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Florida Gas Transmission Company Test of Natural Gas Pipeline April 9th

Florida Gas Transmission Company (FGT) is required by Federal mandate to periodically pressure test their natural gas pipelines. On Thursday, April 9, 2015, FGT will hydrostatically test a 9-mile section of their 14-inch natural gas pipeline. The entire 9 miles will be tested at one time and this test will occur from 12:01 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. A segment of the pipeline runs east-west in the north side of the Fowler Avenue right-of-way and this testing will require the closing of south entrances off Fowler Avenue onto the USF Tampa Campus. For public safety, pedestrians and vehicles are restricted from crossing this pipeline.

The location of the pipe demands a two lane closure along west bound Fowler Avenue (the northernmost lanes) from approximately Morris Bridge Road to the CSX right-of-way (approximately N 12th Street). Key intersections will remain open most notably Bruce B Downs Blvd (30th St), 50th Street, and 56th Street. As additional safety measures, detour signage and Portable Changeable Message Signs will alert students, faculty, and staff of the closure and provide information on alternate entrances onto the USF Tampa Campus.

If the hydrotest fails, FGT will immediately start the repairs. The next most likely test schedule will be the following Sunday night (early Monday morning) at the same time indicated above.

Additional is available on the FGT website or by phone at 844-FGT-INFO (844-348-4636).

- USF Physical Plant

Jazz & Lunch at The Park on Collins February 19th!

The first in the 2015 Jazz & Lunch Series will take place Thursday, February 19th, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Park on Collins - located on the south side of the USF Library. Talented student musicians from the Department of Jazz in the School of Music at the College of The Arts will once again provide entertainment. Purchase lunch for $6.00 (includes an entrée, chips and a beverage). Or bring your lunch - beverages are available for purchase.

Mark your calendars now for all three events (February 19, March 19, and April 16th) and plan on joining us for a relaxing lunchtime experience. In the event of rain, an alternative date will be communicated prior to each event. We hope you will join us for great company, music, food and environment. All are welcome!

- Administrative Services

Work At USF Tampa Campus Power Substation Starts December 17th

As you are probably aware, the USF Tampa Campus experienced two electrical outages last week. USF and TECO are proactively working together to improve the reliability of the electrical system and make the necessary permanent repairs for last week's outages. TECO will be performing some work at the on campus substation starting Wednesday, December 17th. The repairs are expected to take a couple of days. During this work, some of the backup (redundant) equipment in the substation will have to be turned off. No power outage is expected due to this work, but please take appropriate precautions to protect from any unscheduled power outage that might occur during this work.

Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony Coming in April – NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED!

It's time to nominate deserving staff and administration employees for USF's 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards. Candidates should be individuals who have demonstrated excellence and their ability to make a difference at the University! This is the top prestigious award that is granted to a limited number of staff each year and is a distinctive honor. View detailed information about the Outstanding Staff Awards on the HR Website.

All nominations must be submitted to Human Resources, SVC 2172, no later than Thursday, February 5, 2015. A nomination form for the 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards can be downloaded from the HR Website. Prior to submittal to Human Resources, the nomination form with letters of endorsement should be submitted to the nominee's Dean/Director for signature. For more information on the process, please contact Rhonda Vogt at or 813-974-6874.

Additional information regarding the awards ceremony will be available in the weeks to come. Please do take this opportunity to help us recognize and celebrate EXCELLENCE by nominating a deserving colleague.

- Division of Human Resources

Eligibility Requirements for Veteran's Preference Expanded

In compliance with Chapter 295, Florida Statute, USF is committed to providing preference to U.S. veterans and spouses of veterans in hiring, promotion, and retention for all qualified positions (all Staff / Non-Exempt level positions).

