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Meet December Classified Employee of the Month Janice Haynes
Jan 21, 2010
By George Mauzy

Outlook 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 Outlook feature, titled "Great Job," will provide a glimpse into the honoree's life at and away from work.

Q&A with Janice Haynes, administrative assistant for the Cutler Scholars Program:

How surprised were you to win the Employee of the Month award?  

I was very surprised and shocked to receive the award!  Several members of Classified Senate along with Dr. (Karen) Deardorff and Dr. (Charles) Ping entered my office for the announcement. The experience was quite humbling as there are so many other employees who are deserving of recognition.

What is your job title, how long have you worked at OU?

I have been the administrative assistant for the Cutler Scholars Program since April 2007. Past employment for the university has been as the program coordinator for the Healthcorps at the College of Medicine and a research technician with Edison Biotechnology Institute.

Seven additional years were spent on campus in the Innovation Center as a cell biology technician with Diagnostic Hybrids Inc. and as an associate research scientist with Progenitor Inc.

What are the coolest things about your job?

The Cutler Scholars are the ?coolest thing? about my job. They are the most amazing young adults. It is wonderful to have interaction with all of these students. I enjoy listening to their stories of adventures and achievements. You know something is being done correctly when alumni return for a visit or send an e-mail to keep in touch.

What is your hometown? 

I was born in Athens but live in Meigs County.
What does working at OHIO mean to you?

The university atmosphere is energizing and I like being a part of this educational community.

What are your long-term goals?

Besides employment with OU, I would like to have more time for community service and travel.
What was the last good book you read?  

I am reading ?The Great Deluge? by Douglas Brinkley. It is an account of the calamity of Hurricane Katrina on the people of New Orleans and Mississippi.

If you weren?t in your present job, you would probably be working as a  ______. Why? 

With the current economy and local job market, I have no idea. If I had the opportunity to fulfill a life?s dream it would be sailing the Galapagos Islands as a photographer.

What things in life are the most important to you? 

Faith, family and friends are important in my life. My husband and I are close with our two adult daughters and enjoy spending time with them.   

How do you relax outside work? 

I enjoy being with friends and family. Reading or watching a movie is also nice.
What is something that most people don?t know about you? 

I once held a newborn Capuchin monkey while at Harvard University?s New England Primate Research Center. I was in awe at its miniature size and perfection.

Published: Jan 21, 2010 10:00 AM

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