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Explore summer camps and spring break programs

Find the right summer camp or spring-break activity for your school-aged children. From UF camps to Gainesville-area athletic, academic, fine arts camps and more, we invite you to explore our Summer Camps Directory that lists camps throughout the Alachua County area. A handful of camps scheduled around spring break are also listed.

It’s not too early to start making plans for summer!

Get a head start with your summer plans — join us this Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Reitz Union tabling area, outside the north entrance to the first floor, to meet representatives from area youth summer camps and to learn about UF’s year-round GatorPerks program.

No registration is required. You can plan ahead by viewing the floor layout and visiting our website for the full list of participating camps and businesses.

Stand Up & Holler: It’s Gator Nation Giving Day!

Gator Nation Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising event, calling on all UF alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends to come together to support UF and all its areas of positive impact in our state, nation and world. Today, Gators everywhere are invited to, once again, stand up for UF by making a gift of any size to the college, unit, research area or program that means the most to you.

Interdisciplinary AI research opportunities town hall Feb. 19

With one of the nation’s most powerful AI supercomputers and a cadre of information technology experts, UF researchers are well positioned to tackle big interdisciplinary projects that would have been nearly impossible 10 years ago.

Faculty are invited to participate in a town hall on Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Smathers 100 to discuss potential projects and possibilities for institutional support.

Can we create molecules of life?

Basic biology textbooks will tell you that all life on Earth is built from four types of molecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. And each group is vital for every living organism.

But what if humans could actually show that these “molecules of life,” such as amino acids and DNA bases, can be formed naturally in the right environment? Researchers at the University of Florida are using the HiPerGator – the fastest supercomputer in U.S. higher education – to test this experiment.

Explore ways to add to your retirement savings

With tax season upon us, now is a great time to review your savings plans to ensure you’re maximizing your contributions. In addition to the mandatory state retirement plans offered — including the voluntary State of Florida Deferred Compensation Plan, or 457(b) — as a UF employee you may also participate in a voluntary 403(b) plan to supplement your retirement via payroll deductions.

Both the 403(b) and 457(b) plans are voluntary savings plans available to faculty, TEAMS, USPS and OPS employees — including housestaff/residents, graduate assistants, postdocs and adjunct faculty. Read on for a breakdown of each plan.

Save the date for our Perk Up Your Summer event

It is not too early to start making plans for the summer. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 21, for Perk Up Your Summer — a GatorPerks and summer camps expo. Faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate assistants are invited to meet representatives from area youth summer camps and to learn more about UF’s year-round GatorPerks program.

Stop by the Reitz Union tabling area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — no registration necessary. Stay tuned for more details or email questions to

Planet Money’s Jess Jiang to discuss how AI is transforming business

Jess Jiang, an Emmy-winning journalist and editor of NPR’s economics podcast Planet Money, will visit the University of Florida campus as the university’s inaugural Business Journalist in Residence Feb. 5–8.

Her visit will include a public panel discussion on Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

It’s tax time — be on the lookout for your W-2 and 1095-C forms

By now you should be able to access your Form W-2 in myUFL or the ONE.UF application, or you should soon be receiving it in the mail if you did not give consent to access it electronically. In addition to filing your W-2, the IRS requires reporting of health insurance coverage information for the 2023 federal income tax reporting year. While it is not necessary to include the Form 1095-C with your tax return, you’ll need to include your insurance information on your tax return.

Have you reviewed your 2024 paycheck statements?

While it’s always a good idea to look over your paycheck statement from time to time, it’s especially important at the beginning of the calendar year. By doing so, you can verify your benefits deductions and leave accruals are accurate and up-to-date.

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