Cynthia Frisby
Monday, October 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:51 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Cynthia Frisby wears many hats. As a wife and mother, she drives her two children to school each morning, sometimes even turning the car around when her daughter, Angela, forgets her blanket for reading time.

As a researcher, she prepares a talk she will give in a few months on the struggles and demands of being a woman in a man’s academic world.

As an MU associate professor of advertising, Frisby enjoys watching her students grow and seeing what they learn from her class.

And as a music fan, she displays an unabashed admiration for the original King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

To say Frisby likes Elvis Presley would be an understatement, as anyone can clearly see in her office in Walter Williams Hall. Instead of a plain wooden door with a nameplate, visitors are greeted by a poster of the King dressed in a gold lamé suit.

“It all started as a practical joke,” Frisby said. “A few of my friends would give me an Elvis gag gift or two, and now that practical joke has turned into a major collection.”

She said her students tend to think of her every time they see anything related to Elvis. One time as a reward for her class’ performance on a test, Frisby bought a life-sized Elvis for her office.

Her collection has grown to include balloons, pins, an Elvis card deck and Elvis salt and pepper shakers. The collection serves as wallpaper for her room, mixed with pictures of her family and a framed doctoral degree.

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