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Dean of Students Joy Pufhal leaves university to pursue new career challenges

USM Free Press News Feed - Wed, 2016-08-10 13:05

By Jonathan Pessant

Dean of Students Joy Pufhal has left the University of Southern Maine in search of new career challenges.

Pufhal, who has been at USM since August 2000, stated that when she began working at the university, she thought she would only be around for three years. However, she found that USM offered her a lot of room to grow and develop herself, which in turn made her want to remain as the dean of students.

Pufhal started as a graduate assistant because she needed housing while she attended  the University of Maine School of Law. Within a year, Pufhal had a full-time position working in Residential Life in Portland Hall, which she claimed was an “an urban refuge for students” on Congress Street. Along the way, she challenged herself by applying for next-level positions within the university.

During her time here, she was able to progress and grow by serving as dean of students, a position held since 2013. Over the course of her sixteen-year career, she held a variety of titles, including assistant director of Community Standards, chief of staff of Student and University Life, Title IX coordinator and executive director of Campus Life.

“Honestly, the opportunities that I’ve had professionally here and the ability to transition from one role to the next when I’ve needed new challenges… this is why I’ve been here sixteen years,” Pufhal stated.

Her adherence to keep challenging herself was not lost when she attained her goal of becoming a University-level Dean. Pufhal reflected that she still has at least thirty years of work ahead of her, and the challenge of a new position at a different university in a new state would be right for her career.

Many factors were integral to her decision to leave her position as dean of students. Pufhal admitted that she searched for the university-level position first, then the school and lastly the location. But she claimed she was intrigued by the prospect of working in a different part of the country, as the majority of her professional career has been  at USM and in Maine.

Her new career milestone will be working as dean of Student Life at Ferris State University, located in Big Rapids, MI. Her departure will leave a gap at USM, one that will be filled permanently within the year. During this time, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Nancy Griffin has hired an interim dean of students through a national registry that locates temporary high-level university positions.

The interim dean of students will be David McKenzie from California State University-Fullerton, where he was an assistant dean of students. While Griffin didn’t offer what the permanent dean of students search committee’s preferred qualifications would be, she did say McKenzie had a lot of experience with minority students. There will be a two day overlap between the deans when McKenzie begins his tenure on Aug. 1.

Sarah Holmes, assistant dean of students and deputy Title IX coordinator, assured that Pufhal’s departure will give the Dean of Students Office an opportunity to do some evaluation and examine where to work together and figure out where to go from here.

“This will be a great opportunity to see what we’re doing here at USM, what we’re doing well at Student Life, and where we can improve upon,” Holmes said. She explained that at the end of the day, the most important thing is to make sure that the support which the Dean of Students Office provides for students remains uninterrupted.

 

Networkmaine Maintenance - Aug 14, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-08-10 10:34
Where:
When: Aug 14, 2016 05:00am
Expected Duration: 4hrs
Scope:

Summary:
During the maintenance window networking equipment will be upgraded affecting the following services.

Portland DC (partial outage)
Bowdoin College (reduced service)

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time

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Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE *** Aug 09, 2016

Outages - Tue, 2016-08-09 06:12
Finished at 6:03, improved signal strength on one pair by ~3 dBm, we will
continue to monitor.

On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 9:01 AM, wrote:

> Where: Orono *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE ***
> When: Aug 09, 2016 5:00AM
> Expected Duration: 1hr
> Scope: Neville Hall
>
> Summary:
> Neville will lose connectivity intermittently during the window
> due to switch transceiver replacements. This is to troubleshoot an
> intermittently bouncing link.
>
>
> Details:
>
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info during the window for this work:
> jasonm@maine.edu
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact [...]

Networkmaine Maintenance - UMF Aug 09, 2016

Outages - Mon, 2016-08-08 16:25
Where: UMF
When: Aug 09, 2016 5:00PM
Expected Duration: 5hrs
Scope: UMF Incoming/Outgoing phone service

Summary:
Maintenance will be performed on UMF campus that will affect incoming/outgoing phone service for UMF campus starting at 5:00PM. All efforts will be made to minimize impact but periodic outages are expected as phone lines are moved to new equipment. UMF based UTSC agents should not be affected as they are IP telephony based. [...]

