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MAY 2018 | XL – VOL 7

Renovations to Riverside Center Begin in May
Spring 2018 Commencement Preview
Summer Construction Primer
UT Says Farewell to Faculty and Staff Retirees
Sustainability Corner
Faculty and Staff Honored at Academic, Leadership Awards
A Project Manager, a Pastor — and Now a Published Author
Workday Update
Campus Safety Launches New Student Assistant Program

Renovations to Riverside Center Begin on Monday


The Riverside Center, which was built in 1962 on the Hillsborough River and has supported various administrative and academic functions over the years, will undergo a major renovation this summer and fall. The renovation will allow for significantly increased space for Career Services, classrooms, conference rooms and for a transformed post office.

The current building, which is a mix of single-story, story-and-a-half and two-story spaces, will become two-story throughout, but will remain approximately in the same footprint. The renovation will add nearly 20,000 square feet for a total of 54,000 square feet. The project is expected to begin in early May, and to be fully completed for the Spring 2019 semester. However, the post office, language lab and some administrative spaces are expected to be complete by the Fall 2019 semester.

Highlights of the renovation include:

Career Services, which helps students transition from college to career, will have an additional 5,000 square feet to incorporate space for placement services, including interviewing, corporate recruiter meetings, receptions, employer programs and numerous student programs to aid career exploration and job search. An adjacent multipurpose room will open onto a patio that overlooks the Hillsborough River.

Classrooms and conference spaces account for an additional 4,500 square feet. The new building will feature 10 classrooms and conference rooms, which include two state-of-the-art language labs. Many of the classrooms will feature views of the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa.

UT’s post office will be totally redesigned and modernized to account for current trends in student use, in which students do not receive significant amounts of first class mail, but do receive numerous packages via Amazon, USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc. In fact, last year the post office staff handled 10,000 packages the first week of fall semester, and more than 100,000 during the academic year.

The new building will also include space for faculty offices to help keep pace with the rapid addition of new employee hires. The Office of Admissions’ presentation room will be expanded, as will Admissions’ logistics space for managing mailings to prospective students. Development and University Relations, Human Resources and Public Information and Publications will also benefit from redesigned and expanded spaces.

“The new Riverside Building will benefit the UT community in many ways,” said President Ronald Vaughn. “I believe students will especially benefit from the expansion of Career Services and the addition of classrooms and study spaces, and I think they will particularly enjoy a modernized, functional post office.”

So where do we get our mail?
  • The post office will move to the Academic Tutoring Building (north of the Aquatics Center).
  • Career Services and Human Resources will move to North Walker Hall.
  • The language lab, Public Information and Development will move to McKay Hall.

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Spring 2018 Commencement Preview


On Saturday, May 5, UT will celebrate its 146th commencement during two separate ceremonies at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall.

The ceremony for graduates of the Sykes College of Business and the College of Arts and Letters will take place at 9:30 a.m., and the ceremony for graduates of the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education and the College of Natural and Health Sciences will follow at 2 p.m.

Between the two ceremonies, there are 1,214 bachelor’s degree candidates and 159 master’s degree candidates — 1,373 in all.

Amongst the graduates will be four staff members. Stephen Farley, education abroad advisor in the Office of International Programs, has earned a Master of Business Administration. Chris Gurrie, assistant professor of speech, and James Zebrowski, managing director of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, have each earned a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. Tamara Owens, administrative assistant in the Macdonald-Kelce Library, has earned a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology.

At the morning ceremony, Thomas Graham ’82, vice president, special projects (retired) for Pepco Holdings, will give the address, and Roman Cowan ’10, MBA ’14, M.S. ’14, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving, will receive the 2018 Young Alumnus Award. Francisco Oller Garcia, a Master of Business Administration candidate from Tampa, will introduce the speaker, and Daniel Holahan, an entrepreneurship major from Winchester, MA, will deliver the challenge to the graduating class.

In the afternoon ceremony, Scott Charbo ’86, vice president, information technology and digital services for Nutrien, is the speaker, and William Franchi ’06, founder and managing partner of Franchi Law, Pro Agents Sports Management and Pro Title Insurance Agency, will receive the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award. Jessica Morten, a biology major from Ponte Vedra, FL, will introduce the speaker, and Aislinn Sroczynski, a government and world affairs major from Kearny, NJ, will deliver the challenge to the graduating class.

