SPOTLIGHT ON JANET TWIGG
The Foundation Is pleased to recognize our devoted employees and volunteers. At this time, congratulations are in order for our office manager, Janet Twigg.
Janet, a California native and a returned missionary from Quebec, has attended school and worked in Utah for several years. With a bachelor's degree in microbiology from BYU, she worked as a microbiologist for a period of time in Salt Lake City. She then studied accounting at the Utah Technical College. With her newly-obtained skills, she answered an ad for a bookkeeper posted on a bulletin board in 1981 at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. That was her first encounter with F.A.R.M.S. She became our first employee and ever since has been a great asset to the Foundation.
Janet claims that her interest in Greek was more influential in landing her the bookkeeping job with F.A.R.M.S. than were her accounting skills. After joining the staff, she began studying Greek, primarily to study the New Testament, and "fell passionately in love with it." Her interests developed into a master's degree in Greek, which she was just awarded at BYU in December, 1987. Her thesis analyzes three of Euripides' plays, Hekabe, Orestes, and the Troades, in the context of 5th century B.C. Athenian law and legal procedures. Janet believes our neglect of taking a historical approach to literature has limited the modern understanding of many Greek plays. For example, the Hekabe has been interpreted according to later concepts of justice, rather than to the ideas belonging to the time when the plays were written.
Janet is one of the few full-time employees at F.A.R.M.S. She says witnessing the growth of the program has been a rewarding experience. When she joined the staff in 1981, only a dozen articles were offered. Now there are over 300. Although the Foundation has made great strides, she believes "we still need to reach more people—let them know we are here and what we are doing."