Staff Spotlights: Maggie Fitzsimmons

Maggie Fitzsimmons

Coordinator for Facilities - Recreational Sports
Woo - Individualization - Strategic - Positivity - Communication

 

Maggie was nominated for a Staff Award by a colleague, who said the following:

Maggie always takes time to help [student] staff understand the bigger picture....Her willingness to meet these students where they are....promotes the pillar of Intellect that the Division seeks to develop in our students.


 

Are you from Georgia? If not, where are you from? (i.e., where do you call “home”?)

I am from Gainesville, Florida and went to undergrad there as well. Most days I say Go Dawgs, but I am also a huge Gator fan!

 

How long have you worked at UGA?

Since November 2017.

 

What does a “day in the life” look like for you at work?

At Ramsey, I spend most of my days checking-in with student staff, answering patron questions, and addressing facility needs. Every day has its own unique concerns and successes.

 

What are three things you love most about your job?

My coworkers (students, graduate assistants, and full-time staff alike), enjoying the programs and facilities within RecSports for my own fitness and wellness, and the opportunities to get involved around campus.

 

Who do you look up to/ admire?

Of the 130 student staff members I supervise, two student leaders serve as, what we call, Program Assistants. These students are responsible for assisting me in facilitating the daily operations at Ramsey and the leading the staff. They are always willing to develop themselves and those around them. I admire their level of commitment to a part-time position while they juggle being a student.

 

What are things that you do for fun/hobbies?

I am in a doctoral program, so my main hobby is reading! Outside of that, I enjoy working out, gardening, and hanging out with my dogs, husband, and friends.

 

What might be something that you would like other staff to know about your job?

My office is right next to the vending machines in Ramsey. Come say hi and get a snack!

 

What might be some ways that staff could collaborate or partner with you?

I am always looking to hire students and love recommendations. We frequently give tours to new faculty and staff as well as hosting events for departments on campus.

 

Anything you would like to share that you would like other staff to know about you?

My favorite restaurant in town is Kelly’s and I will not be taking comments at this time.

 

What advice would you have for new staff joining UGA Student Affairs?

There are so many ways to get involved at a large campus, so don’t feel like you have to do everything at once. Get to know your job well and pick one or two things you’re interested in. More opportunities snowball as you spend more time at UGA.

 

What is one question you wished we asked and what is the answer?

I wished you asked, ‘what are you reading right now?’

I’m reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and plan to watch the show next.

 

What is the coolest thing you have ever done and why?

I paraglided off the Teton Mountain Range in Jackson, Wyoming a few years ago. We jumped off the top of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort slopes. I experienced G-force winds on the way down!

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