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This article was originally published in the March 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

Great institutions are characterized by their ability to develop cutting-edge programs that lead to new knowledge and applications, which can transform our ideas and our society. Such programs can only grow and succeed in an environment where we can work effectively together and move forward energetically and without hesitation. The encouraging success of our programs in recent years has been largely due to the remarkable ability of our dedicated faculty and staff from a wide variety of departments and centers, both inside and outside the college, and we are indebted to them for their immeasurable commitment to CLAS and UF.

We are often more fortunate than we realize—by having staff members who are dedicated to the institution and to high quality workmanship, and who take pride in their part of the successes of our academic accomplishments. As struggling scientists, devoted scholars or frustrated administrators, we have projects that need to be completed on time and of the highest quality. It is often the willingness of our staff to go the extra mile and add the finishing touches that make the difference between success and just another effort.

Our staff members will soon have an opportunity to voice their opinions about campus life in a survey that President Bernie Machen is implementing. I encourage all staff to complete this confidential survey and provide your candid feedback. It will be mailed to you in late March, and you will have until April 15 to anonymously submit it. Machen has stated that the faculty survey conducted last year was very helpful in assessing the campus climate. With your participation, we can make similar progress in identifying both strengths we need to sustain our college and areas which need improvement.



Neil Sullivan

Jane Dominguez

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