The Update: Spring/Summer 2023

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New and Improved TigerTransit: Helping you get to where you need to be

Written by Charlie Tennyson, Director, Transportation and Parking Services

Like the rest of campus, TigerTransit is going through some big changes. Check out this video for an inside look at our new electric vehicles, the technology that supports our system, and the people who deliver the University's shuttle service.

Video written by and starring Charlie Tennyson, Kevin Guilbault, Michael Randolph, Monica Smith, Lorenzo Geroso, and Mario Piccinetti. Produced by Amanda Stevens

Year-end Thank You!

With sincere gratitude, a huge thank you to all University Services team members for all of your hard work and dedication throughout the year to make 2022–2023 a huge success! 

Photo contributors: Greg Billows, Amy Brown, Darcy Cotten, Lisa DePaul, Kathy Drew, David Hopkins, Donna Pilenza, Linda Recine, Marguerite Vera, Rie Yamauchi, and Michael Yoon

In case you missed it

Rewards and Recognition 2022–2023

University Services 2023 Rewards and Recognition Recipients

Congratulations to our 2022–2023 Rewards and Recognition recipients! Photos and video can be viewed on the Rewards and Recognition website.

Join the R&R Team

Now accepting nominations for new members. Nominate yourself or a colleague by Tuesday, June 27!


Dining Staff Featured in the New Yorker

Princeton's Hidden Chaplains—a project started by the Office of Religious Life and includes many University Services staff among its honorees—was recently featured in the May issue of the New Yorker.

Staff Spotlights

The staff spotlight is a project that the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee (DISC) developed as a way to get to know some of our colleagues a little better. 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), Darren Cifelli (Print and Mail Services), 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)

Marielisa Glass
Administrative Office Coordinator
Office
Office of the VP, University Services

Years at Princeton: 2

Typical Day: A typical day at Princeton consists of answering requests, managing projects, scheduling events, meetings and assisting in the hiring process of new staff in University Services.

Dawn Gruver
Senior Manager for Faculty and Staff Housing
Office
Housing and Real Estate Services

Years at Princeton: 12

Typical Day: I manage the University’s rental program for faculty and staff. This consists of approximatly 500 rental units that range in size from studios to single family homes. A large part is not only oversite for current residents, but I routinely meet with recruited and incoming faculty as they look to transition to Princeton.

Michael Hebditch
Solutions Specialist
Office
The Service Point

Years at Princeton: 8 years (HRES: 2015–2020; The Point: 2020–present). Also worked summers for OIT from 2008–2015. 

Typical Day: I work at the Service Point. We provide Customer Service for housing, parking and transportation, and dining. I do a lot of work with data that we have collected over the years here to help improve how we do things.

Dan Spotto
Business Intelligence Analyst, University Services IT
Office
University Services Administration (IT)

Years at Princeton: 6

Typical Day: A typical day for me includes analyzing data and sharing it with the business units I support. Data quality is a large part of my job where I make sure data meets criteria for accuracy and completeness. I also automate and streamline processes which eliminates manual work.

Interviewers

  • Marielisa Glass interviewed by Rie Yamauchi (University Services Administration)
  • Dawn Gruver interviewed by Renae Hill (Campus Dining)
  • Michael Hebditch interviewed by Chris Warkala (Housing and Real Estate Services)
  • Dan Spotto interviewed by Danielle Dennis (Campus Support Services)

Some responses have been edited for length

Why do you like working at Princeton?  

Marielisa: Princeton is a great place. The collaborative culture allows us to be part of great and innovative projects.

Dawn: I get to interact with a variety of people in all areas of study and from across the globe. It’s such a diverse group with different backgrounds and a lot of them are new to the United States.

Michael: I enjoy working with the people at the Service Point. I also enjoy some of the oddball interactions I have with students. I had a student call recently asking if he could have a tarantula in his room.

Dan: My work is project driven. So, I never get bored as I’m always working on something new. There are a ton of different systems we use in University Services.

