Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Crew Spotlight: Donnie Willoughby

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Crew Spotlight: KaiLa Conn

Happy Wednesday! Today’s Crew Spotlight is the wonderful KaiLa Conn, a member of our grounds keeping team! KaiLa graduated from Morehead State in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications. Additionally, she has certification in data entry operations. She has been working for Facilities Management for a year and a half now.

KaiLa says she wanted to join Facilities Management because she wanted to work her way up and stay within the university. She has ambitions to work in adult and higher education!

When it comes to her favorite part of the job, KaiLa says it is everything! She enjoys her work, along with the physical aspect of being outdoors. KaiLa says it takes much upkeep and ambition to keep the facilities running, and that the job is not as easy as it may look! KaiLa also enjoys being a part of the essential personnel of MSU. They keep the campus operating!

When she isn’t working, KaiLa enjoys things that express her creativity! Some of her hobbies include interior decorating, painting, designing, word burning, and monogramming. In fact, she has even assisted in planning MSU’s Spring Gala!

If KaiLa could spend the day with anyone of her choosing, she would choose to do so with Janice Joplin, as she is a big fan of her music!

We are so lucky to have KaiLa as a part of our team. We appreciate all she does for Facilities Management and the University! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Crew Spotlight: Alan Debord

This week’s Crew Spotlight is the wonderful (and very tall) Alan Debord! Alan is Lead Grounds Keeper for Facilities Management and has been working here for nearly 7 years!

 As a groundskeeper, Alan is involved in nearly every aspect of campus. Not only does the grounds team maintain campus, but are very intentional in how and where they do the things they do. For example, there is much knowledge and planning that goes into the vegetation and plant choices that are seen on campus and where these can be planted, where they will best grow, etc.

Additionally, Alan and the grounds team take care of all the athletic fields! He has many licenses that are required to do his job well, which include Class B CDL, N3, N20, 7A, and a pest control license.

Alan’s favorite part of his job is doing what he can to make campus look as best it can, which involves enhancing the environmental architecture and landscape of the university.

When he is not working for Facilities Management, Alan enjoys spending time with his family and owning and operating his own business, Debord Auto Sales. Before coming to MSU, Alan was a used car salesman, and still has his license to do so, which he utilizes in his own business!

Alan says if he could spend the day with anyone of his choosing, he would like to spend time with his grandfather.

We at Facilities Management are so grateful to have Alan as a part of our team. Thanks for all you do!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Crew Spotlight: Bob Cooper

Happy Friday! Today we have a special Crew Spotlight celebrating the retirement and career of our friend, Bob Cooper!

Bob began working for Facilities Management in 2008 as Energy Manager, and then became Manager of Facilities Information Systems in October of 2016.

Bob has dedicated his entire career to MSU. In 1980, he began his undergraduate career as an Eagle studying Industrial Technology. That same semester, he became a work study in printing services. He was then hired full-time in printing services, while still an undergraduate!  

Bob then left MSU for a while, working in San Diego and Atlanta playing music.

Bob came back home to MSU, and began working part time in the library as Computer Technician. From there, he became full time in the library as an Automation Assistant, where he was instrumental in assisting the library in their switch from the card catalog to the computer based system.

While still in the library, Bob also worked as an Automation Specialist. Following that, Bob began his work in Information Technology as a Video System Consultant, where he installed surveillance videos around campus, and worked on radio towers (found atop building around campus) for police communications. Bob then became a Network Administrator for IT.

After leaving IT, Bob went to work for IET, now known as Applied Engineering Technology, as Lab and Facilities Manager. Then, in 2008, he began working here at Facilities Management!

Bob says he chose to dedicate his career to MSU for many reasons. He enjoyed attaining his education here, and pays credit to his mentor, Dr. Ahmad Zargari, his mentor, for pushing him. Additionally, Bob says he has stayed because of the people, the camaraderie he has built with colleagues and coworkers, and the fact that he has never had a bad or unpleasant supervisor during his time here.

Bob also says working here feels like working with family.

When he isn’t working, Bob enjoys watching movie and is an avid reader. He is also a very talented and professional musician! His plans for retirement include dedicating 100% of his time to his music career. In fact, if Bob could spend the day with anyone, he would choose to do so with T-Bone Burnett.

Bob will be dearly missed by us all, but we would like to wish him the best in his retirement!

