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12/16/2011

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WELCOMING NEW FACES

Name

Title

Department

Dusan Alavanja*

Custodial Worker

Physical Plant

Brian Prince*

Custodial Worker

Physical Plant

Saul Ponce

Vehicle & Equipment Mechanic

Physical Plant

Daniel Ford*

Custodial Worker

Physical Plant

Paula Darby*

Custodial Worker

Physical Plant

Erika Brewer*

Custodial Worker

Physical Plant

Jean Desir*

Custodial Worker

Physical Plant

William James*

Maintenance Technician

Physical Plant

Clint Franklin*

Maintenance Technician

Physical Plant

Juan Lago*

Groundskeeper

Physical Plant

Antjuan Smyzer*

Groundskeeper

Physical Plant

Evan Fallon*

Groundskeeper

Physical Plant

Darla Ostenson* Groundskeeper Physical Plant

Nancy Torres-Nickerson*

Benefits Representative

Human Resources

* Moved from temporary to regular positions

 

PROMOTIONS

Kenny Hermina Perez and Scott Thomas Chelikowsky, employees in Physical Plant, recently received promotions in recognition of their good work. Kenny, who has been with USF since July 2009, was promoted from Custodial Worker to Sr. Custodial Worker. Scott, who joined USF in November 2010, was promoted from Groundskeeper to Irrigation Technician.

 

Please join us in congratulating Kenny and Scott on their promotions!

 

RETIREMENTLt. Anderson

On January 5th, 2012, the USF Police Department will say goodbye to a long-time employee. After 25 years of dedicated service to the University community, Lt. Joseph "Joe" Anderson is retiring.

 

Joe joined the department in March of 1986 as a seasoned officer from the Tavares Police Department. During his time with USF, Joe worked his way through the ranks and served the department as both a Corporal and then Sergeant in the Patrol Section. In 2004, Joe was promoted to lieutenant where he has managed functions relating to special events, crime prevention, training, and police communications; and more recently acting as the Commander of the Tactical Officer Program.

 

Joe is a certified instructor in firearms, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) and ASP baton. He has a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from Florida State University and received a Master's degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Joe is also a graduate of the 11th Class of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Senior Leadership Program. Joe uses the skills he has learned through his educational background to be an integral part of the Chief's command staff.

 

Joe will most be remembered for his diligent work as the lead Special Events coordinator for University functions needing police oversight. His efforts have helped to facilitate a safer experience for USF football fans at Raymond James Stadium, as well as secure environments for larger scale events hosted on the USF Tampa Campus.

 

We congratulate Joe on a successful law enforcement career and wish him the very best in his new endeavors. He will be missed.

 

USF SELF-DEFENSE CLASS FEATURED IN ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

Sgt. Charlotte Domingo, USF Police Officer, and students in a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class were featured in the Sunday, December 4th, issue of the St. Petersburg Times. Charlotte, along with Lt. Joe Anderson, Officer Brinton George, Officer Tracy Goodman, Sgt. Todd Gregory, Cpl. Chad Hill, Master Police Officer Richard McKiver, Officer Brian Pearson, Lt. Donna Rodgers, Lt. Meg Ross and Detective Rick Warnell, serve as instructors in this popular self-defense class.

 

RAD is an international program with thousands of instructors teaching classes
throughout the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland and South Korea. The RAD program at USF began around 1993. Lt. Donna Rodgers, one of the three USF Police Officers who were initially certified to teach the program, is still actively instructing classes. Over the years, officers from the USF Police Department have instructed thousands of women in Basic and Advanced RAD.

 

In the Physical Education class, which began about 15 years ago, the Basic and Advanced classes are taught to students over the course of a 15-week semester. Basic RAD is also taught as a 12-hour workshop at night and on the weekend for a cost of $25 per person. It is open to all women regardless of their USF affiliation. Also offered is a RAD Advanced class taught as a 16-hour workshop at night and on the weekend for a cost of $25 per person. It is open to any woman who has completed the Basic RAD class either at USF or elsewhere.

 

For information on attending either a RAD Basic or Advanced class, contact Sgt. Domingo via email at cdomingo@usf.edu or phone at 974-2859.

 

We are proud of the continued efforts and commitment by our police officers to promote public safety through education.

 

NEW ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS UNVEILED

electric car charging stationOn Wednesday, December 14th, Parking and Transportation, Facilities Planning & Construction, Physical Plant and the Office of Sustainability unveiled two electric

vehicle charging stations located in Parking Lot 5A behind the USF Bookstore. A representative from Tampa Electric was on hand with a Chevy Volt to give

a live demonstration.

 

A collaborative effort between the four departments, the charging stations are another example of USF's ongoing commitment to create a cleaner, greener campus. The cost for each station would normally be about $8,000, but with a grant from ChargePoint America, USF got the charging stations for free! ChargePoint America is a program that provides electric vehicle charging infrastructure to nine selected regions in the U.S., including Orlando and Tampa. Installation costs were shared by the Office of Sustainability and Parking and Transportation.

