Thursday, October 19, 2017

Heating and Cooling at MSU

Campus Community,

Beginning Monday, Oct. 23 Facilities Management will begin the process of transitioning buildings from cooling to heating.
                This transition takes up to 10 days for all the buildings on campus.
                Our HVAC staff will work alongside our Energy Manager, Bob Cooper, and out Heating & Water Plant to prepare the boilers and make them operational.
                Campus will be fully transitioned by Nov. 1.
                Each year we monitor temperatures to best decide when the heating transition should occur. According to upcoming weather patterns it will stay in the 60’s or lower.
                Please take note that most of our campus has a two-pipe system which means there is either heating or cooling, there cannot be both. So we remind people that many buildings will blow warm air even if a thermostat is set to cool.
                We appreciate your patience as we get campus ready for winter.
                For questions call Shayla Ring, Marketing and Communications Manager for Facilities Management at 783-5281 or email or Gardner May, Director of Facilities Maintenance  Services at

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Crew Spotlight: Randy Thompson

Before working at MSU, Randy Thompson was employed at Cooper Standard in Mt. Sterling for 16 years, and has training in management. Randy has worked in MSU Warehousing since 2012. Warehousing stocks merchandise for all maintenance crew members and custodians, which totals to about 7,500 items! Randy says his favorite part of the job is learning new things every day. Randy also enjoys collecting baseball cards, supporting UK sports, and watching Survivor. If Randy could meet any famous person, he would choose Randolph Scott, an actor in cowboy movies in the '30s and '40s, whom he was actually named after! Randy says his favorite concert of all time was Chicago when they came to Morehead. MSU Facilities thanks Randy for all that he does! Stay tuned every Wednesday for another Crew Spotlight! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Crew Spotlight: Sam Lands

Sam Lands’ role at MSU is a facilities warehouser. Working at MSU has actually been Sam’s entire career! He began working here at 18, and has remained here for 35 years since. Sam has training on forklift operation as well as management, and worked as a supervisor for 15 years, from 1992 to 2009. He says he eventually found the best job, which is the one he has now! Sam’s favorite parts of his job include his coworkers and interacting with students. Sam notes that he enjoys watching students evolve into people that will change the world. When he’s not at work, Sam enjoys being a granddad, as well as being active in his church, lifting weights, and jogging. If he could hang out with anyone for a day, Sam would choose to meet Jesus Christ. The best concert Sam ever went to was Hank Williams Jr., when he performed in the AAC in 1980. MSU Facilities greatly appreciates Sam’s years of dedication and talent he brings to our team! Thanks for all your hard work, Sam! 
Stay tuned every Wednesday for another Crew Spotlight! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Crew Spotlight: Joe Stafford

Joe Strafford began working at MSU as a groundskeeper in 2003, and now works as a maintenance crew member.  Before working at MSU, Joe worked at a Family Dollar Warehouse, which demanded hard work and constant training. Joe says his favorite part of the job is interacting with students. When Joe isn’t working he enjoys hunting and fishing, and his favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla. He would love to meet Marc Wahlberg, because he is a big fan of his movies. MSU Facilities is lucky to have Joe on our team, as we greatly appreciate all that he does! Stay tuned every Wednesday for another Crew Spotlight. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Crew Spotlight: Tony Cundiff

Tony Cundiff has been an HVAC technician at MSU for three years. After high school, he worked at a heating and cooling facility and attended technical school for two years at MCTC. His favorite part of the job is keeping people comfortable. When he’s not working, Tony enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his kids. If Tony could hang out with anyone- alive or dead- for a day, he would choose to hang out with Michael Jordan, his childhood hero. Tony says the best concert he ever attended was the Kid Rock concert in Louisville in 2003. MSU Facilities is very lucky to have an employee like Tony! We appreciate all of the hard work he does day in and day out!

Stay tuned for a new crew spotlight every Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ADUC: Student Perspective

Since its original construction in 1956, the Adron Doran University Center has been the center for university life at Morehead. Renovation is not unfamiliar to ADUC- as it has undergone major in change in 1969 and then again in 2005. The building’s namesake is of Adron Doran, president of Morehead State University from 1954 to 1977, who is responsible for bringing the institution to university status.
The sounds, smells, and sights a construction project brings to a university campus evoke a sense of excitement for the entire community. It sparks conversation among students and administrators. Excitement builds as both exterior and interior progress is made visible, and anticipation builds with each week that passes, and calendar dates slowly creeping to opening day. New students, unfamiliar with ADUC, wait to see what kinds of memories will be made here, while older students find excitement in returning to a place that is already home to many memories from their college experience.
The erecting of a new improved university center- one nearly doubling in its previous size- gives the Morehead community a sense of pride. For me, I see a state-of-the-art facility waiting to welcome (and welcome back) current students, but also the future generation of scholars. Not only does this pristine structure attract potential students, but it renews current students’ pride in their school.

I have toured the construction of ADUC twice now, and each time I have learned multiple new things. I only have very vague memories of ADUC, as I only set foot in the building twice; on a campus tour and during SOAR. Therefore, I was intrigued on my tour in discovering what former rooms were turning into, and the extended contents of what was there before. Seeing the placements of new and improved restaurants, office spaces, gathering rooms, and even a theatre brought many emotions, such as excitement, anticipation, and anxiousness for their arrival! All of this was great, but my favorite part occurred when the tour group made a trip up to the second floor. Step onto the overlook of the first floor to what is the makings of a sports pub seating area, currently covered in construction-produced dust, and on the wall you will notice exposed brick. With intention, the original structure of the Adron Doran University Center still shows. Evidence of the original renovation indicate efforts of honoring the past and its traditions, while recognizing that there are improvements to be made to better serve students. In this place, a new generation of students will honor traditions, create new ones, and become all that it is to be an Eagle. I found this aspect to embody what Morehead truly is: a place where humble beginnings are remembered, traditions are honored, and progress is always being made. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Crew Spotlight: Kari Cassity

Meet Kari Cassity, an MSU groundskeeper who has been here for the past eight years. Kari graduated from Morehead in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Before working at MSU, Kari worked as a caregiver for 12 years. Her sister, who also works at MSU, notified her of the grounds keeping job opening eight years ago, to which she then applied. Kari says her favorite part of her job is the people she works with. When she isn’t at work, Kari enjoys outdoor adventure activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking. Kari says if she could hang out with a famous person for a day, she would like to meet Elvis Presley. Kari says the best concert she ever attended was 38 Special and Bon Jovi in Evansville, IN in 1986. MSU is lucky to have Kari on our Facilities Team! 
Stay tuned for another Crew Spotlight next Wednesday!