Friday, November 17, 2017

National Adoption Month

Lori Ann and Jewell
My story begins with my parents, Kenny and Kathy, and their immense love for children. After fostering and patiently waiting on an adoption list for 13 years, Catholic Charities of Louisville placed my older sister, Jewell, in my family’s loving arms. As Jewell grew, she realized she was lonely and wanted a little sister she could play with, and eventually, boss around (an endeavor in which she very much succeeded). So, after placing themselves back on the list to adopt, my parents continued to wait. At times they were skeptical, because receiving and adopting two children is an unlikely occasion. However, like my parents always do, they remained hopeful and had great faith.
After what had seemed like forever, one day, my mom Kathy received a phone call from Catholic Charities. There was a birth mother who was due very soon, and wanted her baby girl to be placed in a loving family with an older sibling. The Dobson family was a perfect match!

Bound with endless excitement, my family prepared for another little baby to arrive at her forever home. In fact, the entire neighborhood waited my arrival! Then, on April 3rd, 1998, my dad, Kenny, received a phone call while at work, driving his eighteen-wheeler. My birth mother, on the other line, informed my dad that she was in labor. It was finally time! My dad turned his truck around and headed straight toward my birthmother as quickly as he could. When he arrived at her house he quite literally picked her up, as he carried her down the stairs, into his truck, and into the hospital. No one was around to help, so he grabbed a doctor by the arm, and waited alongside my mom and birth mother for the next thirteen hours that she was in labor.
Baby Lori Ann with her parents
On April 4th, 1998, a four pound little girl, Lori Ann Elizabeth Dobson was born. For the next ten days, I remained in the hospital, frequently visited by people who simply could not wait to meet me! Finally, when I was brought home, there was a huge celebration. A family of three became four; perfect and complete.

Ten months later, February 22, 1999, my family waited nervously in the lobby of the Bullitt County Courthouse. The judge signed the papers that finalized my adoption as official! This was the happiest day of my parents’ lives (according to me, of course). From then on, February 22nd has been my favorite day of the year. As a child, my mom and dad would both leave work early, pick my sister and I up from school, and let me pick any place I wanted to go to spend the evening. No matter if it was Chuck E. Cheese or the Olive Garden, my sister and parents would always make my day so special.
I like to say I was the luckiest baby in the world. I have been raised in a very large family who has never once made me question how much I am loved. No matter how goofy or strange they are, I couldn’t imagine my life without them. No matter how your family became yours, they will always be family. Adoption is so beautiful and should be celebrated. Every adopted kid has their story, but mine just happens to be my favorite.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Crew Spotlight: Travis Jolley

Travis Jolley’s role at MSU Facilities Management is a locksmith and maintenance technician, which involves extensive knowledge on and operation and installation of keys, locks, handicap openers, and card readers. This means Travis has knowledge on literally every door on campus! Travis has worked at MSU for six years, in which he began as a maintenance technician, and is now a Tech 2. Before working here, Travis was a correctional officer in a prison for 10 years. Travis’ favorite part of his job are the challenges it presents. He says this job requires learning something new every day. When Travis isn’t working, he enjoys being a parent. Additionally, he likes hunting, fishing, and being a committee member for the Cave Run chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The best concert Travis ever attended was a Ted Nugent concert. MSU Facilities is very lucky to have Travis as a part of our team! We appreciate all his hard work! Stay tuned every Wednesday for another Crew Spotlight. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Crew Spotlight: Kay Hampton

This week’s Crew Spotlight is Kay Hampton, who most people just like to call “Momma”. In fact, she is the momma of Chris Hampton, last week’s Crew Spotlight! Kay is a Building Services Manager and has been working at MSU for twenty-two and a half years! Kay manages around 50 building technicians. Before working at MSU, Kay held a variety a jobs, such as working for her dad’s trucking company for six years, a daycare, for the billing department for ten years, for Stamper’s concrete for four years, and she worked at Pasquale’s through high school! In addition, she worked for the Greyhound Bus Company alongside her mother and other family members. Kay admires her mother for being a very strong woman.
Kay has training in “a little bit of everything,” but more specifically, she has Hazardous Chemical, Frist Aid and Safety, Manager and Supervisor, and APPA training. She is also well trained in using a variety of maintenance equipment. Her favorite part of her job is working with her staff and taking care of the students. She says she has students from twenty years ago ask how she is and come talk to her. She says she loves these students dearly, would do anything for them, and it makes her feel good that they want to come back and see her.
When Kay isn’t working, she loves to go camping and attend bluegrass festivals. In fact, she says she plans all year to be able to go to them! If she could hang out with any person, dead or alive, for a day, she would choose to spend time with Sam Elliott, her favorite actor.

We appreciate all of Kay’s hard work and dedication to Facilities Management. We are lucky to have her! Stay tuned every Wednesday for another Crew Spotlight! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Crew Spotlight: Chris Hampton

Chris Hampton is a Locksmith and Preventative Maintenance Supervisor at MSU, which includes managing keys, locks, handicap door services, and card readers. He manages all the doors on campus- which there are several thousands of! Chris has been here at MSU since graduating high school, which totals to about 21 years. Since being here, Chris has not only completed APPA and supervisor training, but he has worked on the construction crew for seven years, worked with maintenance for one year, and has worked as both a part-time and full-time custodian. In addition to all of that, Chris also has his CDL! Chris says his favorite part of the job is interactions with students, as well as faculty and staff members. When he’s not working, Chris enjoys fishing, hunting, playing softball, golfing, and coaching baseball. Chris says the best concert he ever went to was in 1987, when REO Speedwagon performed in the AAC. MSU Facilities is lucky to have Chris and we appreciate all the hard work he does for us! Stay tuned every Wednesday for another Crew Spotlight! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Crew Spotlight: Roger Fouch

Meet Roger Fouch, the supervisor of MSU warehousing, which stocks merchandise for all the maintenance crews and custodians on campus! Roger was a grocery store manager for approximately 20 years, then came to MSU 22 years ago. Roger’s favorite part of the job is his work family. Roger enjoys spending time with his two grandsons, which involves supporting them in wrestling matches, as well as football and baseball games. Roger also enjoys being involved with his church, and staying active by walking and jogging. Roger would enjoying spending the day with both of his grandfathers, who have passed on. He says he is so much like the both of them, and that they always liked to pull pranks. He says his grandfather was the best person ever, and never spoke a bad word about anyone. Roger’s favorite concert was the Kentucky Headhunters, when they came to Olive Hill around 30 years ago. MSU Facilities greatly appreciates all Roger’s hard work and dedication. We are lucky to have him!
Stay tuned every Wednesday for another Crew Spotlight! 

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!