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Division of Facilities News

Author: Lori Hayden

Change

By Tim Brunner, Associate Director – Power Plant & Utilities

It has been a significant year for change within K-State’s Division of Facilities. The implementation of iPad’s, time clocks, and other additions have challenged us to be flexible and open to new ideas and methods. Change brings growth but sometimes, the growth process can be painful.

Our employees’ opportunity to use iPads was the result of several months’ preparation from our leadership team as well as hours of training. Finally, it was time to sit down, open the app, and attempt to use it to do our job. It was a process! Many of us were tempted to go back to our locker, set the iPad inside, walk back over to the computer, and print out our work orders. However, we learned to trust the system. We made our share of mistakes in the beginning but learned from them, made the corrections, and even made constructive observations that helped to make our experience more positive.

The next thing you know, we are using iPads and finding out they are actually pretty handy. The good news is that we haven’t even scratched the surface of what is possible yet. Our daily tasks will go even smoother with the addition of scan-able bar codes, easy to complete checklists, and GPS asset tracking to help plan your day in a better order to cut down travel time.  Preventative Maintenance work will become the norm along with smaller repair work orders.  Radio calls from the Service desk will slow down and emergency calls will reduce significantly over the next few years. If we continue to learn about the tools we use and check our work, our time will be used more efficiently as we find issues while they’re small problems and fix them before they become big emergencies.  There are always going to be glitches to solve but this system will help us catch 98% of problems before they cause a breakdown. My challenge to all of us is to keep using our iPads and don’t be afraid to experiment with it so you can get everything out of it you possibly can. When you see something that will benefit your co-workers and/or improve efficiency, bring it up. Let’s all change together.

Time clocks brought a new set of changes.  We have been using them for a little over a month now and things are starting to fall into place. It took some getting used to, but overall I see it as a positive. No more paper slips,no more trying to remember if someone called in, and no more delivering paper forms to payroll. I can easily save a couple of hours a month. That’s a good change.

Maintaining the status quo is not an effective way to live or work. We all need to evolve to keep up with expectations that are constantly changing.  Whether solving the problem of being short-staffed, adapting to new devices such as iPads and laser alignment tools, or simply learning how to fill out a leave request on the computer, we all benefit from change. It is not always easy and can take some grit and determination but the effort is worth it. When you see change coming, I challenge you to embrace it. Spend your energy thinking of ways to make the change better and/or easier. Most change is going to happen regardless of how we react to it. I recommend we climb aboard and enjoy the ride!

Welcome to Our Team!

The Division of Facilities is always excited to welcome new employees to our Facilites Team. It takes a lot of People-Power to keep our campus running smoothly so we are glad YOU’RE HERE!


Kevin Davis was hired as a Custodial Specialist for Vet Med.

He is working for Thomas O’Briant.


 

Penny Buchman was hired as an Accounting Specialist.

She is working for Anne Murphy.


 

Haley Dockstader was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Patrick Lancaster.


 

Anna Armendariz was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Patrick Lancaster.


 

Angela Harding was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Quentin Rawlins.


 

Samantha Zaborski was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Stephanie Brecheisen.


 

Cordy Gordon was hired as a Custodial Specialist for Vet Med.

He is working for Thomas O’Briant


 

Kelly Cheever was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for David Laster.


 

Eric Curry was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

He is working for Roger Schneider.


 

Angel Brown was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Patrick Lancaster.


Just for Fun!

Bill Spiegel (K-State Recycling Supervisor) and his team put together another great Recycling float for K-State’s Homecoming parade last month. This year’s Homecoming theme was,

“Little Apple, Big Entertainment.”

Pictured Left to Right; Kelly Whitehair, Willie Wildcat, Bill Spiegel (aka Elton John), & Dianne Spiegel.

Mr. Spiegel ‘& company’ designed this year’s float to highlight several local entertainment sites such as the historic Wareham Theatre and the contemporary Discovery Center. In the spirit of ‘entertainment’, Mr. Spiegel took the opportunity to dress up as entertainment icon, Elton John, while crooning along with well-known favorites such as “Rocket Man” and the lesser known “Recycle Man”….(ok, Bill just made that one up…)

KUDOS!

