Meet September Classified Employee of the Month Deborah Brewer
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Nov 5, 2010
By George Mauzy
Ohio University 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 quite surprised, shocked actually. When the committee came into our staff meeting I was shocked and somewhat embarrassed, but I knew at that time what was happening.
What is your job title and how long have you worked it?
I am an executive assistant to the dean in the College of Health Sciences and Professions (formerly the College of Health and Human Services). I have worked at the university almost 11 years, including more than 10 in this college. I worked my first job for about seven months in Residence Life in the O'Bleness House.
What are the best things about your job?
I enjoy the diversity of my position. Doing different things on different days, helping whenever and wherever I can. I especially enjoy talking with students, both present and past, to see where their lives are heading and how they are doing. I have even attended the weddings of two former students. Another thing I enjoy is talking with our donors because they are always happy to hear what is going on and they love coming to visit.
What is your hometown and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Mount Holly, N.J., and met my husband, Virgil, there. He is a native of Prattsville, Ohio, near Lake Hope, and at one time there was a sign stating “Brewer Hollow” posted near there that pointed toward their family farm. He wanted to retire here, so we built our home on 35 acres in Guysville.
What significance does working at Ohio University have for you?
I enjoy the campus. It really reminds me of my hometown and high school in Mount Holly, which sits majestically on a hill.
What was the last good book you read?
Though not the last book I read, "The Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." I shared this with a good friend of mine from Mount Holly and we end every note to each other with "Ya-Ya."
If you weren't in your present job, you would probably be working as a ______. Why?
I would be doing something with computers. I have always enjoyed planning and designing using computers and finding out what they can do to make things easier and more efficient.
What things in life are the most important to you?
My family, friends and our dog and two cats are most important. My husband and I have three sons- Joshua, Jeremy and Jonathan, and three grandchildren, Isaiah, Destiny, Liam and two on the way. I also spend time with my mother, Eleanor, who retired here.
What are your next vacation plans?
I am going back to New Jersey and seeing my newest grandchild, who is due Nov. 10. I'll also see his brother and two cousins.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to do cross-stitch and all crafts in general.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
That is a difficult question, since I am usually pretty open about myself. I am beginning to enjoy auctions, my husband’s passion, and I am also an avid NHL hockey fan.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I really like comedies. Something to make me laugh in these difficult times. "CBS Sunday Morning" is another favorite.
What type of music do you listen to?
All kinds, but since moving here I listen to more country music. We do have a large album collection dating back to the 1950s and yes, I do have a turntable.
What is your favorite saying or quote?
"Any day above ground is a good one."