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:


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


UF Hilton:

attendees who choose to confirm reservations directly through the hotel via telephone should call: 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667), and reference Group Code: IFA519

Anyone who wishes to confirm reservations outside of the main group block dates must call the hotel directly. Up to 3 days before and after will be at the same $129/night rate.

Hotel 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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