I From the PhysicalPlan vision of t U o id
Vol. XXI. Number 7
In This Issue:
"Ask Me" Program
New PPD Risk Management Coordinator
PPD would like to welcome new Risk Manage-
ment Coordinator Ron Hambrick to our organiza-
tion. Ron comes to PPD from the University of West
Florida, where he served as the Director of Environ-
mental Health and Safety for nearly 20 years. m I
"At UWF, I was responsible for hazardous waste
management, asbestos disposal, fire safety, building
code enforcement, emergency management basi-
cally many types of safety issues," Ron said. "Hav-
ing been a jack-of-all-trades in the safety field for so
long, I feel that I have a solid base of knowledge to
apply to my new position here at PPD." -
Ron was born in Athens, GA, and moved to
Pensacola in 1977. He attended UWF and received his BS in Chemistry, before being hired
See HAMBRICK Cont On Pg. 3
The Wild Bunch
A parade of PPD bikers heads out of the employee parking
lot during Ride-To-Work Day, July 20. The event is designed
to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. For more
pictures, see page 3.
Finance and Administration will hold
their 3rd annual Employee Apprecia-
tion Day on Wednesday, August 10 in
the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. This
event is modelled after PPD's own
Employee Appreciation Day. There
will be door prizes, free lunch, and
comedian Rex Haven is scheduled to
perform. Employees should have
received a lunch ticket with their pay
stub, or from yoursupervisor, on
Friday, August 5.
PPD Director Dave O'Brien and the
Finance andAdministration staff
encourage all Physical Plant employ-
ees to come out and enjoy this day of
fun, fellowship and support for
July Communication Breakfast Recap
Mr. O'Brien started off the breakfast by reminding everyone of the 2005 APPA Award for Excellence that UF PPD
has been awarded. OB said, "The receipt of this award has been one of our long-term divisional goals. It's a huge honor,
and we should all be very excited and proud to be part of this outstanding organization."
Employees were then treated to a video presentation highlighting the University of Florida and Physical Plant's
employees, responsibilities, and accomplishments. The video will be shown during PPD's acceptance of the Award for
Excellence at the APPA Leadership Forum in Orlando, August 4-6.
There are several projects going on that may be of interest to PPD employees. D.O.T. has planned road work/
improvements on SW 2nd Avenue, from the point where SW 2nd splits off from University Avenue all the way east to
Lemerand Drive (formerly North-South Drive). This project is set to continue until December 2006 traffic in this area
will probably be overly congested during this period of time and PPD employees who use SW 2nd Avenue frequently may
want to find an alternate route. Meanwhile, PPD is involved in a landscaping project at the comer of 34th Street and Hull
Road. OB said that the plan is to spruce up that entrance to campus with new landscaping, and then progress to the other
comers of the intersection.
PPD employees may notice that the UF football team will be practicing at the Maguire Village athletic fields, west of
the SW Rec Center. The team will be practicing there for several weeks while the usual practice fields are being reno-
OB mentioned that the New Faculty Orientation will be held August 17, and that Work Mgmt. Coordinator Bob
Estling and 2004 PPD Employee of the Year Shauna Rawlins will be on hand to answer questions for new faculty
The search for replacements for Associate Director of Operations Bob Bell and Assistant Director of Building Ser-
vices Theotis Callaway is underway. Mr. O'Brien said that PPD is conducting a national search, and that he hopes it will
be concluded within the next month.
The 3rd annual Finance and Administration Employee Appreciation Day is set for August 10 in the O'Connell Center.
Mr. O'Brien strongly encouraged all PPD employees to attend and enjoy the festivities.
Finally, OB let everyone know that the 3.6% August pay raise will definitely happen it has been approved by the
union, and therefore everyone in our organization (who meets the criteria) will receive it. Also, OB said that the union has
approved merit raises, retroactive to January '05, and that PPD will begin awarding those raises to qualified employees in
the near future.
Question and Answer Session
Q: I have heard that there is a possibility that PPD may start leasing our vehicles. Can you tell us more about that?
A: The university is attempting to centralize vehicle ownership as much as possible, and one of the ways we're
looking at doing that is by creating a central fleet management activity. Right now the process is de-centralized to the
point that anyone who wants a vehicle and has the available funds may purchase one, and this leads to some extraneous
vehicle purchases. A feasibility study is on-going right now in order to determine the best course of action, and vehicle
leasing from a central fleet is a definite possibility in the future.
