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    Cutting keys with the Lock Shop

    By Marsha Miller
    Marsha Miller
    Published: May 6, 2010

    The abrasive roar of the pneumatic key tube has become background noise for the locksmiths at the Facilities Services’ Lock Shop.

    “We take care of about 500,000 locks here on campus,” said Cheryl Records, administrative assistant in Facilities Services.

    The locks are spread across 156 buildings, and the keys for those locks are cut, stamped and duplicated by Lock Shop employees. But for Todd Yates, locksmith, and Lee Hart, technical trades crew leader, their job is more than just making keys.

    “We’re the ones who provide the physical security for 156 buildings,” Hart said. “The reason we exist, of course, first and foremost, is the students, their safety, and the second reason is the property of The University of Texas at Austin.”

    Read a transcript of the interview (PDF).

    With the motto “UT works because staff work,” Staff Appreciation Week is an opportunity for members of the university community to show appreciation for the hard work and commitment of university staff.

    View more audio slideshows featuring university staff:
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    Hitting the high notes with Charles Ball
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      Paul said on May 11, 2010 at 11:58 a.m.
      This is fantastic, but I bet there are some Aggies out there chuckling at the closing image.
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      Bill W said on May 10, 2010 at 2:59 p.m.
      I always told new Staff and Faculty one thing: "UT runs on the good will of the Staff." Treat everyone nicely or one day you might regret it when they are the person responsible for assisting you with something.
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      » Know Staff Profile: Locks & Keys UTSC Staff Appreciation Week said on May 7, 2010 at 1:48 p.m.
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