Distinguished Operating Staff Award
Groundskeeper, Facilities Services
Roberta Mayhew loves her job. As a groundskeeper with Plymouth State University’s Facilities Services, she enjoys working to maintain the beauty of the campus. Her responsibilities encompass snow and ice removal, mowing the lawns, ensuring that the lawns and sidewalks are clean and clear, and more. And while to many it may sound like a grueling task, Mayhew embraces the fact that, for her, a day at the “office” means breathing fresh air, being surrounded by nature, and interacting with a wide variety of people including students, parents, faculty, and fellow staff members.
“I love being outdoors, no matter what the season,” Mayhew explains. “I love hearing the birds, seeing the animals, and being able to talk with people. I never know who I’m going to see.”
Over the past five years that she has been at PSU, Mayhew has integrated herself into the University community in a variety of ways. She is a member of the Campus Parking Committee, a group composed of students, faculty and staff, that recommends changes in parking policy and rules to the administration as well as the Operating Staff Senate, an organization that gives PSU operating staff a voice in the governance of the University. Mayhew also volunteers at the Silver Center for the Arts, where you will find her running the concession stand or working as an usher. In addition, she is a business management major at PSU, taking courses in the evening and online.
For Mayhew, one of the biggest rewards of both working and being a student at Plymouth is the interaction she has with other students, for whom she has a great deal of respect. “We have students who help out with the grounds, and they really work hard and do a great job,” she says, “And it’s nice to have my classmates come up and say hello when I am working.”
“Roberta has done a terrific job of maintaining the grounds here at PSU,” notes one nominator. “Her hard work, focus on good customer service, and friendly attitude to all she meets make her an excellent representative of Grounds and Physical Plant.”
Outside her PSU activities, the Plymouth resident also lends her time and support to community organizations such as Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive, a Plymouth-based non-profit dedicated to raising funds to fight cancer and help those living with cancer. Mayhew has been among the top individual fundraisers for the group’s annual Walk to Fight Cancer for the past two years.