Judy Hammett honored for 35 years of service

May 12th, 2014 Comments Off on Judy Hammett honored for 35 years of service

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Judy Hammett, library associate for the Bob and Kathy Luke Library in the College of Architecture, Art, and Design, was recently honored at a university ceremony for 35 years of service.

Hammett began working for the then College of Architecture in June of 1979, just shortly after the second architecture class graduated in May.

At the time, the college was small and a close community, said Hammett. The building, now Giles Hall, consisted of just what’s referred to as the BARN area. The library was just a narrow strip, and Hammett said she used to park in what’s now the expanded library.

“It was really like a family atmosphere,” she said. “Everyone knew about everyone’s life. Beaux Arts Ball was also a big ordeal because everyone went, and the dressed up.”

Hammett added that there were no laptops or Internet at the time, so everyone came to the library to look at books and magazines, as that was their only source of reference.

“Some would even take naps,” she laughed, “And I would have to wake them up at a certain time for class.”

Hammett said she misses the old, close-knit community atmosphere the school once had but is happy the school has grown over the years.

“It’s funny that I’m now seeing alumni’s children coming back through,” she said.

“I never dreamed I’d be here 35 years. I figured I’d work for 25 years and then go home, but I love my job; and I love the interaction with the students. That’s why I’ve just hung on.”

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