Q&A with Cathy Ries, RC Development Coordinator
This is the seventh in a series of the people who make Rochester College what it is. These employees serve behind the scenes, but are crucial to the operations of the college.
Q: Describe what you do on a typical day.
A: “I answer phone calls for the Development Office, I go to the mail room and sort through mail that may contain checks and record them for auditing purposes. I also receipt donor checks and run reports for the development office.”
Q: What brought you to RC and why do you choose to work here?
A: “I graduated from the college in 1973 with an Associate of Arts degree, that was in secretarial science. There was a job opening in the president’s office after I graduated and was offered the job. Except for a few years when my two daughters started school I have worked at the college in various departments: president’s office, academic services, development office, and admissions. I loved the college since I was a student and can’t think of another place I would want to be.”
Q: What’s the easiest and hardest part of your job? Why? (Is your job more difficult parts of the year?
A: “Hardest part of my job is making sure reports for the development office are correct – one little button that isn’t checked makes a big difference. The easiest part of my job is working with our donors. I have worked here for so long I enjoy interacting with those who have been associated with the college for years.”
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: “Meeting people and seeing their interest in the college.”
Q: What do you do outside your job to stay sane, relieve stress?
A: “I enjoy being outside surrounded by water in the summer and being around family.”
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: “I grew up in Midland, Michigan-- Home of the Chemics!”
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the Rochester area? Or in Michigan?
A: “Anytime I am around water I am a happy person. I can just sit and look at it all day long.”
Q: What is your most prized possession?
A: “My family. I have two daughters who are married and 2 grandchildren. My mom is still living and I enjoy being around her as much as I can.”
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
A: “Being a single mother.”
Q: Who was your biggest influence?
A: “My parents.”