Laurie Polser is a relative newcomer to UNT World, joining the UNT System Human Resources team just last January. Her job is to help you understand your benefits, so she'll be expecting your email. Previously she worked as a registrar and attendance clerk for Liberty Hill Junior High, choosing to work there to be close to her three children as they were growing up. A Texas-ex, it's not surprising then that she lists her favorite celebrity as this former Longhorns quarterback with the all-too-Texas name. Before going to college, she spanned the globe, spending time in New York, Hawaii, Japan, London and even Bermuda. No, she didn't join the Army -- she joined her high school drill team. Read on and get to know Laurie.
What is your favorite aspect about your job?
Helping our employees across the UNT System to make informed decisions about their benefits.
What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
I think UNT World offers so many great benefits already. I work in benefits, shouldn't I be saying that? Seriously though, the recent introduction of our new and improved EAP (Employee Assistance Program) will be advantageous to so many here at all of our UNT System institutions. I am looking forward to researching and learning more about everything involved with this program.
What is your proudest work moment?
The day someone emailed me and asked me if I wouldn't mind being interviewed for this spotlight. While doing my job, someone decided that I had been helpful and paid me this compliment.
What is your proudest non-work moment?
I would have to say raising three wonderful children: Sam, Haley and Joe. All have gone on to pursue their dreams. My oldest son, Sam, graduated from The University of Texas, with a Bachelors of Science in Communications . He is married to his wife Haylee and they live in Midland. Shortly after moving to Midland, Sam received a job offer with HEB. Currently, he is Operations Leader at one of their Midland locations. My twins, Haley and Joe, graduated from Liberty Hill High School last May. They endured a very long senior year, making it through COVID with no normal senior traditions -- mom barely survived that. hey both worked during the pandemic and continued to go to school. They realized the importance of making the most of these unusual times. Haley is attending The University of Texas, majoring in Communications and hopes to work in a sports-related field centered around philanthropy. My son, Joe, is attending Texas A&M and is pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree. He would love to have his own engineering and design firm someday. My husband and I could not be more proud of our children.
What is a fact about you that may surprise your work colleagues?
I danced at Disneyland Japan with my high school drill team. We performed in the park on several stages. We mainly danced to songs that were centered around Texas. One I remember well was, “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” It was an experience I will never forget. Today, I realize how special it was to be able to travel with my drill team to so many wonderful places: Hawaii, Japan, New York, Bermuda and London.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE...
Inspirational Hero?: My Dad. He survived polio as a teenager. He was an iron-lung survivor. His goal in life was to leave a legacy of strong values. He and my mom modeled these values. He had faith, hope and love. In a letter we received after his death, he noted a few things we should remember, some of which are: Always be true to ourselves and our work and to never ever, ever give up. I will forever be grateful for the legacy my dad left us.
Place to visit?: Too many to choose from. I love traveling to both the beach and the mountains. I love to be outdoors!
Celebrity?: Former Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy. He may not be a celebrity in most people's eyes, however following his injury at the National Championship game he was interviewed and he used that platform to show his faith in God. Hobby?: Spending time with my husband, David, and my children -- if you can call that a hobby.