Why We <3 the UA

Why We <3 the UA

By University Communications
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Photo by Lilly Berkley, UANews Student Associate
Photo by Lilly Berkley, UANews Student Associate
Cheri Winfield
Cheri Winfield
Jaime Valenzuela
Jaime Valenzuela
Tina Deemer with her co-workers on Halloween.
Tina Deemer with her co-workers on Halloween.
Alma Enciso
Alma Enciso
Olivia Mendoza
Olivia Mendoza
Paula Santos (front) with her custodial team.
Paula Santos (front) with her custodial team.
Lydia Watts
Lydia Watts
Mary Carroll
Mary Carroll
Cheryl Moore
Cheryl Moore

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air – and in lots of UA offices, too!

While the holiday has many thinking about significant others, family and friends, we had a feeling that plenty of UA employees are feeling love for the UA, which has been recognized as a great place to work for the sixth year in a row.

We asked readers to tell us why they love the University. Below, see what they had to say.

Cheri Winfield
Administrative Associate, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Time at the UA: one year

I love working at the UA because of the diverse and inclusive atmosphere of students, faculty and staff. Having a "home away from home" is a pleasant way to spend the day.

Jaime Valenzuela
Library Specialist, James E. Rogers College of Law
Time at the UA: six years

I love working at the University of Arizona because it is an environment that not only promotes but develops success. My team demonstrates a willingness to share and gain knowledge among one another that helps create our success both as individuals and as a team. We all want one another to succeed.

Tina Deemer
Director of Academic and Support Services, Department of Mathematics
Time at the UA: 27 years

I love my talented, hard-working, supportive co-workers. These amazing people not only know how to have fun, they also know how to take care of each other. Working with them is an incredible gift, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to spend my days at the UA with them.

Alma Enciso
Program Coordinator, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Time at the UA: 40 years

I am very grateful and fortunate to work with a wonderful group of people in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I appreciate all that the UA has to offer, from free arthritis lectures, tai chi and elastic band classes, the Gatekeepers on the Mall singing "Oh Happy Day" to discounts at Centennial (Hall). The UA is one of the most beautiful places to work: You can enjoy a variety of trees, the peach trees in bloom on the way to work, and the rose garden just outside our Forbes building. So very blessed with the amazing priests at the Newman Center on campus.

Olivia Mendoza
Senior Program Coordinator and Academic Adviser, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Time at the UA: 26 years

I love working at the UA because of the engagement that I have with students through advising, department events and mentoring. It is very satisfying to see these students go through the process of being in college, from orientation until graduation, and to be part of the process. I am so grateful that I still hear from former students and share their life experiences.

Paula Santos
Custodial Area Supervisor, Facilities Management
Time at the UA: 13 years

I love working for the UA. I work doing what I love because I learn something new every day! I feel that I refresh my job knowledge every time I teach or train others. I have the opportunity to thank others for their contribution in making the UA beautiful and a safe place to work. I try to help others to see things in a different perspective on a daily basis. I don't think I would ever find a better, more hard-working, smart and understanding department head. I feel that I'm well respected and I love to see that my job has a big impact on this educational institution.

Lydia Watts
Secretary in the Yavapai County Office
Time at the UA: two years

I work in the Yavapai office and my supervisors and co-workers are some of the best people I've ever worked around. We all care about our work and about each other. We communicate our goals and create strategies to work with each other. I couldn't work for a better place!

Mary Carroll
Administrative Associate, Business Services Office, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Time at the UA: three years

I am very fortunate to work in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I am a daily witness to how our dean, along with the assistant and associate deans, practices and enforces accountability and integrity within our workforce, and for all UA students and stakeholders. The leaders, staff and faculty of CALS are doing a great job to accomplish our college's strategic goal to "produce employable graduates, who can do jobs that do not yet exist and create new jobs." Our leaders also nourish personal and professional growth for CALS employees, which fosters happy employees. I love being part of the CALS team! I am surrounded by colleagues who are intelligent, innovative and hard-working. My colleagues bring positivity to work with them every day. This creates an exceptional atmosphere, and a place where I love to work! 

Cheryl Moore
Administrative Assistant, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy
Time at the UA: six years

Since I have been with the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at UA College of Pharmacy, I feel like I am home! The faculty is outstanding and so helpful. Our department head, Dr. Brian Erstad, is simply the sweetest, most understanding boss. He always says that family and health come first. Erstad always humbly recognizes his team before taking any credit himself. I could not do what I do without the support of my wonderful supervisor, Cas Sprout. She treats everyone with the utmost kindness and would do anything to help her fellow co-workers. She is more like a sister who cares about you than a supervisor. I never want to let her down! The culture of this department is one of family – caring, compassion, lifting each other up and encouraging new ideas and ways to move forward. This is reflected in the excellent work we all do! There are no unhappy faces here – I guess you would call that “Trickle Down Happinomics” and it is contagious. Even the students are happy! This is the business model to follow! LOVE PPS and the College of Pharmacy! I am thankful I have them all!

Janel Rogers
Instructional Specialist, Maricopa County Office
Time at the UA: three and a half years

I work in the EFNEP program (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program), which teaches basic nutrition to adults. I love my job because the adults that come to my class are interested in being healthier. They are appreciative of the free classes and want to make a difference in the lives of their families. I have been working in this program for three and a half years in inner-city Phoenix. Many of my classes are bilingual. Every class is different because of the personalities of the adults. I am never bored and I am learning just as much as my participants! I also work with great leaders who work as a team to make our community a better place!

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