Some of my favorite moments:
*My 1st week of work at SUU I was sent to visit schools in Bryce Valley, UT [graduating senior class of 9], Escalante, UT & Wayne County, UT. Tiny schools miles & miles apart from each other. It was a beautiful scenic drive to these location. I stayed at a tiny hotel on the edge of Capitol Reef National Park. The front desk gave me my keys & told me to hurry back to the lobby restaurant because dinner was served at 6PM & if I didn't eat there I had to drive 30 miles into the next town for food. Realization I was in small town, rural Utah quick!
*My appendix got mad at me at a Noel-Levitz conference in Denver. 3 great men I was traveling with - Dale Orton, Paul Morris & Dean O'Driscoll took me to the ER. Dale & Paul stayed with me all night while the doctors gave me the diagnosis - My appendix was bursting & had to come out. I awoke from surgery with Dale Orton sitting next to me. They rarely left me until my Mom arrived to take care of me. Lifelong bond with those gentleman.
*I love working with high school juniors & seniors & their families. I do not love working with junior high students in massive groups for on-campus tours & activities. I had a particularly challenging group one day & threatened to duct tape their mouths shut. Stephen Allen, our VP for Enrollment Services, overheard me & laughed & laughed. He never let me live that one down often handing me duct tape on rough days.
*I have worked with talent over the years - Nicole Funderburk, Jared Wilcken, Kristi Schultz, Andrea Latimer-Wilcox, Brooke Eardley, Jake Johnson, Keena Dexter, Quinn Mortensen, Erin Brown, Ang Hansen-Aiono, Juliann Smith-Jenne, Dave, Paula Parry, Scott Brueck, Kirk Blake, Liz Wallis, Ryan Copeland, Jenna DeGering...and many, many more students & colleagues on-campus.
|[Top Left to Right] Brooke Eardley, Jared Wilcken, Dana|
[Bottom Left to Right] Andrea Wilcox, Kristi Schultz
|May Planning Retreat - May 2013|
|Dana, Andrea & Nicole|
Utah High School Tour - 2004 or 2005
|Jake Johnson, Dana & Jared|
New York City
AACRAO National Conference - 2004 or 2005
*Liz & I took a recruiting trip to so. Cal a few years ago & had a ball fighting LA traffic, driving up & down the PCH & almost losing a very important piece of jewelry. We bonded on that trip & will be a force to be reckoned with here on out....
|WACAC Conference - Reno - May 2012|
*China. Eye-opening. With my good friend Nicole. Crazy food. Crazier taxi drivers. The Great Wall. Huge college fairs. Loved it.
*Long story shorter: Attended a Christmas party at Stephen & Lisa Allen's home years & years ago. Families were invited & we exchanged horrid white elephant presents. Chad & I had taken a funny looking ceramic cat we found at D.I. & got it back at the end of the night. We left it in the Allen's Nativity display & it took them days to find it. They got a kick out of that cat. That cat got exchanged between our families for years & years. That cat went to Chicago, Arizona & even got a custom Snuggie. The cat went missing a few years back but we still joked about it. As I was departing SUU, I found another ugly dollar store cat & left it on Stephen's desk so he can't forget us.
Alas, after 12 years I felt it was time for a new challenge. My opportunities here in so. California are great & I've had the chance to make some great connections through the Regional Admissions Counselors of California [RACC].
So -- after a daunting job search at the end of this summer, I have taken a position as a Regional Admissions Counselor with the University of Delaware. I'll still be living in so. Cal, working from home. UD is looking to expand their name & recognition across the country & was very interested in having an admissions professional on the West Coast who could get their program up & running. I was very interested in this position because as I went through the interview process my opinion was valued & they were asking me the best way to achieve their goals. I wasn't just going to be a road warrior 2,700 miles away. Their staff is driven & I could tell that we spoke the same admissions, fast-paced language.
I will always be a T-Bird at heart & remember my years with SUU fondly.
Now - I'm adopting blue & gold as new favorite colors & showing students from the Pacific side new opportunities they can have on the Atlantic side.