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Our Hero Award

Landscape & Ground Maintenance crew receives Our Hero award

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The Facilities Services Landscape & Grounds Maintenance Crew at Oregon State University has been named the Professional Faculty Leadership Association’s May 2017 ‘Our Hero.’

The team was presented with ‘Our Hero’ mugs, plaques and pastries by PFLA representatives during a crew break on May 30. They include Tim Carpenter, Todd Cross, Bill Doerr, Terry Folden, Henry Herb, Kevin Lorain, Nick McKee, Charlotte Pritchard, Ted Simpson, David Slifkin, Edi Smith, Chris Trine, Bill Coslow and Joe Majeski.

The 12-person team is responsible for all university grounds on the Corvallis campus, from mowing laws to pulling weeds to keeping sidewalks clear and safe, as well as many other tasks that keep the campus beautiful. Weather challenges have been especially bountiful of late.

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“With over 40 inches or precipitation since Oct. 1, 2016, this crew has had to endure clogged gutters, broken limbs, fallen trees, flooded and icy sidewalks, and more,” the nominator wrote. ”Freezing rain brought down limbs around campus requiring significant clean up. Additionally, the continuing rain this spring has resulted muddy wet conditions, making rain gear and rubber boots still a requirement.”

“OSU employees are the customers of the Landscape crew, whether they know it or not. Keeping the grounds of the University in top shape (regardless of the weather) is a big job. These employees deserve credit for providing top-notch customer service to the OSU community,” the nominator wrote.

Do you know someone at OSU who deserves hero status? The individual who makes the extra effort, who steps in to assist without being asked or puts forth the effort in a moment to make your day?  Here is your opportunity to recognize and celebrate their greatness. The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) is seeking nominations for the Our Hero Award.  PFLA membership is not required by either you (the Nominator) or your Hero (the Nominee).   Let us help you celebrate the everyday Hero in your OSU world. Nominating your hero is easy, so visit the PFLA Our Hero webpage today.

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