Meet Alyce Harper

Featured Chapter 1 Member

Once a month, we profile one of our many retirees — the members of Chapter 1. This month, we talked with Alyce Harper, who shares a bit about her career, some gathered wisdom and how she keeps busy since she retired.

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Q: How long ago did you retire?

A: 8 years ago.

Q: Where did you work?

A: 15 years with Public Health and seven plus with OIT.

Q: How long did you work for the state?

A: Nearly 23 years

Q: What was your most memorable moment (good or bad) working for the state?

A: Good — in Public Health, it was the first culture confirmation of a case of Legionellosis (this is probably only memorable to a microbiologist), and in OIT, it was discovering that I had a great, collegial team to work with.

Q: What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to active employees?

A: Don’t ignore the interoffice politics: use them and don’t let the politics get you down, either.

Q: Are you active in Chapter 1? If so, what do you do?

A: I’m a councilor and a member of the following committees: Retirement, Operation Santa (computer geek) and Road Race (computer geek).

Q: What do you do with your time since you retired?

A: What free time I have, I engage in assorted arts and crafts — designing and making jewelry (silver, copper, brass, bronze, polymer clay, quilling, metal clay), graphic art work (banners, cards, etc for parties/holidays), voraciously reading, sewing, knitting, macramé, learning to Tat (an old technique to make lace similar to macramé but finer). I also work on my guitar playing and taking classes in the Granite State College program called OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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