Vol 56 No. 13 | Oct. 2004
Kevin Hottle was selected by his peers in facilities management as CSULB's employee of the month for September.
Hottle was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union. The walk was renamed Kevin Hottle Lane for the month of September.
President Robert C. Maxson praised the 16-year member of the university for his willingness to go the extra mile and his dedication to the university.
“He is a role model for the university thanks to his commitment to serving faculty, students and the university community,” says Maxson.
Hottle, an air conditioning/refrigeration mechanic, was pleased to be named employee of the month. “It's exciting,” he said. “I feel grateful to be recognized by my peers.”
One reason for his recognition, he thinks, is his commitment to the university. “I've always been willing to accommodate my schedule to the job,” he said. “I've always done that since I started working here in 1988. Of course, it helps to work in a good shop where I know they appreciate my efforts.”
His responsibilities include working in the campus' central chilling plant and in such south campus buildings as the university library and psychology.
“There are adjustments to be made every day,” said Hottle, who has been an air conditioning/refrigeration mechanic since joining the university. “Every day has something different. Some days I'll be working on the central plant's thermal storage and the next I'll be fixing a small refrigerator. Plus, I work with nice people in a good environment.”
It might seem that an expert in keeping the campus cool might be busier in the summer but Hottle doesn't see it that way.
“My responsibilities are year-round,” he explained. “There's plenty of maintenance to do in the summer when the students aren't around. But after classes start, I get plenty of calls too. There is always something to do, which keeps it interesting.”
When Hottle isn't on campus, he enjoys waterskiing and jet skiing on the Colorado River with his wife Denise and their two sons Parker and Wyatt.
His goals are to complete his associate degree at Cypress College and pursue his undergraduate work at CSULB. “I'd like to see what I could do in a supervisory role as well,” he said.Hottle received several gifts including a CSULB sweatshirt, two movie tickets for AMC Theaters, dinner for two from Caffe La Strada in Belmont Shores, a $25 gift certificate from Spaghettini Italian Grill in Seal Beach, lunch for two from Quizno's, a lunch from Panda Express and a car wash from the Seal Beach Car Wash.
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