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Physical plant employees go for the goal in campus campaign

June 4, 2003

Custodial, roads and grounds, power plant, maintenance and accounting, supply and receiving…the backbones of any organization. Day in and day out, Austin Peays physical plant employees provide vital services to the campus community, and now they are lending their support to the Peay Pride Campus Campaign.

Physical plant coordinator Debbie Suiter and secretary Theresa Everett have spearheaded an effort to achieve 100 percent departmental participation in the campaign.
June 4, 2003

Custodial, roads and grounds, power plant, maintenance and accounting, supply and receiving…the backbones of any organization. Day in and day out, Austin Peay's physical plant employees provide vital services to the campus community, and now they are lending their support to the Peay Pride Campus Campaign.

Physical plant coordinator Debbie Suiter and secretary Theresa Everett have spearheaded an effort to achieve 100 percent departmental participation in the campaign.

The initiative was kicked off at a meeting last month when Suiter addressed physical plant employees. She explained the campaign, went through the brochure and gave out pledge cards. She also offered a sweet reward.

“We are known as 'the food people,'" Everett says. "So we had ice cream and made a party out of it. People were excited.”

At the meeting, Suiter also unveiled a big thermometer to monitor the progress of the department. It sits on an easel just inside the door of the physical plant department in the Shasteen building.

“Being such a large group, we thought it would be helpful to see how we're doing,” says Suiter.

Another incentive is the trip to Florida that will be given away to one lucky donorand the fact that the money given to the campaign could go back to the physical plant.

“Letting them know they could designate their money was helpful,” Everett says.

The response after the meeting was encouraging. Suiter and Everett plan to meet personally with members of the staff that were unable to attend the meeting to explain the campaign and answer questions.

The department is currently at 37 percent. But with 88 employees, the physical plant is one of the largest departments on campus. Suiter and Everett have their work cut out for them. Still, they're optimistic the department will make the goal.

“The slogan says it allPeay Pride,” said Everett. “We have a lot of hard-working people and a lot of Peay Pride.”