"Ode to You!" Awarded to Facilities

The Facilities Teams
By Adriana Jimenez

May 06, 2024 - 02:42 PM

The IT Department awarded the March 2024 "Ode to You!" award to the The Facilities Planning and Management Department, Maintenance & Operations, and the Design & Construction teams. IT frequently collaborates  with the teams, forming a partnership that is crucial to meeting the goal of creating a smooth functioning campus for students, faculty and staff.

IT aplauds The Facilities Planning and Management Department and Maintenance and Operations for exhibiting remarkable dedication and proactive involvement during the recent building floods. When faced with this crisis, the department swiftly mobilized its team and resources to mitigate the water's impact on campus buildings and infrastructure. They worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, displaying exceptional teamwork and professionalism throughout the response. Not only did they manage the immediate crisis by deploying alternative classroom space, but they also took proactive measures to avert future incidents. Their commitment and tireless efforts, working around the clock, exemplified their dedication to the College's well-being.

Beyond emergencies, the Facilities and Construction teams consistently demonstrate commitment to their work and the campus community. They regularly conduct routine maintenance checks, implement sustainable practices, and collaborate with other departments to enhance campus functionality. Their proactive approach contributes significantly to the overall well-being of the College community. It ensures the investment made in state-of-the-art learning spaces for students, remarkable sports and event spaces, and offices will be here for future scholars.

IT relies on the Teams as a valuable partner to coordinate the behind-the-scenes details of campus infrastructure and the little things that keep our systems and servers ticking to provide the best support possible for students.

The “Ode To You!” is a department-to-department award that will continue to be passed along quarterly. This new award was inspired by the memory of retired classified employee, Odette Richardson, who was one of the founding members of the VOICES Committee.  During her tenure, Odette was very active with CSEA, Chapter 262, the Mt. SAC Staff Association, and many other campus initiatives. Odette’s advice was always to “get involved.”  She felt that by getting involved at work, you enrich not only your own work experience, but you enrich the experiences and provide benefits to the students, colleagues, and the community you serve.