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono Data Center - Neville Hall Aug 14, 2016

Outages - Mon, 2016-08-08 09:35
Where: Orono Data Center - Neville Hall
When: Aug 14, 2016 7:00PM
Expected Duration: 3hrs
Scope: VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vc5.its.maine.edu)

Summary:
Upgrade VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vc5.its.maine.edu) from version 5.1 to version 6.0. During this time the vSphere desktop application and web client will be unavailable.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
dco@maine.edu

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE *** Aug 09, 2016

Outages - Mon, 2016-08-08 09:01
Where: Orono *** EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE ***
When: Aug 09, 2016 5:00AM
Expected Duration: 1hr
Scope: Neville Hall

Summary:
Neville will lose connectivity intermittently during the window due to switch transceiver replacements. This is to troubleshoot an intermittently bouncing link.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time

Re: US:IT Maintenance - Orono July 24th, 2016 - Shibboleth SSO - Late Announcement

Outages - Sun, 2016-08-07 09:29
Testing with the new IdP this morning went well. It has been promoted
to Production status.
Please let the US:IT Sysadmins team, myself in particular, know if
anything fails to authenticate, and we'll have somebody look into it.

On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 5:04 PM, Drew Northup wrote:
> This has been rescheduled for this upcoming Sunday. No actual
> interruption of service is expected.
>
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 10:19 AM, Drew Northup wrote:
>>
>> Where: US:IT Orono Datacenter
>> When: 5:00 AM - 7:00 AM
>> Expected Duration: Most likely less [...]

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - UMM and UM Campuses Aug 07, 2016

Outages - Sun, 2016-08-07 06:40
This maintenance will be postponed to a later date.

On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 5:05 PM, Lucas Wood wrote:

> Where: UMM and UM Campuses
> When: Aug 07, 2016 5a
> Expected Duration: 2hrs
> Scope: Campus Switches
>
> Summary:
> The following switches will be upgraded to a newer version:
>
> UMM:
> cat-m-torrey-idf1
> cat-m-torrey-idf2
>
> UM:
> cat-o-south-stevens-bdf1
> cat-o-stevens-bdf1
> cat-o-stevens-bdf2
> cat-o-yorkvillage-idfa
> cat-o-yorkvillage-idfe
> cat-o-yorkvillage-idff1
> cat-o-yorkvillage-idff2
> cat-o-yorkvillage-idfg
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info:
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> [...]

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono Aug 05, 2016

Outages - Fri, 2016-08-05 07:30
this maintenance has been completed.

On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 3:20 PM, John Scofield wrote:

> Where: Orono
> When: Aug 05, 2016 0600
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: Libby Hall
>
> Summary:
> Emergency maintenance - management access has been lost to Libby
> switches. They will undergo a reboot to remedy the situation.
>
> Networkmaine Contact Info:
> NOC 561-3587
>
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown at this time
>

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono Aug 05, 2016

Outages - Thu, 2016-08-04 15:20
Where: Orono
When: Aug 05, 2016 0600
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: Libby Hall

Summary:
Emergency maintenance - management access has been lost to Libby switches. They will undergo a reboot to remedy the situation.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time

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Networkmaine Maintenance - UMM and UM Campuses Aug 07, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-08-03 17:05
Where: UMM and UM Campuses
When: Aug 07, 2016 5a
Expected Duration: 2hrs
Scope: Campus Switches

Summary:
The following switches will be upgraded to a newer version:

UMM:
cat-m-torrey-idf1
cat-m-torrey-idf2

UM:
cat-o-south-stevens-bdf1
cat-o-stevens-bdf1
cat-o-stevens-bdf2
cat-o-yorkvillage-idfa
cat-o-yorkvillage-idfe
cat-o-yorkvillage-idff1
cat-o-yorkvillage-idff2
cat-o-yorkvillage-idfg

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time

Networkmaine Maintenance - UM,USM,UMF,UMM,UMPI,DMC Aug 10, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-08-03 11:05
Where: UM,USM,UMF,UMM,UMPI,DMC
When: Aug 10, 2016 5:00AM
Expected Duration: 1hr
Scope: UM,USM,UMF,UMM,UMPI,DMC Wireless

Summary:
Wireless controller software upgrades, users will experience about 10 minutes of downtime during the maintenance window.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time

Networkmaine Maintenance - Rockland Center Aug 10, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-08-03 11:02
Where: Rockland Center
When: Aug 10, 2016 5:00AM
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: Rockland Center

Summary:
Router software upgrade

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time

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