For some, Friday the 13th can be an ominous day foreboding gloom and darkness. But when Nancy L. Poodry walks out the door of Genesee Community College this Friday, January 13, 2006 she will have a hop and skip in her stride and a smile on her face. Nancy will be finishing her last shift as Senior Reproduction Services Operator, and winding down her 34-year career at Genesee Community College's Copy Center and printing department.
Nancy began working at Genesee in February 1972-just one month after the College opened its doors at its permanent location at One College Road in Batavia. Through more than three decades, she estimates she has made over 135 million copies and worked on scores of different types of duplicating equipment. During her tenure, she witnessed and managed the evolutionary use of carbon paper, mimeographs, multigraph, and offset printing to high-end copy machines with digital and electronic scanning and printing technology.
"I can't get over how many different machines the College has gone through over the years. It's been an interesting career-and never a dull moment, that's for sure," she said as she recalled all the different printing and copying units that she has "put down to rest."
Nancy is a Native American and she resides with her husband, Kenneth, in Basom, NY within the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. She is a veteran of the U.S. Marines and has five daughters and 12 grandchildren. Her retirement plans include an interesting array of different activities including continuing her hobby of sewing Native American traditional costumes with special beading woven into the fabric and designs - which will be keeping a time-honored 'lost art' active and alive. She also plans to spend more time with her grandchildren, and when her husband retires from the New York State Department of Transportation in November, they have a cross-country trip mapped out to visit their daughter in Seattle and friends and family along the way.
"We have the map marked with stops all along the way to visit friends and family," she said. "We are calling these visits our 'mooch stops' where we can stay for a couple of days and then move on to the next person and place. It's the trip we've wanted to take for years," Nancy said with an engaging smile-one that has been a constant feature on her face for the last few weeks.
A retirement party for Nancy is planned for Friday, January 13, 2006 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM outside the Copy Center offices at the Batavia Campus.