Thursday, March 31, 2016

Much more gratitude: A Student's Perspective

Every new day I wake up and am blessed to be able to pursue my passions and education at Morehead State University. 
Now into my third year of pursuing a Bachelor of Science in applied engineering technology I realize I spend most of my time in one building, Lloyd Cassity.
  I wake up at 7 a.m. for classes which start at 8 a.m. each day. I stay there until at least 1 p.m. From time to time I do some lab work in other campus buildings. 
Some might find that to be a bit depressing and other students spend even more time in specific buildings. I like to see the light in every situation. 
By spending so much time in one building I have gotten to personally know almost all academic faculty teaching in that facility, whether they teach in my specific major or not.  I have gotten to know a lot of students including many of my, now, very close friends because of the amount of time in one building. 
The personal relationships many of us have are all thanks to a building.  I’m sure many of you upperclassman students who read this can relate when it comes to major specific classes dominating your schedule now. 
For new students, in due time this will make a lot of sense to you.
I have gotten to know the students and the teachers very well, but what about the people that keep all the buildings going?  What about the maintenance, custodial and ground crews that work hard to make sure you have a clean and safe learning environment? 
  But these are people that get up every day (some at 3 a.m.)  and dedicate their time and energy to making our campus all that it can be. 
 Whether there’s a leak that needs to be fixed, a heating or air conditioning unit that needs to be repaired, or tasks such as cleaning floors, bathrooms, windows, and entry ways, the job always gets done! 
In Lloyd Cassity we have wonderful people on our Custodial Crew like Brenda Wilson, June Glover, Sue Simmons, and Jonathan Barnette to thank for the work that many times goes unnoticed. There are countless others in maintenance and grounds that work night and day to take care of not only Lloyd Cassity, but each and every building at Morehead State University.
Facilities Management has employees on campus or on call 24/ 7 to not only take care of the buildings on campus but to take care of students.
So, if you’re walking the halls of a class building or even your dorms, and you see a maintenance, grounds or custodial worker, take a few seconds out of your day to let them know you appreciate all they do.  We have a lot to thank them for and I, for one am very grateful.

Brandon Heinrich, is a junior Engineering Technology student at Morehead State University. 
He is a work study for Facilities Management. Heinrich has been an integral part of developing social media presence and often tours the construction sites, documenting progress.

He is Vice President of Pi Kappa Phi and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

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