At Work With...Margaret Mary Thomas and Barbara Woodford

POSITIONS: Administrative assistants, College Office

YEARS AT PENN: Thomas, 9; Woodford, 5

WHAT THEY DO: Thomas (right) and Woodford (center right) are the first point of contact for students, parents and staff who visit the College Office, the home base for undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences. Students such as Ashley Foxx (C’05, left) and Liz Chernett (C’05, center left) turn to them when they have questions about majors or need to schedule appointments with their academic advisors. If they can’t answer your question, they’ll refer you to the right person. Woodford also processes insurance verification forms for students. Thomas helps out with special events like Family Weekend and the Sunday evening graduation ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences. Both were nominated by students as “Models of Excellence” two years ago.

NUMBER OF WALK-INS/SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS: 200 daily during peak times

CONTACT INFO: Phone: 215-898-6341; e-mail: Thomas, mmthomas@sas.upenn.edu, Woodford, bfw@sas.upenn.edu; office, 120 Logan Hall

Photo by Candace diCarlo

Originally published on November 14, 2002