Ellie Turner manages the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on campus, one of almost 700 such stores in the country. A feature about her, “Going the Extra Mile,” recently appeared in a Barnes & Noble, b&n college newsletter and is reproduced in part here:
“She’s done a superwoman job this year,” notes Greg Graham, assistant vice president, Business and Retail Operations. “All of us know her well and she’s always so responsive to the needs of faculty, staff and students,” he adds.
Graham points out that what’s even more remarkable about Turner’s achievements at the store is that she’s been without the help of an assistant manager for the past five months. Rather than reduce service, Turner chose the opposite. In addition to successfully guiding the store through the hectic spring rush, she also juggled the management of a secondary location the university had installed at the Melbourne Square Mall, promoting Florida Tech merchandise over the holidays.
If Turner seems to attract praise from her colleagues she’s also quick to give it, particularly for herfull-time graduate student employee, Veronica Howell, who has worked alongside Turner for the past three years. But, it’s Turner’s close ties to the campus and her desire to go above and beyond that have helped the bookstore develop such a strong presence on campus. Turner puts it much more simply. “I love working with this faculty and with these students,” she says, “I really just love being here.”