Mar 12, 2013
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 totally shocked when they came out and told me I had to close my door and come into the conference room. Of course the worst scenario went through my mind. I was in tears when the folks from classified senate stepped up and announced why we were all gathered. All I can say is I have the best group of co-workers!
What is your job title and how long have you worked it?
I am the recruiting coordinator (records management associate) and have been in the Career and Leadership Development Center for almost nine years and at the University for almost 25 years.
What are the most enjoyable things about your job?
The greatest part of my job is working with the students. Seeing them nervous and excited about their interviews with the companies that come to campus and helping them with tips on how to be successful in marketing themselves is the best thing, knowing I had that small part in helping them land that job is very rewarding.
What is your hometown and where do you live now?
I am from a little town called Shade in Meigs County, which I have lived all of my life.
What are your long-term goals in life?
Up until this past fall semester I would have said retirement with only five to six years left. But with an entire new staff there are so many chances of professional development I'm looking forward to working with a great team and seeing just what I can do with the new skills I am developing.
What was the last good book you read?
I have to be honest, I'm not a book fan. It would have been a children's book for my grandsons.
If you weren't in your present job, you would be working as a ______.
I would say I'd still be in my previous job which was student health insurance. Crazy as it may sound, I loved it – mainly working with the international students helping them understand the insurance policy.
What things in life are the most important to you?
Family. There is nothing more important than family.
Where is your favorite vacation destination?
The mountains. Streams, waterfalls and camping.
What are your hobbies?
Riding motorcycles and coaching my grandson's T-ball team
What is something that most people don't know about you?
I love restoring cars. My son and I spend our free time fixing up old cars.
What are your favorite TV shows?
Days of Our Lives, Lizard Lick, Pawn Stars and Storage Wars
What is your favorite type of music?
I like 1980s rock and today's country
What is the next big event you can't wait for?
T-ball season! I love working with the little ones teaching them the basic skills of how to play the game.
Who is your favorite celebrity?
Reba. She has been through so much in her life with her career and still she shines. She is an inspiration.
Who is the most annoying celebrity?
Fran Drescher. Her voice is annoying.
What is your dream car?
I actually just got my dream car, a Ford Mustang.
What is your favorite saying or quote?
My former boss had a saying that sticks with me, "Smile and create your own sunshine"