What are your feelings about philanthropy and why did you feel it was important to give to UMaine?
The University supports our community and our state in so many ways, and as employees we are all part of that process just by doing our jobs. By contributing to UMaine, we are also helping to ensure the continuation of that support.
Why are you so loyal to UMaine – what does the university mean to you?
Despite its large size and number of employees, UMaine is really a small, close-knit community, and I don’t feel that would be the case at another organization of this size. I’ve been lucky to be able to continue my education here and have always had the support of my co-workers and supervisors in whatever goals I choose to pursue, both educationally and professionally.
What would you tell other faculty/staff about why it’s important to give to UMaine?
Everything we give to the university, no matter the size or in what form, comes back to us and our friends, family and neighbors in one form or another.
How did you end up at UMaine?
I began working here in 1979. Before that I was in the customer service office in a shoe factory that was about to close, as so many of them were doing at the time. I had a young daughter to support and I felt I was very lucky to be hired by UMaine.
Why do you like your job?
I work in what I think is the best department on campus. Most of us have been in the University Relations Department for 10 or more years. We all have our areas of expertise and, most importantly, we have each other’s respect and support for what we do, which makes us want to always do our best. We get to hear about all of the good things that happen here at UMaine, not only the education of our students, but also the public service and research projects that benefit the community and the world we live in. Every day we help to get the word out about something new and exciting, and that’s pretty hard to beat!
Image Description: Carrie Ward, Administrative Associate in University Relations