"I really enjoy interacting with people. Whether it's classroom work or research needs, I like working with faculty, staff and students."
Rebi Varghese, desktop support specialist with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who also volunteers for the Harvest Mission Community Church in Honduras.
"I like motorcycling for the same reason one of my mentors likes mountain climbing. It requires so much attention to what you're doing that it forces you to not think about work."
Brendan Haug, archivist of the university's Papyrology Collection
"People come in and are putting their art on the chopping block. That's their baby, and there's an incredible amount of stress and tension, so I try to have the 'aloha' spirit. Part of my job is just coming in and having a goofy shirt on and smiling."
Jacques Mersereau, producing manager of the Digital Media Commons Video Studio in the Duderstadt Library
"As a librarian, you're still in a service group in the way that staff serves the community, but there are also these components of teaching and research."
Diana Perpich, educational technologies librarian at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
"I not only enjoy making music, but I love helping others make that music."
Ellen Woodard, applications programmer/analyst for the Nephrology Division in Internal Medicine, and handbell performer and director.
“In my little scheming mind, it’s always important for the students to win a few more times, just enough to be incentivized.”
Steve Wright, professor of civil and environmental engineering and organizer of an annual department food-collection contest.
“Students are away from home and trying to study. They can come eat here and have a decent meal.”
Andrea Randolph, East Quad Dining Hall chef assistant, on the most rewarding part of her job. Randolph also raises chickens at home.
"What's fun is watching the students grow. There's no set pattern; you never know when the light bulb's going to go on and they're going to see their way."
Priscilla Lindsay, chair of the Department of Theatre & Drama
"We try to teach through conversation and questioning."
Pamela Reister, curator for Museum Teaching and Learning at the U-M Museum of Art.
"Our society has barriers to women succeeding in male-dominated professions. Women can be smart. Women can do science. Women should do science."
Pamela Raymond, chair of LSA's Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology