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Vol. XXII. Number 9
In This Issue:
OB'Gram: UFCC, A
UFCC 2006: A Million And Two Can
Happen With You
The 2006 UF Community Campaign
kicks off on September 25h. The UFCC
raises money for charity through
fundraising events and employee dona-
tions, and is the only UF fundraising that
can be done through payroll deduction.
Money raised goes to organizations that
support programs in our local communi-
.Physical Plant has always been one
of the largest contributors campus-wide,
and our employees have gained a reputa-
tion for generosity and caring with their
UFCC Committee members Ashley
Jacobs and Mark Ivanowski filling out donations. Last year PPD raised over
their pledge cards $27,000, and Physical Plant's UFCC team
See UFCC Cont On Pg. 3
New Assistant Director At HSC
Bruce Bonham has replaced Eric Cochran (now PPD Associate Director of
Operations) as the Assistant Director at the Health Science Center. Mr. Bonham
comes to the University of Florida from Lee University in Tennessee, where he
served as the Director of the Physical Plant for the last seven and a half years.
"I was looking for another job with a physical plant, and I wanted to try a
different set of responsibilities than I enjoyed at Lee University," said Mr. Bonham.
S"I came down and interviewed at UF PPD, and what immediately struck me was
Si the camaraderie that everyone seemed to have here everyone got along very well
and it seemed that management had done a great job of putting the right people in
.the right roles. That was very enticing to me, and a major reason why I chose to
-.. i. "take this job."
College, in Indiana, where he also served as Physical Plant Director. "I originally
Sent to Grace College right after high school," he said. "At that time I was working
towards a degree in education and a career as a teacher. I was almost done with
college when I realized that the teaching profession just wasn't for me so I left school and went home, got my Master
Electrician's license with the state of Ohio, and began working as a commercial electrician with my father's business.
Twenty years later, I was a self-employed electrician (having bought the family business from my father), and was
looking for something with a little more stability. I was offered the director's position at Grace College and I accepted it,
See HSC Cont. On Page 4
'" OB 'Gram: UFCC Needs Your Donations
by Dave O'Brien
,,,, September 25th October 7th are the dates of this year's University of Florida Community Cam-
""' paign. The UFCC is the official charitable giving fundraiser at UF. Through the UFCC, UF employees
can give to agencies that offer programs and services to benefit residents of north-central Florida.
Employees contributing to the UFCC have the option of making their contributions through payroll
deductions. Last year's campaign raised more than a million dollars, and this year's slogan is "A Million
and Two Can Happen With You!"
Last year's PPD campaign was especially successful. Our participation went up almost 34%, pos-
sibly due to a true appreciation of the good work done in our communities by the agencies who receive funding from
UFCC. This year, 79 local agencies are eligible to participate in the campaign. An agency's application is reviewed by a
committee made up of UF faculty and staff to be approved to participate. A UF employee who decides to donate to UFCC
has the option of selecting the agency he or she would like to receive the donation. So this is really a UF effort!
We have a dedicated team of volunteers here at PPD, who will be visiting your departments to talk about the
campaign and answer questions. I hope you will find it in your hearts to give generously to help our friends and neighbors
August Communication Breakfast Notes
OB started off the meeting by mentioning that with the new school year comes new opportunities and new challenges
for PPD employees. Three new buildings have recently come online Cancer/Genetics, the remodeled Library West, and
the old Women's Gym. We also have a couple of new buildings coming up in Pugh Hall and the Nanoscience Building, and
a third (the Biomedical Facility) in planning stages. As the University continues to grow, PPD's responsibilities will
continue to grow as well, and OB said he is confident that our employees will successfully meet these new challenges.
On August 30th, PPD Motor Pool pumped our first
tank of ethanol fuel. Motor Pool has installed a 2000 gallon
ethanol tank, and the Gainesville Sun and WUFT news
S4 were on hand to cover the official first fueling. OB said
that PPD is working hard to find alternatives to petroleum
for fueling our campus fleet. In addition to ethanol, Motor
A Pool will soon be dispensing a 20% blend of bio-diesel fuel
mixed with regular diesel. While this does not save much
money, OB said it represents a major step forward in re-
ducing our dependency on fossil fuels. PPD has also tested
an electric truck over the last few months, but the vehicle,
which had no A/C and limited power, was not a good fit
Camera crews from WUFT News and the Gainesville for use at UF OB encouraged PPD employees to let him
Sun film PPD Assoc. Director of Operations Eric know if they haven any knowledge of possible heavy duty,
Cochran as he pumps the first official tank of ethanol alternative-powered vehicles which could be used on cam-
on the UF campus. pus.
