Faces: Harriett Green-Sappington

Thursday, October 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:34 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Harriett Green-Sappington is one of the people who made the new residence halls at MU a reality.

“In August we opened four new residence halls and the new pedestrian bridge across College Avenue,” Green-Sappington said. “Being part of the team that made these things happen was very special.”

Green-Sappington has been with MU’s Department of Residential Life for 20 years. She graduated from MU in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in housing and interior design. She is responsible for the implementation and oversight of MU Residential Life Master Plan projects, which include construction and renovation of residence halls.

“I truly enjoy talking with students,” she said. “I explain why we’re doing what we’re doing and help offer a thread of logic to help clear up something that, from their perspective, simply makes no sense.”

If she isn’t able to help students, she will find a faculty or staff member who can answer their question.

Green-Sappington said it is tough to point to a single accomplishment in her career.

“I’m lucky in that I’ve had the opportunity to grow and develop as departmental goals have been modified to meet the needs of the millennium student,” she said.

She spends free time with friends, family and has taken up a new hobby.

“I’m learning to throw pots — a skill which forces me to empty my mind and focus on the lump of clay whirling on the potter’s wheel in front of me.”

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