Dennis Cozine has worked for the University of Arkansas Housing Department as a
security rover for 6 years. Every night Mr. Cozine checks all University Housing
facilities and property and reports any issues he finds, as needed, to the Housing
Service Center Dispatch, his supervisor, full-time housing staff, or university
police. Over the course of his tenure here at the University, he has been
outstanding in his role. He is regular, reliable, and dependable. Rain or shine, Mr.
Cozine‘s patrol of campus on foot ensures the security of not only all University
Housing facilities, or property, but the residential and student population. His work
protects students from vulnerable equipment to unauthorized persons and
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Cozine for over a year. As a Conference
Ambassador and then a Resident Assistant, I have worked desk shifts across
campus at all times of day and night – his late-night appearance on rounds soon
became an event I looked forward to. Mr. Cozine, while steadfastly dedicated to his
rounds and conscious of the remaining time and ground he had to cover, would
always make sure to stop for a brief chat with myself and the other student
employees he came across. His kindness and genuine concern for student safety
has forever been evident. While not in his job description, he has worked hard to
develop deeper relationships with the students he protects. His friendly and
engaging conversation, however brief, has been a transformational highlight of
many long and usually monotonous night shifts.
While sometimes months would go by before we chanced a meeting, Mr. Cozine
never forgot my name or who I was. He works hard to know each and every student
that he meets - however, not many know him. Most who benefit from his diligent
work don’t even know who he is, what he does, or the effort he goes to. Mr. Cozine
did not pick this job for its glamour or glory, but is motivated by a greater desire to
contribute to the campus ad to protect the students who live here. I absolutely
believe Mr. Cozine deserves greater recognition for the diligent work he does to
benefit the residential community every night.
In November, rumors about suspicious figures became rampant across campus.
Amongst stress and paranoia, Mr. Cozine continued his diligent work to maintain
student safety. Even when misinformed students blamed or harassed him, he
maintained his sense of professionalism and duty. His concern was, and always has
been, the continuing safeguarding of this campus and its students.
Mr. Cozine has worked to maintain this campus when nearly all employees are at
home and in bed. He reports for duty no matter the conditions. In my time knowing
him, I have seen Mr. Cozine patrol through suffocating heat, vicious thunderstorms,
and freezing cold temperatures. I have seen him wring the water from his hat and
jacket, smiling, and ask me how my day has been. His ability to create and maintain
collegial, harmonious working relationships with the students is appreciated by not
only myself, the but the entire community he works with and for, whether they
realize it or not. His rain-or-shine work has kept students safe from an untold
number of dangers. I know that I have felt safer knowing he is out working to
maintain my security and that of my residents. Whether the residential community
knows it or not, they have much to thank him for. His endless collection of stories,
both predictable and unexpected, humorous and heart wrenching, attest to that.
Thank you, Mr. Cozine.
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