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Position: Athletic facilities crew person. Spending half of each work day keeping up the pool in Dillon Gym. Spending the other half main-taining and setting up facilities at Jadwin Gym during the winter and maintaining the practice and game fields during the rest of the year. Also staffing events.
Quote: "I'm proud to be part of the professional crew dedicated to providing the best possible atmosphere for our student-athletes and spectators. As the seasons change, my work changes -- no two days are ever the same. I've met some fantastic people. I come to work every day with a smile and a twang."
Other interests: Spending time with his two sons, ages 19 and 14. Freshwater fishing. Participating in activities at Kingston Presbyterian Church. Spending vacations hiking and rafting in his native East Tennessee.
Rao leaves to take position at Coke
Ombuds Officer Anuradha (Anu) Rao left the University last month to take a position as ombudsperson for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises.
"Princeton is an excellent University, and it is sad to leave. What really strikes me about Princeton is it is a place where so much is possible because of the people and its unique resources," said Rao, who had served in her position since 1998. "It is really possible to have an ideal community here, and we have been striving for that. I want to encourage people to keep striving for more and better."
Princeton's ombuds office, which was created in 1993, serves the campus community by resolving problems, providing mediation and encouraging an environment of civility and respect. The University soon plans to fill the position on an interim basis as a national search for a permanent replacement is conducted.
In the interim period, employees may seek assistance from the appropriate supervisors, the Office of Human Resources or the University's employee assistance counselor, Bill Sanderson. Students may seek assistance from appropriate deans, college masters or directors of graduate studies. Racial and ethnic harassment advisers also are available to the University community. Anyone unable to reach the appropriate contact may seek assistance from Joann Mitchell, vice provost for administration.
Rao first came to Princeton in 1988 and served as the director of training and organizational development in human resources until 1992. She departed to be an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Bryn Mawr College and returned to Princeton as interim ombuds officer in 1997.
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