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Edward Narvid, Jr. Assistant Manager, High Voltage Shop Physical Plant
Asael Nunez Assistant Manager, Building Systems Physical Plant
David Isaac* Environmental Health & Safety Specialist Environmental Health & Safety
Rob Banks* Groundskeeper

Physical Plant

Jimmy Davis* Groundskeeper Physical Plant

*Moved from temporary to a regular position.



Parum Maraj has been promoted to Assistant Manager, Grounds, Physical Plant Department, effective August 13th. He began his career at USF in February 2005 as a vehicle and equipment mechanic in Physical Plant.


Please join us in congratulating Parum on his promotion and wishing him much success in his new position!



Roberta Thompson, Sr. Fiscal Business Assistant, Physical Plant, is retiring after 23 years of service. She joined USF in March 1989. Roberta began her career in Physical Plant as a receptionist, and was subsequently promoted to Clerical Aide, Clerk, and then Sr. Clerk. In June 1998, she was promoted to her current position as Sr. Fiscal Business Assistant. Roberta has been a great asset to Physical Plant and the University. Her cheery and happy disposition will be missed by all that work with her daily.


Noel Dawson, Postal Service Representative, USF Post Office, retired effective August 1st. He joined the University in July 2000 as a Clerk in the Tampa Campus Post Office and was promoted to a Sr. Clerk in May 2000. Noel has served as Postal Service Representative since 2006. During his 12 years at USF, he provided excellent customer service to the University community. His kind and thoughtful demeanor will be greatly missed.


Thelma Robinson, Custodial Worker, Physical Plant, retired from USF effective August 1st. She joined the University in 1988 and has served as a custodial worker for 24 years. In addition to doing a wonderful job keeping her designated areas clean, Thelma was always in a happy mood and had a way of turning a frown into a smile. Thelma will certainly be missed by her supervisors, co-workers and the customers she served.


Please join us in wishing Roberta, Noel and Thelma all the best in their retirement!



Week of Welcome Activities Begin August 22
"The Park on Collins" Scheduled
for Completion
August 23
The Provost's Fall Address August 24
First Day of Classes August 27
President's Fall Address* September 19, 2 p.m., MSC Oval Theater
Benefits Fair* October 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MSC




EHSDavid Smith, EH&S Director, and Aisha Lawrence, EH&S Safety & Compliance Manager, Environmental Health and Safety, represented USF as delegates at the 59th annual Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) Conference. The conference was held from July 14 – July 18, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. Approximately 370 delegates from colleges and universities worldwide attended the conference.


Aisha delivered a technical presentation on the benefits and lessons learned implementing a process for using iPads during laboratory safety and compliance inspections. David, chair of the Conference Planning Committee for the 60th annual CSHEMA conference, revealed the location and theme for next year's CSHEMA conference. The theme and location for next year's conference will be "Making a Splash" in Orlando.


CSHEMA provides information sharing opportunities, continuing education, and professional fellowship to people with environmental health and safety responsibilities in the education and research communities. Founded in 1954 to address the unique safety challenges that are found on a college or university campus setting, CSHEMA has more than 1,000 environmental health and safety (EHS) professionals representing over 400 of the leading higher education institutions throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, England, and Singapore.



The six-week summer 2012 STEM Program for gifted high school students was a huge success. This year the program's enrollment was 82 students, double the number of participants in 2011. Students represented 41 high schools from the Tampa Bay area, plus one from Georgia and one from Jakarta.


In a letter to friends of the center, Manoug Manougian, Professor and Director of the Stem Education Center, College of Arts and Sciences, acknowledged the organizations and individuals that made the program possible. Among those acknowledged by Professor Manougian were Sandy Lovins, VP, Administrative Services, Michael Ballester, Facilities Project Manager, Facilities Enhancement, Toufic Moumne, Assistant Director, Facilities Enhancement, and Bruce Smith, Facility Manager, College of Arts and Sciences, who under very difficult conditions provided the venue for the program.


Our thanks to all for their role in creating an impressive STEM suite that supports student success!