Staff Spotlight On...Linda Muse
Please take a moment to learn more about our colleague: Linda Muse. We encourage you to reach out to Linda throughout the month to recognize her contribution to the college and University via email, telephone or in person.
Administrative Support Coordinator, Visual and Performing Arts Department
Years at CSUSM? 7
What is your short term goal? Making it through the schedule build LOL and staying well.
What is your long term goal? To some day retire so I can spend more time with my wonderful husband, 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren.
What is your greatest accomplishment (personal or professional)? Making it through Chemo, 3 surgeries, 4 catastrophic leaves in the last 5 years and being alive to enjoy each day that God has given me.
What is your favorite movie? Pride and Prejudice (my first date with my wonderful husband Rick).
What is your favorite food? Mexican and then Italian
What is your favorite book? One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp—living a life of gratitude and thanksgiving.
What are your hobbies? Home Decorating, making memory DVD’s and Albums, sewing and making things for my grandchildren (playing piano when I get a chance).
Tell us about your family: I have been married to my wonderful husband Rick for 7 ½ years. I met him later in life and what a blessing he has been to me. He was by my side when I was diagnosed with Leukemia 5 years ago next month. Two days later my 19 year old son had brain surgery to remove a tumor deep inside his brain that was causing seizures. My husband was running between two hospitals 150 miles apart, trying to be there for me while I was fighting for my life and trying to be there for my son while he was fighting for his life. What a blessing he has been to the both of us. My son has NOT had a seizure in 5 years. He is married now with a 9 month old baby girl, the joy of our lives right now. I am currently in a “good stage” of Leukemia with regular blood work and appointments for the rest of my life because there is no cure. I thank God for Kaiser and excellent doctors that have kept me going and my faith in God and awesome friends that have helped me make it through one day at a time.
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? When my children were born, the birth of my grandchildren and the wonderful day when I married Rick. So I guess its moments, not moment. I have a plaque in my office that says: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” So true!
What is your favorite thing about working at CSUSM? I love helping others and being part of a team. The VPA department has been the best job I have ever had. They are like family to me and have been there for me when times were so bad for me. I couldn’t wait to get well and get back to work with all of them.
What would you like to do when you retire? Spend more time with my grandchildren and travel more.
Who is the most famous person you ever met? I can’t really say I have ever met anyone famous but at the last University where I worked I put together the Study Abroad Tours every year. I had the privilege of going to many countries in Europe with Students, and Faculty. I even took my son and husband with me a couple of times. The last tour I put together was the Holocaust Remembrance Tour, 3 countries, 10 concentration camps. My son turned 16 the day we were in Auschwitz. I cherish all these memories and I got to meet a lot of interesting people along the way.