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Otterbein remembers Terri Jones for her contagious positivity

The administrative assistant for the Counseling Center passed away earlier this semester

Terri Jones worked as the administrative assistant for Otterbein's Counseling Center, but she was so much more than that to the people who worked with her. Her love for her co-workers, the students who came to the center, and the university made her more than just another face on campus.

Kathy Ryan, director of counseling services, said of Jones, “She just brought to our counseling center a calmness, she was very perceptive. She seemed to be able to greet students in a way that felt calming, and not at all intrusive.”

According to Ryan, students would always love talking to Jones while at the counseling center. 

“She was just a dynamo as an administrative assistant. She knew what needed to be done, she always stayed cheerful, but she was also just finding a way to bring everyone together,” Ryan said.

Jones was heavily involved with the campus. Not only was she involved with the Otterbein “O” Club and held tennis camps for kids at the university, but she was also an alumna of the university. Her son, Sam, currently attends Otterbein. 

She will also be remembered for her can-do attitude and fun-loving spirit. Ryan said, “She just jumps in and says 'I’ll help'. Never expects any recognition. She's just kind of one of those people. Anytime you ask her to do something, you know it’s going to be 100% wonderful.”

Ryan added, “One of the things that I noticed about her in the office was that she treated us as equals. She didn’t play any favorites. We felt, just, so connected. She came up with things to do outside of the office. Her enthusiasm was just contagious.”

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