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Custodial Services Schedule

Vassar’s Custodial Services is introducing a new approach to building maintenance based on a team concept that has proven effective on many other campuses with multiple buildings of differing size and complexity. Our current practice of assigning one or two housekeepers to individual buildings is not as efficient as the team approach and makes it difficult to rebalance staff for vacations or periods of illness.

We are using the summer to develop the teams and conduct training prior to implementation of the new approach on August 17, 2009. You may contact any of the people listed at the end of this memo with your questions and suggestions.

To implement team cleaning, most of Vassar’s custodial staff will be concentrated in one new day shift, rather than spread over three shifts of work. The new day shift for custodial services will begin at 5:00 a.m., concentrating on office and classroom spaces to be completed by 9:00 a.m. Teams will then move on to residential spaces by 9:30 a.m., completing their work at 1:30 p.m.

Event Set-Up

Please note that the separate “set-up crew” will continue to work from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to address special needs for furniture set-up in classrooms and event spaces around campus.

Weekend Coverage

We will also maintain a small team that will work 3 week days and 2 weekend days to maintain high use buildings that are open seven days a week. These include athletic and dining facilities, libraries, residence halls, the College Center, the Students’ Building, the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film and Skinner Hall.

The team approach will permit the College over time to reduce through attrition both the number of supervisors and the number of custodial employees. These reductions, which have been ongoing over more than twelve months, will move the College much closer to standards for custodial staffing comparable to other liberal arts colleges.

We know that many around campus value getting to know the staff members assigned to their buildings, and that staff appreciate getting to know those of you who live or work in the buildings they care for. This new approach should still give many of you the opportunity to know the team members assigned to your building. Our goal is to make sure we do the best possible job keeping Vassar buildings clean and safe, and the team approach will allow us to conserve college resources while still performing at a high level.

As with any initiative, we will learn and adapt as we implement this program. We welcome your comments and feedback so that we can make adjustments that meet your needs and contribute to a successful transition. Listed below are the key supervisors you should contact if you have any questions or suggestions about cleaning assignments for the building in which you are located:

Cynthia VanTassell, Manager of Custodial Services
cyvantassell@vassar.edu extension 5863

  • Wimpfheimer

Peter Hernandez
pehernandez@vassar.edu extension 5368

  • 2500 New Hackensack
  • Chapel
  • Chicago
  • Davison
  • Ingram
  • Lockwood
  • Loeb
  • Raymond
  • Rockefeller
  • Security
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Van Ingen

Tom Zadrima
tozadrima@vassar.edu extension 7556

  • ALANA Center
  • Athletic & Fitness Center
  • Baldwin
  • Computer Center
  • Cushing
  • Jewett
  • Josselyn
  • Maria Mitchell Observatory
  • Observatory ‘51
  • Old Laundry
  • Students’ Building
  • Walker
  • Weinberg Sports Pavilion

Simon Alvarez
sialvarez@vassar.edu extension 5369

  • Buildings and Grounds Building
  • Lathrop
  • Mudd Chemistry
  • New England
  • Noyes
  • Olmsted
  • Sanders Classroom
  • Sanders Physics
  • Skinner
  • Vogelstein Center for Drama & Film

Todd Babcock
dababcock@vassar.edu extension 7192

  • Blodgett
  • College Center
  • Doubleday
  • Ely/Aula
  • Kautz House
  • Kenyon
  • Main (Administrative & Residential)
  • Metcalf
  • Powerhouse
  • Shiva
  • Strong
  • Swift