Spotlight On...

Meet some of the faces of Columbia University Facilities. Browse our spotlights below to learn about some of the amazing personalities we have in our organization and the range of work they perform.

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  • Richard Bussert Reflects on the Campus' Beauty

    Richard Bussert, Facilities Director of Landscaping and Grounds knows his way around campus.  Every morning, Richard tours our award-winning campus by foot, checking the condition of the campus grounds to make sure it's clean and attractive for the University community.  "I often reflect on the beauty of the architecture and landscape, and amidst the activity of the lawns and plazas come to recognize a sense of pride in what I do and where I work." Click here to read more.

  • Luis Manuel Gautreau, Porter
    Gautreau is the porter at 110 and 130 Morningside Drive, 50-unit residential buildings owned by the University and occupied primarily by Columbia professors and their families. A typical day for Gautreau consists of cleaning the building, helping residents to carry their goods, and handling deliveries. "There's always something going on, so every day is different. Every day I try to do a good job. Anytime anyone needs help, I'm there."... For more information on Luis click here.
  • Michael Ryan, Doorman at 410 Riverside Dr
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    Ryan is the head doorman at 410 Riverside Dr., a 70-unit building owned by the University and occupied primarily by Columbia professors and their families. At any given time, Ryan is assisting anywhere from 150 to 170 residents. For the most part, Ryan, who is on duty during the week, carries out the typical duties of a Manhattan doorman: greeting and assisting residents and their guests, keeping the building secure, handling daily deliveries, acting as the liaison between the tenants and the superintendant and essentially attending to residents' needs. He also serves as a porter and manages building-related deliveries. "There is no set structure to my days. Whatever gets thrown at us, we deal with." .... Click here to read more about Michael Ryan

  • Katiana Anglade, Director of Manhattanville Development Projects
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    Katiana Anglade is director, Manhattanville Development Projects. Anglade helps manage Columbia's expansion into Manhattanville, monitoring and reviewing the University's public commitments and supporting clean construction efforts. These include measures to enforce public and environmental health. She also works closely with contractors and fellow Facilities team members to support the University's goals of working with businesses owned by minorities, women and local residents. Anglade's job requires her to navigate quickly among a number of different tasks. "There are many experts here whom I am humbled to work with, and there are a lot of activities to learn from," she says. ... Click here to read more about Katiana Anglade.
  • Ricardo Morales Helps Maintain Safety at Columbia
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    Ricky Morales, Manager for Crime Prevention Programs, develops programs that promote a safe environment for Columbia students, faculty and staff. Since joining Columbia's Department of Public Safety in 1985, Morales has been a sergeant, a lieutenant, a captain, an assistant manager of crime prevention, and, most recently, the crime prevention manager. He is also the first recipient of the Crime Prevention Award, established in 2007 in his honor. The award is given annually to a member of the department who displays outstanding commitment to public safety and to maintaining a safe campus community. MORALES' KEY CRIME TIP: Always trust your initial feeling. If something seems wrong or suspicious, go with your gut. Click here to read more about Ricky Morales.

  • Executive Vice President of Facilities Joe Ienuso
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    Executive Vice President of Columbia University Facilities Joseph A. Ienuso received the 2009 Energy New York Award (ENYA) on April 29. The New York Energy Consumers Council (NYEEC), the event organizers, recognized Joe for demonstrating exceptional leadership in strengthening the energy reliability and economic competitiveness of New York. Under Joe's leadership, Columbia has engaged in several initiatives to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2007, the University joined Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC Challenge to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 30% by 2017. Other sustainable initiatives include green building and clean construction efforts, establishment of green roofs, use of hybrid vehicles, and the utilization of geothermal energy. Click here to read more.
  • Melvin J. Bolar Helps Maintain Campus Buildings
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    Melvin Bolar has spent 43 years working at Columbia University. As Heavy Cleaner for custodial services, Melvin ensures that Low Library maintains its cleanliness. Each day, he undertakes a variety of tasks ranging from cleaning entire offices to emptying garbage cans and recycle bins. He counts a good day on the job as "when it's busy, when it's jumpin' like a 10-cent movie." Melvin also enjoys the health and the support he has received from Columbia, saying they contributed to his ability to recover from various ailments and medical emergencies. Click here to read more of Melvin's profile.

  • Loretta Zuk Makes 547 Riverside Drive Feel Like Home
    As the building's superintendant for the past 15 years, Loretta Zuk has helped make 547 Riverside Drive feel like home to its residents. Loretta has recently become a New York accredited realty manager from the Thomas Shortman Training Program. In her spare time, Loretta is also an artist, currently working on an abstract series called "Vibrations." 
  • Ramesh Raman Oversees the Environmental Performance of Manhattanville Development
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    As Executive Director of Environmental Field Compliance for Manhattanville Development, Ramesh Raman aims to make Columbia's new mixed-use campus in Manhattanville a model for "green" urban development. To ensure that this happens, Ramesh is using his Environmental Performance Commitments Plan (EPC Plan) and making sure that all construction equipment is outfitted with air pollution control devices and use Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel. For more information, please read the Fall '08 issue of Off the CUF.

  • Veeramuthu "Kali" Kalimuthu, Assistant Mechanic and Hero
    Veeramuthu "Kali" Kalimuthu, assistant mechanic for CUF Undergraduate Residential Operations, performed a heroic act of bravery by rescuing an unidentifiable man from the subway tracks at the #1 train's 116th street station. To read more click here.