Veterans' preference was expanded this past legislative session with the passing of House Bill 7015. The changes, effective July 1, 2014, include the following: You no longer have to be a Florida resident to claim veterans' preference. You no longer have to serve during a wartime period to claim veterans' preference. The following categories for preference were added: The mother, father, legal guardian, or un-remarried widow or widower of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died in the line of duty under combat-related conditions, as verified by the United States Department of Defense; a veteran as defined in s. 1.01(14). Active duty for training may not be allowed for eligibility under this paragraph; and a current member of any reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Florida National Guard.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit the Veterans' Preference homepage on the HR website.

- Human Resources

Change in HART U-PASS Fare for Faculty & Staff

Starting October 1, 2014, HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit) U-PASS fare for faculty and staff will increase from 25¢ per trip to 50¢ per trip. The U-PASS program is a partnership with USF and HART that allows faculty and staff with a valid USF ID to access HART Local, Limited Express, MetroRapid and Flex routes at a significant discount, and students ride fare free.

- Parking & Transportation Services

USF Parking Permits Go on Sale July 15th!

Don't stand in line - order your parking permit online! It's fast and easy to do, plus there is no additional charge for online payments. To order your permit online please select the option that best applies to you:

  1. MyUSF users: Once you log into your MyUSF account, click on the USF Parking and Transportation Services icon located at the bottom left of the main page or under MY RESOUCES tab, select PARKING PERMITS.

  2. Faculty, staff and students: Log into your parking account using your USF NetID.

  3. Affiliates: Log into your parking account using your email address and password previously provided.

To receive USF parking and traffic alerts via email, subscribe to the Parking and Traffic Alerts listserv to receive USF parking and traffic alerts via email. To subscribe, send an email to: In the body of your message, type: sub USF-PARKING-TRAFFIC-ALERTS. You will receive an email that will require you to click on a confirmation link in order to be included as a subscriber.


- Parking & Transportation Services

Planned Power Outages on USF Tampa Campus in August

In order to enhance the electrical service to the USF Tampa Community, a series of planned electrical outages have been scheduled this summer prior to the start of the Fall 2014 Semester. The planned outages will involve multiple buildings on multiple dates.

The outages will last 12 - 14 hours, including the process for re-energizing the buildings. During that time, the buildings will be closed and access to the buildings affected will not be possible. The outages have been scheduled to minimize the impact on class schedules, students, faculty and staff.

The Building Supervisors for the affected buildings will provide building occupants with detailed information and instructions on how to prepare for the outages. The buildings that will be affected:

This schedule could change based on weather conditions. Please contact your Building Supervisor if you have any questions.

- Facilities Planning & Construction

New Business Process Website Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the release of a New Business Process Website impacting all USF System Employees! Our new SharePoint internal website is designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation and updated with the latest information about USF System processes, procedures and forms. The website is now available to all faculty and staff with a Net ID. Click here to check out the new website.

The Online Business Process site, formerly known as COMPASS, contains information that will help all USF System employees with their daily tasks and responsibilities. In revamping the COMPASS repository of business processes the main objectives were to:

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new library and that this will be another tool for strengthening your ability to efficiently find information and resources to successfully carryout your tasks at USF.

New Bus Wraps at USF

USF Bull Runners Get a New Spirited Look!

Six Bull Runner buses are now sporting spirited looks as they travel on and off campus. Parking & Transportation Services recently unveiled the three different USF designs created by Wayne Espinola, Webmaster & Graphic Designer for Administrative Services. Each of the three designs has been wrapped on two buses. These six buses have routes that take them off campus, which will provide high visibility for the university and definitely brand USF. View the new buses >

Be Prepared & Get a Plan - Hurricane Season Begins June 1st!

Each year, the National Weather Service, Emergency Management Professionals and local officials join together to recognize National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This year Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25 – May 31st, with the official start of the 2014 hurricane season beginning on June 1. Hurricane season lasts for six months, ending on November 30th. FEMA, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are helping to raise awareness of precautionary measures that can be taken to help minimize risk to citizens, their communities, and property.

