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I Am UWG

Brenda Valcke

Brenda Valcke is UWG.Job title: ITS Departmental Assistant – Senior Level.

What I really do: Coordinate IT training classes for faculty and staff, MCA Administration, EDP Administration, warranty parts ordering and labor administration for UWG’s Dell and Apple computers and servers, purchase requests, PARs, other budget related things etc.

Years at UWG: Six.

Before UWG, I: worked at Pinnacle Airlines (Northwest Airlines regional carrier) in Memphis, Tenn. as hotel administrator for pilots and flight attendants.

One thing I would change about UWG: In this economy I’d like a raise for everybody, one that counts. I would also like for faculty and staff to encourage each other to attend our IT training sessions and especially Mardel’s security training. It is so important! Also it’s professional development free of charge!

I was born in: Ghent, Belgium.

Family members are: My husband Price and our three dogs and two cats (all rescues).

People describe me as: Genuine.

Most colleagues don’t know that: I’m not a citizen and I speak four languages (Dutch, English, French and German.) My native tongue is Flemish.

Favorite things to do: Discovering new and old places with my husband because we have so much fun together. When not traveling I like to just be quietly at home with my little family. I like to read, write and cook. I do enjoy preparing food that has been around for centuries. I value the history of food immensely and think about the women (or men) who prepared these dishes. I like to recreate meals we've tried in different places. My husband says I'm a food geek, and then he eats.

I get very excited about music: Blues, bluesrock, heavy metal and classical.

Favorite quote: "Shadows of shadows passing. It is now 1831, and as always I am absorbed with a delicate thought. It is how poetry has indefinite sensations, to which end music is an essential. Since the comprehension of sweet sound is our most indefinite conception, music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry. Music without the idea is simply music. Without music or an intriguing idea, colour becomes pallor, man becomes carcass, home becomes catacomb, and the dead are but for a moment motionless." Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells.

Proudest accomplishment so far: To have learned that every moment is valuable and in that regard, to always search for the positive, even in the negative.

Pet peeve: People who think recycling isn’t their responsibility.

Best advice ever received: If the pain of being in a relationship becomes greater than the pain of leaving it, it’s probably time to get out.

Best advice for new faculty and staff: Take any IT training opportunity.

What I most want to contribute to students: Be open-minded; never hesitate to get out of your comfort zone; travel the world; be positive always; embrace life; believe in yourself; take responsibility, it’s a lot less complicated!

The book everyone should read: Remarkable Creatures” by T. Chevalier; “The Thirteenth Tale” by D. Setterfield; “A Thread of Grace” by M.D. Russell; “The Historian” by E. Kostova; “Sarah’s Key” by T. de Rosnay; “Empire Falls” by R. Russo; “Outlander” by D. Gabaldon. Anything by authors Geraldine Brooks, Paul Auster, Khaled Hosseini and Haruki Murakami.

The movie everyone should watch:Freedom Writers”;
La Vie en Rose”; “Amélie”; “Children of Heaven”; “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”; “Snatch”; “RocknRolla”; “Layer Cake”; “Black Swan.” My favorite is “The Commitments.”

The person, dead or alive, I’d most like to meet: Jimi Hendrix.

The place I’d love to travel to where I haven’t been yet: South Pacific.

Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” Alfred d. Souza said that and it’s true. Now get a passport and spin the globe!