President Genshaft Announces Extended Holiday Break

Dear USF Faculty and Staff:
The 2011-2012 year has had banner achievements at the University of South Florida. Not only was USF named a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions, but the $411 million in total research awards and contracts for the 2011-12 academic year set a new record for our university. This has been a truly remarkable year for our students in achieving new heights in their academic success and in winning national and international scholarships and honors. Our community continues to look to us as a preeminent institution in culture, health care and economic development. From new public-private partnerships such as the USF Health System partnership with Lakeland Regional Medical Center to today’s announcement of an astounding donation of $12 million from Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi K. Patel to elevate the Patel School of Global Sustainability and expand on its life-changing mission, our work has become more rewarding and more significant both near and far.
This is a time to celebrate the continued dedication, commitment and excellence of our talented faculty and staff. Without all of you, these successes wouldn’t be possible. We cannot overlook the fact that we continue to be surrounded by incredibly challenging economic times yet continue to accomplish the unthinkable. So in recognition of the efforts and appreciation of every employee, I am announcing that we will close out this year with an extended holiday break. The university will be closed for normal business from Monday, December 24 – Tuesday, January 1, 2013, reopening on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. In order to accomplish this, three additional winter break days will be added to this year’s schedule (December 26, 27, and 28).
I am hopeful that this will provide our employees with an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with their friends and loved ones, reflect back on a spectacular year, and re-charge for the ambitious year that lies ahead of us! For more information on USF’s 2012 Winter Break, please visit the USF Human Resources website.
Again, thank you for all that you do for the University of South Florida.
Judy Genshaft
USF System President