Mark Rhodes

Mark Rhodes

Director at Southern Methodist University

Location:
923 Robie Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
HQ Phone:
(902) 420-5400

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According to Mark Rhodes, the current director of SMU Rides, students had been abusing the service since day one.
"The program is not a drop cab," Rhodes said, "It's an emergency ride home." "If you need to get back to campus we'll get you here, we'll send a cab for you and we'll bring you home," said Rhodes. Mark Rhodes, director of parking and identification services at Park N' Pony, says that even though Park N' Pony does not have as much to spend as it once did, the department, for the time being, is still able to maintain the same level of customer service to students, faculty and staff as it has in the past. "We've been fortunate to continue to function without having to have severe layoffs, but we can't deliver our services if we keep cutting back into our budget," Rhodes said. Rhodes says Park N' Pony's financial situation is a microcosm of the university's. He says that the sooner the university begins to recover from the recession, the sooner Park N' Pony will be able to operate normally with a budget that isn't being cut back each semester, as it has been since the fall of 2008. "The downturn in the economy is still in play and we continue to feel the domino effect of how the recession has affected the university," Rhodes said. "The things that have affected this department the most are more reactive to what has occurred. Event planners are still looking for ways to have their event but contain their costs, and when not as much is being done on campus, fresh income for the university isn't coming in as often. It's just something we're trying to find a way to work around right now." Filed Under: Business, Business Lead Story, Business News Tagged: DART, David Crawford, Mark Rhodes, Pam Thornberry, park n' pony Mark Rhodes, director of Park N' Pony, said that the President's Task Force on Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention identified a need for additional student programming space in the Hughes Trigg Student Center. Rhodes said the space Park N' Pony has occupied for the past few years in Hughes Trigg would be better used for student programming. Julie Wiksten, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services at SMU, said that she and Rhodes met with the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Dee Siscoe, and the Director of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Richard Owens, earlier this year and were asked to find a new location for the Park N' Pony office. With no room left on campus, Rhodes and Wiksten were forced to look elsewhere. After looking at different options, Rhodes and Wiksten selected the Expressway Tower as the best suited for Park N' Pony. Rhodes said the department has mixed emotions about the move. Moving from a place you have been the past few years is never easy. But the Park N' Pony office employees are looking at the move optimistically. Having an on-campus office "served its purpose but it wasn't an ideal location. The new location better suits our business purposes," Rhodes said. In Park N' Pony's current space, Rhodes is separated from his team. "Students should have access to all of our goods and services online and those we can't do online, we're going to make it as convenient as possible to get them what they need," Rhodes said.

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"He's the go to guy, he gets things done," said Mark Rhodes, director of Parking and ID Card Services at SMU.
Rhodes turned to Holloway several years ago to take over leadership for parking enforcement after SMU's Parking and ID Card Services took charge over parking enforcement. According to Rhodes, Holloway was without a doubt the man for the job. "He brought knowledge to the project," Rhodes said. According to Rhodes, the success of any parking program is a direct reflection of its enforcement program. He credits Holloway's leadership to the decrease in citations around campus. He also said because of construction and the elimination of open parking, there are fewer spaces for people to violate.

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According to Mark Rhodes, the current director of SMU Rides, students had been abusing the service since day one.
"The program is not a drop cab," Rhodes said, "It's an emergency ride home." "If you need to get back to campus we'll get you here, we'll send a cab for you and we'll bring you home," said Rhodes.

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