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Emergency Notification System Test - 10/1/15 @ 11:00 am

Sept. 28, 2015 - A test of USF's Emergency Notification System will be conducted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses. This test will include: MoBull, Desktop Alerts, campus digital displays, university websites, and the exterior public announcement system on the Tampa campus.

This test should take less than five minutes. All systems will state that the notification is only a test. To dismiss the alert on your computer, click the "Acknowledge" button.

If you are outside and do not hear the sirens around 11:00 am on October 1st, or if you have any questions regarding the test, please contact Jen Fleischman, Emergency & Safety Manager, or 974-4036.


Parking Permits for 2015-2016

July 8, 2015 - USF parking permit sales for the new academic year will begin Wednesday, July 15th. All 2014-2015 parking permits expire on Friday, August 7th.

Parking Permits 2015-2016 - log on to MyUSF

Don't stand in line... order your parking permit online!

MyUSF Users: Log on to your MyUSF account, click on the USF Parking and Transportation Services icon at the bottom left of the main page or under the MY RESOUCES tab, select PARKING PERMITS

Affiliates: Log on to your parking account using your email address and the password previously provided

Helpful Information When Ordering Online
• All permits will be mailed, please verify your address when ordering online
• We will not mail to campus addresses, except for resident housing
• Remember to print the temporary permit to use until your permit arrives in the mail


AVP for Human Resources and AVP for Facilities Management Selected

July 2, 2015 - Donna Keener and Chris Duffy join the Administrative Services team

Donna Keener was chosen as the new Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Chris Duffy was tapped to serve as the Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management. Both positions will report to Calvin Williams, the incoming Vice President for Administrative Services.

Donna Keener

Donna Keener has 27 years of experience, 10 of which have been in higher education. Her past positions include serving as Director of Human Resources at Salisbury University in Maryland, Assistant VP for Human Resources at the University of North Texas, and most recently as Executive Director of Human Resources at Hillsborough Community College. Ms. Keener is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington College in Delaware.

"I am grateful and honored to be entrusted with this opportunity to contribute at such an outstanding institution," Keener said. "I look forward to working collaboratively with all members of the university and to successfully build on the achievements of the Human Resources Division." Ms. Keener starts in her new role as Associate VP of Human Resources on August 3rd.

Chris Duffy

Retired Air Force Colonel Chris Duffy has a strong background in facilities management and operations with 24 years of experience encompassing engineering; Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH); finance; personnel management; facilities planning and maintenance; construction management; and information technology. Mr. Duffy holds a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, a master's in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and a master's in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University in Montgomery, AL.

"I would like to thank USF for the opportunity to lead the Facilities team," Duffy said. "I am looking forward to tackling the university's toughest challenges and providing the best campus learning environment for producing tomorrow's leaders." Mr. Duffy starts at USF on August 31st.


Hurricane Season Has Begun

June 1, 2015 - The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Although the National Hurricane Center has predicted 2015 to be a below-normal season, it only takes one storm to cause a disaster, and preparedness is key. Hurricanes are large, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 mph and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day. 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the United States hit Florida, so it is very important to be alert and prepared.

USF Emergency Management monitors all storms that have the potential to impact the Tampa Bay area and will communicate to the USF Community storm updates and projected impacts. USF's Hurricane Guide provides further information on campus operations and preparedness tips; view the 2015 USF Hurricane Guide.

How you can prepare:

For more information on hurricane preparedness, please visit the USF Emergency Management website.


New VP for Administrative Services has been Selected

Calvin WilliamsMay 18, 2015 - After a national search, Retired Air Force Colonel Calvin Williams has been selected as the new Vice President for Administrative Services and will start on August 3rd.

"Calvin is a great addition to the USF Team," USF's Chief Operating Officer John Long said. "Calvin's background in the Air Force has provided him with a host of experience and skills that will allow him to continue USF's upward trajectory, plus he is a USF graduate."

Mr. Williams comes to USF after a decorated career spanning 30 years in the United States Air Force. He served in various engineering and senior leadership roles both internationally and in the US, most recently as Director of Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support at Joint Base Andrews. In addition to a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from USF, Williams also holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University and Master's degrees in Public Administration, National Resource Strategy, and Military Operational Art and Science from Troy State University, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Air Command and Staff College respectively.

"I would like to thank USF for this incredible opportunity. The university is very 'future focused' and fits with my values. I look forward to working with my team, propelling them on the path of excellence. As an alumnus, I am excited to come back to USF in this role," Williams said.


USF Bookstore Gets a Splash of Bulls Pride

May 8, 2015 - This week, murals featuring the USF fight song and everyone's favorite mascot Rocky D. Bull were installed below the windows running above the main level in the bookstore. Highly visible, these murals add a nice touch of "Bulls Pride". Stop by and have a look!

 Bookstore Murals


How Can You Prevent Stormwater Pollution?

April 24, 2015 - Did you know at least 50% of the water quality problems in the U.S. result from stormwater runoff? Human activity is largely responsible for stormwater pollution. Everything that goes on the ground or down the storm drain can end up in our lakes and rivers. Human activities that can lead to stormwater pollution include vehicle washing and maintenance in parking lots, dumping trash or waste water into storm drains, and allowing runoff from pressure washing to enter storm drains.

The USF storm water system flows into Lake Behnke and other area streams, and eventually ends up in the Hillsborough River. Curb drains and drains with open metal grates are generally part of the USF storm water system. Thus, discharging into these structures, intentionally or accidentally, is considered an illicit discharge and is prohibited at USF.

Remember, Only Rain Down the Drain!

Please visit the USF Stormwater Management Program Website, to learn about:

To report illicit discharges or spills to the storm sewer system, contact Environmental Health & Safety at 813-974-4036. After normal business hours, contact the University Police Department at 813-974-2628. The USF Stormwater Permit Workgroup includes representatives from Facilities Planning & Construction, the Division of Environmental Health & Safety, and Physical Plant.

View more information on the USF Stormwater Management Program Website >


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.

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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


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 >


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


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.


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!


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.