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.”