Longtime Facilities Management 'chief' has passed away

Randy Cook, who spent 41 years in Facilities Management at UCLA helping keep things on campus working properly, died suddenly June 20 at his home in Carson after a heart attack. He was 64.
 
Cook began at UCLA in March 1972 when he was hired as a steam operating engineer. During his more than four decades here he held many positions, having served as service engineer, assistant chief operating engineer, chief operating engineer (facilities/utilities) and manager of the utilities group. His most recent position was as senior manager with Maintenance and Alterations. In that job, he was responsible for major capital projects related to the Center for Health Sciences and led the multi-phase upgrade of that complex.
 
Some 200 colleagues and friends attended a two-part memorial ceremony on July 17 for their beloved co-worker. The first part was held at the base of the flagpole located in the Pauley Pavilion East Plaza. The UC flag was lowered to half-staff. Afterward, they gathered in the James West Alumni Center to share their favorite memories of and pay their respects to Cook, who was known to colleagues as "the chief," and his family.
 
"Randy was always a pleasure to work with since he was willing to share his priceless knowledge. He was the ultimate big brother who touched many people’s lives," senior superintendent John Manchester, who knew Cook for 35 years, said in the program provided at the memorial.
 
In addition to his work at UCLA, Cook, who served in the Navy in the Vietnam War, taught courses at L.A. Trade Tech, Mt. San Antonio College and Brownson Technical School.
 
"He had an impressive institutional memory, as well as technical expertise that helped with the design of some of UCLA’s most sophisticated building systems," said Leroy Sisneros, director of Maintenance and Alterations. "Randy’s work ethic and passion for teaching leaves a big hole in Facilities Management, and UCLA in turn has lost a good and loyal friend."
 
Cook is survived by his wife, Isabel, his two sons Mike and Chris, and three grandchildren.
 

Administrative Management Group elects new 2013-14 board

The UCLA Administrative Management Group (AMG) has elected its new 2013-14 board of directors. Those who started their two-year terms on July 1 were:
 
Courtney Klipp, vice chair for events
Nicolas Salvagione, treasurer
Dennis Jong, IT coordinator
Krista Loretto, member-at-large
Elissa Lappenga, vice chair/chair-elect (position elected from within Board)
 
They’ve joined continuing AMG board members Mark Ramseyer, chair; Stephanie Fisher, ex-officio board member; Alix Von Bosen, secretary/historian; Mark Leong, communications liaison; Roberta Rey, special projects; Paris McDonald, member-at-large; Jennifer Sakai, member-at-large; and Anna Freidhof Rodrigues, member-at-large.
 
The UCLA Administrative Management Group (AMG) is an organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for professional growth and development; create a forum for effective communication between academic, administrative and service managers and professionals at UCLA; become a sounding board for implementing new processes; provide the university with a pool of talented professionals; establish a vehicle for discussion of common concerns, challenges, and solutions; and to share knowledge and expertise.