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Meet + Greet series: Tara Martin, Administrative Specialist, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Meet the Russ College’s new crop of faculty and staff members in this series of interviews, and stop by their offices to greet them in person.
 | Jan 28, 2019
Tara Martin

Meet + Greet series: Tara Martin, Administrative Specialist, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Jan 28, 2019

Where are you from, and what brought you to Athens?

I’ve lived in several areas throughout Ohio before returning to my hometown, Logan. Although I still live in Logan, my desire to work for a great employer brought me to Athens.

Where did you prepare for your profession, and what was most memorable about your experience?

All my professional experience has been on the learned on the job, both on and off the Ohio University campus. My most memorable experience was when I was working, in Logan, for the Carbolic Soap Company in Bromley, England. A customer with a deep Welsh accent called to place an order but was so frustrated by my accent that she hung up on me. Over time, we worked through our language barrier and looked forward to our chats.

Was there a moment or time you knew you'd join a group that’s focused on technology?

I always knew I wanted to work with intelligent and motivated people.

What would you say is your professional superpower?

I have worked in many facilities at OHIO and have a deep understanding on how processes and systems are set up throughout the university. I also bring patience, a methodical approach, and a wild sense of humor.

At the Russ College, we "create for good." You'll be hearing this a lot because it's true. How will you "create for good" while you're at the Russ College?

I want to be part of the optimistic and welcoming environment for the students, ensuring the smooth running of the college, and being part of the team that “Creates for Good.”

What's the most fun/weird/zany/cool/exciting/awesome thing about Athens so far?

I’ve always loved Athens. It has an exciting vibe, and the food options are phenomenal. I always knew green would suit me better than scarlet.

What’s the best local food you’ve had or local spot you've visited, and why?

The Farmacy or Fluff – I’m torn between the split pea soup and the curry. For dessert, I would pick Insomnia Cookies.

What are some of your hobbies?

My newest hobby is yoga. This month, I started a 30-day journey to “dedicate” to myself. The morning I began, the video had 21,000 views. When I finished, it had 30,000 views. In theory, I was in the class with 9,000 other individuals from around the globe. I also enjoy dog sitting for friends and family and will be learning amateur radio.

Name a top book, movie, show, band, or travel destination.

“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” by Susan Cain.

Sometimes you should step back, give yourself as much time as you give others, and recognize you’ll never be like anyone else.

What's something your students would never guess about you? And what advice would you give them heading into spring semester?

I served as a correctional officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Whatever you do, even if it’s at a different pace than others, keep moving forward and just be you.

What are you looking forward to most during your time here at the Russ College?

Mastering my new role, being an integral part of the team, and being a positive role model.