Loyola University Chicago

University Staff Council

February 2014

Matthew L. Timko

Title/s: Access Services and Reference Services

E-mail: mtimko@luc.edu


Department: Law Library/School of Law
Campus: Water Tower Campus
Years at Loyola: 4

What is your favorite thing about working at Loyola?
My coworkers—I get along very well with everyone I work with, and this in turn makes it very easy (and enjoyable) to come into work every day. This comfortable atmosphere makes it very easy to work well and efficiently.

What is your most memorable achievement as a Loyola employee?
Being named a Reference Fellow by the Director of the Law Library, Patricia Scott. I felt that I was being given a great responsibility to help patrons at the Law Library and that Patricia had the confidence in me to fulfill those responsibilities. It has given me a great sense of purpose and a desire to excel in both my roles in the Law Library.

What does Loyola's mission mean to you?
Two fundamental aspects of the Loyola mission appeal to me. First, seeking God in all things, to me, requires an effort to go beyond myself, and to work past my own limitations; this goes hand in hand with expanding knowledge. Second, to use these tools of knowledge and faith to better myself so that I may help others in Loyola to better themselves, so that we all are working toward helping those who require our help. It is not enough to better myself through work and learning, but to help others demonstrates that knowledge can have an exponential effect on those around me.

What motivates you to succeed each and every day?
I truly believe that everything can always be better. While I recognize perfection is an ideal that is almost never reached, that does not mean that I will stop trying. Further, I work in a great environment, and it would be foolish of me to rest on my laurels and coast. If I am not improving and getting better than I do not deserve my good fortune, and so I continue to try to get better.

Tell us how you show your Rambler pride.
I take pride in my work and realize that the University is a great place to be, both as a student and as an employee. By working hard to keep it a great place and even make it better, I hope I demonstrate how much Loyola means to me.

Tell us something most people at Loyola would be surprised to know about you.
I have studied law, political science, and history at Loyola, and I am the only one in my family that has not gone into the sciences (my parents are PhD physicists, my sister is a computer programmer, my brother is a biology student, and my youngest sister will be a math major). In that regard, I am the “black sheep” of my family.