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Five Questions for: Connie Ghinazzi

May  13, 2013

Five Questions is a series of profiles of people at Augustana College. Connie Ghinazzi delivers the answers today. If you know someone you'd like to see profiled, send his or her name and a note to sharenews@augustana.edu.

1. You weren't always a librarian. Why the career change?

My career was in pharmaceutical sales, but the part of that job I liked most was training new sales reps. While on a plane one day, I read an article about a librarian in Inc. magazine. I talked to some friends who were librarians and decided that I wanted to make the change. I left pharmaceutical sales and went to librarian school, finishing in 2011. I am the science librarian and hold an administrative faculty position and get to serve on several committees, like the budget committee, and manage programs like the college's convocation program. It's kid of a neat situation.

Your first name is Constance. Is there a story behind your name?

I am named after my great aunt who served as a nun in the Sisters of Humility order. She was a wonderful, sweet, generous person, and I think my mother wanted to honor her. I usually just go by "Connie." When I hear somebody use "Constance," I know that it's either somebody who doesn't know me or I'm in real big trouble with my mother.  

You serve as an advisor for the college's Equestrian Club. What attracted you to this?

I have no particular love of horses. In fact, I'm kind of afraid of them, but my daughter has had a passion for animals her whole life and a love of horses in particular since she was 11. She basically did everything in her power to be in barns, taking on responsibilities and working around horses. There are a lot of young people, especially young women, who are like my daughter when it comes to horses. Knowing what that passion is like, and nurturing it with her made me feel that this was something I could do for Augie students.

You were just named the 2013 Mike Nolan Award winner for your help with the Adopt A School partnership at Longfellow Liberal Arts School. Why did you get involved, and what makes the partnership special?

I was surprised to hear that I won this award. I have been volunteering for five years — the last four with a kindergarten class at Longfellow Liberal Arts School. I feel that kids need as much help as early as possible to develop a love of reading. In my role as the college's outreach librarian, I will have the opportunity to work with Longfellow teachers who now have faculty-access privileges to the books and database resources we have available in the Tredway Library.

The Center for Student Life is slated to open next fall. What kinds of changes do you foresee?

We have always been in tune with how students use the building, and we are used to change. It won't be all about the social and dining elements in the new CSL. Students need study space, and the CSL expansion will allow for even more. We are very lucky that the decision was made in 1990 to build so much space into the Tredway Library. We've been able to modify how the space is used to stay ahead of the curve of what students need. Someone who is rarely on campus in the evening stopped by recently, and they were shocked at how many students were in the library that night.

Five Questions has featured:

Denise Yoder, head athletic trainer

Dr. Paul Croll, assistant professor of sociology

Dr. Pamela Trotter, associate professor of chemistry

Dr. Todd Cleveland, assistant professor of history

Dr. Daniel Conway, associate professor of business administration

Dr. Daniel Corts, associate professor of psychology

Dr. Kevin Geedey, professor of biology

Dr. Randy Hengst, professor of education

Dr. Emil Kramer, professor of classics

Dr. Van Symons, professor of history

Rosita Tendall, assistant professor of music

Sara Tisdale, women's lacrosse coach

Carla Tracy, director of the Thomas Tredway Library