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JoAnn Chapman, Staff Assistant, Physical Plant, is retiring May 18th after 24 years of service at USF. She joined USF on February 15, 1988, as a Clerk Typist Specialist. During her career at the university, JoAnn has held a number of positions within Physical Plant. Currently, she performs in-house Human Resources for Physical Plant and supports the Grounds/Vehicle Repair, Post Office, Maintenance, and Utilities areas. JoAnn has been a valuable member of the Physical Plant team and will be greatly missed.


Please join us in wishing JoAnn the best in her retirement!


ButchMaynard "Butch" Lamphere, Maintenance Technician, Physical Plant, will be retiring May 31st after serving USF for 26 years. Butch began his career at the university on June 6, 1986, in the maintenance department at the Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI). He later moved over to maintenance for the entire campus. A great maintenance refrigeration mechanic, Butch is known by many across the university community for his good service over the years. He will be missed by his co-workers and others at USF.


Please join us in wishing Butch the best of luck in his retirement!



Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) and University Police (UP) recently launched the "USF Street Smart Program" on the Tampa Campus. The program was developed to help inform and bring attention to the importance of safety on and around our campus roadways. More than 39,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, as well as many visitors are going to class, work, and visiting for events on the USF Tampa Campus. They walk, drive cars, ride bicycles, use skateboards and golf carts to travel around the campus.


StreetSmartThe program was kicked off with the launch of a safety video produced in-house by Wayne Espinola, Administrative Services Webmaster. Please take a minute to review the video. Just click on the Street Smart image to play the video. A website dedicated to this program is coming soon!



libraryEnvironmental Health & Safety and University Police are also utilizing a variety of grass root efforts to bring awareness to this program.


On Tuesday, May 2nd, representatives from EH&S and UP manned a Street Smart Table at the Staff Senate/Student Success Baked Goods Giveaway at the Library. Other presentations have been given to various groups on campus. A week-long event is planned at the beginning of the Fall semester.



Sun DomeThe official ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Sun Dome took place Tuesday, May 1st, at 4 p.m. Following the speakers and actual ribbon cutting, those in attendance were invited to tour the facility.


The Sun Dome opened in time for spring commencement, with the first ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 4th. Commencement ceremonies continue through Saturday, May 5th. We extend our best wishes to the Class of 2012!


For photos of the ribbon cutting event, visit this website.




USF hosted its 4th annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" event on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The event was a huge success, with 190 children (ages 8-18) having the opportunity to choose from 17 activities.


Children were also assigned, based on grade level, to one of two new activities: The Green & Gold Tour and the LEGOLAND Demonstration and Activity.


We appreciate the efforts it takes to host this annual event and thank the Division of Human Resources staff and many volunteers from across the university community for providing an exciting way for children to learn about USF and experience a day at work with their parents and other relatives.


The photo above shows the Environmental Health & Safety team having a great time sharing their expertise in extinguishing fires. The children did a great job extinguishing the fire pit.


Wayne Espinola, Administrative Services Webmaster, shared his trade secrets with his adorable nephew, Antonio. Check out the very cool video they created!


For more images from the event, visit this website.



ChallengeCongratulations to Louise Wilgus and Jackie Gahagan, also known as the FPC Angels, for receiving an Honorable Mention in the UnBullievable Photo-A-Go-Go Scavenger Hunt that took place during the USF Day Celebrations. Louise, Space Utilization Planner, and Jackie, Administrative Specialist, Facilities Planning and Construction (FPC), teamed up and participated in a fun twist to a typical scavenger hunt.


Along with other teams from across campus, the FPC Angels had to identify and photograph the 10 Challenge items. You can see from these photos that Louise and Jackie were clearly showing their Bulls pride and spirit.


For all ten challenge photos, visit this website.



A special "thank you" goes out to each of you who helped out with the planning, set up and coordination of the Annual Faculty & Staff Kickball Event! We've received many compliments from the USF community on the event, and your time and effort made this event a memorable experience for all of USF's faculty and staff who came out.


Click here to see photos from the event.



forkliftA record number of participants attended Environmental Health & Safety's Forklift Safety Training conducted May 3rd & 4th.

The two-day session was attended by 50 participants. Normally, class participation is three to ten individuals.


We commend the EH&S staff for increasing participation in this important training.