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  October 16, 2000

First Parking Ombudsman Named

Thomas J. Pike, a retired trainer in UConn's Division of Athletics, has been selected to be the University's first parking ombudsman, a pilot position to help faculty, staff and students with parking-relat ed concerns.

Pike's responsibilities will include receiving and investigating concerns about parking; resolving concerns consistent with parking regulations and past practices; offering recommendations for changes; and representing the safety concerns of the UConn community. The post will be reviewed in May.

"Tom is already well known on campus for his fair treatment of students, faculty and staff," says Ann Denny, manager of parking services. "It is our hope that he will use these talents that have served him well in the past to assist people with their parking issues"

Pike will work in the Parking Services Office in the new Central Warehouse, but he will report directly to Dale Dreyfuss, vice chancellor for business and administration. He also will be an ex-officio member of the Parking Advisory Committee and the Environmental Health and Safety Committee. His office will be open Monday and Tuesday from noon until 4 p.m., and on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

"I hope to be a buffer between faculty, staff, and students and the parking services offices," Pike says. "I also hope to be a link between the University and the town. Parking issues are very important to both entities, and will continue to be important for the next several years as the pace of construction picks up.

"I'm a good listener, and I like to believe I'm fair," he adds.

Pike, who was a trainer in the Division of Athletics from 1963 until his retirement in 1989, began his job Oct. 10. He can be reached at (860) 486-3628. His e-mail address will be announced soon.

Pike and his wife, Priscilla, an employee at the Student Union, have lived in the Storrs area for 37 years.

Richard Veilleux