From Kevin’s Desk: Celebrating Our Custodians! (10/2/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

Today is National Custodial Workers Recognition Day. I hope you will join me in offering a heartfelt thanks to our custodial teams. Their work is critical always, but especially now during the pandemic and our public health-informed fall semester. These dedicated staff clean our buildings each day and restore campus to a safe environment for students, staff and faculty.

Since the Industrial Revolution, when people started working indoors in factories and offices, custodians have played a vital role in protecting public health. Over the last six months, as our country and our university community determined how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, our custodians remained a constant force on the frontlines. In addition to their regular duties, they stepped up to provide more frequent and more comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting services, particularly in academic and research buildings, classrooms, restrooms, and commons spaces.

Because many of our custodial staff work at night or in the early hours of the morning, many of us don’t interact with them regularly, which makes it easy to forget about the work they do (especially now, with so many of us working remotely). My father always said that you should judge the importance of a person’s job, not by their title but by how much the organization would suffer if they stopped doing their work. Let me tell you, our university could not remain open for business if our custodians didn’t show up. They are true public health heroes for our community! I am so deeply grateful for their service.

To recognize our custodians, President Schlissel stopped by to say a few words of thanks to several teams yesterday, and our new VP for Student Life Martino Harmon shared this touching video message. Our positive energizers also assembled messages of support and gratitude for the custodians on an electronic bulletin board, which have been turned into this wonderful video tribute. We invite you to add your own message of thanks and support to our custodians, which you can do on our website.

Please join me in thanking all our custodians. I think we can all agree, custodians Make Blue Go and they ROCK!!!

With much appreciation and gratitude,