20 Questions with Academic Affairs Coordinator Sallie Bright
1. Position at Centre?
Academic Affairs Coordinator.
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Right here in Boyle County on a farm my great-grandfather bought more than a century ago, and where I now live with my own family.
3. What are your hobbies?
Reading, writing, photography and dogs.
4. What is your dream vacation?
Well, I dream a lot, so I have many dream vacations. One of them would be spending two weeks—oh, what the heck, we’re dreaming here—two months at one of the national parks with a daily hike and a stack of good books.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
My daughter, Trish Bredar ’12, is my favorite artist. She’s been drawing and painting since the age of about three and though she will cringe when she reads this, she is very talented and I love her work.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
I read novels constantly and love too many to name only one. It would be easier to say what I don’t like, which would be romance novels and anything that’s poorly written.
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I’m not a sports fan but I love to dance. Does that count?
8. Favorite TV show?
My husband and I are among the five or six people on the planet who rarely watch TV. When we do, it’s usually Masterpiece Mystery on PBS.
9. Favorite album?
That’s even harder than naming my favorite novel. There are several Beatles albums; most of Bonnie Raitt’s stuff; Dar Williams has some great ones; the Wailing Jennys; Chris Thile; those CDs Yo-Yo Ma, Edger Meyer and Mark O’Connor made; Doc Watson; Taj Mahal; Centre English Professor Mark Lucas’ album “Uncle Bones”; and Chet Atkins. Then there are Mozart, Chopin and Bach, and so many others. Nope, sorry, I can’t pick a favorite.
10. Favorite holiday?
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, because it commemorates a man who put his life on the line to make millions of lives better.
11. Favorite food?
12. Most prized possession?
They aren’t really possessions, but our four dogs—Lucy, Annie, Lionel and Wendy, all adopted from the humane society—provide enthusiasm, entertainment and a model for total relaxation.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Woody Allen, Temple Grandin and Johann Sebastian Bach. It would be funny, interesting and there’d be great music!
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
The people I work with and the faculty, staff and students I see coming and going to and from our office.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Riding my pony bareback with no bridle.
16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
Something involving writing, dogs or both.
17. Educational experience that’s been most helpful to you?
The semesters when I was in journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia that I spent working for the college newspaper, which was also one of the town’s two daily papers.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Pippi Longstocking. It would be so cool to be able to lift a horse with one hand!
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Norton Center, because I’m usually there to watch a great performance.
20. Advice you’d give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
1. Dare to be an introvert. Insist on time alone just to think about things—other than your studies, which of course you’ll be thinking about most of the time. 2. Leave time in your schedule for service to others. 3. Sing sincerely and loudly whenever you get the chance.