KUDOS!…to GROUNDS & LANDSCAPING for doing such a great job caring for the grounds surrounding O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center! Read the following excerpt from a note written to Joe Myers (Grounds Supervisor) from Chance Fiehler (Operations Manager, Feed Mill).

“Joe…I just want to tell you that I’m very happy with how your crew has been making our facility look. After reseeding, your guys turned the water on full and I’ve never seen the grass look better! I’ve also noticed the little things like how they keep the edges trimmed, the flower bed weeded, and areas being freshly mulched. Please tell your guys that their time and effort is not lost on me. Things look great and I sure appreciate it. Please give them my best regards.”

Chance Fiehler, Feed Mill Operations Manager


KUDOS!…to STEPHANIE BRECHEISEN, KELLY CHEEVER, VALERIE ELWELL, HEATH LARSON, BURT PEARSON, MIKE PRICE, ROGER SCHNEIDER, QUENTIN RAWLINS, CHRIS SLATTERY, CALVETTE WILLIAMS, AND DAVID YOESTING for all their hard work to alleviate flood damage in Shellenberger Hall.

 


 

 

 

KUDOS!…to BEVERLY PRICE who placed 2nd in K-State’s Movement Challenge!

Happy Retirement!


 

 

Mark Taussig retired after serving 33 years within K-State’s Campus Planning department. He has been a valued colleague at the university since 1985 and has served as landscape architect and project manager for facilities campus planning.

 

 

 

 

Mark and his wife, Susan, take a moment to pose together at Mark’s retirement reception held in the Tallgrass Ballroom at Kramer Dining Center on October 19th.




 

 

 

 

Vergie Bowen retired after being an esteemed member of Facilities Services for more than 30 years. She will be greatly missed by all of the campus community!

 

 

 

 

The Faces of Facilities

As another great school year gets underway, several students, staff, and faculty will find themselves needing the services provided by our team…..Division of Facilities.

Whether you are picking up a key to a campus facility, need a light bulb changed, or simply need that bat occupying your breakroom to be “relocated”, we are here to serve you! The following individuals are the voices that answer your calls for assistance and help to keep K-State up and running. Here are the ‘Faces of Facilities’ and what they enjoy most about their jobs.

 

 

 

Our Customer Service department is your first point of contact when a request for repair or maintenance is made. Joy Knutson and Janae Jones are your Facilities Services Coordinators. They field your phone calls as well as communicate your need to the appropriate supervisor so you receive the best (and fastest) service possible.


 

If you need to schedule a campus space for your event, you will work with our Room Scheduling Specialist, Chazs Jackson. In addition to processing your space request, Chazs will also assist in providing you with information and resources to ensure your event is safe and as successful as possible.


 

If you have ever requested (and picked up) a key to your office or classroom, you have had the pleasure of working with our Facility Key Administrator, Ruth RowlandsShe will process your request and work to ensure the right keys are issued to the right places.

 

And for those who have ever been locked out of your office, you may recognize Taylor Pearson (left) and Marc Crosby (right). These gentlemen are your Lock Specialists. They make the keys and install the lock systems to ensure proper access to space on campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Our Team!


Devin Argo was hired as a Custodial Specialist for Vet Med. He is working for Thomas O’Briant.

 


Nicky Burton was hired as a Custodial Specialist. She is working for Quentin Rawlins.

 


Hanna Greenslate was hired as a Custodial Specialist. She is working for Quentin Rawlins.

 


Debbie Erickson was hired as a Custodial Specialist. She is working for Patrick Lancaster.

 


Eduard Cespedes was hired as a Landscape Technician. He is working for Joe Myers.

 


Scott Williams was hired as a Recycling Technician. He is working for Bill Spiegel.

 


Michael Mongold was hired as an HVAC Technician for Zone 2. He is working for Mike Paph.

 


David Laster was hired as a Custodial Supervisor. He is working for Patrick Lancaster.

 


Regina Allen was hired as a Custodial Specialist. She is working for Rod Hodges.


Jeanette Rivera was hired as a Custodial Specialist. She is working for Patrick Lancaster.

 


Javier Lopez-Rivera was hired as a Custodial Specialist. He is working for Quentin Rawlins.

 


Billy Dieball was hired as an Electrician for Zone 4. He is working for Galen Hageman.

 

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