UVA Today is highlighting the winners of the 2011 Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award winners. Today: Jonathan Monceaux of Parking and Transportation. To see all of the stories, click here.
May 25, 2011 — Jonathan Monceaux goes the extra mile in his role with the University of Virginia's Department of Parking and Transportation.
His bicycle hangs on a wall rack in his office, and he rides it all over town, testing "the true viability of biking to work and around Grounds," Rebecca White, Parking and Transportation director, wrote in nominating Monceaux for a 2011 Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award.
Ten years ago, Andy Mansfield – now associate director at Parking and Transportation – was working at Christopher Newport University's student union and conference scheduling services when he hired Monceaux, first as a student worker and then as a full-time employee.
Mansfield left for U.Va. almost six years ago to work in Parking and Transportation and hired Monceaux about two years later as an information technology associate. "He is an incredible employee," Mansfeld said. "You could replace 25 workers with two of him."
Monceaux revamped the department's website, making it user-friendly and chock full of information about biking and other alternative modes of transportation, and putting standard services online, like parking permit renewal.
The website also includes bus schedules and a GPS-based bus and route finder that Monceaux developed himself. White said he produced "a better system than the one our vendors were selling."
Monceaux began taking on more tasks related to changing technology and commuting. He figured out what Parking and Transportation needed to do to help pursue the University's commitment to alternative transportation, Mansfield said.
He continues to address transportation demands with alternatives, "rather than simply trying to address demand by spending more resources to expand parking lots," White said.
"Perhaps the most unique thing about Jon, however, is the fact that he absolutely practices what he preaches," she said.
That dedication includes biking around U.Va., carpooling, trying regional train travel and participating in local efforts to promote biking and other energy-saving methods of transportation. His outreach has also sparked collaborations with other departments and area bike shops for promotional events.
"He lives his job," White said.