Although more than 90 years have passed since the Tampa Bay area has been directly impacted by a major hurricane, it only takes one storm to threaten, cause damage and disrupt our lives. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. It is important that your hurricane preparedness plan addresses all of these hazards. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that you and your family be ready before a storm approaches. Your individual preparedness actions greatly contribute to USF's ability to prepare, respond to and recover from any storm, regardless of its intensity.

Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. To learn more about how you can prepare and minimize your risk during the 2014 hurricane season, visit USF's Emergency Management website at Be prepared and be safe!

Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day Event a Huge Success!

USF Tampa hosted its sixth annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day event on Thursday, April 24. The event provided the more than 150 children (ages 8 - 18) of USF faculty and staff employees with an opportunity to explore career options and to discover new possibilities for their futures. They had an opportunity to see a broad range of career fields, interact and engage with professionals in various positions, and learn how they can pursue their professional aspirations to be all that they can be. The event began in the Marshall Center Ballroom but encompassed on-site departmental tours around campus that were designed to showcase various careers in different fields.

Hosted by Human Resources and Administrative Services, the career presentations and behind-the-scenes tours created a day of eye-opening experiences for the children who went home more aware of a variety of career possibilities. Special thanks to all the volunteer chaperones and to the departments throughout campus who hosted tours and presentations; their contributions to this event made it a memorable one.

To see a photo gallery of the day's activities and the Tampa Bay Times article on the Botanical Gardens tour, please visit the Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day webpage.

A Friday to Remember ... Unprecedented Rain Impacts Campus

On Friday, May 2, USF Tampa experienced some of the worst flooding ever seen on campus, due to a flash flood caused by a chain of thunderstorms that pummeled the North Tampa area with a reported 9 inches of rain in a short period of time. The rainwater, which fell faster than storm water drains could hold it, flooded parking lots and roadways. The entire Temple Terrace area was under a flash flood warning and rains resulted in extreme flooding in local neighborhoods and even the closure of Busch Gardens. Click here to see photos of the flooding's impact on the Tampa Campus.

Thanks to the quick response from University Police, Physical Plant and Environmental Health & Safety, no flood-related injuries were reported, and most of the impacted buildings have returned to normal operations. Despite the complications the weather posed for the day, USF was able to successfully host and honor our first group of 2014 graduates at 1:30 p.m. last Friday to kick off the Spring Commencement ceremonies held at the Sun Dome.

The flash flooding serves as a great reminder that dangerous weather conditions can arise quickly and with little notice, so it is important to pay attention to USF's emergency notifications. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to sign up for USF's MoBull Messenger, which will send you emergency notifications by text message to your cell phone. Click here to sign up for MoBull and other valuable, free public safety programs available to you. During an emergency, information can also be found on the University's main website at

Outstanding Staff Award Ceremony April 29th!

The 2013 Outstanding Staff Award ceremony will take place Tuesday, April 29, from 2 – 4 p.m. in the School of Music Concert Hall. Come out and support your colleagues and join in the celebration! Outstanding employees are the backbone of the University of South Florida. They find creative solutions that help us become more effective and are willing to go above and beyond their regular responsibilities with passion and grace. They also make our lives easier by being consistently reliable.

We've modified and condensed the presentation format and think you'll really enjoy this year's ceremony. The new format will afford you more time to enjoy the reception following the awards presentation. We hope you will join us in celebrating the 2013 Outstanding Staff Award winners and recognizing their achievements! Human Resources

Police Communications Specialists Recognized During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week!

Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is being celebrated this year from April 13 – 19. Like other local law enforcement agencies, the USF Police Department is a primary Public Safety Answer Point (PSAP). The USF Police Department employs ten Police Communications Specialists, including a supervisor.

Like their counterparts in the other agencies, USF's Police Communications Specialists are all emergency medical dispatch trained and certified. Using this training, they coordinate the proper response of police, fire rescue and ambulance services. In addition to monitoring Hillsborough County 911, the USF Police Communications Specialists also monitor on-campus fire and security alarms, non-emergency phone lines, blue light emergency and elevator phones, campus card access, and radio systems for the USF Police Department, Campus Security and Parking & Transportation Services.

