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Three CBCS Staff Receive 2014 USF Outstanding Staff Awards
The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is proud to announce that three internal candidates were selected as university-wide recipients of the 2014 USF Outstanding Staff Awards. Alberto Delgado (Dean's Office), Gail Smith (School of Aging Studies), and Keri Uravich (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders) have all demonstrated excellence in their jobs and a willingness to go above and beyond in helping co-workers, faculty, and students. The Awards Ceremony was held on April 9, 2015 in the USF School of Music Concert Hall
Congratulations to all.
Building and Security Assistant
Alberto Delgado has served the faculty and staff of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences in many ways during his time as a building and security assistant. From furniture repair to key distribution, he brings a "greater level of technical proficiency" to the building team, says Patricia Cleveland, Assistant Director.
"Alberto is primarily responsible making sure our classrooms are set-up and ready to go for our students and instructors. This is a huge job," says Cleveland. "Alberto has such an optimistic attitude. He always has a smile on his face and is constantly assisting others."
Dr. Brianne Stanback, an Instructor in the School of Aging Studies, adds that Delgado's work goes beyond the classroom. "Mr. Delgado has helped my classes and all the special events I coordinate run well. He has solved any range of technical issues, brought extra white boards, and reconfigured rooms, sometimes on short notice."
Delgado continually ensures classrooms and offices are ready for use across CBCS and does so with ease and optimism. In his 5 years as a part of CBCS, Alberto has become an irreplaceable part of the team.
Coordinator of Faculty and Student Services
School of Aging Studies
As the sole advisor for the School of Aging Studies, Gail Smith has her hands full. She has been with the School of Aging Studies for more than 25 years, serving in both the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. She constantly advises students, helps develop tracking forms for majors and minors, and serves as a liaison between faculty and students while being mindful of the impact she has during her individual sessions.
CBCS Associate Dean Dr. Catherine Batsche commends Smith for her detailed tracking and placement of students in courses that fill multiple requirements, helping students to graduate on-time and without unnecessary credits.
"Upon assuming the advising responsibilities for the Behavioral Healthcare major, Ms. Smith completely revitalized all the major information and degree audit forms that students are given," said Batsche, thus creating a more streamlined process.
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Keri Uravich joined the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders in 2013, where she helped fill a desperate need for an advisor to nearly 500 undergraduate students.
"Keri has been indispensable from the moment she arrived," says Dr. Jennifer Lister, CSD professor and Interim Chair. "I have seen Keri go to great lengths for students. She is always accessible to them but also takes time to brainstorm new ideas with me."
Andrea Smith, Co-Undergraduate Program Director and Interpreter Training Program Director in CSD also has the highest praise for Uravich. "She maintains a positive and supportive attitude in every interaction she has. She is innovative and works collaboratively to resolve issues quickly and efficiently."
"I don't know how she does it," says Lister, "but she does it all with grace."