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International Housekeepers and Environmental Services Week: Sept. 13-17

Group photo of custodial team

International Housekeepers and Environmental Services Week is Sept. 13-17. The week is dedicated to recognizing the efforts of hard-working custodial staff members across all divisions on campus. The event is celebrated in thousands of facilities worldwide each year, but this will be the first year that Boise State is participating.

Thanks to the initiative of Kim Taylor, custodial supervisor, and John Barrie, assistant manager of custodial operations, in coordination with leadership in Facilities, Operations and Maintenance, a week of recognition events have been planned that will include prizes donated from departments around campus. Custodial team members will earn raffle tickets by participating in events such as a pinewood derby race, a paper airplane contest, and a team jigsaw puzzle challenge. All members of the custodial staff will also receive gift bags and meals during the week in recognition of all their work keeping campus clean, safe and functional.

“As much as they generally try to perform their work invisibly, and they have been here non-stop since the pandemic began, this is a week to make our custodians feel seen and appreciated,” said Randi McDermott, associate vice president and chief planning and facilities officer. “Please join me in thanking all members of our custodial teams for all that they do each day on behalf of our campus and students.”

Boise State custodians are responsible for the daily maintenance and upkeep of nearly six million square feet of space, occupied by thousands of residents, students, and staff. The FOM team would like to thank the campus community for their support of the project so far, and for supporting the crews during the week as they take important time to celebrate and recognize the cleaning staff.

Members of the custodial day crew gather for a photo