Last October, UF Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Charlie Lane announced an incentive program beginning Feb. 1 to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles over traditional gas-powered vehicles. The incentive supports UF’s goal of having 10 percent of its vehicle fleet be composed of electric vehicles within 10 years.
More than 70 people attended a recent town hall organized to give students an opportunity to share their concerns and solutions to improve the campus climate with President Kent Fuchs and other administrators, including Vice President for Human Resources Jodi Gentry.
In advance of the holiday closing period, please be sure to check the recommendations below for shutting down office devices, including computers, printers, appliances and others.
Last month, internationally acclaimed artist Naziha Mestaoui unveiled her Live Oak Tree of Life artwork in Innovation Square alongside scientists and leaders of the University of Florida and Gainesville communities.
1The Florida Museum recently unveiled the “Discovery Zone,” a permanent interactive exhibit. Designed for children 8 and under, the exhibition provides opportunities for families to discover and learn together.
As a Passport Acceptance Facility for the U.S. Department of State, Mail and Document Services offers passport books and passport cards. Currently, processing time for passports is six weeks with expedited service in three weeks.
The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities now serves more than 3,500 constituents in 14 counties.
Start 2017 off on the right foot! Attend Windows to Wellness 2017, a one-day event filled with activities, information and resources designed to support you in your wellness journey. Benefits-eligible UF and UF Health employees are invited to the Reitz Union’s Grand Ballroom between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, to learn more about the many resources and programs available to them.
In May, 2016, UFIT launched the Dropbox for Faculty service. The service is now available to all faculty and staff to share files for academic, administrative, and research purposes using the same interface and functionalities everyone is accustomed to using.
Spring/summer GatorGradCare coverage is effective Jan. 1, 2017.
UFIT recently transferred management of the myUFL homepage, or “splash page,” to the Office of University Relations. The splash page was also upgraded to match the appearance of the university’s new web template launched earlier this year.
Due to Hurricane Matthew, the University of Florida closed at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, and remained closed through Sunday, Oct. 9. Administrative leave is being granted to eligible employees who were scheduled to work during this time. Anyone who was
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
On June 14, the University of Florida released the results of the Faculty and Staff Climate Survey conducted in the fall of 2015. Town hall meetings led by Sue Rankin of Rankin & Associates, the consulting firm engaged to coordinate the survey, were held to discuss high-level summaries of the findings from a university-wide perspective. A report of the findings may also now be found on the survey website.
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.
Designed to help determine how well the university fosters an overall sense of belonging for its faculty and staff, the UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey was available for completion from Oct. 27 through Nov. 27 of 2015. In June, a representative from Rankin & Associates — the consulting firm engaged to coordinate the survey — will be on campus to discuss high-level summaries of the findings from a university-wide perspective.
Nearly 400 employees gathered at the J. Wayne Reitz Union’s Grand Ballroom on April 14 for the 2016 Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony. This annual program recognizes staff and faculty members who contribute outstanding and meritorious service, efficiency and/or economy, or
At a public forum held on Monday, May 2, UF leaders and representatives of the Elkus Manfredi and Dumont Janks consulting firms shared with approximately 60 attendees the results of the CoMap survey conducted for two weeks in April. More than 2,200 faculty, staff, students and community members completed the survey, which asked participants to place icons to indicate where they live, work and socialize as well as to outline their typical transportation routes.
Designed to help determine how well the university fosters an overall sense of belonging for its faculty and staff, the UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey was available for completion from Oct. 27 through Nov. 27 of 2015.
The Prudential Productivity Awards, an annual event honoring state employees throughout Florida, has announced its winners for 2016, including four winners from the University of Florida.
During times when the university closes due to an emergency, essential personnel may still be required to work. The University of Florida recently developed a policy regarding the compensation of essential personnel during an emergency closing.
All non-exempt TEAMS and USPS employees as well as exempt USPS employees may use overtime and/or special compensatory leave through the end of the fiscal year—June 30—but the leave must be entered into the Elapsed Timesheet in the myUFL system no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 2.
If you have unused TEAMS or faculty personal leave days or a USPS personal holiday, now is the time to use those days. USPS personal holidays and TEAMS/faculty personal leave days will expire if they are not used by the end of the pay period in which June 30 (the end of the fiscal year) occurs. The last day to use your personal days for 2015-2016 is June 30.
Employees on 9- and 10-month appointments will not have deductions taken over the summer months for UFSelect, GatorCare and/or state plans if enrolled. Premiums for these employees’ elected coverage(s) are deducted in the fall and spring semesters in order to cover the summer months.
In an effort to significantly improve the way it administers research, the Office of Research introduced the University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool—or UFIRST—in the spring of 2015. On July 5, the final phase of the UFIRST implementation will be complete when the awards module of the system is launched.