Announcements for Faculty and Staff

Announcements for Faculty and Staff:

IT Service Management

A three-phase initiative to improve the quality of centrally-provided technology services is now underway.  Among the goals of the IT Service Management (ITSM) initiative are to clarify delivery of services and determine ways to ensure high-quality results. Learn more about the scope of this initiative and who’s involved on the ITSM Web site.

UFIT will be hosting a face-to-face and virtual “ITSM Town Hall” on Tuesday, July 9.  More details coming soon.

Mobile Device Compliance

Beginning August 17, faculty and staff using a Mobile device to gain access to confidential or restricted UF materials must meet a higher level of encryption. Almost any portable computing device capable of storing university data is included under the Mobile Computing and Storage Devices policy.   UFIT has launched a Web page providing helpful “who, what, and how” information to help faculty and staff with their encryption questions:

Native UF Mobile Apps Now Available

The soft-launch of UF’s native UF Mobile apps is now underway.  The free apps, compatible with iOS 5.0 and Android 2.3 and higher, are now available in the App Store and Google Play. A robust PR campaign will be undertaken later this summer, but in the meantime—the apps are available and feedback is welcomed.  A list of features found in the native apps is available here.

June 30:  New Log-In Page for UF Exchange

On Sunday, June 30th during the normal 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. maintenance window, UFIT will be moving UF Exchange over to the F5 hardware load balancer. This work should be largely transparent to faculty and staff, with the exception that the sign-on screen for Outlook Web App (OWA) will change.  An announcement detailing this change, including a link to what the new sign-in screen will look like, will soon be live on the current login page to alert users in advance of this change.

2013 Tech Fee Awards

This year the Tech Fee advisory committee submitted 11 proposed projects to Vice President and CIO Elias Eldayrie for funding approval. The 11 projects will partake in approximately $700,000 in funding. Visit UFIT News to review the list of approved projects for 2013.

State of UFIT

The 2013 State of UFIT was held Friday, May 17, in Emerson Alumni Hall.

Vice President and CIO Elias Eldayrie’s presentation focused on:

  • 2012 – Year in Review
  • Notable Achievements
  • Budget for 2013-2014

A video stream of the State of UFIT is now available.

Training Opportunities:

Summer STEP Workshops in MS Excel

Staff interested in strengthening their Microsoft Word and/or Excel skills can attend the Seminar Teaching Essential Program (STEP) workshops.

The workshops take place in HUB 221:

Wednesday, June 19:       Microsoft Advanced Excel, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10:        Microsoft Advanced Word, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To register, visit

Please call (352) 392-HELP [4357] and select option three, or email with any questions you may have about the STEP workshop program.

Instructor e-Learning Workshops Summer Series and Open Assistance Hours

This summer UFIT is offering a series of Instructor e-Learning workshops.   The workshops cover the basics of managing e-Learning courses: using tools, communicating with students, designing assignments, and organizing student submissions.

The next Instructor e-Learning workshop series is June 26-27 and then again on July 24-25.  To register, visit  The e-Learning Support Services team offers many other opportunities to learn about teaching with technology.  There are ‘open assistance’ hours every week, along with additional workshops and online tutorials.

Learn more about e-Learning services by visiting

Cyber Self-Defense Class – Monday, June 24, 2pm-4pm

Faculty and staff can register for a free Cyber Self-Defense class:  myUFL>Main Menu>My Self Service>Training and Development>Request Training Enrollment The class, taught by UF information security incident management specialist Derrius Marlin, provides insight about the ways you may leave yourself vulnerable when online. Derrius’s class is fun and interactive! Topics include learning to recognize phishing attempts and how scammers can steal your personal information.

Do yourself a favor – make time to attend this two-hour class.  What you may learn can save you headaches down the road.

2013 ITSA Day – Thursday, October 10

Save the date…October 10!

ITSA Day will once again be held in Reitz Union.

More details on keynote speaker and agenda will be posted soon:

Tracy Gale
Communications Manager
UF Information Technology
1012 Turlington Hall/ PO Box #117345
Phone: (352) 273-1559