Norwich President Mark C. Anarumo praises team’s effort to adjust campus for COVID-19

Getting Norwich University’s campus ready for students, already a substantial task for the Facility Operations staff, has taken extra labor and attention to detail this semester with Vermont Health Department COVID-19 guidelines to meet.

In town hall addresses and other communications, President Mark C. Anarumo has praised the Facility Operations staff, saying it has met these new challenges with trademark Norwich determination and aplomb.

“The things they (Facilities Operations) are doing, it really is a tremendous lift.”Norwich University President Mark Anarumo

In his Thursday Update from the Hill video, Anarumo called FacOps the front line for campus preparation and highlighted the department’s recent work, which includes installing plexiglass and sneeze guards and wielding high-powered sanitation equipment in campus buildings.

“I thank them every time I do a town hall; I’m going to thank them again,” Anarumo said. “The dorms are ready. The classrooms are ready.”

FacOps has also partnered with the Office of Communications to post health guideline reminder signs outside and inside campus buildings. The signs remind students to keep their 6-foot physical distance from one another, wear their face masks and wash their hands.

One whimsical sign posted on the Upper Parade Ground during the first student arrival weekend, Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, features a Norwich baseball player hiding his face with his fielder’s glove to remind students to cover their faces.

“The things they (FacOps) are doing, it really is a tremendous lift,” Anarumo said. “When you see a FacOps professional, just wave them down and say, ‘Thank you.’ They’re doing amazing things for us.”



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