Teresa Tyson-Drummer is surprised by Classified Senate members (L-R): Misty Hutchison, Patricia Palmer, Jeff Fulk and Jane Boney
Photo courtesy of: Classified Senate
Dec 11, 2012
By George Mauzy
Each month, Compass features a Q&A with the non-bargaining Classified Employee of the 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 nominated by two faculty members in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). I knew about one of the nominations, although I was still very surprised when the Classified Senate group and others from the college showed up at a faculty and staff meeting to present the award.
What is your job title and how long have you worked at the University?
I am an administrative coordinator in CSD in the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences (SRCS) in the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) and I have just started my 19th year with the University, all in the same department.
What are the most enjoyable things about your job?
The close working relationship with faculty, staff and students combined with how valued, trusted and respected everyone makes me feel. I can honestly say that I look forward to coming to work every day.
What is your hometown and where do you live now?
I was raised on a small farm in Northeast Ohio just outside of Wayne, Ohio. Currently I reside in Rutland Township, Meigs County, with my soul mate and significant other, Gary.
What is the best thing about working at Ohio University?
I believe the people I work with are a true second family. I refer to the CSD students as "my students" and tried to have as much of a positive impact on as many of them that I can during the short time they are here. It is not just the relationship within CSD – it is college wide. I know I work with the best of the best at Ohio University.
What are your long-term goals in life?
At my age – I don't have many long-term goals. I want to live long enough to retire and enjoy a few good years during which time I look forward to doing volunteer work as much as possible.
What was the last good book you read?
"Dr. Seuss: A Fly Went By" to my grandchildren at bedtime and "Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything."
What are your favorite restaurants in Athens?
Jackie O's, China Fortune and Casa Nueva. I also like Millie's which is located outside of Middleport, Ohio. It's a great home style comfort food.
What are your proudest moments?
What else can a mother say - the birth of my three children.
If you weren't in your present job, you would be working as?
I would work as an event planner. For some reason I love coordinating events big and small – the challenge, working under pressure, and the satisfaction of seeing everything come together. The CSD 75th Anniversary Celebration in September was my most recent major planning event. With the help of lots of people and numerous departments across the university and over 135 student volunteers during the two days of the event – it went off without a glitch and everyone had a wonderful time.
What things in life are the most important to you?
Family (including my University family) and friends and peace – hopefully someday there truly will be peace on earth.
Where is your favorite vacation destination?
I would love to go to Australia. When I was in third grade my teacher told me the duck-billed platypus was extinct. I thought they were the most unique creature. Naturally, I believed my teacher and never even questioned it, until one of our doctoral students, Beula Magimairaj, brought me back a beautiful aboriginal embroidered cloth from Australia of platypuses playing. It was then that I found out the duck-billed platypus is alive and well in Australia! So far I have not located any zoos outside of Australia with a duck-billed platypus. I would love to see them in their natural surroundings along with the many other unique features of Australia. A vacation to Australia – that is definitely on my bucket list.
What are your hobbies?
Gardening and canning, fishing – anything outside, grandkids and family.
What is something that most people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a hunter! A couple of weeks ago, I was looking forward to going on a wild hog hunt (and I don’t mean bikers) in Vinton county. Unfortunately the hunt got canceled – although it may happen in the future. That would be a really unique hunting experience.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I don't watch many current TV shows. My life is real enough without watching unrealistic reality shows and silly sitcoms that have no core value. I enjoy Ellen – "she makes me laugh" and old shows like
Gunsmoke, MASH, Andy Griffith, etc. and good movies without commercials!
Who are your favorite musicians?
Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Queen, Patsy Cline and Led Zeppelin.
Who are your favorite celebrities?
Ellen DeGeneres. She is such a positive and supportive person and does so much to help people. Ellen just seems to bring out the best in people, which is what I strive to do every day of my life. Tickets to see a live Ellen show is on my bucket list too!
What is your dream car/truck/SUV?
A newer version of my 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport – I love it and wish they still made them.
What is your favorite saying or quote?
"If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right – the first time." (Anonymous) I heard this repeatedly growing up and it is has been my philosophy for life, work and play.