Quite often, college can create an overwhelming feeling of apprehension for students entering the grounds for the first time. Employees such as Barbara Lewis help to calm the fears of these students and set them on the track to success. Barbara, a 21 year veteran of Lewis University, is the Secretary to the Chair in the Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies program.
Barbara came to the University in 1986. A friend of Barbara’s saw a position was open in Project Upward Bound, a program funded by the Department of Education, which prepped high school students for college. This person knew Barbara would be a great asset to the program because of her commitment to helping others. Barbara got the job and stayed with the program until it was cancelled in 1995. That year, she accepted the secretarial position in Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.
In Barbara’s current position she is responsible for maintaining contact, support, and a cooperative environment between the program, and the students, parents, faculty and outside agencies. Barbara takes pride in the job she does. She believes it is important to know her job as well as the jobs of others, both inside and outside of the department. Knowing what to do, or where to go to get answers makes her more valuable to her co-workers and to the students and staff she supports.
According to Barbara, one of the greatest benefits to working at the University is the people. “Lewis has a variety of really good people. It makes my job a lot easier when I have people I can talk to and rely on.” She has taken advantage of the University’s tuition assistance benefit, and is currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice program. Barbara also loves the beautiful campus and the great work environment.
Barbara enjoys her job and working with the students. She states that “the
greatest challenge is being able to coordinate and serve everybody that comes
for assistance”. This also provides her with the greatest rewards.