‘Collegiality is a part of everyday life in Facilities,’ says JagNation’s Nora Rader

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Nora Rader wears a crown in this Mother's Day 2020 photo with her two daughters and her son.

In this series, Jagwire continues to feature people from around Augusta University and AU Health who keep JagNation running. Email the media relations team to share your story. This week we speak to Nora Rader, a longtime Facilities employee for the university.

Where is your spot in the JagNation?

I’m a facilities services manager for Facilities Operations. I oversee a wonderful team, which includes work management, the lock and sign shops, painters and carpenters, in no particular order. We take care of the building envelopes, which includes roofs, walls, windows, doors, and other services as well.

How long in JagNation?

I joined the university in August 1997, and I have remained in the Facilities department. I began as a sign worker. I moved into the lock shop, and the university provided training so that I could become a certified locksmith. While working at the university, I was also able to continue my higher education through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and received a Bachelor of Arts from Augusta University in 2006.

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Nora Rader has worked in Facilities at Augusta University since 1997.
Most interesting thing about your job?

The most interesting thing about the job is having the opportunity to work every day with people that are skilled in multiple trades. I also have the opportunity to leave the office to do building walk-throughs around campus. This has given me the opportunity to personally meet many great employees in different departments around campus. It is a pleasure working in Facilities.

Favorite thing about JagNation?

Opportunities … I have been able to advance my career through the years thanks to the many training opportunities and TAP.

Family:

Husband Tim and three children, Stephen, 28, Julianne, 22, and Shannon, 10.

Hobbies:

Traveling, tennis, puzzles.

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Nora Rader (far right) and her husband Tim (far left) pose for a group photo during a visit to China. Nora, who loves to travel, has been to five continents and visited at least 20 of the 50 United States over the years.
Something the JagNation does not know about you:

I have traveled to five continents for leisure, including South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America (of course). In North America, I have visited Mexico, Canada, Washington, D.C., and besides Georgia, I’ve been to at least 20 states, including Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

Augusta University values are compassion, collegiality, excellence, inclusivity, integrity and leadership. Describe how you fulfill one or more of these values (how/why)?

Collegiality is a part of everyday life in Facilities. I lead a team that works in partnership with other departments and we work in teams (across trades) to accomplish many tasks. Integrity is a characteristic that I believe in whole-heartedly. My friends and family know when I say I will do something, I will work hard to make it happen.

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Denise Parrish

Denise Parrish is Director of Communications for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic at 706-721-9760 or mparrish@augusta.edu.

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Jagwire is your source for news and stories from Augusta University. Daily updates highlight the many ways students, faculty, staff, researchers and clinicians "bring their A games" in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state of Georgia.

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