While Illinois State University faculty and most staff members continue to work from home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, essential employees from areas throughout the University such as Grounds; University Police; University Farm; University Housing Services; and Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality continue to work on campus while practicing safe social distancing. Here is a second photo essay to salute to our essential employees who are working to keep operations moving forward for the future.
Building Service Worker Andrea Armenta cleans windows in a room at Watterson Towers.
Grounds workers Michael Senkpiel guides Josh Eiskamp as he uses an auger to dig a hole to plant a dogwood tree on the east side of the Nelson Smith Building.
Painters Brad Brakebill, foreground, and Chris Brown sand, caulk, and paint window frames and trim on the exterior of Fairchild Hall.
From left, University Farm Manager Jason Lindbom, Senior Agricultural Research Technician Jeff Bender, and Assistant Agricultural Research Technician Randall Wright go over the planter before planting season at the University Farm in Lexington.
University Police Deputy Chief Nichol Bleichner walks Pawfficer Sage through west campus on one of her daily walks.
Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality Services Culinary Associates Jacob Reynolds, right, and Deguene Fall make pizzas in a prep kitchen at the Watterson Dining Commons.
Watterson Towers Residence Hall Coordinator Stephanie Alvarez-Rivera, M.A. ‘19 processes keys and files room inspection forms at the area office at Watterson Towers.
Illinois State University Police Officer David Erickson walks past the new INTO Illinois State waiting area on the second floor of Fell Hall during a building check.
Building Service Worker Leroy Chambers wet mops the floor at Manchester Hall.
School of Biological Sciences Greenhouse Manager Bethany Evans Campbell waters plants at the Felmley Collections Greenhouse.
Administrative Technologies Executive Support Josh Crowe, right, helps Administrative Assistant to the President Dave Bentlin troubleshoot any possible issues that could occur during an upcoming online Board of Trustees meeting.
Cardinal Court Complex Coordinator Kiley Rotchford evaluates room damage at Cardinal Court now that students have moved out for the summer.
University Police Telecommunicator Rachel Smiley fields calls at the Police Department in the Nelson Smith Building.
Facilities Maintenance Repair worker Todd Alfrey, right, and Facilities Driver Ryan Gathright load and tie down a scissor lift in preparation for transport across campus to Horton Fieldhouse.
Building Service Worker Sue Perry waxes the floor in a suite at Watterson Towers.
Junior Animal Industry Management major Wyatt Hewing uses a tractor to load animal waste for compost at the University Farm in Lexington.
Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality Services Bakery Assistant Brittany Marie Lee puts the finishing touches on a pan of s’mores in the bakery at Watterson Dining Commons.
Building Service Worker Miguelina Almanza sanitizes a desk and chair at Watterson Towers.
University Police Telecommunicator Supervisor and Records Manager Melissa Jones files paperwork at the Police Department at the Nelson Smith Building.
Junior Marketing and Human Resources double major Blythe Neese, the summer RA at Hewett-Manchester Halls, creates a weekly newsletter for her fellow students.
Assistant Agricultural Research Technician Nathan McKeon loads a truck with processed grains at the feed mill at the University Farm in Lexington.
Electrician Matt Allen traces a circuit for an LED lighting upgrade at the Carter Harris Building.
Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality Services Culinary Assistant Rachel Anderson slides a tray of salads onto a cart in the prep kitchen at the Watterson Dining Commons.