Ten questions with ... Sharon R. Brooks

February 24, 2010

Ten questions with ... Sharon R. Brooks

Job on campus/department you work in: College of Agricultural Sciences, dean’s administrative assistant

How long at SIUC: 15 years

Hometown: Du Quoin

When you were a youngster, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always knew I wanted to be a top “Dawg’s” secretary. Yes, I said secretary because in my day “secretary” was politically correct.

People don’t know that you…have a WONDERFUL 3-yr-old grandson Ethan who makes Dennis the Menace look like a saint! Regardless, in Nana’s eyes…he does nothing wrong. Who would have ever thought I, the warden, would be so patient with such a ruthless child.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be and why? I would probably be a counselor because I receive a sense of satisfaction when helping others through life’s difficult situations.

What is something you still want to accomplish in life? In 1994 I came to SIUC with the intent of eventually becoming the SIU president’s administrative assistant. Now…if Paula weren’t so good, I might have a chance! Paula, any plans to retire soon?

What is one random fact about you? I am the youngest of 12 children (six boys, six girls) and 10 are still living and relatively healthy. I feel very, very blessed!

Cats or dogs? Sorry, but neither! I don’t have time to properly care for them.

What is your favorite food and why? I absolutely love a good grilled rib-eye steak probably because, as the youngest of 12 children, we weren’t afforded the opportunity to eat steak. I’m not sure when or where I was served my first rib-eye, but I know I love it.

Who has inspired you, and how? My daughter Bridgette Sargent who works at SIUC. She successfully manages multiple projects while keeping her family as her number one priority.

What is your pet peeve? Laziness, tardiness and excessive absenteeism. In my book, they are all equivalent.

What would you like your gravestone to say about you? “Here lies a virtuous woman.” Matt 25:23 Well done thou good and faithful servant…enter into the joys of your lord.