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Employee Spotlight: Mona Vega of Transportation and Parking Services

Mrs. Vega, more widely known as Mona, has been a part of the UF family for thirty-two years. She currently works at Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) as the Office Assistant to the Customer Service Office. However, her experiences at UF go well beyond just one job.    “I started at UF in 1989 with UFPD […]

Physical Security and Information Technology Collaborate to Create Safer Storage of Campus Security Footage

With the University of Florida updating physical security technology across the Gainesville campus including PK Yonge Developmental Research School, storage of security footage was needed. The servers that were in place lacked to meet the minimum requirement of 30 days retention of video and was not compliant with Florida statute. The campus plan to add […]

Employee Spotlight: Jamie Serrato of Physical Security

Over the last fourteen years, Jamie Serrato has been an integral part of the University of Florida’s safety. He has helped the Physical Security department evolve into what it is today. He is, as Souza describes, “an expert on UF’s Security System.”    Serrato’s role at Physical Security is essential for keeping the campus safe. He explains […]

UF Welcomes New Associate Vice President

Brandi Renton, MBA will begin her new role as the Associate Vice President for Business Affairs on November 19, 2021. “I am truly excited to join the Business Affairs team at the prestigious University of Florida.  Being selected is an honor and I look forward to contributing to UF’s preeminent growth,” said Renton. Renton will […]

The Women Divers Hall of Fame to Welcome Cheryl Thacker of EH&S

Cheryl Thacker of Environmental Health and Safety at University of Florida Dive Safety Officer, Course Director, Former Board Member NAUI and AAUS Cheryl Thacker has been the Dive Safety Officer for University of Florida since 2000. She has been involved in diving since 1984 as an instructor, NOAA working diver, NAUI Course Director, Diving First […]

Employee Feature: Jordan Benton of Facility Services

Since Jordan Benton began her career at UF, she has advanced through Facilities Services and solidified a presence for herself across campus.   Benton is a UF graduate and a Gainesville native. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing before returning later for her Master of Business Administration degree. […]

Mentor Protégé Program Applications Now Open

  The UF Mentor-Protégé Program educates small businesses during all phases of development, helps them network and grow within the university. Mentors consist of mature and established companies that currently work or have recently worked with the institution, whereas proteges are small businesses at various stages in their development, interested in providing their products or […]

What do Red-Tailed Hawks Have in Common with Physical Security? 

Physical Security Director Joe Souza is not the only one who spends a lot of time surveying campus.   Director Souza was sitting in his office in the Security Building on Radio Road when he saw a shadow fly by his window. After checking the building cameras, he spotted a red-tailed hawk.  “I see this one, or a friend of […]

Regional Transit System (RTS) collaborates with UF to launch a new transit app for real-time bus tracking

The new transit app, GNVRideRTS, replaces RTS’ old TransLoc bus tracker app for campus and city bus service. The new GNVRideRTS app will be released to the public on October 1, 2021 for Apple, Android and desktop (at www.RideRTS.app) in order to give students, faculty and staff a more efficient and user-friendly way to plan […]

Powering Progress at the University of Florida: Central Energy Plant Project

Each day at the University of Florida, students receive a one-of-a-kind education that will help them succeed and strive to find solutions to the toughest challenges we face. Meanwhile, a network of utility systems operates quietly in the background to ensure campus facilities are prepared to meet the needs of the Gator community. An efficient […]


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