Keeping Local Creeks Pollutant Free
The Environmental Health and Safety Department is very grateful for the work Joe LaPalombara did to after a leak in the CUP chilled water system turned a local creek green:
Nancy Deputy of Transportation Services received these words of thanks on behalf of the 2012 Middle East Partnership Initiative's (MEPI) Institute of American Studies and Leadership:
"We would like to sincerely thank you for your invaluable contributions to fulfilling the many important objectives of the program. In particular, your accommodation of our group at the motor pool was paramount in bolstering the overall experience of the students and positively contributing to another successful and distinctive MEPI program at UD. Your contributions to the program are greatly appreciated."
Colburn Lab manager George Whitmyre gave thanks on behalf of the "faculty, staff, scholars, and students" in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Dept. to Pat Brock for "expert and professional" help he gave during a recent equipment transition in the lab. Whitmyre says he looks forward to working with Pat again throughout the semester.
On one of the warmer days of fall semester, the Office of Human Development and Family Studies became uncomfortably warm. Workers in the office were especially appreciative of Wayne Burke, who they say helped cools things down.
To all who dealt with the "Towering Dilemma" that occurred over move-in weekend, Building Maintenance and Operations director Ken Grablewski writes:
"Thank you and all the staff that worked on this well into the morning hours all after working every night in excess of 20 to 30 hours overtime already this week due to move in response. I can't say enough about you and the staff that came back in last night to support our students. Truly above and beyond the call of duty. The fact that we once again have staff coming in today to start the drywall repair portion takes it to another level of response and dedication. Truly a tribute to the overall dedication of our managers and in house staff."
Vice President David Singleton adds:
"Yes indeed! Thanks for the extra efforts that went into taking care of this. I appreciate the excellent response to this annoying problem."
Kudos to custodial technician Harry Gibbs from Dept. of Biological Sciences Facility Coordinator Jim Farmer: "Harry does a wonderful job and all of us at this end appreciate his efforts!"
Successful Conclusion to a Big Project
For years the Morris Library experienced numerous and persistent leaks after heavy rains. In fact, there were a dozen or so face sections of shelving on the third floor that had to be kept draped with plastic in order to protect the books just in case there was a storm.
Now, I am pleased to report tremendous improvement and I thank Facilities Planning and Construction for their leadership in bringing such a big project to a successful conclusion.
Larry McGuire did a great job of on-site management of this very complex project. In response to problems with fumes from roofing adhesives getting into the Library, he arranged for air handlers to be shut down in the afternoon when roofing materials were being applied. The air handlers were then returned to operation in the early evening so that the building would be comfortable for those using the Library through the evening and into the next day.
I understand from those at the Library who work most closely with Facilities, that the roof looks great with new flashing, a vast new roof surface, improvements in drainage, the removal of obsolete equipment, the replacement of problem door thresholds and the application of new caulking along the atrium.
All of this was completed on time and, just as importantly, with an excellent record of safety.
Congratulations to everyone involved and again, thank you.
When the College of Education and Human Development hosted a reception for parents weekend, assistant dean Kristine Ritz-Coll says custodial technician Dwayne Griffin was fantastic. Ritz-Coll says Dwayne was "attentive and very helpful, and the building looked and smelled great."
James Gordon, Shawn Alexander and Paul Glenn have been recognized by the work they've done outside of McDowell Hall. Delaware Health Sciences Alliance program coordinator Gina Porter says, "They've done great work in creating a wonderful first impression of the building with the clean up and new plantings. Possibly even more important than their hard work, their interaction with others is always friendly and positive. They are great ambassadors for...the University."
Blue and Golden Saturday Follow-up
The Vita Nova team wants to recognize 3 custodial technicians they say "feel like family." They say they love working with Willie Howze, Christian Lorca and Dustin Sargable, and appreciate all their hard work.
Conference technician Dennis McBrearty thanks Randy McCardell and Ken Davis for helping out on last-minute notice at a Student Centers event.
Kudos to Dan Coyle and Harry Dudlek from the Graduate and Executive Programs for helping make the Horn Entrepreneurship Initiative kick-off event a success!