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Person of Interest

It is SSC's honor to introduce to you Mary R. Odom, who works with us in the IT department.  Mary has agreed to be our Person of Interest for the month for April and she shares about her IT position, "About what I do:   I’m a member of PSCC’s Helpdesk team, providing the first line of support for problems and questions relating to computer or network resources." Mary worked 10 years in IT at other colleges, then went to grad school in microbiology, then was an adjunct here for 4 years before coming back to computer technical support in this position in January.  Mary stated she missed it here "...and love being part of the helpdesk!"  Mary, thank you for sharing with us!

POI for the month of April


Q.   If you could be a Disney/TV/movie character who would it be and why?

A.   The mom on “Phineas and Ferb”-- because she has brilliant kids, she's so practical, has an impressive list of skills, her family all clearly love her, and everything always turns out OK in their lives within 30 minutes.

Q.   What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you either LOL or tear up?

A.   I think it was the movie Gravity, when Sandra Bullock's character recounted how she had lost her young daughter.  Just thinking about it is going to make me cry!

Q.   What is your favorite food and why?

A.   Anything with lots of milkfat:  cheese, crème brûlée, milkshakes... Why??  Duh!  

Q.   When you daydream of going somewhere, where is that destination?

A.   Disney World, because we are planning a family trip there this fall. So exciting!

Q.   Your favorite memory or childhood object you still have?

A.   I cherish my memories of living and traveling in Germany and Europe as a teenager-- I know that played a big role in forming who I am today.

Q.   Camp in an RV or a tent?

A.   Sorry, no camping, I am too much of a weenie nowadays.

Q.   If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

A.   Oh, that is such a hard question!  Would I be able to change anything in the past?  Would I be able to interact with people at all?  Could I record what I experienced and bring it back to people today?  Would I even be able to come back to the present?  I'm sorry, my scientist side is having problems with this question!

Q.   What you learned from a life changing lesson that had great impact on you and stays with you always?

A.   I've had great opportunities to befriend and work with people from many different walks of life and from all over the world, and I have learned it is so true that you can NOT judge a book by its cover.

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