Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Longtime UWG staff member Patricia “Trish” Causey is retiring after 34 years of service to the university. Faculty, staff, past students and family members recently gathered to share hugs, laughter and memories to celebrate Causey’s service and commitment to the university.
Causey has spent her last few years serving as the assistant dean of students for Judicial Affairs. She was a key member of the UWG Campus Intervention Team in addition to providing other services related to managing student behavior and improving the campus climate.
“I believe the university will miss her calmness in the way she dealt with students,” said Melanie McClellan, former vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and current professor and director of the College Student Affairs Counseling program. “She always had the students’ best interest in mind.”
Causey has been associated with UWG since her undergraduate years from 1969-1971. While earning her masters degrees at UWG, began her higher education career working as a graduate hall director. Advancing her way through various promotions, she spent nearly 30 years in Residence Life before assuming the position of assistant dean of students.
“Trish taught me many lessons,” recalled Dr. John Clower, former director of residence life. “She taught me that you have to be true to yourself, you have to keep a sense of humor, you have to treat people with patience and you have to treat people with care and compassion.”
The UWG division directors presented Causey with a beautiful hand woven quilt made of several t-shirts that represented various facets of her career while working at UWG.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Dean of Students, Scot Lingrell, said, “Trish will be missed by everyone at the institution but especially by those in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. She has played a major role in creating a positive on-campus experience for students and has devoted her career to the development of students. She has been a mentor to so many Student Affairs Professionals over the years and West Georgia has been lucky to have had her.”
Causey is currently unsure of what she will do post retirement, but knows for sure that there is nothing that will replace the unforgettable experience she had at the university.
“I’ve had tremendous success in working with students over the years,” said Causey. “I will definitely miss the students and the staff. You can’t find a better group of people to work with.”