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Vol. XXll. Number 5 Building Services Motto Contest
Asst. Vice President PPD Building Services is cur-
Dave O'Brien rently holding a contest for its em-
ployees to submit ideas for a new
Editor department motto. The prize for the
Jeremiah McInnis winning entry is a brand new 42"
S plasma TV, donated by Clean World,
Inc. Employees have until June 8,2007
In This Issue: to submit their proposed mottos, and
the limit is two entries per person.
EAD 2007 Photos e The contest is open to all Building
Services employees except Assistant
Frank Petrone Superintendents, Superintendent,
Retirement Coordinator for Management Analy-
sis, and the Assistant Director.
Burch Completes Asst. Director Derrick Bacon
Apprenticeship said, "My two-year anniversary at
Program Asst. Director Derrick Bacon and the 42" TV for Building Services is coming up soon,
Building Services'motto contest winner and I felt that it was time to change
our motto there's nothing wrong
with the old one ("Striving For Excellence"), but I wanted something fresh. At the same time, I wanted suggestions for the new
motto to come from our front-line employees, and not just from supervisors. I want to stimulate ideas in the department from the
ground up, and I want our employees to really
think about customer service, and what our role
is here at the University of Florida."
The new motto will be displayed on Build- Randy Lee of
Building Services j
ing Services' website and customer service re-
sponse cards, as well as other printed materials. pressure-washes
In addition to the television, the winner will have outside Main
their picture printed on the website, and in Street in prepara-
Gatortales. To submit your entries, email them tion forPPD's 11th
to David Garzon at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop annual Employee
them in the suggestionbox inBuilding 703, next Appreciation Day.
to the training room. For more pictures
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to of EAD 2007, go
get input on our new motto from all levels of our to page 2 (and for
organization, and I think our employees should even more pic-
feel the same," saidAsst. Director Bacon. "It's a tures go to PPD's
great opportunity for them to have a voice in website, at
the way our department presents itself to the www.ppd.ufl.edu).
University community. And of course, someone
is going to win a very nice TV"
Employee Appreciation Day 2007
(for more pictures go to www.ppd.ufl.edu/currentevents.htm)
James Carseygets his blood pressure checked
out at the Health Fair.
Greta Brown tries her hand at horseshoes.
Eric Cochran concentrates on his
follow-through in the watermelon
seed spitting contest.
The County Fair Cook-Off winners
were (left to right): Ruthie Noland
(1st-Casserole), Bernie Rieg (2nd-
Theme Dish), Barbara Joyce (1st-
Theme Dish), Walter Williams
(2nd-Cakes and 2nd-Chili), Dolly
and 2nd-Pies), Matt Graham (1st-
Chili), and Heath Gregor (1st-Pies).
Ray Fayo (right) of Motor Pool was the grand prize
winner of a WalMart gift card, presented by PPD Assis-
tant Vice President Dave O'Brien.
May Communication Breakfast Burch Completes Apprenticeship Program
Mr. O'Brien said that our Campus Cab taxi service is After nearly four
growing rapidly we are now using three drivers to meet years of hard
demand for the service. He also mentioned that flyers with work, Mainte-
information on the FlexCar program were distributed to stu- nance Support
dents and their parents at Preview. Burch has com-
In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy last month, OB pleted the PPD
has attended several meetings regarding campus security Apprenticeship
and how it can be improved. One idea that was proposed at Program and
these meetings involved using loudspeakers and sirens at received an A.S.
strategic points on campus to broadcast alert messages. OB degree in Electri-
said this system could be used for all types of campus emer- cal Engineering
agencies, including natural disasters, from Santa Fe ......
The new contractor in charge of cleaning Lake Alice is Community
doing a fine job Mr. O'Brien said the lake has notbeenthis College. Erick will
free of aquatic plants since several years ago. now be promoted
to Electrician in
A new parking garage had been planned for construc- the Systems
tion west of the Cancer/Genetics building, but a bald eagle Department. Congratulations, Erick!
nest was discovered in the area. Construction has been halted For more information on the Apprenticeship
and a new location is being determined for the garage. Program, contact PPD Training and Education
See BREAKFAST Continued On Pg. 4 Coordinator Sarah Hanson at 392-7898.
i ,' Petrone Retires From Systems
S Q y -- A retirement party was held for Maintenance Spe-
cialist Frank Petrone on May 17, 2007 in the Systems
conference room. Frank is retiring from PPD after
S vUA dA / just over twenty years ofservice.
S"I plan to do a lot of traveling around the country,"
he said. "My wife and I are going to go to Virginia
Sand North Carolina, and then out to the west coast
for a while. We'll be pulling a trailer with my Harley,
and I'm definitely looking forward to all the extra
time I'll have to ride it."
OB'Gram: Giving Back To Overseas Troops
by Dave O'Brien
PPD does not slow down during the summer at UF. There are fewer classes scheduled, fewer students
Son campus, fewer cars on the roads, and all of these things work together to give us the chance to do what
we need to do to keep the buildings and grounds in good shape. Likewise, our behind-the-scenes staff
stay busy year-round, but they also find the time to do extra special projects.
Like so many American families, some of our PPD families have had sons, daughters, and siblings in
the military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. A couple of years ago, Ruthie Noland of Systems Dept. (a
member of our Admin Support staff), headed up a program she named "Division to Division" and collected
items to send to these troops who had ties to PPD to say 'thanks for what you're doing', and give them a little morale boost. In
return, they promised to share with their fellow soldiers.
With the return stateside of the first recipients of the gifts, the program went into hiatus for a while. However, as the conflict
in the Middle East has continued, PPD families again have loved ones who are in these countries. The administrative support
group has picked up the challenge, and departments are participating in collecting and sending items to the troops. In January, the
A/E Department, led by Nancy Ellison, collected for the brother of one of our employees. In March, Business Operations
Department, led by Beth Farmer and Diane Warfield, forwarded boxes of books and cookies (among other things) to the sister of
a PPD staff member. This month, Building Services Department, led by Joy Jeffcoat and David Garzon, are collecting to send to the
son of a PPD employee.
Because this is a selfless thing to do, I want to say thanks to everyone who has participated so far by contributing money,
time, etc. to this effort. Hopefully, when your admin support staff member asks you to help, you'll say 'yes'!
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Michael Heard, Grounds
Jimmy Joiner, Grounds
Jesse McCloud, Grounds
Celia Rivers, Building Services
Beverly Rutledge, Building Services
Julie Scank, Grounds
Bin Tang, Building Services
Adam Weise, Systems
Rosa Williams, Building Services
March Employees of the Month:
Delores Bradshaw Gene Burkey Randolph Cash Charles Cochran
Building Svcs. Health Center Grounds Systems
Sherry Martensen Chandler Rozear
.- Ronnie Wicks
BREAKFAST Continued From Page 3
OB asked for feedback on last month's Employee Appreciation Day. The planning committee is always looking for sugges-
tions email your ideas and feedback to Mr. O'Brien, Pam Walker or Eric Cochran.
Question and Answer
Q: Has anyone been hired as Superintendent for HSC Building Services?
A: No, we have not filled that position yet.
Q: Is PPD planning to cut any jobs as a result of rising gas prices?
A: No, there have been no discussions about that. I do ask everyone to try to use good judgement with state vehicles and
drive only when necessary, to help conserve gas.