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October 2016 

Shari Shares 

I would like to dedicate this VP Communique in memory of Joe Brenton, who was shot and killed in his home less than two weeks ago. Joe was a valued employee who served in a number of roles during his 21 years at UNF. He was instrumental in building the early network and server infrastructure at UNF and continued to architect the campus network. ITS, HR and others started assisting Joe’s family immediately and continue to do so. When something this upsetting happens, it reminds us of what is really central in life – people. At UNF, each of you are a part of the “UNF Family,” which means we support each other when facing challenges and tragedies. As part of that family, we want to always treat each other with kindness, respect, and compassion. Please keep Joe's family and friends in your thoughts.

It is essential that each of us remember to have a healthy work-life balance. Please keep work issues in perspective; take time for yourself and enjoy your family and friends. If there is something we can do to make your work environment better, please let me know. Also, please remember that your contributions to UNF are helping to improve the lives of thousands of students. I appreciate all you do
Joe Brenton headshot
Joe Brenton 

Hold the Date - Nov. 10 for Golf Complex Social 

Our division will hold a social at the Golf Complex on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. You will be able to tour the complex, take a 5-minute golf lesson, practice putting, hit on the driving range, play golfing games, and mingle with your coworkers. Food and beverages will be provided. There will be golf clubs available for your use or bring your own if you have them. Please RSVP by Oct. 31

Employee Education and Tuition Scholarship Programs 

UNF strongly encourages its staff to pursue life-long learning opportunities for professional growth and development. The Employee Education Program offers administrative and support staff who have been employed for at least six months, the opportunity to take up to six credit hours of instruction per semester, tuition free. Additionally, the Tuition for Spouse, Dependent or Domestic Partner Scholarship Program provides tuition-free classes, up to three credit hours per semester, for the spouse, eligible dependent or certified domestic partner of administrative or support staff employees. 

Open Enrollment and Benefits Fair  

Open enrollment is a special period during which changes to pre-tax employee benefits can be made. Open enrollment for 2017 will run Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Nov. 4. As part of open enrollment, the Office of Human Resources will host the annual benefits fair on Thursday, Oct. 20. The full-time employee premiums are not changing for health insurance. The 2017 materials will be available on Oct. 3. There are no significant changes to benefits expected for 2017. 

New Degrees Under Consideration 

There are a number of new degrees under consideration, many of which focus on community needs, such as STEM-related fields. The degrees under consideration will pass through a vetting process that includes a study of regional needs for the degree, likely enrollments, and associated costs. View the list of degrees under consideration

Our People

We welcome this new staff member

Kristopher Toops, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering 

We congratulate these staff members who have recently been promoted

Todd BattaglinoPest Control Technician, Grounds
Justin Begle, Assistant Director, User Services
Laurel ClineSr Groundskeeper, Grounds
Rachel Fieschko, Program Assistant, ADA Compliance
Devany GrovesChief Budget Director, Budget Office
Jon FarrellPest Control Tech, Grounds
Robert Keyser, Coordinator of IT Support, User Services

We say goodbye to this staff member who recently left the University