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Vol. XXII. Number 12
In This Issue:
Retire From PPD
Honored By Board
PPD Employee Graduates Nuclear Program
After three years of hard work, a Physical Plant electrician has become a graduate of UF's
Nuclear Engineering Program. Scott Whalen, of Systems Department, has been attending classes
which were partially funded through the university's Employee Education Program (EEP), and
received his bachelor's degree on December 16.
PPD Education and Training Coordinator Sarah Hanson said, "The EEP allows UF employ-
ees who want to continue their education to attend up to six credit hours a semester, with tuition
paid through the program. The program doesn't pay for books, however, and employees must
be accepted to the university, and have their schedule approved by their supervisors in order to
"For the last three years, between work and school, I've been on campus from 6 AM till 6
PM Monday through Saturday," said Scott. "I would come in for work, take a class break, go
back to work, go to class after work, etc. my supervisors have been great in approving my
schedule and working with me, and in return I've tried to let them know how appreciative I am,
and do whatever was asked of me."
Scott started working at PPD as an electrician in 2002, and when he heard about the EEP he
saw it as an excellent opportunity for career advancement. "I went to my supervisor at that time,
Mike Thomas, and from there to Jim Williams (former Asst. Director of Systems) and Bob Bell
(former Assoc. Director of Operations) in order to get clearance to join the program, and they
were all very supportive. PPD was between Education and Training Coordinators at that time, so
The 2006 winners of PPD's
annual Turkey Shoot
(where contestants fire BB
guns at paper turkey
targets) are pictured at left.
Women's division (left to
right): Firstplace, Nancy
Button; second place, Hilda
Frankum; third place,
Men's division (1-r): First
place, Maurice Batie;
second place, Bob Estling;
third place, Mike Tkac.
Congratulations to all the
(Sr. Personnel Rep) Lori
O'Steen helped me get
started with all the paper-
work, and made sure ev-
erything was set up cor-
rectly and I got registered
Once enrolled at the
university, Scott decided
to major in Nuclear Engi-
neering. "I've always
been interested in nuclear
power and atomic par-
ticles," he said. "I also had
trained as a Nuclear
Electrician's Mate in the
Navy, working on subs,
and that background
helped me make the deci-
sion, as well. I was ac-
cepted into the UF
Cont. On Pg. 3
-B'GRA4M: Happy Holidays To All
by Dave O'Brien
Everyone is extra busy at this time of year, but it's good to take a few minutes to remember how much we have to be grateful
for and often to share some of our good fortune with others. Here at PPD, we have already helped many of our friends and
neighbors through the University of Florida Community Campaign. For the second year in a row, the UFCC surpassed the one
million dollar mark in support of local health and human services agencies. The Physical Plant Division has been selected to
receive an award from the UFCC in recognition of the excellent participation of our employees in this program. Congratulations for
this award go to every one at PPD who gave to benefit others in our communities. Thanks to each of you for your generosity.
My hope is that everyone in our PPD family has a safe and joyous holiday and a happy new year!
Horace Nichols And Jackie Reynolds Retire
Left photo: Maint/Const Superintendent Lacy Rabon
(left) presents a commemorative plaque to Horace I
"Nick" Nichols of Systems for his service to UF
Nichols retired in November after a 35-year career
with the university.
Right photo: Building Services Asst. Director Derrick
Bacon (left) congratulates Asst. Superintendent
Jackie Reynolds at Reynolds' retirement ceremony.
Reynolds left PPD at the beginning of December, after
32 years of employment.
Congratulations to both!
Mr. O'Brien started off the breakfast by mentioning campus .
parking. He said the only entity in the state with as many parking
garages as UF is Universal Studios. There is a new parking ga-
rage on the horizon, to be located at either the corer of Mowry
Road and Lemerand Drive, or in the Vet Med fields west of the
Cancer and Genetics Building. A decision regarding the final
location will be made soon. Building Services Superintendent Dana
The Cancer and Genetics Building was recently dedicated, Simmons (left, with Asst. Vice President Dave
and Gov. Bush spoke at the ceremony. At over 255,000 square O'Brien) was recently honored by the Board
feet of research space, it is one of the largest research facilities in of Trustees for his outstanding service to the
the state. OB said that the governor has set a goal to make university. He is the secondsuch honoree
See BREAKFAST Cont. On Pg. 4 from Physical Plant. Congratulations, Dana!
HEO Program Accepting Applications Till 1/16/07
The University of Florida's Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) provides children of full-time TEAMS employees with the
opportunity of tuition assistance for an undergraduate education at the University of Florida. In March 2007, Human Resource
Services will select, at random from a pool of eligible HEO applicants, 50 TEAMS employees to participate in this program. Each
eligible employee may submit one child's name into the drawing. To be considered for this benefit, the TEAMS employee must
apply for the HEO by January 16, 2007.
