TeniWhere are you from?
I was born in Atlanta, Ga., and am the oldest daughter of six children. My family moved to Florida when I was young.
How long have you been working in higher education?
I have been working in higher education since 2009. I came to McNeese State University as the Coordinator of Recruiting and have enjoyed being part of the process that helps prospective students discover and achieve their goal of obtaining the coveted college degree. As part of the Office of Admissions and Recruiting, I've been part of a team that helps students successfully navigate the admissions path and become a part of the McNeese family.
What is your favorite area on campus?
I enjoy every time I get a chance to pass through the Quad area in the heart of the campus. The stately oaks, the brick paths and the lush greenery are the perfect college setting. Seeing the students relaxing, studying or playing games in the Quad reminds me of my own college experience.
What do you like most about working with/recruiting students?
I love the look on prospective students' faces when they realize they have been accepted at McNeese. All of their hard work and perseverance, as well as Mom and Dad's encouragement along the way, are summed up in that unsuppressed smile.
Where did you go to college? What did you study and why?
I graduated from Valencia Community College in Orlando, Fla., with an associate degree in general studies and from the University of Georgia in Athens with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications. The UGA Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications is one of the premier journalism schools in the nation and helped prepared me for a career as a newspaper reporter. I loved being a reporter and my degree gave me the tools I needed to be successful at it. But, I also discovered that my college education prepared me for many other endeavors, like being a public information officer, a self-employed marketer and even the job I have here at McNeese.
What is your favorite McNeese tradition?
Music is a universal language that brings people together from all walks of life so one of my favorite McNeese traditions is the playing of Joli Blon at the football games. When the band starts to play and the fans start to sway and clap, you can't help but join in.