UWF Perks

The University of West Florida provides employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefit programs. Our goal is to provide employees with a robust selection of benefits to meet their personal needs in dealing with work/life balance issues.

UWF Entrance

UWF has established a work-life taskforce to review work-life policies, benefits, and programs. The members focus on Flexible Work Options (tenure clock extension policy; modified duties policy; family/parental leave policy), and Education and Awareness (support programs for faculty during family transitions; formal policy review and development).

The work-life taskforce recognizes the varied responsibilities of work and personal life for UWF’s faculty and staff. Research and common experience suggest that work and personal life may conflict with one another, but may also provide synergistic opportunities. A harmonious relationship between work and life promotes individual and organizational well-being. The purpose of the work-life taskforce is to evaluate and advocate for policies, practices, and services that facilitate an enriching work-life relationship.

Part of the work-life taskforce's mission is make UWF employees aware of the programs, services, and discounts available to all employees of the university. The information contained herein aims to encapsulate all of the work-life programs made available to staff. Please let us know if there is something new or missing and we will update as appropriate.

Employee Recognition and Awards Program (ERAP)

Nautilus Excellence Awards

Award Nomination Requirements
University Workforce Employees:

  • Employees must have worked at UWF for three years as of March 2016 to be eligible for the Nautilus Excellence Award.
  • Applications must include at least two letters of recommendation, but no more than five.
  • Previous awardees are not eligible for three years.
  • The current guidelines of accepting self-nominations will remain; however, self-nominations require at least two letters of recommendation from different sources other than the nominee.

OPS Employees:

  • Employees must have worked at UWF for six months as of March 2016 to be eligible for the Nautilus Excellence Award.
  • Applications must include at least two letters of recommendation, but no more than five.
  • The current guidelines of accepting self-nominations will remain; however, self-nominations require at least two letters of recommendation from different sources other than the nominee.
Marion Viccars Awards

Award Nomination Requirements

  • Employees must have worked at UWF for three years as of March 2016 to be eligible for the Marion Viccars Award.
  • This award is for employees at the Director level and above, and Faculty Administrators (Including Dean, Associate and Assistant Deans, and Chairperson).
Gabor Awards

Award Nomination Requirements

  • Employees must have worked at UWF for three years as of March 2016 to be eligible for the Gabor Award.
  • Will be awarded to one workforce employee and one faculty employee.
Community Service Awards

Award Nomination Requirements

  • Employees must have worked at UWF for three years as of March 2016 to be eligible for the Community Service Award.
  • Will be awarded to one employee (either workforce or faculty).

Employee Recognition and Awards Program (ERAP)

Committee Process

The following is the process of the Employee Recognition Awards Program (ERAP) committee:

  • A rubric will be developed with clear, measurable criteria for the selection committee to select award winners based off "above and beyond" job performance and excellence at the university and in the community. 
  • The current four divisional award selection committees and the Employee of the Year committee (comprised of divisional committee chairs) will be replaced with one award selection committee. This committee will select:
    • Divisional winners for the Nautilus Excellence Awards (selecting up to the maximum number of winners pre-determined for each division).
  • The award selection committee will be comprised of:
    • Chaired by the current Marion Viccars Award winner or someone designated by the Provost/Executive Vice President. The chair must be at the director level or above.
    • Two current Nautilus Excellence Award winners (not OPS winners) from each division to be selected by the divisional Vice Presidents.
    • Current Employee of the Year.

Note:  The award selection committee is authorized to award one discretionary Nautilus Excellence Award to any nominee from any division.

  • The following two award winners will continue to be selected by their areas:
    • The President's Award for Leadership in Diversity will be selected by Dr. Kim LeDuff.  
    • Student Government Association Awards will be selected by SGA. 
Previous Years Award Winners
Retirement Awards

The University’s Employee Recognition Program provides retiring employees with a choice of retirement mementos. Please make your selection by completing and returning the selection form to Human Resources within six (6) weeks of your retirement date so that we can order your selection in time for your retirement. If you have any questions about the Retirement Awards Program, please contact Sharon Jones at 850-474-2611.

Service Awards

The Employee Recognition and Awards Program (ERAP) permits each eligible employee to receive a service award and a certificate for their Years of Service at the University.

Employees who have achieved increments of five (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.) continuous years of service with the University of West Florida may select a service award. Eligible employees will be notified when it is time to receive their cogz and a certificate for their Years of Service Award.