Several graduate programs have hooding ceremonies scheduled in the days leading up to commencement:

Thursday, May 3
  • Department of Nursing hooding and pinning ceremony, 6 p.m., Plant Hall, Fletcher Lounge (by invitation only)
  • Department of Education hooding ceremony, 6 p.m., Martinez Athletics Center, Sword & Shield Room
Friday, May 4:
  • Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance hooding ceremony, Noon, Plant Hall, Music Room
  • Sykes College of Business hooding and awards ceremony, 6 p.m., Martinez Athletics Center

UT Graduates by the Numbers:

Total graduates = 1,373
Countries represented = 62
% of graduates from Florida = 41


Total bachelor’s degree candidates = 1,214
Summa cum laude (GPA 4.0) = 7
Magna cum laude (GPA 3.75 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 121
Cum laude (GPA 3.5 or higher, but less than 3.75) = 206
Top 3 most popular undergraduate majors in this class = Marketing, Finance and Criminology

Graduate students

Total master’s candidates = 159
With honors (GPA 3.9 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 11
With highest honors (GPA 4.0) = 11
MBAs awarded = 41

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Summer Construction Primer

GHS Construction

Graduate and Health Studies Building — Construction is nearing completion. Once a temporary certificate of occupancy is received at the end of June, furniture and equipment will be moved in. Anticipated move-in date for faculty and staff is mid-July. This will allow adequate time for start-up, commissioning and training of the state-of-the-art equipment and systems to support the nursing and physician assistant spaces.

Smiley Hall — Work will continue this summer to refresh the residence hall and upgrade plumbing, flooring and finishes. A new fire sprinkler system will be installed along with an elevator to the second floor.

Riverside Center — Work will begin on the renovation and expansion of the Riverside Center this summer.

Brevard Avenue and Spaulding Drive — Brevard Avenue between Spaulding Drive and North A Street will be restored over the summer to its original brick pavers. Spaulding Drive will also be closed during portions of the summer to allow for underground work and realignment. Watch for signage.

Morsani Hall — Chilled water infrastructure will be extended to Morsani Hall, which will cause some sidewalk and possible street closures around the project. Watch for signs throughout the summer.

Chiller Plant — An additional chiller, cooling tower and support equipment will be added to the main chiller plant on the west side of campus. This will provide plant capacity and redundancy to support new buildings added to the campus chilled water loop.

Plant Hall — Repairs to the Science Wing will continue, as well as upgrades to the electrical system on the ground level and other miscellaneous updates.

North Boulevard — The light poles along North Boulevard will be replaced to match those found on the rest of campus. There will also be some improvements to sidewalks along North Boulevard, as well as the fencing along the north side of campus so it will match the brick columns and black picket fencing along the south side, carrying the UT brand to both sides of campus.

Falk Theatre — Repairs will continue along the front façade to tuck-point brick, clean and seal. Cast stone features will be restored along with the original tile roofing replaced. Additional repairs will also occur along the back façade.

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UT Says Farewell to Faculty and Staff Retirees

Lisa Birnbaum, associate professor, english and writing


Retiring at the close of this academic year after 30 years at UT is Lisa Birnbaum from the Department of English and Writing. Birnbaum chaired the English and Writing department from 2012-2015. From 1989-2003, she directed the Saunders Writing Center, during which time she also led (for two years) the First-Year Writing program. She was fiction editor of Tampa Review for more than a decade, consulting with writers on books for the press and also reading for The Danahy Fiction Prize. Her novel Worthy was published in 2016 by Dzanc Books, and her essays and poetry have appeared in such journals as Connecticut Review, Grand Tour, Quarter After Eight, Puerto del Sol and Kestrel. In recognition of her dedicated service to the University and her commitment to students, Birnbaum was awarded emerita status.

Dan Gura, vice president for capital campaign and assistant to the president


Dan Gura has served for more than 40 years in postsecondary education in the practice of development and fundraising, and has been a part of the leadership team at UT since 1990 as vice president for development and university relations and his current position of vice president for capital campaign and assistant to the president. Gura’s responsibilities have included the planning and management of all facets of development work, building the architecture for the University’s present day development operations. Gura, along with others, helped to lead two successful comprehensive campaigns.

Martha Hunt, assistant professor of mathematics


Prior to coming to UT, Martha Hunt taught for several years at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Salem State University, both in Massachusetts. “She is one of the best teachers of mathematics we have had on the staff since she arrived seven years ago,” said John Sumner, chair/associate professor of mathematics. “In particular, it should be mentioned that she is a participant in the Freshmen Initiative Program in which she teaches four MAT 160 courses each semester to freshmen only. For that, our department will forever hold Martha in high esteem.”

