For Barbara Lovell, working in the Bursar’s Office is the perfect way to help students at one of the most important times in their lives. And her ties to UT are strong.
“I really enjoy working with the students,” Lovell said. “If I can help one of them, I’m happy; if I can help several, I’m really happy.”
Lovell, senior accounting clerk, assists borrowers with their accounts and operates the main phone line for student loans.
Her work at UT began in 1974 with a part-time job in Environmental Health and Safety. From there, she worked in a number of departments until 2007, when she started full time in the Bursar’s Office.
“I found a spot where I felt like I could make a difference,” she said. “At this point it’s almost like a calling.”
Lovell has been deeply involved with the university her whole life, starting long before she began working here. A Knoxville native, she attended UT games from a young age, and she has seen two children and three grandchildren graduate from the university.
“I love to go to football games,” she said. “I’ve been going to UT games since I was in junior high school, when I would go with my dad.”
When she’s not on campus, Lovell said “we’re very involved in our church.”
Her decades-long involvement with UT has afforded Lovell a unique perspective as she watches the campus grow.
“I’m so proud of UT because of the way it’s grown and expanded, architecturally and intellectually,” she said. “It’s been a beautiful thing. I enjoy looking at the old pictures that they have in some of the archives and sometimes in the Beacon. I can say, ‘I remember when it looked like that.’
“I’m very proud to be a resident of Knoxville. I think if you ask most people, they’re really proud that UT is here. That’s how I feel. It’s been a help to me down through the years.”