How did you end up at Princeton University?/ What path led you to Princeton University? 

Marielisa: The desire to be part of a group that works together towards a common goal that will make a difference in someone's life. Whether it’s students, staff or community.

Dawn: I worked for the Chief Execuitive Officer of the RWJ Medical School. I oversaw operations and facilities management of laboratories and office spaces, as well as construction and the opening of new research buildings. I ended up at Princeton when I saw the opportunity for the position in HRES. I had a strong interest in real estate operations planning and project management and thought it would be a good opportunity to utilize my background.

Michael:  I worked here during the summers and after I graduated I took a job working in a youth hostel in NYC. I worked and lived at the hostel. I then applied for a job with HRES and started here in 2015.

Dan: Before Princeton University, I worked at Rider University doing similar work. Before that, I worked in the same field but for an insurance company.

What is a surprising fact about you or what are some things people don’t know about you?

Marielisa: I’m an introvert, I love shoes (that I can’t wear on campus, bummer!), and I was born in Dominican Republic.

Dawn: I have a dance and music background. 

Dan: As a side job in college, I dressed up as Frosty the Snowman for a day at the Morristown Mall. I could not see out of the costume so I was shuffling to move and constantly looking down so I would not trip. 

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

Marielisa: Some of my favorite books are “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle and “The Shack” by William P. Young

Dawn: I love live music. More recently I’ve been into country music and going to those concerts.

Michael: I enjoyed an animated series called “Over the Garden Wall”. The episodes were about 15-minutes long but was really well done. As far as music I like a rap artist by the name of Aesop Rock. He is very lyrically dense, and I like his music.

Dan: I am into Sci-Fi movies and shows.  Movies I like: Star Wars and Star Trek. TV show would be Stargate. The last book series I read was by Anne Leckie, and it was called Imperial Radch Trilogy. As far as music goes, I like anything with bagpipes. Lately, I have been listening to Spanish bagpipes.

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What do you like to do outside of work?/ What are your hobbies?

Marielisa: I like to spend time with family, listen to music, and dance (behind closed doors of course!). I like to visit different places too.

Dawn: I play the flute and am taking part in line dancing, west coast swing, and the hustle.

Dan: I play the bagpipes. I was in band in high school and someone donated bagpipes to the band, and they asked for a volunteer. I volunteered, and I have been playing ever since.  

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What is the best advice you ever received?

Marielisa: Just do it. Everything else is an excuse.

Dawn: It’s more of my daily mantra, but it’s “be part of the reason that someone chooses Princeton.” I always keep this in mind when I meet with faculty for recruitment.

Michael: I worked with someone who told me when I complained about the little things, that what I was doing seemed insignificant. He told me, “every minor upgrade is a major upgrade.” It reminded me that little things add up. Also, my mother always said, “try to leave things a little better than you found them.” I think that’s good advice.

Dan: I had to go to my mom for this question. She said, “go before you leave the house!” When she was a little girl in school, someone asked her the same question and that is how she answered. My grandmother was mortified!

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What is your favorite vacation spot or dream destination?

Marielisa: I enjoy visiting St. Thomas.

Dawn: I enjoy beach time and the boardwalk, but my dream destination would be visiting Italy with my son.

Michael: I once spent a month in Israel, and I really enjoyed the port cities of Haifa and Akko. Really beautiful. In Haifa there is a really beautiful place called the Bahai Gardens which I enjoyed.

Dan: Favorite spot would be Singapore. My friend was relocated there. The food was great. I ate at this restaurant called NOX, and it was an immersive experience of eating in the dark. After you ate your meal, you were given a questionnaire, and you had to guess what you thought you ate! 

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What is your favorite restaurant?

Marielisa: I love trying different foods and restaurants. If I had to pick a place to visit again it would be Zozo’s at Caneel Bay in St. John. I will never forget the view from that place. The food was amazing.

