Yesterday I was fortunate to attend the service recognition breakfast. We celebrated employees who have been here for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years. As President Delaney said in his remarks, each of these employees make what UNF is today and each of you are valued for what you do. Below is the list of employees reaching a service milestone, including Ken Durrant in Procurement Services with 40 years.
February brings us Black History Month, Ground Hog's Day, Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, and President's Day. Random Acts of Kindness Week is Feb. 12-18. We should be kind to each other every day, but if you have been considering doing something nice for a co-worker, this could be an opportunity. When we lift the spirits of someone else, not only can it change their whole way of thinking, it brings us a sense of joy and well-being. We don't always need to agree with our co-workers but we always need to be civil in our conversations.
We are a big division, so we don't always know what other units do. Starting this month, we'll spotlight a department and an employee from that department. I hope you like this new section of the VP Communique. Below are the items that I would like to highlight this month, milestone service awards, and a list of staffing changes.
2017-2024 Strategic Plan
UNF is working on their 2017-2024 Strategic Plan. UNF's strategic plan communicates our purpose to the wide range of constituencies that we serve. The process of drafting our strategic plan started in August of 2015 with a large group comprised of VPs, deans, AVPs, some directors, and a representative of the Faculty Association. Four subcommittees were appointed, one for each goal. Focus group meetings were held with the A&P Association and USPA. A small writing task force was formed to take the work of the larger group and create a cohesive plan. A draft of the plan was shared with the campus and feedback was collected in an online survey. Last month, UNF's Board of Trustees reviewed the plan and provided feedback. Currently, the task force is considering the comments that came from the survey and the BOT. The 2017-2024 Strategic Plan will be adopted after the BOT approves it.
If you have not yet reviewed the plan, I encourage you to do so. You can access it in myWings (on the Home tab, under Quick Links, look for the link that says "Draft of UNF Strategic Plan").
Department Spotlight: Institute of Police Technology and Management
The Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) was established at UNF in 1980. For the past 36 years, IPTM has grown into the largest and most varied national law enforcement training Institute in the country. IPTM functions as a Direct Support Organization (DSO) here at the university and has provided over five million in contributions over the years to assist UNF with purchases and infrastructure.
During 2016, IPTM conducted more than 300 training courses and trained 7000 students. IPTM programs were held in 31 states, one foreign country and one US held territory. IPTM has recently developed and implemented a three year strategic plan to serve as a guiding document to manage growth and improvement. The plan is separated into seven focus areas representing core business functions and embraces the realities of today’s training market and prepares the Institute for “Training the Next Generation of Law Enforcement”.
Employee Spotlight: Darrell Edmonds
Darrell Edmonds is a Program Specialist with the Institute of Police Technology and Management. He joined UNF from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office this past November and his hiring is a direct result of IPTM's strategic plan. He is coordinating IPTM's online training programs, Drug Recognition Expert grant and Driving Under the Influence unit.
What is an average day like in your job?
My days are not always the same. If I am in the office, I would be managing several grants, assisting police officers across the state of Florida with training questions and creating or updating our online curriculum. If I am in a teaching role, I would be instructing police officers from across the country and the world. Sometimes these classes are taught here on campus and sometimes we take the training to the agencies. We teach all over the world and there is potential for me to be traveling to Saipan and Puerto Rico in the near future to train officers in the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) field.
What is your favorite project (past or present) and why do you like it so much?
I really enjoy the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program that I coordinate, probably because I have been involved with the program for the past 17 years. This program trains police officers around the world to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug impairment and medical impairments that mimic drug impairment. The physiology of the human body and how it interacts with drugs is a very interesting topic to me.
What do you do on your days off of work?
I enjoy spending my free time with my wife and we enjoy visiting antique stores. I also love photography and spend a lot of time photographing my family, friends, and landscape scenes. I also participate in barbecue competitions.
What is the most important thing you have learned while working at UNF?
I was an adjunct instructor with IPTM for 17 years before coming on-board as a full time employee. During my time as an adjunct and now as a full time employee I have found that IPTM is committed to training law enforcement from around the world. Police officers are a little different type of student because most, if not all of them, have Type-A personalities. This creates a challenge for the instructors and students alike. IPTM has taught me over the years to overcome these challenges and how to effectively teach the law enforcement community. Since these students are the reason for our existence, it is important to be effective!
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Milestone Service Awards
Congratulations to the following employees for achieving a service milestone. They were recognized yesterday during a ceremony and breakfast. We are very appreciative of these incredible employees and are thankful they have chosen UNF as their workplace.
Kenton Durrant, Procurement Services
William Taylor, Physical Facilities
Tom Erdal, User Services
Judith Sherburne, Enterprise Systems
Owen Wilson, Physical Facilities
Melinda Brown, IT Telephone Services
Sue Leone, Physical Facilities
Matthew Clere, University Center
Richard James, Training & Services Institute
Courtney Anderson, User Services
Nicole Atkinson, Fine Arts Center
Juliette Blaylock, Office of the CIO
Michelle Godoy, Treasury
Annie Gomez, Enterprise Systems
John Hale, Physical Facilities
Johnny Jones, Physical Facilities
Ki Kwok, Enterprise Systems
Shelia Lopez, Physical Facilities
Mary Mory, Facilities Planning
James Mousa, Controller
Katie Newton, University Center
Spspe Gbelayan Payne, Custodial Services
Shao-Yuan Peng, Physical Facilities
Gary Prim, Physical Facilities
Nakinya Robinson, Controller
Helen Shacter, Enterprise Systems
Douglas Titus, User Services
Nancy Viafora, Controller
Burr Watters, Enterprise Systems
RSVP for Basketball Game by Feb. 3
UNF Athletics would like to thank our division for their assistance and support last year. As a token of their appreciation, Athletics is hosting an Administration & Finance Appreciation Night at the men’s basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The Ospreys will play the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Highlanders. A&F Employees will be provided with a ticket to the game and if desired, a ticket for a guest. Additionally, Shari and the AVPs are providing a choice of hot dog or popcorn and a drink (water, soda or beer/wine).
The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Feb. 3. RSVP online here.
If you are not sure if you responded yet, you can view this report to check.
We welcome these new staff members
Juan Bravo, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Chalonda Glenn, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Eric Goodbred, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Mohanad Saoor, Control Systems Tech, Maintenance and Energy Management
We congratulate this staff members who has recently been promoted
Erika Lee, Program Assistant, Parking & Transportation Services
We say goodbye to these staff members who recently left the University
Collin Cassidy, Sr IT Support Tech, Academic Technology
Israel Hurst, Sr IT Support Tech, User Services