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Vol. XXI. Number 10
In This Issue:
Eric Cochran NamedAssociate
Director Of Operations
SPhysical Plant's new Associate Director of Operations is
a familiar face to PPD employees. Eric Cochran has taken over
#- i- tl the position (formerly held by Bob Bell) after three years as
the Assistant Director of the Health Science Center.
"I'm looking forward to this new challenge," Eric said. "I
think the two major goals that I have for PPD Operations are
to continue to ensure correct campus maintenance, and to
refine what we already have in place. By that I mean making
sure that our current processes are running thoroughly, while
exploring and implementing new ideas and policies which will
improve our overall performance."
Eric was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and
received his B.A. degree in political science from the University of Florida in 1979. After college,
he joined the U.S. Navy to begin working in the field of mechanical engineering. While in the
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Building Services Welcomes New Assistant
Director Derrick Bacon
After a short vacancy following the departure of former Assistant Director Theotis Callaway, Building Services has new
leadership. Derrick Bacon has taken the reins of that department as the new Assistant Director
of PPD Building Services.
Derrick comes to PPD from UF Laundry Services, where he had served as Director for the
past year and a half. He is originally from Jacksonville, and received his B.S. degree in criminol-
ogy from Florida State University in 1985.
"I've lived in Jacksonville most of my life," he said. "I got my degree and started working
as a probation officer, but that job didn't pay very well. So I took ajob as a financial counselor
at University Medical Center, which is now Shands Jacksonville, but I ended up getting laid off!
I wanted to get back into the system at Shands, so I began working in the ER there. After a while '
I was offered a position as a Housekeeping Supervisor. A year later I was promoted to House-
keeping Manager. During this time I was in charge of two different housekeeping shifts, quality
management, the recycling efforts and pest control. I was also a coordinator of Shands' Hazard-
ous Spill Team and served as chair of the Hazardous Waste Committee. After several years in
the housekeeping department I was asked to manage the Shands laundry department. It was during my tenure as Shands' laundry
manager that I became anAramark employee."
In 2004, Derrick moved to Gainesville in order to take a position as Laundry Director at the University of Florida. However,
just a year and a half later the Shands Health Care system decided to go with another laundry service provider. "At that point I got
online and started looking for a new job," said Derrick. "I found the Assistant Director of Building Services position and applied,
and Mr. O'Brien and the search committee here gave me an opportunity to take the position."
See BACON Continued On Pg. 3
October Communication Breakfast Recap
Mr. O'Brien started off the meeting with a discussion of energy conservation at UF and how important it has become. He said
that the University is about to put a "full court press" on conserving resources because of the increased price of fuel for vehicles
and heating. OB said that he believes that the United States
will have to seriously consider alternate sources of energy,
such as nuclear plants, in the next ten years. In the mean-
time, here at Physical Plant he is asking employees to do
everything possible to eliminate wasted resources. As part
of the conservation effort, PPD electricians have been go-
ing through buildings on campus and removing some light R .
bulbs in hallways where they are not absolutely necessary,
to help cut down on electrical usage. OB said, El lnc i
conservation is something that we all should be taking very
seriously at this time."
The UF Community Campaign has ended for this year,
and OB said that PPD participation in the campaign was
outstanding. The number of employees donating to the
campaign was up over 30% and the total amount of contri-
butions was up over 50%. OB said, "PPD has always been
one of the significant contributors to this event, but this
year we took things to a new level. I want to thank every-
one who donated and let you know that your efforts say
very, very positive things about our organization."
The East Campus of UF, offWaldo Road, continues to
grow PPD's A/E department recently completed renovat-
ing a building which now houses the Bridges staff. The PPD Electrician Glenn Corbittremoves a fluorescent
staff has already occupied the building, and it will have its lightbulb in Griffin-Floyd Hall, as part of PPD's efforts to
official dedication on November 30. OB also said there are reduce energy use across campus.
plans to house a community teaching classroom in that area.
Question and Answer:
Q: Has the university finished purchasing the old Bell South building?
A: Yes, the sale is complete. Right now the plan is to move the Human Resources staff from their offices in the stadium to this
building. This will make parking and access for employees much easier.
Q: Are there plans for a full-time mechanic to be stationed on the East Campus?
A: That will be something to consider as that area continues to grow, but at this time there aren't any such plans.
Q: How are the Employees of the Month selected for different departments?
A: There's no specific process criteria that are taken into account include performance, attitude, and teamwork. Usually
supervisors handle the nominations, and anyone is eligible to be nominated.
Q: Do you think that in the near future we will be adjusting the heat/cool set points on campus?
A: We are working on keeping our HVAC systems at optimal efficiency however, I don't foresee us changing the tempera-
ture points at this time.
Q: Will the new Building Services Assistant Director (Derrick Bacon) be having group meetings with the staff?
