Outlook 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 Outlook feature, titled "Great Job," will provide a glimpse into the honoree's life at and away from work.
Q&A with Melinda Smith, administrative assistant in the College of Education:
How surprised were you to win this award?
Completely surprised and totally shocked! I was told that one of my friends and co-workers had won it as a decoy -- I was ambushed.
How long have you worked at OHIO?
I have 10 years of service at the university.
What are the coolest things about your job?
The people I work with because I am blessed to work with some truly wonderful people. I also get to deal with some terrific graduate and work study students.
What was the last good book you read?
If you weren't in your present job, what would you be doing?
I would probably be a purchaser/buyer, editor or IT person. You do what comes naturally and it’s easy and fun. I enjoy all three.
What are the most important things to you?
Absolutely first and foremost is God. Also family, friends and co-workers are important.
What do you do to relax outside work?
I pray, read the Bible, spend time with family, write, create art, take photographs, and play computer and video games.
What is something that most people don't know you?
I got bored parasailing. It was great for five minutes and then I was ready to come down. I like watching cooking shows, but I’m a terrible cook.