As the Departmental Assistant for the past six years, I work directly with seventeen faculty members and oversee the day-to-day office operations of the Department of Commerce and Business and the Department of Economics. I also interact on a daily basis with many of the approximately 170 junior and senior majors in the two departments as well as students who have not yet declared a major and are taking courses in the departments. The office is a busy one during the school year; there is a steady stream of students meeting with professors and getting information on course selection, department majors, international internship scholarships, the Department of Commerce and Business′ Maymester in Belgium/France, the New York City Career Tour and the M.S. in Accounting graduate program.
My education and prior work experience has made this job ideal for me. A liberal arts undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt gave me an appreciation for the breadth of knowledge that can be gained from the Rhodes curriculum. My graduate degree was in Library Science, and I worked in the public library field for over 30 years. I retired from the Memphis Public Library as the Youth Services Coordinator after also having worked as a children′s librarian, agency manager and regional manager. These were all positions that involved organizing activities, working with the public, and helping children, teens and adults get the information they needed. This has translated quite well to my current position.
In my personal life, I′m an avid reader (mystery and suspense fiction), movie-watcher, traveler, and Harley rider. My husband and I have one daughter, Mairi, who is a senior here, so I am a proud Rhodes Mom as well as a Rhodes staff member.
B.A. in English, Vanderbilt University
M.L.S., George Peabody College for Teachers