For the child of each selected employee, the university will pay the in-state matriculation fees (the actual tuition minus any
additional fees for activities, transportation, health, services, athletics, late registration, late payment, materials, supplies, labs,
etc.) for up to 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and 6 credit hours during the summer semester. Please note that
any Bright Futures Scholarship award will be subtracted from the amount the student can receive through the HEO. As long as the
student remains eligible for the HEO, the program will assist with the student's tuition until he or she has accumulated a maximum
of 132 credit hours or has been enrolled in college for six years. Please visit the HEO web site to read about additional HEO
To be entered into the HEO drawing, the full-time TEAMS employee must:
Submit a completed HEO application form to Training and Organizational Development no later than January 16, 2007.
The child of the full-time UF TEAMS employee must:
Have applied for admission to the University of Florida no later than January 16, 2007.
Graduate from high school no later than July 31, 2007.
Please note that the University of Florida admissions and the HEO selection processes are separate selection for the HEO
benefit does not indicate admission into the University of Florida. Application to UF also does not automatically enter a child's
name into the HEO drawing. In the event that a child is not accepted to UF, the benefit may be used at a public community college
For more information about the Higher Education Opportunity, please visit HRS' web site (www.hr.ufl.edu) or contact
Amanda Moore, HEO coordinator, at 392-4626.
GRADUATE Cont. From Pg. 1
nuclear program, but since I had finished my AA
degree at Santa Fe way back in 1989, I had to re-take
a bunch of entry-level courses in calculus, physics
and chemistry in order to re-familiarize myself with
the material. So that first year of classes was all catch-
ing up but once I got in the actual program, I was
very glad to have had those refreshers!"
Carrying a full course load of classes, as well as
working forty hours a week, will cause problems for
anybody's schedule, and Scott says that he owes a
huge debt to his supervisors and family for working e
with him through the whole process. "I really need
to thank my supervisors, Mark Flinchum and Mike
Thomas, and the Asst. Director of Systems, Ralph
Giro. They have been extremely supportive of me,
and they did everything they could to get forms ap-
proved ina timely manner, adjust my scheduling for Left to right: Systems Asst. Director Ralph Giro, Maintenance
classes, and generally make things easier for me. At Specialist Mark Flinchum, UFgraduate/PPD electrician Scott
the same time, my family also deserves a big thanks Whalen, and Maint/Const Superintendent Mike Thomas.
for dealing with my schedule so well I haven't
seen my wife and kids nearly as much as I'd like over the past three years. Luckily, though, that's about to change!"
As part of his graduation package, Scott has accepted a position as a research assistant with the Nuclear and Radiological
Engineering Department. This position will pay his living expenses and salary while he works on his doctorate in medical physics,
a field closely related to nuclear engineering.
"This has been a long, hard grind for me," said Scott. "I have a wall at home that is decorated with pictures of things I want
to buy or do, places I want to go, and pictures of my family. Whenever I would get down, or have a problem staying motivated,
I would go and sit in front of that wall for a while. And after sitting there for several minutes and thinking about those things I
wanted to achieve, I always found that I had recharged my energy level and was ready to get back on track. I think it's very
important to have those kind of goals, and make sure you remind yourself of them constantly in order to stay focused on what you
want to accomplish in life. And now, after all this time, I am ready to see positive rewards from all that hard work!"
U FT UNIVERSITY of
Dennis Gilreath, Systems
Stephen Morales, Health Center
Shawna Rawlins, Operations Eng.
October Employees of the Month:
Peder J. Winkel,
Plant Answers With KJ
by KJ Green
Q: What type of tree is that at the corner of Radio and Museum Roads, by the PPD Nursery? It's very bushy and has
yellow-orange flowers on it.
A: It is a Koelreuteria elegans, more commonly known as a Chinese Rain Tree. It is a decidous tree, native to southern
China and Taiwan. It is commonly grown in tropical areas of the world as a street tree. It reaches heights of 15-20 meters,
and flowers in early to mid-summer.
BREAKFAST Cont. From Pg. 2
Florida one of the leading states in the country for scientific research, and UF is the flagship university for achieving this goal.
Other new buildings on the horizon include the Pathogens Building (near Cancer and Genetics), the HSC's Biomedical Building,
and the Nanoscience Building on Center Drive.
Security has recently been increased at Motor Pool, and employees will now have to use their Gator 1 card along with their
gas key in order to fuel vehicles.
Mr. O'Brien said that he and Vice President Poppell have discussed a bio-mass demonstration on campus. This operation
would take yard waste from campus and use it to produce fuel for campus vehicles.