What is your current job title and responsibilities?
I am the Senior Admissions Specialist for the Department of Sociology within the College of Sciences. My primary responsibilities include coordinating departmental and students’ academic needs at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
What is your history at UCF and before UCF?
Since joining the UCF community in 1997, I have held positions in the Student Health Center, Undergraduate Admissions, the UCF Libraries, and currently the Department of Sociology.
What is your academic background?
Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies: Art History
Master of Arts, Educational Leadership (expected May 2015)
Both received at the University of Central Florida
What is your favorite UCF memory?
Hearing my name called at graduation and officially becoming a proud UCF alum. However, receiving notification of this honor (2015 UCF Woman Making History) is definitely now one of my top favorites!
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
In an ideal situation, the parking! Besides being too expensive, there is just not enough of it.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
We should listen to our own advice. As educators, administrators, and staff of the university we provide students with the guidance to successfully navigate their paths. We provide them the tools and resources required to tackle obstacles or conquer opportunities. However, we often forget to take advantage of our own advice.
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
A beautiful, new art gallery.
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
As a scholar in the Leadership Enhancement Program, I am given the opportunity to meet many fascinating colleagues from around campus. Most recently, Dr. M.C. Santana and Dr. Cintron joined us to share their stories and experiences on the university. Both came with such a positive energy, passion and love for the work they do, that having lunch with them would be inspiring.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
To avoid forgetting any names, I would simply like to thank everyone who has ever believed in me and the work I do. Thank you to the individuals, you know who you are, who saw potential in me even when I did not see it myself. Thank you for continuously encouraging me to continue to grow in my successes. Most importantly, I would thank my husband Scott. Who despite his own successes at UCF, always seems to cheer mine the loudest.
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
Dr. Zaho, Assistant Professor of Art History, helped me discover an appreciation for art and what it offers the world. She inspired me to see the world in all its beauty and appreciate its treasures.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
My most inspiring undergraduate experiences came from my UCF Art History courses. Dr. Martin and Dr. Zaho have so much passionate for their discipline, that each class was an escape to a new time and place.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
I will never turn down the chance to have Thai or Latin food.
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
My taste in entertainment is quite eclectic, depending on my mood. That being said, I always enjoy:
Movies-Anything on Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Music- Frank Sinatra or Jamie Cullum
Books-the Harry Potter series
What is your favorite vacation destination?
To quote the lovely Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea.”