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Vol. XXII. Number 10
In This Issue:
Sign Up For PPD Golf Tournament
The annual PPD Golf Tournament is fast approaching, and employees who would like to
play should sign up now. The tournament will be held on Friday, November 10th, at Plantation
Oaks Golf Course inAlachua, and the entry fee is $40 per person, which includes greens fee, cart,
balls, lunch, refreshments and prizes. Entry forms can be obtained from members of the toura-
ment committee, which includes Eric Cochran, Dan Walker, Chuck Hogan, Kevin Lavin, John
Lawson, Marty Werts, and Dolly Warner.
Tournament committee chairman Eric Cochran said, "This tournament has been in existence
for almost fifteen years. The purpose of the tournament is to allow PPD and UF employees and
our business partners to enjoy a day of golf and camaraderie. To that end, we have been able to
keep the cost of entering the tournament low, while still having a lot of fun and giving away good
Cochran said that employees who enter can do so at any skill level. "This is set up as a fun
tournament, and all skill levels are welcome and eligible for prizes," he said. "We have had
people who showed up without ever having played a round of golf, and had a great time, and we
have others who are skilled golfers, and they have a great time too. The tournament is a scramble
format, meaning it is a team event with four-person teams. All four players hit the first shot on a
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HSC Paint Crew
The Health Center paint
crew has been hard at work
re-finishing the Sun Terrace
deck. Maintenance Super-
intendent Jim Thompson
said, "This project has
taken many long hours and
I want to commend our
crew for doing such a great
Crew members, left to right:
Jessie Matthews, Harley
Ingle, Paul McComis, Ben
Werts, Charlie Seroki,
Danny Moore, Peder
Winkle, and Kinney
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hole, and then they select the best shot among them. Then all four players hit again from there, choose the best shot again, and
so on. The team plays each shot in turn, using this method, until the ball is in the hole. We chose this format because it allows even
the least skilled golfers to contribute to the team, and players can have a good time on the course without worrying about each
The tournament features prizes for the first, second and third-place teams, as well as many different hole prizes and raffle
prizes along the way. Prizes are also given out for shots closest to the pin at each hole, and for longest drive. Last year's
tournament featured almost $1500 worth of prizes given away. Every player who enters the tournament is eligible to win prizes.
Last year, the tournament raised some $4000 in extra proceeds, and those funds were given to charity. However, Eric Cochran
says that is not the purpose of the tournament. "While we have given extra proceeds to charity in the past, this tournament is not
a fundraising event, nor do we want it to become one," he said. "Instead, as we do with other PPD endeavors, we like to contribute
a little to charity because PPD employees have big hearts, and see it as the right thing to do." If there are extra funds after this
year's tournament, Cochran indicated that they would be donated to Ronald McDonald House.
If you would like to play in this year's PPD Golf Tournament, sign up soon, as space is limited. For more information contact
Dan Walkerat 392-1405, x. 416.
Plant Answers With KJ
by KJ Green
Q: Dear KJ, what type of plant is a Patient Lucy?
A: A Patient Lucy is an English nickname for the impatiens flower. The Patient Lucy will spray its seeds
outward, as if it were impatient to grow. This plant is a good choice for gardeners who want a flowering
Ralph Jenkins recently retired from the Health Science Center
Work Management Office, with over 30 years of employment.
A reception was held for Ralph at the HSC.
Pictured: Ralph Jenkins and longtime co-worker Mae
McCray-Richardson with Ralph's commemorative plaque.
nity Sessions For
Employees To Be Held
At Main Street
If you are interested in education opportunities
as an employee of the University of Florida, you
should attend one or both informational
sessions that will be held at Main Street on
Wednesday, October 25.
The Employee Education Program will hold a
session from 9-10AM. This session will cover
opportunitiesforfull-time UF employees to
take college courses at UF, other state universi-
ties, or community colleges/vocational institu-
The GED Program will hold a session from 10-
11 AM. This session will inform employees
about classes that are available to prepare you
to take the GED exam.
Ifyou are interested in either of these programs,
please come to Main Street on Wednesday,
October 25 to learn more.
