Photographer: Kevin Riddell
Jun 13, 2011
By George Mauzy
Compass 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?
I was very surprised! Just the week before, my students decided to surprise me and brought me a cake and a card to thank me for always helping them. The Employee of the Month award just put it over the top for me. I kept telling everyone, "this is crazy!" -- I'm very thankful. We have all felt the effects Ohio University's financial crunch, and for that, we (classified employees) all deserve recognition.
What is your job title and how long have you worked it?
I am an administrative associate and I've worked in the Department of Geography since December 2009.
How long have you worked at Ohio University?
This summer will be my 22nd year.
What are the best things about your job?
The parking! Just kidding. No, there are several things, actually. I like the variety in my job and the simple fact that each day presents something different. I love the atmosphere in Geography and in Clippinger Hall and the fact that we all have a sense of humor. The best thing about my job is working with the students and the faculty. Without them, my job wouldn't exist.
What is your hometown and where do you live now?
I grew up in a very small town, New Plymouth, Ohio, in the Logan area. Now I live in Shade, which is about six miles outside of Athens.
What significance does working at the University have for you?
I've grown up in this area and I'm so appreciate of Ohio University, the benefits, my education, and my career.
What are your long-term goals?
I am very close to finishing my bachelor's degree in journalism. My goal is to graduate with honors. I plan to enter a master's program and finish before I retire. I've been taking classes on and off for years and am very proud of what I've accomplished. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
What was the last good book you read?
I recently read two books, "The Glass Castle" and "Half-Broke Horses," by Jeannette Walls. Both were excellent and I would recommend them wholeheartedly, especially if you like a book that makes you think about the characters even after you've finished reading it. Both books are based on true events in Jeannette's life and she was raised in West Virginia.
If you weren't in your present job, you would probably be working as a ______. Why?
I would be a veterinarian technician. I grew up with pets and couldn't imagine my house without them. I think it would be a neat job, maybe as my second career.
What things in life are the most important to you?
Happiness is most important, but my husband Joey, friends and family, pets, home, and career are also very important.
What are your next vacation plans?
I'm going to Virginia Beach in August. This will be the third beach trip I take with the same group of friends and we always have a blast.
What do you do in your spare time?
Aside from studying, I'm usually with my husband and we like to spend time with friends. Also, we like to go jeeping and are involved with an off-road club called Athens County Crawlers. Check it out on Facebook.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
I was an extra in the movie, "Mischief," which was largely filmed in Nelsonville. It was a big deal in 1985 and I still have all my check stubs and most of the actors' autographs. It was really neat to watch the movie and see people you knew. Ultimately, the only scene I could locate myself in was the drive-in scene and you can barely see me. But my mom loved it.
What are your favorite TV shows?
When I'm not doing homework and thanks to DVR, I find time for American Idol (yay Scottie even though I'm not a fan of country music). I try to catch shows on the History Channel, WOUB, Discovery, ID, and Animal Planet channels.
What type of music do you listen to?
Classic rock is my all-time favorite, but I like rock music from any era.
What is your favorite saying or quote?
"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience."