Staff Spotlight: Teresa Kabat, MAPS
Posted 4.19.06Get to know Teresa Kabat, MAPS (Marketing and Policy Studies) department assistant
Weatherheadlines sat down with Teresa Kabat, MAPS (Marketing and Policy Studies) department assistant and Faculty Staff Service Award winner. Teresa had a lot to say about her favorite team, the Cleveland Indians and why, if anyone asked her, she knows a lot about insurance benefits.
Q: How long have you been at Weatherhead and what is it that you do?
I’ve been at Weatherhead the whole time I’ve been at Case – 7 ½ years. I basically handle the day-to-day for the professors and staff. I help with everything from contracts, student employment, and payment requests and I’m starting to work on the budget. I replaced someone who is having a baby, so I’m still trying to learn the job.
Before I took this job I was the MAPS department assistant – which involved working with researchers and helping them type up their work and I was involved a lot with the students.
Q: Tell us a little bit about life before you came to Weatherhead.
Before Weatherhead, I spent 25 years in the insurance industry at various companies and agencies. After being in that industry for so long I decided it was time to find something else. I started here in June of 1998 as a temp, and I was full time by August. One of the benefits of having worked in the insurance industry is that I understand how to deal with benefits. I know the right questions to ask.
Q: What about life outside of Weatherhead?
Well, the first thing that you should know about me is that I’m a huge sports fan. I’m a die-hard Indians fan – and not just recently -- I didn’t just jump on the bandwagon.
Q: Were you there at Opening Day this year?
No, I don’t go to Opening Day. Let me explain, I just don’t want to deal with the hassle of people who go to Opening Day but don’t really want to watch the game. I remember an Opening Day with my dad in the old Cleveland Stadium, and I saw someone walk on the rafters on the roof. I thought he was going to fall and that was one of my last Opening Day games.
Q: So are you a Clevelander – born and raised?
Yes, I’m a Cleveland native. I live in Euclid now, right on the lake but I grew up in South Euclid in the Buckeye Road area. I went to St. Peter’s high school – which was on 18th and Superior. I was part of the last graduating class before it merged with another school.
Q: If you could do it all over again, what would you do?
If I could do it over – I would have gotten a degree in history or something to do with history. I’m really interested in American history from 1600 – 1870, the colonial period and the Civil War. It might sound funny but I always thought of the Civil War time period as just dates, and then I saw the movie Gettysburg (1993) and it really changed my mind.
Q: What is the last good book you read or are reading now?
I just finished Gettysburg by Newt Gingrich (and William R. Forstchen). It deals with the question: What if the South did something different at that battle? I just finished The Notebook (Nicolas Sparks). I’ve seen the movie multiple times, and I’ve wanted to read the novel for awhile.
Q: Name a book you are embarrassed you haven’t read?
I guess it would have to be a classic – Moby Dick (Herman Melville). I haven’t read a lot of the classics and I’ve never read that.
Q: How do you get rid of stress?
I guess through my love of sports. I will watch any sport – except boxing and wrestling. My second favorite sport, after baseball, to watch is soccer. I’ve even been to World Cup games -- both women’s and men’s matches. When we had the Crunch and the Force in town, I went to those games. I joined the booster club and went out of town to games.
I also like just talking with people about sports. I like that I can win arguments or put people in their place because I know what I’m talking about.
Q: Name a famous person who people say you look like, and/or the celebrity who would play you in the movie of your life.
First, I don’t know why anyone would want to make a movie of my life and no one says I look like anyone.
Q: If you knew it was going to be your last meal, what would you have?
I knew you were going to ask this. It would be something seafood and would include scallops and maybe clam chowder. And definitely cheesecake for dessert, definitely cheesecake.
Q: When the Indian’s play at home they pick two songs to be played as they walk up to bat. If you had to pick two songs for you – what would they be?
The one song I can think of that would fit would be "The Impossible Dream" from the musical the Man of La Mancha. I’ve always like that song. I like the message.