Denise Keeton, Housekeeper in Washington University in St. Louis Village House

“I’ve worked for WashU for twenty years… For me to be here for twenty years it has to be a great job. I like my job and I enjoy the friendships that I make with the students. Some of them stay here one year and end up coming back, staying here two or three years, so I’m comfortable with them and they’re comfortable with me because they know me.”

“I’m from St. Louis Missouri, born and been here all my life. I got married and had two children, I have three grandchildren…a granddaughter, she’s six, and two grandsons, they’re eight and nine. I spend my weekends with my granddaughter. I help my daughter plan her wedding, she’s getting married October 7th.”

“My mother was with me [in my childhood] the whole time, my father was there for part of my life. She took great care of us being a single mom, she had five children so that was hard. She always taught us to do our best… [She] kind of struggled trying to take care of five children alone, so my oldest brother actually left when he was a teenager and went to the military. He was around seventeen or eighteen.”

Thank you Denise for being such a hardworking and caring Unsung Hero! If you see her, she loves making connections with students! She also wants students to remember to “Just be humble, stay respectful, smile and say hi!”

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Marjorie Macklin, Cashier at Washington University in St. Louis the Village 

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“Me personally, I’m just an outdoorsy girl…I love to fish, I love fishing, Blue Gills and Crappies are my favorite. I love football. I love camping. But I still love to dress up and put on make-up and all the other little things like that. I’m a family person.” 

“Right now, I’m comfortable where I am at. I like communicating with people, and I like interacting with people. Like, food is the soul. It just makes people smile. I don’t care what kind of food it is, all the time the kids come in [the Village], its happiness with the food. I like that. It’s never a sad thing with food…I’ve tried sitting behind the desk, and I didn’t like it. It was too secluded, and kept me from interacting with people.”

“It’s just me and my mom, my dad passed a few years ago, and I got my son, Demarcus, and my two grand-babies, and I call one of them ladybug. I’ve been married to my lovely husband Fredrick Macklin for 13 great years. I’m the only one that’s allowed to call her ladybug. Their names are Demyra* and Demarcus III.”

Our interview with Marjorie has been one of the best yet! She is so personable, and she is truly excited to talk about anything with students. Next time you see Marjorie in the Village be sure to say hi and chat about her interests or her family. Thank you Marjorie for being our Unsung Hero!

Photo by Lindsay Athena Photography


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Jason Resko, Power Plant Operator at University of Notre Dame

“We run the boilers which make the steam that powers the generators and the air conditioning chillers… this is like a city. We make the heat, the air conditioning, we bring the water up out of the ground, and make the electricity that makes the campus run. The only thing Notre Dame uses the city of South Bend for is wastewater. Any water that runs down the drain is treated at the wastewater treatment plant. Other than that, everything is here.”

“I did what I loved in the Coast Guard for 21 years and then I was able to score a job at Notre Dame… it’s nice being a part of something that’s bigger than you. That’s what being in the military is like. It’s like you’re just a small piece of something greater than one person, and I feel like this is just another example of that.”

“My first memory of Notre Dame, actually being here, was March of 2006. We [his family] had plans to move out here when I retired from the Coast Guard in 2014, but this was our first visit to South Bend. I was at a school in Great Lakes, Michigan for 2 weeks, and the weekend in the middle she [his wife] flew out here. It was a beautiful spring day. We drove to campus, and that’s when we came upon Notre Dame for the first time. We spent the whole day walking around, going in and out of all the buildings, and taking pictures. I still remember it like it was yesterday. The weather was beautiful, so that made it even more special. Eight years later we moved here.”

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Unsung Heroes on College Campuses

College classes are in full swing. And one former Georgetown University student, Febin Bellamy, wants to make sure those who take care of his campus, also get some care. And he's doing that through his Page, Unsung Heroes.

Posted by Community Voices from Facebook on Thursday, September 28, 2017