Upon receipt of your cogz, you should log into the Boost Rewards website to select your award. On the back of your cogz is a unique redemption code with a point/dollar value assigned to it. This award may be in the form of a gift card or a keepsake.

To log in, you should use your Argonaut username and boost123 as your password. Once you have logged in, you will be prompted to change your password. You should select the award of your choice or you may save your cogz until your next milestone year for a more valuable item. 

The names of the service award recipients will be published in the Employee Recognition and Awards Ceremony Program.

If you have any questions, please call Human Resources at extension 2694.

Years of Service Points Value

Awards for Years of ServicePoint Value
5 Year Service Awards 140
10 Year Service Awards 180
15 Year Service Awards 220
20 Year Service Awards 260
25 Year Service Awards 300
30 Year Service Awards 340
35+ Year Service Awards 400


2016 Employee Recognition and Awards Program (ERAP) Nominees

2016 Employee Recognition and Awards Program (ERAP) Nominees

Nautilus Excellence Award
Academic Affairs Bonnie Bell, Brenda Brown, Theresa Cserep, Anna Fair, Janice Hall, Kendra Loucks, Tamara Keely, Lisa Kowalski, Chasity Manning, Terry McCray, Kelly McLeod, Irene Patti, Andrea Rymer, Clarence Sharar, Cynthia Talbert, David Weeks, Brian Whitney
Advancement Theresa Clark, Jennifer Peck
Finance & Administration Christine Butler, Linda Corley, LaBratta Epting, Larry King, Jacqulyn Givens, Bobby Glover, Mamie Grandison, Charlie Lane, Billy Lee, Nicole Lohr, Linda Montgomery, Suzanne Wilson
Student Affairs April Glenn, Emily Leyshon 
Gabor Award
Shelly Blake
Lauren Loeffler
Norine Carroll
Sandra Bermejo
Dr. Arun "Timothy" Royappa
Marion Viccars Award
Janice Perkins-Gilley
Melanie Haveard
Eric Kollar
Robert Shaw
David Scott
Angela Wallace
OPS Award
Jeremy Hatcher
Mary Benoit
Amy Brewer
Roslyn Brown
Community Service Award
There were no nominations
Educational Opportunities

The University of West Florida offers many different educational opportunities for employees. Please visit the links below to explore your options.

Employee Assistance Program

The University of West Florida has contracted with Aetna Resources for Living to provide an Employee Assistance Program for employees and their family members. The Employee Assistance Program helps employees resolve personal and work problems through professional assistance. Employees may contact Aetna directly by calling their toll-free number 800-272-7252. All services and calls are strictly confidential between the employee and Aetna. Some of the services covered under the Employee Assistance Program are:

  • Marital
  • Financial
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Family
  • Vocational
  • Work Related Stress
  • Legal Referral
  • Weight/Weight Loss
  • Physical/Medical
  • Dependent Care
  • Elder Care
  • Emotional/Psychological

and any other problems that may surface. Aetna Resources for Living provides a web site for employees that outlines services that are available as well as informative articles and information. The code for university employees and family members is UWF (must be in all capital letters). Brochures are also available through the Human Resources department.

AETNA Employee Assistance Program Feedback

The AETNA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for Faculty and University Workforce employees and their immediate family members. This program is absolutely confidential and there is no cost to you or your family members for this benefit.  

As part of our effort of continuous improvement, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. If you would like to provide feedback on this important employee benefit, please contact Sharon Jones in Human Resources at 850-474-2611 or sjones@uwf.edu.

AETNA Resources

AETNA Mobile App

UWF Holidays

The University recognizes paid holidays as listed below. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. If it falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday.


2016 Holidays  
New Year's Day Friday, January 1, 2016  (Part of Winter Holidays)
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 18, 2016
Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2016
Veterans Day Friday, November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24, 2016
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 25, 2016
Winter Holidays Saturday, December 24, 2016
through Monday, January 2, 2017
2017 Holidays  
New Year's Day Monday, January 2, 2017  (Observed)
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 16, 2017
Memorial Day Monday, May 29, 2017
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2017
Veterans Day Friday, November 10, 2017 (Observed)
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23, 2017
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 24, 2017
Winter Holidays Sunday, December 24, 2017
through Monday, January 1, 2018
Recreation and Sports Services

The Office of Recreation provides a wide variety of recreational activities designed with the University community in mind. The program has six basic areas: Informal Recreation, Aquatics, Fitness/Wellness, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Adventure, and Sport Clubs. For more information, please visit the Office of Recreation, Building 72, Room 269,or call 850-474-2586,or Customer Service at 850-474-2580.

