Maintaining a Campus
Submitted by Bruno Orsetti
I have been both an employee and a student at Chabot. I was with the
very first group of Chabot students that met together at the
cafeteria on the new temporary campus at San Leandro with portable
class rooms, where we took the entrance test. We were greeted by Mr.
Jack Fishbaugh (Dean of Student Services). He told us, "You are the
first students of Chabot to meet together." As an older adult
student, I was overjoyed when the new Chabot college was
established, enabling me to attend junior college conveniently.
That year NASA launched the first rocket into space with a monkey on
board. Dean Fishbaugh said "We wonder what the monkey thought as he
flew up. Perhaps he wished he could have enjoyed a banana".
I also worked 10 years at both colleges. On the new campus in
Hayward I worked as a custodian during the first year. Instead of
each one working a specific area, we worked as teams rotating
different tasks each week and seemed to work really well. At
Christmas recess we had a dinner together with all the employees
including the administration in the cafeteria.
I graduated from Chabot with my parents and dear wife and three
children present, and my neighbors partied with me.
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