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Sharreen Boone Director, Payroll & Benefits Human Resources
Jeremy Ocasio Maintenance Technician Physical Plant
Danny Stearns Maintenance Technician Physical Plant
Erickah Slaughter* Custodial Worker Physical Plant

*Moved from temporary to a regular position.



John Dunbar, High Voltage Electrician and Assistant Manager for Physical Plant's electric shop, is retiring effective August 1, 2012. He joined USF in June 1984 as an electrician and has maintained USF's high voltage electrical distribution system for nearly three decades. In 2004, John assumed the vital role of Electric Shop Supervisor. He received a promotion to Assistant Manager in April 2007. In these roles, John has been responsible for running the day to day electrical system maintenance and has been quick to respond day or night to ensure the reliability of campus power.


Sven (Skeeter) Torsell, Plant Operator in the utilities department of Physical Plant, retired effective July 1, 2012, after nearly 20 years of service to USF. He joined USF in January 1993 and was responsible for running the large machinery (chillers and boilers) that supply the USF Tampa Campus with heating and air conditioning. Sven worked both day and night shifts during his career and has always been known for his reliability and willingness to respond to emergencies.


Please join us in thanking John and Sven for their many years of service to the university and in wishing them all the best in their retirement.



GabiGabi Harmon, Learning & Development Manager for Organizational Development in Human Resources, is currently finishing her last week in HR before heading to a new position in USF University College. Gabi will take on the role of managing Workforce Development for the Continuing Education program.


Gabi recently completed her doctoral degree in Organizational Systems with a focus on Organizational Development and Leadership. Her new position will help her to progress towards her long-term goal of becoming a college professor.


Gabi has been a trusted and valued employee in HR for eight years. While we will certainly be at a loss without her exceptional coaching skills and her passion for helping people, we wish her the best of luck in her pursuit of new opportunities.



HR Organizational Development's new "Managing at USF" online training module recently won the "Best in Class – Training/Vocational Category" Interactive Media Award from the Interactive Media Council. Developed in partnership with the USF Media Innovation Team (MIT), the new training program is a valuable tool to help new managers learn more about USF's systems and identify which training programs they need in order to be successful in their new roles. Working with MIT were Tim Miller, Director, and Pat Geisler, Learning & Development Facilitator, HR Organizational Development, and Beverly Douglas, Special Assistant to the Vice President, Administrative Services.


To view this award winning online training module, visit Managing at USF.



MSCThe USF Marshall Student Center has been recognized as an Honorable Mention Winner in the 2012 Education Design Showcase. The showcase is sponsored by School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines. Each design project is evaluated by a jury of administrators, architects, and facility planners for excellence in design and functional planning directed toward meeting the needs of the education program. The Marshall Student Center was designed by the

architectural design firm Gould Evans/Sasaki.



LakelandOn June 29, USF Lakeland employees were welcomed to the USF Tampa campus for a meet and greet event hosted by Human Resources. Attendees were taken on a bus tour of the campus, followed by a luncheon held at the Top of the Palms in the Marshall Student Center. Gabi Harmon, Learning & Development Manager, and Pat Geisler, Learning & Development Facilitator, HR Organizational Development, Human Resources, personally welcomed the USF Lakeland employees and introduced them to the history and mission of the Tampa Campus.


Effective July 1st, the teach-out began on the USF Lakeland campus. All USF Lakeland employees who perform an ongoing function have been provided assignments until June 30, 2013. Human Resources is working diligently to find temporary assignments for the employees who are not involved in the teach-out.


As the transition continues at the USF Lakeland campus, two Administrative Services employees are overseeing functions on that campus on a temporary basis. Le Proctor, Director of Facilities Planning & Construction, is directing the organizing of campus construction in accordance with the Board of Governors' oversight. Nancy Wisgerhof, Director of Classification & Compensation, Human Resources, is directing the USF Lakeland Human Resources office.



LightningSummer is the highest season for one of the nation's deadliest weather occurrences…lightning! It is common for severe thunderstorms to form rapidly in the greater Tampa Bay area during the summer. This phenomenon generally occurs in the late afternoon to early evening hours along the I-75 corridor.


Prevailing winds dictate the direction the storm will take. There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of lightning. Just remember, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"