Walk into Deb Moore’s office on the second floor of the Kelley School of Business, and you’ll see an entire wall filled with photos of her grandchildren, Briella and Ellison.
“How many offices let you do this,” she laughed. “It’s been a wonderful ride at the Kelley School. I’ve appreciated every moment.”
Looking back at her more than 30 years with the Kelley School at IUPUI, she says it’s been the students and her coworkers who have been the most impactful.
“I most appreciate working with students and seeing students – getting to know them, trying to figure out what they need and how I can help. And then, of course, my coworkers: They’ve been so supportive over the years.”
Deb started at IUPUI in 1987 and moved to the business school at IUPUI (not yet Kelley!) in 1988. Then, she worked at the front desk on the third floor. In 1992, Deb started her bachelor’s degree in social work at IUPUI – completing it in 1997.
“I was a working single mother at the time, so I was especially proud when I graduated,” said Deb. “People asked what I did with my degree, and I say, ‘What do you think I do?!’ I use a lot of the skills I learned in my program to work with students over the years. They come in with issues they’re dealing with, and I use my social work training to help them.”
To those considering a return to school or starting as a non-traditional student, Deb says go for it.
“You make time for your priorities. You can make time for school – you can do it! Even with a 16- or 20-hour a week practicum one semester, I worked it out. I brought my girls along to one of my practicums at the Boys and Girls Club, and they learned a lot with me.”
In 2000, Deb became the Kelley School recorder – certifying students for graduation and putting degrees on their transcripts. She is also the transfer and returning student coordinator, working with students to figure out how their credits transfer to Kelley.
As she leaves, Deb offers sound advice for students.
“I tell students to read their emails, go to class and study! Also, if you have class in a big lecture hall, sit in the middle of the front row. You’ll see your professor’s face. Your professor will know you’re there, and they’ll talk to you. It makes a huge difference. Also, have fun during your time here. Get involved in clubs or organizations. Or get outside. You’ll be working after this – enjoy these moments in school!”
As far as retirement, she's got a few things planned.
“I’m hoping I get to travel. I plan to go to Connecticut to see one of my daughters and her family in March, so I’m excited about that. Then, I hope to go to the gym during the weekday to attend some of the classes I typically don’t get to attend -- and I’m going to clean my house!”
At the end of our interview, Deb pulls down another piece of paper on the countdown calendar outside her office – just a few more days remain between today and retirement.
“It’s been a great 30 years,” she says. “There’ve been good things in my life and bad things, and this job has remained constant. It’s been fun. Thanks to all who’ve been part of it.”
Posted By: Teresa Mackin