Michael: I spend a lot of time in NYC. There is a Korean BBQ place on 32nd Street and 7th Avenue called “Let’s Meat” that I go to whenever I can.

 

By the Numbers

Reunions and Commencement
May 25–May 30, 2023

15 miles of cable

Video Production Services installed 15 miles of copper and fiber optic cable

3,200 access cards

The Service Point distributed 3,200 access cards to alumni and guests

over 275 events

Campus Dining scheduled over 275 events between Reunions and Commencement

272 large format prints

Print and Mail Services produced 272 large format prints, including academic posters and signs for Commencement, Reunions, and more

tigertransit provided over 15,000 rides

TigerTransit provided over 15,000 rides across all services between Reunions and Commencement

Congratulations!
Joseph Coraggio
Office
Campus Dining

Joe Coraggio, a Food Service Worker at Forbes Dining Hall, was one of eleven individuals recognized by graduating seniors as an honorary member of the Class of 2023 for their profound impact on the student body.

Michael DiLisa
Office
Print and Mail Services

Michael started his new role as Mail Carrier with Mail Services on February 27, 2023 after serving as a Commissary Expeditor with Campus Dining Retail.

Jenna Glass
Office
The Service Point

Jenna started her new role as Solutions Specialist at the Service Point on January 30, 2023. Jenna previously held the role of Service Coordinator for the Service Point.

Kate Kolenda
Office
The Service Point

Kate began her new role as Service Coordinator at the Service Point on May 1, 2023 after serving as a Retail Food Service Worker with Campus Dining.

Julie Raymond
Office
The Service Point

Julie Raymond began her new role as Customer Service Center Manager on Monday, May 29, 2023. Julie previously held the role of Service and Solutions Advisor for the Service Point.

Larry Spruill
Office
Housing and Real Estate Services

Larry Spruill, Area Coordinator for Housing and Real Estate Services, was one of six Presidential Achievement Award recipients honored at this year's HR Service Recognition Luncheon.

Serena Thompson
Office
Conference and Event Services

Serena began her new role as Scheduling and System Support Specialist with Conference and Event Services on March 6, 2023 after serving in a temporary support role in Transportation and Parking Services. 

Hidden Chaplains 2022–2023

Congratulations to all the University Services employees who were nominated as a Princeton Hidden Chaplain.

  • Marianne Abbott
  • Sergio Arevalo
  • Jonathan Azocar
  • Marcia Cameron
  • Mimi Charles
  • Jackeline Davis
  • Francisco DeLeon
  • Elda dePagnier
  • Sabrina Donaldson
  • Pierre Geffrard
  • Miosotis Gonzalez Guerrero
  • Anne Marie Graver
  • Dave Guerzini
  • Andrew Immordino
  • Mina Iskandre
  • Vonette Lawrence
  • Andrew Long
  • Catalina Maldonado-Lopez
  • Margarita Martin
  • Edith Murray
  • Yokasta Nunez-Perez
  • Brenda O'Hara
  • Heather Parker
  • Melissa Pierre
  • MuMu Pwee
  • Samantha Riday
  • Puneet Sethi
  • Thomas Stallone
  • Justin Stetka
  • Howard Sutphin
  • Krystyna Swiecica
  • Martin Villamar
  • Bob Walker
  • Inkyung Yi

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 2022

45 years of service
  • Nicholas Lubrano (CD)

 

35 years of service
  • Darcy Cotten (PM)
  • Mark Pesetsky (CSS)

 

30 years of service
  • Christeen Griffiths (CD)
25 years of service
  • Myrtha Brioche (CD)
  • Orlando Griffiths (CD)
  • Dewayne Grissom (CD)
  • James (Brad) Ortega (CD)
  • Dwight McEwen (HRES)

 

