With the early onset of spring, Brian Beckerman, assistant superintendent of grounds, has more than enough to do these days. However it’s always good to take a mid-morning break, so when a stop by the Student Center was suggested, he was agreeable.
But in the end Brian was too sharp. He spotted a lot of people, including his wife, through the window and knew something was up. Joan Buckles literally pushed him inside to face his party as April Employee of the Month.
Joan is superintendent of grounds and Brian’s supervisor and she made the official presentation, noting that since coming to campus in 2000 Brian has been promoted from assistant tree surgeon to tree surgeon to his present position. “But he may have regretted accepting that last promotion,” she said, “because it was Brian’s responsibility to be out here at 3 in the morning to clear away the snow and downed trees this winter.
“But he did a great job, and it’s a privilege to work with him.”
For his part, Brian made perhaps the shortest acceptance in EOM history. “Thank you, everybody,” he said.
Brian’s wife, Wendy, and their three children -- Abigail, Connor, and Celia -- were there to help celebrate, and the kids made Dad a special card for the occasion. (See the photo.)