Thursday, February 21, 2019

The weather wasn’t a surprise—there was ample warning a snowstorm was heading our way. It didn’t faze the Seminary’s Facilities team however, they have been there and done that many times before. According to Steve Slominski, Director of Grounds, a meeting to discuss the plan to clear snow and make the grounds safe was not necessary, text messages would suffice. Everyone knew their job and what was waiting for them on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, equipment was checked and prepped for the busy day ahead. Steve, Victor Hurtado, and Ronnie Saunders spent the night on campus. Everyone else reported early Wednesday morning to begin a long day of plowing roads, scraping and salting sidewalks and steps, and making the campus safe for students and faculty, whose classes went on as scheduled. What made it more challenging was the fact the snowstorm continued throughout the day. It was not a case of one pass and it’s done. The weather was calling the shots.

We are blessed by the flexibility, willingness, and skill of our dedicated Facilities staff who spent a blustery day outside for our benefit. We appreciate Steve, Ronnie, Victor, Stuart Dahlinger, John Erbe, Fritz Friton, Timothy Lawhorn, Tom Leake, Mohamed Mohamed, Jose Reyes, Juan Rivera, and Griffin Warder for their dedication and hard work. Thank you!

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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