Jeanne Short loves watching students grow and progress | Worker Bears

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Jeanne Short
Jeanne Short

It takes a lot of people to make Mercer University the institution that it is. The students have and always will be the lifeblood of our University, but Mercer wouldn’t be Mercer without expert faculty members to pass on their knowledge and highly-skilled staff members to manage day-to-day operations. Our “Worker Bears” series highlights the Mercer employees who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to care for our University and our students.

Meet Jeanne Short

Title: Auxiliary Services administration clerk

How long she’s worked here: Five and a half years

What she does: Short handles Bear Card management and assignment, helps students with mobile Bear Card access, and assists students with their meal plan. She regularly works with both students and parents. 

What she loves most about her work: Short said she has been around Mercer all her life and “bleeds orange and black.” Her mother, Barbara, has worked for Mercer for 48 years in the administration and finance office, and Short graduated from Mercer with a bachelor’s degree in art last fall. She loves offering encouraging words to Mercer students and watching them grow and progress. 

“I just love getting to know the students, helping them out, making terrible jokes to get them to laugh and relax a little bit, and then directing them the best I can,” she said. “I like to say, ‘If I can do it, you can do it. You’re going to be fine. You’re going to rock it.’ Seeing them come in as a little nervous freshman and then leave as an accomplished senior is amazing to me. I love that. It’s just awesome.” 

Andrea Honaker
Andrea is a digital content specialist at Mercer. She creates and maintains written and multimedia content for primary University web pages. She ensures a consistent, University “voice” throughout various forms of online communications platforms. She also plans and executes campaigns for the primary official Mercer University social media accounts.