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May 2017

Shari Shares 

The Florida legislature is in its final days. At this time, the picture is still unclear as to how much UNF will receive in new funding. The good news is as of today, there are no anticipated reductions in budget. Members of the legislature are still conferencing and determining the Education budget and capital project funding. Next month, we will be able to provide a better recap of UNF's budget.

I am so proud of our division!  We collectively documented over 9,100 hours of community service and volunteerism within a one year period. When we share our time and talents, we solve problems, improve lives, connect to others, and transform our own lives. President Delaney specifically acknowledged our amazing efforts and I thank you once again for taking the time to respond to the survey and for making our division look good! 

Our spring commencement took place last Friday. Over 1,800 students were celebrated by almost 10,000 guests!  If you have attended a UNF graduation, you know what a special day it is for our graduates and their parents. Your hard work helped provide the environment and the resources that supported these students while attending UNF. Their success is our success!   

Department Spotlight: Environmental Health & Safety 

The Environmental Health & Safety department ensures the safety and health of UNF students, faculty, staff and visitors. EH&S also works to comply with applicable local, state and federal regulations. Over the years, their focus has expanded to include Florida Building Code enforcement, Fire Code, nuisance animal management, ergonomic evaluations, insurance administration and risk management. The office conducts risk reviews of campus events, contracts, hazardous material purchases and many other activities. Their goal is to maintain UNF’s commitment to a safe and healthy campus environment.

Employee Spotlight: Brandon Smith 

Brandon Smith is the assistant director of EH&S and has worked at UNF for nine years. 


What is an average day like in your job? There is no average day in my job, that is what makes my job so interesting. My position provides a wide variety of responsibilities so one day I may be sitting at my desk reviewing or drafting policies and procedures, later the same day I may need to review a protocol for usage of a hazardous material and finish the day by relocating an animal away from a heavily traveled area of campus. 


What is your favorite project (past or present) and why do/did you like it so much? The Biological Sciences building design and construction.  When working with hazardous materials the first choice for protecting the worker is to choose a safer material however given the nature of the research conducted at UNF this is not an option. The second choice is to use engineering controls, usually in the form of ventilation to provide protection. Throughout the design and construction of the project I was able to ensure that these engineering controls were designed to provide effective protection for the faculty, staff and students working in the building.

What do you do on your days off of work? On my days off I enjoy spending time with my wife, daughter and newborn son. I also enjoy remodeling my house, my current project is installation of tile floors, the project began as only the bedrooms but has expanded to the majority of the house. Whenever time permits I enjoy getting outside and hiking.

What is one hidden talent you possess? Dogs love me. Whenever I meet a new dog they seem to want to come up and have me pet them.   


What is the most important thing you have learned while working at UNF? While at UNF I have learned and relearned that completely planning out a new plan or program is essential for success.

Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith

New Network Firewalls 

You are probably aware that Information Technology Services is replacing our network firewalls this month. The process has already begun and additional work will be done on May 7, 14, and 21 to complete the project. A firewall acts a barrier to keep destructive elements out of a network. They work as filters for our network traffic by blocking incoming packets of information that are seen as unsafe. UNF's new firewalls will add more features and better capabilities to increase security for the campus and provide greater flexibility to meet our business and academic needs. Below is an explanation of the upcoming firewall work and its potential effect on you. 

  1. On Sunday, May 7, changes will be made to make our network more secure. Part of this work may change the way you access UNF's information technology from off campus. If you connect to your work station or other IT service remotely, please review ITS web page to see if you need to take action before May. 7. 
  2. On Sunday, May 14 and May 21, work will be done that will affect connectivity on campus. This work is being done during the scheduled maintenance window that occurs every Sunday between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. On May 14 and 21, during the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., there will be brief periods (approximately 20 minutes) when network connectivity is unavailable. The work will be done in sub sections, so some areas of the campus will have connectivity when others do not. 

Art and Culture Resources 

Art in simple terms is communication. It is a way to express ideas and share information. (Mleivan) Exposure to art and culture can expand and open our minds to more possibilities. UNF has an Art and Culture web page that lists a number of campus resources such as the Gallery of Art, Distinguished Voices Lecture Series, Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, and music concerts. MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) offers free admission with a UNF ID card. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is taking place at the end of the month. There are many local art and cultural opportunities; find one that interests you. 

Our People

We welcome these new staff members

Joshua Buckley, Parking Attendant, Parking & Transportation Services

Tera EdwardsGroundskeeper, Maintenance and Energy Management

Torris Griffin, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Joshua Jasterzenski, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services

Pernell McGhee, Maintenance Helper, Maintenance and Energy Management

Marcellus Vanderhorst, Senior Custodial Worker, Maintenance and Energy Management

Djit Yarbro, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services

We congratulate these staff members who have recently been promoted 

Denean Gray, Senior Parking Services Supervisor, Parking & Transportation Services

Robert Moore, Parking Services Supervisor, Parking &Transportation Services

Patrick Moore, Senior Applications Sys Analyst, Enterprise Systems

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

Jan Camino, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle

Larry Coggins, Law Enforcement Liaison, IPTM

Alberto Cubillas Capote, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Roger Glenn, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Calvin Hines, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services