hear it for the housekeepers.
and some of the students, faculty and staff who benefit from their
services took time out Sept. 17 to honor the University's 175-
member housekeeping staff at a picnic held at The Park. The picnic
was in observance of International Housekeepers Week, initiated
by the International Executive Housekeepers Association. Many
managers and supervisors within Facilities Management's Building
Services area are members of the association.
year many student groups or faculty teams or building residents
take this opportunity to present their resident housekeepers with
commendations or other awards," said Vivian Walls, housekeeping
supervisor for North Grounds, "and our staff enjoys that
recognition. They are the ones who are here working long hours
for special events, graduations, storms and hurricanes, blizzards
and other emergencies -- housekeepers are always there, providing
the services needed. It's nice to be appreciated."
The average housekeeper has worked at the University for 11 years,
although some have been here almost 35 years. They clean 3.5 million
square feet of building space while keeping an eye out for mechanical
and safety problems. Housekeepers' work shifts overlap to provide
have a dedicated staff whose good work makes it possible for everyone
else at the University to pursue their work," said Bob Carman,
Building Services superintendent.
recognized at the picnic were state employees charged with cleaning
academic buildings, and did not include subcontractors or the
Housing Division employees who keep student housing areas clean.