Service Recognition celebration honors longtime UF staff

Melissa Curry

Chief Operating Officer Charlie Lane, Ph.D., and Interim Vice President for Human Resources Melissa Curry hosted a staff appreciation reception at the Earl and Christy Powell University House in February. The event honored staff who celebrated 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 continuous years of service at UF in 2022.

“While we often hear about the quality of our students and the contributions of our faculty, we know that the university does not run without high quality and dedicated staff members such as yourselves,” said Curry. “I am so proud of what university staff members do, who we are and what we are about.”

Janet Malphurs

As part of her opening remarks, Curry celebrated Janet Malphurs, UF/IFAS HR manager, who at 45 years at UF had the longest tenure commemorated during the event.

“Thank you, Janet, for letting us walk down memory lane,” said Curry after highlighting some of the main events that happened in 1977, when Malphurs joined UF.

John (Jay) Schnedl

UF Information Technology Analyst John (Jay) Schnedl was present at the event celebrating 25 years at the University of Florida.

“It was a great honor to attend such a special event,” said Schnedl. “Thank you to all the event organizers and to The University of Florida for recognizing each of the honorees with a wonderful dinner, hospitality and award.”

Deadra Harvey, executive assistant for the Vice President for Business Affairs, who celebrated 35 years of continuous service at the University of Florida, reflected on her time at the university and the opportunities that helped her along the way.

Deadra Harvey

“It has been an amazing journey, building a professional career as an employee of the university,” said Harvey. “I have been afforded great opportunities from several UF departments, and each experience enhanced my marketability providing steppingstones to the next level. Through unwavering faith, strong work ethnics and a willingness to master new skills, I have surpassed personal and professional goals reaching higher heights in my career.”

Congratulations to all the honorees. Your hard work and dedication push the University of Florida to greater heights.

Below are a few images of the event.