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 June 2014
Program Manager, Alumni & Parent Relations
This July marks 14 years at SPU for Bobbie Taylor, program manager in alumni and parent relations. Bobbie was nominated as Staff of the Month for her attention to detail and passion in preparing for one key springtime event, Downtown Business Breakfast. Congratulations on a job well done, Bobbie!
What do you like about your job at SPU?
It's a challenge! Keeping constituents informed and happy -- no matter if it's Downtown Business Breakfast or the Homecoming luncheon, people always want a seat a little closer to the front. I try to be fair and build lasting relationships with alumni and donors. Even the handful who could chat on the phone for hours! Working with our student workers and fellow alumni staff is also a highlight.
Describe your perfect day off.
Not getting up at 5 a.m. would be the first thing! Maybe read a chapter in a whodunit book -- those are my favorites. I'd walk my dog, Rosie, scrapbook, take my grandkids to the park, and go to bed camping in our RV in Lynden with my husband.
Any thoughts on higher education?
I have liked knowing my work was helping other people receive a great education. I didn't get the opportunity to attend college, and I really would have loved to do that. I actually wanted to be a teacher. I wanted my daughters to have the best they could, and now they are SPU grads with terrific jobs.
Your Christmas sweaters are legendary. Tell us about your collection.
I like wearing them because it's a special time of year, and it's fun to see how many people stop and say, "I like your sweater!" Some people shake their heads and chuckle. I like putting a smile on people's faces. I've been collecting them for 25 years, and my first one had an uncomfortable battery pack for the flashing Christmas lights.
What's one thing most SPUers don't know about you?
I've been to Disneyland almost 10 times. The most memorable was a childhood trip in the Bonneville...with seven people and no air conditioning.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Bobbie Taylor as Staff of the Month!