Jan Winsor Retires After 33 Years in Student Affairs

December 22, 2017
  • Started working as a print operator in the Student Services Building.
  • Lists the Spartan Stadium Rolling Stones concert among her favorite memories.
  • "Visiting with her has always been like coming home," said Student Affairs Assistant Vice President Allyn Shaw.
Jan Winsor (middle) with Dr. Denise B. Maybank, Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, and Dr. Allyn Shaw, Assistant Vice President, Transition, Leadership and Experiential Learning in Student Affairs.

Jan Winsor (middle) with Dr. Denise B. Maybank, Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, and Dr. Allyn Shaw, Assistant Vice President, Transition, Leadership and Experiential Learning in Student Affairs.

Jan Winsor has spent just shy of 33 years getting to know every in and out of Student Affairs and Services.

“Working with such a culturally diverse population has provided me the opportunity to continually be educated and grow as an individual,” Winsor said of her time here.

Winsor, who is originally from Ithaca, Michigan, began as a print operator in the Student Services Building.

“Every office in the Student Services Building had to send their print jobs to my office on the first floor. It was a very social job, and I got to meet everyone in the building and interact with them daily,” said Winsor.

She cited the evolution of technology as the biggest change she has observed during her time on campus.

“When I first started at MSU, we were working on a 5520 system and had just started with some PCs,” she remembered. “Students had to actually come to Student Services to conduct business, which now they can do online.”

After trying a multitude of other posts throughout the building, she’s now finishing off her time in MSU Student Services as an Office Assistant in Student Life. In this role, she acts as web manager of two websites, processes payroll and new student hires, is the main support for the Associate Director of Student Life for Leadership Development and Fall Welcome, and provides assistance for campus leadership and orientation program activities.

Through the years, Winsor said she has seen quite a few changes in the Student Services Building. However, one thing has remained the same. Winsor said she loves interacting with her Student Life co-workers! She said she has met and continues to meet life-long friends at MSU.

“Jan has been an integral part of the Office of Student Life and has helped it become what it is today,” said Allyn Shaw, Assistant Vice President, Transition, Leadership and Experiential Learning, and supervisor of the Department of Student Life who has known Winsor since he was an MSU student. “Visiting with her has always been like coming home. She will be missed.

Her advice to MSU students is to “take the time to fully engage in all the great opportunities that MSU has to offer.”

Winsor, shared that her favorite opportunity MSU has offered her in her time here has been the chance to attend a Rolling Stones concert in Spartan Stadium!

In her retirement, Winsor plans to take care of her husband, Brian, at their home in Perrinton, Michigan, “on a piece of property in the woods that we have been developing for the last 20 years” and, once spring hits, do some gardening.

“But most importantly, I will be free to spend more quality time with my grandchildren,” she said. The Winsors have a daughter, Chanda, and a son, Casey, along with four grandchildren: girls Caleigh and Keelyn and boys Cash and Cohen.

Winsor will surely be missed in the Student Services Building and, in parting, said “I would like to thank Student Affairs and MSU for the opportunity and experience I’ve had as an MSU employee. I am PROUD to say that I work at Michigan State University. Go Green! Go White!”

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