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October 2013 - David Rau
Congratulations to David Rau for being named Santa Rosa Junior College Employee of the Month for October 2013. David was nominated by his colleagues for his “considerable dedication . . . and his deep commitment to supporting the safety and sustainability and well-being of our campus community.” David has gone “well above and beyond” and is “professional, respectful, authentic” and demonstrates “a high level of initiative and self-motivation.”
David came to SRJC as a re-entry student in 2001 and worked as a Student Assistant at Plover Library. After earning his BA in philosophy at Sonoma State University he was hired by SRJC as a Library Technician I in Plover and later transferred to the Mahoney Library on the Petaluma Campus. David provides public service at the multi-function desk (circulation, reserve, media and periodicals) in addition to evening supervision/closing, purchasing and statistics duties.
The Building Emergency Plan he developed for the Mahoney Library “serves as a model for all other plans on this campus and across the district.” He’s an active member of the Petaluma Campus’ Building and Area Safety Coordinator team and is Building Safety Coordinator for the Mahoney Library.
Using the California Conservation Corp Chancellor’s Office Template for Sustainability, David drafted a plan for the Petaluma campus. An active member of the SRJC’s Integrated Environmental Planning Committee and the Petaluma Campus Sustainable Practices Task Group, David also agreed to lead the campus Task Group until he can be joined by a faculty co-chair. He walks the talk – or rather “rides the talk” – as he still busses to work after his participation in the “Face of Bus Ridership” campaign last year.
David enjoyed assisting with the September art exhibit for the Mahoney Library Art Gallery. It featured the Robert Ferguson Observatory and included meteorites provided by Keith Waxman – even tiny bits of the Moon.
David was born and raised in Novato. In his off hours, he plays guitar in two local bands: Nothing to Lose and Now & Zen. You can hear them play originals and classic rock covers at many local venues. He has also played for campus events.When asked what he likes most about his job, David stated, “Being able to participate in the greater good. People come here to follow dreams and broaden horizons. I get to be a part of the process and I take that to heart.”
Page last revised on: November 1, 2013
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