20 years of service
  • Sergio Arevalo (CD)
  • Nicola DiMeo (CD)
  • Fredy Guzman (CD)
  • Katie Kolenda (CD)
  • Raysa Ramirez (CD)
  • Irena Tech-Czarny (CD)
  • Anthony Morreale (PM)
  • Leona Rosso-Dzugan (PM)
  • Mohamed Flites (HRES)
15 years of service
  • Concepcion Barrera (CD)
  • Jeffrey Bassant (CD)
  • Emily Capunpon (CD)
  • Lucia Carrazco (CD)
  • Peggy Chow (CD)
  • Chirada DeToro (CD)
  • Michael Gattis (CD)
  • Jean Journal (CD)
  • Nathalie Jovain (CD)
  • Alessandry Lopez (CD)
  • Tashel Mackins (CD)
  • Catalina Maldonado-Lopez (CD)
  • Italee Phillips Russell (CD)
  • Jason Romeo (CD)
  • Li Sun (CD)
  • Krystyna Swiecica (CD)
  • Alex Veillard (CD)
  • Inocki Aponte (PM)
  • Jonathan Carman (PM)
  • Ed Liese (PM)
  • Aaron Sked (PM)
  • Brett Lawrence (OVP)
  • Janine Aziz (HRES)
10 years of service
  • Gregory Billows (CD)
  • Juan De Leon (CD)
  • Paul Dylik (CD)
  • Willio Fenelon (CD)
  • Wilso Fileus (CD)
  • Nadia Julien-Bowser (CD)
  • MuMu Pwee (CD)
  • Pierre Roselin Sans-peur (CD)
  • Marvin Vasquez (CD)
  • Scott VanderVeer (PM)
  • Karen Babecki (HRES)

New Faces (12/9/22–6/2/23)

Neeta Bauer
Scheduling and Engagement Manager
Office
Conference and Event Services
Start Date
1/30/23
Alan Bucher
Senior Associate Director of Finance, Campus Dining
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
5/22/23
David Burden
Director of Print, Mail and Trademark Licensing Services
Office
Print and Mail Services
Start Date
4/17/23
Al Chiarello
Area Coordinator
Office
Housing and Real Estate Services
Start Date
1/23/23
Cesar Davila
Cook, Forbes
Start Date
2/13/23
Adelmo Dieguez Secaida
Food Service Worker, Forbes
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/10/23
Vinicio Donis
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
2/13/23
Jeff Freedman
Director, University Services IT
Office
University Services Administration
Start Date
3/13/23
Julian Geffert
Culinary Production Manager, Forbes
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/3/23
Vishal Hayban
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/3/23
Russell Johnson
Food Service Worker, Grad/Catering
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/3/23
Al Lafontant
Food Service Worker, Center for Jewish Life
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
2/6/23
Marie Leger
Food Service Worker, New College West
Office
Campus Dining
Robbie Liquori
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Start Date
2/20/23
John Messina
Director of Operations, Campus Dining
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
5/1/23
Julio Montero
Production Technician, Audio Specialist
Office
Campus Support Services
Start Date
3/20/23
Jon Oyola
Service Coordinator
Office
The Service Point
Victorino Pineda
Food Service Worker, Forbes
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
1/23/23
Amanda Powick
Program and Events Manager
Office
Conference and Event Services
Brittany Pryor
Program and Events Manager
Office
Conference and Event Services
Danny Rafael
Food Service Worker, Yeh
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
1/30/23
Michael Randolph
Assistant Director for Campus Mobility
Office
Transportation and Parking Services
Start Date
4/3/23
Adalberto Sanchez
Food Service Worker, Whitman
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
1/16/23
Mary Kate Smyser
Venue Associate, Lewis Arts complex
Office
Campus Support Services
Start Date
4/17/23
John Sowienski
Assistant Manager, Retail
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/17/23
Donna Spivey
Food Service Worker, Forbes
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/17/23
Waleed Tarar
Food Service Worker, Yeh
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
1/16/23
Alyssa Williams
Retail Food Service Worker, Frist
Office
Campus Dining
Start Date
4/17/23