Lori Walter

Lori Walter, October Classified Employee of the Month

Photographer: Kevin Riddell

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Meet October Classified Employee of the Month Lori Walter

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 totally surprised. I had no clue what was going on when the committee arrived. Needless to say, I’m sure my face turned several shades of red.

What is your job title and how long have you worked it?

I am an accounting associate with Campus Recreation. I have worked in this department for 12 years and at the university for 14 years. I worked two years for the Ohio University Foundation before transferring to Campus Recreation.

What are the best things about your job?

The best thing about this job is working with a dynamic group of professional staff members. I also enjoy working with the student employees of Campus Recreation and watching them mature and develop into productive human beings. It is bitter sweet at times because we take them under "our wing" only to have them leave for bigger and better things after graduation.

What is your hometown and where do you live now?

I was born in Michigan but grew up in Columbus. I moved to the Athens area 29 years ago and I love it here.

What significance does working at OU have for you?

It means a lot to me to work at Ohio University. Great benefits and wages for this area. My Husband has a lot of back problems and is unable to work. I am so thankful to have this job.

What are your long-term goals?

I hope to stay healthy and retire from the university.

What was the last good book you read?

I'm not much of a book reader but I read the newspaper everyday and I love to do Sudoku and Crossword puzzles.

If you weren't in your present job, you would probably be working as a __.

I would probably be a pilot. When I was younger, my dad would fly from northern Ohio to Columbus in his two-seater airplane and fly me back to northern Ohio for my summer visitation with him. At times he would let me take the controls and made it seem like I was flying the plane. He later got a four-seater airplane and my grandmother flew to Columbus with us once. She wondered why he was going so slow … He said "I'm going over 150 miles per hour, how fast do you want me to go?" We got a big laugh out of that. I love to fly!

What things in life are most important to you?

The most important thing to me is family and everyone's health.

What are your next vacation plans?

I make a yearly trip to Myrtle Beach each May with a group of girlfriends. There are nine of us that meet at the beach each year, with the farthest coming from Minnesota. We call ourselves Beach Sisters. It is always so much fun.

What do you do in your spare time?

If I'm in an artistic mood I like to work with stain glass.

What is something that most people don’t know about you? 

People may not know I have an older sister. She lives in Indianapolis, so we don't get to see each other very often.

What are your favorite TV shows?

Right now I like watching the "Minute to Win It" and the Million Dollar Money Drop" game shows.

What type of music do you listen to?

I listen to classic rock stations on the radio. I think I hate rap as much as my mom hated rock 'n' roll.

What is your favorite saying or quote?

My favorite quote is "If it was meant to be, it will be."