Joyce Keller, administrative assistant for the Sykes College of Business


Joyce Keller has been employed at UT since 1972, a staggering 46 years, and has held her role as administrative assistant for the Sykes College of Business since 1986. Since the College of Business was founded in 1988, Keller has worked for eight deans and, during her time at UT, under five presidents. She is a longtime PEACE Volunteer Center volunteer and has served on numerous UT committees, including on the Fall Workshop committee since its inception. She received an Edmund P. Sliz Service Award, the highest honor bestowed on a UT staff member, in 1982, and received the Outstanding Staff/Faculty Volunteer Award in 1996 and 1997. The award has since been renamed the Joyce Keller Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year Award in her honor.

Robert McMurrian, associate professor of marketing


Before coming to UT in 1998, Robert McMurrian was employed with International Business Machines (IBM) for 20 years and has extensive experience in both personal selling and sales management. In addition to his teaching duties, he served as co-director of the Sykes College of Business’ Center for Ethics. He received the College of Business Teaching Excellence Award for 2000-2001. “An excellent colleague. A thorough professional,” said Hemant Rustogi, chair/Dana professor of marketing.

Bill Neyland, senior project manager, design and construction services in Facilities Management


Bill Neyland has served in the development of campus facilities and infrastructure since July of 2000. Neyland has played a role in a number of projects, and through such projects, the face and size of the University have significantly changed. His first project on campus was in the development of the Vaughn Student Center and the Riverside Center with the addition of classrooms, the language lab and the expansion of the campus post office. Other academic facilities followed, including Cass Science, the Science Annex, Cass Communication, the Bailey Art Studios and Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. To allow for the construction of Morsani Hall, including dining and student housing, the baseball field was relocated and improved. Urso Hall was constructed along with the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. The construction of the central Chiller Plant has allowed for the replacement of a number of air conditioning pieces of equipment with high efficiency and long life units. The Thompson Building, within the west campus was designed and constructed within a limited budget to serve as the home for Facilities Management shops and other administrative offices.

Rick Ogorek, vice president of administration and finance


Rick Ogorek has more than 40 years of service in higher education financial management, providing leadership at UT for 27 of those years as executive director, comptroller, associate vice president and vice president for administration and finance. Ogorek’s areas of focus have included the planning and management of accounting and business services, physical plant, capital planning and construction, financial planning and budget, investment management, risk management and debt management. Ogorek has presided over the financing and construction of several campus structures and extensive renovation of other major campus facilities.

Joseph Sclafani, professor of psychology and interim associate provost


Joseph Sclafani came to UT in 1987, rising through the ranks to full professor of psychology and interim associate provost. Over the years, he has led nearly every major academic area, including appointments as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the final dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences before re-organization in 2007, and the interim dean of the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education. Sclafani was the director of re-affirmation for the successful Southern Association of Colleges Commission on Colleges decennial accreditation reviews in 2005 and 2015, leading the charge on two of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plans. Sclafani received the Louise Loy Hunter Award for Outstanding Faculty in 2001.

Gil Swalls, associate athletic director


Gil Swalls joined the University’s Athletic Department in 1989 as assistant athletic director/sports information director and was promoted to associate athletic director in 1999. Since 2004, he has managed the department’s marketing efforts, which includes sponsorships, event promotions and revenue creation in addition to other duties. Swalls has built a sports marketing team of 45 students, which earned the University’s Outstanding Organization of the Year Award in 2012 and Most Spirited Organization in 2009 and 2018. Swalls was named Student Organization Advisor of the Year in 2006. In addition, Swalls chaired the UT Athletic Hall of Fame, served four years on the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Committee, supervised the cheer, dance and mascot programs, was a member of UT’s Emergency Action and Orientation Committees, and served as an adjunct professor of sports management.

Susan Taylor Lennon, professor of dance


Lennon began her career at UT in 1976 as an adjunct instructor, and in 1990 became the first full-time UT dance instructor. During her span of time at UT, Lennon helped develop three dance-related minors and the applied dance major. Over the years, Lennon has received numerous awards for her work as a teacher and dancer, including the 2005 City of Tampa Mayor’s Artist of the Year and the 2007 UT Louise Loy Hunter Award. “She was my mentor, and I looked up to her while I was a student at UT. I still look up to her, as she is not just my colleague, but my friend. I credit her, and the experiences I got in the UT dance program, for making me the dancer, performer and teacher I am today,” said Susannah LeMarquand ’01, assistant professor of dance.

