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June 1999

Contracts' Nancy Kuhn says so long (for now)

Nancy Kuhn. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

She joined NCAR in 1983, left in 1986 to have a child, and returned in 1990. Now Nancy Kuhn has departed F&A once more. But Nancy, an administrative assistant in the Contracts and Sponsored Agreements Office, acknowledges that the UCAR version of Niwot's Curse could bring her back someday. "Who knows? I came back here once; I might come back twice. I like being in research."

Nancy's last day in Contracts was 30 April. She worked 20 to 30 hours a week "in varied positions--a little bit of everything" for many years. A recent departmental restructuring put her job into the 40-hour category. "They offered me full time, but I wasn't ready to take it. I thought it was a good time to put my life in the right perspective." Nancy cares for 13- and 11-year-old daughters, the latter with special needs. Going full time "would have been a tough thing on her. Kids grow up so quickly. The time we can spend with them and help form them into contributing adults is beneficial to [everybody]."

Nancy once considered working with kids as a career. "My original schooling at community college, way back when, was childhood education. I loved doing that, but I really like dealing with business, too--accounting and that kind of stuff. In early childhood ed., you can get burned out very easily. Even though it doesn't pay well, it's a very demanding kind of position."

This month Nancy graduates from Regis University with a bachelor's degree in business administration, with an emphasis on human resources. That's where she hopes to focus her career energies in a part-time position of around 30 hours per week. She'd like to find something that uses both the people skills and the business acumen she's developed through work and school. "I'm always interested in how people get where they are, how they find the jobs they get." •Bob Henson

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