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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 facebook.com/cardusf or visit this website.

Stay Prepared – It's Still Hurricane Season!

Although this year's hurricane season has been relatively quiet compared to the number of storms forecasted for the six-month period which began June 1 and ends November 30, it's important that everyone stay prepared! At this time of the year, tropical storms have been known to develop quickly in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean, making it even more important for you to have supplies and a plan in place.

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 everyone 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 above 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 2013 hurricane season, visit USF's Emergency Management website. Be prepared and be safe!

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!

Be Prepared - Hurricane Season Begins June 1st

(June 2013) The NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends November 30, there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

More than 90 years have passed since the Tampa Bay area has been directly impacted by a major hurricane, but 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 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.


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.