This archived article was written by: Valeria Moncada
“Thanks for the memories and friendship,” said Charmaine Elegante, when she decided to retire from USU Eastern, after working here for 26 ½ years in the financial aid department.
Elegante was born and raised in Carbon County. She was offered a job to transfer with JC Penny company to California. Elegante took the offer, and lived in California for 10 years. After seeking adventure, she decided to come home to Carbon County.
She has two children and five grandkids, “I decided that after I retire, I can stay home and take care of my grandchildren, and maybe find a part-time job somewhere,” she said.
Before Elegante began working, she always wanted to become a journalist and write for a newspaper. “That dream slowly faded away,” Elegante said. She was looking for a job and CEU called her with an offer to work in the financial aid office, “I had recently been laid off from the power plant, so I took it,” she stated.
Elegante wants to take a ride on the Orient Express after retiring. “I want to ride that train because I’m adventurous and like to do things that aren’t normal,” she added.
Working at USU Eastern helped Elegante raise her two kids; she also traveled to many places she wouldn’t have been able to without the job.
“I met a lot of good people and made many good friends, and now it’s just time to leave,” she said.