Retirement Farewell

A special thanks to those who have served the USF St. Petersburg community

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have not had the opportunity to give a proper send-off to faculty and staff who have recently retired. Our university is a community, and as Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock has said many times, “It is the people who make USF St. Petersburg such a special place.”

Thanks to all those who have dedicated their time, energy and passion to generations of students and for this university and campus community of ours. We wish you the best in your future endeavors. Find below brief bios on those who have retired during the spring and summer 2020 semesters, and read about their contributions to USF St. Petersburg.

Tim Lane – Campus Postal Manager, 30 Years

Winter holiday postal seasons appropriately provide bookends to the career of Tim Lane, Campus Postal Manager. From December 1989 to January 2020, Tim logged 30 years of impeccable service to the USF St. Petersburg community. Neither hurricanes, deadly heat, power outages, nor golf cart breakdowns could stop Tim from ensuring that campus mail was delivered intact and on time.

In his early years, Tim facilitated the USF courier van that connected daily mail service between the campuses. An afternoon delivery could include a film that a professor was showing in class a few hours later. Or a packet of purchase orders hand-carried for immediate attention. Or delicate yet heavy equipment destined for Marine Science laboratories.

Tim’s responsibilities grew as USF evolved. He was assigned Central Receiving duties, increased departmental bulk mailings, and the annual property inventory. The Mail Room staff was small but dedicated – and thrived under Tim’s vigilance and precision. Additionally, Tim developed effective office procedures to ensure accuracy and accountability. Tim received awards for excellence in service in both 1999 and 2006.

Tim receiving a years of service award during the 2010 faculty and staff awards luncheon.

Tim receiving a years of service award during the 2010 faculty and staff awards luncheon.

Rising before the sun, Tim was always among the first staff members to arrive on campus. As an early-bird himself, it is not surprising that Tim is a life-long bird-watcher. He also helped injured birds found on campus. With an artist’s eye, Tim loves photography and working with ceramics. He is an expert bowler. But many of his fortunate campus colleagues are privy to another of his skills: Tim makes the best brownies on the planet! He has promised to keep those brownies coming. And, true to form, Tim will personally “deliver” them, once campus is reopened.

Diane McKinstry – Psychologist, Director of Student Achievement, 30 Years

Dr. Diane McKinstry has been a valued member of the USF St. Petersburg community for 30 years, and will be greatly missed by students and colleagues alike. Her passion for helping others, keen insight on research and assessment and her ability to find sound and practical solutions to complex issues has been a major benefit to the campus community.

Diane was appointed as a Psychologist in 1990 and during her tenure she has served in numerous roles, including:

  • Director of Assessment & Special Projects and Student Ombuds
  • Director, Student Achievement
  • Director, Academic Success Center and Student Affairs Research and Assessment
  • Director of Divisional Assessment and Effectiveness
  • Associate Director of Student Affairs
  • Director of Counseling & Career Services
Diane being recognized by then Regional Chancellor Karen White at 2007 faculty and staff luncheon.

Diane (left) being recognized by then Regional Chancellor Karen White at 2007 faculty and staff luncheon.

Diane taught courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and the Leadership Studies department. She served as lead for two multi-million-dollar grants: TRIO Student Support Services Grant and as the Principle Investigator for the American Higher Education Lead, Learn, Serve Grant. She has also been an active participant and advocate of the Center for Civic Engagement and worked on the committee to secure Carnegie Classification for the Center. A reliable supporter of countless student projects and civic engagement opportunities, she was always eager to be part of the contingent representing USF St. Petersburg in the annual MLK Jr. Parade.

Diane is eager to dive into creative art endeavors, teach her cat some new tricks and catch up on the gardening she loves so much. In fact, she is a certified master gardener. She will undoubtedly also continue to contribute to our local community through her various civic interests and passions.

Virginia Champion – Head of Access Services, 28 Years

Virginia Champion worked at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library for 28 years. She moved upwards through the ranks, earned her Master of Library Science, and ultimately became the head of the Access Services Department. As head of this department, she hired, mentored, and bid farewell to a generation of library assistants who have since become new librarians elsewhere.

Virginia was responsible for the integration of new information technologies and electronic formats of circulation and interlibrary loan services and operations.  She also coordinated the efficient and effective operation of various units, facilitated understanding among staff of the procedures and objectives of the library and worked with other library departments and staff to plan and provide quality service to students and the public.

Virginia kept a wall of photos of all the people who she worked with, surrounding herself with our library community. Virginia’s Halloween costumes were fierce, her READ posters were eclectic, her coffee was large and ice cold, her spirit was dedicated, empowering and will be missed by all.

Jay Sokolovsky – Professor of Anthropology, 26 Years

During his quarter century at USF St. Petersburg, Dr. Jay Sokolovsky was instrumental in building the Anthropology program that produced thousands of graduates during his time. He came to USF St. Petersburg from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he had established its Anthropology program and served as its head for 18 years. After arriving at USF St. Petersburg, he advocated for the formation of departments and served as chair for the Department of Society, Culture and Language (2006-2011, 2015-2017).

