While the safety, well-being and status of international students are some of the UF International Center’s top priorities, Debra Anderson wants them to feel that the University of Florida is their true home. During her 17 years as the director of International Student Services, Anderson has made it her personal mission to befriend students as soon as she meets them.
The 2017 UF Benefits & Wellness Fair was bigger than better than ever, with 61 vendors representing UF’s many benefits and financial planning vendors as well as a range of organizations dedicated to providing an enhanced quality of life for UF’s faculty and staff.
Faculty and staff now have until Friday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. EST to make enroll in or make changes to their benefits plans.
As UF President Kent Fuchs announced in July, a 3 percent salary increase pool has been established to provide merit increases to faculty and staff this academic year. Individual increases determined by criteria established by colleges and units will take effect on Jan. 1.
In September, Equifax revealed a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 140 million Americans. Because of this breach, your social security number, driver’s license number, credit card numbers, date of birth and address could now be on the Dark Web.
Last May, the Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI) began requesting a random sample of employees’ documents as part of a quality assurance review to confirm employees’ dependents, both newly added and existing, are eligible for insurance coverage. Effective Dec. 1, this audit will include all employees with dependents enrolled in state plans.
UF Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Charlie Lane has announced an incentive to encourage departments to purchase electric vehicles over gas-powered vehicles to support the goal of having 10 percent of UF’s vehicle fleet be composed of electric vehicles within the next 10 years.
Many Americans gain between one and five pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. To resist the added weight gain, you are invited to join the 11th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge.
If you are a TEAMS employee, you may be eligible to cash out up to 16 hours of vacation leave during the pay period of Nov. 3 to 16 if you have at least 40 hours of vacation leave remaining on balance after the end of that pay period. Eligible participants will receive the cash-out payment on their Nov. 22 paycheck.
To help reach its goal of zero waste by 2020, the University of Florida is on its way to replacing nearly 300 traditional open top waste bins located in high volume and high profile locations with Bigbelly’s Smart Waste and Recycling System.
New Harn exhibit will be on display through Dec. 31
University of Florida leaders, alongside developers, investors and community members, gathered Oct. 13 for the groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of 800 Second at Innovation Square. The building, at the corner of SW 2nd Ave. and SW 8th St., across the street from UF’s Innovation Hub technology incubator, is slated to offer 55,000 square feet of state-of-the-art office, collaboration, and retail space, and will serve as a place for technology and innovation ventures to grow and flourish.
The University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) provides children of full-time TEAMS employees with the opportunity of tuition assistance for an undergraduate education at the University of Florida. In spring 2018, Human Resource Services will select, at random from a pool of eligible HEO applicants, 50 TEAMS employees to participate in this program. Each eligible employee may submit one child’s name into the drawing. To be considered for this benefit, the TEAMS employee must apply for the HEO by November 15.
In addition to honoring innovative and cost-saving accomplishments, the awards program recognizes the measurable contributions, increased productivity and added value of individuals and teams. Eligible for nomination are individuals and teams.
The University of Florida has launched a new course aimed at educating employees on recognizing and preventing sexual harassment, misconduct and discrimination on campus. The course, GET803: Maintaining a Safe and Respectful Campus: Sexual Violence, Harassment and Discrimination Awareness and Prevention.
Beneficiary information for your life insurance plans may be updated at any time throughout the year. Keeping your designations up to date ensures that your life benefits are paid to the person or people that you intended. With various life plans offered at UF, beneficiaries are collected and maintained differently based upon the plan in which you are enrolled.
Elizabeth Jones, a receptionist for UF Information Technology and UF’s longest-serving employee, has worked at the university for 65 years.
Often individuals who experience a mental and/or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet every year millions of Americans experience these conditions. Individuals facing mental and/or substance use disorders need support from their friends and families, who can create environments and relationships that promote acceptance.
Find the perfect gift for all the important people in your life this holiday season with the University Press of Florida's holiday book sale! From cooking to photography, art, travel, gardening, fishing, sports, literature, history and more, the press has books for every reader.
You can provide consent now to retrieve your W-2 for 2017 electronically in myUFL when it becomes available in January 2018.
The 2018 Social Security wage base increases to $128,700 (up $1,500 from the 2017 wage base). The maximum Social Security tax employees and employers will each pay in 2018 is $7,979.40 ($128,700 x 6.2%).
UF’s All Access textbook program continues to expand for Spring 2018, with nearly 100 courses participating across the university. The program has saved students $5 million since it was created in 2013.
Keeping the safety and security of the university’s faculty, staff in students foremost in mind, the University of Florida has allowed the National Policy Institute to rent the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for a speaking event with the institute’s president, white nationalist Richard Spencer.
During Open Enrollment, employees can make changes and elections to state and UF benefit plans that will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Here’s how you can get ready for this year’s Open Enrollment, which runs Oct. 16-Nov. 3.
In the days leading up to, during and after Hurricane Irma, many faculty, staff and students rallied to support one another by giving their time, efforts and financial support.
After many meetings and much deliberation, the Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @FloridaMuseum exhibit was conceived. Spearheading the project was exhibit developer Julie Waters.
Qualifying University of Florida employees may apply for membership in the Sick Leave Pool during its open enrollment period, Oct. 1-31. Applications must be received by UFHR Benefits by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The recent Equifax data breach as well as the rise in phishing targeting UF email accounts remind us all of the need to be extra careful when updating, sharing or accessing protected information. Employees are encouraged to be especially vigilant during Open Enrollment for phishing attempts by email and by telephone.
UF’s Strategic Development Plan to create a national model for “town-and-gown” relationships — guided by Chief Operating Officer Charles Lane — earned the 2017 “Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus” award.