Associate Director, Academic Advising Center
What year did you start working at NIU? 2000.
Where is your hometown, and where do you live now?
Chicago, IL; and DeKalb, IL.
Where did you attend school? What degree(s) did you earn?
Northern Illinois University. Bachelor of science in family social services and master’s in public health.
Describe your typical day—what do you do while at work?
Wow! Let’s see, it really varies. Most of my day could be advising students and entering notes, attending meetings, planning for upcoming programs for our living-learning communities or yearly majors and minors fair, answering emails and returning phone calls. During the fall semester, I am preparing for and teaching UNIV 101. Lastly, most importantly, is meeting with students who walked in to discuss roommate problems, family issues, their latest break-up or those who just popped in to ask me, “Are you busy?” "Of course not, have a seat!”
What do you like about worked at NIU?
After 20 years as an employee of NIU, I must say I have enjoyed building positive and strong working relationships with colleagues within my department and across campus. I worked as a CHANCE Counselor for seven years before transitioning to academic advising, and both have been rewarding. We are one big family; I love our potlucks, especially when LaBrian grills his brats with grilled onions and green peppers. Most of all, I enjoy working with my students.
What advice would you give to students currently attending NIU?
Remain focused and resilient during challenging times. Keep your eyes on the end goal; it's so worth it. Remember why you are here, to get a college degree. Build positive relationships with your peers. Take advantage of campus resources, join organizations, attend internship and career fairs. Meet with your academic advisor regularly. Remember that you are not alone. The NIU community wants you to succeed.
What is your favorite campus event?
There are so many. I have to say all recognition events for students — The Deacon Davis CHANCE awards ceremonies, Black Graduation and Commencement. It’s so rewarding to see students walk across the stage to receive their awards and degrees. These are students who I had an opportunity to assist with developing their academic plan. Homecoming is another favorite event. It's nice to see my former students come back and talk about their successes.
In what ways do you see your colleagues help foster student success?
My colleagues show students that they care about them. My colleagues don't give up on students. They foster a sense of belonging and provide students with resources to assist in their success.
What is your favorite memory of NIU?
My favorite memory of NIU is meeting my husband as an undergraduate. We have so many great memories of walking around campus and spending time at the lagoon.
Are you a member of or hold a position within a professional organization? If so, what organization? What is the purpose of that organization and how does being part of this organization benefit you in your role at NIU?
I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and served as the faculty advisor for several years. We participated in several NIU community projects like NIU Cares Days, Move-In Day, and additional academic and social programs for students.
What community organizations are you involved in?
I am very involved with my church, the Rock Christian Church of DeKalb. I participate in many outreach programs ranging from serving the homeless shelters and nursing home to helping others in need.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
Spend time with family and friends. I enjoy reading, shopping and traveling.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I will be retiring on June 30, 2020, and it's so bittersweet. I will truly miss my NIU family and I will most miss serving students. Go Huskies!