The Update: Spring/Summer 2022

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Student Usher Program: A Behind-the-scenes Look at Support for Commencement Events

For the past several years, Campus Support Services has leveraged its Student Usher Program to help support commencement events. Please enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at how it all comes together in the spirit of Princeton!

Video clips recorded by Mary Kemler, Campus Support Services; Nick Robinson, Campus Support Services; Katie Rohrbaugh '24, and Michael Yoon, University Services Administration. Edited and produced by University Services Communications.

Thank You, University Services Staff!

A special thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly in preparation for, during, and following Commencement, Reunions, Move Out and transition to summer.

Photos contributed by Darcy Cotten, Print and Mail Services; Kathy Drew, Print and Mail Services; Jaysen LeSage, ODOC; Courtney Massari, Campus Support Services; Nikki Naidu, University Services Administration; Aaron Sked, Print and Mail Services; Rie Yamauchi, University Services Administration; and Michael Yoon, University Services Administration

Dates to Remember

let's reconnect, thursday, july 14, 2 pm to 4:30 pm, Forum, Lewis Arts complex
University Services will be hosting an organization-wide gathering on Thursday, July 14, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex. Reconnect with colleagues in person. We hope to see you there!

 


 

Princeton Farmers' Market

Every Thursday through November 17, 10 am to 2 pm, Dinky Train Station parking lot next to Wawa. 172 Alexander Street. 

Learn more at www.princetonfarmersmarket.com

Staff Spotlight

In late 2019, the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee (DISC) Communications & Engagement subcommittee began discussing the concept of a “staff spotlight” as a way to get to know some of our colleagues a little better. Beginning with this Update, we will highlight a few members of our organization. Below are four colleagues from our largest department, Campus Dining. Many thanks to Danielle Dennis, co-chair, who championed this project and the subcommittee members, who compiled and chose the questions.

DISC Communications & Engagement Subcommittee members: Brandon Bates (Campus Dining), Danielle Dennis (Campus Support Services), Renae Hill (Campus Dining), Donna Pilenza (Campus Dining), Chris Warkala (Housing and Real Estate Services), Rie Yamauchi (University Services Administration)

Jim Brick
Operations Manager, Grad/Catering Unit, Campus Dining

Years at Princeton: One year this October

Typical Day: Preparing for dinner service at Procter Hall, as well as working on payroll, inventory, and ordering.

Mike Brown
Assistant Manager, Purchasing, Administration Unit, Campus Dining

Years at Princeton: 12 years this October

Typical Day: Every day holds something different! Getting an early start each day, usually in the office by 7 am.  

Jared Latini
Commissary Expeditor, Retail Unit, Campus Dining

Years at Princeton: 12 years this September

Typical Day: Unloading trucks and making sure everything gets to where it needs to go, helping with catering functions, taking everything to satellites, and distributing quarantine meals.

Yaovi Ofri
Food Service Worker, Whitman College, Residential Unit, Campus Dining

Years at Princeton: 2.5 years

Typical Day: Checking to see what the day's assignment is, focus on customer service in order to meet the students' needs when they come through the dining hall.

Interviewed and photos taken by Renae Hill

Some responses have been edited for length

Q: Why do you like working at Princeton?

Jim: What I like is the level of professionalism. All the staff, and everyone I come into contact with, knows their job and takes it seriously. 

Mike: I think it is a privilege to work here when you look at Princeton and the prestige it has. You also come into work knowing you are feeding students, who are the future, and you can change somebody’s life.

Jared: It’s like coming into a second family and a little like watching a reality show.

Yaovi: It’s a great working environment, and I like the way we interact with each other, especially with the students. I make sure to do my job in the best way possible every day to make sure I can help improve myself and help improve the department.

Q: What is a surprising fact about yourself that others do not know about you?

Jim: I do triathlons. My favorite is the Special Olympics triathlon in Asbury Park, but they are not holding it this year, so this summer I’ll probably be doing one in Point Pleasant. 

Mike: I am a very religious person and am very active in my church, leading several committees. I even preach a sermon from time to time.

Jared: It usually surprises people that I’m 38 years old.

Yaovi: I always want to come to work with a smile on my face and I always want to show and maintain a positive attitude at work.

Q: Please share an item that is on your "bucket list."

Jim: I want to get the entire family together to visit my grandfather’s home in Ireland. We were supposed to go before COVID, but it was canceled. 

Mike: To visit South Africa.

Jared: I want to skydive and swim with sharks. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that when we do something that terrifies us, it frees us.

Yaovi: Right now, it is my studies and how to improve my English.

Q: What is your favorite movie, TV show, book, or musical performer?

Jim: I have read everything that Stephen King has ever written…except his non-fiction about the Boston Red Sox.

Mike: My favorite movie is Lean on Me with Morgan Freeman.

Jared: Money Heist (TV Show); The Monster Squad (Movie); Black Sabbath (Music)

Yaovi: I used to watch a lot of Nigerian movies, I always read my bible, and I love listening to gospel music.

