Q & A

September 01, 2014

Carolyn Zanoni, assistant director of community programs, was tagged by last week's Q & A subject Eileen TruscottCarolyn Zanoni

When I'm not at NCC, you can find me: At home or somewhere with family.
Where would you like to live if you could live anywhere?   Growing up, I have lived in New York, Florida, and New Jersey and then temporarily in Michigan and Georgia for a job in medical equipment sales. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is the longest I have ever lived in one place (27 years) and I feel most at home here.

Are you married? Yes, it will be 30 years on September 15 to my best friend Dave. We met during our freshmen year at college.

Do you have children? Yes, three. Caitlin, 29 years old; Heather, 27 years old; and Michael, 24 years old.

What is one thing your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you? Growing up, I lived next door to a Godfather in the Mafia.  I did not know it at the time, but my parents did.  Ironically, my Dad was president of a security company and a former military intelligence officer.   Looking back, it was not far off from living next door to Tony Soprano.

Have you ever met someone famous? I sat on a plane next to Mean Joe Greene. It took me a whole flight from Newark to Lansing, Michigan, to figure out who he was.  It was August 1983 and he was met at the airport by the Michigan State coach.  Mr. Greene was apparently making an appearance at Michigan State's Football Camp.  This huge, professional football player was so nervous during our stormy flight, his hand was shaking the whole time! He needed a couple of glasses of "liquid courage" to get through the flight.

Dogs or cats?  I love all animals, including the birds, squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits that frequent our yard.  I talk to them.  My husband says they do not understand me.  But between me and you, I think they do.  If I have to choose, it would be dogs.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Coffee.  Hot coffee, iced coffee, coffee ice cream, chocolate-covered coffee beans.  I love the smell, I love the taste, I love coffee!

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, a pediatrician or a veterinarian.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be? I have wanderlust and hope to travel all over the world someday.

Do you believe in ghosts? No. Not even a little bit.

What was your first job?  McDonald's. Other humbling experiences included:  working in a factory without air conditioning, sawing bark off tree limbs to ultimately make wooden award plaques; buttering toast in a corporate cafeteria and operating a hotdog cart.

Are you named after anyone? Yes, Carolyn for my Great Aunt Caroline aka "Auntie" on my Dad's side; and Elizabeth for my German Grandmother aka "Oma" on my Mom's side.

Football or baseball? Football, my son played from the age of 5 all the way through four years at Moravian College.  Not much into professional sports, but loved watching my three children play just about every sport imaginable.

If something great happens to you, who is the first person you tell? My husband.

My favorite kind of food is: Anything hot and spicy: Indian, Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese.  I love trying international cuisine.

You're about to be stranded on a deserted island. Who do you take with you for company?  My husband, we travel well together.

If you could offer one piece of advice to the students at NCC, it would be: Take advantage of all the resources the college has to offer.  Become involved in as many activities as you can (both inside and outside of NCC) especially those related to your field of interest.  Get to know as many people as you can:  faculty, staff, fellow students, alumni and folks out in the community.  What you know is important, but who you know can be equally as important in landing your ideal job.

What is your favorite season? I love both fall and spring. I prefer a bit of crispness in the air with a cool breeze, a clear blue sky, low humidity and the warmth of the sun on your face. 

Were you an only child, the oldest, the baby, or in the middle? I am the oldest of two.  My sister Kathy is two years younger than me.  We are very close.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?   My Dad.  He was my biggest cheerleader.  I miss him dearly.

What is your favorite song?  At the moment "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.  Prior to that it was "Royals" by Lourde, "Boys Round Here" by Blake Shelton, and "Rumor Has It" by Adele.  I like music with a good catchy beat.  I have an eclectic taste in music.

What are you most afraid of? Something bad happening to my family

If I could have any super power, it would be: A magic wand.

What is your favorite television show? "Covert Affairs" on the USA Network.  I live vicariously thru Annie Walker, a spy who travelsthe world, capturing the bad guys.  In real life, I am not very brave.

If they made a movie about your life, which actor/actress should play you? A humorous Meryl Streep.

My favorite holiday is:  Thanksgiving.  I was born on Thanksgiving Day.  A time to gather as a family and for being thankful.  I once hosted three Swedish au pairs whose host families left them behind when they traveled elsewhere for the holiday.  I thought what an awful representation of this American holiday to leave these young girls behind.  They were great guests and very appreciative.

What was your favorite toy as a child?  My baby doll Thumbelina.  She had such a sweet face and looked very life- like.  You would wind the knob on her back and her head would slowly move.

What has been the proudest moment of your life so far?  Watching our three children grow up, graduate college (two with masters), and obtain jobs in their fields:  Caitlin is a forensic accountant with a Big 4 firm; Heather is an associate with a building stewardship firm; and Michael is an associate with an investor relations firm. They all work in NYC and get together on a regular basis.  It warms our heart that they all really like each other.  We treasure spending time with them as adults.  We laugh a lot.  They are good people.

The last movie I saw was: The Grand Budapest Hotel which was a bit quirky.

The last concert I attended was: I haven't attended a concert in ages but my husband and I and our three children have tickets to the Eagles concert at the PPL Center's inaugural event in September.

Who do you tag to go next? Jane McCarthy


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