Jay is a leading expert on aging, culture and health and has received research support from UNESCO, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Institute for Mental Health. His research interests ranged from the anthropology of aging to globalization of indigenous Mexico. He also documented through video the rise of community gardens in New York City, curing techniques of a West African healer and ethnic communities in the Tampa Bay area. He has performed research in a Mexican indigenous community, New York City, Baltimore, Florida’s Tampa Bay region, the new town of Columbia, Maryland, Croatia and England. Shortly after arriving at USF St. Petersburg, he began working with the nearby African American community with historian Ray Arsenault and received Florida Humanities Council funding to create the Olive B. McLin Community History Project and website.

Jay participating in the 2009 Spring Commencement.

Jay participating in the 2009 Spring Commencement.

Much of his career was spent demonstrating the importance of anthropology in dealing with health issues related to homelessness, schizophrenia, dementia and chronic diseases. He is the author of numerous articles and five books, including the award-winning volume “The Cultural Context of Aging.” The fourth edition of this book was published in June 2020. His book “Indigenous Mexico Engages the 21st Century” was the first fully multimedia-enabled book in anthropology, allowing readers to view daily activities and rituals, and giving students the opportunity to interact with individuals in the community via social media. This work earned him the Textor Award for Anticipatory Anthropology given by the American Anthropological Association for his pioneering research and publications.

He was exceptionally active in weaving connections between the university and the local community. Jay organized the OPEN Community Garden event and connected students with local organizations such as the Olive B. McLin  Project, the Saturday Morning Market and Creative Clay. He was awarded the USF St. Petersburg Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and the Faculty Civic Engagement Award in 2018.

Outside of academia, Jay can often be found training young players on the tennis courts. He remains active in the local tennis scene, serving on the board and as the first president of the St. Petersburg Tennis Center in South St. Pete. He is also a member of the Pinellas Country ACLU board and has been engaged with encouraging city government and community groups to promote urban agriculture. As a newly designated professor emeritus, he expects to remain active on the campus and continue to ask important questions at university gatherings.

Douglas Maczis – Manager of Fiscal and Business Administration, 26 Years

Doug Maczis has been a calm, effective presence on campus since 1994. He began his service as a clerk in the Campus Bookstore, where he eventually rose to store manager. Always listening to students, Doug expanded the store inventory to include USF-themed apparel and memorabilia. Many new items were related to varsity sports, especially the University’s emerging football team. In this role, Doug‘s exceptional performance merited him a Quiet Quality Award in 1997 and an Excellence in Service Award in 2000.

Doug’s managerial expertise eventually landed him a program assistant position in Physical Plant, now called Facilities Services. In the words of a colleague, he became the cornerstone of that department, and was ultimately promoted to Office Manager. Doug’s keen ability to juggle both administrative and fiscal processes served the department well. He oversaw budget, payroll, and purchasing while providing invaluable counsel to colleagues regarding complex University policies.

While Doug’s work in Facilities Services was often behind-the-scenes, the Mazcis name has been prominent on campus. His wife Joneen anchored Student Affairs and then the Kate Tiedemann College of Business until her retirement in 2018. Son Justin served as a dispatcher in the University Police Department for a time.

Doug’s easy-going and patient demeanor perfectly suits his other favored occupation: fishing. It is rumored that Doug and Joneen are heading to their rustic cabin in Georgia. And, apparently, Doug has already been quick to scouting teeming, tranquil fishing spots.

Patricia Pettijohn – Head, Collection Development & Technical Services, 19 Years

Patricia Pettijohn began her librarian career in 2000 as Acquisitions Librarian at Rollins College, moved to become Research Librarian at the USF Florida Mental Health Library in 2001, and then became Head, Collection Development and Technical Services at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library in 2005. Much of her work was unseen by many in the university, but was essential in ensuring that faculty and students had access to print and electronic collections available through the library. She nurtured generations of librarians in the field of collections.

Patricia was also active in supporting the university’s textbook affordability efforts. She co-taught a faculty workshop series to help reduce the costs of course materials and worked one-on-one with faculty to reorganize their content by promoting core affordability tenants of assigning library owned required readings, using open access materials, and promoting educational fair use.

Patricia (first row, left) as a member of the Faculty Senate in 2009.

Patricia (first row, left) as a member of the Faculty Senate in 2009.

Patricia’s passion for shared governance at USF St. Petersburg was readily apparent in her university governance activities. During the critical juncture of consolidation, Patricia was a member of the USF St. Petersburg Faculty Senate and the USF System Faculty Council.  She served on the USF Consolidation Faculty Governance Bylaws & Constitution workgroup and on the USF Consolidation Committee for the Libraries. Her work throughout the process brought clarity to issues and strengthened the voice of both USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. In 2009, Patricia was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Non-Teaching Faculty and last year, was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Academic Service.