Santos Vasquez, payroll administrator in Financial Management


“Santy joined The University of Tampa in August of 1993. She started in the accounts payable department and then moved to the payroll administrator position. She helped the University through two implementations during her tenure, the last one being Workday Payroll implementation in 2017. Santy’s expertise in the payroll field and her dedication have been a great contribution to the University. She will be missed! We enjoyed working with her, and we thank her for everything she has done during her time at the University. Congratulations on your retirement!” — Sonia Romero, comptroller, Financial Management

Daniel Verreault, associate professor of accounting


“Dan Verreault is an amazing person to work with. He is a professor in the best sense of the word, actively seeking knowledge through research and discussion while working with students to impart knowledge in the classroom and beyond. Although I only had the opportunity to be Dan's colleague for three years, working with him has been a pleasure. He is the type of teacher-scholar I aspire to be.” — Robert Marley, assistant professor of accounting and associate director of the Center for Ethics

“Dan has inspired generations of accounting students through his leadership. He has designed and developed coursework in enterprise valuation, served as the director of the Center for Ethics and chair of the accounting department. Dan's Ethics Hot Seat presentations have included luminaries and villains of industry. Dan has led teams of UT students to the ACG Cup competitions and consistently beat all our “big school” competitors. His leadership, dedication and hard work have inspired his colleagues and students.” — Steven Platau, professor of accounting

Norma Winston, professor of sociology


“Norma Winston arrived in Tampa in 1977 and is completing a four decades long career here at UT. During that time she has served as chair of the Division of Social Sciences, chair of the International Programs Committee and chair of what was formerly known as the Department of Government, History and Sociology. But without question, Winston’s lasting legacy will be the establishment and national accreditation of the Applied Program in Sociology. Winston's expertise in applied sociology and her years of dedication to the discipline, the University and her sociology students, have laid a solid foundation for future growth. We thank her for her many years of service and wish her all the best in her retirement.” — Jack Geller, dean of the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education.

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Sustainable UT

Handprint Awards Recognize UT Community’s Sustainability Efforts

By Caroline Hovanec, assistant professor of English

In the weeks leading up to Earth Day 2018, the Spartan community has been especially active in promoting sustainability. And their efforts have been getting attention all across campus. The Handprint Awards, which recognize those who have made UT a more environmentally friendly place, were announced at the Leadership Awards Night on April 19.

Lauren Twele, the president of Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), was one of the winners. Twele has emerged as a leader in reducing waste at UT. One of her signature achievements is working with the Food Recovery Network, which takes leftover food from Dining Services to a Tampa Bay area child care program.

Susan Taylor Lennon, professor of dance, also won a Handprint Award. Lennon, who is retiring this year, has been recycling in her classes and at UT dance events since she began teaching here in the 1970s.

The Handprint Award for an organization went to Live Well UT. An umbrella organization that sponsors 28 student-led wellness programs, and a partner of several student environmental organizations, Live Well UT promotes sustainability by “hosting events that focus on how sustainability and different areas of wellness interact,” said Gina Firth, associate dean of wellness.

Students Alexandra Marter and Claudia Kirby have also won recent acclaim for their environmental research. Marter’s essay “Scaling Up the Sustainability of the Salmon Aquaculture Industry” and Kirby’s essay “The Fate of the Florida Mangroves” were published in the latest edition of Royal Road, the English and writing department’s undergraduate research journal. Marter calls for a “multi-trophic” form of fish farming that raises multiple species together to improve yields. Kirby, meanwhile, highlights the many ecological services that Florida mangroves perform, including storing carbon dioxide and absorbing storm surge from hurricanes.

The Faculty Sustainability Committee congratulates all of this year’s sustainability superstars!

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Faculty and Staff Honored at Academic, Leadership Awards

The Academic Awards Ceremony was held April 12, and each college had the opportunity to recognize the hard work of its faculty members. On April 19, the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement handed out accolades at its Leadership Awards Night. Read on for a list of award recipients.

The Office of International Programs
Faculty International Service Award: Julie Pennington, associate professor of marketing

College of Arts and Letters
Excellence in Teaching Award: Alisha Menzies, assistant professor of communication
Outstanding Scholarly or Creative Work Award: John Capouya, associate professor of journalism
Outstanding Service Award: Chris Valle, chair/associate professor of art+design

Sykes College of Business
Teaching Innovation Award: Bachman Fulmer, assistant professor of accounting
Teaching Excellence Award: Vivekanand Jayakumar, associate professor of economics
Outstanding Service and Student Involvement Award: Dean Koutroumanis, associate professor management
Researcher of the Year Award: Thomas Pittz, assistant professor of management

College of Natural and Health Sciences
Innovation in Teaching Award: Carol Botwinkski, director/chair/associate professor of nursing
Outstanding Student Research Supervision Award: Heather Masonjones, professor of biology; Jen Wortham, associate professor of health sciences and human performance
Outstanding Scholar Award: Olaseni Sode, assistant professor of chemistry
Outstanding Service Award: Jay Jisha, chair/associate professor of sport managment

