Lori Spencer in her office in McCracken Hall
Photographer: Stephanie Morrison
Oct 4, 2011
By George Mauzy
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 very surprised. I was walking down the hall behind some classified staff members and asked them where they were going. They were very short with me and told me they had a meeting to attend. I felt like I had done something wrong and was very surprised to find out they were planning a party for me.
What is your job title and how long have you worked at Ohio University?
I've been at Ohio University for 19 years as an accounting specialist for several different grants. These grants include the Southeast Ohio Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science (SEOCEMS), BooKS2, Robert Noyce Scholarship Program (Noyce), SciMath Teaching Fellowship Program, Ohio STARS and the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS).
What are the most enjoyable things about your job?
My work environment is enjoyable because the people that I work with are awesome. They have become my second family and I believe if you enjoy the people you work with, you can perform any job and enjoy it.
What is your hometown and where do you live now?
My hometown is Albany, Ohio.
What are your long-term goals in life?
My goal is to get my bachelor's degree.
What was the last good book you read?
"When I Lay My Isaac Down" by Carol Kent talks about the struggles we face and how to give them over to God. Refers to Abraham and how he was going to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, to prove his love for God. At the last minute, after he had laid Isaac on the altar, an angel of the Lord appeared and told him not to do it, because God knew how much Abraham loved Him.
If you weren't in your present job, you would be working as a ______.
A teacher. I love children and teaching. That's why I'm a Sunday school teacher.
What things in life are the most important to you?
God first, family and friends second and career third. I waited a long time for children and finally have them. It's a struggle every day for me not to spoil them.
Where is your favorite vacation destination and why?
Any place by the ocean! I love the sun and the relaxation of hearing the surf pounding the beach and the breeze blowing through my hair.
What are your hobbies?
I love anything involving my kids. I enjoy attending sports events, especially football. I also like exercising and reading a good book, which I most often do while walking on my treadmill.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
I'm addicted to P90X and Little Debbie cakes.
What are your favorite TV shows?
Because I have children, I only watch Nickelodeon. So, I guess the answer would be SpongeBob SquarePants or iCarly. Every once-in-awhile I get to watch George Lopez and My Wife and Kids.
What is your favorite type of music?
Classic rock and anything by Rascal Flatts.
What is the next big event you're excited about?
I love Christmas, it's my favorite holiday. I enjoy giving gifts, celebrating Jesus' birth and the magic of Santa Claus.
Who are your favorite celebrities?
SpongeBob SquarePants. Are there any other celebrities?
Who are the most annoying celebrities?
SpongeBob SquarePants is annoying because he's all I get to watch.
What is your dream vehicle?
A 1965 Mustang convertible in candy apple red.
What is your favorite saying or quote?
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away."