NACURH Winner
Month: February 2019

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Institution Faculty/Staff of the Month

School: University of Colorado Boulder Region: IACURH
Nominee: Facilities Management - Operations Division Nominator: Kylie Conway

On-Campus Population: 8000 Chapter Size: 80

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

In the city of Boulder during the month of February and the first two days of March, it has been estimated to have snowed 21.1 inches, which is nearly twice the average city snowfall for February according to the National Climatic Data Center. This unexpected volume of snow could have easily made the lives of the students here at the University of Colorado, Boulder very difficult, had it not been for the Operations division of the Facilities Management here on campus.

Here at CU, the weather can sometimes be harsh and unforgiving. When it snows, it tends to be a snowstorm with at least 4 inches of snow overnight. When the snow melts, it is instantly refrozen due to the freezing temperatures; both pose great dangers to students who have to get to their classes no matter the weather.

This month, Facilities Management has gone above and beyond their stated goal of using “the majority of our resources… in order to open campus by 8 a.m. on snow days.” As an on-campus student, there are many times when I am out and about at 6 or 7 in the morning, and it seems as though Facilities Management has already cleared the snow for the day. This drastically improves the lives of students on campus, because now they are able to make it to the dining halls before their 8 am classes for some breakfast, or to go to the gym before class. I’ve seen Facilities Management vehicles nearly around the clock for the past month, clearing sidewalks even as snow is still falling to make sure that the students of CU are able to safely make their way about campus well before 8 am the next day.

This staff has additionally gone above and beyond with the extent to which they clear the snow and ice. They could easily clear a small pathway on just a part of the sidewalk, or leave half an inch of snow on the ground uncleared, but instead, they are extremely thorough in clearing all of the walkways as much as possible. This is especially important for those who use the assistance of wheelchairs, crutches, and other aids around campus that require minimal adverse conditions in order to be able to navigate their way around campus in a safe and timely manner. Facilities Management has given these students the rights that they deserve - the right to go to class unimpeded.

In addition to ensuring the accessibility of campus to everyone, Facilities Management works their hardest with smiles on their faces. Workers greet students as they pass by, and maintain a positive attitude that improves the lives of on- campus students. A few extra smiling faces a day can make a huge difference in people’s lives - especially on those dreary snowy days when Facilities Management is more often out and about. This demonstrates that this staff cares about more than getting the job done. They genuinely care about and value the students on campus, and that makes the work that they do seem that much better, because it is coming from a place of respect and dedication to improving the lives of students on campus.

I gladly recommend the University of Colorado, Boulder Facilities Management Operations Division for Faculty/Staff of the month. Their contributions have been extremely valuable over the past month, and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a safe and welcoming on-campus experience.

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Date of entry into database: 2019-03-05 12:14:16

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