UF/IFAS Extension Administration

UF/IFAS Extension Administration

Extension Symposium 

May 7-9, 2019 • UF HILTON, Gainesville, FL


General Questions: Valkyrie Aldrnari 352-392-1761 

Travel Questions: Beth McLaughlin 352-273-3428

Admin/Program Questions: Thomas Obreza 352-392-1761


Dress code: Casual

Everyone planning to attend part or all of the Symposium MUST register in advance.


Use the program below to assist you in making registration selections

2019 Program

NOTE: If you are attending the Beef Cattle Short Course, this counts as Symposium attendance. Please see the travel section for more information and the link below. EMAIL VAL OR BETH FOR SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

  • MOVIE VIEWING: Wednesday, May 8 during lunch
    • Grab your lunch and come view the film and consider how we can use this in our Extension work. From the press release; “…The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” RESILIENCE is a one‐hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable…”
    • PLEASE EMAIL VALKYRIEA@UFL.EDU if you are interested!


Because there is not a Registration Fee associated with the 2019 Extension Symposium, a Peoplesoft Travel Authorization (TA) is not required and is strongly discouraged. If you submit a TA, it will be denied.

Please retain all travel-related receipts so that you can attach them to your Expense Report (ER), after you return from your trip. Even if your Lodging is pre-paid using a UF Pcard, please attach your hotel receipt/folio to your ER. Upon returning, please use ChartField 60357000-103-3300-CRRNT to create your ER.

The registration fee for the Beef Cattle Short Course is also acceptable with this travel. PLEASE CONTACT VAL OR BETH FOR SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS


NEW HOTEL BLOCK: ALOFT - 5min walk from Hilton

ALOFT Address: 3743 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32607

Reserve rooms May 5-10, 2019 $109/night

HILTON Address: 1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32607. Hotel Phone: 352-384-3420

Of Interest

There are many things for you and your family to do in your down time in and around Gainesville. Take a look at some of the categories below.


There are several cab companies in town but our easiest transportation system is RTS: WEBSITE. It looks daunting at first but many of us can assist as well as the Hilton.


Ironwood Golf Course

Meadowbrook Golf Club

West End Golf Club


Florida Museum of Natural History - FREE. Admission charged for special attractions. This is right across the street from Hilton.

Harn Museum of Art - FREE. This is right across the street from Hilton.

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo - $5/$4 Admission. 9am-2pm 7 days a week.

Hippodrome Theatre - "A slice of Broadway in Downtown Gainesville."

Gainesville Community Playhouse - Community theater.

UF Performing Arts - "Diverse array of performing arts experiences" from around the world.This is right across the street from Hilton.

Thomas Center - Art galleries, local history, and more.


Canopy Climbers - Tree-climbing adventure.

Sportody - Multiple adventure opportunities.

Nature walks, trails, bike paths - There are dozens of areas within and around Gainesville. This page gives a great list.

Dogwood Park - Amazing fenced park for your furry friends with amenities.

Morningside Nature Center

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Food, Night Life, Rare Finds

Escape Key - Rooms designed with challenging puzzle you must solve to escape.

Mystery Bros. Escape Rooms - Purchase tickets in advance to participate in the escape room game "The Temple of Anubis".

Gainesville Food Tour - Must book in advance.

Island Grove Winery - Fine Blueberry wine and tours.


NIGHT LIFE - Such as Rocky's Dueling Piano Bar, Brew Houses, and live music.

Other Resoureces

Cultural Affairs - Various event listings, landmarks, and other resources.

Visit Gainesville - Multiple resources for all things Gainesville.

Last updated January 22, 2019

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