Q: When did you
become the administrative assistant in the Women's Studies Program? Were you
working at Wesleyan before then?
A: Yes. I first
came to Wesleyan in November 1986 and worked in the Romance Languages and
Literatures Department until 1992. I've been at Women's Studies since
Q: How would you
describe a typical day? Are you mostly working at your desk, talking on the
phone or meeting with people?
A: This position
is rather diversified and I do all the above mentioned duties on a daily
basis. I work closely with the chair of Women’s Studies and I serve as a
liaison between the Women’s Studies chair and the faculty and majors. I
also coordinate the scheduling of Women’s Studies meetings, luncheons and
events, manage the budget, update the Web page, do other computer related
duties and monitor Women’s Studies course offerings.
do you like most about your job and working in the Women's Studies program
I have found
the Women’s Studies faculty to be exceptional in many ways and I enjoy
working with them. I also like the diversity of the position. In addition to
my other duties, the Women's Studies Program has two major events per year:
The Women’s Studies Symposium in the fall semester, and the Diane Weiss
Memorial '80 Memorial Lecture during spring semester. I enjoy coordinating
the many details required for both events.
Q: Do you,
yourself, have any interest in women's issues?
A: Yes, I am
interested in women's issues such as better medical research and health care
of women, equal pay for men and women doing the same job, and better
benefits for working mothers.
Q: What do you
do after work? Do you have any hobbies?
A: My hobbies
are knitting, quilting, and gardening, and I enjoy doing them in my spare
time. I also enjoy and have been serving as a mentor for children for the
past eight years. Originally I started mentoring teenage girls and being a
“buddy” at the Cromwell Children's Home. I am now affiliated with The
Children's Center Youth Mentoring Partnership and have been mentoring the
same young girl for the past four years, at least five hours per week. I'm
very much involved with her life, her problems and her accomplishments.
Q: Tell me about
A: I have been
married to my husband John for 35 years and we live in Durham. I have two
daughters, Laney, who is 30, and Carrie, who is 26. Laney is a veterinarian
practicing in New Jersey and Carrie is a high school English teacher in
California. I am very proud of them both.
Q: I understand
you have the summers off. Do you travel much?
A: We have
traveled extensively in the U.S. Up North, down South, out West. We’ve
especially enjoyed Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion national parks, and we’ve
also gone to Hawaii. We've been to Canada -- Montreal, Quebec and cities
in-between -- several times. Also traveled to Aruba and Europe. Last summer,
we traveled to Switzerland and Austria. We visited Italy, France and England
in May 2002.