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UVA EVP-COO Area News | June 2016
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June Green Tip

UBI Early Success                             

Launched in June following a pilot in the spring, the new University Business Intelligence (UBI) reporting environment is already making a difference for its users. Visit the Managerial Reporting Project site to read about how the School of Engineering and Applied Science was able to compile a large data set in two days using UBI rather than the two weeks they projected it would take based on previous experience. Read more 

Foundation Administrators Network Launched 

The Office of the Treasurer is working to create a fresh approach to supporting foundation operations and their contribution to the overall UVA mission. Leveraging the expertise and experience of foundation leadership, the initiative is building a service-oriented framework for Foundation and University interactions, working together to strengthen the University community.
This month, the Foundation Administrators Network (FAN) was launched to provide a venue for foundation administrators to discuss opportunities for collaboration, to learn more about each foundation’s mission, and to plan how to better engage with the University. “I was talking with Cindy LaVarra of the College Foundation about this idea and she said she would be happy to work with me to launch the network,” said Phil Porter, Treasury’s Director of University-Foundation Relations. “That was music to my ears. The next thing I knew, we were putting ideas on paper, creating the name, and building an agenda for our first gathering.”
At its first meeting on June 8, leaders from almost every foundation discussed emerging opportunities to benefit from University-provided services such as adding foundation job postings on HR’s Jobs@ website, access to current procurement contract pricing, and participation in credit card rebate discounts.
For more information about FAN and University-Foundation Relations, contact Phil at

Facilities Management hosts first Girls Day event

In an effort to increase interest in construction, engineering and the building trades among young women, Facilities Management hosted its first-ever Girls Day event on June 14.

During the event -- modeled after a traditional Take Your Daughter to Work Day program – close to 40 area girls between the ages of 11-18 visited Grounds and participated in various planned activities showcasing FM’s work across the University. Groups toured the 3-D Printing Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Building, the East Chiller Plant, the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center and the Academical Village, including Hotel A, the south side of the Rotunda and Pavilion Garden IV.

Girls Day tours were hosted by the some of the University’s female leaders who spoke about what they love about their jobs and the career paths they followed. In addition, Girls Day participants were treated to a lunchtime talk by NASA Astronaut Kathryn Thornton, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, who recalled stories from her service as a veteran of four space flights.

Read more about the event here:

Employee Profile
Caitlin Murtaugh,
Facilities Planning and Construction Project Coordinator


Caitlin Murtaugh was a driving force behind this year's first Girls Day event in Facilities Management. With a background in architecture and an apprenticeship in plumbing completed, Caitlin has first-hand knowledge of the interesting careers available in the construction industry. 

What brought you to UVA and how long have you worked here?  I moved to Charlottesville to flip a house with my brother. He went to grad school at UVA and was working in Charlottesville. I had a background in architecture and I wanted to work in the construction industry. My long term goal is to be a construction project manager, but I wanted to learn the basics of construction first. So, I applied to the Plumbing Apprenticeship at UVA. I chose plumbing because I had helped my parents renovate their house and I really enjoyed the problem solving aspect of plumbing. I have worked here for five years. I completed the four year Plumbing Apprenticeship and have worked as a Project Coordinator in Facilities, Planning, and Construction for one year.

What was your first job ever? My first job was as an interior/exterior house painter in Boulder, CO. My mom’s friend owned her own painting business and hired me to work on my summer breaks from college. She had a small crew of people with various backgrounds and everyone got along really well. I enjoyed working outside every day and laughing/joking with my co-workers. It was rewarding to see how great the house would look once we were finished.  

In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job.  I am a liaison between the construction project team and the UVA community. I coordinate construction activity with the UVA community that will be affected by it.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area? I love all the outdoor activities available in the area. I have a five-year-old black lab and I love to take him running on the Rivanna Trail. I've lived in several different areas of Charlottesville and each time I move, I am able to find a great trail near a stream or river.

What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant? I really enjoy The Whiskey Jar. They have good music and great food and drinks. I like to get the BBQ sandwich.

What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do? I would like to learn to play the guitar. I recently tried to teach myself, but it was much more difficult than I expected. I am not great at practicing on my own, so I would need to take lessons. I have a lot of respect for musicians.
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