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UVA EVP-COO Area News | May 2016
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Conference Provides On-Grounds Learning & Networking Opportunities

More than 300 staff members from across the University came together at the Darden School on Thursday, May 26 for this year's highly successful UVA Forward Conference. Attendees heard from University leaders in plenary sessions on topics ranging from healthy work environments to the UVA brand to faculty recruitment and retention. Breakout sessions covered everything from piloting change, compelling writing, data visualization, and negotiation to information security, cloud-based solutions, and usability testing to financial management, the new UBI tool, and re-imagining budgeting and planning.

At the Showcase of Organizational Excellence(OE) sponsored projects, attendees learned about important OE initiatives underway and asked questions of project leaders. Many staff also participated in workshops on May 27, taking full advantage of the opportunity to learn from faculty and staff here on the Grounds. Lucky winners of several raffles will keep on learning through classes in SCPS, Curry, Darden's Executive Education program, and the McIntire Business Institute. 

Thanks to the team of dedicated staff who planned the conference over many months and to their helpful colleagues who helped to execute those plans. Congratulations to the planning committee -- Tom Kim, Erika Priddy, Keith Donnelly, Kirby Armentrout, and Elizabeth Allan -- on their great success!

Congratulations to Recent Graduates

Steve Sherman, doctoral intern in Compliance, received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from UVA's Curry School of Education. Steve previously received his BA from Duke University and his MBA from UVA's Darden School of Business. Congratulations to Steve on reaching this milestone.

Interim Compliance and Privacy Officer for the Medical Center Annette Norton received her BA in Healthcare Administration from Mary Baldwin College. Annette previously received her AS in Business Administration from Piedmont Virginia Community College. We are proud of Annette for completing each degree while working full-time.

Kudos for a Job Well Done on Finals Weekend 2016

The Lawn may have been wet and the skies cloudy on May 21 and 22, but thousands of graduating students and their families and friends were elated to mark this special occasion together in the heart of the Grounds. Hundreds of staff members from across the University -- many of them from our operational units -- worked hard to ensure that the graduating students and guests would experience a weekend to remember. With the scaffolding down and the construction fencing (temporarily) removed from the Rotunda, the Class of 2016 enjoyed the procession from the north end of the Lawn, with some members of the graduating class marching down the Rotunda steps.

Kudos to all of the staff and faculty members who contributed to the successful events. It takes an Academical Village to pull off such an amazing weekend! 

Wahoo Fitbit Challenge Stats

  • 9,336 Fitbits distributed
  • 8,148 completed the challenge as of mid-May, final tally expected to be closer to 8,500
  • 8,601,370 minutes exercised
  • 4,528,619,272 total steps tracked -- That's enough steps to walk around the globe SEVEN TIMES!
Erin Erickson, Elizabeth Carey, and David King from UHR's Total Rewards team recently presented at a CUPA conference on Total Rewards: Physical, Financial, and Social Wellness and Why It's Important in the Workplace.

Employee Profile
Lucian Mirra, Emergency Management Coordinator

An Earlysville native, Emergency Management Coordinator Lucian Bass currently lives in Charlottesville. He studied Political Science and Leadership at Christopher Newport University and later earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from UVA's Curry School of Education. Between his undergraduate and graduate school years, Lucian worked as a firefighter and paramedic. He is a nationally-registered paramedic and certified fire/ EMS instructor.

What brought you to UVA and how long have you worked here?  I am a proud Charlottesville native and grew up around UVA. After working several years as a firefighter/paramedic in northern Virginia, the opportunity presented itself to apply to the Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program at Curry. Part of this program involves an internship, and because of my background and interest in emergency management, I was able to intern in the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Upon graduating in 2014, Marge Sidebottom graciously offered me a full-time position in the office.

What was your first job ever?  My first job was working at an auction house. I was basically just a set of hands — I helped set everything up before the auction, carried things up onto stage for bidding, and then took the items to the winner. It was hard work since we moved a LOT of furniture, but it helped develop my work ethic and I was driving a 20 foot box truck at 16 which came in handy when learning to drive a fire engine!