A: He's just getting acclimated to his new job and responsibilities right now, but yes, he plans to begin meeting with groups
of employees at their places of work in the near future.
Q: Why aren't inter-department transfers allowed without a promotion in Building Services?
A: Well, this is our largest department with 500+ people, and at any given time there are approximately 30 or so vacancies. It's
not conducive to a stable work environment to have people moving back and forth between positions all the time. If someone is
unhappy with their current work situation, then obviously we'll work with them and try to get that settled, but our policy dictates
that we don't allow inter-department moves without promotions.
Q: Will a central fleet be established soon at UF?
A: Yes, discussions are underway right now on that subject. The plan is for PPD to own all campus vehicles and lease them
to university departments as necessary. This will allow us to control maintenance, reduce the number of vehicles on campus,
reduce gasoline usage, and free up parking spots.
Q: Will the rising cost of living lead to an increased across the board raise for UF employees?
A: That money comes from the legislature, and to date I haven't heard anything new. President Machen is very supportive
of merit increases, however so I would encourage everyone to continue to contribute their best effort in order to enhance your
candidacy for a merit increase.
OB 'Gram: Annual Turkey Shoot Is Coming Up
SIt's November already! Time to start planning for the holidays. PPD will hold our annual Turkey Shoot on
November 16t. The targets will be set up by Building 700. Since the turkeys we shoot at are on the backs of the
targets, you don't have to be an expert hunter to win in this contest. The outcome is all luck! Prizes will be
awarded for 1lt, 2nd, and 3rd place for men and for women. This event is always fun so I hope everyone will stop
by to take a shot with Tom Best's BB gun.
I also want to congratulate everyone at PPD who participated in this year's UF Community Campaign. The
volunteers here at Physical Plant who worked on this committee made a special effort to get information out to
our employees about UFCC. Participation in this program by our staff increased 32% over last year's figures.
Donations to UFCC agencies provide services to many people in North Central Florida and we should all be proud that PPD
employees are being so generous.
Above: Dan Walker, Nancy Ellison, Mike Richarme, and Nancy
McCollough show off their Halloween costumes.
Right: Dave O'Brien tries out a Segway electric scooter in the halls
of Building 702. OB said we are looking at Segways as an alterna-
tive to gasoline-fueled vehicles.
COCHRAN Cont. From Page 1
service, Eric received a postgraduate degree in national security and strategic studies from the Navy War College.
After a 21-year career in the Navy, he retired with the rank of Commander. He then accepted a position in PPD Architecture/
Engineering as a Facilities/Utilities Planner, before being promoted to HSC Asst. Director two years later.
"I really enjoy working at PPD," he said. "I like the campus environment and I like the people we have here. We have such a
diverse group of employees and all of them have that can-do attitude, and that's a huge key for a successful organization."
BACON Cont. From Page 1
As PPD's largest department with over 500 employees, Derrick said he sees a lot of good things, and a lot of potential, within
Building Services. "So far I've been impressed with the training and information that our employees receive," he said. "We have
a lot of good people here. I want to help give our department a new focus, a new direction in customer service. I want our
employees to be more pro-active in meeting our customers' needs. We have five hundred sets of eyes out there, and I want us to
start noticing and addressing problems even before our customers have a chance to call in a work order. My background in
healthcare has taught me to observe very strict standards of cleanliness, and I think those standards are what we should be
striving for here in Building Services."
Derrick and his wife, Shelia, who works with Alachua County ARC helping special needs adults, make their home in High
Springs. Their son Christian is a freshman on football scholarship at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Their oldest daughter
Hope is a senior at Santa Fe High School, and eleven-year-old Joi attends sixth grade at High Springs Middle School.
The new Assistant Director says he'll be a familiar figure to PPD employees. "I want to be very visible on campus I want to
get out there to be available to our customers and also to meet the employees and supervisors. As I said, I've been impressed with
the Building Services department so far and everyone has been very warm and greeted me with friendship. This is a professional,
customer-focused environment, and I'm very happy to be a part of Building Services and Physical Plant in general."
Lonnie Akins, HSC
LynnBorelli, Building Svcs.
Michael Burke, Building Svcs.
Brance Chiadikobi, Grounds
Steve Fryman, Facilities
Ernest Hale, Jr., Building Svcs.
Jeffrey Haynes, Building Svcs.
Ashley Jacobs, Resource Mgmt.
Pearlie Johnson, Building Svcs.
William Krause, Facilities
Be Le, Building Services
Francisco Oquendo, A/E
Christopher Tedder, Facilities
Tiffany Wright, Building Svcs.
Zindora Young, Building Svcs.
Eric Cochran, Operations
September Employees of the Month:
Carolyn Holsey Rick Mitchell
Building Svcs. Facilities
Emplyee Of Th Quate
Mary Ann Daniel
Hilda Frankum Willie Hill
Resource Mgmt. Support Staff
Rick Mitchell Bill Munden
Facilities Health Center