Buzz on...Ligaya Barber
Ligaya joined the San José State University community in 2000. She was hired as a Payroll Technician and has assisted her customers for almost 16 years! Prior to joining SJSU, Ligaya worked at the SAP Center (formerly HP Pavilion). Even though Ligaya has been with SJSU for an extended period of time, some of you may not know her very well -- we can help with that; read on!
Q. Where did you grow up?
A. I grew up in Palo Leyte, Philippines, where I attended elementary and high school. When it was time for college, I moved to the next town over, Tacloban City, and attended Divine Word University, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Accounting.
Q. What do you like to eat?
A. I have an appetite for Chinese food, Mexican food, Vietnamese food and Indian food. If I’m not munching on these goodies, you will probably see me with a slice of pizza and a caesar salad at Pizza-My-Heart!
Q. What is your favorite spot on campus?
A. My favorite spot is the Tower Lawn. During lunch time, I enjoy taking a stroll and sitting by the fountain, either reading a book or studying the beautiful greeneries at the lawn. I especially love the vines and roses that surround the area.
Q. What is the most satisfying part of your job?
A. I enjoy working with people from different backgrounds. I’m interested in learning about their culture, home countries, personal values and upbringings. I value the relationships I’ve built with my customers, some of whom have become my friends.
Q. How do you spend your time outside of work?
A. Outside of work, I’m a homebody. I enjoy cooking and spending time catching up on Facebook posts (You all know how overwhelming those posts can get!). When time permits, I would love to travel to Paris, Italy and Germany.
Q. Who is someone that inspires you?
A. The person that inspires me the most is my dad. He’s a strong man who stands independently to face all odds. My dad inspires me to be the best that I can be and to always give my best in all I do.