In observance of Women’s History Month, Nebraska Today has partnered with the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women to feature female office/service staff who go above and beyond in their work at Dear Old Nebraska U. This Women of Service series will run in Nebraska Today through March 31.
The series continues today with Jody Myers, administrative technician with the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management. She was nominated by Julie Perez, director of operations and special projects with the Raikes School.
In her work, Myers serves as the primary contact between the Raikes School and the university community. She is also readily available to assist other Raikes School team members, regardless of the task.
“Jody is a ray of sunshine at the Raikes School,” said Cheryl Nelson, director of the Raikes School’s Design Studio. “She just gets things done. And, her calm and bright charm is the best front door to the Raikes School.”
Myers sat down with the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women to discuss what inspires her on and off campus.
Tell us a little about yourself.
At this time, my life revolves around my family and work. My husband, Mat, started a business five years ago here in Lincoln called Tamayta. It’s a bulk spice store centered around cooking, featuring local makers and a sharpening service. So, when I am not working here, I am there a lot. I also love spending time with my son and seeing him grow into a really great young man.
How long have you been at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
Just over six months.
What do you look forward to when you come to work?
I look forward to the people. The environment at the Raikes School is so positive, collaborative and supportive. Between the employees and the students, I have met so many kind and really interesting people. There is a real atmosphere of teamwork, and the people here really enjoy and respect each other.
What is your favorite memory at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
I already have several happy memories, including walks on nice days around campus. I really enjoyed getting to go along on a student presentation at the Innovation Campus Greenhouse. It was amazing. I love greenhouses and nurseries, but this was a whole other level of interesting. What a great workplace experience.
What is your life like outside of work?
Outside of my time at UNL, I spend a lot of time helping at Tamayta. My favorite priority is spending time with my family. When I get time after that, I enjoy gardening, reading, music/theater and different forms of art. Recently I have become more and more interested in learning more about history. I love catching up with friends. When things aren’t so busy, I hope to travel and spend more time dabbling in these interesting activities.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I almost did not apply to UNL as I was a bit intimidated. Fortunately I had a friend, retired professor emeritus Larry Schulze, who boosted my confidence and encouraged me to try. For that I am so grateful. Sadly, he has passed away recently. But, because of him, I always try to remember to encourage and be kind to others, to continue to learn and grow and to not be afraid to try new things.