Liz Rusche is a clinical research coordinator for the division of bipolar disorders research in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience. Here she talks about her current duties, plus a background that includes sideline duty at football and soccer games.
What is a typical day for you?
"There is no such thing as a typical day for me. Every day is different, which is one of the reasons I enjoy my job. I work two days in the research waiting room as a receptionist and three days in my office. Most of my job entails helping patients with their needs; whether that be prescription refills, dealing with insurance issues, scheduling appointments or just listening to them. I also spend a lot of my time scheduling meetings and doing other administrative/research work."
What do you enjoy about your job?
"There are numerous things I enjoy about working for the division of bipolar disorders research. After being here for over six years, I have become really close to a lot of people in this department. This place is my home away from home. It is neat to have a job you can look forward to coming to."
Before you came to UC, what was your background?
"I had just started my sophomore year in college when I started here. UC is my one and only 'big girl' job. My background consists of working at Kings Island, Big Lots and Cassano’s Pizza."
Do you have any hobbies?
"When I am not being a maid, cook, taxi driver, personal assistant, teacher, etc. to an amazing 5-year-old, I like to do anything that keeps me active. My favorite things are playing soccer and golf. I also love the Reds and Bengals. Joey Votto is my hero!"
Tell us something people may not know about you.
"I was a ball girl for the Cincinnati Silverbacks (professional indoor soccer team) when I was 12. Also, I worked for ESPN for two football seasons. I was the person who holds up the big (and super heavy) sound dish on the sidelines at the Bearcats’ football games. If (and when) the team gets national attention again, I will be back on the field!"