Staff Spotlight: Teresa Batista

Headshot of Teresa Batista in a blue & orange graphic, with text "Staff Spotlight. Teresa Batista. Reservations & Events Specialist."

Meet Teresa Batista, Reservations & Events Specialist!

Tell us about yourself.

“I was born in the Azores and moved to Cambridge where I attended elementary and high school.  I now live with my family in Malden.  I’ve been married for 28 years and have 2 daughters.  My oldest graduated from BU in 2021 and my youngest is a senior at BU.  I have worked at Events & Conferences for 18 years.  While working at E&C, I have worn many different hats, including administrative coordinator, finance coordinator, and now reservations & events specialist.  While I primarily work with BU departments and student groups, I also assist our sales team with non-BU clients and events.”

What is your area of expertise?

“While I like all of the spaces here on campus, I really enjoy managing the Trustee Center.  From the first time I walked into that space, I felt that it was a premier event space.  Due to the location of the space, we have to be very careful with the types of events we can hold there.  Considering we have the President’s office, Provost’s office and a few senior VPs in the building,  we have to present the space well.  So when I ask a lot of questions about your event, I’m only trying to ensure that you are using the right space.”

What is your favorite thing about working at BU?

“My favorite thing about working at BU is the people.  As I walk through campus whether I’m doing a site visit or just taking a walk, its great to stop and have a quick conversation. Since I’ve been here for a few years, I’m made some great friends in all departments, especially since I’ve worked with the majority of folks in every department. I feel like at the end of the day, we are all a very big family.”

A Thank You from an Appreciative Colleague

“Dear Teresa, I want to personally thank you for your help in securing the event space… I have recently started at BU and truly appreciated your support in making this happen. I am sure we will collaborate on more events in the future. Thank you and your team for all you do.”

What do you like to do outside of work?

“When I’m not on campus, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  Since I’m such a foodie, I love to try new recipes and restaurants.  I especially love to travel back to the Azores and see family, friends, and scope out some new restaurants and tourist attractions.”

Tell us a fun fact about you!

“I went to high school in Cambridge with Ben Affleck!”