 

USF students, faculty and staff, as well as those visiting the campuses, now have the ability to recharge their electric vehicles on campus. To activate and charge their vehicle, a customer may use their Charge Pass card or a Smart (credit) Card with a chip on the back. To park in these spaces all customers will need to display a valid USF parking permit. There is no cost for recharging at this time.

 

To view more images of the electric vehicle charging stations, visit this website.

 

USF POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES $199,600 GRANT

The USF Police Department applied for and has been awarded a grant in the amount of $199,600 from the Florida Department of Education (FDLE) to assist with the costs associated with the department's transition to a new radio system. The FDLE is providing grants to help strengthen educational facilities against terrorist activities and to increase interagency communications and interoperability.

 

The government has established new standards and all law enforcement agencies must be in compliance by 2013. The department's current radio system does not meet the standards established and must be upgraded. The transition is quite costly with estimates between $500,000 and $1,000,000 to complete. The $199,600 acquired will serve to offset that cost. The department will continue to actively search for additional sources of funding for this project.

 

We congratulate University Police on attaining yet another grant for upgrading critical systems needed to provide a safe campus environment for all.

 

BACHELOR'S DEGREE ATTAINED

Lt. Chris Daniel, Support Services and Public Information Officer, University Police, received a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Sciences, with a focus in Business, from the College of Arts and Sciences on Friday, December 9th. Chris is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. We applaud Chris for his commitment to continuing his education.

 

Please join us in congratulating Chris on this accomplishment!

 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY FILLED WITH FUN AND GIVING

Toys for TotsThe Annual Holiday Party for Administrative Services and Business & Finance employees took place Tuesday, December 13th, from 2 – 4 p.m., in the Marshall Center Ballroom. Everyone was in a festive mood and in a giving spirit. The generosity of our employees was evident by the number of gifts given to Toys for Tots to brighten the holiday season for less fortunate children throughout the Tampa Bay region. Our thanks to all who so generously gave from the heart!

 

The five entries in this year's decorating contest "Holiday on Gingerbread Lane" were truly creative. It was difficult to cast a vote for the "People's Choice Award" – they were all amazing. Congratulations to everyone who worked on their department's entry, a tremendous job all around. The entries and their awards:

 

decorating contestJudge's Favorite (Best Design that Depicts the Department) – Parking & Transportation

People's Choice (Voted on by party attendees) – Parking & Transportation

Funniest or Most Amusing – Human Resources

Most Creative: USF Post Office

Most Beautiful – Environmental Health & Safety

Most Colorful – Controller's Office

 

To view individual photos of each entry, as well as other Holiday Party photos, click here.

 

Door prizes were abundant and brought cheers of delight when a number was called. Gracious sponsors included, LEGOLAND Florida, MOSI, Outback Steakhouse, The Florida Aquarium, Sheraton Sand Key Resort, and more. Participants in the "Name that Tune" contest also walked away with prizes and great fun was had by all in "The12 Days of Christmas: Sing-Along" led by Gene Palmer, Physical Plant. The enthusiastic participation by the tables responsible for chiming in with "5 Golden Rings" and a "Partridge in a Pear Tree" deserve special recognition.

 

Great food and fellowship rounded out the event. The wonderful holiday music was provided by Steve Long, Campus Business Services. Thank you, Steve!

 

We want to give special thanks to the members of the Holiday Party Committee for their outstanding work on this year's event:

Christine Chefalas and D'Andrea Gaston, Environmental Health & Safety

Jackie Gahagan and Linda Harper (Chair), Facilities Planning & Construction

Lorna Gibson and Chris Sharp, Human Resources

Steve Long, Campus Business Services

Darla Null, University Controllers Office

Cristina Ramirez, Parking & Transportation Services

Kathy Simmons, Physical Plant

 

BUILDING MAINTENANCE & OPERATON HOLIDAY LUNCH

Physical Plant's Building Maintenance & Operation Department hosted another fantastic holiday party to celebrate the season. The department's annual holiday lunch, held on Wednesday, December 14th, was a huge success. The food was delicious, laughter prevailed, and a good time of fellowship was enjoyed by all who attended.

Holiday Party

This year's winner of the department's office door decorating contest was Angie Jordan. She was presented with the much sought after and coveted prize - the "Bobble Head Santa," which is passed from winner to winner each year.

 

For more photos from the Holiday Party, click here.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

wreath From all of us in Administrative Services, best wishes for a safe and happy Holiday Season!

 

We look forward to an exciting and productive New Year. See you in 2012.

 

Warm regards,

Sandy, Brooke, Sheila, Beverly, Keysha,
Paul, Wayne, and Karla

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