After spotlighting our new lighting system in the newsletter last month, we realized that we hadn’t yet written about one of the essential personnel for the Library Learning Commons. Kim Clark started at CSC in December 2011, and has been the LLC’s custodian since July 2017. Prior to coming to the LLC, she worked in the PAC, then shifted to Math and Science and Burkhiser, then Old Admin and the Sandoz Center. After years of splitting time between multiple buildings, Kim really likes the ownership of being in control of her own building. And, she greatly enjoys the camaraderie she has with LLC staff and students. For Halloween, she and the entire staff of The Office of Academic Success dressed up as dominoes (see photo).
Kim has deep roots at CSC. She attended classes here in the late 1970s and all three of her children graduated from CSC. Dezarae (Galey) Brandt is a probation officer, Christina (Galey) Winters is a counselor, and Chance Galey, who was an All-American football player during the Danny Woodhead era, is a consultant in the oil industry. Her great-uncle, Bill Lindeken, was a generous donor for CSC. He and his wife Frances donated money for the Student Center’s clock tower, contributed to the construction of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, and funded numerous fine arts and humanities scholarships.
Kim has called the Panhandle home her entire life and has lived in Crawford, Chadron, Alliance, and Scottsbluff/Gering. Kim has held a variety of jobs, including group home instructor, cleaner for the railroad, and housecleaner. She worked for the Office of Human Development for 13 years. She sought out this opportunity because she wanted to work with people with special needs, and she found it very rewarding. She has also enjoyed working in flower shops, where she did lots of arrangements for funerals and weddings. She enjoyed the creativity of flower arranging and being surrounded by beauty every day.
The library presents some unique challenges for cleaning because of the huge number of books. The student workers assist Kim with Keep the Library Clean (KLC). Student workers are tasked with dusting the books, so Kim has time to focus on more technical cleaning responsibilities. She really enjoys having the opportunity to interact with the students and guiding them with their tasks.
In addition to her normal cleaning tasks, Kim assists with snow and ice removal. The grounds crew takes care of much of the snow removal on campus, but custodial staff is in charge of removing snow in areas the machines can’t navigate. After the recent blizzard, Kim is definitely looking forward to spring! The whole maintenance and grounds crew worked together and tackled the storm and she’s proud to be part of a well-functioning team.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys doing craft projects and decorating her apartment for different holidays and seasons. Being surrounded by books all day has rubbed off on her, and she has recently started journaling again, which brings her great joy. She loves pampering herself at spas, spending time with friends, walking outside in fresh air and, of course, she loves spending time with her kids and six grandkids at every opportunity.