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Nov. 5, 2004
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
MUW’s Ritchie presented certificate by State Auditor Phil Bryant for achievement
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- When it comes to keeping tabs of Mississippi University for Women’s resources, Monica Ritchie is the leading lady for the job.
Ritchie, property control and resources coordinator, recently was presented a certificate by State Auditor Phil Bryant “recognizing achievement in fixed asset management and for compliance in fixed assets reporting in accordance with the standards of the Office of the State Auditor.”
Ritchie, a 2000 MUW graduate, said, “I was surprised and honored to receive the recognition from State Auditor Phil Bryant. It felt really good, but I knew that I wouldn't have been able to accomplish it without the help of each and every department on campus. Ultimately, each department is responsible for keeping up with their own inventory and the honor goes to them as well.”
Her job consists of keeping a close watch on three main resources: property, facilities and vehicles.
Ritchie said, “The property part consists of adding, deleting and transferring equipment each month on campus and reporting it back to the state auditor. Once a year an auditor arrives on campus and together we find each piece of equipment. At last count, there were 5,120 pieces. Before he arrives I conduct my own pre-audit to ensure that all equipment is where it should be. If something can't be located we need to know before the auditor arrives, not when he is here.
“Facilities consist of processing the reservations for on and off campus groups as well as making sure all appropriate individuals, [such as] custodial, HVAC and moving crew, are aware of upcoming functions. Most recently, Angie [Atkins, director of resources management] and I were also given the responsibility of making sure that the electronic equipment in Parkinson and the smart classrooms works properly. We also train all new users in Parkinson on the equipment before their event takes place. Vehicles consist of reserving university vehicles for travel for faculty, staff and student groups.”
Ritchie began working in facilities management as a student worker in 1996. She started her current position after graduation.
A native of San Diego, Ritchie now makes her home in Caledonia with her daughter Chelsea.
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