To the military veterans who work in our division and their families, on behalf of the entire division, I thank you for your service to our country.
To everyone in Administration & Finance, I hope you and your family fared well during Hurricane Matthew.
Our campus received twelve inches of rain during the storm. Twenty-seven trees went down on campus and another sixteen large trees fell across trails in the preserve. After the storm, Physical Facilities cleared 200 cubic yards of debris. It took an estimated 830 hours to clean up the campus and recovery costs are expected to be about $150,000.
I appreciate all of our staff who worked to prepare the campus for the storm, monitored the campus during the storm, and repaired the damage afterwards. Also, I'd like to thank UNF's housing staff who kept our students safe throughout the storm. The whole campus really pulled together before, during and after the Hurricane. I know some of you are still dealing with damage and cleanup of your homes and I hope you are making progress in getting your life back to normal.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with the gift of friends and family and may peace and good health be with you.
Below are a few projects that I would like to highlight this month and a list of staffing changes.
Campus Development Agreement (New UNF Roads)
In 2006, the University entered into a 10-year Campus Development Agreement with the City of Jacksonville. The University paid a fair share contribution of $3 million for our expected transportation impacts that was specifically designated for the re-alignment of Kernan Boulevard. The Kernan project was abandoned as part of the last campus master plan update due to issues with the proposed road alignment. As part of our negotiations for the new CDA, the University and city have agreed to use the previously deposited fair share contribution plus accrued interest (total now $4.1 million) for three new transportation projects: (1) the construction of a new multi-use path along Central Parkway from St. Johns Bluff Road to (2) the northern extension of Eco Road to Central Parkway and (3) the northern extension of Osprey Ridge Road to Varsity Lane. These projects will complete all planned roadway extensions shown on the master plan.
GENI Rack puts UNF "On the Map" for Global Research
UNF has added a cutting-edge computing resource to its campus network that will put UNF faculty research on the map globally. Facilitated by grants from the National Science Foundation and Cisco Corporation, UNF has acquired and activated a GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) rack, which is linked to similar racks, a group of physical servers, at leading universities in the United States and internationally. The racks act collectively to provide a virtual laboratory for networking and distributed systems research and education and is well suited for exploring networks at scale, promoting innovations in network science, security, services and applications. With the installation of GENI, UNF joins a select group of leading research universities nationally. The University of Florida and Florida International University are the only other GENI universities in Florida.
GENI allows researchers to use geographically distributed computing resources by linking them via advanced networks. For UNF, this means the ability to apply local resources in combination with those at other distributed GENI sites to create more powerful research platforms. University researchers will enjoy the ability to create distinctive network topologies necessary to the completion of specific research projects. The GENI rack provides network researchers with a set of specialized tools that result in better, faster and more impactful research.
Einstein's Kiosk Coming to Hicks Hall
Starting in mid-November, Hicks Hall will have a Grab, Pay, and Go food option in the first floor dining area. Students, faculty, staff and visitors will be able to purchase bagels, pre-made wraps, salads, sandwiches, parfaits, coffee and beverages from the Einstein Bros' kiosk. Initially, the hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday. Einstein Bros first opened on campus the summer of 2015 in the Student Union and has been well-received by the UNF community. The last time Hicks Hall had a daily retail food venue was in October of 2010.
We welcome these new staff members
Danny Bethune, Custodial Worker, Student Union-Custodial
Jose Colon, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
Sharon Comer, IT Project Manager, Project Management Office
Eric Dickey, Associate Director Procurement Services, Procurement Services
Brian Petr, IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering
We congratulate these staff members who have recently been promoted
Gerald Davis, Accounting Associate, Parking & Transportation Services
Kayla Rodriguez, Accounts Payable Receiving Associate, TSI - IPTM & PSI Employees
Salena Tepas, Assistant Director Parking Services, Parking & Transportation Services
Marian Watters, Manager Systems Development, Enterprise Systems
We say goodbye to these staff members who recently left the University
Mary Oleszek, Accounts Payable Receiving Associate, Training & Services Institute
Elizabeth Richer, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Marcella Smith, Telecomm Billing Associate, Telephone Services
LaSandra Wrice, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services