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.
As recovery from Hurricane Michael is underway in the Florida Panhandle, many want to reach out to assist those in need. Among those affected by last week’s hurricane were approximately 200 UF faculty, staff and graduate assistants affiliated with the North Florida Research and Education Centers in Quincy and Marianna as well as those throughout 15 UF/IFAS Extension county offices. Whether by donating money, goods or your time, there are many ways to help our fellow Floridians.
Earlier this year, with support from UF Health and Gainesville Regional Utilities, UF’s Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) awarded more than $300,000 in research funds to seven UF-city of Gainesville projects that are addressing real-world problems in the local community. On Oct. 9, COO Charlie Lane and Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe hosted a research showcase of these award recipients’ vital work.
“The Strategic Communication Academy was a career-changing experience,” said Melissa Armstrong, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and director of the Mangurian Clinical-Research Center for Lewy Body and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia.
UF Information Technology (UFIT) recently created a website where new and existing faculty can easily learn about and access IT resources to support their teaching and research life at UF.
For the first time, this year’s cohort of incoming faculty and professional staff (at the assistant director level and above) are being supported through their transition to UF with help from a new program called Experience UF.
Designed to help determine how well the university fosters an overall sense of belonging for faculty and staff, UF sought feedback across campus in fall 2015 through the Faculty and Staff Climate survey “Your Voice, Your UF.” Nearly 5,600 faculty and staff participated in the survey.