Sue Groth: Purple Pass Sucker Queen

Have you ever met someone who is extremely funny without even trying? Someone who is constantly being generous? Someone who has an obsession with the Green Bay Packers? Well, that someone to me and to WSU is Sue Groth.

HC (Her Campus Winona): What is your role here at WSU?

Sue: My role here at WSU is the Campus Card Manager. My job is to listen to our students’, parents’, faculty, staff and community partners’ requests to provide them with the best service we can in a safe and secure manner. Foster innovation and new marketing ideas to broaden our scope of products and services to our customers with Purple Pass and Manage My ID.   Maintain a sound and secure card program that will benefit our entire WSU Community.  

HC: What other things are you involved in on campus?

S: I try to get involved as much as I can. I have served on the “Thank-a-Thon” for two years for the WSU Foundation. The idea behind this is to thank donors for their contributions to WSU. I believe every act of kindness, big or small, should be acknowledged, so that is why I participate in this foundation. I have been a member of the “All University Campaign Kickoff Committee” for eight years, served on the “WSU Diversity Committee” for two years and helped out for the “WSU Theme Team” for a few now too. I strive to stay up-to-date with all the new ideas and technology that keep arising, so I attended several equity workshops and teach-in events. To get involved with the Winona community I volunteer for the Frozen River Film Festival. This new year I am going to be serving on the WSU Theme which is “Improving our World Through Creativity & Innovation.” Serving as the Chair of the Food Equity Team. I recently volunteered to coordinate this team and I love it! My goal is to continue to create partnerships with community members to create the first ever food equity website and the implementation of the WSU SEED Garden. My biggest commitment is through my job in the Campus Card office in Maxwell. I continually create and market promotions for Campus Card, Purple Pass and Manage My ID, try to make it easy and engaging for the students.

HC: What do you like to do in your free time?

S: I started wine tasting seven years ago and now this is part of my life. I have a wine group that tries to coordinate getting together once a month. We have become real friends and enjoy each other’s company and good wine! It’s really fun learning to pair the wine with different food.

HC: What is one thing you can't live without?

S: My family. I have two amazing children, Jenny and Kevin, and my husband Gary. They are all very much loved and I can’t thank them enough for the happiness they give me. I also could not live without my student workers; they are my second family. I love working with students; they are our future. We can all learn something from these wonderful young adults.

Sue and her family.

Sue and I enjoying each other's company at work.

HC: Packers or Vikings?

S: Of course the GREEN Bay Packers, the only TEAM in the Midwest! Check out my office and this will tell you more, plus I have a special GREEN Bay Packers room at home dedicated to our GB Legends; it’s like a Hall of Fame. Who in the Midwest has Super Bowl Rings? Only the PACK!

HC: Tea or Coffee?

S: Coffee – can’t live without coffee and wine.

Sue Groth is one-of-a-kind. I am lucky enough to call her my boss and friend. She has the biggest heart and the best laugh. Come say hi to her in the Campus Card Office located in Maxwell. You will be blown away by the Green Bay Packer décor and she has purple pass suckers all year!