Five Questions with Marcia Gretsinger

Marcia Gretsinger has fun while keeping the Gillings School secure.

 

Marcia smiles for her daughter's camera. (Contributed photo)

Marcia smiles for her daughter’s camera. (Contributed photo)

Name: Marcia (“Marsha”) Gretsinger
Position: Security guard, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Years at Gillings: Ten years (I started as a temporary guard in January 2007, working primarily at UNC Gillings and the Kenan Center. My hours at the Gillings School steadily increased until I became a permanent employee here two years ago.)

 

What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I stay busy here and love it! More specifically, I try to keep all doors secure, keep an eye out for maintenance concerns and assist students as well as staff in a variety of issues.

I enjoy my work because if there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s “down time.” I don’t get that here! There is always something to do. My job makes me feel useful and exposes me to a wide variety of people.

 

When I’m not at work, I like to: enjoy music, both as a listener and – when possible – as a participant. I love being around animals of all sorts, visiting Carolina Tiger Rescue, shopping(!), spending time with family and friends, and playing Scrabble.

 

My favorite book, song or movie is: Oh boy, that’s a hard question! My favorite book or song is usually whatever I’m reading or listening to at the moment. I think my all-time favorite movie is one most people haven’t heard of. It’s called “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and stars Kirsten Dunst and Kirstie Alley. It is totally hilarious and never fails to make me laugh!

 

If a crystal ball could tell me the truth about one thing, I’d want to know: Do I look fat in this dress? Ha!

 

The best advice I ever received is: “Do good, be nice and have fun.” That’s a favorite phrase from an old boss.

 

Marcia was nominated by Amy Alves, facilities coordinator in the Gillings School’s Facilities Office. Amy said, “Marcia is our overnight security guard and she’s awesome. I think it’s important that people know who she is because we have a lot of folks who come in at all hours of the night. Marcia works the third shift (11 p.m. – 7 a.m.) on weeknights.”


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