You see her face everyday. She is the woman who swipes your card, the woman who always has a smile on her face and who asks how your day is.
Her name is Freda Hubble and she is the smiling face welcoming you to Dalton Dining Hall.
A New River Valley native, Freda started working at Dalton Dining Hall about three years ago. Before working in Dalton, she worked as the director of childcare at the Pulaski YMCA where she oversaw the daycare and after school children’s programs.
According to Freda, the best part of working in Dalton is the people.
“I like talking with the people,” Hubble said. “Everyone is nice and polite and fun to be with.”
She sees some of the people every day and always asks them how their day is going. Not only does she swipe cards, but also forms relationships with the students who’s cards she swipes. She gives students advice and provides them with a motherly figure because she cares.
She said there has been many times where she has helped students through their recent breakups or talked to them about how college is really stressful.
“I try to get them to look on the bright side of things,” Hubble said.
The regulars at Dalton really appreciate her kindness.
“She really inspires us to live life to its fullest and enjoy everyday,” said freshman Kenzie VanDerwerker.
Besides working the door at Dalton, Hubble is a professional storyteller, impersonating famous people such as Carol Burnett. She started telling stories when she was in first grade while she was waiting for the school bus to arrive after school let out. Since then, she has acted in various school assemblies and performed at various community events.
Along with storytelling, she also enjoys dressing up and decorating for different holidays. You may have witnessed the various holiday themed decorations in Dalton. That’s all thanks to Freda. Not only does she decorate the dinning hall for the holidays, she also dresses up. This year for Halloween she dressed as Mario.
“She always takes the extra time to bring a smile to my face,” VanDerwerker said.
Whenever someone mentions eating in Dalton, Freda is the first name that is mentioned. Her popularity and cheerful personality is why she is known as the face of Dalton.