RDP honors campus housekeepers at reception
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 06 - October 1, 1998
Residential and Dining Programs held a reception for its housekeeping staff recently, marking the end of International Housekeepers Week.
In a show of support from local vendors, more than 50 items were donated as prizes, including dinners for two from the Outback Steakhouse and Red Lobster.
A highlight of the event was the recognition of Housekeeping Supervisor Debra Jackson. Jackson was recently named the Central Virginia Housekeeping Employee of the Year by the Central Virginia chapter of the International Executive Housekeepers Association.
Approximately 80 housekeepers work for Residential and Dining Programs, responsible for over one million square feet of residence-hall space. RDP is one of the few departments that maintains a seven-day housekeeping operation, with a utility crew providing coverage on weekends. Each day, more than 650 bags of trash and recycling are removed from the residence halls.
"Our housekeepers are a true asset to Residential and Dining Programs," said Margie Lawrence, assistant director for Housekeeping Services. "These individuals work day in and day out to maintain a high level of cleanliness in our residence halls. They have a great relationship with our students, and that really does make a huge difference."