In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job.  As the Emergency Management Coordinator for the University, I am responsible for helping the institution plan, mitigate, respond, and recover from emergencies, large or small, planned or unplanned. My job also involves managing some of the University’s safety systems (such as the AED program and emergency phone program), developing and delivering trainings and exercises, and being the University’s liaison with our public safety counterparts.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area?  Where else can you eat an amazing dinner, while sitting outside enjoying a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and listening to live music? Charlottesville is has an uncanny combination of not only being one of the most beautiful places in the country, but having endless amazing restaurants and a thriving live music scene. 

What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant?  This is a difficult question for a self-proclaimed foodie! I’m going to cheat because I have a favorite dish, and a favorite restaurant. My favorite dish has to be the fried green tomato salad from Millers (which, by the way, has an excellent combination of food and music!) My favorite restaurant is Tavola in Belmont. Being both Italian and an amateur chef, I’m a pretty tough critic when it comes to Italian places, but it is by far the best Italian food I’ve had on this side of the Atlantic.

What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do?  My dad immigrated to the United States from Italy and he remained fluent in Italian his entire life. And while I know some words and phrases (the ones often uttered in frustration if you catch my drift) in Italian, I have always wanted to become fluent. Unfortunately it wasn’t offered in either high school or where I went to undergrad, but who knows, maybe I’ll put that education credit to some use here at UVA!
Who do you want to learn more about in the EVP-COO Area? Send a note to to nominate someone for next month's Employee Profile.

Prestigious Award for UVA Facilities Management

Thanks to the hard work of the team in Facilities Management's Office for Sustainability, the University has been selected to receive the APPA 2016 Sustainability Award. APPA is the professional organization for higher education facilities officers. The award recognizes the facilities management department that has integrated sustainable policies and "green" practices throughout all facets of the organization and embedded them within the educational institution. It will be presented at APPA's annual conference in Nashville this July. Congratulations to the team!

Learn more about Sustainability at UVA by visiting the Sustainability web site and subscribing to the SustainaNewsletter.  

Strategic Corporate Partners - new web site

Check out the recently-launched Strategic Corporate Partners web site to learn more about how the University and corporations develop long-term partnerships to tackle complex issues.

Accolades -- Recognizing Excellence

Dawn Reynolds, IT Manager of the UVA Foundation and Local Support Partner (LSP) was recently presented with the IT Excellence Award at the spring LSP conference. Information Technology Services (ITS) partnered with the LSP program to recognize exceptional work by LSPs in supporting the technology needs of their organization. Dawn has been with the UVA Foundation for more than 20 years and oversees both the Foundation's IT platforms along with those at The Boar's Head.

Four staff members were awarded the Spotlight on Excellence Awards by the Organizational Excellence office this month: Martin Braun from the Cancer Center/ School of Medicine,  Stacey Hughes from ExecTech, Jack Parker from Mail Services, and Jessica Rafter from the Managerial Reporting Project. Chris Prue from ExecTech and Kathy Halvorsen from the French Department were recognized with the same award in February. Read more about all of the Spotlight on Excellence recipients on the OE site and consider nominating one of your colleagues for this recognition.

Annual Password Reset    

By now, you’ve probably heard about the new requirement to change your Eservices/permanent password once per year. Messages to the 31,000+ folks who haven’t changed their passwords in 2016 went out on Tuesday, April 26.  Don’t worry if you missed it. You will receive NetBadge and email reminders when it’s time for you to change. If you want to take care of it right now, you can start on the ITSWeb homepage. There’s a link under “Change Your Password.”

Email Consolidation Project

Also referred to as the “Retirement of the Central Mail Service (CMS),” this project is now complete. Final migrations took place in May and the twenty-one year-old CMS was deactivated on May 23. CMS users migrated to the UVA Central Exchange Service had all of their CMS messages moved with their CMS folder structure intact. With the retirement of the CMS, we have a single, centrally-supported email system.

Route 29 Construction and Shuttle

On May 22, major traffic patterns at the Rio Road/ Route 29 intersection took effect as part of the Route 29 Solutions project. Check out for detailed information and updates. Information about a new “29 Express” commuter shuttle service operated by JAUNT between the Forest Lakes/ Hollymead area and the University is available online at

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