Posted on Aug 24, 2012

Renovated Lounge Wows College Faculty & Staff During Opening Week

Renovated Lounge Wows College Faculty & Staff During Opening Week

On August 21, 2012 as part of the University of South Florida College of Nursing’s annual Opening Week activities, Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health and Dean of the College of Nursing, led a ribbon-cutting to thunderous applause as she officially opened the newly renovated faculty & staff lounge.

“The College environment and culture is critical to the collaborative education and research that is a hallmark of the USF College of Nursing. We are happy to start this school year with newly renovated spaces that will continue to inspire that collaborative spirit,” said Dr. Morrison-Beedy during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Your success made this possible, so enjoy. You all deserve it.”

Anne Philips, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Administrative Affairs at the USF College of Nursing, proudly talked about the newest renovations in the USF College of Nursing building during her Opening Week presentation. She noted that renovations such as these are in a special budget category that can not be used for other purposes, and as such did not effect our efforts in hiring a record number of faculty and staff this year.

 “Administrative Affairs is my passion, and it is much more than just budgets, and Human Resources. We are responsible for all Infrastructure Optimization at the USF College of Nursing,” said Ms. Phillips. “The bricks we are building with make up the foundation of the college, the infrastructure is the furnishings, the plumbing, the paint… the new lounge is just that. It is so rewarding for us to see the plans turned into this fabulous reality. This is really and inviting space where faculty and staff can collaborate for success!”

Faculty and staff slowly walked through and marveled at the renovated space. The lounge incorporates a former stand alone classroom, which now will be effective meeting space and expand the lounge are when not in use, maximizing the functionality of both spaces.

Faculty and staff were inspired to write their impressions of the space on a white board in the classroom section.

For complete pictures of the lounge Ribbon Cutting and renovations see the Opening Week gallery and the Faculty Staff Lounge Gallery