Q: What is your favorite food or snack?

Jim: Right now, it’s wings because my kids just discovered them and always want to try them at different places.

Mike: My favorite snack is lightly salted green banana chips.

Jared: Pretzels, candy, and ice cream.

Yaovi: Chicken and plantains. I eat plantains every single day, either cooking and smashing them, frying, or stuffing them with a chicken salad.

Q: When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Jim: Spending time with my kids. We do a lot of outdoor activities like biking, canoeing, and hiking. I grew up at the shore, so I spend a lot of time out there as well. We’ll get up in the mornings and drive down to see the sunrise and spend the whole day at the beach.

Mike: I enjoy watching movies and working in my yard or at my church.

Jared: I do a lot of sewing, cooking, and hanging out with my family. I also work with people who are struggling with alcohol and drug addiction to support their sobriety which I really enjoy.

Yaovi: I’m usually studying after work and taking classes on my days off.

Q: What brings you joy?

Jim: Going to the beach and watching the sunrise with my kids.

Mike: Watching my son grow into a man and continue to do well in school. I also love spending time with my family.

Jared: Being kind to someone. If they are having a bad day, it brings me joy to see them turn their day around.

Yaovi: My work makes me happy. Also talking to my family and my relationships with my church members and seeing them on Sundays.

 

By the Numbers


Reunions and Commencement
May 18–May 24, 2022

12 maps

Transportation and Parking Services worked with University Services Communications to develop 12 different maps for various guests, vendors, and campus partners

300 event reservations

Conference and Event Services processed over 300 event space reservations into EMS

12 miles

Video Production Support installed 12 miles of copper and fiber optic cable

575 signs, banners, and décor

Print and Mail Services produced 575 signs, banners, décor, and more

5 tons of chicken

Campus Dining served approximately 5 tons of chicken, as well as 4,264 pounds of fresh fruit salad and 33,800 cookies.

2500 keys

The Service Point, Housing and Real Estate Services, and Conference and Event Services worked together to distribute 2,500 room keys

Transit and Mobility (Transportation and Parking Services)
  • TigerTransit provided almost 15,000 rides (3% of annual ridership)
  • 287 additional golf carts were brought to campus (0 carts lost in Lake Carnegie)
  • The Dinky provided an average of 1,500 more rides to alumni and guests

 


Additional stats

Room Draw (Housing and Real Estate Services)
  • Approximately 500 undergraduates and approximately 200 graduate students participated in the three virtual sessions that were held for each population by the Housing Engagement team.
  • 77% rising juniors and 53% rising seniors who applied to Room Draw applied to at least one college draw.
  • 73% rising juniors and 44% rising seniors who applied to Room Draw applied to more than one college draw.
Summer Programs (Conference and Event Services)
  • Coordinating 61 summer programs (excluding sports camps)
  • Roughly 3,000 participants in summer internships, programs, conferences, and events
  • Hired six new account representatives (summer student workers)

Congratulations!

Josh Brown
Manager, Class and Events Technology Services

Josh Brown officially joined the Class of 2022 as an honorary member during Class Day on May 23, 2022. Students recognized Josh for his incredible support to faculty and students during the pandemic, managing classroom and event technologies and learning spaces. 

Dominique Davis
Manager, University Services IT

Dominique Davis has been promoted to Manager of IT Support, effective Monday, April 18, 2022. Dominique has a wealth of information technology knowledge and is familiar with the intricacies of many of the systems currently in use. In her new role, Dominique supervises both the Technical/Web Support Specialist and the Desktop Support Specialist. Dominique first joined University Services IT on January 13, 2020 as Desktop Support Specialist.

Jazmine James
Transportation Program Manager

Jazmine James will be (re)joining the Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) team on June 1 as Transportation Program Manager. In her new role, Jazmine will provide project and programmatic support across many parking and transportation services and initiatives. She will also serve as the primary liaison for process improvement and escalated case resolution with the Service Point, and support TPS as its office manager. Her work will be key to many improvements TPS is planning to introduce for campus parking and mobility for the upcoming academic year.

Jazmine has served the Princeton University community in multiple customer service roles since 2017. She started as a TPS customer service representative and was a critical piece of the combined TigerCard and TPS group. Recently, Jazmine has served as one of the inaugural Service Coordinators at the Service Point since it opened in 2020. Prior to her work at Princeton, she worked for ETS, assisting students with disabilities to arrange testing accommodations. 

Charlie Tennyson
Director of Transportation and Parking Services

Charlie Tennyson was one of 40 under 40 Award recipients recognized by the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) during its 2021 virtual ceremony.

Celebrating the accomplishments of a tremendous group of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) professionals and industry leaders, Charlie and his fellow awardees represent a diverse cross-section of professionals working to improve transportation options for commuters. 

Jonathan Zelnick
Senior Manager, Projects, Operations & Real Estate Transactions

Congratulations to Jon Zelnick, who was promoted to Senior Manager, Projects, Operations & Real Estate Transactions effective October 21, 2021.