College of Social Sciences, Mathematic and Education
Excellence in Teaching Award: Charles McGraw Groh, associate professor of history
Excellence in Scholarship and Research Award: Enilda Romero-Hall, assistant professor of education
J. Richard Piper Award for Outstanding Service: Sorle Diih, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice
Outstanding Undergraduate Research: Erica Yuen, assistant professor of psychology

First Year Experience Faculty of the Year Award: Jimmy Workman, acting registrar/senior associate registrar

Excellence in Academic Advising Award: Chris Boulton, assistant professor of communication; Suzanne Dieringer, assistant professor of economics; Bridgette Froeschke, assistant professor of biology; Stephen Blessing, professor of psychology

Research Grant Awards: Jonathan Lewallen, assistant professor of political science; Olaseni Sode, assistant professor of chemistry

2017-2018 Louise Loy Hunter Award: Heather Masonjones, professor of biology

2018 Leadership Awards Night Winners

J. Richard Piper Outstanding Advisor of the Year: Shannon Calega, director of orientation and family engagement

Linda W. Devine, Ph.D., Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award: Kristen Foltz, assistant professor of speech

Joyce Keller Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year: Kristen Foltz, assistant professor of speech

Unsung Hero Awards:
Elizabeth Barron, reference librarian
Ralph Beyrouti, retail operations manager, Dining Services
AnnMarie Coats, visiting assistant professor of speech
Sentral Duhart, administrative assistant, Student Affairs
Chris Gurrie, assistant professor of speech
Julie LeBlanc, associate director of community and leadership education, OSLE
Susan Taylor Lennon, professor of dance
Samuel Ponce, assistant director of Campus Safety
Tyler Sanders, area coordinator, Residence Life
Angela Ward, coordinator of student engagement, OSLE

sustainableUT Handprint Award: Susan Taylor Lennon, professor of dance

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A Project Manager, a Pastor — and Now a Published Author

Charles Jackson is perhaps best known around campus for overseeing the execution of multiple construction projects at a time — all while wearing an impeccable three-piece suit and a friendly smile.

But though his day job as project manager, design and construction services for UT’s Facilities Management Department keeps him extremely busy, he still found the time to not only earn a doctorate in theology, but to publish a book based on his dissertation, The 21st Century Church: The Church That Christ Intended You To Be (FriesenPress, 2018).


“My hair was on fire,” he said with a laugh, reflecting on his years of study. “My life was work all day, go to school all night.”

His journey toward published author began back in Toledo, OH, in 2002, when his then-pastor encouraged him to pursue seminary training. Jackson enrolled in a correspondence course at Andersonville Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity in 2009, followed by a Doctor of Theology 2011.

“The First Lady at my home church, Sister Wanda Williams, said, ‘If you take care of the Lord’s business, he’ll take care of yours,’” said Jackson about juggling it all.

His dissertation complete, a colleague at Andersonville expressed he felt the manuscript had potential to be a book. So Jackson sent the manuscript to a publisher, and received a nine-page review and encouragement that he had a good foundation.

In addition to suggestions from the publisher, Jackson reached out to other pastors, who pointed out areas to address. The book went through several revisions, including the addition of a glossary and making the text more readable to a lay audience as it began life as a scholarly work.

The book was finally printed, and he launched it at his home church, Eastern Star Baptist Church in Toledo, OH, on April 1, coming full circle. He brought 100 books with him and by the end of the day was sold out.

Over the coming weeks, he’ll embark on a mini book tour, the first three stops of which have already taken place, including his stop in Toledo, one at his current church, St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, where he is on staff as an associate minister, on April 15, and a signing in Detroit at the Michigan State Congress Convention on April 15. Over the summer he’ll visit his hometown, Itta Bena, MS, and Meridian, MS, as well as Buffalo, NY, Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando, FL, and New York City.

As for what’s next, Jackson won’t be slowing down any time soon. He hopes to reissue the book as a second edition along with a workbook for churches to use for study in the next year or two.

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Workday Update

From the Office of Information Technology and Security

Workday Financials will go live on June 1, 2018. The go-live will require several days of Workday production downtime as everything from the implementation setup is migrated to production. Additionally, this will require special cutoff dates for various processes handled by Financial Management, all of which are detailed below.

