5 questions with…33-year Student Affairs employee Mayo Bulloch

Mayo BullochMuch has changed around campus since Mayo Bulloch arrived at Case Western Reserve University nearly 33 years ago—from the buildings to the people, not to mention the programs available on campus.

Bulloch has played an influential role in shaping programming for students at Case Western Reserve. As director of educational enhancement programs, she’s helped launch university-wide initiatives, such as Share the Vision, the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, the Community Hour Series, the university’s common reading program, and the Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

In addition, she’s helped develop and lead several departments within the Office of Student Affairs, including Educational Services for Students, the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning and Student Disability Services.

Though her role has helped grow the university’s offerings for students, it was not one she’d immediately sought out. After earning her master’s degree in education at Case Western Reserve, she got a part-time job in the former Office of Student Development. “I really hadn’t known there was a whole professional field dedicated to enhancing student life,” she said. “It was a very lucky accident.”

As she prepares for retirement on July 31, things will slow down markedly in Bulloch’s jam-packed schedule, although she plans to stay busy in her neighborhood of Ohio City, visiting the West Side Market and all the restaurants the area has to offer. Plus, there’s immediate travel on her horizon: visiting her daughter in Maine this summer and traveling to India and Nepal this fall.

Though she’s looking forward to retirement, she said she’ll “miss the stimulation of being on a college campus … with so many interesting people.”

Before Bulloch leaves Case Western Reserve, get to know her a little bit better through The Daily’s five questions—and stop by her retirement celebration July 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Nord Hall atrium.

1. If you could do any job in the world for one day, what would it be and why?
I would like to sit in the director’s chair on a movie set. I love film and am intrigued by what makes a screenplay translate to the screen. I would love to see all the thought that goes into the project and gain an appreciation of all the people involved.

2. What’s your favorite TV show of all time?
I would have to say Seinfeld. For whatever reason, I don’t tire of it, always stop to watch it for a while when channel surfing, and consistently find it silly and comforting.

3. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who don’t have a sense of humor.

4. What is the best class you’ve ever taken—from elementary school through higher education—and what skills or lessons did you learn that you still use today?
My favorite course ever was an undergraduate course [at Brown University] on American Social and Cultural History. The professor always lectured and never invited discussion, but he was mesmerizing. I looked forward to each class and even wished they lasted longer.

5. What is your favorite thing about Case Western Reserve?
I would have to say the people. I have been here for over 30 years and have worked with amazing students, faculty, staff and administrators. Having stimulating co-workers is a joy!

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