Department News

If you haven't noticed, we have a new EPS front office in Room 142 (aka Main Office) and Business offices in Rooms 148, 148A & 150A. We also have a couple of new smiling faces! If you have not done so, please stop by and poke your head in and check us out. Say hello to Tonya, Michael, Katanya and Wendy!

Please welcome Katanya Meyers who joined us in July as EPS' Principal Secretary.
Katanya brings to us strong interpersonal and organizational skills which are already being shown to be a great asset to the EPS Business Office, faculty, staff and students alike. Katanya was previously the Clerical Assistant Casual and was promoted to Principal Secretary. We are delighted that Katanya decided to stay with us and we welcome her to our EPS family!

Please say hello Michael Flak.
We are delighted that Michael Flak has been promoted to EPS’ Accounting Specialist I and will be working with you on grants and project expenses to name a few. One thing new, is that you may see Michael's door closed...because his new role in the department has him doing a lot of number crunching! Michael will be assisting Tonya in handling a lot of the accounting and balancing of budgeted Grants and Projects.

We also welcome Wendy Rodriguez as the Contract Clerical Assistant. She comes to us from Corporate America where she spent her previous 7 years managing Sports Contracts and Royalty Reporting for Mizco International, Inc. She has settled in nicely with EPS and looks forward to continue assisting in the streamlining of department processes.                                                                                                                                                                           

If you have not met her yet, please also welcome Tonya Rufus who joined us in March as the new EPS’ Business Manager.
Tonya holds an MS and an MBA, and came to us most recently from SEBS Accounting Office. Prior to that she was a Senior Financial Analyst at Dow Jones in Princeton and an Associate Financial Advisor at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Lybrand in Parsippany. In her short tenure with us, she has helped to transition EPS and set up our business office following our no fault divorce from Chemistry!

Also new to the EPS is Richard Vaughn, our one and only IT GUY (aka Unit Computing Manager). We have to share Rich with other departments in SAS, so let’s try to make it easy by submitting work orders (http://sas-it.rutgers.edu/submit-a-workorder) so he can help us from wherever he is whenever he can.

 EPS has never had a decently staffed office like this, with such competent officers! We are thrilled and grateful to have such a strong support for our daily operations. We look forward to working with this staff to make the best of what our department and Rutgers can offer at a time when the Earth's Science has never been more important.