Faculty and staff may save a spot to attend one of these sessions, or they are welcome to stop by to participate.

August symposium to offer case studies and continue conversation about UF’s Strategic Development Plan

By on August 2, 2016

On Aug. 31, the University of Florida will host a symposium to explore how cities and universities across the country have worked together to implement plans similar to UF’s Strategic Development Plan. “One Gainesville: Re-centering, Uniting and Sustaining the University and the City” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Presidents Ballroom at Emerson Alumni Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

University-wide COMPASS information gathering sessions slated for September

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In mid-September, the Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services — or COMPASS — will conduct a series of university-wide sessions. These “interactive design and prototyping,” or “IDP,” meetings will gather more focused input on topics specific to colleges and business units directly affected by changes to the student system.

New Faculty Orientation scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18

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This year’s New Faculty Orientation, scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18 at Emerson Alumni Hall, will feature an optional pre-session, "The Big Picture: Positioning Yourself and the University for the National Stage."

Registration open for UF Training & Organizational Development’s fall roster of courses

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UF Training & Organizational Development provides a range of personal and professional development opportunities to help faculty and staff improve their effectiveness, achieve their goals and make a positive impact. Faculty and staff can take courses to earn certifications in several areas of professional development through the Managing at UF, Business Communications or Pro3 certifications.

Participation in 2015-16 training programs reflects university’s commitment to professional development

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The University of Florida is committed to providing UF faculty and staff with the professional development opportunities they need to continue and elevate their excellence. In the past fiscal year alone, a total of 136,057 training completions were recorded for UF T&OD-sponsored workshops.

Save the date for this year’s Benefits Fair and Open Enrollment period

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The Open Enrollment period for 2017 is scheduled for Oct. 17 through Nov. 4. During Open Enrollment, employees may make elections or change state and UF benefits plans through the appropriate online portals. Changes made during this fall’s Open Enrollment period are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Employee Education Program accepting applications for the fall semester

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

Voluntary Savings Plans help you meet your retirement goals

By on August 2, 2016

Whether beginning your working career or preparing to retire, it’s never too early or too late to save for retirement. The University of Florida 403(b) and 457 Deferred Compensation voluntary plans provide great opportunities for reaching your retirement financial goals through tax-deferred and/or Roth accounts.

Payroll deductions for nine- and ten-month employees resume in September

By on August 2, 2016

Normal payroll deductions for health, life, optional and supplemental insurance for state and UF plans will resume on the Sept. 2 paycheck to align with the nine- and ten- month appointment pay cycle.

Eleventh Annual Equity & Diversity Conference to be held Nov. 3

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The 11th annual Equity & Diversity Conference will begin addressing some relevant issues identified in the recent Campus Climate Survey including: intimidation and bullying, recognizing unconscious biases, and how to have open discussions about differences.

Brian Jose: Aiming to take UF’s storied performing arts program to even greater heights

By on August 2, 2016

Having grown up an athlete who was on his way to a career in finance or another “left-brained” field, Brian Jose’s trajectory made a sudden shift when he heard Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for the first time while on hold on the phone one day. In his early 20s at the time, Jose’s life took a distinct turn into the right-brained world of the arts that day, and he never looked back.

Spotlight on Leadership: Mindbugs

By on August 2, 2016

In the “Outsmarting Mindbugs” podcast episode, you will learn about sneaky critters that lurk in our subconscious called “mindbugs.” These are hidden biases that can impact the organizations we lead.

For UF Genetics Institute, summer brings awards, research breakthroughs

By on August 2, 2016

The UF Genetics Institute has had a busy summer, with many faculty accomplishments worth noting. These include advances in research on the sorghum genome, plant growth during space flight, and microRNA binding elements.

UF Small Animal Veterinary Dermatology Service is recruiting dogs with allergic skin disease for clinical trials

By on August 2, 2016

The UF Small Animal Veterinary Dermatology Service has an active research group working towards a greater understanding of the pathophysiology of canine atopic dermatitis and developing novel treatments for allergic skin diseases in dogs.

Applications to participate in UF’s Research Administration & Financials Training (RAFT) Level One Cohort due Aug. 19

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UF’s Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts & Grants will once again offer a professional development series that provides research administrators throughout the university with “a lifeline” to the research community. Designed for research administrators with one year or less

New requirements for job data correction requests

By on August 2, 2016

Human Resource Services has recently updated the job data correction request form, available on the forms page of the HRS website. Administrators should be sure to read carefully as they complete the form, as there are new requirements.