The John C. Stalker Institute, FSU staff and alumni and many friends gathered to celebrate the retirement of Denise Hobby, JSI Manager of Operations and Education and FSU adjunct faculty member.
Denise began her connection with FSU 32 years ago when she started taking classes for her undergraduate degree. She became a junior high and high school teacher for a few years and then moved into corporate America. Denise shifted her career to become a personal chef before returning to FSU in 2002-2003 to work on a project called Try Something New. She was then recruited as a JSI contractor which led her to pursuing her MEd in Nutrition Education at FSU which she completed in 2010. With Denise’s great knowledge and experience, she joined FSU as an adjunct faculty member in Food and Nutrition, and in 2012 landed her role as Manager of Operations at JSI.
During the celebration, colleagues and friends shared their memories of Denise. She is known for her skills in problem solving and her quick wit. Her clever sayings will forever linger the JSI office. Denise shared some insight on what her days will look like after retirement and some wisdom to have the happy-go-lucky demeanor she has.
And in closing…
“Denise, you have been in the role of student, teacher and mentor and your journey has come full circle and made such a positive impact on so many. Your friends and colleagues here today (and those unable to attend) describe you as a mentor, a great listener, a skilled presenter, a true professional, who is calm, wise, cheerful, helpful, supportive, dedicated, creative, a lifelong learner, and of course, a technology wiz, who always offers a friendly smile and a positive attitude, and is someone who really knows how to keep it fun! Congratulations Denise. You will be greatly missed…and we expect your ears will be ringing when your JSI fRAMily often says WWDD…what would Denise Do?” -Karen McGrail
From the wisdom of Denise…
Know when it is time to find an Adirondack chair on a nice day, throw on your sunglasses, and relax.