Jon first joined Faculty and Staff Housing, Housing and Real Estate Services on August 7, 2017 as Real Estate Services and Projects Coordinator.

University Services Staff Celebrating Years of Service Milestones

Department abbreviations: Campus Dining (CD), Campus Support Services (CSS), Conference and Event Services (CES), Housing and Real Estate Services (HRES), Office of the Vice President/Administration (OVP/Admin), Print and Mail Services (PM), The Service Point (SP), Transportation and Parking Services (TPS)

Milestones achieved as of 2021

40 years of service
  • David Goetz, CD
30 years of service
  • Sally Buchanan, CES/US
25 years of service
  • Egland Brumley, CD
  • Steven Iannacone, CD
  • Howard Sutphin, CD
20 years of service
  • Yolette Barthelemy, CD
  • Louinet Bosquet, CD
  • Myriam Charles, CD
  • Oscar Chutckan, CD
  • Maria Claros, CD
  • Denise Cox, CD
  • Maria Datuin, CD
  • Marie Deravil, CD
  • Steve Flanagan, CD
  • AnneMarie Graver, CD
  • Maureen McWhirter, OVP/Admin
  • Kebreau Meneus, CD
  • Edith Murray, CD
  • Dino Palomares, OVP/Admin
  • William Radogna, CD
  • Edward Solek, CD
  • Roberto Tonelli, CD
  • Michael Valencia, CD
  • Daniel Walker, CSS
  • Maria Yanez, CD
  • Victor Yanez-Sanchez, CD  
15 years of service
  • Byron Arriola, CD
  • Gena Brelsford, CD
  • Violette Chamoun, CD
  • Yves Choute, CD
  • Andrew Dudley, CES/US
  • Wilbranet Labranche, CD
  • Victoria Lee, CD
  • Kaniesha Long, CD
  • Berta Lopez, CD
  • Sharon Maselli, CSS
  • Brenda O’Hara, CD
  • James Taylor, CSS
  • Patrick Thompson, CD
  • Mark Williams, CD
10 years of service
  • Jean Anna, CD
  • Amy Brown, CD
  • Marcia Cameron, CD
  • Jamesly Desire, CD
  • Michael DeLisa, CD
  • Lorraine Dunn, CD
  • Jennifer Ealy, HRES
  • Debby Foster, OVP/Admin
  • Kristin Gibblets, OVP/Admin
  • Dawn Gruver, HRES
  • Dorian Johnson, HRES
  • Jerry Luz, CD
  • Alcide Pierre Paul, CD
  • Ervin Soto, CD
  • Ana Suarez, CD
  • Kevin White, CD
  • Andrea Zabicki, CD

New Faces (11/22/21-06/06/22)

Vidalia Ariza
Food Service Worker, Rockefeller/Mathey
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
3/5/22*
Elizabeth Bonnah
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/11/22
Kayla Burg
Baker's Assistant, Bake Shop
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/11/22
Marlene Cooper
Residential Food Service Worker, Butler/First
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/25/22
Isaiah Crespo
Administrative Assistant & Office Manager
Office
Housing & Real Estate Services
Start Date
5/2/22
Manolo Donis
Assistant Manager, Retail
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
1/10/22
Herole Fileus
Food Service Worker, Butler/First
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
12/6/21
Mohamed Flites
Area Coordinator
Office
Housing & Real Estate Services
Start Date
4/18/2022
Kenneth Fonseca
Front of House Manager, Rockefeller/Mathey
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
1/10/22
Leeshua Gibbons
Business Manager
Office
Conference & Event Services/University Services Administration
Start Date
4/25/22
David Hatton
Chef de Cuisine, Butler/First
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/18/22
Becca Haulenbeek
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/25/22
Sheri Henry
Student Housing Occupancy Management Coordinator
Office
Housing & Real Estate Services
Start Date
5/2/22
Alma Hernandez
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/11/22
Kevin Higgins
Food Service Worker, Butler/First
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
12/6/21
Mina Iskandre
Food Service Worker, Butler/First
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/11/22
Alyssa Joseph
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/11/22
Magdalena Labno
Food Service Worker, Forbes
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/18/22
Rochelle Morgan
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/25/22
Nikki Naidu
Sr. Assoc. Director of Finance
Office
University Services Administration
Start Date
1/10/22
Loretta Ng
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/11/22
Guerda Pauyo
Food Service Worker, Butler/First
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/25/22
Ana Reyes
Garde Manger, Catering
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/18/22
Osvaldo Reyes
Multimedia Specialist
Office
Campus Support Services
Start Date
1/24/22
Alex Rodas
Culinary Production Manager, Retail
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
1/10/22
Maria Ruiz
Food Service Worker, Butler/First
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/11/22
Nadeem Siddiqui
Assistant VP for Campus Dining
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/11/22
Maria Velasquez
Residential Food Service Worker, Butler/First
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
5/16/22
Mike Zayas
Assistant Director for Campus Mobility
Office
Transportation and Parking Services
Start Date
2/21/22
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