10.19.2011 Outside the Classroom: David Stuber Who takes their career knowledge, gives back by teaching others, and then continues to find ways to contribute to society? If you guessed the DI faculty you were right. And if you guessed David Stuber in particular, you were even more right. David has been teaching the Building Codes course at DI for many years. As the owner of the company, Building Design Consultants and as a Certified Access Specialist, he is the first to know of and practice the ever changing laws of the Building Codes. If you have ever seen him teach, it is easy to see how much he loves his work. Yet recently he felt the pull to give back even more in a rather unexpected way; as an RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol) for the San Diego Police Department. “I had seen RSVP cars driving around in my neighborhood in Clairemont and I always wondered what they do. So one day, I just asked them!” It was this conversation that enlightened David to a multitude of programs few people realize exist. For example, YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a program where they visit shut-ins. People who live out of town but have elderly parents in San Diego can sign their parents up, and an RSVP will visit for about 20 minutes to see how they’re doing. They also do vacation home checks and can write tickets for non-moving violations. Beyond that they basically just patrol to keep an eye on things. But it is the YANA program that Stuber enjoys the most. “A lot of people we visit are in their nineties! So they have stories to tell and they really appreciate you coming by. It’s nice to be appreciated.” Though this kind of work may seem strange for someone with David’s background, it was his brother, who recently retired from the police department in the financial crimes unit that sparked his interest. “He would tell these stories whenever the family got together about his work and I enjoyed that. Plus I’ve always volunteered for other things and just saw this as a way to be a positive part of the society.” So David went through the grueling process of paperwork, background check, finger printing, interviews and a 40-hour academy. This all took an intensive month to complete and ended in a graduation. “I was given certificates from the mayor, chief of police and two council members. They make a big deal of it!” David enjoys the people he works with, who are mostly 20 years his senior, and is starting to feel connected to the work. “I’ve settled in and am comfortable. I committed to do it for at least one year. I’ve talked to others who said the same thing and now they’re in their eighth year!” David’s schedule consists of one 8 hour day a week to help patrol our streets and give back to the community. Here at DI it is a commitment like that that makes us proud to have David Stuber as a part of the DI team. Congrats, David! David wearing my badge and standing with his wife, Susan, and younger brother, Daniel, a police officer who works for the Financial Crimes Unit of the SDPD.