Employee Spotlight 2021

August

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Earl West
Christiansburg, VA
Utility Worker
38 years of dedicated service 

    What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? The many benefits that are available to employees.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? I would like to visit Andy Griffith’s hometown, Mount Airy.

    What do you do for fun? I enjoy working out.

    If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? I would like to be the best version of myself for a day.

    What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? My most important strength is my ability to think positive all of the time.

    What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? I would advise other employees to work hard and always do the right thing.

July

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Laura Viers
Glasgow, VA
Title IX Investigator
4 years of dedicated service 

    What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? The people! 

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel to Italy

    What do you do for fun?  Spend time with family, travel, read and plan my next beach vacation.

    If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? It would be a toss-up between Dolly Parton and Betty White.  

    What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? I think my ability to meet people “where they are” is extremely important in my role.  

    What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Focus on developing your professional skills and take advantage of the opportunities Radford University has to offer.   

June

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Allison Gallimore
Snowville, VA
Administrative Assistant
2 years of dedicated service 

    What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? The people! I have felt nothing but welcomed since my first day here at Radford. I have met so many wonderful people and I love being a part of their team. 

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Graduate from Radford University.

    What do you do for fun? Too many things. 😊 Playing with my kids, fishing, canning, crafting, any DIY project..

    If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? Alison Krauss

    What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? I’m a fast learner and I like to help others. If I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find it for you.  I have loved being able to expand my knowledge here at Radford and have the opportunity to utilize my talents. 

    What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? “Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln  Take advantage of the many benefits offered as an employee here at Radford. It’s never too late to further your education and be the best you can be. 

May

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John M. Garnett
Radford, VA
Housekeeper-Dedmon Center
9 years of dedicated service 

    What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? The people and seeing the students grow.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? I would like to travel to Hawaii and Europe.

    What do you do for fun? I like watching old movies.

    If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? I would like to be a movie actor for a day..

    What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? I take pride in what I do.

    What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Be committed to your job.

April

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Felicia McMillan
Fairlawn, VA
Payment Plan Coordinator
29 years of dedicated service 

    What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? I absolutely love working with students and parents.  I like to interact with them, make sure that their questions and answers are handled to their satisfaction. I also want to make sure that I have given them 100% of my time and to ensure them that Radford University is the best place for them to be.  I will do anything to make them happy. I want them to know we are listening, and we care. 

    What is one thing on your bucket list? I have so many things I would like to do, however onne thing I would like to do is to visit the White House.  It would be so interesting to see inside knowing that our President’s from past and present have lived there. What stories those walls could tell us. 

    What do you do for fun? I love to visit and play with my grandchildren; go camping with my husband; spend time with family and friends; play basketball with my nephews; be outside and enjoy God’s beauty.  

    If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? I am pretty content with being myself but if I could be someone else for a day it would be my mom.  She was so beautiful, and she loved the Lord and her family. She was always willing to be there and provide whatever you might need.  To me this speaks volumes in so many ways. She made the world a better place. 

    What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? I consider myself friendly person, I try to keep a positive attitude, I am willing to be a team member and help others, I will jump in and help wherever needed, I try to be a detective when helping students and parents to avoid them being forwarded all over campus. I am personable and trustworthy, and I like to be professional and cheerful.  

    What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Always stay true to yourself, have a positive attitude and a smile.  Be willing to help others and stay focused. Also, be patient and be your best always.  The most important advice I could give is to “Believe in yourself.” 

March

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Shairan G. Araiza
Floyd, VA
Communications Supervisor
31 years of dedicated service 

    What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? It’s a beautiful campus and family oriented.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Going on a cruise to a tropical location with clear blue water.

    What do you do for fun? Have a girl's day with my daughters.

    If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? Be a Make a Wish grantor for adults and children. 

    What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? I always try to do my best at accomplishing my goals!  I also try to have a positive outlook on most things and treat everyone with kindness. 

    What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? You should always have job that you love to do.  Because when you are working, it will be something you enjoy doing and you will have a great feeling of satisfaction from your accomplishments.

February

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David Halpin
Salem, VA
Instructional Designer/Technical Trainer
1 year of dedicated service at RUC and 10 years at the former JCHS

    What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? Getting to work with many of the same folks I worked with at Jefferson College while also getting to work with many new folks at RUC and the main campus. I love the commitment and dedication I see from so many people who have been with Radford for so long. 

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel with my wife and daughter through southeast Asia. 

    What do you do for fun? Spend time with my four-year-old daughter, which currently involves reading lots of books, playing with trains, and spending time outdoors. When she’s asleep, I work on photography and music. 

    If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? The Dalai Lama

    What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? Patience and perseverance. 

    What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? You bring a unique set of knowledge and skills to the university. Freely share your knowledge and skills with others. Try to go home every day feeling like you have made someone’s life a little better or eased their burden a bit.

January

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Donald Fisher
Boones Mill, VA
FM-Surplus Warehouse
25 years of dedicated service

    What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? The people!

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To go to Hawaii.

    What do you do for fun? Read, watch TV and play with my dogs.

    If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? I would like to be Papa Fisher (grandfather).

    What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? I am a good worker and team player.

    What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? A co-worker once told me that we need to take advantage of all the opportunities offered at Radford University.