What did you do before you came to EWU?
I was a manager for a military clothing and survival school out on base. Twenty-six years with them.
What made you leave?
I wanted to retire. I thought I wanted to stay home and become a housewife. After that many years you don’t want to clean house. I missed the people. I can’t stand gray days and this is the perfect job. I got all summer off and all holidays and I get to work with you guys.
How did you find out about your current position at EWU?
I saw it in the paper that they were advertising for help a couple days a week. I work six hours a day five days a week but you know you have no responsibility besides the customers and your drawer.
What do you like the most about being here?
The students. You know if they come in and their down you can make them feel better and it doesn’t take much because they’re all away from home anyway. Sometimes they just need a hug. I treat them how I would want someone to treat my grandson. He’s in college. He goes to PLU and I want my grandkids treated that way. That’s what I always did when I worked out on base. I tried to treat them like I would want my husband treated.
Where did you grow up?
California, Arizona and Nevada. I was born in California, raised most of my life in Arizona.
How did you end up in Cheney?
Married a service man and he’s from Washington state. So, it was either that or divorce after 35 years. We were married 50 years in September. It’s a profession. You know marriage really is a profession; you have to work at it, like you would work to keep your job. Sometimes you don’t like it but you don’t always like your job, either. But you know it’s worth it.
How long have you lived in Cheney?
Thirty years. It just feels like home. Cheney feels safe and laid back. You don’t have to rush.
How many children do you have?
Three. I have a 48-year-old, a 46-year-old and a 45-year-old. Two boys. My oldest and youngest are boys and my middle is a girl. My oldest lives in Portland, my youngest lives in Tacoma and my daughter lives here.
Five. Twenty-one, 18, two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old.
Can you think of any memorable moments with students?
A lot of them stick out. You share the good times and the bad times with them.
What do you like about EWU as a university?
Eastern seems like a very diverse university. I mean it seems like they care. Al Thompson is a wonderful man and he seems like he really cares. I think most people here do. If they don’t, they should.
What do you like to do with your spare time?
I sew. I have two dogs (Duchess and Corky) that I love to spend time with and I love to read.
What concerns you most about the current budget issues?
I think the academic part. I think that’s really important because you guys are our future. I wish we could help the students more than the big car companies. You guys have to take over the debt and everything else.
You get to see students every day. Is it hard to see or hear of them not succeeding in college?
It is hard because you will not get anywhere in life without an education … a college education. It used to be with a high school education you could get a good job, but now without a college education, you’re not going to get anything.
Do you think EWU offers each student a chance at a good education?
I think they do. It’s like I told my grandson, once you start college, my idea was the professors should care more, but once you start it’s up to you. If you don’t have the drive then…?
Did you go to college?
No. Heavens no. Not with three kids by the time I was 21.
But you get to experience college now.
I do and I love them all. I get to hear about when their parents are having surgery or when their mom and dad are coming in. They’ve brought their parents in to meet me. And it’s very, very nice.
How long do you think you’ll continue to work at EWU?
As long as I can. I can’t just sit.
Is there anything you would like students to know?
They need to keep their heads on straight and get through college and have a wonderful, wonderful life because they are all a good group of kids. I want the best for all of them.