Spotlight on CASL Staff Member Sue Steiner

October 20, 2020

Enjoy the following Q&A with Sue Steiner, administrative assistant in CASL's Social Sciences Department.

  • Name:  Sue Steiner
  • Position:  Administrative Assistant, Senior
  • Years at UM-Dearborn: 14


What does a typical workday look like for you? 

Then: Taking care of a variety of faculty, student, and departmental needs. Relishing the conversations with faculty and students and my coworkers. Unjamming the Xerox machine. Planning the day’s wardrobe selection with care.

Now: Remotely taking care of a variety of faculty, student, and departmental needs. My WFH co-workers are my cats, Beau and Lana. While they do provide some entertainment with their antics, they sleep a lot and frankly, that just makes me want to take a nap. Deciding on whether or not to wear hard pants (jeans) or leggings. The leggings win out usually.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Then: Interacting with the students -- I get so much energy from them! Plus, they keep me young-ish.  Walking around our beautiful campus.

Now: There is not a whole lot of interaction happening. Walking around the neighborhood. My 19 second, 28 step commute.

What was your first job?

I started working at 17 as a hostess, then waitress, at The Family Buggy Restaurant at 6 mile and Evergreen in Detroit. Oh, we had some good times! I also worked at the Livonia location when the Detroit restaurant moved there. There were 3 locations at one point -- Livonia, Farmington, and Rochester. Sadly, all of the restaurants have closed. 

What do you do to relax?

Then: Go out to dinner with friends, attend plays and cultural events, crossword puzzles, read, knit. Travel!

Now: Drink. Just kidding. Everything except going out to dinner, plays and other events.  Watching travel shows on TV. Baking is also a favorite activity and now that the weather is cooler, I can turn on the oven without sweltering.

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

I wish I was better at decorating.

What’s the proudest moment of your life?

I’ve had many special moments so it’s hard to think of just one. I have been active in Community Theatre over the years and have been very proud of my performances in the roles I have played. In particular, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, The Witch in Into the Woods, Pam in Baby and about a dozen characters in the play Quilters.

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

Anything by Bob Seger.

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

I was a majorette in high school (Detroit Redford High-go Huskies!) and in 1977 I performed in the pre-game show on the field at The Big House. This is when U-M used to have Band Day and invited area high school bands and majorettes to participate. I also marched in the Hudson’s Thanksgiving Day parade that year.  

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

Life’s too short to compromise yourself.

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