October 8, 2008



AFSCME Contract Ratified, Bonuses Announced
The USF Board of Trustees has ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with AFSCME. As part of the agreement, USF will grant a one time, lump sum bonus to all eligible in-unit Staff employees. For more information, click here.

Benefits Open Enrollment Ends October 17
Open enrollment for 2009 ends Oct. 17 at 5:30 PM eastern. For more information, click here.

Priority Scheduling for Faculty, Staff and Students at USF Health
USF Health is pleased to offer priority scheduling to our USF faculty, staff and students through our new online request-an-appointment feature. Visit "My Healthcare at USF"
and click the "Request an Appointment" button to schedule appointments with your USF Health providers. The new link allows USF employees and students to enter their ID numbers for priority scheduling.

Vision Insurance Available for 2009
The new Humana Vision insurance plan offers USF employees enhanced benefits, lower premiums and pre-tax deductions for 2009. Employees must sign up during open enrollment, which ends Oct. 17. For more information, click here.

The Benefits Expert Tip
Did you know that visiting an urgent care center instead of an emergency room can save you time and money? Learn more by viewing this month's "Benefits Expert Tip."

What's New in HR?
For updates on benefits, events and more from the Division of Human Resources, click here.



Smoking Cessation Program
The Employee Assistance Program is now offering "Quit Smoking Now," a six-week program available to faculty and staff at no charge. For more information, click here.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Employee Assistance Program is participating in the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Project. You may donate your used cell phones and accessories to help victims of domestic violence. The drop boxes will be located in the Counseling Center, SVC2124; The Honors College, SVC1088; and the Advocacy Program, SVC1138 during the month of October. For more information, call 974-5469.

USF Homecoming Game October 18 at Noon
The 2008 USF Homecoming game will take place Saturday, Oct. 18 at noon at Raymond James Stadium, with the Bulls taking on Syracuse University. For more information, click here.

Self-Protection Seminar October 21
The Employee Assistance Program will host "Find Your Inner Ninja: A Lesson in Self-Protection" Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Center in room five. Participants will learn to use simple techniques to protect against a bigger attacker. The training is practical, safe and liberating. For more information about this and other EAP seminars, visit the Counseling Center's seminar registration Web page.

College of Arts & Sciences Hosts "Oktoberfest 2008"
The College of Arts & Sciences will host "Oktoberfest 2008" Friday, Oct. 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Student Center room 3707. For more information, click here. The event will serve as the October social for the USF Club, a social networking organization open to all USF faculty and staff. To learn more about the USF Club, click here.

USF Celebrates Research November 3-7
The USF Office of Research & Innovation will host "ResearchOne-Celebrating Research" November 3-7 on the USF Tampa Campus. For more information, click here.

2008 Heart Walk November 8
The American Heart Association Heart Walk will take place Saturday, Nov. 8 at Raymond James Stadium from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  All USF faculty and staff are invited to join or start a USF team for your department/college/area. For more information, click here.

Levy Discusses Discovering Washington's Home November 10
Philip Levy, professor of history, will present "Discovering George Washington's Boyhood Home," Monday, Nov. 10 at the Marshall Student Center, room 2708, at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow. For more information about Dr. Levy and his research, click here.

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Event Tickets Now on Sale
The next USF Faculty & Staff Appreciation Event will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 at Raymond James Stadium, when the USF Bulls football team takes on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Faculty and staff may purchase discounted game tickets. For more information, click here.



USF Awarded $28.8 Million NIH Grant for National Children's Study
USF has been awarded $28.8 million to participate in the National Institute of Health's comprehensive study on the interaction of genes and the environment on children's health. For more information, click here.

College of Education Faculty Receive $1.29 Million Award
The work of hundreds of educators in dozens of schools engaged in transforming education will continue thanks to a grant to USF from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). George Batsche and Michael Curtis, professors in the Psychological and Social Foundations Department and the Institute for School Reform in the USF College of Education, were awarded over $1.29 million to continue their "Florida Problem-Solving/Response to Intervention" statewide project. For more information, click here.

$1.24 Million Grant Addresses Latino Health Disparities
Researchers in USF's new College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS) and the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) have received a $1.24 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at studying ways to eliminate health disparities in the Latino community. For more information, click here.

Dukes Awarded Statewide Education Grant
Through a state grant funded for $1.02 million annually, Lyman Dukes, associate professor of special education at USF St. Petersburg, will lead a program designed to assist special education personnel in all Florida school districts to prepare students with disabilities for a successful shift from school to adult life. For more information, click here.

Milestone Anniversaries
We are delighted to recognize the length of service of our employees and their ongoing commitment to USF. To help us congratulate those who are celebrating anniversaries this month, click here.