For technology specialist and veteran Cristian Piedra, nothing says “thank you” to American heroes like 1,500 members of the Wesleyan community gathered in Yancey Gymnasium to celebrate Veterans Day. “We don’t ask for anything as servicemen, and the fact that we are recognized and celebrated is more than enough.”
What do blue transcript forms, chicken finger plates and tardy slips have in common? On the surface they might be mere Wesleyan resources or amenities, but in reality, they represent the hardworking and sometimes underappreciated faculty and staff members who play a crucial role in the school’s day-to-day operations.
Stopping by the front office to sign in for a free period might be the only interaction students have with administrator Lori Stromie, but more than just the voice over the intercom or the signature on a notary form, Stromie is the driving force behind daily logistics.
Joining the Wesleyan faculty in 2014, Stromie has served as the Administrative Assistant for four years. Her duties include much more than authorizing tardy forms or making daily announcements. She schedules locations for all meetings, manages day-to-day logistics, handles all mail and deliveries, maintains all cumulative files, administers uniform rentals and orders all teacher supplies. “It’s a lot, but I’d rather be busy,” said Stromie. “I like to be organized; I can’t deal if I’m not organized. My brain doesn’t work with messiness.”
What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Auburn, College of Charleston and SCAD.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Matt Adent.
What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Sophomore year.
What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The Spirit Shop and Mrs. Godard.
What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had won more state championships.
What are three things you cannot live without? My dog, Biscuit, Chick-Fil-A Breakfast and frilly socks.
What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was a youngster I wanted to be a painter. Now I realize that I would like to afford to eat, my dream job is to be a graphic designer or creative director for a major company and eventually own a boutique in Charleston that sells vintage clothing and dog paintings. Keep Reading
Whether they are swimming in the Davidson Natatorium, wrestling in the Hoover Mezzanine or shooting hoops in Yancey Gymnasium, you will never see the wolves under the weather. The winter wolves are prepared for another season this year. Keep Reading
Click on the link below to fill out the crossword online.
In the crossword, you will find iconic Wesleyan teachers, students and more.