Where are you from?
I am originally from Okmulgee. I spent seven years of my life in Alva, Oklahoma going to school and working for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. I moved back to Okmulgee after taking the job at OSUIT in April of 2015.
What do you do here at OSUIT?
I just transitioned into the Student Life Activities Coordinator. Before that I was the Sports and Wellness Coordinator. I spend most of my days putting together the Student Life calendar for the year, planning events on campus for our students, and advising our Student Government Association.
Tell me a little about your history with the university?
I am a graduate of OSUIT. I graduated in December of 2007 with an Associate in Science Pre-Education Secondary. I wanted to be able to get my associate degree here then transfer to a four-year university to finish up. I was from Okmulgee, so I knew OSUIT was the best place for me to start my education. While I was a student, I participated in intramural sports on campus and worked in Covelle Hall as a student worker. I enjoyed my time as a student worker because I was able to work with friends that I went to high school with, and working in a wellness facility made it easier for me to workout.
What’s been the best thing about working here?
What I have enjoyed the most about returning to OSUIT is being around the people that worked here when I was a student. Bruce Force was the Director of Student Life and my boss when I was a student worker, so it was nice to come back and work for him again, this time as a full-time employee. Three of my favorite professors are still here as well. Dr. Mark Allen, Dr. Melissa Dreyer and Thomas Holman were all professors of mine, and I had an absolute blast in their classes. Those three were some of the best professors I had throughout my entire time in college at OSUIT and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. I have also had the opportunity to meet a lot of new people as well, some of whom I work with currently.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
It’s the same answer I would have given back in 2007, and it still rings true today. No question my favorite spot is still Covelle Hall, though the Culinary Arts building is a close second because their food is spectacular and it’s the best place to eat in town.
What would you tell someone who was thinking about attending or working at OSUIT?
This campus is not like any other campus in the state of Oklahoma. Because of the programs we offer, our students have the ability to gain respected experience that you can’t get anywhere else. OSUIT really has something for everybody. Lastly, I believe you will see our staff and faculty are willing to lend a hand to other departments around campus. I know from a Student Life perspective, we get assistance from many other departments on campus when we host events for students such as Welcome Back Lunch and Moonlight Breakfast.