Category: Spotlight

Exploring opportunities for growth with the UF Academy

After learning about the UF Academy from past participants, Phillips decided to join the program — an experience that helped her improve her communication skills and develop her natural skill set at work.

Read on to learn more about the UF Academy’s impact on Phillips’ professional journey.

Kristy Sasser: “Take every opportunity for knowledge and growth that is offered to you”

When UFPD Operations Manager Kristy Sasser joined the Managers Cohort, she was able to build connections and gain new perspectives on her work.

Read on to learn more about the impact the Managers Cohort had on Sasser’s professional journey.

Curiosity as a catalyst for leadership advancement with the UF Academy

Curious about UF’s administrative workings, Otto joined the UF Academy in 2019, a choice he describes as the most powerful experience of his career.

2024 Superior Accomplishment Awards recognize outstanding and meritorious service

Twenty staff and faculty members representing a wide range of experience and hailing from UF locations throughout Florida were recognized for their outstanding service in a ceremony held yesterday at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. 

Cultivating leadership competencies to help advance UF’s mission

When Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives David Reed, Ph.D., joined the ALAP program, he expanded his institutional knowledge and network of colleagues, gaining the skills needed to significantly contribute to the advancement of the University of Florida. 

Service Recognition celebration honors longtime UF staff

Last month, UF staff who celebrated 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 continuous years of service at UF in 2023 gathered for a special event in their honor. One of the honorees was Glinda Burnett, administrative specialist at the UF Entomology and Nematology Department, who at 50 years at UF had the longest tenure commemorated during the event.

Astrobiologist Amy Williams shows young women in STEM that the sky is the limit

Lying in the bed of her parents’ pickup truck in 1990s South Carolina, marveling at meteor showers across the night sky, a grade-school Amy Williams would often wonder: “Is there another variety of little girl out there, looking back and wondering if she’s also alone in the universe?”

Today, Williams, Ph.D., dedicates her life to exploring that childhood question, as an astrobiologist and assistant geology professor at the University of Florida. Her groundbreaking research, examining signs of ancient life on Mars, has already brought her closer to an answer.

Dr. Rachel DiSesa: “I have a better toolbox to represent UF as a science communicator”

Rachel DiSesa, Ph.D., partially credits her successes to the University of Florida’s Employee Education Program, or EEP.

WUFT team wins Florida Government Productivity Award

Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Council of 100 and the state of Florida awarded a Florida Government Productivity Award to the WUFT / Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) team, composed of UF College of Journalism and Communications Division of Media Properties Executive Director Randy Wright, Chief Meteorologist and FPREN Director Jeff George, and Senior Multimedia Meteorologist Megan Borowski.

Taylor Munson: “I would not be where I am today without the EEP”

Taylor Munson began her journey with the University of Florida as a volunteer at UF Health Jacksonville. Just over four years later, she now works as a clinical research coordinator III in the department of Emergency Medicine Research and holds a master’s degree from the University of North Florida — successes she credits in part to UF’s Employee Education Program, or EEP.

Read on to learn more about her experience with the program.

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