Staff Profile: Deb Klug

Deb Klug

Every Thursday, we like to feature our wonderful staff that makes Western the essential experience. Today, we feature Deb Klug!

-What do you do on campus?

I have been employed in the Foods department for the past 40 years.  The first ten, I managed the cafeteria and catering as well as taught part-time.  The last 30, I have been a full-time instructor in the Culinary Assistant and Culinary Management programs mostly teaching foodservice management courses.  I have been a Foods Club advisor for 30 years.  With the help of my colleagues Margaret, Jean and Suzanne, we completed a complete curriculum overhaul for the management program over the past 2 years.  I also have been program head for 20+ years and have coordinated the faculty mentoring program since 1992.  I also have coordinated the regional high school FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) competition for Western for the last several years. 

-Where is your favorite place at Western?

Need you ask?  The foods lab as well as the student restaurant.  I also enjoy visiting my friends in the Union Market.  You will most likely find me anywhere there are people with a passion for food.

-What are your hobbies?

It probably comes as no surprise that most of my hobbies revolve around food.  I love cooking and baking as well as testing new recipes.  I am in the process of gathering and working on old family recipes so that I can turn them into a cookbook for my family.  I also enjoy visiting new restaurants and collecting menus. 

-Advice for students?

Don’t give up even if you think things are not going well.  Persevere even though balancing home, work and school can be tough.  If it were easy, there would be no learning or growth.  Always seek out support…Western has a lot to offer.  A set-back is only a set up for a big come back.  The rewards are great if you hang in there.