Meet some of the faces of Columbia University Facilities. Browse our spotlights below to learn about some of the amazing personalities we have in our organization and the range of work they perform.
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- Richard Bussert Reflects on the Campus' Beauty
Richard Bussert, Facilities Director of Landscaping and Grounds knows his way around campus. Every morning, Richard tours our award-winning campus by foot, checking the condition of the campus grounds to make sure it's clean and attractive for the University community. "I often reflect on the beauty of the architecture and landscape, and amidst the activity of the lawns and plazas come to recognize a sense of pride in what I do and where I work." Click here to read more.
- Luis Manuel Gautreau, PorterFor more information on Luis click here.
- Michael Ryan, Doorman at 410 Riverside Dr
Ryan is the head doorman at 410 Riverside Dr., a 70-unit building owned by the University and occupied primarily by Columbia professors and their families. At any given time, Ryan is assisting anywhere from 150 to 170 residents. For the most part, Ryan, who is on duty during the week, carries out the typical duties of a Manhattan doorman: greeting and assisting residents and their guests, keeping the building secure, handling daily deliveries, acting as the liaison between the tenants and the superintendant and essentially attending to residents' needs. He also serves as a porter and manages building-related deliveries. "There is no set structure to my days. Whatever gets thrown at us, we deal with." .... Click here to read more about Michael Ryan
- Katiana Anglade, Director of Manhattanville Development ProjectsClick here to read more about Katiana Anglade.
- Ricardo Morales Helps Maintain Safety at Columbia
Ricky Morales, Manager for Crime Prevention Programs, develops programs that promote a safe environment for Columbia students, faculty and staff. Since joining Columbia's Department of Public Safety in 1985, Morales has been a sergeant, a lieutenant, a captain, an assistant manager of crime prevention, and, most recently, the crime prevention manager. He is also the first recipient of the Crime Prevention Award, established in 2007 in his honor. The award is given annually to a member of the department who displays outstanding commitment to public safety and to maintaining a safe campus community. MORALES' KEY CRIME TIP: Always trust your initial feeling. If something seems wrong or suspicious, go with your gut. Click here to read more about Ricky Morales.
- Executive Vice President of Facilities Joe IenusoClick here to read more.
- Melvin J. Bolar Helps Maintain Campus Buildings
Melvin Bolar has spent 43 years working at Columbia University. As Heavy Cleaner for custodial services, Melvin ensures that Low Library maintains its cleanliness. Each day, he undertakes a variety of tasks ranging from cleaning entire offices to emptying garbage cans and recycle bins. He counts a good day on the job as "when it's busy, when it's jumpin' like a 10-cent movie." Melvin also enjoys the health and the support he has received from Columbia, saying they contributed to his ability to recover from various ailments and medical emergencies. Click here to read more of Melvin's profile.
- Loretta Zuk Makes 547 Riverside Drive Feel Like Home
- Ramesh Raman Oversees the Environmental Performance of Manhattanville Development
As Executive Director of Environmental Field Compliance for Manhattanville Development, Ramesh Raman aims to make Columbia's new mixed-use campus in Manhattanville a model for "green" urban development. To ensure that this happens, Ramesh is using his Environmental Performance Commitments Plan (EPC Plan) and making sure that all construction equipment is outfitted with air pollution control devices and use Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel. For more information, please read the Fall '08 issue of Off the CUF.
- Veeramuthu "Kali" Kalimuthu, Assistant Mechanic and Herohere.