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A Miami "Merger" Moment with ... Carol and Tim Jones

02/13/2013

Carol and Tim Jones today.
Carol and Tim Jones today.
What is the key to a successful Miami Merger? Tim and Carol Jones would tell you one key is their 5:30 rule. Tim, team leader in data processing for advancement services, and Carol, associate registrar for curriculum and student success, celebrate 13 and 17 years respectively as Miami employees and 28 years of marriage.

Q: What is the 5:30 rule?

A: We have this rule, that after the first 30 minutes of being home, we do not discuss work. We allow that first 30 minutes as time to share the day’s events, and then we move on to other topics, hobbies and a nice dinner. Our days are filled with finding ways to help others — in my case, students with their DAR reports — and in Tim’s case, technology solutions— it is good to have someone close who understands the business. But then we stop. It’s worked for us. However, sports don’t count in that rule. We are avid Miami fans.

Q: How did you meet?

A: It was a blind date. We actually met the summer before our freshman year. ‘We ended up going to Kings Island together the summer of 1981 at the invitation of a cousin of mine who ran cross-country with Tim,’ Carol said. ‘She thought we would get along.’ By summer of 1982 we were spending every day together. We graduated and were married in 1985.

Q: Did you kiss under the arch?

Newlyweds Carol and Tim Jones in 1985.
Newlyweds Carol and Tim Jones in 1985.
A: ‘Believe it or not, we did not kiss under the arch,’ Tim said. ‘Didn’t even know about the tradition back then.’ However, we did get married in the Sesquicentennial Chapel. We did finally kiss under the arch when we participated in Miami’s Guinness World Record Miami Merger event. (Miami University officially broke the world record for the most couples renewing their wedding vows at once. The event took place during alumni weekend on June 20, 2009.) Carol added, ‘my parents are Miami Mergers. Frank and Rosemary Martino, 1955 graduates.‘

Q: What do you do for Valentine’s Day?

A: (Laughing) We celebrate Single Awareness Day with friends. It’s true. We have a very close friend who is single and his birthday is Feb. 14. We take him out for dinner. Other years, we would make candlelight dinners at home, especially when our two girls were young. They are now 23 and 18. Sarah is a Miami graduate teaching in the Cleveland area, and Laura is a first-year engineering major.

Q: Any plans for flowers or special gifts this year?

A: We surprise each other throughout the year with small gifts. ‘Two weeks ago Tim surprised me with flowers just because,” Carol added. Usually gifts and flowers are part of our Valentine’s celebrations, but not this year. ‘I actually have back-to-back meetings Thursday,” said Carol. ‘I told Tim not to bother with flowers as I am also heading out of town Friday to watch Miami play hockey this weekend in Chicago. Our daughter Sarah is joining me.’ We have family season tickets for hockey, football and basketball and show love and support for our teams whenever we can.

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