Pat Rickard has been a University employee since 1986, working at one point in the College of Education Student Affairs Office and in the Institute of Technology Dean's Office. In 2006, she moved to ASR in Imaging and Files.
She currently works on the student records side of Imaging, processing student name changes and resolving duplicate student records. She also images and indexes College in the Schools registrations and student-athlete information, and audits the work of the Imaging student workers.
Imaging is the process of scanning documents to eliminate paper and store the documents digitally. All student records (past and present) are scanned and either manually indexed or linked to the student information through PeopleSoft. These records are stored in the system called ImageNow.
Pat was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, but moved to Minneapolis when she was a baby and hasn't left since. Before she began working at the U, Pat remembers one very unique job that she had working third shift as a pizza maker at the Totino's pizza factory. Her mother didn't want her to work nights alone, so she tagged along. Pat was responsible for a number of tasks, including putting on pieces of pepperoni or laying out the pizza dough.
"Needless to say, it was a very messy job and one we didn't last long at before we decided enough was enough," Pat said. "We would laugh about it every night on our way home from work. We felt like Lucy and Ethel when they worked in the chocolate factory."
Most of her jobs before the U were in the medical area, including at a blood bank and a nursing home. Pat has always been interested in the medical field and considered being a nurse or a doctor once, but her passion really lies in forensics. "If I could do my life over again, I would go into some kind of forensics field," Pat said.
Pat's interest in the forensics field has grown from her love of crime books, shows, and movies. Her favorite book is the ...in Death series by J.D. Robb. In fact, if she could be any character, it would be Eve Dallas from the series. "She's so interesting and looks at everything from a different perspective because of how she was raised," Pat said. "She's her own person and sticks to what she believes in."
Pat also loves to travel. She has owned her own timeshare in Lake Buena Vista, Florida for more than 20 years. "It was the best quick decision I've ever made," Pat said. She has been to most states in the U.S., including Hawaii and has traveled to Canada and Mexico. One of her favorite places to visit is Cape Cod.
When Pat isn't at work, she loves watching her three grandchildren grow up. "My grandkids are 11, 14, and 17," Pat said. "I love to watch them play sports like soccer, hockey, football, and baseball."
1. When Pat was 14, she was voted Snow Queen at a neighborhood park board sponsored dance.
2. If she could have any superpower, she would want to twitch her nose, like Samantha in Bewitched, and go anywhere she wants.
3. Pat loves to crochet. Her biggest project was a 3-foot doll that she calls the "faceless wonder," because she could never get the face to look just right.
4. Her first concert was Brenda Lee at the Minnesota State Fair.
5. Pat grew up with five sisters and one brother.
6. Pat's favorite kind of music is 50's and 60's music.
7. She loves scary movies that make her jump out of her seat.
8. She had been in a bowling league for 18 years.
9. She was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years.
10. Pat can tap dance. She took lessons for about five years.