Get to Know Housing Staff: Octaviano Cruz

Casual portrait of custodian Octaviano CruzWhat is your name and how long have you been in your current position?

My name is Octaviano Cruz, and I have been in the same position for ten years.

What is your current role in University Housing?

I am a Custodian.

How long have you been with University Housing? Other positions on campus?

I’ve had the same job from the beginning of my career.

What do you do on a typical day in your job?

I clean and disinfect  the entire 4th  floor in Smith Hall.

What’s your favorite thing about working with students who are living on campus?

I like the way it makes me feel young.

What is a past work accomplishment that you’re proud of?

I have made some positive changes in how we do our jobs and have very strong relationships with my co-workers and students.

What is a secret talent that your co-workers may not know about?

I love to sing.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Mexico City.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Veracruz, Mexico

What are you passionate about?

I’m very detailed in my job. I like to do everything the best I can.

What is your favorite TV show, movie, or book?

My favorite thing to watch is soccer.

What is your favorite family/home tradition?

Día de los Muertos and Christmas


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