Category: Community Connections

O’Connell Center staff give back to local furry friends

orange and yellow dog rope toys

Late last month, the Employee Relations Office at the O’Connell Center opened its doors for the third dog toy-making event.


Undoing the multitasking mindset to improve performance

scott blades headshot with background filter

Business Report of North Central Florida recently spoke with Scott Blades, assistant director of Training and Organizational Development in UFHR, about the myths of multitasking.


Lee Anne Chesterfield: Making art more accessible

lee anne chesterfield headshot at harn museum

One of Chesterfield’s main goals since joining the Harn from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in July, has been figuring out how to increase art’s impact on more people by making an already welcoming place even more accessible.


Office of Sustainability and partners share sustainable transportation options at fair

two members of the office of sustainability at the fair

The fair featured interactive booths, eco-friendly vehicle exhibits and demos, a Fix-a-Flat Challenge, helmet giveaways, activities and more for staff, faculty and students.


Ongoing hurricane relief efforts support faculty, staff and students in Panhandle

When Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle, many UF/IFAS faculty, staff and students’ homes were destroyed or badly damaged. Donations continue to be accepted via Aid-a-Gator, UF’s emergency fund for faculty, staff and students, with nearly $15,000 raised in recent weeks. In addition, UF/IFAS has established a hurricane relief site with opportunities for those who wish to help to provide donations and/or volunteer.


Construction begins at 800 Second at Innovation Square with groundbreaking ceremony

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.


Zika Health Advisory

The Florida Department of Health recently issued a reminder about the ongoing presence of Zika virus, which is known to cause severe birth defects. Recent tropical rains mean the entire University of Florida community must remain vigilant in preventing the Zika virus.


UF announces $250,000 in awards for UF-City of Gainesville research

UF’s Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer recently announced it is seeking proposals from faculty for research projects that utilize the campus and greater Gainesville community as a living laboratory to address real-world problems in our local community.


UF receives national recognition as bike-friendly and tree-friendly campus

The University of Florida recently received two recognitions for its efforts toward sustainability and environmentally friendly practices.


President Fuchs issues statement on immigration executive order

In light of the administration’s executive order suspending the entry of individuals from certain countries into the United States for 90 days, Dr. Fuchs affirmed the University of Florida’s support for our international students, faculty and staff.


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