Staff Spotlight: Mimi Filsinger, Weatherhead Student Services

Staff Spotlight: Mimi Filsinger, Weatherhead Student Services

Posted 9.20.06

Weatherheadlines recently sat down with long time staff member Mimi Filsinger to talk about the Weatherhead community, her fuzzy job title, and all those frogs sitting on her desk.

Childhood Photo of Mimi

Q: What is your current job title?
You know, I really don't know what it is. My job is currently split up. I work for both Weatherhead Student Services and the Dean's Office. For Student Services, I work mainly with the GBSA and student organizations managing their budgets and assisting with meetings and events. For the Dean's Office, I assist Laura Watt with room bookings, building issues and Weatherhead events. In reality, I work all the time for both (laughing). So I don't really have a title, although my official university title is Department Assistant.

Q: How long have you worked at Weatherhead?
I’ve been at Weatherhead 22 years. I love it here.

Q: Where are you originally from?
I’m born and raised, Cleveland, O. I grew up in Little Italy but I currently live in South Euclid.

Q: If someone needs to find you throughout the day, what is the most likely place you are located?
Well, I’m not always at my desk, but I’m there most of the time. I do get up every now and then and take a walk when I can escape!

Q: You mentioned you’ve been here 22 years. In your opinion, what do you believe is the best aspect of working at Weatherhead?
I think what has kept me here so long is the sense of community. It really is. I know people have said that before, but from students, to the faculty, to staff, it’s like a little family community. Everyone just gets along and seems to genuinely care about everyone else.

Q: I’m sure you’ve witnessed a lot of changes during your time at Weatherhead. What impact does the sense of community play in light of the changes?
I think the Weatherhead family is what has been the glue holding everything together.

Q: What is your most unforgettable Weatherhead memory?
For me, it’s graduation. Graduation every year holds a special memory for me. I see another class that made it through and it’s just a great day for everyone. Everybody has such a wonderful time, and it’s just a great feeling.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not chained to your desk?
I like to get outdoors as much as possible. I really enjoy being outside, near the water, camping, hiking, biking, or even just hanging out at a friend’s house, sitting and talking on the patio. I also really enjoy music. I’m on a bowling league as well.

Q: You mentioned you like music. What is the last concert you attended? Any type of music you don’t like?
The last concert I went to was World Party down at the House of Blues. I love seeing bands perform live. I’ve seen some great live performances including Lyle Lovett, Joe Jackson, Lindsey Buckingham, the BoDeans and Social Distortion to name a few. My music interests range from one end of the spectrum to the other (except for maybe Death Metal – not really into that).

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant? Any menu recommendations?
Right now, my current favorite is the Mint Café on Coventry. It’s a new Thai restaurant. I highly recommend the Jade Noodle dish. It’s really very good.

Q: What is one surprising thing about yourself you would like to share with the Weatherhead community?
The frogs! (laughing) People ask, “What’s up with Mimi and those frogs?” I never really had a “thing” for frogs, it just kind of happened. Actually, the truth is, I “accidentally” killed a frog. It’s a long story but it was an accident. As a joke, someone left a toy frog on my computer. Of course, I was not very amused. Well, people saw the frog on my desk and started adding to the collection and the rest, as they say, is history. So I guess my “frog shrine” is my tribute to the poor little frog that didn’t make it.


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