The Department of Anthropology is delighted to feature Roxanne Moran, who has been working in the department for sixteen years. Roxanne began her career at Michigan State University in March 2001. She initially worked as a teller in the Cashier’s office, then moved to Contracts & Grants. In 2006, Roxanne joined the Department of Anthropology as an Office Assistant III. Since then, she has been helping the faculty, staff, and students of the Anthropology department with various tasks such as handling the accounting and student payroll processes as well as processing expense and travel reimbursements within the department.
Roxanne also handles purchasing equipment at faculty requests, orders office supplies, and maintains the department’s ledger records. Whenever people walk into the department, Roxanne greets them, answers their questions, or directs them to where they need to be. Roxanne is also responsible for course scheduling and various procedures involving undergraduate students and their classes.
When asked about her experience working at the Department of Anthropology, Roxanne said, “the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and dedicated people in the Anthropology department makes me very proud to be a part of this department. We work together as a team through good times and the hard times. We support each other in the best and worst circumstances, no matter when they happen. I’m very thankful to have been able to devote so many years to a department that I love.”
Dr. Todd Fenton, Department of Anthropology Chair and Professor, admires the dedicated service that Roxanne has been providing the Department of Anthropology and MSU, noting that “we are incredibly fortunate to have Roxanne working in our department, and I am thankful to her for the indispensable support she provides to our faculty, students, and to the smooth functioning of the department. Working with Roxanne is always a pleasure, and I look forward to continuing working with Roxanne in the years to come.”
When not at work, Roxanne loves spending time with her family, especially her very energetic grandsons Eddie and Kenny, who are constantly on the go. She also loves to travel, thrift shop, refinish old furniture, and train her labradoodle puppy, Gus.
The fact that Roxanne comes from a musical family means she is often watching her husband, her sons, and her daughter play music at parties or in local establishments. Talking about her musical family she said, “last year will always be remembered as the year that my oldest son, Jacob Moran, who was a contestant on American Idol, made it to the top 14 and competed for the title! The journey far exceeded his expectation.”