Trinity Grateful for 33 Years of Service
Thursday, 03 July 2014
Thomson began her service at Trinity in January 1981, after responding to an ad in her church bulletin. She started out part-time in accounts payable, and after 1 ½ years, moved up to the position of full-time business office manager, a role in which she has served faithfully for more than 30 years.
“I didn’t realize that when I took the job I would just stay,” said Thomson, who had quickly recognized the job was well suited for her.
Along with her work in the business office, Thomson has been a member of the Academic Benefits Committee and Staff Council and has participated in student events, such as talent shows. The Alumni Board also awarded Thomson the status of an Honorary Alumni in 2006.
Her connections with Trinity do not end there. Thomson’s three children all graduated from Trinity, each with a different major. “It is interesting to view the college as a parent and an employee,” said Thomson. “Trinity has been a really big part of my life and my children’s lives.”
Thomson’s responsibilities include helping students with financial registration, giving an introduction speech at Blueprints, and discussing financial issues with them. One of her favorite aspects of Trinity is watching students grow throughout their time at college.
“Trinity is good at seeing the student as a person, and is willing to help them,” said Thomson. “Students are always a name, not just an ID number.”
She said she also enjoys reconnecting with Trinity parents who were students earlier on in her career.
“When I see former students return to Trinity as parents of new Trinity students and they greet me with a big smile and a ‘do you remember me,’ it reinforces how important community is here at Trinity and how blessed I am to have been a part of it.
As she retires from her position, Thomson will not forget the community of Trinity. “It’s been good to me,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here. When you work at a college, everything seems relevant.”
After her last day on July 15, Thomson plans to take the rest of her summer off before exploring other opportunities. She also plans to spend more time with her children and five grandchildren.
“I’m open to some other opportunities. I’m just not sure what they’re going to be yet.”