Centre News

Getting to know...the Communication Office’s Mary Kay Jones


February 24, 2011
Jones Mary Kay is also known as "Katie" to family and friends
Jones As a teenager MK spent many summers on the stage at the
Pioneer Playhouse dinner theatre. “I was always much more
comfortable in costume and makeup than I was just being me.
The acting really helped me come out of my shell and not be so
shy anymore.”

Jones MK is very proud of her two sons, Matthew and Mitchell,
and dog, Jenny.
1. Position at Centre?
Publications/Web and Communications Assistant. One of my many responsibilities include producing the online weekly newsletter, Notesworthy which is distributed to everyone on campus via email. I also work with athletics to produce media guides for basketball and football as well as working with the admission office and other offices on campus for publication and web projects.

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I grew up in Danville and have always loved it here. Danville is a very pretty town and a great place to grow up and make lifetime friends.

3. What are your hobbies? Yoga, meditation, flowers, gardening, volunteer work with The United Way, afternoon naps, Netflix, hanging out with friends, cooking and movies.

4. What is your dream vacation?
I would love to go to Hawaii with someone special someday.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Vincent van Gogh's work and that time period is interesting to me. I like anything that makes me smile when I see it.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite books. I collect and try to read all James Patterson novels featuring Alex Cross. I love the poem Desiderata, which should just be a guideline for how we live our lives. I also love the Serenity Prayer.

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
Ice figure-skating. I only wish I could skate that gracefully.

8. Favorite TV show?
It’s a tie between Big Bang Theory and Hot in Cleveland.

9. Favorite album? Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.

10. Favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving.

11. Favorite food?
T.G.I. Fridays’ Sizzlin’ Chicken and Cheese. Two garlic-marinated chicken breasts sautéed and prepared on a sizzling skillet of onions, peppers and melted American and Mexican cheeses. Served with creamy mashed potatoes. Yummmmy! Can we go there now?

12. Most prized possession?
My blue jeans.

13. Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Any of the ladies from Hot in Cleveland. They are hillarious!

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
I enjoy meeting the students and working with others on campus. I cherish the friendships I’ve made here.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
I really enjoyed acting at the Pioneer Playhouse as a teenager, but before that, I remember spending Saturdays with my dad at the firestation while my mother did her shopping and got her hair done. My dad was a fireman, and he would let me slide down the pole and play on the firetruck and give me gum from the gumball machine (which my mother forbid me to have). As I got older, he taught me how to work on cars, which he often did on down time at the firestation. I think he thought I was a boy for a long time.

16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
Working in a hospital helping people and hopefully making their days a little easier.

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
My education after high school mostly came from working in our family-owned print shop. I was working at a very early age when all the other kids seemed to be outside playing. I didn’t understand it then, but now I’m so thankful for the work ethic my parents instilled in me.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Samantha from Bewitched. It would be nice to be able to help others and get anything I wanted with just a twitch.

19. Favorite place on campus?
The Three Graces fountain located in the Benefactors Plaza. The Three Graces represent the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome of Greek mythology and the aspects of the spirit of giving: gracefulness, peace and happiness.

20. Advice you’d give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Enjoy being in an environment where everyone is here to learn and grow. Classes, convocations and Norton Center events are privileges, and you should get the most out of all of them.



Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Forbes magazine ranks Centre 24th among all the nation’s colleges and universities and No. 1 among all institutions of higher education in the South. Consumers Digest ranks Centre No. 1 in educational value among all U.S. liberal arts colleges. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices.
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