Vacation and Travel Information

The following is a list of the travel and vacation resources available to UWF employees. Offers made by other organizations may change or be removed at anytime without notification to UWF. If you discover that an offer has been discontinued, please email Adrian Rowley and we will do our best to resolve the matter. UWF is unable to endorse or guarantee any discounts or offers.

WALT DISNEY WORLD - Experience the magic for less. Visit the Disney website to take advantage of savings available to Florida residents. On occasion, tickets may be offered through the Commons Information Desk in Building 22. These are independent from the Florida resident discount and any discount that may be received by being a UWF employee.

Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium Welcomes The University of West Florida

AAA Group Membership - The University of West Florida now has a Group Membership account with AAA. Effective immediately UWF faculty and staff can obtain a new AAA membership at a reduced rate. Membership can be used towards discounts on many items from movie tickets, trips, hotels, shopping, restaurants, and more. To sign up, please speak with a AAA staff member by calling 850-474-1622. If you have questions, please call Adrian Rowley at 850-474-2604.

Car Rental: Enterprise/National - For personal use, reservations may be made online at the State of Florida Travelers site. Employees would choose “Leisure” if no portion of travel is for business reasons. Alternately, the employee may call 877-690-0064. The contract number for leisure use is 55R5270. Personal one way rentals (not picking up and returning the vehicle to the same location) do not qualify for the State of Florida corporate rate, unless the car is being picked up and returned within the State of Florida. Rentals for personal use are NOT exempt from Florida Sales Tax. The employee will be responsible for taxes, surcharges, liability protection and damage waiver. Employees may join the Emerald Club, which is designed to make your car rental experience faster and more convenient. You can enjoy special privileges reserved for frequent renters every time you rent. There is no additional charge. To join, visit the Emerald Club website. For further reference information, visit the Procurement and Contracts Vehicle Rental Contract Summary page

Argonaut Savings (Discounts)

The following is a list of the discounts on programs and services afforded UWF employees. If there is a discount that you are aware of that does not appear below, please email Adrian Rowley and we will do our best to keep the list as up-to-date as possible. If you become aware of new discounts, please email them to us and we will look into adding them to our list.

Did you know?...
  • That at UWF, employees can enjoy a free membership to the HLS facility (exercise equipment, variety of workout classes) as well as access the Aquatic Center (Olympic-sized pool, hot tub, dry sauna) for a low rate? 
  • That UWF employees receive a discounted membership to Scenic Hills Country Club
  • That UWF employees are able to rent canoes and kayaks from the HLS Facility Customer Service Desk for free with their Nautilus Card? 
  • That UWF employees receive a 10% discount at Pita Pit on 9 Mile Road?
  • That UWF employees are eligible for discounted rates on cell phone plans through various cell phone carrier companies, such as Verizon and AT&T?
  • That UWF Faculty, Staff, and Students receive a 22% discount  at Ashley Furniture when showing their ID card?
PIE Suggestion Program

Employee Suggestions

The Program of Incentive for Efficiency (PIE) was established as a way to gather suggestions that save money or create new revenue for the university. Employees may be rewarded up to $25,000 for adopted suggestions depending on the benefit to the university.

Several employees have suggested ideas and have received cash awards. PIE also rewards the employees who implement the suggestion; everyone who is involved in making the suggestion a success, shares in the rewards.

Forms and Instructions

You may also review the PIE charter and committee membership.

Lactation Room Available in the John C. Pace Library

In an effort to support nursing mothers, UWF now offers an area for individuals needing a private place to express breast milk. The room is located on the third floor of the John C. Pace Library on the main UWF campus and is open to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. In order to use the space, one may check out the key using a Nautilus card at the Circulation Desk during the Library’s regular operating hours.

Anyone who wishes to verify whether the room is available or already in use prior to traveling to the Library may call ahead to the Circulation Desk at 850-474-2414. Though the key may be checked out for up to two hours, patrons are asked to return it when they have finished using the lactation room so that others may access this space.