What is your job title?

Grants and Research Services Administrator

What area of campus, building and department do you work in?

I work on North Campus, in the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, for MSU Extension.

How long have you been at MSU?

Five years as of June 3.

How long have you been an Area Representative?

I believe it’s been four years.

Why is being a member of the Union important to you and what value does it bring?

It’s important to me as I have personally been in bad work situations. I feel a sense of comfort knowing the union is behind me. I love the value too! I get discounts on my home and auto insurance – I took advantage of that for sure!  

What words of advice do you have for the new hires at MSU?

You never know what your work situation will be or turn into. You may love your boss and coworkers, but things could change that may make your life miserable. You have the opportunity for union support to make your life easier; take advantage of this.

What do you love about working at MSU?

I love what MSU stands for: the commitment to the little people all over the state and the world for that matter. MSU as a whole has done so much good in the world. I love being a part of making MSU better so they can do more in the future.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I like to play with my dog, Brutus, at the dog park. He’s a Jack Russell, so he has a ton of energy. I go horseback riding with my mom at Sleepy Hollow. I ride my bike from campus down to the Hawk Island park, as well as along the Northern Tier Trail in East Lansing. I also like to read and relax at home.

The AR’s are appointed by the Executive Board and their role is to assist with distributing APA materials and information and to serve as a resource for members. AR’s are assigned to a geographic area of campus, so if there is not an AR in your immediate building, you can find one nearby. For a list of AR’s go to http://www.msuapa.org/about/area-representatives-2/

Area Representative (AR) Spotlight – Jennifer Sergeant