Staff Spotlight ~ John Maguire
SHC staffer markets with meaning
By Sari Krosinsky
|Marketing Representative John Maguire, a 16-year UNM employee, is a pillar of the Student Health Center. “We can’t do enough to foster a kindred spirit with people,” he said. Photo by Laurie Mellas Ramirez.
What’s the best thing about working at the Student Health Center? For marketing representative John Maguire, it’s the creativity and the people.
Maguire does a little of everything, from graphic design to promoting health education events to writing articles for the Student Affairs newsletter. Maguire appreciates the creative outlets in his work, as well as the opportunity to work with “a fun group of people,”
He also enjoys the excitement of working at UNM.
“I like the campus, it’s beautiful. I think the grounds people do a great job,” he said. “It’s also never a boring place. Whether it’s controversy or politics, you’re never bored here.”
Maguire says his job has evolved in the 16 years he’s worked at UNM. He started working at the SHC as a clerical specialist in 1989 and continued as editorial assistant, editorial tech and graphic designer. He recently became the center’s first marketing representative, a position created to spread the word about services.
“Marketing has become a much bigger thing for us,” Maguire said. “Since we have a new population every year, we have to always reach out to them.”
The most exciting part of Maguire’s work is the SHC Human Dignity Committee, which addresses diversity and violence prevention. “I feel like we can’t do enough to make people feel at home, and that no one should feel bad because of their race or religion or sexual orientation,” he said. “It’s an evolution we all need to go through and we can’t do enough to foster a kindred spirit with people.”
New Mexico has always been home for Maguire. “I was born and raised in Grants, formerly the uranium capital of the world. I tell people that I glow in the dark,” he said. He got his bachelor’s at the College of Santa Fe and moved to Albuquerque in 1984.
Maguire spends his spare time watching movies, reading and hanging out with friends. “I told a friend recently it will say on my tombstone, ‘He went to a lot of movies.’”
Perhaps Maguire’s passion for movies stems from his passion for acting. He acted in community theater and commercials until five years ago and hopes to start acting again.
“Actually, if it were a perfect life, what I’d be doing is acting,” he said. “When I was doing theater and it went well, I couldn’t imagine
doing anything else. It’s that fulfilling to me.”