Story & Photo by Kessley Miller, Advertising & Social Media Director
There are many opportunities for students to attend events and be- come involved within the school, but what most people do not realize is there are also many different things that go on behind the scenes to allow for RSC to hold events.
This is what the Physical Plant does. Students have most likely seen them around campus, either swiftly driving by in a golf cart, or working to beautify the school’s butterfly garden.
Kenzie Holland, Rose State early childhood education student, said, “I appreciate what the Physical Plant does for Rose State as a whole.” Holland continues, “They do so many projects and jobs that go unseen but make a huge difference here.”
These are the people who work from sunup to sundown to make sure Rose looks its best for the students and faculty. The Physical Plant is available 24 hours a day, with a staff that takes shifts in to help RSC whenever needed.
“Well, in a nutshell, we keep the campus running,” Richard Andrews, Associate Vice President for Campus Operations at RSC, said. “There are around 120 acres that we have to maintain here.”
They help keep the campus operating by maintaining any buildings, parking lots, landscape, or indoor areas. This also includes buildings not on the Rose State campus itself, which are located on Midwest Blvd. and the Atkinson Heritage Center located in Midwest City.
With a staff of only 43, taking care of so much can be overwhelming. Andrews explained that the operations staff takes pride in what they are doing and receives a great deal of satisfaction from making the campus look good.
There are several different teams that are within the operations team that work together. There is the facilities maintenance crew which takes care of all the electrical and structural needs, the grounds maintenance crew that takes care of the outdoor needs, the motor maintenance crew who takes care of all vehicles that are at Rose and the office staff that does all the paperwork for the whole operations team.
The operations crew works constantly to take care of the campus.
Andrews stated, “Our administrative and executive staff of operations have a combined years experiences of 155 years here at the college.” He added, “I think it is a great honor to be associated with the operations, they are all such overachievers in everything they do at the school.”
The 15th Street News is a student publication at Rose State College.