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Douglas Battle* Custodial Superintendent Physical Plant
Shanteria Cason* Custodial Worker Physical Plant

Mark Trujillo*

Custodial Worker Physical Plant
Steven Fisco Law Enforcement Officer University Police

*Moved from temporary to a regular position.



Hurricane Season June 1 - November 30
Holiday July 4



Paula Darby, was promoted to Custodial Superintendent, Physical Plant, effective May 24th. She joined USF in October 2011 as a Custodial Worker and, in February 2012, was promoted to Sr. Custodial Worker.


Please join us in congratulating Paula on this recent promotion and in wishing her much success in her new role.



Department Name Years
Facilities Planning Linda Harper 10
  Christopher Gorzelic 1
Human Resources Beverly Jerry 9
  Yvonne Dixon 3
  Bonita Sims 3
  Theresa Drye 2
  Debra Faulkner 2
Physical Plant Edna Williams 27
  Michael Bray 19
  Ermilot Blanc 8
  Yves Higgins 7
  Lance Kutchins 7
  Nainan Desai 7
  Carla McNeel 4
  Ethel Palmore 4
  Veronica Weatherspoon 4
University Police Mark Hopper 3
  Andrea Urig-Menendez 2


hurricaneJune 1st marked the start of the 2013 Hurricane Season and it is important that everyone be well prepared. The NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. The Tampa Bay area experienced its first tropical storm of the season - Andrea - this past week. To help you be prepared for the hurricane season which lasts six months, be sure to refer to USF's 2013 Hurricane Planning Guide.


Summer Heat - It's that time of year when Florida's weather can be harmful to one's safety. Florida's climate includes extreme heat along with a large amount of humidity which can lead to heat illnesses. Follow these tips to stay hydrated: Start and end your day with water and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Eat two or three servings of fruits and vegetables each day. These foods have water in them and help replenish water lost from your body. Learn the signs and symptoms of dehydration. For information about heat stress and heat-related illnesses, visit this page on the Red Cross website and this page on the Center for Disease Control website.



In a recent issue of the newsletter, we told you about a new USF tradition initiated by the outgoing officers of the Student Government Association. A bull statue was installed at the student entrance to the Sun Dome and dedicated as a symbol of good fortune. Before entering the Sun Dome, visitors are encouraged to touch the bull as a kind gesture for success and prosperity.


One of the suggestions in response to our recent newsletter survey was to provide little known or interesting facts about USF. We thought we'd start with USF Traditions.


sealThe USF Seal: The seal has been in usage since the first USF catalog in 1959. Since 1988, the seal has been reserved for use on diplomas, academic certificates and other legal documents. Each element of the USF seal has special meaning. The sun represents life to all living things. The lamp symbolizes learning. The globe signifies the universal expansiveness of educational opportunity and challenge.


First USF President John Allen's own cornerstone for the University was, and is, truth and wisdom. Mrs. Grace Allen, wife of the late founding president, said green and gold were selected as the school colors because they were "workable" and no other university in Florida had adopted them as official colors.