UFIT Updates and Opportunities

UF Mobile Apps – Update

UFIT continues to review feedback on the UF mobile apps and work on features users have requested. 

Some of the new features we’re working on are:  

  •  a schedule and map feature, allowing students to download their course schedule and view class locations on a campus map without the need to re-authenticate 
  •  an enhanced dining information module providing open/closed indicators, with additional future plans to add menu information
  •  a parking information module that includes parking maps for various decal types. 

These new features will initially be released for the University of Florida iOS app, but an Android release will follow.   

Please contact Brandon Vega (brandonvega@ufl.edu) with any questions about UF mobile development.

Cyber Self-Defense Workshop

Thursday, September 19:  The Cyber Self-Defense workshop is designed to raise awareness on such topics as safe web browsing, preventing malware infections, recognizing phishing scams, encrypting and backing up files, and wireless security. The class gets participants thinking about how to protect their personal and work computers at home, in the office and while traveling.   The class is free, but seating is limited.   

To register, sign on to myUFL and navigate to My Self Service > Training & Development > Request Training Enrollment.

Course Number: GET199
Course Name: Cyber Self-Defense

Lync Meeting – ITSM Updates, Tool Selection

On Tuesday, October 1 at 1:30pm, a Lync Meeting will be held to discuss the ITSM roadmap—including timeline, governance, and process owners.   

On Thursday, November 7 at 10:30am, a Lync Meeting will be held to announce tool and vendor selection for the ITSM initiative. 

Questions?  Please send us an email at ufit-itsm@ufl.edu.


Campus-Wide UFIT Awards and Recognition Program


Nominations are now being accepted for the campus-wide UFIT Awards and Recognition Program.

Last year’s winners included teams from Finance & Accounting, Housing and Residence Education, and the Academic Health Center.

A team is defined as staff who worked on an IT project (team may have both IT and non-IT staff), resolved a technical issue or improved a business processor a group, unit, or department that exemplifies the characteristics highlighted in one of three awards categories:

  •  Bringing out the Best: Collaboration, Innovation and Leadership Throughout IT
  •   Serving the Client: Providing Consistent and Exceptional Service
  •    Unsung Heroes: Working Behind the Scenes

Awards will be presented at the Fall IT Assembly on Tuesday, December 10.  Contact Anne Allen (alallen@ufl.edu) with any questions about program eligibility or the nomination process.

Research Computing Training Sessions

UF Research Computing hosts regular training sessions to help users make use of the High-Performance Computing Center resources. This semester, the sessions are held on Thursdays at 12:50 in NPB 2205. The  Research Computing Training Wiki page has the complete schedule, recordings of sessions, slides and handouts.  Contact Matt Gitzendanner (magitz@ufl.edu) with questions about the schedule or to discuss other training options.

 IT Security is You!

Cyberspace is woven into the fabric of our daily lives–the world is more interconnected today than ever before. We enjoy the benefits and convenience that cyberspace provides as we work, shop online, bank using our Smartphones, and interact with friends from around the world through social networks.  As part of October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, UF’s Information Security Office has planned an afternoon of helpful presentations designed to raise cyber-security awareness across campus:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – Smathers Library Rm 1-A

1:00pm                Open House (Snacks/Drinks, Meet-and-Greet)

1:30 pm               PANEL DISCUSSION/Q+A SESSION: Privacy, Law, and Security for UF Employees

  •  Susan Blair – UF Chief Privacy Officer
  •  Cheryl Granto  – Manager, UF Information Security
  •  Barbara Wingo – Associate VP & Deputy General Counsel

2:30pm                PRESENTATION: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

3:00pm                PRESENTATION: Preventing Identity Theft

For more information about this event or any other questions about information security, email the UF information security team (security@ufl.edu).

End-of-Life: Jabber and Usenet

On December 15, 2013, UFIT will discontinue UF’s Jabber and Usenet services (jabber.ufl.edu and usenet.ufl.edu).  Members of the UF community using Jabber or Usenet should seek out an alternative, such as UF’s Lync service.  If you have any questions about this process or need assistance  migrating to Lync, please contact the UF Computing Helpdesk (132 HUB, 352-392-HELP/4357).

 UFIT Training

UFIT training workshops are held in HUB221.  

To view the workshop descriptions and to register visit http://training.it.ufl.edu/services-offered/workshops/.

Learn how to develop robust web-based surveys with Qualtrics, the survey application provided free to the university community:

Qualtrics Basics:               The Basics workshop is offered on October 3 and October 17
Qualtrics Advanced:         The Advanced workshop is offered on October 4 and October 18


Deep Discounts for Microsoft Office 2013 for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff can now purchase Microsoft Office for their personal computers and devices for just $15.

Depending on the software version selected, employees will realize a savings of 63% to 92% off current retail pricing!   

Available Software:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows
  • Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac
  •  Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows
  •  Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 
  •  Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

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