SPU staff members of the month are nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council. If you would like to nominate a person for this recognition, proceed to the nomination page.
Meet the SPU Staff Member of the Month for April 2014
Program Coordinator, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program
At SPU: Since 2005
About me: I was born and raised in the Buckeye state in Lancaster, Ohio, where my parents still live. My siblings live in Columbus and the Cincinnati area. I grew up in a Catholic family and attended parochial schools until college. After I graduated from Ohio University, my first job was at The Ohio State University in the Budget and Finance Office, then as administrative assistant to the dean of academic affairs at the OSU Law School. Outside of higher education, I’ve worked in the business sector for the hotel industry, an engineering firm, and legal work, but coming back to higher education was an easy decision for me — it’s definitely my “niche” and the most rewarding for me.
What brought you to SPU?
I started at SPU in August 2005 in the Office of Student Life in Student Programs. I enjoyed the youthful energy of that office working with student government, clubs and planning campus events.
What do you enjoy about your current work?
I enjoy the challenges of my work and thoroughly enjoy working with the graduate students and faculty. When I leave work at the end of a busy day, I leave with a smile, knowing that in some small way I’m making a contribution to SPU in educating these young minds to go out into the world and do such important and worthwhile work. The SPU community welcomed me in 2004 and I have made so many friends and met so many colleagues — I am thankful to have them in my life.
My daughter, Allison Kennedy, will graduate from SPU this June with a bachelor of fine arts degree. She is my pride and joy. It will be a difficult transition for me to not have her on campus to stop by my office and say “hello” or have lunch. But I’m excited for her and know that she will thrive wherever she goes.
Something you don’t know about me:
My paternal grandmother was a fraternity housemother for Phi Kappa Psi at Wittenberg University, where she worked for many years and was loved so much by the university community. She died from a heart attack while attending chapel one morning on campus. I sometimes think about her and know in my heart that if she were still here with us, she would be so proud of me and the work I’m doing at SPU.
Best advice to students (including my daughter):
Stay young at heart, and don’t be afraid of new challenges. Approach your life knowing that you are in control of your autobiography (that your grandchildren and loved ones will read someday) — with each new chapter a new adventure and learning experience.
An embarrassing thing about me:
I love to watch old reruns of Columbo.
Favorite vacation spot:
My favorite memories are of our family vacations on the East Coast beaches in South Carolina. Of course, I enjoy my yearly trips to Arizona, too!
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Tamera Kennedy as Staff of the Month!