OB'Granr Communication At PPD
by Dave O'Brien
One of PPD's goals this past year has been to communicate to the University community the many
important jobs that we do to keep UF up and running. The goal team put together several ideas to
inform the public and get a little much-deserved recognition for the Physical Plant. As part of this
effort, Fred Gratto, Assistant Director in our Grounds Department, recently gave a presentation at the
Reitz Union about how landscaping decisions are made at UF, and how anyone can use that same
information to beautify their homes and lawns. The program was open to the public and was attended
by University students and staff as well as visitors from the Gainesville community. We hope that this presentation will be
the first of many that PPD will develop, in an effort to familiarize our customers and the University community with our
commitment to maintaining the campus, and promoting education and environmental concerns. Our next program will be
in early 2007. Harold Barrand, Associate Director in the Architecture/Engineering Department, will lead a discussion
about historic buildings and sites on campus and the challenge we face in maintaining and renovating these areas.
If you know of a PPD project that may be of public interest, please let us know and maybe we can include it in one
of our publications!
September Communication Breakfast Notes
Vice President of Finance and Administration Ed Poppell addressed the group at September's Communication Break-
fast. He talked about his first day working at UF, in 1971, and how far the campus has come since then. Mr. Poppell said
that the credit for UF's expansion and improvement over that time is a result of having people working here who believe
in the university and are passionate about their jobs. He said that Physical Plant has an outstanding commitment to
service, and does a great job he gets comments and emails all the time congratulating our grounds and buildings.
Mr. Poppell talked about President Machen's priorities and goals for UF. One of his priorities is better salaries for UF
employees currently, 85% of university budget is spent on its
employees. Mr. Poppell said that in order to be a top ten public
university, which is President Machen's goal, UF needs to be able .
to retain a top notch staff, and the administration is working to-
wards that end and working to find ways to better compensate
He mentioned sustainability as a major goal for the President
and the university. Sustainability is based on making a difference
for the people who will follow us, and ensuring that our children
and grandchildren will have the same clean air, water and quality
of life that we enjoy.
The east side campus is another priority that Mr. Poppell men-
tioned he stated that UF will continue to increase its presence on
the east side of Gainesville, and that President Machen wants to
see the university community expand to that side of town as well. Mark Ivanowski and Pam Walker talk about
Finally, Mr. Poppell thanked Physical Plant employees for their the UF Community Campaign to Systems
outstanding work, and said that the University of Florida could not employees in Main Street TheFCC commit-
S, 1tee gave presentations to all PPD departments.
be what it is today without all the work that PPD puts in behind the tee gave presentations to all D departments.
Question and Answer:
Q: Will we continue to use time cards to enter our time?
A: We are currently looking at new timecard technology and that is one thing that the administration hopes to address
in the next year.
Q: Why didn't I get a merit raise, when I do my job well and I have no complaints from customers?
A: The merit raise system is designed to reward employees who rate an "exceeds" on the new performance appraisal
system. If you didn't receive a merit raise, I encourage you to sit down with your supervisor and discuss what you need
to do to raise your performance to that level.
UW UNIVERSITY of
Nicholas Alters, Grounds
Daniel Brass, Building Svcs.
Chris Breen, Grounds
Sherieka Brown, Building Svcs.
Byron Bush, Facilities
Angel Cardec, Facilities
Randolph Cash, Grounds
Samuel Curcio, HSC
Britton Fletcher, Grounds
James Holland, Building Svcs.
Susan Limpert, Quality Ofc.
Danny Maddon, Building Svcs.
Latasha McCray, Building Svcs.
Chad McRae, Grounds
Sammie Oates, Building Svcs.
Benjamin Owen, Facilities
Michael Rutledge, Building Svcs.
Audrey Sherman, Building Svcs.
Martha Smith, Building Svcs.
Paul Skinner, Building Svcs.
Kenneth Stokes, Resource Mgmt.
Yolanda Upchurch, Building Svcs.
Timothy Vaught, HSC
Robyn Wright, Building Svcs.
Joann Johnson, Building Svcs.
Jian Quipping, Resource Mgmt.
Raymond Thompson, Building Svcs.
IAl Abou P Empoees..
August Employees of the Month:
Jim Brillhart Paul Coleman Pat Rut
Russell Seay Martha Smith Dorothj
Grounds Building Services Buildin
Not Pictured: Edman Kelly,