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Carolyn Luckenbaugh & Richard Trussell

Carol Salyers, February 2, 2012

Carolyn Luckenbaugh at the beachCarolyn Luckenbaugh,
Assistant controller, Financial Services 

What do you do at PPCC?
I monitor the general ledger and am responsible for reconciliation of the college Banner system to the State Accounting System (COFRS). I also process everyone’s travel reimbursements.

Why did you choose PPCC?
I started as a student when we were called El Paso Community College and decided to stay because I loved the atmosphere so much and the campus was so friendly and welcoming, and still is.

What is a little-known fact about you?
My first job was as a dog walker. Guess that’s why I love animals so much!

What is your favorite food?
Most anything Mexican or Chinese

What do you enjoying doing?
Being with my husband and puppy dogs, playing with my great-niece, spending time with good friends, reading, fishing and being on a beach every chance I get. We go to Sanibel Island in Florida every year and love it there. I also walk and work out regularly.

What is your favorite quote?
“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” ~John Updike

What is the last book you read or are reading now?
Micro by Michael Crichton and Douglas Preston 

Do you have pets?
We have a blue heeler and a red heeler: Dusty and Maggie, the most wonderful dogs on earth, or at least they think they are!

If you could meet any famous person, living or deceased, who would it be?
It wouldn’t be a famous person, only my mother, who passed away when I was a very young. I would love to be able to spend just one more day with her. 

What is your favorite PPCC story?
When I first applied for a work-study position at PPCC, I was a nursing student. The Financial Aid director asked me if I knew anything about accounting. Well, my answer was no, but he dragged me into what was then called the Business Office. Here I am today, still doing accounting. 

 


 

Richard Trussell,Richard_Trussell_with_Carli.jpg
Faculty, Dept. Chair, Philosophy

What do you do at PPCC?  
I teach philosophy and religious studies, chair the department and interact with the coolest colleagues imaginable at all levels of the college.  

Why did you choose PPCC?
Think about every sappy thing faculty say about engaging students and add to that wrestling with the greatest questions and concerns at the outer rim of the powers of understanding or comprehension, yet embedded within the deepest mysteries of life, that’s why I do this. 

What is a little-known fact about you?
I hitch-hiked across Australia with my wife as part of our honeymoon.

What is your favorite food?
Samosas and sushi, but not together.

What do you enjoy doing?
Ride horses in the high country and watch movies; my dad managed a movie theater when I was a kid so I saw them all.

What is your favorite quote?
Two capture the polarities of my reality:

“In the point of rest at the center of our being, we encounter a world where all things are at rest in the same way. Then a tree becomes a mystery, a cloud a revelation, each man a cosmos of whose riches we can only catch a glimpse.” ~Dag Hammarskjold

“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is the last book you read or are reading now?
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt.

Do you have pets?
Four horses, two dogs, one barn cat and 16 koi in the backyard pond.

If you could meet any famous person, living or deceased, who would it be?
Hey, I shook President John F. Kennedy’s hand.  I don’t need to meet anyone else.

What is your favorite PPCC story? 
Under a previous administration, pitches to Leadership Council sometimes required bizarre attention getters. As we waited in the hall before our separate presentations, a director who was having issues with the top of her Wonder Woman costume caught my eye. Just before her entrance, she turned to me and asked, “Are ‘they’ straight?” No woman has asked me that before or since!

Carol Salyers

Marketing, Communication and Recruitment

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