Employee Spotlight: Paula Marcec

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Name: Paula Marcec

Position at UWGB: Assistant to the Chancellor

Summary of what you do: Rudder, and sometimes lifeboat, for the U.S.S. Chancellor Miller.

How long have you been employed: 13 years

Three words that describe you: I hope I would be described as loyal, caring and funny.

Personal interests: Traveling, spending time with my husband and dogs.


Any favorite line from a movie? “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Auntie Mame

Are you messy or organized? A little bit of both.

Best vacation you’ve been to? Italy

Describe what you were like at age 10. Bookworm

Do you have a favorite quote? “Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.” Whoopi Goldberg

Do you have an office nickname? What is it? Oh, I’m sure I do, but no one has shared it with me.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Too many to share.

Favorite travel spot? Europe

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Oprah

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Julia Roberts, naturally. The resemblance is uncanny!

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? Michelangelo – sculptor, painter, poet – the greatest artist of all time!

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Improve the budget situation.

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? My Gramma K. Oh to have more time with her!

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? No Regrets: Crazy Stuff I’ve Done

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? My photo albums.

Least favorite Food? Celery

Tell us a little about yourself. I’m married and have two, very ill mannered, dogs!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? I like Country music

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. I worked one season for the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee assisting the makeup artist; I met Dick Bacon, Mr. Nude America, when I was 16; I was a qualified radiological worker during outages my last year at Point Beach Nuclear Plant.

Top 3 life highlights? My marriage, the birth of a most loved niece and my first trip abroad (Ireland).

What advice would you give to recent new hires? When walking through the tunnels, always look like you know where you’re going, even if you’re lost!

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Be fair, be honest and be generous with your time.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Working Commencement

What book did you read last? The Kennedy Women

What books are at your bedside? Science in the Soul by Richard Dawkins

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Lucy from Peanuts. Cause I can be a bit bossy.

What did you want to be when growing up? A nun (until I discovered boys)

What do you always want to try and never did? Learn to play the piano.

What do you like most about your job? All of my coworkers!

What do you like to do on your days off? Spend time with my husband

What else do you do for fun? Crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, play games.

What is an ability you wish you had? The ability to correctly guess winning lottery numbers

What is the first concert you attended? Seals & Croft

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? A little house in the Cinque Terra (Italy)

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? You don’t have to apologize for who you are.

What is your family like? Mildly dysfunctional

What is your favorite meal? Cheese and onion enchiladas with rice (hold the beans).

What is your favorite movie and book? Move: White Christmas Book: Pride & Prejudice

What is your favorite sport? Shopping

Hidden talent? Sadly, I have none. Or perhaps they’re so hidden even I don’t know what they are.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? Stained glass, needlework, reading, canning, cooking with my husband

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Butter

What phobias do you have? The fear of drowning.

What places have you lived in? Milwaukee, West Allis, Brookfield, Green Bay

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? TV: Desperate Housewives of New York

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? A Mrs. Beasley doll (from the TV series Family Affair)

What would people never guess you do in your role? In emergency situations, I have a key, and know how to change the toilet paper in the ladies room.

What would you like to be famous for? I would never want to be famous. Infamous maybe.

What’s on your bucket list? Learn to speak fluent French.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Chicken gizzards

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Happily retired

Where is your favorite place to eat? Redwood Inn

Where is your home town? Milwaukee

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Tanzania, Africa