Vol 56 No. 15 | Nov. 2004
Parking Staffer Chosen Top Employee for October
BG Abraham, a member of the university since he enrolled as a student in 1992, was selected by his peers in Parking, Transportation and Event Services as employee of the month for October.
Abraham was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union, which was renamed BG Abraham Lane for the month of October.
CSULB President Robert Maxson praised Abraham for his prompt and friendly service.
“BG shows no hesitation to help anyone, including students, faculty and staff,” said Maxson.
“It feels really good to be named employee of the month,” said Abraham, a Long Beach resident. “I was surprised just to be nominated.” He feels one reason for his recognition is his willingness to go the extra mile. “I deal with all kinds of questions, from computers that don't work, creating new programs and databases to improving IT systems,” he said.
Abraham arrived on campus as a master's candidate in computer science and engineering in 1992. He went to work for Parking, Transportation and Event Services and eventually went full-time in 1995. When he first joined parking in 1992, he recalls a different office with different responsibilities.
“As a student, I performed the usual duties of working in the information booth, issuing citations to vehicles parked illegally, collecting money at the permit machines and meters and presiding over parking for special events,” he said. “Now, as an analyst/programmer, I deal with the information technology systems in Parking, Transportation and Event Services.”
His responsibilities include varying programming assignments, administering networks, maintaining servers and supporting desktop users.
“When I first arrived, I found an office that was virtually all paper with only two computers. Then when we moved into the new office, we bought Macintoshes and used Apple networks,” he said. “Now, we have nearly 50 IBM PCs and most of our work is done through computer.”
He became interested in computer technology in the Near East where he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Regional Engineering College, Kakatiya University, India.
“After working for five years in Hindustan Petroleum in India, I came to this country seeking new opportunities,” he recalled. “It was quite a culture shock moving from India to California, but I found lots of opportunities here. I remember things seemed to move faster here and the students I met had many more options in the classes they could choose.”
When he's not solving information technology-related problems and issues, Abraham often can be found spending his lunch hour working out at Frog's, riding his bike on the beach or riding his motorcycle on the weekends.
One of the biggest changes he has seen in his time on campus is the steadily improving image of Parking, Transportation and Event Services.
“When I first arrived, we didn't have that many applications when an opening was created,” he said. “Now, it seems many are interested in working for parking.”
Abraham's goals include moving into management and applying to CSULB's MBA program. He's glad he made the choice to join CSULB, both as a student and as an employee. “I love to come to work every day,” he said. “It's especially good to work with colleagues like the ones I have.”
Abraham received several gifts including a CSULB sweatshirt, a $25 gift certificate for breakfast from Lakewood's Heritage House, a $25 gift certificate from Seal Beach's Spaghettini Italian Grill, lunch for two from Togo's, and lunches from Panda Express and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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