Spotlight on CASL Staff Member Elisa Madrigal

February 17, 2021

Enjoy the following Q&A with Elisa Madrigal, administrative coordinator in CASL's Mathematics and Statistics Department.

  • Name:  Elisa Madrigal
  • Position:  Administrative Coordinator
  • Years at UM-Dearborn: 18 working, graduated from here in 2001
What does a typical workday look like for you? 

Assisting the faculty and departmental needs of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Women’s and Gender Studies, Women in Learning and Leadership and LGBTQ+ programs. I work closely with our Administrative Specialist, Department Chair and supervise our student assistants. Since we have been working remotely, my day depends on whether we will be meeting via Google Meets or Zoom and figuring out what background to use for that day. My colleagues at home are my 16 year old 10th grader son; we spend our days fighting over the WiFi and planning out our lunch dates; and a high maintenance, bouncy drama queen that is the heartbeat at my feet – my dog Snuggles.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy working with my colleagues and the variety of work that I do. Some of my colleagues, I have worked with for over 10 years and we have established good rapport. My work duties range from purchasing, HR transactions to event planning. Everyone that knows me, knows I enjoy event planning the most.

What was your first job?

While a student of the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the late 90’s, I was approached by my Spanish professor who asked if I’d like to be a Spanish Tutor. I enjoyed working in the Foreign Language Lab with Profesora Eulalia Ferrar. I was able to practice my language skills and learn new computer skills as well. At that time the lab was located in the Mardigian Library before the construction of the Kochoff Foreign Language Lab in the CASL building in 2001.

What do you do to relax?

Getting cozy with my dog and watching a good movie with family while enjoying some buttery popcorn and sour patch kids.

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?

I enjoy singing. I am not shy and can grab a microphone and jump on a stage to sing. I wish that I would have taken voice lessons to be better at it though.

What’s the proudest moment of your life?

Winning the Chancellor’s Staff Recognition Award for Exceptional Service Award in 2017. It was an honor to be acknowledged for my hard work. I was glad that my parents and son were able to attend the ceremony to celebrate this career accomplishment with me.

If we were to create a UM-Dearborn playlist, what song would you want to include?

“9 to 5” – Dolly Parton

Lyric: “And you're in the same boat with a lotta your friends
Launching ideas you all believe in”

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I enjoy learning about my family history. My grandparents emigrated from Mexico to Detroit, MI in 1948 and had 15 children. I have listened to so many family stories and would love to write a biography one day based on my relative’s memoirs. I created a family website and maintain a photo and family tree archive.

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you were a teenager?

To prepare myself on how to live and cope during a historical pandemic.

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