Nine year veteran serves up smiles at Jazzman’s

By Heather DiLalla
January 29, 2004

Angelina Wagner

Many people are familiar with Jazzman’s employee Kathie Mininno, who stands behind the cash register with a constant smile on her face. It may, however, be surprising to some that Mininno’s only daughter, Lisa Carnesie, graduated with an English/communications degree from Cabrini in 1998. Mininno quietly bragged that while Carnesie was here she received the Mother Cabrini award.

Besides her daughter, Mininno has an additional three sons and a husband of 29 years. When asked if she could have one thing in the world she said, “Happiness and good health for my family.”

“Kathie seems like she would be a great mom. She is always so friendly and happy to see people. She makes going to Jazzman’s a better experience,” sophomore Mariel Murtha said.

As far as her work is concerned, she has been employed at Cabrini for nine years. Her favorite part of the job is being able to interact with the students, faculty and staff. Mininno explained that she likes the old food court and Jazzman’s the same but for different reasons. The food court was good because it gave her a more one-on-one with the customers, while Jazzman’s is more fast-paced. The busiest time of the day for her is meal exchange.

Jennifer Beam, a junior business major, explained that waiting in long lines and dealing with high prices at Jazzman’s can be very annoying but when Mininno is taking your order her mood never alters. You can hear her saying “what can I get for you hun?” and “have a nice day sweetheart.” It makes going to Jazzman’s a little less stressful.

When Mininno is not working at Jazzman’s Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., she is most likely shopping for country crafts or gardening. Although she is not a big movie person, she enjoyed Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton because she thought it was very funny. She enjoys the music of Josh Grobin and described his music being a “little bit of everything.”

Posted to the web by Angelina Wagner

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