Questions? Please reach out to the Financial Management team at (813) 253-6235 or

Cutoff Dates - Payroll

Cutoff Date
Hourly Employees Timesheets Submitted for 6/4/18 PD5/26/2018
Hourly Employees Timesheets Approved for 6/4/18 PD5/27/2018
Hourly Payroll Processing for 6/4/18 PD5/28/2018*
Hourly Employees Payroll File Submitted for 6/4/18 PD5/29/2018
Salaried Employees Pay Date/Settlement for 5/30/18 PD5/30/2018
Hourly Employees Pay Date/Settlement for 6/4/18 PD6/4/2018

Cutoff Dates - AP, Purchasing and Bursar

Cutoff Date
Workday Start Date
Purchase Orders4/30/20186/4/2018
Petty Cash Closed5/7/20186/4/2018
Vendor Setup/Changes EIB Load5/10/20186/4/2018
Vendor Setup/Changes5/24/20186/4/2018
Vendor Invoices 5/24/20186/4/2018
Check Requests5/24/20186/4/2018
Expense Reports5/24/20186/4/2018
Office Depot Orders In5/24/20186/4/2018
Student Refunds Entered into CX5/30/20186/4/2018
Cash Receipts Closed and Deposited in Bank5/31/20186/4/2018
Final Check Run in CX5/31/2018N/A
P-card Charges TBDTBD

For the latest updates on all Workday implementations, go to

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Campus Safety Launches New Student Assistant Program


Campus Safety launched a new program this spring that not only provides job opportunities for students, but assists with developing the relationship between Campus Safety officers and students, all while helping accomplish the department’s mission of keeping the campus community safe.

“It began with the idea that if we had students helping out in the residence halls, then we could have the officers out in the field handling more serious situations,” said Samuel Ponce, assistant director of Campus Safety.

The Campus Safety Student Assistant (CSA) program is a new program at UT, but other universities (such as Syracuse University) have already created similar programs.

CSAs act as the “eyes and ears” for Campus Safety. Before they are assigned to their post, they receive 12 hours of training. Two-person CSA teams are then assigned to a residence hall, working from 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. where they sign guests in and check IDs, monitor and operate department radios, and report suspicious activity and violations of student conduct.

CSAs can be identified by their maroon T-shirts that read “Campus Safety Student Assistant.”

Ponce said about 20 students were interviewed to be a part of this first cohort, with 12 being hired for the spring semester. Over the summer months, there are two CSAs who have signed up to work, and Campus Safety hopes to add more CSAs for the Fall 2018 semester.

For questions about the program, contact Ponce at x7777 or

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A “Devine” Award

The Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award has been renamed the Linda W. Devine, Ph.D., Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award.

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The award, established by Devine in 1989, recognizes a University faculty or staff member who has made a significant contribution to life outside the classroom. This year’s recipient was Kristen Foltz, assistant professor of speech. Devine has served UT in positions of increasing scope and responsibility since 1981, culminating in her current position as vice president for operations and planning. This re-named award is given in recognition of her family, all UT alumni: David Devine ’73, Robert Voege ’06, Kelly Devine ’10 and Daniel Devine ’18, and to those colleagues whose lives have been dedicated to student development.

New Associate Provost Named

Cynthia Jay (C. Jay) Pendleton has accepted an appointment as the associate provost and dean of academic services. Pendleton has 15 years of leadership experience as vice provost at Mercer University. At Mercer, Pendleton has overseen programs similar to UT’s Student Success Center, First-Year Experience program and faculty advisor training; served as chair of the Associate Deans Council responsible for academic policies, academic appeals and academic technology issues; coordinated the Mercer Honors Program; and co-chaired the retention effort, which has improved from 78 percent to 87 percent. Prior to Mercer, Pendleton served as a faculty member and dean of students at Salem College and Texas Lutheran University for seven years. Pendleton will begin at UT on July 16.

Save the Date for Annual Fall Workshop

Mark your calendar for the annual Fall Workshop, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Fitness Center Summer Hours

The Fitness and Recreation Center will have special hours of operation during finals week: Monday–Thursday, April 30–May 3, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday, May 4, from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center will be closed Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6. The Fitness and Recreation Center will re-open with summer hours on Monday, May 7. Summer hours of operation will be Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday–Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

An Award-winning Design

UT’s Experiential Education brochure, designed by cherry+company, won gold in the 33rd Annual Educational Advertising Awards. There were 2,250 entries submitted and more than 1,000 applicants from around the world. The Experiential Education brochure was one of only 13 gold awards in its category.

Get Ready for Your Annual Review

The annual review process for all staff began May 1. This is a shared process for staff and managers to review work expectations, goals and performance. Optional hands-on training on how to complete this process in Workday is available on the dates below. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Fitzgerald at x3479.

Manager and self-evaluation process:
Tuesday, May 8, at 10 a.m.

Self-evaluation process only:
Thursday, May 10, at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 15, at 2 p.m.

All sessions will take place in the Sykes College of Business, Room 266. RSVP to with the session you are attending at least five days in advance.