Please join us in recognizing all of our Police Communications Specialists who are dedicated public safety professionals working every day to help keep our campus safe. We appreciate all they do! - Administrative Services

USF Earns 2013 Tree Campus USA Recognition

The University of South Florida has earned 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition. Tree Campus USF, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

To obtain this distinction, USF met the five core standards for effective campus forest management: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

Increasing the number of trees on the Tampa campus is one of USF's Designed Environment Campus Initiatives. The planting of trees on the campus supports the signing by USF President Judy Genshaft of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment in April 2008 and greatly contributes to the reduction of the university's carbon footprint. In the past 15 years, more than 3,500 trees have been planted on the Tampa campus.

USF Lights It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd!

The University of South Florida is proud to be a participant in the World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd. The following locations will be lit with blue lights: The fountains along Leroy Collins Boulevard, the Bulls fountain on the south side of the Marshall Student Center, The Park on Collins, Health Sciences entrance and the USF signs on either side of the entrance off Fowler onto Leroy Collins Boulevard.

USF's Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD), in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, invites you to attend the various activities planned for April 2nd in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day. The CARD Autism Champions club will be hosting two activity tables and providing educational materials at the Bull Market in the MSC Plaza. The club members will also deliver "treats" with an educational message to 50 targeted departments and people on campus. There will be a great photo opportunity at 8:00 pm at the Bull's fountain, please wear blue and show your support.

CARD provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities. To learn more about CARD and the services it provides to the Tampa Bay Community, and to learn more about Autism Awareness month please visit our Facebook page at or visit this website.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Administrative Services will be hosting events throughout the month of October. We hope you will join us at one or all of these!

A New Tradition Begins!

(May 2013) Facilities Management recently worked with USF's Student Government Association (SGA) to procure and install a beautiful bull statue in front of the student entrance to the Sun Dome. The new statue compliments the major enhancements made to the student entrance during last year's renovation of the Sun Dome. The outgoing SGA officers wanted to create a memorable spot on campus and also wanted to create a tradition for future students.

Legend has it that the plot of land that the University of South Florida sits on was once home to a cattle farmer and his herd. This farmer cared so much for his bulls that every day he brushed the hooves of the beasts to keep their day's journey prosperous and without discomfort. This action not only gave these bulls longer lives, but kept the farmer steadfast in his path to success and prosperity.

SGA dedicated the bull statue as a symbol of good fortune to all and asks that those passing by touch or pat the hoof of the bull. We hope you will have an opportunity to stop by to see USF's newest bull statue, read the legend that created the new tradition, and touch the hoof for good fortune!

Lunch & Jazz Hit a High Note

(April 2013) Amid the sounds of fabulous jazz played by USF student musicians, University faculty, staff and students engaged in conversation or just listened to the music, ate lunch, enjoyed the view and experienced a wonderful lunchtime at the West Pond Pavilion. The weather cooperated with a nice breeze keeping the air from becoming too hot. Smells of barbeque from Mom & Pop's BBQ was in the air adding to the festival vibe of the event. View photos from the event.

Across campus, come discover the West Pond Pavilion! Located on the west side of campus adjacent to Simmons Park (southwest of FAH), the West Pond Pavilion is another new outdoor space that provides a tranquil and shaded area for students, faculty, staff and visitors to enjoy our beautiful campus.

Be Street Smart

(March 2013) At USF, the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our priority. More than 40,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, as well as many visitors are going to class, work, and visiting for events on the USF Tampa Campus. They walk, drive cars, ride bicycles, use skateboards and golf carts to travel around the campus. It is important that everyone respects their fellow Bulls and acts in a predictable, safe manner.

The USF Street Smart Program was developed by University Police and Environmental Health & Safety to help inform and bring attention to the importance of safety on and around our roadways. Please take a minute to review the video and additional information on this website to help keep you and the rest of the USF community safe.