I just learned that tomorrow will be my co-worker Althea’s last day here at the University.
Althea has been with the University for many years. I believe she started working as an administrative assistant in English. I knew her because she was working a computer lab manager for my unit when I was hired back in 1999. I worked with her for six years. After the levee failures, she was terminated along with many others, as the University made some deep and painful cuts. She got hired back at English when the University reopened.
She’s one of the sweetest and realest people I’ve met here. I always enjoyed talking with her.
But she’s been living in a trailer since her house was destroyed. Her husband found work in Texas, where they evacuated, and he’s still living there. Their son is enrolled in school there. That’s a hard situation. So she’s moving out there to be with her family.
I’m going to miss her. She’s good people.
Here’s a staff photo from the summer of 2003:
Of the five people shown here, only Janice and I are left in New Orleans.
I do understand why people move on, but this attrition is killing me.