She is especially proud that she and her spouse, Laurie Ryan, were one of the first U.S. same-sex couples to marry in Canada in 2003, following their 2001 domestic partnership in Vermont.

Bill Ruefle – Instructor of Criminology, 19 Years

Dr. Bill Ruefle began his career in 1980 and taught at universities across the country, including the University of South Carolina, University of South Alabama, Southwest Texas State University, Western Washington University, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse and Texas A&M University at Galveston. He joined USF St. Petersburg in 2001 as the only criminology faculty on campus at that time. He is an expert on local and national crime and crime-related public policy. Specifically, his research touched upon crime in St. Petersburg, gun control policy, drug control policy, juvenile curfew ordinances and criminal justice program evaluations.

Bill taught many courses in Criminology, including classes on the criminal justice system, drugs and crime, and crime analysis. In the crime analysis class, he helped students develop research projects using data obtained from the St. Petersburg Police Department. They would select a crime type and analyze its prevalence and location in the city.  They would map it out to show where these crimes were concentrated, with some of the classes able to present this information to the police department. Several of his students went on to work in the crime analysis unit in the St. Petersburg Police Department and other departments across Florida.

During his time at the university, Bill also served as a juvenile arbitrator and member of the Advisory Board for Criminal Justice Magnet Program at Pinellas Park High School. Overall, Bill made vitally important contributions to the development and running of the Criminology Program over the past 19 years, and his colleagues said it won’t be the same without him.

Kevin Cartmill – Manager of Building and Maintenance Operations, 17 Years

During his tenure at USF St. Petersburg, Kevin Cartmill rose from a custodian to a full-time maintenance mechanic to Manager of Building and Maintenance Operations. He is particularly proud of his work in developing campus recycling programs and related sustainability initiatives.

Kevin converted mops and scrubbing supplies to clean-green microfibers, provided in-house laundry and switched to environmentally-friendly hand soap and cleaning supplies. Additionally, he incorporated staff training and engaged his staff in committing to the efficient use of these products. The goal was to provide a clean and safe learning environment for the campus community.

Kevin (far left) at the groundbreaking for the Science & Technology Building in 2005.

Kevin (far left) at the groundbreaking for the Science & Technology Building in 2005.

Additionally, Kevin served on various campus committees and was a valued, “can-do” partner in the production of campus events. His good counsel and equally expert hands-on work proved essential to institutional advancement. In 2007, Kevin was given an Outstanding Staff Award, in recognition of his stellar performance. Kevin is a Vietnam veteran (Army, in an engineering company), an avid sailor, cancer survivor, Rays fan, and devoted animal lover. He and his beloved rescue dog, Lil Girl, a sweet Shih Tsu mix, look forward to travelling to Ohio to visit family as soon as it is safe. We may even catch a glimpse of him sailing around Bayboro Harbor one day!

Tanya Radabaugh – Fiscal & Business Analyst, 15 Years

Tanya Radabaugh’s tenure at USF St. Petersburg began in 2005. Her meticulous accounting proficiencies were applied first as a purchasing specialist and later as a fiscal & business analyst. Tanya’s work encompassed budget reviews, account reconciliations, data monitoring and management of fiscal resources. She also assisted departments in complying with statutes, regulations and accounting principles.

Tanya receives the 2006 Quiet Quality Recognition award.

Tanya receives the 2006 Quiet Quality Recognition award.

For a number of years, Tanya was a representative on the Staff Council, examining and communicating employee concerns to administration. Among the awards she received for her excellent work was the Outstanding Staff Award and a Quiet Quality Award.

Joan Herrera – Instructor II of Biology, 6 Years

Dr. Joan Herrera began teaching in the Biology department in 2014, after spending six years managing the natural history collection at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute. Prior to that, she taught Biology at the University of Florida and worked with the Florida Museum of Natural History.  Her research expertise is in marine biology, with a focus on echinoderms (sea stars).

She taught courses from Organic Evolution to Genetics as well as coordinated labs, where she supervised and mentored graduate students as teaching assistants. Many of her students have since matriculated to graduate and professional degree programs.

Joan is passionate about education, and about supporting student success.  She has been a strong advocate for fairness and equity, and set very high standards in her courses, challenging her students to learn, grow and achieve.

Greg Gillman – Learning and Development Facilitator, 6 Years

Greg Gillman worked for the state personnel development grant as a Check & Connect Facilitator from 2014-2020 under the College of Education, Division of K-16 Initiatives. As a Check & Connect Facilitator, Greg supported school districts across the state of Florida in implementing an evidence-based mentoring program which promotes positive outcomes for students who are at-risk of dropping out of school.

During his tenure, Greg’s strengths in building relationships made a long-lasting impact on the project and the success of students across the state. He will be missed as he enjoys retirement with his wife, two daughters and five grandchildren.