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Jayne Mercier ’09


What do you do at Smith?

I'm an administrative assistant for several academic programs (Archaeology, Ancient Studies, Jewish Studies, Political Economy, Urban Studies and the Study of Women and Gender), as well as the Faculty Council and Smith College Institutional Review Board. I'm also an Ada Comstock Scholar, majoring in Sociology -- hoping for a 2009 graduation!

How many years have you been at the college?


What is your busy season?

The academic year -- September to May.


Who gets the most face time with you?

When I'm not here? My husband Mitchell.

What are you reading now?

Red Over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics (homework) and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (pleasure -- even though it sounds like homework).

Who are your role models?

My parents...infinitely capable, warm, supportive people.

If you suddenly had two hours of free time, what would you do?

Go for a long run or sleep. I get so little of each during the school year, it's a tough call.

What is your favorite wall hanging at home?

Toss-up: a photo of our Black Lab buried up to her neck in leaves, looking particularly defiant; or an ink-and-watercolor by a friend of the Ossipee Mountain range across The Broads of Lake Winnipesaukee, as seen from the deck of our old summer house -- makes me feel like I'm there every time I look at it.

What annoys the heck out of you? 

How much time do you have?

If you could live during any period in time and in any place -- when and where?

I'm fascinated by Europe in the late medieval period. But I would really miss the electricity and hot running water. And popular fiction. And NPR. And Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie. And my Ipod. Never mind...

Who does the work around your abode?

It's split pretty evenly, but I'll admit Mitchell probably carries most of the load during the school year.

Is there any time in your life you wish you could do over?

Of course! But since it's not possible, I don't spend a whole lot of time worrying about it. Though I do wish I hadn't been so cavalier about my college education the first time around.

What did you do before you came to Smith?

Twenty years in the hospitality industry -- an educational experience I wouldn't trade for anything (see previous question).

What single piece of advice would you give to graduating Smithies?

There's nothing more exhilarating and empowering than change -- embrace it.

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