Campus wide steam outage scheduled for May

Campus Community,

In an effort to minimize the impact of utility interruptions on campus, Facilities Management has worked with the State to schedule the University’s annual steam inspection for the week following Spring Commencement.

The steam will need to be shut off during the inspection. Steam will be turned off on May 13 and restored on May 18.

The steam outage WILL affect hot water and the heating/ cooling system in the following buildings; AAC, ADUC, Allen Field, Allie Young, Alumni Tower, Baird Music, Breckenridge Hall, Butler, Button Auditorium and Drill Room, Camden-Carroll Library, Cartmell Hall, the Claypool-Young Art Building, the Bert T. Combs Building, Cooper Hall, Eagle Center, Eagle Lake Apartments, East Mignon, Fields Hall, Ginger Hall, Howell-McDowell, Jayne Stadium, Lappin Hall, Laughlin, Lloyd Cassity, Mays, Mignon Hall, Mignon Tower, Nunn Hall, Rader Hall, Recreation & Wellness Center, Reed Hall, The Rice Building, Softball Field, Space Science Center, Andrews Hall, Thompson-Grote Hall, and West Mignon Hall.

The steam outage WILL NOT affect hot water or the heating/cooling system in the following facilities; The Center of Health, Education and Research (CHER), The Water Testing Lab, the Education Services Building, Third St. Eats, The Rocky Adkins Dining, or the Enrollment Services Center.

Scheduling it at this time will limit the number of students and summer programs.
We appreciate your patience during the outage.

Questions regarding this email message may be directed to: Michael Jessee, Assistant Manager of Heating & Water Plant, or 783-2609.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Women's History Spotlight: Dr. Annie Adams

To celebrate the closing of #WomensHistoryMonth, today’s spotlight highlights a special woman on campus! Annie Adams in an English professor here at Morehead State. Dr. Adams received her bachelors in English from the University of Toledo, and her masters and doctorate degrees, also in English, from Bowling Green State University. This woman knows her English!

When asked about her inspirations, Dr. Adams says she is encouraged by the works of Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen, two very inspiring women!

When asked specifically about women’s history and the future generation, Dr. Adams says she would like to see three things. First, she would like to see the workforce evolve into one that values leave for parental care. Additionally, she would like to see men and women both work alongside one another to build up the new generation. Lastly, she would like to see truly cooperative projects in terms of learning.

I chose to highlight Dr. Adams because I believe she has had a role in helping me write my own history. Dr. Adams did not just teach me English. She taught me how to be a better writer, how to think deeper and critically, and encouraged me to use my voice to speak up about issues I care about. I believe that because of her, I have found my voice through writing, and I am empowered to write and speak about my passions.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Crew Spotlight: Debbie Martinat

In this week’s #CrewSpotlight, we would like to highlight Debbie Martinat and her 20 years of service to MSU. Debbie will be retiring in July, and we would like to thank her for all of her work. We will miss her very much when she is gone!

Over her 20 years here, Debbie has worked in a variety of departments, filling in wherever she was needed. Because Debbie always volunteers to assist where she is needed, she has many different experiences and an impressive amount of knowledge.

Debbie decided to dedicate her career to MSU when her former company, US Shoe in Flemingsburg was taken over by another larger company. Once that happened, she decided to go back to school. Now known as MCTC, Debbie attended Rowan Tech, where she studied office and medical office technology. She earned her diploma and maintained a 4.0! Upon graduation, Debbie was hired as a temporary, and then hired on full time in Facilities Management in April of 1999.

Aside from Facilities Management, Debbie has spent time working in the power plant, conference and events services, the work control center, and for the assistant VP. At the power plant, Debbie assisted in setting up offices to expand departments. Additionally, at conference and event services, Debbie was one of only two people handling all of the work! Debbie also worked as a support specialist at the work control center.

In Facilities Management, Debbie does something for everyone! She has worked in building services and recycling, and currently works in construction and engineering services. Additionally, she fills in at the front desk whenever she is needed.

Debbie says her favorite part of the job is the many different people she is able to interact with. She says she knows many people very well, and have seen many people grow up in the community.
When Debbie is not working, she enjoys camping, reading, biking, and walking, all doing so while with family. Debbie loves her big family, as she is the third of ten children, and has ten grandchildren of her own! In fact, if Debbie could choose to spend the day with anyone, dead or alive, she would choose to do so with her own mother.

MSU Facilities Management appreciates Debbie for her 20 years of service to MSU, as well as the work she does here every day. We will miss you!