Melinda Brown works in the department of Information Technology Services as an executive secretary. She schedules appointments, meetings and recruitment, handles departmental payroll, answers phone calls, and from time to time, she is called upon to field phone calls on the UNF main information line.
Melinda began her UNF career in 2001 as an OPS campus telephone operator in Communications Services. One year later, she was promoted to a USPS position as senior clerk in Communications and took on additional responsibilities. A few years after working in this new role, the Communications Services department (located in building 2 at that time) merged with Computing Services to form Information Technology Services. Melinda moved to new digs in building 15, and the department staff increased from fifteen to more than sixty employees. It was a period of growth for the university, and new technologies emerged, such as wireless services and the expansion of advanced telecommunication services. Information Technology Services (ITS) was established to meet the demands of its customers--the faculty, staff and students of UNF.
In 2007, Melinda moved again, from the core campus to the newly acquired AOL building off Kernan Boulevard. This building was renamed UNF Hall, and in late 2012, the name was changed to Hicks Hall, after philanthropists Ann and David Hicks. Melinda fondly describes Thanksgiving at Hicks Hall as one of her favorite things about working at UNF. It's a pot-luck tradition that provides the opportunity for the entire department to gather for food and camaraderie.
And speaking of food . . . Melinda loves to cook. She invented a "breakfast ice cream" which consists of maple flavored ice cream combined with pancake pieces and bacon. Her recipe takes hours to prepare because she makes it all from scratch without a conventional mixer. It's one of the dishes her friends rave about. Another favorite is her delicious chicken croissant, but that's a secret family recipe.
Melinda also loves to sing and often can be caught humming or singing a melody. Her musical tastes run the gamut, and when a tune gets in her head, she has to sing. It's uplifting.
Melinda is truly an advocate for UNF--she is extremely proud of how the university cares for the faculty, staff and students by continuously improving. She points out that despite the economic crisis, UNF chose not to lay off its employees. Melinda recognizes the remarkable challenges the university has faced over the years, and she is honored to be a part of the campus community.
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