20 Questions with Assistant to Director of Annual Giving Vickie Glidewell
April 18, 2013
Assistant to the director of annual giving.
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Richmond, Ky. Richmond is a big college town with a small town atmosphere.
3. What are your hobbies?
Boating, working out—Pilates and kettlebells—and reading.
4. What is your dream vacation?
I would love to spend a summer touring Europe.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
My son’s paintings and drawings.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
“Gone with the Wind.”
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I can’t name just one, I love watching college football, basketball and baseball—go Big Blue! I also love to watch synchronized swimming and I have secretly dreamed of being a synchronized swimmer.
8. Favorite TV show?
Definitely “The Big Bang Theory,” but I am also a huge fan of “Downton Abbey.”
9. Favorite album?
It is hard to name just one, but currently Mumford & Sons—“Sigh No More” gets a lot of play time.
10. Favorite holiday?
July 4, because it is summer and more than likely I’m on a boat with family and friends.
11. Favorite food?
I love all types of food, but probably my favorite would be Italian bread with olive oil and spices for dipping.
12. Most prized possession?
Family pictures, especially those of my late father.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Melissa McCarthy, Betty White and Jimmy Fallon—I want a lot of joking at my dinner party!
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
The interaction I get to have with Centre Alumni.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
The thing that stands out the most is when the super outbreak of tornadoes came through Kentucky in 1974. Our home was fine, but my elementary school was demolished. Luckily, the school was empty and no one was hurt, but I had several friends who lost everything.
16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
I think I would be doing something similar possibly at another college or nonprofit.
17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
I took a social work class as one of my general education requirements at EKU and I had to do volunteer work with a group of underprivileged kids. It was a very humbling but rewarding experience. It made me realize the importance of giving back.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
The movie “Jumper” always fascinated me—I think it would very cool to teleport to anywhere.
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
Old Centre. It is a beautiful building in a beautiful setting—and if those walls could talk!
20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
College is first and foremost about getting an education and paving the way towards a career, but is also very important to have fun, join clubs and meet new people, as it will go by very quickly.
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