Welcome, spring semester

Custodian Dean Redix cleans desks in a Gilman auditorium

Photos by Matt Van Winkle.

Dean Redix (above) and Karen Carlson (below), members of the custodial team assigned to Gilman Hall, were cleaning and disinfecting desks and chairs in classrooms this week prior to the start of spring classes on Monday. With lighter use of the building this fall due to the pandemic -- and particularly in the last seven weeks -- team members said they used the time for deep cleaning and special projects such as carpet cleaning and wall washing. When classes begin, classrooms, restrooms and high-touch surfaces in the public spaces of academic buildings will be disinfected daily.

Carlson, a 35-year university employee who will retire this summer, called her final year at Iowa State "the most bizarre year I've had here."

Custodian Karen Carlson disinfects a table top