Staff Spotlight: Monica Cox

Department: Business Services Bio: Monica is an Accountant in the Department of Business Services. She is a native Floridian, wife, mom of three, and Oma to some awesome grandkids. After some nudging from her sister, at the age of 44, while working full-time, and being a full-time mom and wife, Monica went back to college. […]

Staff Spotlight: Sylvia West

Department: Business Services Bio:  Sylvia attended Santa Fe Community College and has worked at the University of Florida for 35 years. She is a wife and mother to two wonderful sons. She was awarded The Superior Accomplishment Award in 2008 and recently received the Postal Manager of the Year award on March 1, 2023, at […]

Staff Spotlight: Corey Farmer

Department: Office of Sustainability Bio: Corey is from Huntsville, Alabama. He got his BS in mechanical engineering at Auburn University where he interned at their Office of Sustainability before joining the Navy’s nuclear power program. Upon getting out of the military, Corey used the GI bill to get his Masters in mechanical engineering at the […]

SBSD Introduces Landscape Services Program for Emerging Small Businesses

The University of Florida’s Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (SBSD) has announced the introduction of its Landscape Services Program for emerging small businesses in the community. The new program is a collaborative effort between SBSD and Facilities Services (Grounds).   The UF Emerging Small Business Program was launched in 2022 with the goal of […]

Next Phase of Safety Enforcement set to begin July 10

Dear UF community, In March, the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs called on the campus community to avoid parking vehicles in a manner that blocks access to sidewalks and bike lanes or otherwise restricted areas, including grass. This behavior has been interfering with accessibility for persons with disabilities, pedestrians, and cyclists and […]

UF Public Safety Building Grand Opening

June 21, 2023. Gainesville, FL – Members of the University of Florida and the greater Gainesville community gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new UF Public Safety Building. The event included a Flag Raising Ceremony and special remarks made by Vice President for Business Affairs, Curtis Reynolds, Assistant Vice President of Public and Environmental Safety, […]

The Passing of a Dear Colleague

Dear Business Affairs team, With a heavy heart, I share the news that Deadra Harvey passed away Saturday, April 29. In Deadra’s remarkable 35 years with the University of Florida, she was a steadfast presence with a quick wit and a big heart. Deadra and I met while I was in Facilities Services, and her coming aboard […]

Staff Spotlight: Cindy Mercado

Department: Environmental Health & Safety Bio: Cindy is the Lab Safety Program Manager for Environmental Health & Safety. She has a Master’s in Science with a concentration in Environmental Health and a Bachelor’s in Science with a concentration in Chemistry. Her professional experience spans a 21-year career in many diverse roles and settings including Forensic […]

Staff Spotlight: Francisco Oquendo

Department: Planning, Design & Construction (PD&C) Bio: Francisco is the Assistant Director of Construction in the Department of Planning, Design & Construction. Francisco has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has been working at UF for the last 18 years. He began his journey as a project manager and now mentors and provides […]

Staff Spotlight: Susan Pratt

Department: University Police Department Bio: Susan has been with the University Police Department for over 28 years and is a certified law enforcement officer. She is currently one of the lead Polygraph Examiner and Crime Scene Investigator at the department, with a certification as an Evidence Specialist and a base in forensics. What’s an identity […]