What’s in your office?

Let’s face it: your office is your home away from home. To alleviate the effects of long hours spent at your desk, you bring in photos of your kids or pets, maybe a plant.

We wondered what unique items faculty members stash in their offices. We found comfy reminders of past travels, pieces of collections and meaningful items from former students.

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1. Renee Zettle-Sterling, associate professor of art and design, has a 150-year-old brooch made of human hair from the Victorian era, part of her small collection. She uses it, and others from her collection, when teaching a jewelry course. “I find it fascinating because jewelry’s power is that it walks around in society and creates conversation,” she said.

2. Tony Thompson, professor of photography and director of the School of Communications, started his camera collection a decade ago. Some were given to him by friends and colleagues. Some still work, but most are for show, or “fancy paperweights,” he said.

3. Ted Sundstrom, professor of mathematics, doesn’t hide his taste in music. Albums from classic rock greats like the Grateful Dead, Cat Stevens, The Beatles, and Crosby, Stills and Nash grace his office wall. Although he doesn’t have a turntable at home anymore, he has kept all his albums.

4. Joe Jacquot, associate professor of biology, has about 120 empty beer and wine bottles in his Henry Hall office. All are named for mammals or have pictures of animals on the labels. Jacquot said the uniqueness of the label doesn’t necessarily translate to the quality of drink.

5. Richard Cooley, associate professor of history, proudly hangs a stolen bath mat from the Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel in his office. It was given to Cooley by one of his former high school students who was traveling in Japan on vacation after working security as a Marine at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.

What’s in your office? Send an email with a description and photo about your unique item to gvmagazine@gvsu.edu.

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