Two USF College of Public Health employees are recipients of the Staff Senate Quiet Quality Award for the spring semester. According to the award website, the campus-wide recognition honors Bulls for their “conscientiousness, professional manner/positive attitude/interpersonal relationships, work performance, responsibilities, team-oriented, and suggestions for improving the USF experience.”
Lisa Sleek possesses rare qualities, to be sure. She’s not only a Tampa native, but the daughter of two others, as well.
She also is a “USF lifer,” so to speak. After earning a pair of supervision and management certificates at the university, she went to work here and never left.
In her 21 years at USF, Lisa has been a senior word processing operator, an office assistant, a program assistant, an office manager and a staff assistant in the College of Public Health, her current position. In that capacity, she provides support to Community and Family Health faculty, staff and students in regard to travel, purchasing, event organization assistance, general office support and, she adds, “of course, the five percent ‘other’ duties.”
When she arrived in the CFH office after several other stops on campus, she felt she finally was where she really belonged.
“I remember that about a week after starting my position in CFH,” she said, “I went home and told my husband I was ‘home.’ My first job at USF was in the College of Medicine, and I have worked in USF administration, as well as the College of Education.
“By far, this is the best department in the best college at USF. The work being done in CFH is inspiring, so much so that my youngest daughter has decided to pursue a Bachelor of Health Education and Human Behavior degree and a Master of Public Health degree. I guess hearing about all the great things being done in CFH and knowing our awesome faculty were motivating factors!”
Sleek said she was taken by surprise with the award – not just in receiving it, but in learning of it. What had been scheduled as a meeting with a physical plant employee in a colleague’s office turned out to be something else entirely.
“When I came around the corner to her office, there were CFH faculty, staff and students standing around waiting for me. The Staff Senate president presented me with the award and a copy of the nomination,” she recalled. “Of course, there was no one there from physical plant!”
Roushine Thomas is admissions coordinator for the College of Public Health, processing all applications to the college. A native of Mount Vernon, N.Y., she also is busy working on a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology. Her work and her studies are both full-time activities. She previously worked for the Florida Department of Health as a sexually transmitted diseases investigator.
“Working for the College of Public Health is great,” Thomas said. “We have outstanding students, faculty and staff. There are many here I would say are like family to me. COPH is a great atmosphere for learning, and when you’re here, it feels like home.”
“Since she started about one year ago, she has speeded up [application processing] exponentially, and carries it out flawlessly,” Wolfe-Quintero wrote in her nomination letter. “Everything is accurate, all details are taken care of, students get all of their questions answered immediately, and everyone is beyond satisfied with the service Roushine provides.”
“Balancing work and going to school full-time is very hard,” Thomas said, “but I make it work. My lunch time is spent at my desk most of the time and is usually dedicated to doing my homework or taking a test. Being that I am in a program that is fully online, it works out perfectly for me.”
Thomas said she plans to soon transfer to USF for her degree, and after graduation, hopes to seek a career with the FBI “or any government agency that will allow me to work and evaluate the behavior and mindset of criminals.”
Sleek and Thomas will formally receive their awards in June.
Story by Infiniti Mincey and David Brothers. Photo by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health