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Members of the paint crew (from left: Hebeler, Curry, McPherson, McDonough, Capetillo and Clark) stand in front of a shed that they painted for SCDC.

Members of the paint crew (from left: Hebeler, Curry, McPherson, McDonough, Capetillo and Clark) stand in front of a shed that they painted for SCDC.

MSU employees spruce up day care


Dec. 31, 2010 

Young children on MSU’s campus need a place they can call home as well. Thanks to the work of several Phys Planters*, the children that attend the Spartan Child Development Center now have a newly redone and accredited place to spend their days.

Rosene Johnson, administrative director for the Spartan Child Development Center, placed a call to MSU Vice President of Finance and Operations Fred Poston to talk about getting work done.

“We basically just called Fred Poston and (Assistant Vice President of MSU Finance and Operations) Kathy Lindahl, and they were supportive in us getting the work done,” Johnson said. “From there, they put us in contact with the Physical Plant.”

The work was necessary because SCDC was up for reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education for Young Children. The NAEYC requires its day care facilities to meet regulations in order to function.

The crew at the Phys Plant performed updates to the playground, general repairs, installed new carpet, updated the HVAC system and painted the whole day care.

Because no work could be done when the children were at the facility, all the jobs had to be completed on nights and weekends, in a very short amount of time.

“We basically had a 21-day time frame,” Johnson said. “They worked around the clock to get us updated.”

Structural/Paint Skilled Trades Supervisor Deb Russell and her crew (Painter IIs Marsha Clark, Wendell Curry, Kelly McDonough and Mike McPherson, Painter Is Jesse Capetillo and Mark Denda, and Trades Aide Pam Hebeler) chose the paint that would fit with the rooms.

“My staff worked with each individual teacher to pick out colors and coordinate with their classrooms,” Russell said. “They would move all the furniture into the middle of the room so we could paint.”

There were several other Phys Planters who worked around the clock to help SCDC receive its accreditation. They are: Metal Worker Mechanic II Greg Branklyn, Metal Worker Mechanic I Reginald Bush, Preventive Maintenance Worker Gordon Clark, Carpenter IIs Eric Doolittle and Mark Therrian, Roofer Is Jerry Dikeman, John Patterson, Ronald Williams and Lee Cuykendall, Planner/Inspector/Analyst I Steven Dowker, Roofer IIs Bruce Knoblauch and Richard Travis, HVAC Mechanic II DJ Meirndorf, Central Control Supervisor Stacy Nurenberg, Electronics Mechanic IIs Oggie Swan and David Townshend, Electronics Mechanic I Matthew Pepper, Locksmith I Daniel Barney, Locksmith IIs Tony Galorneau and Susan Hurst, Electrician II Jami Edgecomb, Maintenance Assistant IIs Jonathan Barney, Kent Brecheisen, Daniel Blemaster, John Jeske, James Waskom, and Trades Aides Ryan Gallagher, John Rowe and John Wikstrom.

The work at SCDC is now complete, and the staff and families that attend could not be happier with all the time and effort the Phys Plant put in.

“We are very pleased and extremely appreciative,” Johnson said. “Everyone was so sweet and so kind, and we could not have done it without them. The best part of the whole thing is we ended up receiving our accreditation!”

November/Dececember 2010

*Prior to the creation of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities in January 2013, several IPF departments were a part of the now-dissolved MSU Physical Plant. Some historical articles on this website reference that former unit.

All about the Spartan Child Development Center

The Spartan Child Development Center was founded in 1971 and has served as a day care for the MSU community ever since. The attendees of SCDC range in age from 2 weeks to 5 years old.

SCDC is an entity of MSU located in Spartan Village. SCDC currently has five classroom levels. The classrooms are: infant, toddler, transition, preschool 2 and preschool 3/pre-K.

For more information on SCDC, visit its website at or call (517) 353-5154.