Academic Custodial Services

There is a sign hung outside the door of Jose Ona’s office in Omega that reads, “Jose Ona: Your friend, teacher, grandpa, helper and counselor.”

The 81-year-old custodian has worked in the residence halls for over a decade, and he works hard to share the principles and…

When Western custodian Jim Reichart was younger he used to have an “I can’t” attitude when trying new things. As he got older, the word “can’t” started to disappear from his vocabulary to where now he doesn’t use the word.

In the spring, Reichart…

Workers continued cleaning up Monday after minor flooding Sunday in the second, third and fourth floors in the Biology Building.

The leak was first reported by an employee at about 10 p.m. Sunday. The source of the leak was one of the filtering stations at a fourth floor lab counter, with…

Recently, one of the Western Washington University custodians required medical treatment because of a used syringe with exposed needle placed in a waste container.

Plastic bags of trash are removed from individual waste containers and moved around campus for proper disposal.

No one…

In the tidy, colorful living room of her house on St. Paul Street in Bellingham, Katy Frank carefully lays out a couple dozen images she’s cut from magazines. Desert landscapes. A zebra. Trees in the throes of autumn. A hand leaving a bloody print on frosted glass.

She steps back and…

Academic Custodial Services at Western Washington University on Aug. 1 will take the next significant step in sustainable green cleaning on campus – using ionized tap water through a new spray bottle device to clean and remove health-affecting bacteria on all cleanable surfaces.

Now posted on the website for Facilities Management are the specific cleaning tasks for Academic Custodial Services in each of the campus buildings.

On the website are room-by-room, day-by-day breakdowns of the cleaning services with priorities on how services will change during staff…

[ Editor's note: At the end of the decade, Western Today is publishing articles from the past 10 years of FAST, the campus faculty/staff newsletter. This is one of those articles. Publication of FAST officially ended in the summer of 2009. It was replaced by Western Today. ]

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