Officer Troy Alpeter works for campus security and the library. Get to know the renaissance man:
Aviso: Are you from around the Canton area?
Alpeter: Belden Village, born and raised.
Aviso: Where did you go to high school?
Aviso: What was your dream job when you were younger?
Alpeter: I started out wanting to be a naturalist in parks. I did that for quite a while and I enjoyed that. But I wound up with an interest in law enforcement too and started doing that also. Then I’m looking into being a librarian also. So I have a broad range of interests and lots of skills. I like to help out when I can.
Aviso: How did you start working at Malone?
Alpeter: I needed a job. The company that was providing the security at the time was Buckeye. I started working for them. They said that they had the perfect place and they sent me here.
Aviso: What has been your favorite part about working here?
Alpeter: I like the people here. The students, staff, faculty, they are all wonderful. It’s a great place to be.
Aviso: You work at both the Johnson Center and the library?
Alpeter: Right. I work as a librarian at the library on Sundays. That’s a completely different gig, nothing to do with law enforcement and safety department stuff. I have had the opportunity to get my masters in library and information science.
Aviso: What is something a lot of students don’t know about you?
Alpeter: I play the bagpipes. For several years but not real long. Maybe three years.
Aviso: How did you get into playing the bagpipes?
Alpeter: One of the other guards and I had been talking about wanting to play different instruments. I wanted to play the tin whistle. He wanted to learn the bagpipes. He found someone who would teach so we went and got started that way.
Aviso: Do you have any other hidden talents?
Alpeter: I have an interest in all kinds of things. There are all kinds of different things I have found myself interested in and pursued learning about. A couple years ago I started making sauerkraut from start to finish. Taking the cabbages, slicing them up, mixing the salt. Then letting it do its thing. Working on clocks and watches is another thing. I’m interested in pocket watches and clocks. I collect them. I’m particularly interested in the Dueber Hampden company which was in Canton from the late 1800s to about almost 1930. I have an interest in history. That’s one of the things that people don’t know, that there used to be a watch manufacturing company in Canton.
Aviso: If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?
Alpeter: There’s so many wonderful superpowers to have. The superpower of wisdom is probably the best. I think Solomon had it down.
Aviso: If you could only eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Alpeter: Manna. I hear it’s pretty good and reliable.
Aviso: If there was a movie made about your life, what actor would play you?
Alpeter: When Paul Blart: Mall Cop came out we were joking that they were going to make a movie about me and he would play Officer Troy.