Cheryl Smith Custodian Department of Facilities Management and Planning UNL
Cheryl has been on the UNL staff for seven years. During that time she has made many contributions to keeping a healthy and safe environment on the UNL campus.
Her alert action on the night of February 28 was especially helpful. While working in Manter Hall of Biological Sciences, she discovered an area in the basement that had been vandalized. A liquid had been splashed on a number of office doors and hallway walls – and she suspected it was some sort of acid. Cheryl also suspected the vandalism had occurred shortly before her arrival and, thinking that the vandals might still be in the building, quickly called campus police.
Upon their arrival, the police encountered three people leaving the building with items under their coats. The three were arrested, and it turned out that they were responsible for seven recent burglaries on campus involving several thousand dollars worth of computer equipment, in addition to the Manter Hall vandalism. Cheryl's alertness and quick action helped immeasurably in solving these crimes.
Pictured: Supporters from the UNL Police force, Regent Will Marunda, husband Allen, Cheryl, and Chancellor Harvey Perlman