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ITS Spotlight: Antonese James

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In each issue of our newsletter, we feature one of our amazing ITS team members. We learn more about Antonese James with our Administrative team in this segment.

What is your role and how long have you been in ITS at UTHSC? I am an Administrative Secretary, and I have been in ITS at UTHSC for four years.

What is a day in the life of Antonese like? The day in the life for me varies. When I am not bringing sunshine to the lives of others, I am serving as the telephone operator for campus and the Admin Support and gatekeeper for the ITS department. I am the first smiling face staff, students, and visitors see when stepping off the elevator, and I am also the person that calms others on the other end of the phone before they reach the department or person they are looking for (Yes, dealing with irate callers so others do not have to is my job). There is never a dull moment in the day for me. When I am not fulfilling these duties, I am assisting others within the department with anything I could assist with (That’s me bringing more sunshine.). I believe we rise by uplifting others. You have to find something bigger than yourself

What is your favorite thing about working at UTHSC? One of the biggest reasons I love working at UTHSC is the environment and the people I have been so blessed to meet. When I am here, I feel like I am with family and not just co-workers. I lost my dad unexpectedly on September 25, 2021, and the outpour of love and support I have received has been astonishing. I am blessed to be part of a department that celebrates each other’s success, as well as uplifts each other when it’s needed the most.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? Most people do not know that when I am not working, I am always working on personal development, I am either taking some sort of training, obtaining another degree, or I am enjoying the sun with my kids and family. Since I have been at UTHSC, I have obtained my undergraduate degree in Child Development, my graduate degree in Strategic Leadership, and I am currently working on my second graduate degree in Healthcare Administration. I am excited to see where my journey leads.