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Staff News May 2020

New Hires

This list includes all full-time equivalent (FTE) hires, including existing temp/wage employees.

Transfers & Promotions

  • Christine Alencar, project associate - smart labs, Office for Sustainability
  • Kevin Houchens, sheet metal mechanic senior, CC&R Construction & Renovation Services

Compliments from Customers

  • Simon Mwangi, custodial services worker: I just wanted to let you know that myself and many of my colleagues have been thoroughly impressed with Simon’s performance when maintaining our workspace…he has been very diligent in showing up both on time and being consistent in sanitizing our area. In a time where we need to be extra careful of keeping a clean environment, he goes beyond our expectations and we are very glad to have him. — William Bray, UVA Police Department Monitoring Station
  • Jim Comer, zone maintenance supervisor: I just wanted to send a quick note about the recent [emergency power outage that occurred in the McCormick Zone]…Jim Comer is amazing. He doesn’t have to care like he does, and he doesn’t have to be as open and communicative with us as he is. Everything went off without a hitch and the couple issues that popped up…he immediately fixed. He was constantly in contact with Lori, and they worked incredibly fast yesterday to rewire us so we are now totally good. And it’s also the little things. He talks to Lori and I like human beings…he respects me, and I respect him. Lori’s plan was to stay all day so that she could be there when the transfer back happened. But Jim told her to go home because it would be a few more hours. He could have easily made her wait. But instead, he worked with her schedule and did it the following morning. Again, Jim doesn’t have to do what he does, but because he does it, it makes things so much better. — Sarah Kucenas, Department of Biology
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