What is your job title? Admin Ast I

I mainly handle communications for my Department, including website and social media content.

What area of campus (this refers to the area rep info on the APA website, like, East, South, North, etc.) building and department do you work in?

South side. I work in the Clinical Center

How long have you been at MSU?

It will be 10 years in June

How long have you been an Area Representative?

Less than a year

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

Being part of a group where its only responsibility is to look out for other members without other agendas is extremely important to me. Being part of a giant establishment like MSU you can feel lost in the shuffle, but with the APA Union you will always have someone who will look out for you and speak up for you.

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

Make sure you read over everything the union sends to you; get to know what we can help you with. Get involved with the Union in some way; it helps keep you informed.

What do you love about working at MSU?

I love the communities that MSU offers, from departments and colleges to the unions and alumni.

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

I like to spend time with my family and my 3 dogs. I also love to play basketball. If you didn’t know there is a faculty/staff Basketball league through IM services!

I have 3 dogs and two goldfish pets.

I like hip hop music and my favorite band is, well, who can pick just one?

My hobbies include riding motorcycles, gardening and craft beer.

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 – Jim Brinker