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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.