Faces behind Facilities: Booth’s Business Center Staff Has You Covered

Author Carrie Tarkocin, Class of 2020

Author Carrie Tarkocin, Class of 2020

Did your pen run out of ink right before your big case interview? Lost your name tent? Want a banner for your club’s marquee event? Plan to mail a package to your family for the holidays? Booth’s Business Center staff has you covered.

With over seventy years at Booth between them, Harper’s Business Center staff have seen nearly every student request and offer a wide array of services that keep Booth running smoothly. I recently sat down with Bryan Aitchison and Kim Howard to find out about Business Center services and what they want students to know.

Aitchison, Howard, and their colleagues Bruce Cochran and Joaquin Villalpando keep the mailroom and dock side of the Business Center running like a well-oiled machine. Located in Harper 108A, the mailroom provides shipping services through the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, and UPS. It also offers students, staff, and faculty a wide array of office supplies. Based on my time in the mailroom, Cochran, who has been at Booth around 34 years, is also quick to offer jokes that are sure to make you smile.   

Across the room in Harper 108B, Emilio Garcia and Denard Jacox provide copy center services that range from name tents to lamination to posters to banners. With around 15 years of experience in the copy center, Jacox offers students seeking professional grade products for their group projects even more. According to Howard, “when they [students] are doing their group projects, and they have a lot of paperwork that needs to be printed off, they come to the copy center and Denard [Jacox] is able to help them with the sizing and everything like that.  He is a good advocate for that, critiquing it and making sure it looks nice.”

Emilio Garcia, Kim Howard, Denard Jacox, Bryan Aitchison at the Business Center

Emilio Garcia, Kim Howard, Denard Jacox, Bryan Aitchison at the Business Center

Before you run to the Business Center for your urgent printing, mailing, and office supply needs, the staff wants you to know that they can only accept payments through your Booth ID card. Students can add money to their ID cards using the Monitor Machine by the vending machines across from Kovler Café on the first floor of the Harper Center. According to Aitchison, “We explain that like 50 times a day. It gets a little confusing because there is print money where you can go on the intranet and add money. But it’s just for the stand-alone copiers. A lot of people think that money is the same; they add money online and they come in here and it’s not [usable here].”

Next time you find yourself in need of a stamp, printed poster, or Booth spiral notebook, do not worry about traversing outside in the sub-zero temperatures.  Stop by Harper 108 and put a face to the name of the people who help you.