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Why I do what I do

by UofL Today last modified Sep 21, 2010 06:50 PM

What makes you do what you do?

What inspires you to come to work day in and day out? That is what President James Ramsey asked people around campus. He mentioned several of their answers during his 2010 State of the University Address Sept. 21.

Time constraints prohibited Ramsey using all of the responses, so UofL Today is sharing them here:

"Even with all the challenges that Mother Nature has thrown at us, this is my campus and these are my people. I very much enjoy the responsibility of helping keep campus safe and functioning." (Clyde Paul, HVAC foreman, Physical Plant.)

"It is so rewarding when our Panama Scholars tell me that our Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama was a life-changing experience for them or when LALS (Latin American and Latino Studies) interns says they loved helping our community so much that they want to continue volunteering at their internship sites long after they received credit for the course. The excitement and enthusiasm of my students is contagious and keeps me young — and that's a whole lot cheaper than Botox!" (Rhonda Buchanan, Spanish professor and director of Latin American and Latino Studies)

"The diversity teaches me to open myself to enjoy people for their differences." (Carla Meredith, custodial area manager, Physical Plant)

"UofL has a welcoming, cooperative, friendly atmosphere that is not always typical of research universities. … We are much more interested in collaboration than in competition, much more eager to aid than to undermine one another." (Tom Byers, English professor)

"My involvement in bringing the Single Stream Recycling program to UofL — and seeing the positive results — makes me feel like I am really making a difference working for the University of Louisville." (Aaron Boggs, Superintendent of Grounds)

"To be one of the architects and participating in the construction of the CTR building (Clinical and Translational Research) for the last 5 years was a privilege. To meet all the dedicated and passionate oncology researchers was an honor. They are a fascinating fun group. …My mother, Yvonne, passed away over a decade ago from cancer. My mother-in-law, Lucy, is a cancer survivor. For me to be a small part in the world of cancer research was good for my soul." (Steve Cotton, architect and assistant director, University Planning and Design and Construction)

Why do you do what you do? Let us know and we'll share your story with UofL Today readers.

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