The official UF logo has changed the new logo rep-
resents an effort by the University to create a consistent "brand name". Mr. O'Brien said that PPD will be replacing all
signs on campus with signs that feature the new logo over the next several months.
The Ficke Gardens project is underway this project will beautify the area just south of the Baughman Center on
Museum Road. OB said that the project will feature thirty palm trees as a centerpiece, and is scheduled to be completed
by Christmas 2006.
The patio at Rinker Hall is the site of a new roof design the roof incorporates plants and bushes on top for cover and
insulation. OB said that this "green roof' design promotes sustainability and reduced energy consumption, and is similar
to the roof at Carabba's restaurant in SW Gainesville.
Question and Answer:
Q: Will we be getting merit raises this year?
A: Yes, but remember that merit raises are based on performance, so only employees who have demonstrated
outstanding service will receive one. All employees will receive the 3% across-the-board raise in October, however.
Q: I heard that there will be a new building coming soon that will affect our parking lot, is this true?
A: The UF master plan does show this area as a potential location for dormitories, but that is a very long-term
possibility. However, there has been discussion about building a Baby Gators daycare facility just west of Bldg. 700. But
if new construction ever takes over our existing grounds, we will have to create new space to house PPD either by
developing the land currently used in the bullpen area or by moving PPD to a different location on the fringes of campus.
UFCC Cont. From Pg. 1
hopes to increase that amount during this year's campaign.
"Each department will be having a meeting with their UFCC representative," said PPD Chair Committee member
Harold Barrand. "These meetings will explain how and where to fill out and submit your pledge card, outline some of the
charities and worthy causes that the UFCC is designed to support, and answer any questions employees may have about
their participation in the campaign."
As always, employees will have the option to send their donation in as part of the overall campaign, or to earmark it
for specific charities within the UFCC. With 79 organizations participating, there are many diverse and worthwhile causes
represented. For example, a $1 weekly donation can provide:
156 new books for a children's reading program through Child Care Resources
52 prescriptions to be filled by Gainesville Community Ministries for low or limited-income persons
two mental health therapy sessions for an abused child at the Child Advocacy Center
five abandoned kittens or puppies with homes and the cost of spaying/neutering through Gainesville Pet Rescue
or 100 hours of supervised computer learning to young people without access to a computer at home, through
the Boys and Girls Club
Your gift counts! Look for your pledge card and attend your department's UFCC meeting, or visit www.ufcc.ufl.edu
for more information on how you can be part of Physical Plant's tradition of charitable giving.
Benefits Open Enrollment Period 9/19-10/25
UF employees who wish to make changes to their pre-tax benefits may do so during open enrollment, 9/19-10/18.
Changes made will become effective on January 1, 2007. Representatives from a number of vendors will be on hand to
answer benefits questions from 9 AM 4 PM, 9/25-26 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. For more information,
contact Lori O'Steen in the PPD HR office at 392-2333, or go to www.hr.ufl.edu/benefits/openenrollment.htm.
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Harley Conner, Building Services
Tonya Decoursey, Building Services
Drew Dewitt, Building Services
James Glover, Grounds
Albert Gulley, Building Services
Cheryl Knight, Resource Mgmt.
Vivian Raymond, HSC
Clifford Standridge, HSC
Willie Vinson, Building Services
Keith Gaylord, Grounds
Charles LaPoe, Building Services
July Employees of the Month:
Lori Jean Wooten
Not Pictured: Stephanie Edwards,
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and stayed there for five years, during which time I completed my bachelor's degree."
Bruce has been married to his wife Ardi, a music teacher, for thirty-five years, and they have four grown children
("Two are already married and the other two are getting married off next year," he says). The Bonhams are enjoying their
new home in Gainesville, but Bruce does have one complaint: "We've always lived in smaller cities, and the commute to
work was pretty quick. Now, I live five miles from the Health Center and it takes me 25 minutes to make it here each
After two months and change on the job at PPD, Bruce says things are working out well. "I am really enjoying things
so far," he said. "We have an excellent and very intelligent staff. I have been pleasantly surprised with the great attitudes
and cooperation I have seen to this point. Eric (Cochran) really left me with a very good team in place. The Health Science
Center is a unique facility with its location and clientele, and there is something new for me to learn every day. It's a fast-
paced, exciting atmosphere, and it's mentally challenging that is something that I enjoy, and a big reason that I look
forward to working here at the University of Florida."