Meet the Staff: Alumni Edition starring Becca, Stephanie, and Hillary!

This very special Spring Break edition of Meet the Staff stars three of our most recent Help Deskers who have since gone on to full-time employment!  We miss them dearly, and hope that they will remember to come back and visit 🙂


Becca is a Moline native who has been everywhere from Champaign to South Africa! Her concentration within GSLIS is a wonderful amalgamation of community informatics, public librarianship, community outreach, and instruction, and she even has experience with creating and overseeing plans for a new community space through a studio class with Martin Wolske!

Her favorite item to borrow from the Help Desk used to be the “Don’t Waste Labels” headset, but alas, due to so much love from the students, it has been retired (RIP, notes Becca). Luckily, we have purchased several new headsets to assist students who have forgotten theirs or simply need to utilize one for an interview or study session, and Becca “The Best” McGuire has even had the honor of having one named after her.

Becca says that an interesting class that she took recently was entitled “Community Informatics Studio,” and she really enjoyed it!

The top three things she’d bring with her if she were stranded on a desert island:

  1.  Trixie, my unicorn pillow pet.  I’ve seen “Castaway” and understand the importance of having an inanimate object to bond with, and Trixie is much more comfortable than a volleyball.
  1.   Long, pretentious books like “War and Peace” that I would only have the time to read if I was stranded on a deserted island.  Also, maybe some foreign language books so I could teach myself new languages even though I’ll be alone and won’t have anyone to talk to in those languages.
  1.    A picnic basket full of wine, chocolate, and Craisins.

Finally, one unique thing about Becca is that she really hates cotton balls. Recounting a particularly traumatic experience, she notes, “I was once chased by a monkey with cotton balls in its mouth.  It was terrifying.” Truly harrowing!


Stephanie, also affectionately known as Stuffy Pie, focused on Business Research/Competitive Intelligence during her time at GSLIS and hails from Galesburg, Illinois.  Her favorite item to borrow at Help Desk is,  “I always feel like I’m needing a dongle,” and man oh man, Stuffy, we are with you on that one!
An interesting class that she took recently was Information Consulting! Steph says, “Working with Illinois Business Consulting has been a rollercoaster! (A good rollercoaster!!!)” and has led to some very cool outcomes, including showing undergraduates what it really means to do in depth research.
Top three things she’d bring with her if she were stranded on a desert island:
1. Sunscreen, because I burn SUPER easily.
2. Water, because you’ve gotta stay hydrated.
3. And I guess a radio for some entertainment. I’ll just choreograph Zumba routines or something.
Island Zumba…Tom Hanks thinks you’d be more entertaining than a volleyball!
Finally, one unique thing about Stuffz: “I’m the only person in my family who wasn’t born in South Dakota (I was born in Illinois)”  Pretty nifty!
Hillary’s concentration / specialization within GSLIS (or position – staff) started with youth services, then older adults, then IT, which led to her current position, which is a blend of everything!  She’s an Illinois native, and knows how to really paint this town red.

Her favorite item to borrow at the Help Desk was, in her own words, “I really liked borrowing Mac chargers, esp. the one with the Hot Lips sticker on it.”

When asked about an interesting class she took recently, Hillary emphatically stated, “None because I’m graduated and NEVER HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL EVER AGAIN.”  We miss her though 🙂

Top three things Hillary would bring with her if she were stranded on a desert island:

1. someone to cuddle

2. water and food

3. many cats and/or dogs

One unique thing about Hillary?  She did three pushups yesterday.  What a champ!

We miss these lovely ladies but wish them well in future endeavors.  Glad y’all could get started at the GSLIS Help Desk!


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