We have heard of many different love stories that began at UIW, but what about couples who made the choice to come to UIW together not as students but as working adults? In the HEB School of Business and Administration, you will find a married couple who did just that Dr. Alberto Rubio, marketing coordinator and Dr. Alicia Rubio, BBA director. You may not have taken a class with either of these faculty members, but many of you may remember watching Alberto wait for Alicia outside of her classroom every morning.
Over the years, we’ve learned many students admire their relationship, so we thought that Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time to ask them some questions about love at UIW!
- How did you two meet?
Alberto: We met at graduate school in Mexico. We were both working at the same place and were going to the same school at the same time…we had a class together.
- How long have you been married?
Alicia: This year will make 20 years. We are going to Greece and Israel to celebrate our 20thanniversary.
- Why did you both decide to come work at UIW?
Alberto: We were living in Rhode Island, but it was very far away from our families in Mexico, so we looked for jobs that were closer. UIW offered to take us both as a package, so we decided to come and work here! We always try to look for jobs that will accept us together.
- How does it feel to work with your spouse?
Alicia: Good! We like it; we have always worked together, so we’re used to it.
Alberto: When you make the right choice for a spouse, you want to be with that person all the time. We are lucky enough that we “kind of” like each other and we are always, always together.
- Were there any challenges when you started working together?
Alicia: I think maybe when we started sharing an office, the challenge was just to get used to the fact that we were in the same space and maybe Alberto had work to do and I liked to talk.
Albert: Sometimes I just like to focus, and I don’t want to talk, but she wants to talk. We sometimes forget that we are not together on a date – we are working, and we have stuff to do. So, that can be a little bit of a challenge.
- What do you love about working together here at UIW?
Alicia: We get to spend more time together, we are not necessarily doing the same thing every day, but we know the other is always around.
Albert: Our kids say, “How come you never go on dates?” Well we are always together, all day…it’s just one big date!