Catching up with...Joyce Chabot

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Joyce Chabot, printing manager for the College and office manager for Communications and Marketing, knows a few things about Union. The longest-tenured employee at 55 years, she has spent most of her career as the proud sentinel of quality for nearly every piece of printed material produced by the College. Within the office, she is an unending resource on Union history and a dogged researcher who can find nearly any publication ever produced. Remarkably, Union is not her first place of employment. Early in her career, she was a confidential assistant in the office of New York State Governor Nelson Rockefeller, a job that required N.Y. State Police clearance.

FIRST APP YOU LOOK AT IN THE MORNING: Facebook. It’s nice to check in on friends, even virtually.

Joyce Chabot

ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES: The largest book I’ve ever read was Exodus by Leon Uris. But I prefer short stories and I’ve never read any book more than once.

BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED: When you are fortunate enough to have a job, do the best you can with what you are provided, and take pride in your work.

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS: Sitting in Jackson’s Garden on the branch of the male ginkgo tree. I was told years ago by the late Prof. Bill Huntley that the female ginkgo produces a fruit that, when ripe, gives off an extremely offensive odor.

GO-TO BREAKFAST: Greek yogurt and a banana

NETFLIX OR AMAZON: If you are referring to streaming, I don’t. However, for spending, that would definitely be Amazon. How else could I spend all my money during this pandemic?

FAVORITE PODCAST: None. I enjoy TV shows including Jeopardy, NCIS Los Angeles, Forensic Files, Food TV and The Voice. However, I have been thinking about investigating some podcasts.

ONE SKILL YOU WISH YOU HAD: To be a professional singer and/or an accomplished guitarist.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PANDEMIC DIVERSION/ACCOMPLISHMENT?: Surviving major shoulder/bicep muscle surgery on my right shoulder and recuperating while trying to sleep in a recliner chair with a right-hand control!

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY: Early morning, when the sun is shining, the world looks clean and bright and there’s hope for a new day.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT YOU: I sang bass with the Sweet Adelines International Inc., River Valley Chorus for 20 years. We competed within our region, won, and went on to perform in an international competition in Las Vegas in 1984. Also, Kathy Newell, who recently retired as assistant to the vice president for College Relations, is my younger sister.