Spartans of UD: Randall “Howie” Meyer

Mar 11, 2020

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people who live, work, and study on campus.


Randall “Howie” Meyer is a custodian for the Stoltz Sports Center and McCormick Gymnasium. He has taken pride in his work and supported student-athletes at UD for nearly 15 years.

1. How did you end up at University of Dubuque?

“I retired from the former Trausch Baking Company after 31 years in the shipping department. I was driving by campus when they were expanding the University Science Center, and I thought they might need some new workers.”

2. What is it like to work during spring break when students are not on campus? For instance, are you able to work on other projects?

“I try to clean the bleachers around that time.”

3. Can you tell us something about yourself that students might not know?

“I collect pencils.”

4. If you could give one piece of advice to students, what would you tell them?

“My grandfather used to say, ‘Never, ever pass up a chance to keep your mouth shut.’ It was his way of saying you need to learn how to be a good listener. Some other advice I would like to tell students is to always try to do more than what is expected and be kind and polite.”

5. What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

“During football season, I really enjoy watching Coach Stan and the Spartan football team with my wife, our daughters Lindsey and Meggan, and our four grandchildren from the 20 yard line south end zone. The big TV shows every replay and it’s a beautiful view to the south. I also really enjoy watching the men and women’s basketball games at the Stoltz Sports Center and the wrestling team. I see firsthand all the hard work that these student-athletes and their coaches put in to help them be successful on the court as well as in the classroom. If you’re a student here, and if you give the effort, you’re going to come out a better person because of the people around here.”