UNF cultivates a shared commitment to diverse and inclusive perspectives and a culturally competent and inclusive university environment that respects human differences. In support of this, our division will focus efforts toward increasing the appreciation and awareness of the benefits, importance, and relevance of diversity and inclusion. In the coming months, you will hear more about the various opportunities to increase your appreciation of differences.
I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I have many things to be thankful for in my life and one of those is to work in an environment where I am a part of a community. I want you to know that I am thankful for each one of you. I hear many compliments about our Division and you are what makes this Division successful. Thank you!!
No matter the holiday you celebrate this month, I wish you a very Happy December! Enjoy the well-deserved extra time off with your family and friends. Get ready for 2017!!
Below are a few items that I would like to highlight this month and a list of staffing changes.
Professional Development Forum: Save the Date and Call for Proposals
The 13th Annual Professional Development Forum has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Adam W. Herbert University Center. This year’s theme, “We are Ospreys!”, focuses on
the idea that while we are each different and unique, we are all connected by
our relationship to UNF and our desire to fulfill the mission of the
university. The day will provide exciting, educational and fun
learning opportunities to faculty and staff that will assist them in reaching
their personal and professional goals. More information regarding the
schedule and line-up of breakout sessions will be available at a later date.
To continue the effort to bring relevant and diverse training
opportunities to the event, the PD Forum Planning Committee is currently
soliciting session proposals from the campus community. They are accepting session proposals through midnight on Friday, January 13, 2017.
Proposals must be submitted online using this online form. Some of the general categories for topics include: administration, career development, communication, diversity & inclusion, financial, health & wellness, job satisfaction, professionalism, staff development, supervision, technology, and work life balance. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain experience presenting.
Don’t forget to save the date, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for the Annual Professional Development Forum.
Did you Pass the Email Phishing Test?
Phishing is an attempt to collect sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trusted entity in electronic communication. In early November, Information Technology Services' security team sent out an email to faculty and staff that imitated a phishing scam. Nearly half of the faculty/staff who received the suspicious email clicked the link within the message. Another 35 percent typed their UNF ID and password into the site. If this had been a real phishing scam, the people who clicked on the link could have infected their computer with a virus and those who entered their UNF ID and password could have had their UNF account and information compromised. Luckily, this was a simulation, so nothing bad happened. The purpose of this exercise was to raise awareness about phishing emails and educate faculty and staff to be observant and catch phishing attacks before they do harm.
Many phishing emails are easy to identify - they contain misspelled words or poor grammar or come from an unknown email address, but some are difficult to discern.
What are the things to look for in an email that could indicate it is a scam?
- If you receive an email that appears to be from a company or website you do business with that asks you to input personal information, such as your username, password or bank account details, do not respond to it or click on any links. If you are concerned there may be an actual problem with your account, navigate to the website yourself and log in.
- Hover your mouse over the top of the web address in an email and if what you see is different from the actual link that is displayed, the message is probably fraudulent or malicious. Please see in the example to the right, the link in the box does not state “unf.edu” but instead says “unf.tk”.
- Suspect any email offer that seems too good to be true or is from someone with whom you have not initiated action (e.g. information about a job for which you did not apply).
- Be wary of any email asking you to enter your login ID/password or update your account information.
- Be suspicious if something just does not look/feel right. The idea is if something looks off, there is probably a good reason why. If you receive an email that seems suspicious, it's usually in your best interest to delete the message.
If you receive an email that seems suspicious and are concerned, forward it to the ITS Help Desk and they will ask the security team to review it.
Employee Assistance Program
Need assistance with stress, depression, family and parenting, anger, grief, marital issues, substance abuse, mental health, finances or other issues? The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a 24-hour help line for staff members and their families who may need assistance with life, family and financial challenges. The EAP offers budgeted employees and immediate family members who live in their household (as defined by the State Health Insurance Program) with free, short-term counseling for personal or work related issues. Total confidentiality and anonymity is provided to those who call the EAP for consultation. Staff members can take advantage of the EAP by contacting HealthAdvocate at 877-240-6863 or visiting their website. They also provide videos, webinars and online information on the HealthAdvocate site.
We welcome these new staff members
Robert Daigle, Automotive Equipment Mechanic, Vehicle Maintenance
Alexandra Diaz, Coordinator Student Financial Services, Controller
Lily Dzakpasu, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jorge Hernandez, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Jarrod Marshall, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services
Mariya Tkach, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Sean Weglicki, Coordinator Facilities Management, Facilities & Grounds
We congratulate this staff member who has recently been promoted
Vernon Miller, Maintenance Supervisor, Physical Facilities
We say goodbye to these staff members who recently left the University
Mauricio Cadena, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Kylan Knight, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Robert Mreen, Senior Telecomm Tech, Telephone Services
Sarita Sanford, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Alvin Williams, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services