(VIDEO) Janie Juarez, a paint shop supervisor in University Student Housing, spent more than 46 years serving the university before retiring in March.
On Oct. 12, 1971, Janie Juarez got her start at Texas Tech University in the laundry department. After 35 years, she transferred to the paint shop within University Student Housing and worked her way up to supervisor.
This year, she retired in March after celebrating more than 46 years with Texas Tech.
Can you describe some of the things you've done at Texas Tech?
“I worked for the laundry for 35 years. Then, they started teaching me how to paint so I could transition to the paint shop. I worked in the paint shop for about 2 years, and I got my GED on Oct. 18, 2010. After that, they made me a supervisor.
“I gave work orders to all my painters. I had six others working under me. I gave them the job description: where they would have to go, what they would have to do, the buildings they would have to work in. I kept up with their time and their materials. During the summer, we had big projects. Last year we had one in Weymouth Hall and one in Talkington Hall. I had two crews working in each buildings.”
Did you ever imagine being at Texas Tech this long?
“No, I never did. But I did it.”
What's the secret to maintaining a career for so long? Any advice for someone who is just starting their career at Texas Tech?
“Do your best, and work as a team. It's a good place to work.”
What kind of changes have you seen during your time at Texas Tech?
“We're doing a lot more than we first started out. It's a good change, the campus has grown a lot, so there is more work to do.”
What have you enjoyed the most about being a Red Raider?
“I liked my job. What I liked most was the holidays and my 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule, with no work weekends. We could be home with our families. When they were off, we were off, too, and it was pretty nice.”
Do you have a favorite memory at Texas Tech?
“The day I got my GED and found out I passed, because I had a hard time with math. When all the guys from the lock shop yelled out that I had passed it, that was the best.”
What are your plans for the future?
“My husband will retire in May. We plan to travel.”
Is there anything else you'd like to say?
“It's been great. I'm glad I started here, and I'm glad I'm retiring here.”