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Enter the printing services office in S&T’s Campus Support Facility, and you’ll be greeted enthusiastically by Bea Bonebrake. As an office support assistant IV, her main role is customer service. Whether answering the phone, reconciling accounts for billing or printing research posters, she always keeps the customers in mind.
Students, faculty and staff all use the print shop. It is also open to the general public.
“I love my job,” she says. “I love helping people.”
This time of year brings many orders for research posters and dissertation drafts, Bea says. She helps with printing those posters and banners. The shop is open to students, faculty, staff, and even the public. She says that pictures on canvas are popular for holiday gifts.
Bea joined S&T in 2013 in the engineering management and systems engineering department and transferred to printing services in 2015. She has served on Staff Council and says her favorite aspect of the university overall is the people.
Favorite foods: Mexican food, pasta and cinnamon rolls. Her favorite recipe is a bread pudding recipe from her late mother-in-law.
Hobbies: Cooking (especially with a slow cooker), photography, Marvel movies and being outside.
People are surprised to learn: Bea loves 1940s music (especially Hoagy Carmichael) and owns all The Three Stooges episodes
Family: Husband Jeremy, who works at Brewer Science, and son Isaac, 8, who likes Spiderman and wrestling
Advice to other employees: “It’s important that we work together throughout the university because we’re a team. Give people grace – you never know what they’re going through.”
Missouri S&T’s Staff Council launched the staff spotlight feature in February 2019 as a way to highlight staff members throughout the university. Legends Bank, Au Bon Pain and the S&T Store are sponsors. The articles are published in eConnection and shared on Staff Council’s Facebook page.
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