Charron Banaszak, office coordinator in Teaching, Learning, and Student Development wears many administrative hats in her role at ECC. She supports the Honors Program by processing student applications, monitoring enrollment and eligibility, and assists with events as well as the budget. Banaszak coordinates the workflow of the administrative procedure review process, including the organization of the Administrative Procedure Review Team. She is the school administrator for SmartEvals, the course evaluation software program that is used by the college. She also prepares and tracks the paper course evaluation packets.
Banaszak started her tenure at ECC in 2010 as a Career Development Specialist after working as a part-time Career Specialist for Elgin High School. Since transitioning to her current position in 2016, she has enjoyed meeting myriad faculty members, administrators, and staff.
While she misses the day-to-day student contact from her previous role, Banaszak works with students directly as often as possible through the honors program or through Phi Theta Kappa.
We caught up with Banaszak to learn more about her life and her work at ECC. Here is what she had to say.
What’s something about your job that others should know?
I am very conscientious about my work. I am responsible, dependable and organized. I try to have a positive attitude and greet people warmly by name when they come into the Vice President’s Office.
What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?
I would invest in a new system outside of Colleague that would make the requisitions/purchase order process so much easier. It would be very simple to use, not have multiple levels of approvals, expedite the process and most importantly allow for clear communication between the budget officer/office assistant and Business Services.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work (i.e. hobbies/interests)?
I am in the Handbell Choir at my church. This is my third year playing and I had no musical experience before this—if you don’t count playing the flute for two weeks in 5th grade so I could go to Great America. I have learned so much as a member in this choir. It’s like learning a different language! My colleagues are used to seeing me practice my "water bottle bells" at lunch in the breakroom. It is a great hobby because it requires mental and physical coordination.
What would be your theme song?
Forever Young by Alphaville. It was our cake-cutting song at my wedding. What was your first job out of school? I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, so I worked as a 4th grade teacher in Northlake.
What’s one fact we should know about you?
I love to play games. I like board games, card games, puzzle games, made up games—you name it, I'll play it. My favorite game is Clue. I have been playing since I was kid and we still play with my family on holidays and anytime we are together. I have several travel versions and even have a Clue app, but my favorite version is definitely Master Detective Clue. There are more weapons, rooms and suspects so it is much more of a challenge. I could play it all day. I donate Clue to Toys for Tots every year and give it as a gift for every child I know when they turn 8.
If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
In the event I do great things later in life, I would choose Jennifer Garner to play me. I loved her in Alias, and 13 Going on 30 is one of my favorite movies.
What quote best describes your philosophy?
I have always liked the golden rule: treat others how you would like to be treated. I have this little flip chart of quotes on my desk that I read in the morning for quick inspiration. A quote from James Thurber that I liked was “Do not look back in anger; or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” I like anything that helps me to remember to be more present-oriented.
Complete this sentence: "I enjoy working at ECC because …
"I love working in an academic environment where the students, faculty, staff and administrators are so supportive of one another. The positivity is contagious!"