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Keeping young


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By MICHAEL OVERSON
Sun Advocate reporter

Darla Cloward, administrative assistant, of vice-president academic services has been in her position for about one and a half years. She started her employment with the College of Eastern Utah in 1985 as a cashier for the college.

She later worked under Jan Young in the records and registration office for just over 21 years. "After you have been someplace for so long you do have a love and dedication for it," she said.

When asked about her decision to switch jobs she said, "I had a good opportunity to learn something new and I didn't want to leave the college."

She is a native of San Diego, although her parents are originally from the Price area.

Her father was a coal miner from Hiawatha and her mother was born and raised in Price. Not wanting to be a coal miner any longer, her father moved the family to San Diego to start a job in construction.

Between 1976-77 when construction in California stalled, her family moved to Price during the construction boom here.

Seventeen at the time, Cloward attended Carbon High School for her senior year. Going to school part time while working for the college, she later graduated with an associates degree.

She has four daughters, two of which still living at home, and two grandchildren, one boy and one girl.

When asked about her favorite part of her job she responded, "I love the energy that I feel from the students; they are filled with enthusiasm and purpose and it's contagious. It keeps me young."

As for on the job stresses she responded, "I've had to learn to go with the flow. I may have x, y and z planned but when I come in it may completely change."

Making the switch from records to her current office she expressed, "I had a feel for the job before I started but I had no idea how stressful days can be."

According to Cloward the most stressful part of her job is, "The feeling of never being caught up; there is always something to do."

Cloward is very helpful and always ready to be of assistance, as well. Her suggestions for anyone thinking of pursuing a job as a secretary include, "You have to be someone who doesn't get rattled easily when someone comes in upset and takes it out on you.

"You have to be able to stop what you are doing when people stop in and want to chit-chat," she adds. "Having a nice, easy going attitude is a must."

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