Hopkins, Manter, Berzenski Awarded Cardinal Achievement Awards for Efforts During Storm

Dan LaBonte

Dan LaBonte

Joe Hopkins, Ed Manter and Mike Berzenski from Physical Plant and Dan LaBonte from Residential Life were all recently presented with awards for their outstanding efforts during a February snow storm.

Ensuring the safe operation of the Central Power Plant during a storm is critical to providing campus buildings with the necessary heat during freezing temperatures. Hopkins, Manter and Berzenski made their way to work either by driving in treacherous driving conditions at the height of the storm or by walking to work the next day along roads impassable to cars. They all worked beyond their scheduled shifts in order to cover the power plant during the storm and the days that followed.

Dan LaBonte, area coordinator, worked tirelessly from noon on Sunday until almost 9 p.m. that evening to hand deliver snow shovels to student residences. At some locations, LaBonte waded through waist deep snow to get to front doors to speak with students. Throughout the day, LaBonte shoveled out numerous building entrances around campus.