The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library continues to attract an ever growing number of visitors, especially during the exam period. Dean Carol Hixson reports that on December 2 the library broke its previous record of 1,661 visits, which it set last year around this time, with an attendance of 2,113 visits. This clearly show that the changes that the library made in response to requests from students have had the desired effects.
Dean Hixson and her staff deserve our congratulations for their efforts to improve our infrastructure to foster student success.
Lauren Friedman will become the new Director for Institutional Research at USFSP. Ms Friedman will work closely with the USF System Instructional Research staff to help us meet our federal and state reporting requirements. She will also be instrumental in helping USFSP get data relevant to the implementation of our strategic plan. Ms Friedman will join USFSP full-time in early January but has agreed to start working on a part-time basis prior to that.
On October 14, USFSP broke ground for the building that will house the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. Despite the damp weather, there was a great turn-out of faculty, students and staff, as well as from members of the USF System Board of Trustees and the local community. The building will allow USFSP to house all our business faculty together in a single location and will allow us to grow and further enhance our already highly successful programs in business and accounting.
Chitra Iyer, USFSP’s Regional Associate Vice Chancellor of Administration, recently gave a presentation at the National Conference of the College & University Professional Association for Human Resources in San Antonio. The presentation covered the adverse impact of chronic cost-cutting on an institution’s ability to make strategic investments.
Ms Brandy Heinrich, Financial and Budget Analyst in the Division of Student Affairs, has earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator at USF. The CRA-USF is an USF System designation given to employees by The Research Administration Improvement Network (TRAIN), who have successfully completed a series of courses that cover such areas the phases of the research administration life cycle: searching for funding, proposal development, proposal submission, award negotiation, underwrite process, award setup, financial/technical administration, and closeout.
Congratulations to Ms Heinrich.
The University Student Center at USFSP has been LEED gold certified by the US Green Building Council (http://www.usgbc.org/). LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a building certification program that recognizes building strategies and practices that minimize the environmental impact of a building, both during construction and operation.
The LEED Gold Certification for the USC is directly in line with our emphasis on sustainability in our strategic plan and reflects our value of care for the natural environment.
On October 14, USFSP will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the building to house the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. This promises to be an exciting event. The construction of the new building will make a significant contribution to our strategic goal of building the infrastructure necessary to meet current and future needs.