Meet August Classified Employee of the Month Patricia Palmer
Oct 20, 2010
Compass regularly features a Q&A with the non-bargaining Classified Employee of the Month. Each month, Classified Senate selects an employee to acknowledge and recognize as someone who is setting high standards for excellence and innovation. The monthly feature, titled "Great Job," will provide a glimpse into the honoree's life on and off campus.
How surprised were you to win the Employee of the Month award?
You could have knocked me over with a feather! When you consider the number of classified employees at Ohio University who work hard and care about the university, I feel extremely honored to have been selected.
What is your job title and how long have you worked it?
I have been an administrative assistant for the past 15 years, beginning with a shared position with the Women’s Studies Program and the Environmental Studies Master’s Program for two years,then continuing on with Environmental Studies for an additional four years. I have been with the Office of Multicultural Programs/Multicultural Center for the past nine years.
What are the best things about your job?
What is your hometown and where do you live now?
I was born in Three Rivers, Mich., but because of my father’s job promotions, we moved to Columbus, Ohio, and then on to Minneapolis, where they really have snow and the schools NEVER close! We eventually settled and lived the longest in Monticello, Ind., which I consider my hometown. For the past 23 years, I have called Athens home.
What are your long-term goals?
Good health and lots of travel. Personally, I will continue striving to be the best person I can be and to keep “paying it forward.”
What was the last good book you read?
"The Other Boleyn Girl," by Philippa Gregory.
If you weren’t in your present job, you would probably be working as a ______. Why?
As a freshman at Purdue University, I intended to pursue a degree in psychology but was discouraged by my academic adviser who reasoned that “I surely wouldn’t want to be in college for the number of years it would take to become a licensed psychologist.” My, how times have changed! So, I changed direction and received a B.A. in interior design, which was my profession for more than 20 years. I was very fortunate to have worked with architectural and interior design firms in Honolulu and Baltimore before following my heart and moving to Athens.
What things in life are most important to you?
My family is number one.
What are your next vacation plans?
My husband and I LOVE the ocean and spend time each summer in Avon, N.C., and the Outer Banks.
What do you do in your spare time?
Presently, I am totally immersed with family genealogy. I also enjoy scrapbooking, beading, reading, and playing with dirt in my flower gardens. My favorite time of the year is approaching - Christmas - when all our kids and grandkids are home, so I’ve already started preparing for it.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I was one heck of a slalom water skier during my high school and college years.
What is your favorite TV show?
What type of music do you listen to?
All genres except jazz
What is your favorite saying or quote?
"Things happen. Move on."