April 23, 2008



Provost Addresses Budget Issues
USF Provost Ralph Wilcox published an open letter to the university community to address budget cuts and related issues. It appeared in the Tuesday, April 22 issue of The Oracle. To read the complete letter, click here.

President Genshaft Signs Historic Environmental Commitment
USF President Judy Genshaft joined the growing list of signatories in the fight against global warming by signing the historic American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment during the Getting Green by Going Green Expo on April 12 at the USF Sun Dome. For more information, click here.

Sick Pool Open Enrollment in April
Annual open enrollment for the USF sick leave pool ends April 30. For more information, click here.

Long-Term Disability Insurance Open Enrollment Opportunity
Eligible USF employees may enroll in long-term disability insurance now through May 30, with guaranteed acceptance and no underwriting or medical exams. For more information, click here.

Employee Discounts
Faculty and staff can receive discounts for goods, services and recreation through the Employee Perks Program usfweb2.usf.edu/HR/Perks/EmpPerks_Home.html and Bulls Country usfweb2.usf.edu/ur/bullscountry/discounts.htm. For more information, click here.

What's New in HR?
For updates about benefits, events and more from the Division of Human Resources, click here.

Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to assist employees with personal, family or workplace concerns. The EAP professional staff seeks to enhance the emotional functioning of employees and to respond to the needs of faculty and staff through various educational and psychological interventions including assessment, crisis intervention, psychological counseling, substance abuse services, couples counseling, career counseling, seminars, consultation, and information/referral services. For more information, click here.

USF Contemporary Art Museum Receives Warhol Photos
The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum / Institute for Research in Art (USF CAM) is pleased to announce that it will receive a significant gift of photographs by the internationally renowned pop artist Andy Warhol. For more information, click here.



Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony May 13
All employees are invited to attend the annual Outstanding Staff Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in Theatre I on the Tampa campus. The Outstanding Staff Award is the highest award given by the university to administration and staff employees. For information, click here.

Faculty & Staff Softball Tournament and Taste of Bulls Country May 17
The 25th Annual USF Faculty & Staff Softball Event and Taste of Bulls Country will be held Saturday, May 17. For more information, click here.

USF Contemporary Art Museum Features Grad Student Exhibit
The USF Contemporary Art Museum will host an exhibition featuring Master's theses work by MFA Candidates in the School of Art and Art History April 25 to May 24 at the museum. The exhibition will give graduating students an opportunity to have their theses work viewed by the public in a professional environment. For more information, click here.



Officer Marckese Awarded USF Police Officer of the Year
Officer Dominick Marckese was chosen USF's 2007 Police Officer of the Year. The university community now has an opportunity to recognize Marckese at a higher level. Marckese is competing with other police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel from throughout the Tampa Bay area for the 2008 People's Hero Award, and the UP would appreciate support from the university community in the voting process. To vote for Officer Marckese, click here.

Schiller Awarded Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship
Noel Schiller, assistant professor of northern Renaissance and Baroque art history in the College of Visual & Performing Arts, has been awarded a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship for her project titled, "Engaging Laughter: Representing Perception, Sensation, and the Passions in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art." The Getty Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship supports emerging scholars whose work contributes to the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and throughout the world. For more information, click here.

Yelvington Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
Kevin Yelvington, associate professor of anthropology, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his forthcoming book on Melville J. Herskovits (who started the first program in African studies at a major U. S. university) and the making of Afro-American anthropology. Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to U.S. and Canadian artists, scientists and scholars on the basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment. For more information, click here.