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UF Law staff members awarded service pins, recognition

Published: February 11th, 2013

Category: News


UF Law staff members, from left, Ron Perry, Michelle Ocepek, Christopher Ambrose, Lena Hinson, Kari Mattox, Robert Horn, Minnie Lindsey, Theresa Sturzenbecker and Trudi Reid are joined by Dean Robert Jerry in a ceremony recognizing their service. (Photo by Elise Giordano)

By Elise Giordano
Student writer

Dean Robert Jerry awarded UF Law staff members service pins during a recognition ceremony held in the Rare Book room on Thursday.

Lena Hinson and Robert Horn were awarded 25-year-pins.

Hinson began her law school career in 1987 in the Graduate Tax Program. She worked with the tax program for 13 years and then moved to a supervisory position with Graduate Admissions in Criser Hall. In 2006 she returned to the law school and serves as program assistant to both the International Studies Program and the LL.M. in Environmental & Land Use Law Program.

Robert Horn began working at UF Law for the Physical Plant, where he was in charge of ordering and receiving supplies. He came to UF Law in 1997 as a program assistant and became a maintenance specialist in 2011.

Ron Perry and Trudi Reid received 20-year-pins.

Trudi Reid began working in the Graduate Tax Program of UF Law in December 1992 and was hired permanently in 1993 as a secretary.  She was promoted to the Alumni Affairs Office, and later to the Graduate Tax Program as admissions officer and assistant editor to the Florida Tax Review where she has been for the last nine years.

Ron Perry graduated from UF Law in 1982 and has been employed at the Legal Information Center since 1995. He handles interlibrary loan requests and assists in circulation and with the digital commons project.

Linda Kirby was awarded a 15-year-pin. Kirby has been with the Graduate Tax Program at UF Law since 1998, spending most of her time as the office manager. She has assisted with the admission, academic progression and graduation of nearly 1,200 LL.M. students and has served as the assistant editor of the Florida Tax Review.

Theresa Sturzenbecker received a 10-year-pin. She began working for UF Law in January 2002 with the Legal Information Center in Technical Services. In 2012 she was promoted to library associate II, which requires her to order all library materials, manage the library’s management system and the University’s financial management system.

Christopher Ambrose, Minnie Lindsey, Kari Mattox and Michelle Ocepek received five-year-pins.

Ambrose began working with the law school in May of 2007 with the Communications Office as webmaster and would later be transferred to Technology Services. He is now a part-time Help Desk technician and part-time developer for the department.

Lindsey is in charge of organizing information for the book award ceremony and assists students with any questions they may have.  Lindsey also works closely with Debra Hyatt in ensuring exam information is collected.

Mattox graduated from the Levin College of Law in 2001 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in higher education administration. She returned to UF Law in May of 2008 and was named assistant dean for students.

Ocepek arrived at UF Law in 2007, after earning a B.S. in social work from Ashland University and a master’s in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. Ocepek now works in Student Affairs as director of student programs, working with students on orientation, student organizations and study abroad.




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