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Friday, January 26, 2018

Get To Know LATIS’s Deborah Ludowese

Name: Deborah Ludowese

Where did you go to college and what’s your degree? BA - Theology, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? I grew up with 9 siblings on our family farm outside of Stewart, MN (pop. 626) which is 72 miles west of the University of MN campus. After graduating college in 1996, I moved to Little Canada, MN and started working in New Brighton.

 When did you start at the U and what is your current job title? I started in 2006 and am the Associate Administrator for LATIS.

Describe your specialty in layman terms. Responsible for implementing our units strategic plan and managing the administrative, human resource, finance and facilities functions of the department. In layman terms? I make sure everyone has what they need to do their work, gets their paycheck, and I pay all the bills.

What is your favorite aspect of your job? Being the Associate Administrator in LATIS is challenging and rewarding because of the huge variety of tasks. I am a person who likes to wear many hats, assume many roles, grapple with complex problems, and be challenged every day. In my role I get to have all that, PLUS I work with a group of incredibly smart, innovative, and fun people who make the work I do rewarding.

What is your best/more amusing U-related memory? I have fond memories of the days when UGE held their Open House event on the west bank in the spring. My role was always Goldy’s handler, so I would guide the mascot to appearances, lead the MN rouser with students from the UoM Marching Band, and entertain students and their families throughout the day. It was always fun to see the reactions to Goldy too - anything from high fives and requests for photos to people ducking to hide or take the longest route possible to avoid us. It was fun to be part of the college experience for students and their families who were excited and eager to start their journey here.

People may be surprised to know: I have been to 49 of the 50 states (Hawaii is still on the list) and 5 countries. I love nature photography and have sold several of my prints as well as used many to make handmade greeting cards.

Before I die, I would like to: Experience as many things as I can, but specifically tour the entire continent of Australia, try dog sledding, and canoe the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area.

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