September 10, 2008



President Genshaft's Fall Address Today
Please join President Judy Genshaft for the Fall 2008 State of the University Address today at 3 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. The address will be webcast (check and a transcript of the address will be posted tomorrow on the President's Web site. For more information, click here.

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Information on the USF Web site
In the event of a hurricane, tropical storm or other emergency situation, USF emergency closing information will be posted on the USF Home page and recorded on the emergency hotline at 1-800-992-4231. For more information, click here.

One-Time Lump-Sum Bonus Announcement
USF has approved a one-time, lump sum bonus for out-of-unit administration and staff employees. For more information, click here.

Organization Development & Training Re-Named Talent Management
Organization Development & Training (ODT), a part of the Division of Human Resources, is now Talent Management. A new Technical Training Center and Web site are part of the new improved services from Talent Management. For more information, click here.

Meeting with Your HR Benefits Representative
Over the next few months, the HR Benefits department is anticipating a large influx of employee traffic. To ensure that all visitors are handled expeditiously, employees are urged to schedule appointments during this busy time. To schedule an appointment with a Benefits Representative on the Tampa campus, call (813) 974-2970 or visit the Human Resources Office, located in SVC 2172. Regional Campus employees should contact their Benefits Representatives directly.

Adoption Benefits Program

The 2008 open enrollment period for the state's Adoption Benefits Program runs through Sept. 30. USF employees who adopted a child on or after Oct. 1, 2000 are eligible to apply for adoption benefits during open enrollment. For more information, click here.


The Benefits Expert Tip
Did you know that open enrollment is the only time of year when you can make changes to your benefits? For more information, check out this month's Benefits Expert Tip.


What's New in HR?

For updates on benefits, events and more from the Division of Human Resources, click here.



Wear Green and Pack Ray Jay for USF vs. Kansas
The entire Tampa Bay area and Bulls fan base are encouraged to "Go Green" when USF faces 2008 Orange Bowl Champion Kansas on Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. The highly anticipated non-conference matchup will be televised live from Raymond James Stadium by ESPN2 and is expected to have a similar atmosphere to the 2007 home game against West Virginia. For more information, click here.

Commuter Options Information Sessions Sept. 22
The Division of Human Resources, CUTR and Transportation and Parking Services invite you to find out about innovative, money-saving commuting options available to all USF employees. The sessions will be held Monday, Sept. 22 (times to be announced) in the TECO Room at the David C. Anchin Center. No reservation is required. For more information, click here.

Benefits Open Enrollment Begins Sept. 22

Open Enrollment for State Group Insurance Program Plan Year 2009 will take place Sept. 22 through Oct. 17. This is the one time of year employees can make changes to their benefits. For more information, click here.


The Employee Assistance Program Seminar Sept. 23  
The Employee Assistance Program will host a seminar titled "Up In Smoke: Ready to Quit?" Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 12
to 1 p.m. in SVC2130. This seminar is designed to provide you with education about the process of quitting smoking. For more information, click here.

Fall 2008 Benefits Fair Sept. 30
The annual USF Benefits Fair will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gibbons Alumni Center on the Tampa Campus. For more information, click here.

American Heart Association "Heart Walk" Nov. 8
The 2009 American Heart Association Heart Walk will be held Saturday Nov. 8 at Raymond James Stadium from 8 to 11 a.m. To learn more, or to register to participate, contact Susan Boully in HR at (813) 974-5711.

Faculty Staff Appreciation Event Nov. 15
President Genshaft has announced that the next Faculty Staff Appreciation Football Event will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 in conjunction with the USF vs. Rutgers football game. For more information, click here.

Winter Break 2008

As part of the university's budget reduction initiatives, USF will be closed for a winter break in December. For detailed guidelines and more information, click here.



Klasko Named CEO of Byrd Alzheimer's Center & Research Institute
Stephen K. Klasko, dean of the USF College of Medicine and senior vice president for USF Health, has been named CEO of the Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer's Center & Research Institute. For more information, click here.

Whiteford Named AVP for Global Strategies and International Affairs
USF has appointed an award-winning teacher and researcher as its new head of global initiatives. For more information, click here.

Tobin Appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Graham A. Tobin has been appointed as associate vice president for academic affairs. In his new role, Tobin will be working with USF's colleges, departments, and other units to help integrate strategic and budgetary planning through the university's compact planning process. For more information, click here.

Schmidt and Nanjundan Receive NIH Grants for Cancer Research
Two USF biologists have each received new federal grants to fund research that promises to help in the fight against cancer by advancing knowledge of various genetic aspects of the disease. Kristina Schmidt, assistant professor in the Division of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, has received a five-year, $1.32 million RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIGMS) to advance research into genetic instability and DNA mutations related to cancer. Meera Nanjundan, assistant professor in the Division of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, will use her $521,625 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study an area of the human genome that is "highly amplified" in a number of cancers and associated with a specific gene site, which may be a factor in some lung cancers and ovarian cancer.

Ersing Talks About Hurricane Preparedness on Local News Programs
Robin Ersing, a professor in the School of Social Work, has established USF's first training partnership with the American Red Cross (ARC) to certify social work students and others in the delivery of disaster-related services, including operation of the on-campus emergency evacuation shelter at Pizzo elementary school. This year ARC named Ersing its "Good Neighbor of the Year," the highest honor bestowed on a community member, for her efforts through research, teaching and service, dedicated to disaster preparedness in the Tampa Bay area. For more information, click here. In addition, Ersing was a guest this week on the "Your Turn With Kathy Fountain" news program. She was also recently featured on a "What's Right With Tampa Bay" segment on Fox News.  

USF Among Nation's Top "Up and Coming Universities" in U.S. News & World Report
USF placed among the nation's top 20 "up and coming universities" in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings, coming in at number 14. For more information, click here.

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