Photographer: Kevin Riddell
May 23, 2010
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 Compass feature, titled "Great Job," will provide a glimpse into the honoree's life at and away from work.
Q&A with Marlene Swartz, administrative associate in the College of Education Department of Educational Studies:
How surprised were you to win this award?
Extremely surprised, I had no clue.
What is your job title, how long have you worked at OU?
I am an administrative associate in the College of Education since 2003. I have worked at the university for 25 years.
What are the coolest things about your job?
The people, especially the students.
What is your hometown?
I live in the Pomeroy, Ohio.
What does OU mean to you?
Working at Ohio University is both rewarding and interesting. I love the academic environment and I love watching our students learn and grow.
What are your long-term goals?
My goal is retirement in four years and eight months but who's counting.
What was the last good book you read?
"Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen.
If you weren’t in your present job, you would probably be working as a ______.
Wal-mart greeter. It is a good job for an old person.
What are the most important things to you?
Family and friends are most important.
What are your favorite TV shows?
"Army Wives" and "60 Minutes"
What do you do to relax outside work?
I work on our horse farm. Horses are the most interesting of the animal world. They have their own body language and social structure.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I'm pretty transparent so nothing really comes to mind. Maybe they would be surprised that I long to own a Ford Mustang GT convertible.