Q: Will Grounds be responsible for landscaping work/maintenance at the East Gainesville campus on Waldo Road?
A: Currently we are contracting that work out there's not really much landscaping work being done there. It might
be a possibility down the road, though.
Q: I've heard that Lemerand Drive might be extended across Archer Road to the Vet Med complex is that in the
A: That is a possibility new buildings for Shands will probably be built in that area, and on the site of the old
University Center hotel (which has been purchased by Shands).
Q: Would it be possible for Grounds employees to get lighter-colored summer uniforms? The blue color that we
currently use is pretty dark, and could lead to overheating.
A: This issue comes up every year, and our uniform committee has discussed it thoroughly. Right now we will
probably not make any changes to our uniforms, but you may submit any concerns to the uniform committee chair,
David Register of Central Stores.
Q: Why can't Building Services employees use bleach to kill the algae in the Architecture/Engineering building?
A: Well, first of all, bleach doesn't kill the algae permanently, just temporarily. But the main reason is that bleach can
react with other cleaning chemicals used by Building Services and produce dangerous chlorine gas this is the main
reason we don't use bleach anymore.
OB'Gram: "Ask Me" Program Helps Campus Newcomers
(tg It's hard to believe that summer is almost over! UF students and faculty will soon return to
campus. The first two weeks of the school year can be a very confusing time for new students and
parents. The "Ask Me" campaign is ajoint effort of Finance & Administration, Student Affairs and
Human Resources to reach out and assist students and parents during check-in week at Housing
N"w and the first week of classes. As Bob Miller, our Associate Vice President said in a recent press
release, "We have a wealth of information to share that may make the first few days on campus
easier and more pleasant." So, from August 16-25, we're all being asked to be especially mindful
of our roles as UF ambassadors and help out whenever we can with directions or just a welcoming
smile and pleasant hello!
This is really just an extension of our TOPGUN customer service. I hope we'll all remember
what it was like to be new at UF and show off our service skills!
Top: Over 20 PPD employees
participated in the fourteenth
annual Ride-To-Work day on July
20. Next year's event is planned for
July 19, 2006.
Bottom, left and right: After a
formation ride around the UF
campus, the group headed over to
Po'Boys on SW34th Street for
HAMBRICK Cont. From Pg. 1
as EH&S Director at that institution.
"Right now I'm assessing the responsibilities of my department, and I'm looking at which programs are working
and what directions the Risk Management Dept. needs to take," he said. "So far, though, I've been very impressed at
how well everyone at UF PPD is on the same page regarding risk management there are many excellent safety policies
already in place, and our compliance levels are top-notch."
PPD Director Dave O'Brien said, "We are very fortunate in having Ron join our team. He brings EH&S experience
to our organization that will benefit us and automatically makes our relationship stronger with UF's EH&S office. Ron is
a no nonsense, straight shooter, who will cultivate great relationships with all he comes in contact with. He will be a
significant contributor in raising the bar for PPD."
Ron says that he's happy to be a new member of the PPD team, and he looks forward to working with employees
at all levels. "I'd worked at a small university for so many years, and I've been looking for the opportunity to come up
to a position with a bigger university like UF," he said. "I feel like this is a great opportunity, professionally, and a new
challenge for myself, and I'm excited about that."
Mike Beasley, Resource Mgmt.
Wilma Bolton, Building Svcs.
James Carsey, Building Svcs.
DamonDeSue, Jr., Building Svcs.
Stephanie Edwards, Building Svcs.
William Middleton, Building Svcs.
Phuony Nguyen, Building Svcs.
Kathy Robinson, Building Svcs.
Alice Stortz, Building Svcs.
Jeremy Tetstone, Facilities
Henry Thompson, Building Svcs.
Paul Vlahos, Facilities
June Employees of the Month:
Annette DeBusk Handson Cohen Mildred Graham Russ Henderson
Building Svcs. Building Svcs. Building Svcs. Health Center
Jim Maddigan Curtis Mann Weston Thompson
Facilities Grounds Building Svcs.
Emlye O T Q urter
Joanne Davis Russ Henderson
Support Staff Health Center
Loretta Law Dan Walker
Building Svcs. Arch./Engineering