“The job that they do is beyond a mop and a bucket,” said Hoyte Phifer, assistant director of Facility Services. “The employees are the front line of any organization. They are the first ones people see in the morning and the last people to leave at night.”
Facility Services celebrated International Housekeepers Week from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, honoring about 100 workers with an ice cream social, picnic and other events.
The department named Ralph Farmer its Employee of the Year. Farmer, who has worked at the university about 16 years, is a member of the department’s Housekeeping Committee and participates in student move-in efforts each year, Phifer said. Farmer also provides exceptional customer service in the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Pfifer said.
“Ralph is a very good detail cleaner,” Phifer said. “He is also consistent in his work with very good attendance.”
Special recognition also went to members of the equipment and housekeeping committees, Phifer said.
Members of the Equipment Committee: Katie Sales, Rebecca Jones, Jeremy Murray, James Mason, Craig Payne, Timothy Wilkins, and Wanda Williams.
Members of the Housekeeping Committee: Albert Price, Rhonda Goins, Debora Tinnin, Ralph Farmer, Serena Raleigh, Paul Bigelow, Rodney Stewart and Robin Rorie.
The International Executive Housekeepers Association started the recognition program in 1981 to build morale among workers; UNCG has participated for about 20 years.
Photo: Housekeepers in the Facility Services Department were honored at an Awards Day Celebration in the Alumni House on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
By Morgan Glover