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Unsung Heroes

April 17, 2015

Tracey Bigger started working with campus mail in the end October 2014. Her daily routine involves sorting the mail, taking most of the mail to Stockdale, sorting and delivering it all.

“My favorite part of working here is seeing and meeting new people every day. I had no idea how much work was involved in campus mail, but it is still fun,” said Bigger.

The worst part? The weather. She hates working in the freezing and pouring rain.

Sophomore Abby Hubbard said that working with Bigger is amazing.

“She’s a great boss. She makes it a fun environment for everyone and makes it seem like we aren’t even working. She also always gets projects done very fast and efficiently,” said Hubbard.

Bigger always has a bowl of candy for the students, she likes to text the student workers and tell them that their packages arrived and enjoys seeing their excitement when passes on the good news.

When she isn’t working hard in the mailroom, you would probably find her outside. “I love gardening and just being outside.”

In addition to her love of gardening, she likes collecting antiques and repurposing them in her home. “It’s so green to reuse,” Bigger said.

Bigger grew up in Media, attended Southern High School and graduated from Western Illinois University with an Associates Degree.

Her previous jobs included working for West Central Middle School and the Henderson County Library.

Bigger has been married for 27 years. She has three boys, one of which graduated from Carl Sandburg College.

When Bigger isn’t working or gardening, you’d most likely find her quilting or helping her husband on the farm.

“It’s hard to find time for a family vacation when you could never leave the farm. But I love having that extra family time.”

Like working on the farm, Bigger said, while working in the mailroom, she learned as she went.

“I have a great crew of college kids working for me. I love getting to know them and I appreciate all the work they help me with.”

Mikaela McKenney
Contributing Writer

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