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April 2017

Shari Shares

Thank you for submitting your community service, volunteerism, and philanthropy to our Community Engagement Inventory survey. Your responses will help UNF achieve the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification a second time, a very prestigious designation.


A great way to recognize one of us is to nominate them for the Presidential Excellence Awards.  Nominations are being accepted until June 15. The four awards are Excellence Award for Administrative Employees, Excellence Award for Support, Out of Unit Faculty, and OPS, Quality Customer Service Award for departments, and the Spot Award. Past winners of the Excellence Award from our division include Pam Bush (2007), Mike Trotter (2007 and 2015), Wallace Harris (2007), Alison Cruess (2008), Angela Graham (2008), Tully Burnett (2009), Zak Ovadia (2010), Justin Glennon (2011), Valerie Stevenson (2014), and Decato Burke (2015). Past Administration & Finance Quality Customer Service Award winners include Adam W. Herbert University Center (2012), Accounts Payable (2014), Campus Planning Design and Construction (2015) Procurement Services (2015) and Parking and Transportation (2016). Many employees from our division have won Spot Awards! We have numerous employees who exhibit excellence and deserve recognition, anyone can submit, so let’s turn some names by the deadline on June 15.  

The Professional Development Forum is May 2. This is a free, day-long event that features breakfast, LearnUNF leadership panel discussion, four breakout sessions covering a wide variety of topics, Presidential Excellence Awards Luncheon, exhibitor hall, door prizes, and much more. This year's theme is "We are Ospreys!", which will weave in diversity and inclusion elements throughout the day. Registration opens soon, so please keep your eye out for an announcement in Osprey Update.  

In this Communique, you will see information on the Clery Act training.  Every employee is required to take this training.  It is important that each employee understands their role regarding the requirements of the federal law. Please take the 20 minutes needed to complete this training within the next month.


Below are the items that I would like to highlight this month and a list of staffing changes.  

Department Spotlight: Enterprise Systems (Information Technology Services)

Enterprise Systems under the Office of the CIO includes three teams: Enterprise Application Development, Business and Infrastructure Services, and Integrated Systems. Enterprise Systems designs, creates, and maintains enterprise level software, data and information for the university. The department also provides direct automation support and project support to many units on campus in addition to supporting university wide solutions such as Banner, Canvas, Web Administration, Business Intelligence reports, integrations and many others. If you are an employee, a student, a visitor or a friend of the university, then chances are high that you use a service that’s provided by Enterprise Systems.

Employee Spotlight: April Johnson 

April Johnson is a Manager of Application Systems within Enterprise Systems and has been working at UNF for seven years. 

What is an average day like in your job?
My average day is spent supporting applications, servers and customers, managing my team, working on projects, and attending meetings.

What do you like most about your job? 
Helping people is a core part of who I am. Working in IT allows me to combine my fascination with technology, figuring out how things work and building things, with my innate desire to help people. My favorite part of my role as a manager is that I’m able to help cultivate and impact the development of others in their careers.

What do you do on your days off of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy traveling, cooking/grilling, and attending live music events. But, I would have to say singing brings me the most joy. The shower, my car, and karaoke are some of the places I like to sing. My car is my favorite performance space. I’ve found the more I turn that magical volume knob up, I start to sound more and more like the artist I’m singing. If you pull up next to me at a red light, be prepared to witness me in concert with hand gestures and over-the-top facial expressions. The only thing better than singing in the car alone, is when my sister is riding with me. She adds harmonies, background vocals, lead vocals, and sisterhood.

What is one hidden talent you possess?
I am a kid whisperer. 

What is your personal philosophy? 
Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always. 

What is the most important thing you have learned while working at UNF?
Adaptability. Typically in IT you operate in one main role. At UNF things are a little different. In Enterprise Systems we operate in many main roles, which include business analyst, project manager, systems administrator, database administrator, application analyst, report writer, developer and more. I operate in a lot of these roles throughout my work day. This can be difficult at times. I’ve learned to adapt, learn, and deliver as new roles, responsibilities, and projects have been given to me at UNF.

April Johnson headshot
April Johnson   

Clery Act Training 

There is a campus-wide initiative for all employees to complete Clery Act training. This training can be done online using Canvas, UNF's learning management system. Below are the steps to follow. 

  1. To access the class, click on this link to enroll for the class:
  2. Click “Enroll in the Class” blue button. Next click the “Go to the Course” blue button. 
  3. Double click on “Assignments” and then click on “CSA Clery Video Training” to watch the video. Please watch the video in its entirety (takes about 15 minutes). Note: The video references “CSA”, but reporting Clery Act incidents now implies to all staff.
  4. Once you have watched the video, click on “Quizzes” on the left hand side of the page, then click on the “CSA Material Review” to complete the quiz. On question 1, click “True” that you are a campus security authority even if you think you are not.
  5. Once you have completed and passed the quiz, you will have completed the course.

All employees in our division should complete this training before May 1. 

Leadership Changes in Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs has announced a number of changes in leadership recently. Below is a summary of these changes.  


Dr. Earle Traynham is retiring in early October.

Interim Provost: 

Dr. Pam Chally has just retired as dean of the Brooks College of Health and will return in October to serve as the University's interim provost.

Brooks College of Health: 

Dr. Curt Lox will begin as dean of the Brooks College of Health at the end of May. Dr. Cathy Christie will serve as interim dean of Brooks, to bridge the gap of time between Chally leaving and Lox starting his post. 

Hicks Honors College: 

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain will be the inaugural dean of the Hicks Honors College beginning in August. The current Honors Director, Dr. Jeff Michelman, will be returning to faculty. 

College of Arts and Sciences: 

Dr. George Rainbolt will be the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences beginning July 5. 

Associate Provosts: 

Dr. Jay Coleman, associate provost, will oversee analytics and state performance metrics beginning in the fall.

Dan Moon, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will be transitioning to his new role as Associate Vice President for Budgets and Personnel for Academic Affairs this summer.

Skillsoft: Free and Convenient Training 

Whether you're trying to answer a question, learn a new skill, or develop professionally, Skillsoft can help you locate learning content aligned to your needs. Skillsoft, UNF's e-Learning service provides access to non-credit courses, books and reference materials, is free to use by UNF employees. To access Skillsoft, log in to myWings and look for it under Quick Links on the "Home" tab. An easy way to look for a course or book is to click on "The Library" tab and then browse by subject area.  

Our People

We welcome these new staff members

Christopher Brandt, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management

Cheryl Huffman, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Judy Lee, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Amber Ziegler, IT Support Tech, User Services

We congratulate these staff members who have recently been promoted 

Raymond Drayton, Pest Control Tech, Grounds

Nathaniel Swanson, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering

We say goodbye to these staff members who recently left the University

Chalonda Glenn, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Eric Goodbred, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Sidney Halfhill, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Jennifer Macklin, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems
Jennifer Wessel, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services