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Kevlin C. Haire, a 9-year employee, works in University Archives. Why did you choose to work at Ohio State? Isn’t it really that Ohio State chooses you? I did choose to apply for a job here — my dream job, in fact — and I was fortunate enough that Ohio State picked me for the […]
Kevlin C. Haire, a 9-year employee, works in University Archives.
Isn’t it really that Ohio State chooses you? I did choose to apply for a job here — my dream job, in fact — and I was fortunate enough that Ohio State picked me for the position.
No matter what I’m doing — receiving a collection, documenting what we have so patrons can find materials, helping a patron with research, giving a campus tour — I am preserving and promoting Ohio State history. So pretty much, what I like about my job is everything.
Although I have faced obstacles in my life, I have been lucky not to have anything great enough to overcome that would make for any kind of compelling answer.
I work with wonderful people from all over campus who take the time and effort to make sure their unit’s historical records are transferred to University Archives. True, I’ve seen a lot of closets/basements/storage spaces that no one else would ever want to see. But I see them because of the people who are concerned enough that the “old stuff” in those spots — material that others might just throw away when found — be preserved. They are my heroes!
We were just talking about this the other day. If I won the lottery and didn’t have to work anymore, I probably would still show up at the Archives every day. I really enjoy my job and the fantastic people who work here.
This is a little weird, but I am kind of proud to be featured in the last Topspot of onCampus. This publication has done a great job of chronicling the events and people of the university for the past 45 years — it is a treasure trove of information on the history of Ohio State, and I am sad to see the publication end since it is one less avenue for future researchers to find out about the history of the university. But I am honored that I am now part of it!
See my answer to the “One University” concept question.
I love doing anything outside — bike riding, walking the dog, gardening, anything.
I’ll probably end up at a tiny historical society or museum — the person who lets herself in first thing in the morning and waits all day for people to come who are willing to hear her tell them all about the history of the place. My idea of fun!
My most recent favorite moment was the campus premiere of “Race,” an account of Jesse Owens’ victories at the 1936 Olympics. I was very proud of the contribution University Archives made to the historical accuracy of the film, since we provided a lot of information from the Jesse Owens collection and university collections to the production company as they made the film. And I loved seeing that Owens, who had triumphed with such dignity on and off the field under such adverse conditions, was finally the focus of a wonderfully made feature film.
The university used to host a “May supper” on the Oval every year in which the university community would gather for a meal. On the day I was president, I would offer such a communal event for faculty, staff and students. If you are thinking what a logistical nightmare, you would be correct. But it would definitely be one of those moments where we actually were “One University.” Not to mention, free food!