Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment in a series of profiles on GC staff members whose contributions are not often recognized as publicly as others.
Regardless of the weather, crossing guard Patrick Mosley is outside Ennis Hall every day to ensure the safety of students using the crosswalk.
Whether they are a pedestrian using the crosswalk or a driver pausing in front of it, most students recognize the golf cart parked next to the crosswalk and the deep-voiced “good morning” Mosley offers students on their way to class.
Before working at GC, Mosley served as a corrections officer at the Georgia Department of Corrections for 20 years.
In 2014, he retired from that position and started working at GC. He was looking for something to pass the time, and he ended up finding a job that gives him pure enjoyment.
Mosley stops cars so pedestrians can cross the street, gives directions to people walking or driving and vigilantly watches all surrounding activity. Knowing that he is protecting people every day is the driving force behind Mosley’s quiet determination.
“This really is not about the money for me,” Mosley said. “It’s about knowing that I’m helping students, or any pedestrian, get across that street safely.”
GC students are certainly appreciative of how important Mosley considers their protection.
“Whenever I have to use the crosswalk when he is not there, I realize how much safer having him there makes me feel,” said senior Erica Gay, a studio arts major.
While safety is the number one priority for Mosley, he also wants to encourage students and remind them of what is truly important.
“When someone may come by who is down or having a bad day, maybe they are worried about their grades, I like to give them words of encouragement,” said Mosley. “People are here for their education, and it’s okay to relax and enjoy yourself every once in a while, but it is so important to not get caught up in the wrong thing and lose your focus.”
Mosley works Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ennis Hall crosswalk. When he is not at work, he enjoys being home with his wife of almost six and a half years, Glenda Mosley. Between the two of them, they have six adult children and quite a few young grandchildren.
“When I am not here, I am usually at home spending time with my wife,” said Mosley. “Whenever there are breaks from school, I really love traveling to go see all my grandchildren because family really is the most important thing.”
Students will not regret stopping to talk to Mosley if they have a few extra minutes before class. He has stories to tell, knowledge to share and words of encouragement to help anyone through their day.
His hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed by the students who are dependent on him being there every day and are aware of how valuable his presence is.
“Every time I see him it brings a smile to my face,” said junior Rachel Pope, a marketing major. “His dedication to our safety is inspiring.”