Summer Break Checklist

The end of the semester is a good time to make preparations for the summer, whether or not you expect to be on campus. If you are leaving for the summer months, it is a good idea to make sure that you:

  • Secure your valuables and your work area
  • Empty the refrigerator
  • Recycle materials
  • Forward your telephone
  • Leave out-of-office messages if needed on your email and telephone

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BANDAR ALBULIWI, assistant professor of film, animation and new media, received the Fade In Awards Grand Jury Award for Best TV Pilot and was a finalist in the Atlanta Film Festival screenwriting competition for his film “Radicalized.” In addition, his film “A Brotherhood” was a developmental deal finalist at Route One Entertainment, a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and winner of the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Competition.

MARY ANDERSON, associate professor of political science and international studies, co-authored “Beyond the media’s explanation: Examining the determinants of attitudes toward torture,” which was published in The Journal of Human Rights.

GARY BEEMER, visiting instructor of marketing, was recognized by the American Marketing Association Tampa Bay as the 2017 Educator of the Year. UT’s AMA collegiate chapter also received the 2017 Student Marketing Award.

LAURA BUCHHOLZ, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored “Psychological interventions for anxiety in adult primary care patients: A review and recommendations for future research,” which was published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders. Buchholz also co-authored “Examination of the relationships between dietary restraint, alcohol and adverse problems among women,” which was published in the Journal of American College Health.

ABBY HALL BLANCO, assistant professor of economics, co-authored Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism, which was published by Stanford University Press.

JOHN CAPOUYA, associate professor of journalism, received the Florida Historical Society’s 2018 Charlton Tebeau Award for a general interest book on a Florida history topic for his book Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band.

L. MICHAEL CARASTRO, associate professor of biochemistry, was the keynote speaker at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans Graduate Research Day in April, presenting “There and back again: Tale of a biochemistry professor at a PUI.”

LIV COLEMAN, associate professor of political science and international studies, has been selected by The Maureen and Mark Mansfield Foundation to participate in their “Bridging the Divide” program in Seoul, Korea.

MICHAEL COON, assistant professor of economics, received the Eckstein Prize for best article from the Eastern Economic Journal for his article “Walking ATMs: Do Crime Rates Affect Remittances of Mexican Migrants in the United States?” Coon also had his article “Follow the Money: Remittance Responses to FDI Inflows” accepted for publication in the Journal of Globalization and Development.

GERARD DELEOZ, assistant professor of business information technology, co-authored “Considering the social impacts of artefacts in information systems design science research,” which was accepted for publication in the European Journal of Information Systems.

EDUARDO DE SOUZA, assistant professor of health sciences and human performance, co-authored “Optimal load for the muscle power profile of prone bench pull in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes,” which was published in Sport Sciences for Health.

BRITTANY HARDER, assistant professor of sociology, will be featured in the “Speaking of Success” section in the upcoming ninth edition of P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life by Robert Feldman.

DELETHA HARDIN, associate professor of psychology, presented “The Role of Sense of Humor in Relationship Quality” at the Southeastern Psychological Association in Charleston, SC, in March. Hardin has also been invited to co-author a chapter in Advances in Personal Relationships, titled “Many Forms of Culture as Reflected in Interdependence Processes: What Does the Evidence Suggest?”

CARLY HILINKSI-ROSICK, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, presented “The Effects of Race and Gender on Juvenile Court Processing Decisions” as part of the Juvenile Justice: Correlates of Court Decision Making session at the American Criminal Justice Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans in February.

DAN HUBER, associate professor of biology, co-authored “Intraspecific variation in feeding mechanics and bite force in durophagous stingrays,” which was published in the Journal of Zoology.

HWEE-JOO KAM, assistant professor of cybersecurity, co-authored “The effects of web accessibility certification on the perception of companies’ corporate social responsibility,” which was published in Universal Access in the Information Society.

ROBERT MARLEY, assistant professor of accounting, had his article “Tournament Horizon: A Marathon or a Spring? It Depends Upon the Level of Heterogeneity in Ability Among Employees” accepted for publication in the Journal of Management Accounting Research.

CEDRIC MICHEL, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, had his article “Public Knowledge About White-Collar Crime” accepted for publication in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

JEFFREY NEELY, assistant professor of journalism, had his article “Zoo Story: Narrative: Virtue Ethics, and Deconstructing Dualisms in the Journalism of Thomas French” published in the Journal of Media Ethics.

GYLDAS OFOULHAST-OTHAMOT, visiting assistant professor of political science, had his article “The conundrum between political and sectoral decentralizations: The case of Cameroon” published in Development Policy Review.

