What is your current job title and responsibilities (please make sure we know your College, Department, etc.)?
Administrative Coordinator, Division of Administration and Finance, Office of the Vice President and CFO. I help with the university’s United Way Campaign and division events, initiatives, and processes. In addition, I serve as the staff advisor for two student organizations, Habitat for Humanity and the Secular Student Alliance, and am involved in expanding the scope of UCF’s diversity conversations to include the secular and religious minority communities.
Outside of UCF I serve as the leader of BE. Orlando, a philanthropy and diversity oriented social organization, as a volunteer event leader with Hands On Orlando, and as a volunteer at various agencies.
What is your history at UCF? (past job titles, responsibilities)
I have served in the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance since 2004, beginning as an Office Manager and being promoted to Coordinator in 2008.
What is your favorite UCF memory?
Serving on the planning committee for World Blood Donor Day 2012 – UCF hosted the first WBDD event ever held in Central Florida – an aerial photo of a “human blood drop.” The event didn’t draw the number of participants we had hoped, but it was a wonderful outreach opportunity to promote the importance of blood donorship. Thank you to everyone who supported that event – and thank you to everyone who attends the regular blood drives hosted by OneBlood at the UCF Student Union.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
Establish an office to track and guide philanthropic giving at UCF (support of external agencies). A preliminary report documents that in 2012 our faculty, staff, and students contributed in excess of $3.7 million to local agencies (combined monetary contributions and service hours calculated at minimum wage). Our university is a wonderful neighbor to our community and has a significant “kindness footprint” – and that story should be captured, measured, and shared as one of the many demonstrations of UCF’s leadership and world impact. In addition, we ask our faculty and staff to be involved in a number of university-wide philanthropy events (United Way, Heart Walk, Relay for Life, etc.). Resources such as a common calendar of major events would help individuals with planning their giving as well as assist our managers as they consider potential investment of personnel hours in these important university initiatives.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Have a personal mission statement that informs, focuses, and balances your professional and personal actions.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
A food that goes with just about everything – Jalapenos!
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
A bat house or other simple structure or garden to promote connectivity with and respect for our natural world.
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
A group of key folks in diversity leadership roles across campus for a round-table discussion about the university’s culture of inclusiveness.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
Judy Monroe – thank you for your equanimity, leadership, guidance, and sage advice. And homemade flan, German chocolate cake, pecan pie….
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
Dr. Erik Nordenhaug, Philosophy Professor. His support and encouragement of students in their ambitions to impact the world in a positive way continue to inspire today, 20 years later. He also awarded several of the early Philosophy students a Certificate of Socratic Ignorance, which I display as a reminder to continue learning and questioning.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
As an undergraduate, serving on the student leadership team that established a philosophical debate group (PDG) student organization. This was a wonderful minor initiation to team and event management, planning, fundraising, and the sense of accomplishment when you bring people together to bridge differences and create opportunity for others to contribute and grow. Several of the founding members and advising faculty are still in touch (almost time for our 20th reunion party!) – lasting relationships grew from working together to make a difference.