July 9, 2008



The Benefits Expert
Did you know that you can get significant savings on eye exams, glasses, contacts and laser vision correction? For more information, click here.

USF Lakeland Now USF Polytechnic
Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill giving the University of South Florida Lakeland the same autonomy as other branch campuses in the USF system and officially establishing its new name: USF Polytechnic. For more information, click here.

Update Your Mailing Address Before Open Enrollment
You must review and update your mailing address in order to ensure receipt of your 2008 Open Enrollment packet and, if applicable, your FRS statement. You can update your mailing address by visiting GEMS Self Service. For more information, contact an HR benefits representative at (813) 974-2970.

New Office Depot Contract for Office Supplies & Furniture
In an effort to maximize efficiencies, reduce costs, and enhance services, a contract has been awarded to Office Depot for the purchase of office supplies and office furniture. The Office Depot contract begins July 1, 2008. For more information, click here.

Vice Presidential Search
USF is searching for a senior vice president for business & finance, and you can help us identify quality candidates. To learn more about the position and the process, click here.

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



The Employee Assistance Program Seminar July 22
The Employee Assistance Program will host a seminar titled "Managing Transitions" Tuesday, July 22 from noon to 1 p.m. in SVC2130. This seminar will provide a common framework for understanding the dynamics of change, phases of transition and strategies for success. The presenter is Tim Miller, director of USF's Human Resources/Training & Professional Development. For more information, click here.

USF Night With the Rays August 2
USF Night with the Tampa Bay Rays will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 6:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field, with the Rays taking on the Detroit Tigers. USF Men's Basketball Coach Stan Heath will throw out the opening pitch, and LL Cool J will perform in a post-game concert, which is included in the game ticket price. For more information, click here.

"Quit Smoking Now" Program To Begin This Fall
This fall, the Employee Assistance Program will launch the "Quit Smoking Now" Program. This six-week program will be available to faculty and staff at no charge. For more information, visit the EAP Web site.

Benefits Fair September 30
The annual USF Employee Benefits Fair will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30. This year's open enrollment period is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 22 - Oct. 17. Look for more information in the next USF E-Bulletin.

Heart Walk November 8
Join "Team USF" for the American Heart Association Heart Walk Saturday, Nov. 8 at Raymond James Stadium. For more information, or to register to walk, click here.



USF Human Research Protections Program Fully Accredited
The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc, (AAHRPP) has granted full accreditation to USF, the only university in Florida to achieve this milestone. For more information, click here.

USF College of Business Earns Dual AACSB Accreditation
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has reaffirmed accreditation for the USF College of Business, a move that keeps the university on a list of just 169 institutions worldwide recognized for excellence in overall business and accounting programs. Less than 10 percent of the estimated 10,000 business schools worldwide are accredited by this international organization.

Briscoe Honored for Community Building & Transforming Neighborhoods
Richard Briscoe, assistant professor of child & family studies at USF's Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2008 Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership by NeighborWorks. The award is given each year to community leaders from around the country in honor of their outstanding contributions to their communities. For more information, click here.

Cissna Receives Communication Award
Ken Cissna, professor of communication, will receive the 2008 Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship at the National Communication Association's convention in November.

Bochner Receives Communications, Distinguished Alumni Awards
Art Bochner, professor of communication, received the Michael M. Osborn Teacher-Scholar Award from the Southern States Communication Association. Bochner also received the first "Distinguished Alumni Award" from the College of Arts and Sciences at California State University (Pennsylvania), where he received a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication in 1968.

Jones Wins Outstanding Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award
Stacy Holman Jones, assistant professor of communication, won the 2007 Outstanding Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award given by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender.

Harries Publishes Paper in Science
Peter Harries, geology professor, and his collaborators have published a paper in Science. To read the complete article, click here.

Rains & Nadeau Receive Scientific & Technical Achievement Award
Mark Rains, assistant professor of ecohydrology in USF's Department of Geology, and his colleague, Tracie-Lynn Nadeau of the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA), have received the 2007 Level I Scientific and Technical Achievement Award (STAA) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a synthesis article included in the "Featured Collection" of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (43: 118-133). For more information, click here.

Brown Appointed to National Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee
Dr. Lisa Brown, assistant professor in the Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI), has been appointed to the Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee under the National Biodefense Science Board Federal Advisory Committee. This subcommittee will make recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) relating to catastrophic health events. For more information, click here.

Head Recognized for Best Practices
Kate Head, associate director of University Audit and Compliance, has been recognized for best practices by ACL Services Ltd., a leading global provider of audit analytics and continuous monitoring software. For more information, click here.

Goldsmith Receives Community Impact Award
Carmen Goldsmith, special assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs, received the Community Impact Award from the Tampa Bay Academy of Hope for her work in encouraging young people to attend college. For more information, click here.

Media Innovation Team Wins 2008 Bronze Telly Award
The USF Media Innovation Team has been selected to receive a 2008 Bronze Telly Award for its production of the USF 50th Anniversary Motion Timeline. The MIT worked closely with the President's Office to produce this outstanding promotional piece commemorating the university's first 50 years. To view the video, click here.

Milestone Anniversaries
We're delighted to recognize the length of service of our employees and their ongoing commitment to USF. To help us congratulate the "Faces of USF" who are celebrating anniversaries this month, click here.