MIA PLACHKINOVA, assistant professor of cybersecurity, had her article “Response to Delamater’s Comment on ‘A Conceptual Framework for Quality Healthcare Accessibility: A Scalable Approach for Big Data Technologies,” which was accepted for publication in Information Systems Frontiers. Plachkinova also published “Teaching Class: Security Breach at Target” in the Journal of Information Systems Education.

DANA PLAYS, professor of film, animation and new media, was awarded Best Director of a Short Documentary by the Milan International Festival of World Cinema for her film Birth of a Pipe Organ. The film had its world premiere at the Lund International Architecture Film Festival in Sweden. Plays also received an Award of Recognition from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards (HIIDA) at the Raleigh Studios Red Carpet event during the HIIDA festival in March in Los Angeles..

ENILDA ROMERO-HALL, assistant professor of education, co-authored “Social Media Use by Instructional Design Departments,” which was published by the Australasion Journal of Educational Technology. Romero-Hall also published “Active user or lurker? A phenomenological investigation of graduate students in social media spaces” in the International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments.

STEPHANIE THOMASON, associate professor of management and associate director of the TECO Energy Center for Leadership, was one of three subject matter experts at the Experiential Learning Leadership Institute Leader’s Retreat in February at South Utah University.

ERIC WERNER, associate professor of chemistry, presented a talk at the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans titled “Lanthanide Luminescence and Anion Binding Properties of Tripodal Iminopyridine Complexes” in March. UT undergraduate students Alyssa Henry and Emily Connor also presented posters at the meeting co-authored with Werner over research in luminescent lanthanide complexes and improved f-element separation technologies.

JAMES WELCH, instructor of management, was selected for a three-year term on the Electronic Component Industry Association Foundation Board of Directors.

NORMA WINSTON, professor of sociology, co-authored the entry on “Accreditation” that will be published later this year in Dictionnaire de sociologie clinique. The entry was reprinted in the Journal of Applied Social Science.

JEN WORTHAM, associate professor of health sciences and human performance, ABRAHAM MILLER, associate professor of health sciences and human performance, and DANIELA DELVESCOVO ’17 co-authored “Male and female hair color preferences: influences of familiarity, geographic region of origin, and environment on mate attraction in University of Tampa students,” which was published in Florida Scientist.

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Admissions Counselor – Graduate and Continuing Studies

One of Rachel’s nominators said: “Rachel exhibits integrity by serving as a steadfast example of professionalism at its finest. She is always on time, polite and always has our students’ interests as her top priority. She also exhibits integrity in her willingness to set aside her tasks to help other team members accomplish theirs — without ever defaulting on her responsibilities.”


Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations – Development and University Relations

Ashton’s nominators said: “It is clear she loves what she does. She takes pride in her work, and her excitement is contagious. The people in my department love working with her, because she is creative and comes to the table with a clear idea while still being open to suggestions and critiques. She is a true steward of the University.”



Marc Brechwald
Director of Development
Development and University Relations

Stephen Carr
Staff Assistant II
Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

Krista Furman
Accounting Clerk II
Financial Management

Kelsey Hornack
Part-time Cheerleading Coordinator

Sean Hunter
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

Christopher Johnson
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

Jazmine Jones
Plant Museum

Tito Mattei
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

Rebecca McKenzie
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

Henry Morales
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

Matthew Ware
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety


Ross Bartow
Coordinator and Lecturer
Sport Management

Susan Israel
Gifts/Data Specialist
Development and University Relations

Ashley McGee
Part-time Parking Attendant
Plant Museum

Jessica Mitchell
Part-time Staff Assistant I

Samantha Rotella
Part-time Cheerleading Coordinator

Brittany Schrader
Coordinator of Fitness
Campus Recreation

Christina Skowronek
Associate Director of Admissions

Andrell Smith-Brickett

Diana Stout
Staff Assistant II
College of Business

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Through May 5

As Far as I Know … Showcase of work by five graduating artists in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art program. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery.
Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 1–4 p.m.

Friday, May 4

FMX Senior Show. Cass Building, Black Box Theater. 5 p.m.

BFA Graduate Reception. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 5

May Commencement — College of Arts and Letters and Sykes College of Business. Florida State Fairgrounds, Expo Hall. 9:30 a.m.

May Commencement — College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education and College of Natural and Health Sciences. Florida State Fairgrounds, Expo Hall. 2 p.m.

Monday, May 7

Classes begin for May Term.

Friday, May 11

Baseball vs. Florida Southern College. Baseball Field. 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 12

Baseball vs. Florida Southern College Doubleheader. Baseball Field. 1 p.m.

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