… and you want to hear about yet another pretty darn really cool, but little-known and underground (quite literally), person at the University of St Thomas?

That would be Jim.

As in Jim Waska.

As in the effervescent, always helpful, goes-the-extra-mile, genuinely wants you to “have a nice day!” guy. You know Jim: he wears his trademark denim shorts year-round, even when the mercury dips way below zero. You know Jim: always-affable, willing to create a box from other odd-sized boxes and clear tape while helping you deal with the realization that you need to send your mother a package or your taxes via same-day, super-fast, ultra express.

Jim is the super nice guy at the “FedEx window” … or at least that’s what I call it. Technically, I think it’s called “Shipping and Receiving.” You know, in the basement (some like to call it “lower level”) of Murray-Herrick Center near the Pepsi machines.

I often ponder: someone who works without natural light is one of the sunniest people on campus. How does that work?

I have no idea.

But I do know this: we can ship with confidence because there are still human beings out there who provide fabulous customer service and St. Thomas gets a really swift deal from FedEx so we can send stuff (Is it Aunt Angie’s birthday already?) without paying the big, not-so-cool bucks that other places charge. Sweet, I say! Or as my tweenager would put it: “that’s sick-nasty” (which means “awesome,” she assures me).

Are there other pretty darn really cool gems at St. Thomas about whom you might not know? Stay tuned. There might just be a Part III … or … even IV.

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3 Responses

  1. Helen Hunter, Inver Grove Heights

    I have great respect for those who consistently go the extra mile just because it is the right thing to do. Jim Waska has always been at the top of my list. Thank you, Carol, for recognizing him. And thank you, Jim, for having always made my work easier at UST. You are the best!

  2. Megan Smith

    Thanks for posting about Jim! He is always helpful and kind. There are many people who continually offer smiles and greetings that make the daily routines more pleasant. They provide a sense of community on campus, which makes UST a great place to work!

  3. Tom Oscanyan, St. Thomas

    Thanks for recognizing Jim, who is a *true* rock star here at UST. He makes even the most complex transactions so simple and always leaves you feeling like the item you’ve entrusted to shipping is in, truly, the best hands possible.